"Want to know why? I don't care about winning." A24 has debuted the first official trailer for Mississippi Grind, an indie drama from Sundance this year. Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, the filmmakers behind Sugar, It's Kind of a Funny Story and Half Nelson, Mississippi Grind stars Ben Mendelsohn as a down-on-his-luck poker player who teams up with a younger player, played by Ryan Reynolds, in hopes of changing his luck. The cast also includes Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton and Robin Weigert. As much as I admire these filmmakers, and love these two actors, this doesn't look like anything besides yet another gambling-is-bad, try-to-get-out-of-debt but it goes wrong movie. This may be all about the performances.
Get ready for the riots. Before Roland Emmerich brings us the new Independence Day: Resurgence sequel, the director will be releasing his indie drama about the 1969 Stonewall riots. Emmerich already shot the film, mostly around Montreal, and it's ready for release this September. Roadside Attractions announced a September 25th release date for Stonewall, starring Jeremy Irvine and newcomer Jonny Beauchamp, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman. Stonewall is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall riots, "which became the start of the LGBT rights movement." More info below.
"The key is to be mysterious…" Take a look at the first trailer for the directorial debut of a young actor, Craig Roberts, who you may recognize from films like Submarine, Jane Eyre, Red Lights, Neighbors or 22 Jump Street. Craig Roberts wrote and directed and stars in this film, Just Jim, which also co-stars Emile Hirsch. This is the story of a loner. Jim, 16, has no friends and is a bit weird. He eventually makes friends with Dean, a tough kid on the run who moves in next door, played by Hirsch. The cast includes Aneirin Hughes, Nia Roberts, Richard Harrington, Matthew Aubrey, Ryan Owen & Charlotte Randall. Check it out.
"Ya'll ready for this?!" Gravitas Ventures has debuted a trailer for the indie comedy Addicted to Fresno, from filmmaker Jamie Babbit (Breaking the Girls, Itty Bitty Titty Committee). This kooky indie stars Judy Greer & Natasha Lyonne as sisters at a hotel in Fresno, California. When one of them accidentally kills a guy, they go to extreme lengths to cover up the crime. The supporting cast includes Aubrey Plaza, Clea DuVall, Allison Tolman, Ron Livingston, Molly Shannon and Fred Armisen. This looks funny at times, but doesn't seem like anything that stands out in a crowd. At least it's nice to see more of Judy Greer.
"I feel that we met in Grand Central for a reason. We were meant to find each other…" Radius-TWC has debuted a trailer for Chris Evans' feature directorial debut, a charming indie drama called Before We Go. This sweet romance follows a woman, played by Alice Eve, who misses her train home from New York to Boston and is robbed. Soon after she meets a street musician, played by Chris Evans, and together they have one of the most remarkable nights of their lives. As sappy as that seems, there's something that feels so real and honest about this, and I can't help but say I got the chills a bit watching this footage. That kind of connection, that chance meeting is so rare and so beautifully captured here. I'm looking forward to this film.
"There's garbage in the ground… If you dig far enough, you'll find a landfill." The Orchard has debuted the first official trailer for Joe Swanberg's newest film Digging for Fire, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This time Swanberg doesn't appear in it, instead this stars Jake Johnson along with an eclectic cast including: Jane Adams, Rosemarie Dewitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick and Mike Birbiglia. It's essentially an examination of everyone's going on in life at this point, by way of a party with a bunch of friends. It's good, not great, but this is a fun trailer.
"Utterly hypnotic." What isssss this?! I'm not exactly sure if this is going to be any good, but it's definitely very intriguing. The first trailer for an indie psychological horror/thriller called The Boy has arrived. Craig William Macneill's The Boy is a "chilling, intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath's growing fascination with death." The cast includes Rainn Wilson and David Morse, as well as Jared Breeze as "the boy". There are some very intriguing shots in this, but it generally looks like a mesmerizing character study with minimal dialogue. Bloody-Disgusting said in their review, "We’ve seen killer kid films before. But maybe not one as psychologically ratcheting as The Boy." That line sells me more than this trailer. Give it a look below.
A film about love, revenge and haute couture. Yes, that is the actual tagline. An official Australian trailer has debuted for Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker, adapted from Rosalie Ham's novel of the same name, starring Kate Winslet as woman trained in French dressmaking who returns to her grubby middle-of-nowhere hometown in dusty Australia. There she brings new life to the town and, of course, falls for a guy, played by Liam Hemsworth. This looks like an upbeat, fun-for-everyone charmer that will have you smiling more than laughing, but doesn't look so bad. Featuring Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Caroline Goodall, Shane Bourne and Kerry Fox. Only headed to Australian cinemas for now, take a look below.
"I met somebody… An Italian fella. We're going to Coney Island on the weekend." This looks charming. Fox Searchlight has debuted the first trailer for John Crowley's Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan, a vintage romance set in New York City in the 1950s. The cast includes Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Zegen and Emory Cohen, but this is really Ronan's show. As a young Irish immigrant, she struggles to find her place in America, but then falls into a relationship with an Italian boy. This trailer really builds into magnificence at the end, with a lovely score and some fantastic shots of the city. But it's the shots of Saoirse Ronan pining, and crying, and longing, that will really hit you deep in the heart. First premiered at Sundance in January.
"I feel like I don't know you at all anymore." Film Movement has debuted an official US trailer for the film directed by Mélanie Laurent, Breathe, also known as Respire, a drama about two young friends. Starring Joséphine Japy and Lou de Laâge, this received rave reviews out of the Cannes Film Festival and looks to be very beautiful, very intimate, yet powerful coming-of-age drama. Laurent, best known as an actress from Now You See Me or Inglourious Basterds, is only directing here and seems to be doing an exceptional job. I'm very curious to see this when it hits US theaters this fall. See the trailer with English subtitles below.
Wow. I have to admit, I kinda love this poster. But maybe that's because I have a deep appreciation and love for the Telluride Film Festival, occurring every Labor Day weekend in the remarkably beautiful town of Telluride, Colorado. This year the festival chose Belgian artist Laurent Durieux as the official poster artist of the 2015 festival, and his design is now out. Durieux is one of my favorite artists already - we've featured his work plenty before on the site (The Godfather: Part I & II, It's a Wonderful Life, or Back to the Future Part II). He really captures the vibe of the charming town, which actually looks like it does on this poster, sans bear (see photo here). If this doesn't make you want to attend this festival, I don't know what else will?
"It is something that you in your world would never understand…" Atlas Distribution has debuted a new US trailer for Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert, starring Nicole Kidman as the legendary Gertrude Bell, who was an important figure in Middle East relations in the early 1900s. This isn't the first trailer we've featured, however the other trailer was an international version, this new one has a much more epic, Lawrence of Arabia-esque feel. Which is what they're really selling it like, with Robert Pattinson playing T.E. Lawrence and everything, but it's really a story about Bell's life. The cast includes James Franco, Damian Lewis and Jenny Agutter. This trailer does really give everything its got to try and sell tickets.
La Muerte! I'm really loving the marketing for this movie. The latest artwork to debut for the upcoming thriller Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Emily Blunt, was designed in the style of loteria cards from Mexico (a game like bingo but with symbols on cards). The film takes place mostly around Mexico, examining the relationship between US government agents and drug cartels in Mexico. There are two excellent themed posters, then three more for some of the main cast: Emily Blunt es La Soldado ("the Soldier"), Benicio Del Toro es La Muerte ("Death") and Josh Brolin es El Araña ("the Spider"). I really like how striking and unique the marketing is, and the film looks great (trailer). Can't wait to see it myself.
"Is that all you've got?" Amplify Releasing has debuted the official US trailer for Xavier Dolan's other film Tom at the Farm, which he wrote and directed (and starred in) back in 2013. The film first premiered at festivals two years ago and has been waiting for a US release ever since, despite hitting theaters in Canada and Europe in spring of 2014 (and in the meantime releasing his other film Mommy). Dolan stars as Tom, a grieving man who heads to a rural farm to meet his lover's family. It's a very mysterious, quirky, odd, but beautiful thriller of sorts. We featured another trailer for this two years ago, but this new one is also worth watching. Co-starring Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy & Evelyne Brochu. This one is recommended.