INDIE FILMS

First Official Trailer for Brooklyn-Based Indie Action Movie 'Bushwick'

Bushwick Trailer

"Some people know better than to stick around in a war zone?!" RLJ has unveiled an official trailer for the action film Bushwick, a very low budget project that first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the Midnight category this year. This has a cool concept - it plays out as one single shot following a woman, Brittany Snow, who emerges from the subway in Brooklyn, NYC to discover the city is being invaded by the military. The backstory is that Texas is seceding from the US, and NYC is under attack. She runs around trying to get home and befriends Dave Bautista. The cast includes Christian Navarro, Arturo Castro, Jeremie Harris, and Jeff Lima. As cool as this may seem, it's actually a terrible film. I saw it at Sundance and hated it, does not live up to expectations at all. I suggest skipping this, it's really not worth your time.

 Posted July 14 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

New Trailer for That Controversial Bruce Lee Film 'Birth of the Dragon'

Birth of the Dragon Trailer

"Sooner or later, gunna have to fight him." BH Tilt has just unveiled a brand new trailer for Birth of the Dragon, a fictional feature based on the true story of the legendary Bruce Lee. This film is controversial because it's not an accurate depiction of the events or history of Bruce Lee, and had a white main character but this new edit is apparently much better. Starring Philip Ng as a cocky, young Bruce Lee living in San Francisco training and teaching his kung fu skills. He is confronted by a legendary Shaolin monk named Wong Jack Man, played by Yu Xia, who is upset that he is sullying the art and spirituality of kung fu. The main white guy is played by Billy Magnussen, with a cast including Jin Xing, Jingjing Qu, and Simon Yin. The publicist is keen to point out that this is a brand new cut of the film, not the version seen at TIFF.

 Posted July 13 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Indie Crime Comedy '68 Kill' with AnnaLynne McCord

68 Kill Trailer

"Deranged human beings doing awful things." IFC Midnight has revealed a trailer for a film titled 68 Kill, a crime comedy from actor/director Trent Haaga. The quotes in this trailer seem to describe it better than anything else: "a white-trash, punk-rock, blood-soaked romp" and "brilliantly, utterly insane." The film stars Matthew Gray Gubler as Chip, and AnnaLynne McCord as his girlfriend, who comes up with a plan to rip off her rich sugar daddy. Of course, everything falls apart and Chip tries to straighten things out but ends up on a wild ride. The cast includes Alisha Boe, Sheila Vand, Sam Eidson, Michael Beasley, James Moses Black, David Maldonado, Ajay Mehta, Hallie Grace Bradley, and Lucy Faust. This definitely looks insane, like something to watch late on a weekend after you've had a few beers with friends.

 Posted July 13 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Recap of My Experience at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in Czechia

Karlovy Vary Film Festival

There are film festivals that take place in big cities, with screenings at huge performance venues, and lines that go down the block. Then there's festivals that take place in tiny towns, where dedicated cinephiles go to discover amazing films big and small. The Karlovy Vary Film Festival is one of these outstanding little festivals that takes place in a small spa town in the Czech Republic Czechia. This was my first year attending Karlovy Vary, which I had heard great things about from many colleagues for years, and it lives up to the hype. It's an excellent festival in a beautiful town nestled in the hills, and they show tons of stellar films. Coincidentally, I'd already seen many of their big centerpieces (A Ghost Story, Wind River, The Big Sick, Columbus) at other festivals but was still happy to stop by for a week of catching up with other great films.

 Posted July 12 in Indies, Karlovy Vary, Review | Comments

New Trailer for Trippy Los Angeles Film 'Kuso' Directed by Flying Lotus

Kuso Trailer

"I survived, and I can barely believe it." Shudder has debuted a new trailer for the trippy new film made by musician Flying Lotus, making his feature directorial debut. Kuso is about a few events that occur after an earthquake destroys Los Angeles. The story is told through various discarded televisions and a number of quirky characters still left alive. It's described as having hallucinations that are "half-Cronenberg, half-Ren & Stimpy", though even that may not properly sum up the film. I heard nothing but weird things about this, as it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and seems to be an acquired taste, definitely not for everyone. The cast includes Hannibal Buress, Anders Holm, Tim Heidecker, as well as funk legend George Clinton, among others. It's a good trailer with all the crazy quotes, but I don't think I'll be seeing this film.

 Posted July 11 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for Super Weird Film 'Lemon' Directed by Janicza Bravo

Lemon Trailer

"I knew you were crazy!" Magnolia Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for a film titled Lemon, from writer/director Janicza Bravo, making her feature directorial debut. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to mixed reviews, mostly because it's so wacky and weird that not everyone will be into it. But why not give it a shot? Lemon stars Brett Gelman as a man who watches his life unravel after he is left by his girlfriend of 10 years. The ensemble cast includes Judy Greer, Michael Cera, Shiri Appleby, Fred Melamed, Rhea Perlman, Gillian Jacobs, Jon Daly, Martin Starr, Megan Mullally, Jeff Garlin, Elizabeth De Razzo, Marla Gibbs, and Nia Long. I really don't even know what to make of this trailer - it doesn't seem that funny, even though it's trying hard to be funny. Maybe I'm just missing it? Take a look.

 Posted July 10 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Imelda Staunton in UK Trailer for Romantic Comedy 'Finding Your Feet'

Finding Your Feet Trailer

"I'm not like you, Bif, I can't just open up like a lotus flower." Entertainment One in the UK has debuted an official trailer for the filming Finding Your Feet, directed by Richard Loncraine. The romantic comedy stars acclaimed actress Imelda Staunton as a "middle class, judgmental snob" who discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend. So she moves in with her estranged, bohemian, older sister Bif, played by Celia Imrie, and is dragged along to her community dance class where she starts to find some romance again. The full cast includes Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, David Hayman, and John Sessions. This seems like an amusing, charming film with a superb performance from Staunton. Have fun.

 Posted July 10 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Harry Dean Stanton in First Trailer for Spiritual Journey Film 'Lucky'

Lucky Trailer

"I know the truth, and the truth matters. And you have to face that and accept it." Magnolia Pictures has debuted an official trailer for a special indie comedy titled Lucky, starring Harry Dean Stanton as the character "Lucky". As the official description explains, the film is not only a "love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton", but also a "meditation on morality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection" telling the story of a 90-year-old atheist. And it looks damn good. Co-starring Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt, Beth Grant, as well as filmmaker David Lynch as "Howard". I'm very curious to see this just to hear everything Harry Dean Stanton has to say, maybe there's some valuable wisdom to pick up from someone who has lived this kind of long life. Besides that, it looks like it has some good laughs. Enjoy.

 Posted July 7 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for Bill Watterson's Indie Comedy 'Dave Made a Maze'

Dave Made a Maze Trailer

"If you want to survive this fantasy world, think outside the boxes." Holy mackerel, this looks amazing!! Gravitas has unveiled an official trailer for an indie comedy titled Dave Made a Maze, about an artist who builds a huge fort in his living room out of cardboard. The clever concept here is that as soon as you enter the maze, it turns into something much bigger. Dave builds the maze out of pure frustration, only to end up trapped by the "fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation." This stars Nick Thune, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, James Urbaniak, Stephanie Allynne, Kirsten Vangsness, plus Scott Krinsky. Ohh it looks like it's going to be so, so much fun, kind of like Michel Gondry meets the Duplass Brothers, or something like that. This really does seem like a certified instant cult classic. I'm ready to enter.

 Posted July 7 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for True Crime Podcasters Indie Comedy 'Women Who Kill'

Women Who Kill Trailer

"Hottest female serial killer ever? That's a tough call." FilmRise has debuted an official trailer for an indie comedy titled Women Who Kill, which first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year. The film is inspired by podcasts like "Serial" and tells the story of two women who run a podcast about serial killers called "Women Who Kill". Writer/director Ingrid Jungermann stars as Morgan, and Ann Carr plays her co-host Jean. They used to be in a relationship but not anymore. When Morgan meets a new girl at the local Food Coop, she falls for her but it turns out she may actually be a serial killer. The cast includes Sheila Vand, Annette O'Toole, Deborah Rush, Tami Sagher, Grace Rex, and Shannon Patricia O'Neill. This looks quirky and entertaining in a very Brooklyn way, with some deep Brooklyn humor, but that's cool.

 Posted July 6 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

New International Trailer for 'Patti Cake$' Starring Danielle Macdonald

Patti Cake$ Trailer

"I thought I could be someone…" "You already are." A second official international trailer has arrived for the festival hit Patti Cake$, starring Australian actress Danielle Macdonald as an overweight wannabe rapper from New Jersey. The story follows "Killa P" and her struggles as she tries to make a name for herself in a town that doesn't care much about anyone, especially someone who looks like her. The cast includes Cathy Moriarty, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, and Bridget Everett. This wasn't exactly one of my favorite films of Sundance (read my review) but it's raucous and definitely entertaining, with a good message and lots of heart. This played at both the Sundance & Cannes Film Festivals this year, and will make lots of noise upon release. I like this trailer because they don't have to hold back on all the language.

 Posted July 6 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

LaBeouf vs Gudnason in New Full-Length Trailer for 'Borg/McEnroe'

Borg/McEnroe Teaser Trailer

"What do you want from tennis?" "To be the best." A full-length trailer has been unveiled for tennis match film Borg/McEnroe, profiling (and recreating) the iconic 1980 tennis match between Björn Borg and John McEnroe. The film seems to now be titled simply Borg, which is odd considering it seems to be about both players and not just Borg, but this trailer proves otherwise. Maybe the title is different in certain countries around the world? Shia LaBeouf plays John McEnroe, and Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason plays Björn Borg; also starring Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny, and David Bamber. This looks damn good, even better than expected. I'm impressed by the mix of English, French and Swedish in this trailer. Worth a look.

 Posted July 5 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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