"You don't see the resemblance?" An official trailer has debuted for a dark fantasy sci-fi thriller titled Ayla, from an American director known only as "Elias". The story is about a man haunted by the mysterious death of his 4-year-old sister, who decides to bring her back to life 30 years later as an adult woman - "obsession becomes flesh". Obviously things turn out a bit weird, and only get weirder, and this trailer definitely hints at that. The cast of Ayla includes Tristan Risk as the titular Ayla, along with Nicholas Wilder, Dee Wallace, Sarah Schoofs, D'Angelo Midili, Bill Oberst Jr., and Andrew Sensenig. The footage in this trailer reminds me of Splice, in a way, which seems to be appropriate comparison. I'm not sure what to make of this, seems like it could be good, but it could also be awful and way too experimental. Check it out.
"I have done everything for you…!" Netflix has released the trailer for an indie drama titled 6 Balloons, another film premiering at the SXSW Film Festival this month before hitting Netflix just a few weeks later. The film takes place over the course of one night, following a woman who drives across Los Angeles with her heroin addict brother in search of a detox center, with his two year old daughter in tow. Abbi Jacobson (from "Broad City") stars with Dave Franco, and a full cast including Charlotte Carel, Madeline Carel, Maya Erskine, Dawan Owens, Jen Tullock, Lisa Bierman, Pierce Minor, Heidi Sulzman, Tim Matheson, and Jane Kaczmarek. This cinematography in this looks rough, but the story is compelling.
"The man in the black hat… I heard he can be kind of shady." Netflix has debuted the first official trailer for a film titled Paradox, the feature directorial debut of actress Daryl Hannah, which is premiering at the SXSW Film Festival this month. Paradox is described as a "loud poem", a "whimsical western tale of music and love" where "time is fluid." The full cast features legendary musician Neil Young, along with Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Corey McCormick, Anthony LoGerfo, Tato Melgar (of the band Promise of the Real), with Willie Nelson, Charris Ford, and Dulcie Clarkson Ford. This looks like a crazy fun, hyper-real, and totally mesmerizing mash-up of music and story. This also seems like something that would be best seen on the big screen (alas, Netflix) with a bunch of friends chilling out with beers and good vibes.
"This isn't a place for you kids to party." Here's another teaser trailer for a slasher film playing at the SXSW Film Festival. This one is titled The Ranger, and it's the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Jenn Wexler, who has worked as a producer on a bunch of great indie films before this. This 80's horror thriller is about teen punks, on the run from the cops and hiding out in the woods, who end up facing off against the "local authority"—an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind. The Ranger's cast includes Chloë Levine, Granit Lahu, Jeremy Pope, Bubba Weiler, Amanda Grace Benitez, Jeremy Holm, with Larry Fessenden. This teaser doesn't reveal much, and not much of the Ranger himself, but it still looks like fun.
"I'm going to the rodeo." "You don't need to go ride today…" Sony Classics has debuted the second official trailer for the phenomenal film The Rider, which premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival and played at every other major film festival - Telluride, Toronto, Sundance. Written and directed by Chloe Zhao, this film is a "docu-drama" hybrid, and this trailer plays that up by pointing out "true stories", and "real people." The star of the film, Brady Jandreau, is a real cowboy and really hurt his head in real life, and the family in the film is also his real family. The Rider is about what happens when a cowboy is forced to figure out a different life. I saw this at the London Film Festival last year and loved it, and I can't recommend it enough. It's an exceptional film worth your time to discover. And if you need a trailer to convince you, give it a look.
"I hate selfish people!" A first look clip has debuted for the new film from director Jody Hill, of The Foot Fist Way and Observe and Report, as well as "Eastbound & Down" and "Vice Principals". The film is titled The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter, and it's playing at the SXSW Film Festival this week. The only available descriptions for it say that it's about a great hunter named Buck Ferguson who takes his trusted cameraman Don on an epic weekend adventure to reconnect with his young son. Of course, we can assume everything goes wrong. Though what exactly happens, we have to see it to find out. Josh Brolin stars with Danny McBride (who co-wrote the script) and Montana Jordan. I hope we get the trailer for this soon.
"Stick to the script." Annapurna has released the first trailer for Boots Riley's insanely original, totally crazy film Sorry to Bother You, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to some wild hype and rave reviews. If you've been waiting to find out what the heck this is about and why everyone went nuts over it, now is your chance to get a look. This trailer reveals a lot of the film, just to say, but I still love it. Lakeith Stanfield stars as a kid in Oakland who lands a telemarketer job and learns he can use his "white voice" to make it all the way to the top of the sales world. The coke-obsessed CEO is played by Armie Hammer, and everything he goes through to get there is absurdly hilarious to watch. The cast includes Danny Glover, Tessa Thompson, Patton Oswalt, Steven Yeun, Terry Crews, David Cross, Omari Hardwick, Marcella Bragio,Tom Woodruff Jr., Kate Berlant, Jermaine Fowler, Robert Longstreet, and Teresa Navarro. There's nothing like this film, you really have to see it and you'll understand. Take a look.
"This is her fight." Netflix has debuted the official trailer for an indie drama titled First Match, which is premiering at the SXSW Film Festival this month. This is the feature directorial debut of Olivia Newman, adapting her own 2010 short film after going through the Sundance Director's Lab. First Match stars Elvire Emanuelle as a determined teenage girl from Brooklyn who decides to join an all boys' wrestling team at her high school, causing more trouble than she may be prepared to handle. Also starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo, Jharrel Jerome, & Jared Kemp. This looks great! Really, really great. The footage looks emotional yet raw and real, powerful yet still heartwarming, I'm looking forward to this.
"You can't keep him locked up from the world." Shout Factory has debuted the first official trailer for an indie comedy titled The House of Tomorrow, which premiered at the San Francisco Film Festival and a few other fests last year. From director Peter Livolsi, the film tells futurist, architect, and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller's incredible story through two teens hoping to get laid, become punk gods, and survive high school. Starring talented young actors Asa Butterfield and Alex Wolff, along with Nick Offerman, Ellen Burstyn, Michaela Watkins, Maude Apatow, and the voice of Fred Armisen. This looks like a funky, funk little punk rock coming-of-age film about a kid learning to experience the world and all it has to offer outside of his idealistic future home. Don't know where this came from but it's cool, I'm very intrigued.
"I think it's best if we forget about this weekend…" A trailer has arrived for an indie film titled Furlough, which went under the working title Emergency Furlough while filming, made by director Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby). The film stars Tessa Thompson as a rookie correctional officer at a prisoner. She spends half of her time caring for her mother, played by Whoopi Goldberg, and working at the prison. She gets a chance to prove her mettle when she's tasked with accompanying a hell-raising inmate, played by Melissa Leo, on an emergency furlough to visit her dying mother, ending up on a hilarious road trip together. The cast includes Anna Paquin, Édgar Ramírez, and La La Anthony. I haven't heard about this film before, but it looks good. It's more of a dramedy than a drama, but seems to have plenty of heart driving the story.
"If you claim that you don't support something, challenge it." Samuel Goldwyn has unveiled a trailer for the indie film Black Cop, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and has been hitting tons of festivals over the last five months. The film is about a black police officer who is pushed to the edge, taking out his frustrations on the privileged community he's sworn to protect. Up-and-coming actor Ronnie Rowe (seen on "Star Trek: Discovery") stars as "Black Cop", along with Sophia Walker, Sebastien Labelle, Simon Paul Mutuyimana, Christian Murray, Ambyr Dunn, and Jeff Schwager. This is labeled as a drama, but one of the quotes say it's "jet-black satire", and there's some dark humor in this trailer. It almost seems like Falling Down, about a black cop who gets pissed off and starts throwing white cops into the dumpster.
"You can't fix the parts without treating the whole." Focus Features has released a full-length trailer for the film Tully, the latest from director Jason Reitman, reuniting with with Charlize Theron, who starred in his film Young Adult, and reuniting with screenwriter Diablo Cody, who wrote the scripts for Juno and Young Adult. Tully was a last minute, surprise premiere at the Sundance Film Festival - where I saw it and loved it, naming it as one of my favorite films of the festival. Theron plays a mother of three, including a new baby, who hires a night nanny as suggested by her brother. Mackenzie Davis plays Tully, the charming nanny who helps her finish all the work in the evening. The film's cast includes Mark Duplass and Ron Livingston. This really is one of my favorites, it's one of Reitman's best, and I highly recommend seeing it.