This time it's for real. Vertical Entertainment has released an official trailer for a sci-fi action film called The Call Up, from writer/director Charles Barker about a virtual reality video game that turns out to be more than just a simple, harmless video game. The story follows a group of gamers invited to participate in a brand new shoot-’em-up virtual reality experience, but they soon discover it may not be a "game" after all. This sounds like it's borrowing the Ender's Game concept and combining it with the virtual reality craze. The cast includes Max Deacon, Morfydd Clark, Ali Cook and Christopher Obi. It actually looks like it has some solid action, but I'm not sure if the rest will be any good. The suits look a bit cheesy. Take a look.
IFC has debuted an official trailer for Todd Solondz's new film Wiener-Dog, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year. Unfortunately the film was hated by pretty much everyone who saw it, including everyone I know with maybe one or two exceptions. Then again, this is kind of filmmaking that Solondz is known for, with deadpan dark humor and melodramatic scenes that don't amount to much. The cast of Wiener-Dog includes Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Greta Gerwig, Tracy Letts, and Zosia Mamet. However, the film's real star is the adorable dachshund dog, who changes the lives of all the various people she meets throughout her life. As charming as that synopsis sounds, don't be fooled by it.
"We a big company, millions of moving parts… We all work very hard to ensure those moving parts are functioning…" Lionsgate has debuted a second trailer for Peter Berg's Deepwater Horizon, the disaster movie profiling the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The main focus is on Mark Wahlberg as one of the workers on the rig, along with his girlfriend played by Kate Hudson. The ensemble cast also includes Dylan O'Brien, Gina Rodriguez, John Malkovich, Kurt Russell, Ethan Suplee, and others. This certainly looks like a very patriotic, heroic Peter Berg movie, for better or worse.
"Lure people out of the villages into its cave with his white face and red nose…" The Weinstein Company has debuted a trailer for the horror film Clown, which is directed by Jon Watts, the filmmaker now set to direct the next Spider-Man movie. It's actually based on a fake trailer that Watts originally made in 2012 that included fake credits for producer Eli Roth. Roth actually saw the trailer, got involved, and helped them make a feature version and this is the final product. The concept is about a clown suit that a father finds that when he puts it on turns him into an evil child-eating clown, which reminds me a bit of Santa Clause or The Mask (though this is much, much more sinister). The cast includes Andy Powers, Laura Allen, Peter Stormare, Christian Distefano, Chuck Shamata, and Elizabeth Whitmere. See both trailers below.
Another lovely story from Patrick Osborne. Most of you will remember the animated short Feast that played before Disney's Big Hero 6 in 2014, as it told a love story while focused on an adorable little Boston Terrier puppy. Well, good news as the new short from Patrick Osborne is now online. It's actually Google 360 short, meaning you can interact with and spin the video any way you want, since it's set entirely inside a hatchback. The story is about a father and his daughter, named Pearl, and the times they spent together. It's as wonderful as Feast if not even more so. "It's not where you're from, but where you belong…" See below.
Get a load of this! The original Star Wars: A New Hope was released in theaters today, on May 25th, exactly 39 years ago. To celebrate the occasion, Lucasfilm launched a new episode on YouTube of "The Star Wars Show". If you're a huge Star Wars geek anxiously awaiting the next movies, this is worth watching because it starts out with Chewbacca (yes, the real one!) on the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII with an appearance by director Rian Johnson. Later in the video, they reveal the first art for the upcoming Star Wars Celebration Europe event - which is a kick ass piece of art featuring some characters from The Force Awakens and the upcoming Rogue One. Our friends at SlashFilm were able to score a high res version in order to provide fans with a closer look at some of the characters, including Death Troopers which we haven't really seen yet.
"Real rock & roll music is heat and motion and intensity, it's channeling the beast from within." IFC Films has debuted a trailer for the indie drama Len and Company, starring Rhys Ifans as a rock star turned in-demand pop producer who has a meltdown and retreats to upstate New York. His peace is interrupted by the appearance of his estranged son, played by Jack Kilmer, and up-and-coming pop star Zoe, played by Juno Temple, who try to shake "the prickly Len out of his stupor". The full cast includes Keir Gilchrist, Kathryn Hahn, Elias Toufexis, and Tyler Hynes. This looks solid, with a great performance from Ifans.
"Demands its place in front of our eyes and compels our engagement and action." The official UK trailer has debuted online for an award-winning documentary called Fire at Sea, examining the migrant crisis in Italy as seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old local boy living on the island of Lampedusa. This doc won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the top prize, winning over a handful of other feature films. There's definitely a political side to that win, but it also looks like a fantastic doc which rave reviews throughout the fest. Written and directed by Gianfranco Rosi, the film follows a boy named Samuele, while examining the cultural impact of a small town on an island where thousands of migrants land on the shores every week.
"I think we've been doing this backwards. We've been following the drugs to get the bad guys. What if we chase the money…?" Broad Green has debuted a second trailer for the informant thriller The Infiltrator, which we featured the first trailer for just a month ago. Bryan Cranston stars in the film as real-life DEA agent Bob Mazur, who went undercover in the 80s to infiltrate Pablo Escobar's drug trafficking ring. Also starring John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt and Amy Ryan. Mazur posed as a money-laundering businessman and he successfully worked his way into Escobar's drug empire for five years. This trailer is a step up from the first one in terms of intensity, with some slick editing and more action. Enjoy.
"Bring him home!" STX Entertainment has debuted the official trailer for Peter Chelsom's The Space Between Us, about a boy who was born and raised on Mars. Asa Butterfield plays the boy, now aged 16, who finally returns to Earth and discovers a whole new planet for the first time. Of course, there's a love story and he falls for a "street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa", played by Britt Robertson, but must deal with his own physical struggles. The full cast includes Carla Gugino, Gary Oldman, BD Wong, Janet Montgomery, and Jenny Gabrielle. This gets a bit cheesy, as expected when there's a love story like this, but it has a sweet side to it that makes it hard to resist. I like the concept of a person being born on Mars and discovering Earth for the first time, I'm just not sure if this is the best version of that. Take a look.
"Don't let it out." 20th Century Fox has unveiled a teaser trailer for a mysterious new sci-fi horror thriller called Morgan, with the tagline "what is Morgan?" It's obviously not "who", but "what", making me wonder if this is some weird alien creature they've captured that is pretending to be human. A bit like Under the Skin but if that film was made by Hollywood and not Jonathan Glazer. Morgan is the first feature directed by Ridley Scott's son Luke Scott, and stars Kate Mara as a corporate troubleshooter sent to investigate this "person". The full cast also includes Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Paul Giamatti. I'm certainly intrigued, this is a good tease.
"How far does a scream travel out here, Wyatt?" "Not too far…" IFC Midnight has debuted the trailer for the "pure-pulp thrill ride" Carnage Park, directed by Mickey Keating. The film premiered in the Midnight section at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and is described as a "gritty, grisly homage to the glory days of grindhouse cinema." Carnage Park features Ashley Bell and Pat Healy as well as James Landry Hébert and Michael Villar. This trailer definitely has a grindhouse vibe with the saturated look, and seems like a great film to see at midnight in some old junky theater with a big bag of popcorn. Dive in.
"Is it dangerous?" "What kind of question is that?!" Open Road Films has unveiled the first trailer for the action thriller Collide, starring Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones. This isn't the same as that sci-fi film Collider, instead it's a rather generic-looking action movie with a stellar cast. Besides Hoult & Jones, the cast includes Anthony Hopkins (as a mob boss) and Ben Kingsley (looking wacko), plus Nadia Hilker and Clemens Schick. The story is about an American backpacker caught up in a drug smuggling ring while trying to pull off a heist, taking him "on the run from his employers across Munich's high-speed Autobahn." If that doesn't interest you, I'm not sure what else will. This does look like it may be entertaining. Fire it up.
"What if I told you I did conquer it? Time, that is. Would that be something you were interested in?" Now this is cool. Tempus is a new short film co-directed by Jes Bickhart and John Bashyam that is being pitched as a proof of concept for a feature. The concept involves a device that allows those connected to slow down time for 60 seconds. It's not a completely original sci-fi concept, but the short film is very impressive. There's a cinematic feel to it that really makes a difference, the VFX work is excellent, and the whole film has this nice coming-of-age vibe to it (a bit like Chronicle) that makes me want to see more. Check this out.