"Things have a way of escalatin' out here in the West." Netflix has debuted the first official trailer for the latest Coen Brothers feature, a western anthology film titled The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, featuring six tales about the American frontier. This premiered at the Venice Film Festival to mostly positive reviews. I saw this film in Venice and loved it, saying in my review that it's "thoroughly amusing and compelling to watch; none of the six stories is any worse than any other, they're all top notch." The film's huge ensemble cast includes Tyne Daly, James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Heck, Grainger Hines, Zoe Kazan, Harry Melling, Liam Neeson, Jonjo O'Neill, Chelcie Ross, Saul Rubinek, Tom Waits, Clancy Brown, Jefferson Mays, Stephen Root, and Willie Watson. Along with Tim Blake Nelson playing the titular musician/gunslinger Buster Scruggs. I can't wait until this is available for everyone to fully enjoy.
"Your honor, is it a crime in this country to prefer the witching hour?" The first festival teaser is available for the new Alex Ross Perry film, titled Her Smell. This just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival over the weekend, and it will also screen at the New York Film Festival next month. Elisabeth Moss (who also starred in Alex Ross Perry's films Queen of Earth and Listen Up Philip) plays a self-destructive punk rocker named Becky Something who struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success. The impressive cast includes Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Agyness Deyn, Gayle Rankin, Ashley Benson, Dylan Gelula, Amber Heard, Eric Stoltz, with Virginia Madsen. This teaser gives us a look at how wild & crazy Moss is in this, for those who might be curious. Take a look.
"I don't suspect God has much business out here." An official festival trailer has arrived for a western horror film titled The Wind, which just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend in the Midnight Madness category. The supernatural thriller is set in the western frontier of the late 1800s, following a plains-woman driven mad by the harshness and isolation of the untamed land. Starring Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles, Ashley Zukerman, Miles Anderson, and Dylan McTee. Described by TIFF as a "nightmarish yet empathetic exploration of domestic solitude, skilfully conjuring — in bone-chilling visual and sonic strokes — an indescribable spectre that seems to emanate from the abysses of the night itself." Oh my. How's that for a pitch? The reviews have been good so far, it looks like a horror film to keep an eye on.
"Do you think I'm afraid of a jail sentence?" Roadside Attractions has unveiled the first official trailer for Maryam Keshavarz's new film Viper Club, which is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival this week. Viper Club is about a mother who becomes desperate and impatient as she struggles to figure out how to get help to free her journalist son after he is captured by terrorists in the Middle East. The film is entirely from her perspective, showing how hard it is to get the government to care, until she discovers a group of people who may just have a way to help. Susan Sarandon stars, along with Matt Bomer, Damian Young, Lola Kirke, Edie Falco, Julian Morris, Sheila Vand, Colby Minifie, plus Adepero Oduye. This looks quite good, an intriguing alternative perspective with a few strong performances leading the way. See below.
"Captain! We heard something happen to the Kursk?" An international trailer has debuted for a submarine thriller titled Kursk, telling the tragic true story of a Russian submarine stuck at the bottom of the ocean. The ship is deemed unsinkable but explosions on a test run leave it rendered useless, and instead of rescuing the remaining crew, the Russians left it there and wouldn't do anything. Supposedly for political reasons, which is hopefully what this film gets into along with everything else. This harrowing English-language take on the Kursk story features Matthias Schoenaerts, with Léa Seydoux, Colin Firth, Max von Sydow, August Diehl, Steven Waddington, and Matthias Schweighöfer. The film is going to have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend, hence the new trailer out now, even though there's no US release yet. This looks damn good, and unfortunately very sad, but I'm still looking forward to seeing it.
"What is wrong with you?!" Neon has debuted the first official red band trailer for Harmony Korine's latest film The Beach Bum, a spiritual sequel to Spring Breakers. And it looks just as crazy, if not even crazier, than that movie. The Beach Bum stars Matthew McConaughey as a rebellious stoner named Moondog who lives life by his own rules. McConaughey looks nuts in this, but the rest of the cast looks wacky insane too: Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Stefania LaVie Owen, Martin Lawrence, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill. This kind of looks like it's going to be awful, but it also looks like it's going to be amazing? No idea when it'll premiere, but the film is set to open in late March of next year. We'll keep an eye out for more. Take a look.
"There comes a time when a man needs something more to hang his hat on." IFC Films has released a full-length official trailer for Wildlife, the directorial debut of actor Paul Dano. The film first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to great reviews, then went on to play at the Cannes Film Festival and is next showing at TIFF this week. Wildlife tells the story of a young husband and wife living in the 1960s in a small town in Montana, adapted from Richard Ford's novel of the same name. Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal star, and Ed Oxenbould plays their teenage son. It's a subtle film about family and the breakdown of this concept by following Mulligan as the housewife who realizes she needs to break free. The cast includes Bill Camp and Zoe Margaret Colletti. If you've been following festivals, you've likely seen the rave reviews of this all year. The film opens in theaters this October, take another look before then.
"Who knows? Maybe I'll get pissed off and fight back." Neon has debuted another new red band trailer for the film Assassination Nation, one of the big breakouts from the Midnight category at Sundance earlier this year. From writer/director Sam Levinson, the film is about the town of Salem, Massachusetts and how everyone loses their minds when a hacker releases the entire internet history of everyone in the town. It's much smarter than you think and features some incredible filmmaking and gnarly performances. The cast of rowdy youngsters includes Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef, Abra, Anika Noni Rose, Colman Domingo, Maude Apatow, Kelvin Harrison Jr., with Bill Skarsgard, Joel McHale, and Bella Thorne. The film is also playing at TIFF this week, which is why they're releasing another new trailer to give it a final push. Hopefully this little indie hits it big with audiences when it opens this month.
"Life comes down to these moments…" A teaser trailer has debuted for an indie film titled Teen Spirit, the feature directorial debut of actor Max Minghella. The film is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival this month, which is why this trailer is being released - in hopes of bringing some extra attention to it. Set in the world of pop-music, Teen Spirit is a universally heartwarming story about growing up, dreaming big, and finding your voice. Violet, played by Elle Fanning , is a shy teenager living in the Isle of Wight who dreams of pop stardom as an escape from her small town and shattered family life. The cast includes Zlatko Buric, Agnieszka Grochowska, Clara Rugaard, Archie Madekwe, Ursula Holliday, Jordan Stephens, Millie Brady, and Rebecca Hall. Not sure what to make of this yet, but they definitely got my attention.
Time for a taste of some Danish mystery. Zentropa Entertainment has debuted the full official trailer for a Danish thriller titled The Purity of Vengeance, originally titled Journal 64. This film is about a series of mysterious disappearances in 1987 that are all eerily connected to the same person. The investigative thriller follows Carl Mørck and Assad from Department Q, who try to figure out how a bunch of dead bodies are connected and who's behind everything. The Purity of Vengeance stars Fares Fares, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Nicolas Bro, Anders Hove, Søren Pilmark, and Elliott Crosset Hove. This looks very cool, a bit like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films or even Fincher's Se7en, but with some unique twists. I am curious to see more footage from this and check it out whenever it hits theaters outside of Denmark. Dig in.
"I'd like to find a new light… for paintings we haven't yet seen." CBS Films has unveiled an official trailer for the indie drama At Eternity's Gate, the latest feature made by artist & filmmaker Julian Schnabel (of Before Night Falls, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Miral). This film is about famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, starring Willem Dafoe as Van Gogh, telling the story of his final few years in France when he made the majority of his remarkable paintings. The story follows Van Gogh struggling to survive and make money, along with being sent to a hospital after a judge claimed he was mentally ill. At Eternity's Gate's full cast includes Rupert Friend as his brother Theo, Oscar Isaac as Paul Gauguin, plus Mads Mikkelsen, Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, and Niels Arestrup. This just premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and plays at the New York Film Festival next. I just saw it and it's another intriguing look at the life of an artist, but tells pretty much the same tragic Van Gogh story we know already anyway.
"I hope I might be employed here… by you… for something…" Fox Searchlight has debuted a new full-length trailer for the new film from iconic Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, Alps, The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) titled The Favourite. This just premiered at the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals to rave reviews from all kinds of critics. Set in early 18th century England, the film's plot involves the frail Queen Anne, played by Olivia Colman, occupying the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah, played by Rachel Weisz (from The Lobster), governing the country in her stead. However, when the new servant Abigail, played by Emma Stone, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Also starring Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss, Jenny Rainsford, and James Smith. I saw this in Venice and loved it, writing a glowing review about how the film is "hilarious and delightful." One of the best absurd comedies of the year. And this trailer also includes some the really wonderfully weird score for the film. Watch below.