"Bikini's and big booties - that's what it's all about." It's December which means we're already getting to that time of year when Top 10 lists arrive, and one of the first up is John Waters, the eccentric filmmaker (of Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray) who always has unique choices on his year end list, and this year is no exception. The list comes from ArtForum (via MCN) and includes a number of documentaries along with a number of odd picks for his favorite films. And yes, #1 is Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, which he describes as "the best sexploitation film of the year." This is definitely going to rile up some folks. Read on!
"I'm so alone." "We all are." Transmission Films has debuted the first full trailer for John Curran's Tracks, an Australian indie film telling the real life story of 27-year-old naturalist and adventurer Robyn Davidson, played by Mia Wasikowska. In 1977, Davidson hiked alone (along with four camels and her dog) across almost 1700 miles of desert through the Australian Outback. The film premiered at the Telluride, Toronto and Venice Film Festivals and earned quite a bit of healthy praise. I saw it in Toronto and fell in love with, not only the score but the incredible performance from Wasikowska (read my review). Adam Driver shows up in this too, and they use M83's "Outro" in the trailer. This film comes highly recommended. Take a look!
Like Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, director Michael Almereyda (of The Eternal, Hamlet previously) is taking on a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's lesser known Cymbeline. After directing Ethan Hawke in a similar style adaptation of Hamlet, Almereyda reteams with the Training Day star to amp up the tale of Romans and Celtics going head to head, this time with the aid of automatic weapons, explosions and a gritty cast of characters played by Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Anton Yelchin, Dakota Johnson. Benaroya Pictures describes the film in the vein of "Sons of Anarchy" and this first trailer supports that.
Briefly: Relativity has announced and confirmed a release date for the film Jane Got a Gun, an action-western directed by Gavin O'Connor starring Natalie Portman. The production has been troubled, with big delays and creative issues with the previous director, Lynne Ramsay. Actors walked off of set, everything was temporarily shut down, but eventually they got a crew together to finish and filming wrapped. Despite all the troubles, Relativity Media is still planning to release the film and has officially set an August 29th, 2014 late summer release next year (same day as horrors The Loft & Jessabelle). Synopsis: A woman asks her ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him. Stay tuned for more.
"Where was God when I was suffering all these years?" Roadside has debuted the full theatrical trailer for Ron Krauss' Gimme Shelter, a film starring Vanessa Hudgens as a pregnant teenager going through tough times. Despite the title, the film has nothing to do—unfortunately—with the Rolling Stones song of the same name, "Gimme Shelter", but that doesn't mean it deserves to be completely ignored. This trailer does have powerful moments, making me perk up and take an interest. The cast includes Rosario Dawson (who looks crazy!), Brendan Fraser, Stephanie Szostak and James Earl Jones. Check this trailer out.
Every single year, a ton of deserving independent films struggle to compete for the limited attention of Oscar voters. These movies are often some of the best that cinema has to offer each year, but due to any number of factors (smaller distributors, less money to campaign with and other issues), only a handful are able to catch on with the Academy. This leads to lots of disappointment among film fans, but there is a silver lining to be found in the Independent Spirit Awards. Yes, this indie themed awards show sometimes works as a tonic to the repetitive and potentially stuffy winners that pop up during the precursor circuit.
Fight or Die. IFC Midnight has debuted a bloody and violent new theatrical trailer for the action-horror film Raze, starring Zoe Bell and Rachel Nichols and a whole bevy of kick ass women. We featured a poster and trailer for this film just a month back, and its been playing at a few film festivals including Tribeca and even New York Comic-Con. This trailer, with nice cameos by Doug Jones and Bruce Thomas, makes it look like it could be a pretty good film, but man is it going to be brutally violent, that is for sure. I wish this was red band so we could see a bit more of the violence, but it's actually wild enough. On paper this may not sound like something you'd want to see, but it looks cool. Good job editing, IFC. May the best woman win.
IFC Films has unveiled the full theatrical trailer for Wrong Cops, the third feature from "Mr. Oizo" aka French director Quentin Dupieux, responsible for Rubber and Wrong before this. Wrong Cops chronicles a group of cops behaving badly in a not too-distant future where crime has been all but eradicated. We've featured one early promo trailer for this before, and the film has been touring around to festivals, but this is the first real trailer we've had yet and it's extremely wacky and vulgar, but oddly kind of fun. The ensemble cast includes Marilyn Manson, Steve Little, Eric Wareheim, Jon Lajoie and many more. Enjoy this!
"Most people don't scream until I hit them." It's time. After all the teasing between clips and posters, the first full trailer for Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac has finally arrived online and it's every bit as absurd, intriguing, stimulating and wacky as you're expecting (or maybe not). The film will chronicle the life story of the nymphomaniac Joe, played Charlotte Gainsbourg (seen above). Along the way she meets the likes of Uma Thurman as Mrs. H, Shia LaBeouf as Jerôme, Jamie Bell as "K" and Stellan Skarsgård as Seligman. The young version of her, first introduced earlier in the summer, is played by Stacy Martin. This trailer doesn't hold back with the sexual footage so watch out. I'll admit I'm a bit more excited for this now.
In a house on the street in England there lived a Tolkien. With two more Hobbit movies due out this year and next, we're getting back into the excitement of J.R.R. Tolkien mania again. To go along with all the buzz for The Hobbit, our friends at the LA Times are reporting that Fox Searchlight is developing a biopic project about the legendary British author. The indie movie studio has David Gleeson, a "Tolkien superfan and scholar of sorts about the Middle-earth creator", writing the script with Peter Chernin and his company Chernin Entertainment (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Oblivion, The Heat) producing. This should do well.
"A brilliant, gory--and finally human--cult classic." Sounds delightful. Drafthouse Films has posted a new re-release trailer for cult horror classic Ms. 45, directed by Abel Ferrara starring the late model/actress/musician/screenwriter Zoë Lund as a mute garment-district seamstress. After "falling victim to multiple unspeakable assaults", she goes on a one-woman homicidal rampage against all of New York City's entire male population. I've never seen this film - but everything about it looks kind of awesome, especially in the second half of the trailer. Remastered for re-release next year, in theaters again first later this winter. Enjoy!
Following the release of Drinking Buddies with Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston director Joe Swanberg has another film arriving this year. All the Light in the Sky played at AFI Fest in 2012 and follows Jane Adams (who also co-wrote the film) as an actress living in Malibu who faces harsh realities of the industry as her age exempts her from more and more acting opportunities. And things only get more complicated when her young niece (Sophia Takal) comes for a weekend stay, and has her confronting all sorts of fears an insecurities.Nowe have the first trailer for the indie film below. Watch!
Let the hype continue. Two more posters have arrived online for Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac starring Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe. We've been featuring the teaser clips and other genius marketing art for this so far, and things keep getting better. Another new erotic poster has arrived, and another brings together most of the character posters. Commenting on the existence of a 5 1/2 hour director's cut version, producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen said one does exist "and it contains deeply explicit scenes", but "we signed right from the beginning for a 4 hour version and that’s the one we decided to release in two parts." So that's what we expect to see in theaters. The film will release in Europe starting January, but still no US dates confirmed.
The chronicle of the notorious 1993 West Memphis murders has been given an extensive documentary treatment thanks to both HBO and Peter Jackson, but now the tragic story is being dramatized in The Devil's Knot, the latest film from director Atom Egoyan (of Chloe recently). The film focuses on Reese Witherspoon as the grieving mother of one of the murdered boys, and while she wants justice for her son's death, she also becomes troubled by the town's eagerness to pin these heinous crimes on a trio of boys who may not be responsible. Her skepticism is confirmed by Ron Lax (Colin Firth), a private investigator for whom the sum of the case’s parts doesn’t quite add up, and who is driven to get at the truth. Watch below!