"Fifty dollars shouldn't be a joke to you, son!" Broad Green Pictures has finally debuted an official trailer for 99 Homes, the latest film from Ramin Bahrani, a very talented American filmmaker who has worked in the indie scene for years. A few years ago we were big supporters of At Any Price, but recommend any of Bahrani's previous films: Man Push Cart, Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo, etc. Also - see this one. 99 Homes stars Andrew Garfield as a young father, who decides to join the real estate business and work for the man that took his house from him. Michael Shannon co-stars, along with Laura Dern. The film is very powerful, and emotionally draining, but a very important film for these times. It's tough to watch, but so well made.
"Everything is qualified by the fact that you don’t have a dick." Amplify Releasing has debuted a red band trailer for Jason Banker's Felt, a controversial and provocative indie film that premiered at Fantastic Fest last year. Felt broaches the topics of feminism and consent and sexuality, but dives in to the deep end with these topics, in what is described as a "feminist psychological thriller". Based on the real life experiences of Amy Everson, in the film a woman creates an alter ego in hopes of overcoming the trauma inflicted by men in her life. The cast in this includes Everson, Kentucker Audley, Ryan Creighton, Elisabeth Ferrara and Roxanne Lauren Knouse. If you're intrigued, give this a watch. Too experimental and wacky for my tastes.
Their first drive could be their last. Focus World has unleashed the trailer for Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon, a Sundance 2015 Park City at Midnight cult hit that will definitely find an audience when it hits theaters this summer. Cop Car is, as it sounds, about two kids who steal a cop car and go joyriding on rural highways. However, there's a bigger back story involving Kevin Bacon's character that makes things much more interesting. This is one of those films that is best seen without knowing anything beforehand, as the trailer shows quite a bit of footage. But if you're curious to know what the heck this is even about - fire it up.
"We're not even halfway there!" Broad Green Pictures has debuted the trailer (+ poster) for A Walk in the Woods, a comedy starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte as two old friends who catch up for a hike on the Appalachian Trail. Along the way they run into the likes of Kristen Schaal, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, and Nick Offerman as an REI employee. As much as this story should result in a charming and amusing adventure, it looks way too slapstick goofy – not in a good way – and utterly bland. This also plays like some sort of mainstream comedy, even though it premiered at Sundance; Ethan wrote a dismal review of it. Now I can see why. You may be curious enough to watch the trailer, but go no further than that.
"Hey, isn't it reassuring to have a lot of people read you?" A24 has unveiled the first official trailer for The End of the Tour, directed by James Ponsoldt starring Jason Segel as the late author David Foster Wallace, who wrote the novel Infinite Jest. The film follows Jesse Eisenberg as journalist/fellow writer David Lipsky, who spends a few weeks traveling – it takes place in the mid 90s – with David Foster Wallace at the end of his promo tour for Infinite Jest. They talk about life, writing, discussing interesting topics over cigarettes and tape recorders, and it's a remarkable and wonderful film. It was one of the best films out of Sundance this year, and Jason Segel gives career-defining performance as DFW - read my review. See this!
Glad to report some distribution news for one of the acclaimed films from the Berlin Film Festival this year. Music Box Films has announced that they will be distributing Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain's latest work, titled The Club (or originally El Club), which premiered at Berlinale in February. The film is about a small "club", or place where disgraced priests and nuns go to live in seclusion in a small Chilean town. It's a wicked, unsettling, smart film that nearly left me (and everyone who saw it) in shock. "We've followed Pablo Larrain’s impressive body of work closely over the years and The Club further establishes him as one of the most masterful filmmakers in the world today. We're excited for the opportunity to bring this dark, mordant yet compassionate film to North American audiences," said Ed Arentz of Music Box Films. Mark this down.
"I refuse to be some sniveling crybaby, this is my life!" Yay! Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the official trailer for one of other favorite Sundance 2015 films, this one being The Diary of a Teenage Girl, the big breakout debuts of both director Marielle Heller and actress Bel Powley. Both of them are amazingly talented! Bel Powley stars as Minnie in an adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner's book, about the coming-of-age story of a kick ass, free-spirited girl living in San Francisco. The cast includes Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig and Christopher Meloni. This is such a great film, and it comes highly recommended from all of us who saw it at Sundance - here's our review. And the trailer doesn't give away too much! Take a look.
"I don't want to go to jail, I want to go to college!" Yes! This is great. Open Road has debuted a full red band trailer for Rick Famuyiwa's Dope, another one of our Sundance 2015 favorites hitting theaters this summer. This one stars Shameik Moore as Malcom, plus his two friends Kiersey Clemons as Diggy and Tony Revolori as Jib, all of whom get caught in a totally wacky but amusing plot involving missing drugs. This trailer reveals the most from the film out of any we've seen so far, so watch out, but luckily it doesn't spoil anything too major and it's a good setup for the story you'll actually see in the film. Plus a fine look at the excellent cast featuring Zoë Kravitz, Blake Anderson, Chanel Iman and A$AP Rocky. Have fun.
On the board he fought the Cold War. In his mind he fought his madness. Bleecker Street Media has finally debuted a poster for the film Pawn Sacrifice, the long-delayed chess movie about the legendary Bobby Fischer. At one point David Fincher was attached to direct, but it was eventually made with Ed Zwick at the helm, and premiered at TIFF last year (read my review here). Tobey Maguire stars as Bobby Fischer, and Liev Schreiber (in one hell of a performance) plays his Russian rival, Boris Spassky. I really, really like this poster - while it does have the lead actor front and center, it's unconventional in other ways, and I love the chess pattern design in the corner. Nice work, design agency. More posters as unique as this one, please.
"We make films. We've been making them since we were little…" Fox Searchlight has debuted a second charming trailer for Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, it's actually a UK trailer (hence two quotes from UK outlets), but it's still just as charming. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is one of our favorite films from Sundance 2015 this January, and it's one we hope finds its audience when it hits theaters this summer. Thomas Mann stars as Greg along with Olivia Cooke, plus RJ Cyler as Earl, and appearances by Connie Britton, Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon and Jon Bernthal. Don't skip out on this one, it really is something special and we'll be supporting the film all the way through release. Enjoy!
Gather round for your first look at a new film starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams. Out of Cannes, THR has posted the first three photos from Manchester-by-the Sea, the latest feature written & directed by Kenneth Lonergan about a man who returns to his small Massachusetts hometown to deal with both his estranged wife and the consequences of his brother's death. Casey Affleck plays the lead, while Michelle Williams plays his estranged wife, and the cast includes Kyle Chandler (seen in one of the photos). This is a very early tease as they're still shooting and looking to drum up sales buzz. We'll keep an eye out for it.
This sounds like it's going to be so much fun. The first photo from the new Michel Gondry film has hit the web. Gondry moves quickly and quietly when working in France, we didn't even know this was shot yet. Microbe et Gasoil, as it's titled (or Microbe and Gasoil), is already filmed and stars Ange Dargent and Théophile Baquet as the two boys, along with Audrey Tautou. This first photo won't make sense until you hear the plot, then you'll have a big smile on your face when you realize. "As the summer holidays approach, the two friends don't want to spend two months in the company of their families, so they build their own 'car' out of a motor mower and some planks of wood, and set off on an adventure on the roads of France."
"It's heaven!" Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Darren Aronofsky both present (for US release) the latest film from Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson, titled A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. This not only wins the award for best film title of the year, but it's also one of the most original and visionary creations I've seen, unlike any other cinematic work out there. The film premiered at Venice & TIFF last year (where I saw it) and earned mostly positive reviews, so fans of Andersson have nothing to be worried about. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is a movie about "being a human being", exploring abstract ideas and concepts connected to existence. It's an absurdly masterful head trip worth experiencing.
Love and Hate Need No Translation. Drafthouse Films has debuted a trailer for their upcoming release of Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's The Tribe - an award-winning, highly-acclaimed, powerful film from Ukraine that is presented entirely in sign language without any subtitles. Wondering what that's like? Or want to get a feel for the very edgy, very dark topics the film covers? Then give this trailer a look, and hopefully you'll take a chance on seeing this film. One of the critic quotes included the trailer comes from friend of the site Raffi Asdourian of The Film Stage, who wrote in his review that "the scope and ambition of the narrative propels it to something more grandiose" and that it's a "groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind experience". Indeed.