Though Dredd may not have fared as well as some hoped, writer Alex Garland is set to redeem himself by taking a turn directing with the sci-fi flick Ex Machina. Garland behind the scripts for Never Let Me Go, Sunshine and 28 Days Later, all unique films with great stories. As for Ex Machina, this one follows a love triangle between two men and a beautiful robot girl. That's definitely unlike anything we've seen before, and now we have a first look at the film with stars Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Domhnall Gleeson (About Time). No sign of the robot girl (Alicia Vikander) just yet, but we're certainly intrigued.
"It's funny that you find life so complicated." Today's indie trailer is for a film called Chinese Puzzle, or Casse-tête chinois in French, another third film in a charming romantic comedy trilogy about a couple and their lives over the years. The film features the same cast/characters from Cédric Klapisch's Russian Dolls and The Spanish Apartment, including Romain Duris as Xavier Rousseau, along with Audrey Tautou, Kelly Reilly, Toshiko Onizawa, Cécile de France and Sandrine Holt. While it is a French film, they do speak English and it takes place mostly in New York City, and doesn't look that bad at all. I'll check it out.
Briefly: Fox Searchlight has announced a release date for Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman, a Broadway stage drama about a fading actor starring Michael Keaton (seen above), for early in awards season 2014. Birdman will open in select theaters starting October 17th, 2014 this fall; a similar release date slot was used by Searchlight to debut 12 Years a Slave last year, and that went all the way to win Best Picture. Not saying that Birdman has that chance as we haven't seen much yet, but it will be something to behold anyway - with Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki behind the long-take cinematography. Also in the cast: Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts.
"Focus on the job and we'll all end up making a lot of money..." This looks eerie. After featuring posters yesterday, today we have the full US trailer for Erik Skjoldbjærg's Pioneer, a Norwegian conspiracy thriller set in the 1980s about the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom and deep sea divers using "controversial techniques" to extract oil. The cast includes a number of recognizable names and faces, from Wes Bentley to Stephen Lang to Jonathan LaPaglia, and they speak in English most of the time. This actually looks way better than I expected and I'm glad I stumbled across this film, there's just something mysterious and alluring about it. And I'm glad the footage in the trailer actually looks solid. Take a look for yourself below.
"One of these days I'm going to come back, and I'm going to save you... if you're lucky." The first trailer has arrived for an indie comedy called Don Peyote, written & directed by Michael Canzoniero & Dan Fogler, which is some kind of crazy, wacky, drug-trip dramedy starring Fogler as Warren Allman, an "unemployed stoner who finally finds a purpose in life" after a run in with a homeless man that gives him some kind of power, it looks like. The supporting cast is promising: Anne Hathaway, Jay Baruchel, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace and Wallace Shawn. Doesn't look too bad, but I'm still unsure about Fogler in a lead role.
Following a premiere at Sundance in January, the spy thriller A Most Wanted Man is heading to theaters this summer, marking one of the final performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film is an understated and reserved thriller in the vein of Michael Clayton and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, with Hoffman anchoring the film with one hell of a grizzled performance (read my review from Sundance here). The film also stars Rachel McAdams (whose German accent needs some work), Willem Dafoe, Daniel Bruhl and Robin Wright. It's a spectacular slow burn that is undoubtedly worth seeing. Watch below!
He changed the industry forever with the visual effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. Can he do again in 2014? After following its development for years, visual effects master Doug Trumbull is premiering his first experimental 4K 3D 120FPS film titled UFOTOG at the Second Fictional Festival this May up at Seattle's Cinerama. We've written about this odd UFOTOG project a few times before and have been patiently awaiting its arrival, mostly just to see what all the hype is behind this latest sci-fi experience that Trumbull has come up with. Press releases are hitting now confirming the premiere in Seattle. Read on.
When your ultimate adventure becomes your ultimate nightmare. If you're into deep sea diving conspiracy thrillers, then we've got the perfect film for you. Titled Pioneer, this Norwegian thriller is about a team of divers who were part of risky experiments at the start of the Norwegian oil-drilling industry in the early 80s. The cast includes Aksel Hennie plus Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang, Jonathan LaPaglia, Stephanie Sigman and Jørgen Langhelle. The film already premiered in Europe last year and has been waiting for a US release, however io9 has debuted a new US poster and we thought it was worth sharing to bring some attention to this interesting little film. I'm intrigued by all the imagery, but I'm not sure if it'll be any good.
"I'd like to tell you the story of the eyes that changed this world." After making a splash with the indie sci-fi Another Earth at Sundance in 2011, director Mike Cahill returned to the independent film festival with the penetrating sci-fi drama I Origins. Now the first trailer for the compelling film starring Michael Pitt, Brit Marling and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey has arrived. This film is an absolute sensation (read Alex's Sundance review right here), and serves as an interesting, provoking bridge between the ever-strong debate between faith and science. This is one you'll want to seek out this summer for sure. Watch the trailer now!
Following a premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Wish I Was Here, the sophomore directorial effort of Garden State helmer and "Scrubs" star Zach Braff is coming this summer, and the first trailer has arrived. Much like the first trailer for Braff's aforementioned directorial debut, this one let's the music and cinematography shine, opting to leave out dialogue almost completely. It's kind of a bummer that a couple amusing cameos are included in this trailer, but they'll also convince fans of Braff's previous work to be even more excited. This writer wasn't a big fan of the film earlier this year, but it's worth seeing yourself. Watch!
After premiering at SXSW, the indie horror film Creep has been picked up for distribution. And while normally that's news enough for an indie that first premiered at a film festival, the announcement comes with the promise that this film is kicking off a whole psychological thriller trilogy. RADiUS-TWC has picked up the film along with worldwide rights to the eventual trilogy produced by Blumhouse Productions (Insidious, Paranormal Activity, Sinister), written by Mark Duplass (star of Safety Not Guaranteed and writer of Jeff Who Lives at Home and Cyrus) and directed by freshman filmmaker Patrick Brice. Read on!
"Why don't you come back again tonight, I got a whole new menu just for you, asshole." After Robert Downey Jr. designed some colorful posters to promote the SXSW premiere of Jon Favreau's latest directorial effort Chef, the first trailer for the film that also stars the Iron Man director has arrived. Along with some of the tasty food porn on display, this looks like a well done (no pun intended) charming comedy that takes Favreau back to his Swingers and Made roots as a gourmet chef struggling to stay afloat while also piecing his family back together. Plus, there's Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo and Bobby Canavale all serving up supporting turns. Watch below!
"They never told you?" Today's must-see indie trailer is for a riveting B&W drama from Poland titled Ida, which was Poland's 2013 entry into the Best Foreign Language Oscar pool, but it didn't make the final cut. Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida first premiered at the Gdynia Polish Film Festival and London Film Festivals last year, and also played in Telluride, Toronto & Sundance before getting a limited US release. It has earned rave reviews from critics the world over, and this trailer gives us a glimpse at the powerful story of a young nun in 1960s Poland who moves in with her aunt. The score in this is just tremendous, I'm curious to see it.
While you may not know Elliott Smith by name, his music has likely snuck into your ears by way of soundtracks for films like Good Will Hunting, American Beauty and The Royal Tenenbaums. But sadly, the musician died just over 10 years ago after struggling with addiction, and his death made a huge impact on his friends, family and collaborators, mostly because of the dark circumstances surrounding his death. Now a documentary wants to explore more that Smith's death, and actually dive into the man's life and what made him a treasure in the music world and to everyone that he met and worked with. Heaven Adores You premieres at the San Francisco International Film Festival in May, and there's a trailer below.