If you frequent the internet enough, then you might already know about the phenomenon of men aged 13 to 30 who are obsessed with the Hasbro toy line and animated TV series "My Little Pony." This group of males has been dubbed "Bronies" and now they're getting the spotlight at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month in the form of A Brony Tale, a documentary that looks at the perplexing, pop culture niche which has a big enough following to warrant its own convention, BronyCon. Complete with interviews with various Bronies, this looks like a truly eye-opening documentary that should illicit some chuckles. Watch it!
Following a debut at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and a forthcoming slot at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, an international trailer for Paul Haggis' most recent directorial effort Third Person has arrived. Though the film doesn't have distribution in the United States yet, the star-studded cast that includes Liam Neeson, James Franco, Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde has made it appealing enough to get a release in Italy and Belgium this month and Japan later this year. Unfortunately, we're not looking forward to the film getting picked up for release in the US, because this looks melodramatic, overwrought and cheesy as hell. If you didn't like Crash, this one won't be for you.
Following a pretty chilling first look at the thriller Gone Girl, based on Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel of the same name, the first trailer for the adaptation from The Social Network director David Fincher has arrived. The film tells the story of a woman (Rosamund Pike) who disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, with all the evidence pointing to her husband Nick (Ben Affleck). And even though the film is based on the book, readers will have a surprise because Flynn wrote a new ending for the film. From the looks of this trailer, Fincher has another fantastic thriller on his hands, and we can't wait to see it. Watch!
"Do you understand - it's all ending now." Wow. eOne Films has unveiled the first official trailer for David Cronenberg's new film, titled Maps to the Stars, starring the young Mia Wasikowska as Agatha in the lead role, as well as a very talented, recognizable cast: Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon and Robert Pattinson. This new film is said to be a "complex look at Hollywood and what it reveals about Western culture" but this trailer plays almost like Lynch's Mulholland Dr. meets Coppola's Somewhere more than a meta look at Hollywood. But I like the mood in this much more than Cronenberg's last film, Cosmopolis from 2012, and I'm curious to see what his Maps to the Stars is all about. Take a look.
At the end of last week, the first trailer for A Most Wanted Man debuted, which sadly turned into one of the two final performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman that also debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (there's also The Hunger Games: Mockingjay coming up). Now the first trailer for God's Pocket has arrived, featuring his other stirring lead performance. The film wasn't one of our favorites from Sundance since it ambitiously goes for a dark comedy vibe akin to Coen Brothers, but stumbles in staying in the right tone. Still, the performances are great and John Slattery shows promise as a director. Watch it!
The 2014 Cannes Film Festival is next month, and we'll definitely have some coverage from the overseas celebration of cinema when the time comes. As the festival gets closer, more and more films are being hinted at for a premiere in France (though Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's Birdman with Michael Keaton won't be one of them). One film that is expected to debut at Cannes is The Homesman, which is written, produced, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones, and a trailer has arrived.. The cinematography and settings look gorgeous as Jones journeys from Nebraska to Iowa to transport three mentally insane women.
"It's funny that you find life so complicated." Today's indie trailer is for a film called Chinese Puzzle, or Casse-tête chinois in French, another third film in a charming romantic comedy trilogy about a couple and their lives over the years. The film features the same cast/characters from Cédric Klapisch's Russian Dolls and The Spanish Apartment, including Romain Duris as Xavier Rousseau, along with Audrey Tautou, Kelly Reilly, Toshiko Onizawa, Cécile de France and Sandrine Holt. While it is a French film, they do speak English and it takes place mostly in New York City, and doesn't look that bad at all. I'll check it out.
"Focus on the job and we'll all end up making a lot of money..." This looks eerie. After featuring posters yesterday, today we have the full US trailer for Erik Skjoldbjærg's Pioneer, a Norwegian conspiracy thriller set in the 1980s about the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom and deep sea divers using "controversial techniques" to extract oil. The cast includes a number of recognizable names and faces, from Wes Bentley to Stephen Lang to Jonathan LaPaglia, and they speak in English most of the time. This actually looks way better than I expected and I'm glad I stumbled across this film, there's just something mysterious and alluring about it. And I'm glad the footage in the trailer actually looks solid. Take a look for yourself below.
"One of these days I'm going to come back, and I'm going to save you... if you're lucky." The first trailer has arrived for an indie comedy called Don Peyote, written & directed by Michael Canzoniero & Dan Fogler, which is some kind of crazy, wacky, drug-trip dramedy starring Fogler as Warren Allman, an "unemployed stoner who finally finds a purpose in life" after a run in with a homeless man that gives him some kind of power, it looks like. The supporting cast is promising: Anne Hathaway, Jay Baruchel, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace and Wallace Shawn. Doesn't look too bad, but I'm still unsure about Fogler in a lead role.
Following a premiere at Sundance in January, the spy thriller A Most Wanted Man is heading to theaters this summer, marking one of the final performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film is an understated and reserved thriller in the vein of Michael Clayton and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, with Hoffman anchoring the film with one hell of a grizzled performance (read my review from Sundance here). The film also stars Rachel McAdams (whose German accent needs some work), Willem Dafoe, Daniel Bruhl and Robin Wright. It's a spectacular slow burn that is undoubtedly worth seeing. Watch below!
If the first Dolphin Tale just wasn't adorable and cheesy enough for you, the story of the prosthetic-wearing dolphin Winter continues as he faces yet another obstacle to over come in Dolphin Tale 2. Though Winter had his life-saved by Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman), now his elderly surrogate mother Panama has passed away, leaving him alone and needing a companion in order to comply with USDA regulations. And of course, Winter's human caretakers, including do everything they can to find another dolphin to pair with Winter. However, this first teaser trailer just focuses on the saving of a new dolphin named Hope, since highlighting the death of Panama would be very depressing. Is this Winter's new friend?
Just in time to be couple with Kevin Costner's return to sports drama in Draft Day this weekend, we have the trailer for When the Game Stands Tall, a typical underdog sports drama inspired by a true story. In this one, Jim Caviezel (Passion of the Christ, "Person of Interest") coaches an unknown high school football team and leads them to an unprecedented winning streak. But the unique angle comes from the fact that the story seems to really begin after the winning streak is over. Still, it looks like exactly what you would expect from a film like this, and it's a wonder we haven't seen a whole film parodying the cliches of these kind of cliche sports dramas. Anyway, plenty of football fans will probably still like this one. Watch?
With the release of the documentary Bears just under a couple weeks away, Disneynature is already beginning to show off their Earth Day documentary release coming in 2015. This time the niche release arm of the House of Mouse is focusing on a group of monkeys in the jungles of South Asia in Monkey Kingdom. The film spotlights the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia, alongside a rich cast of forest characters. More specifically, we follow a mother and her newborn as they struggle to survive. Watch!
"I'd like to tell you the story of the eyes that changed this world." After making a splash with the indie sci-fi Another Earth at Sundance in 2011, director Mike Cahill returned to the independent film festival with the penetrating sci-fi drama I Origins. Now the first trailer for the compelling film starring Michael Pitt, Brit Marling and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey has arrived. This film is an absolute sensation (read Alex's Sundance review right here), and serves as an interesting, provoking bridge between the ever-strong debate between faith and science. This is one you'll want to seek out this summer for sure. Watch the trailer now!