"Can't you see that this woman is having a profound moment?" Fox Searchlight has debuted an official red band trailer for the indie comedy Wilson, starring Woody Harrelson as the title character Wilson. He plays a "lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time." The full cast includes Laura Dern, Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines, Shaun Brown, David Warshofsky and Isabella Amara. This is made by the same guy who made The Skeleton Twins, which is a fantastic little indie film. This looks like a lot of fun, and Woody Harrelson is a great actor and it's always fun to see him playing around with unique roles like this. Looking forward to it.
"I will not have you trivialize everything I have sacrificed to make things better for you." This fun indie flick plays nicely with the trailer for Gifted, also about a precocious young mathematician trying to hold her own in school. Cents is a coming-of-age film about a 12-year-old girl, played by Julia Flores, who uses her calculus skills to transform the penny drive at her school into a pyramid scheme. The cast includes Lillie Kolich, Jy Prishkulnik, Claire Carter, Monique Candelaria and Esodie Geiger. I was hoping this might be a hidden gem, but the trailer doesn't show much promise, unfortunately. Still worth a quick look.
"When you were born, I told you life was very big and unknown…" A24 has revealed the second trailer for Mike Mills' latest film, titled 20th Century Women, which premiered to rave reviews at the New York Film Festival (see the first teaser). The film is about three women living in the late 1970s who explore love and freedom living together in a bohemian house in Santa Barbara. The ensemble cast includes Annette Bening in the lead as the mother, with Elle Fanning, Alia Shawkat, Laura Wiggins, Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig, John Billingsley and Waleed Zuaiter. Reviews from NYFF call the film an "exquisite celebration of womanhood." This really looks quite wonderful, I'm looking forward to seeing it. Take a look.
"Mister - superheroes don't fly, or look like Jesus. They drive broken down cars…" Gravitas Ventures has debuted a trailer for an inspirational indie drama titled All We Had, the feature directorial debut of actress Katie Holmes, who also stars in the film. It's about a troubled mother and her young teenage daughter, named Ruthie played by Stefania Owen, who end up in a small town after attempting to live out of their car. They've always lived on the edge of poverty, but here they might've found an unlikely family working at a local diner. Also starring Richard Kind, Eve Lindley, Mark Consuelos, Katherine Reis, Judy Greer and Luke Wilson. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is based on a novel of the same name. It looks like there's some strong performances in this, with her daughter being the most memorable.
"This is why I hate musical theater." A trailer has debuted for an indie comedy about the opening night of a Broadway show titled simply Opening Night. The film stars Topher Grace as a failed Broadway singer who is now working as a stage manager on a big Broadway show that is about to open. Everything that could go wrong backstage seems to have gone wrong and more. This is pretty much the polar opposite of Birdman, which was also about a Broadway show's opening night and things going wrong. In addition to Grace, the eclectic ensemble cast includes Alona Tal, Taye Diggs, Rob Riggle, Anne Heche, Paul Scheer, J.C. Chasez, Lesli Margherita, Lauren Lapkus and Brian Huskey. This actually doesn't look seem that bad, there's some genuine humor found within, especially for those familiar with the stage world. Have fun.
"I went missing up on that mountain right there? Well, we'd have a hell of a story." The first trailer for a survival thriller titled Sugar Mountain has arrived online. The film is about two brothers who decide to fake a disappearance in the Alaskan wilderness so they'll have a great survival story to sell. However, things don't go exactly as planned and they end up in even more trouble than before. Jason Momoa stars with Cary Elwes, Melora Walters, Anna Hutchison, John Karna, Drew Roy, Haley Webb and Shane Coffey. This looks like a bit of a mess, with lots of drama among characters and not enough actual survival, though it's hard to judge from this trailer alone. I'm curious but honestly not expecting that much from this.
"Sometimes you just have to take a step back and really contemplate what it is that you're doing…" Orion Pictures has released a trailer for an indie comedy directed by a composer titled Dreamland, set in Los Angeles about an aspiring pianist who wants to open a piano bar. This plot may sound familiar, as it's pretty much what Ryan Gosling's character wants in La La Land. But these are two very different films, and this one has its own charms. Dreamland stars Johnny Simmons as Monty, who gets into trouble when he falls into a romantic affair with an older wealthy woman who is willing to help him fund his dream. The full cast includes Amy Landecker, Jason Schwartzman, Frankie Shaw, Beverly D'Angelo, Noël Wells, Talia Shire, Shay Mitchell and Nick Thune. I actually quite like the way this looks, nice indie vibe to it.
"I don't want to lose my best friend…" Good Deed Entertainment has revealed a trailer for a charming coming-of-age indie comedy titled Growing Up Smith, about a 10-year-old Indian boy living in America. Newcomer Roni Akurati plays Smith Bhatnagar, a likable youngster growing up in America in the late 70s with his Indian family. He falls for the girl next door, and goes all-in chasing her every way he can. The cast includes Brighton Sharbino as his love interest, plus Jason Lee, Anjul Nigam, Hilarie Burton, Poorna Jagannathan, Shoba Narayanan and Jake Busey. This looks adorable and amusing, but doesn't seem like anything to really write home about. But I'm always up for a good coming-of-age film. Give this a shot.
"You got a scoop?" Samuel Goldwyn has debuted a trailer for an indie drama titled Burn Country, which premiered at Tribeca earlier this year. The film is a fictional feature version of a real-life story of a "fixer" journalist from Afghanistan who decides to move to a town on the coast in Northern California. However, once he begins working at a newspaper there he gets drawn into the strange "backwoods of this small town", stumbling into local corruption and other dangers. Iranian actor Dominic Rains stars as Osman, and the cast includes Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan, Thomas Jay Ryan, Tim Kniffin, and James Oliver Wheatley. This looks damn good, like it offers a unique perspective not often seen on film.
"When you're a child, you learn there are three dimensions: height, width and depth. Like a shoebox. Then later you hear there is a fourth dimension: time." A brand new UK trailer for Jim Jarmusch's Paterson has debuted. This is one of my very favorite films of the year, and this trailer is much better than the US one released last month. Paterson stars Adam Driver as a humble bus driver living in Paterson, New Jersey with his wife, played by the wonderful Golshifteh Farahani. During his free time he writes poems, and it turns out he's immensely talented even though he doesn't admit it. I wrote in my review in Cannes that the film is "poetic perfection, superbly realized. Cinema at its very finest." I mean it. This also stars William Jackson Harper and Masatoshi Nagase. I really love this film so much, and I hope everyone sees this.
"He played you. You got played." Paladin has released the official trailer for an indie drama titled Frank & Lola, a self-described "psychosexual noir romance about love and sex", set mostly in Las Vegas. Michael Shannon plays a top notch chef living in Las Vegas, who meets and hooks up with the fairly broken and troubled Lola, played by Imogen Poots. The two get mixed up in various sexual encounters while dealing with other personal problems in their own lives. I actually saw this at the Sundance Film Festival, where it premiered earlier this year, and it's fairly forgettable. The story is all over the place, it relies too much on the sex without much substance elsewhere, and the performances are fine but don't stand out in anyway. Also featuring Justin Long, Michael Nyqvist and Rosanna Arquette. If you're still curious, give it a look.
Meet Barry. Netflix has unveiled an impressive 30-second teaser trailer for the other young Barack Obama film out this year, this one titled Barry. The other one is titled Southside with You, and profiles Barack's very first date with Michelle in Chicago. Barry is about "Barry" Obama during his college years, with an afro and everything, as played by newcomer Devon Terrell in the film. The cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy, Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman, Ellar Coltrane, Jason Mitchell and John Benjamin Hickey. This sells me on the film completely and it's only 30 seconds and barely has any shots of Obama's face, just him walking around campus and New York, and I love it. Simple, sleek, good vibes, nice work Netflix. Check it.