"What is this all about?!" Screen Media Films has debuted a trailer for the indie comedy Zoom, about a comic book artist played by the talented Alison Pill (seen in Milk, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Midnight in Paris, Goon, Snowpiercer, Hail Caesar!, and "The Newsroom"). This is a funky mashup because it combines the rather crazy live-action story with an animated (or perhaps rotoscoped?) comic book story, which is all of her frustrations come to life after they've been illustrated on paper. Gael García Bernal plays the primary, suave comic book character, and the rest of the cast includes Tyler Labine, Jason Priestley, Mariana Ximenes, Don McKellar and Michael Eklund. This actually looks fun in a quirky way, and I like the way they mix the animated comics with the real world story. Might be worth watching when it's out.
A24 has unveiled the second official trailer for Andrea Arnold's American Honey, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year to some rave reviews. The film stars newcomer Sasha Lane as a teenager who joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and falls for Shia LaBeouf while trying to navigate a life of partying and passion and jealousy. Also starring McCaul Lombardi, Arielle Holmes, Crystal Ice and Riley Keough. This trailer really plays up a few quotes from our friend Ryland Aldrich's glowing review of the film, calling it the kind of outstanding work that we only see once in a generation, capturing the fleeting feeling of freedom and the tireless pursuit of the American dream. They also toss in Bruce Springsteen's "Dream Baby Dream" to help set the mood for this. I'm a big fan of the film, and I hope people check it out.
"Feeling down?" Oscilloscope Labs has debuted the first quick teaser trailer for an indie film called The Alchemist Cookbook, from unique filmmaker Joel Potrykus, who last made the cult indie hit Buzzard starring Joshua Burge. This film is about a young outcast named Sean, played by Ty Hickson, who is holed up in a trailer in the woods with "The Alchemist Cookbook" and his cat. After going too far with one of the recipes, he "awakens something far more sinister and dangerous". The poster gives you a little hint at what that might be since this teaser doesn't offer much to work with. If you're curious about this one, have a look.
"At some point you gotta decide for yourself who you gunna be, can't let nobody make that decision for you." Wow. A24 has debuted the official trailer for a film called Moonlight, an emotional drama set across three different timelines following the story of a young boy coming to grips with his own sexuality during the Way on Drugs era in Miami. Ashton Sanders stars as the older Chiron, with an impressive ensemble cast including Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, André Holland, Tre' Rhodes and Janelle Monáe. From the trailer this looks phenomenal, and I've already been hearing great buzz from a couple of people who have been lucky enough to see it already. The music in this trailer adds so much emotion, and there's some stunning shots from cinematographer James Laxton. This film should definitely be on your radar now.
"You gave me the most important thing that life can offer - you gave me a family." Cinelou Releasing has debuted an official trailer for the heartfelt drama Mr. Church, starring Eddie Murphy as a talented cook named Henry Joseph Church - based on a real person. This isn't a comedy, though it starts out with some light humor, it's actually a drama with some strong emotions - Mr. Church was a chef for a family in Los Angeles in the 1960s & 70s that had a mother ill with cancer. The film also stars Britt Robertson (from Tomorrowland) as well as Natascha McElhone, Lucy Fry, Christian Madsen, and Xavier Samuel. Fun fact - Samuel Jackson was originally going to star, but Murphy replaced him after scheduling conflicts. This looks charming, maybe not the best film you'll see all year, but a sweet and touching story. Have a look.
"It's when everyone thinks they know who you are, then you're trapped." IFC Films & Amazon Studios have debuted the trailer for an indie drama called Complete Unknown, from director Joshua Marston, starring Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon. The film is a mystery about a man, played by Michael Shannon, planning to move to a new state with his wife for her graduate program. Just as he is about to do so, a woman from his past who often changes identities, played by Rachel Weisz, reenters his life at a birthday dinner party. The full cast includes Danny Glover, Kathy Bates, Condola Rashad and Chris Lowell. This originally premiered at Sundance this year but I don't recall hearing much buzz about it, at all. The mystery surrounding Weisz's character looks intriguing, but I'm not sure if the payoff will be worth it.
"So what happens here? And what can you do to minimize the damage?" The first trailer has arrived for a film playing at this year's Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) called The Rehearsal, from Canadian director Alison Maclean. It's a complex drama about a first-year acting student who "mines his girlfriend's family scandal as material for the end-of-year show at drama school." Yeah, that sounds a bit crazy, but this looks damn good. James Rolleston stars, along with Ella Edward, Alice Englert, Kerry Fox and Michelle Ny. I am expecting some exceptional performances from a film about acting, and from what I can tell, there will be plenty. The song featured in this is "Fragile" (MCHNCL Remix) by Maya Payne & Kabyn Walley. See below.
"It is during our darkest, that our loved ones are closest." A24 has unveiled an official trailer for the release of Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees, an emotional drama set in Japan's mysterious Aokigahara forest, also known as the Suicide Forest (the same place the horror film The Forest takes place). This first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year to mostly negative reviews from critics, which is why there isn't too much buzz. Matthew McConaughey stars as a suicidal American man who ventures into the forest longing for his wife, played by Naomi Watts, and befriends a Japanese man, played by Ken Watanabe, while he's wandering around. The cast includes Katie Aselton, Jordan Gavaris and James Saito. We featured the Japanese trailer back in March, but this new US trailer looks better, like it actually might be worth seeing.
"You have absolutely no idea how to control your emotions." The first trailer has debuted for the latest film from American filmmaker Paul Schrader, titled Dog Eat Dog, starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe. This first premiered in the Directors' Fortnight at this year's Cannes Film Festival, but didn't emerge with too much buzz and even worse, it still doesn't have US distribution in place yet. Dog Eat Dog is about three criminals, fresh out of prison, planning one last score to wrap up their life of crime and get things back on track. "One more hit, one more jackpot, and they'll all be satisfied." Of course, it never turns out to be that easy. The cast includes Christopher Matthew Cook, Louisa Krause, Magi Avila, and Schrader himself as "Grecco The Greek". This trailer is crazy violent, and totally wild, but I'm not sure if that's good. Dive in.
"There's a blizzard coming." The first trailer has debuted thanks to TIFF for a film called Two Lovers and a Bear, a relationship drama set in the small town near the North Pole. Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan star as two "star-crossed lovers" and lost souls that end up together at the top of the world. Of course, things can't be perfect and their pasts catch up to them, forcing them to make some rash decisions. There are some shots in this that seem straight out of The Thing, and an actual polar bear makes an appearance a couple of times. How the bears plays into the plot, I don't know, but it's cool to see even though it seems odd. The film didn't get great reviews out of Cannes but a few of you may be interested in it.
"They all start out with a slap on the ass, and then we end up jealous old men wishing we had what the other guy's got." Paladin & Lightstream have unveiled the official US trailer for an indie drama called Max Rose, starring the legendary musician-comedian Jerry Lewis as an aging jazz pianist. The trailer says this is Lewis' "most personal role of a lifetime", and it definitely feels that way. After her death, he learns that his wife had another man in her life and tries to find out who he is. Also starring Kevin Pollak, Kerry Bishé, Dean Stockwell, Fred Willard and Claire Bloom. This looks like a very emotional film, with strong performances and more heart than most films. "Sharing love - it's more important that anything." Indeed.
"I thought I could do better for you. I thought I could do more." Strand Releasing has debuted the official trailer for Andrew Ahn's film Spa Night, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Joe Seo plays David Cho, an 18-year-old Korean-American living with his family in Los Angeles who takes a job at a Korean spa to help make money for his family. There he discovers the seedy side of the spa, and struggles with his own sexuality and identity in a vibrant, poetic coming-of-age story. The full cast includes Haerry Kim, Youn Ho Cho, Tae Song and Ho Young Chung. This trailer features some impressive cinematography and the film earned a few rave reviews out of Sundance, so check it out if you're interested.
"There will always be pain in this world, Homer, and a good man will seek to take the pain out of things." Momentum Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for the film Ithaca, the feature directorial debut of actress Meg Ryan, who also stars in this. Based on William Saroyan's novel titled The Human Comedy, the story is about a bike messenger, played by Alex Neustaedter, who delivers letters during World War II in the 1940s. One letter in particular, however, will change him forever. The full cast includes Sam Shepard, Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Hamish Linklater, Jack Quaid, Molly Gordon and Gabriel Basso. This looks like a fairly nice, harmless indie drama to see this fall. There definitely is an indie feel to it, not in a good way, but I'm hopeful that the emotions in the story shine through in the end. Give this a watch below.
"Your innocence will never abandon you…" Focus World has debuted a brand new official US trailer for Natalie Portman's directorial debut, a drama called A Tale of Love and Darkness, set against the backdrop of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. Natalie Portman plays Fania Oz, the mother of Amos Oz, a person from real life who eventually becomes a writer, journalist, and advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film focuses mostly on his youth and his relationship with his mother. The cast includes Amir Tessler as the young Amos Oz, as well as Gilad Kahana, Ohad Knoller, Makram Khoury and Rotem Keinan. This looks powerful with some stunning cinematography by Slawomir Idziak (of Black Hawk Down, Gattaca). Have a look below.