"You write sex like a 12-year-old, and I think you know it. Have you ever even had sex?" Gravitas Ventures has released a trailer for an indie film called Slash, derived from the term "slash fiction" about a couple of gamer geeks who are in for an emotional thrill when their own fan fiction (aka "fan fic") becomes real life. This is actually a goofy, funky coming-of-age story about two youngsters who fall for each other over this "fan fic". The film stars Michael Johnston, Hannah Marks, Violett Beane, and Michael Ian Black. There's a few awkward scenes of them actually reading the erotic fan fic, and the rest of it is pretty cheesy. Not sure if this will be any good unless you are really into the nerdy fan fic scene, but have a look anyway.
"If you've gone as far as him, how do you challenge yourself?" Netflix has debuted an official trailer for the documentary Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang, profiling the life and work of Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. As you will see in this trailer, his art is based around fireworks and explosives, and he was hired to arrange the fireworks at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His latest project is an attempt to build a "sky ladder" out of fireworks, which this documentary covers in addition to examining his life and influences. "If you're Cai Guo-Qiang, you continue to chase the ambitious dream that has eluded you for 20 years—Sky Ladder—a 1,650 foot ladder of fire climbing into the skies, connecting heaven and earth." This doc might be worth seeing just for all the stunning footage of his fireworks. Enjoy.
"We've lived in the shadows for too long. I ask all of you - who does this protect: us, or them?" WB has debuted a fourth trailer for the new Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, directed by David Yates from a script written by J.K. Rowling herself. We've seen a number of impressive trailers so far, but another one can't hurt. Eddie Redmayne stars as Mr. Scamander, a magizoologist who comes to New York and accidentally lets loose a suitcase full of magical creatures. Also starring Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Ron Perlman, Jon Voight, and Samantha Morton. This fourth and final trailer finally shows off many of the various (CG) creatures, and it looks like an entertaining adventure around New York. I'm actually pretty damn excited to see this soon.
"We've known about this for decades… Paradise that has been degraded and destroyed. We're knowingly doing this. I just want to know how far we've gone, and if there's anything we can do to stop it." National Geographic has unveiled the first official trailer for the environmental documentary Before the Flood, produced by and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, directed by Fisher Stevens. A staunch environmentalist and activist, DiCaprio travels the world conducting interviews, meeting with heads of state, and exploring the various lands of the world to address the global crisis of climate change. The doc presents a look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet. We've seen many, many climate docs recently, but I hope one of these really grabs people and wakes them up, because we all need to change - and change now.
"You think that this material universe is all there is.. But what if I told you the reality you know - is one of many." Marvel has unveiled a new 60-second TV trailer for Doctor Strange, the new super hero movie directed by Scott Derrickson. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the Sorcerer Supreme, a comic book superhero that gains special mystical powers after meeting "The Ancient One", played by Tilda Swinton. The full cast for this adventure features Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Scott Adkins, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Benedict Wong. The more we see for this, the more excited I get - it looks so awesome. IMAX is also hosting a special preview event in October to see 15 minutes of footage from this movie, click either new poster below to grab tickets to one of the screenings. Don't miss out on this one.
"Welcome to the land of the free." STX Entertainment has debuted the second trailer for the film Desierto, directed by Alfonso Cuarón's son Jonás Cuarón. The thriller set on the US-Mexican border features Gael García Bernal as a man trying to make it back safely his family in the US. Jeffrey Dean Morgan stars as an angry American vigilante with a gun and a dog who hates those trying to cross illegally. We already ran a trailer last year and a review of this film from the London Film Festival, saying it "builds the tension and drama with great care and precision, never lulling or feeling over-long." The film is a bit dry but has great performances by both Bernal & Morgan, and is another poignant reminder about the troubles on the border.
"Someone has to write the truth with all these lies…" An official French trailer has debuted for a WWII film titled Alone in Berlin, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year. Brendan Gleeson stars as Otto Quangel in this true story about a husband and wife who planted anti-Nazi notes around Berlin as a form of resistance and retaliation against the evil in the country at the time. In Germany, the film is titled Jeder stirbt für sich allein - which translate to Everyone Dies Alone. Much sadder title, but also fitting for this story. The cast includes Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl, Mikael Persbrandt and Katharina Schüttler. I saw this in Berlin, and as much as I love the story, the filmmaking (including English dialogue) really detracted from the film - read my full review. I still recommend giving it a look for the idea behind it.
"Are you all ready?!" Netflix has unveiled a full-length trailer for the concert doc Justin Timberlake and The Tennessee Kids, profiling the latest tour from the famed musician/singer. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme, the film follows Justin Timberlake as he performs on the road with his Tennessee Kids band and bevy of talented dancers. This looks like it might be crazy fun and will get you dancing in the aisles. The doc just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month, and earned rave reviews from critics who were quick to point out that it's much better than your average concert doc. One glowing review states: "the sheer spectacle that Demme has captured will be almost impossible to fully appreciate when watched at home… but it's an exuberant thrill on the big screen." Certainly looks that way.
"Now don't you go through life worrying about whether somebody like you or not!" Paramount has finally debuted a trailer for the film Fences, directed by and starring Denzel Washington, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. Washington starred in the hit Broadway version of the play, along with Viola Davis, and the two return for this cinematic version of this powerful story of a family in the 50s dealing with racial prejudice and poverty. Also starring Mykelti Williamson, Russell Hornsby, Saniyya Sidney, Stephen Henderson and Jovan Adepo. Many Oscar pundits have been expecting this to be a strong last-minute contender, and from the looks of it, this will definitely get a noticed. Take a look.
"This is the really hard part. And then it gets better. And then it gets hard again…" A24 has released the first teaser trailer for 20th Century Women, the latest film written & directed by Mike Mills, which is premiering at the New York Film Festival in just a few weeks. The film is about three women living in the late 1970s who explore love and freedom living together in a bohemian house in Santa Barbara. The full ensemble cast includes Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Alia Shawkat, Laura Wiggins, Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig, John Billingsley and Waleed Zuaiter. This lovely teaser is framed around a beautiful speech by Jimmy Carter in the 70s. It looks damn good, I really love the free love vibe to this. Dive right in.
"Powerful, at times shocking, but also intensely human." Kino Lorber has debuted the official US trailer for an award-winning documentary called Fire at Sea, or Fuocoammare, from Italy about the migrant crisis affecting Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The doc won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and has played at numerous other film festivals including Telluride, Toronto and New York (coming up). The film is set on an island off the coast of Italy called Lampedusa, one of the places many migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean by boat end up. Fire at Sea was also just selected by Italy as their official entry to the Academy Awards this year, a strong push for this doc to get even more attention. I recently had the chance to see it and wrote that it's a "slow burn, but builds to a bonfire." Highly recommended for doc fans.
"Just wait ’till I make you a star." IFC Films has debuted a trailer for an indie drama titled King Cobra, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Based on a stranger-than-fiction true story, King Cobra is a "deliciously dark, twisted plunge into the behind-the-scenes world of the porn industry." The film is about a young gay porn star, played by Garrett Clayton, who decides to leave the producer who originally made him famous but encounters more trouble by way of two rival producers who try to cash in on his fame. The impressive cast includes James Franco, Christian Slater, Molly Ringwald, Alicia Silverstone, Keegan Allen and Sean Grandillo. It's described as "part delirious, tabloid-shocker satire, part American tragedy." Definitely not going to be for everyone, but might be worth a watch. Take a peek.
"As long as nothing interrupts that serenity, then there's nothing more magical." Gravitas Ventures has debuted a trailer for a documentary titled Don't Look Down, profiling the early 1980's publicity stunt by Richard Branson in an attempt to bring attention to his newly launched Virgin Airlines. Branson decided to hop in a hot air balloon and fly across the Atlantic Ocean, something that has never been done before and is considered dangerous even by other experienced balloonists. "The real story of this incredible adventure has never been told, and using intimate interviews with Branson and the team, never seen before archive (including footage from inside the balloon, shot in real time)." It looks quite thrilling and fascinating. Enjoy.
"What you see on the news is a story 150 years in the making." Netflix has debuted the first trailer for the documentary title The 13th, or just 13th, directed by fillmmaker Ava DuVernary in secret over the last few years. It presents an in-depth look at the prison system and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. The title refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist." This looks like it's going to be hard-hitting and provocative, and hopefully will cause changes. DuVernary commented that "this film was made as an answer to my own questions about how and why we have become the most incarcerated nation in the world, how and why we regard some of our citizens as innately criminal, and how and why good people allow this injustice to happen generation after generation."