Join the movement to change the world. Fox Searchlight has debuted another trailer for the documentary He Named Me Malala, profiling the life and activism of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. We've featured one trailer for this previously and it looks like a very inspiring, very moving, heartfelt look at Malala's ambition and her relationship with her father. We expect this film to start getting more and more buzz as it shows up at film festivals this fall, between Telluride and Toronto, before opening in theaters in October. Hopefully this doc will help Malala reach out and inspire even more people all around the world.
Hey - Tower Records! We all remember that place. We also remember they're explosive collapse, all tangled up with the rise of the internet and MP3s. But is that really the real story behind their demise? All Things Must Pass is a feature documentary made by actor Colin Hanks exploring the history of Tower Records, focusing on its founder Russ Solomon. This looks like it's an extensive look inside at the real story, as they have tons of archival footage and lots of interviews. I'm very intrigued to see this. And I'm intrigued to see the discussions in it, like the one Dave Grohl mentions about "I don't understand why it's gone…?" Indeed.
"Change. Or be changed." This is powerful. And maybe it can change everything. Working in tandem with author/journalist Naomi Klein, director Avi Lewis is ready to premiere their documentary This Changes Everything, based on Klein's bestselling book of the same name. It's a searing and alarming look at the environmental disaster we are on the brink of, and it reaches further by connecting with the very people affected by and linked to these realities. Filmed in nine countries on five continents over four years, the doc is executive produced by Alfonso Cuaron, Seth MacFarlane, Danny Glover and Shepard Fairey, and narrated by Klein. This looks like the kind of harrowing, brutally honesty doc that everyone should see. Take a look.
"There has been an awakening…" Whoa! This isn't a full teaser trailer, but it is a nice new tease with some spine-tingling glimpses of new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lucasfilm just dropped this onto the new Star Wars Instagram, and it's barely 15 seconds of footage. Finn lights up his lightsaber and Rey takes a glimpse upwards towards the sky with BB-8 in the background. This is very exciting reveal, especially the hint that Finn and Kylo Ren might be going to battle in the forest. Hopefully we'll be seeing more soon and more is on the way. For now, feast your eyes on this quick glimpse of The Force Awakens.
"What are we looking at here, Mr. Mansley?" A brand new trailer has just landed online for the upcoming re-mastered and extended re-release of Brad Bird's animated The Iron Giant: Signature Edition. We've already heard about this before, as the beloved animated classic will get a small theatrical re-release before it also hits VOD this October. Brad Bird has been hyping it up showing off life-size Iron Giant statues as well as mini-maquettes soon to be on sale. This new trailer doesn't feature too much new footage, but it is a very nice edit that makes this look like so much more than just a cartoon. A great trailer for a wonderful movie.
"You need to deal with your own anger management issues." The first international trailer for Nasty Baby, the latest from Chilean director Sebastián Silva, has debuted. Actress Kristen Wiig has been in a number of outstanding indies recently, between Welcome to Me and The Skeleton Twins and The Diary of a Teenage Girl (I recommend any/all of them), and she has another one coming up. Nasty Baby premiered at Sundance this year and stars Wiig along with Tunde Adebimpe, Reg E. Cathey, Mark Margolis, and Denis O'Hare. The story follows a trio, one woman and two men, in a very awkward relationship. Enjoy.
"Through all of that, why did they stick with it?" "Because it was right." An official US trailer has debuted for the film Trash, directed by Stephen Daldry, co-directed by Christian Duurvoort, about three kids in Brazil who find something in the trash that changes their lives. We've been posting about this film for a while already, featuring a couple of different trailers over the years. What we saw back then was much more like a City of God, with the story of kids growing up within the crazy world of Brazil. This trailer looks much more mainstream, with some familiar faces that speak English to help guide us through the story. Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen are in this, along with Wagner Moura. I'm still very interested in seeing this.
"The noble quest is at hand…" Warner Bros / New Line Cinema has debuted the full trailer for The Hobbit Trilogy: Extended Edition, an event being hosted by Fathom Events. Taking place in cinemas around the country this October is a series of screenings (on October 5th, October 7th, October 13th) of the complete Extended Edition trilogy from Peter Jackson. One movie will be shown each date, ending with the debut of the Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. The final movie is actually rated R for "some violence", if that adds any extra interest. The footage is pretty much most of what we've seen, but it's cool to see them make a trailer for the theatrical events. Back to Middle Earth one more time.
"Who were you? 'Who?' - that's what I always ask myself…" Fox Searchlight has debuted their new official US trailer for Paolo Sorrentino's Youth, starring Michael Caine as an aging composer who retreats with his filmmaker friend, played by Harvey Keitel, to a spa in the Alps. There they encounter some interesting characters and discuss life, and youth, and beauty, and more. Rachel Weisz also stars as Caine's daughter, who also joins him on the trip. The cast includes Paul Dano, Jane Fonda and Ed Stoppard. This trailer starts out looking like a fun indie comedy, then becomes something very poetic in the second half. The best trailer yet, very moving - I can't wait to see this. "I don't owe anybody anything, I did it myself!" Enjoy it.
Get a load of this! What a funky teaser trailer. The first official teaser trailer for Guy Maddin's new film The Forbidden Room has debuted online, and it's a quite a doozy. This wacky, experimental film premiered at Sundance in the New Frontier section. If you're familiar with Maddin's past work, you may know his style already. But if not, this fun teaser will give you a brief glimpse. The introduction of the cast is a bit tiresome, but at least it looks nice. Directed by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson, The Forbidden Room stars Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Udo Kier, Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Rampling and Victor Andres Turgeon-Trelles. If abstract stories that dive six layers deep are your thing, then give this a whirl.
"That thing that makes a story a story…" FilmBuff has debuted the first teaser trailer for David Chen's documentary The Primary Instinct, about actor/entertainer Stephen Tobolowsky. The documentary follows Tobolowsky across the country while he speaks at events and performs "The Tobolowsky Files", the podcast hosted by Chen and Tobolowsky. It's essentially a concert film made up mostly of footage from his events with an extra edge looking at storytelling, asking the question of "why do we tell stories in the first place?" This actually looks really good! I'm already fascinated by what Tobolowsky talks about in this tease.
"How far are you willing to go?" Are you ready for this? StudioCanal UK has debuted a teaser trailer for the dark comedy Kill Your Friends, starring Nicholas Hoult as an A&R man working at the height of the Britpop music craze. This looks like it gets a bit more darker and crazier than just an "A&R man" looking for a new hit group, almost like a British mash-up between American Psycho, Filth and Almost Famous. Aside from Hoult, the cast includes Ed Skrein, James Corden, Rosanna Arquette, Tom Riley, Georgia King and Craig Roberts. It's just a tease, though I'm certainly intrigued after that glimpse. Take a look!
"The next time we meet, one of us must die." Well Go USA has unveiled an official US trailer for the Korean martial arts film Memories of the Sword, starring Byung-hun Lee (seen in Terminator: Genisys) and Jeon Do-yeon (seen in The Housemaid) and Kim Go-eun (seen in Monster). The story seems to follow a revenge plot involving a young girl who trains to take on one of the most powerful men and warriors of the Goryo Dynasty. It does look like there are a few epic fight scenes in this, with some stunning slow motion shots. But is it anything more than just a revenge story with some martial arts action? Will anyone find out?
One man's leg is another man's treasure. The Orchard has revealed the first official trailer for Finders Keepers, one of our favorite documentaries out of the Sundance Film Festival this year. This is one of those so-crazy-you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it true stories about two men from North Carolina fighting over a leg. One of them lost his leg in a tragic and fatal plane crash, and through some weird happenstance, it ended up in the hands of another man, who used it to make himself famous - his life dream. No, seriously. At first he charged money for people to see it, then even got himself on TV shows, and it just went from. It's wild, and this documentary is a heartfelt, honest, and remarkable look at both sides of the story. You have to see this!