"You want to question my morals? Do it later." RLJ Entertainment has debuted the first official trailer for Bone Tomahawk, the "epic horror western" starring Kurt Russell that just premiered at Fantastic Fest this week. The film is about four men, played by Russell along with Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins, who set out into the Wild West to rescue a woman being held captive by cannibalistic cave dwelling troglodytes. Jeremy just reviewed it, calling it a "whopping epic with plenty of brutal genre elements to keep horror fans happy". I wasn't really into this trailer until that final shot - damn! Have at it.
"Why did you come?" "I came here to kill you." Sony Pictures and Eon Productions have debuted the final trailer for the 24th Bond movie, titled Spectre, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007. The stellar cast includes Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, to the new Bond girls Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux and Stephanie Sigman, as well as bad guys Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser and Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx. This is a very short, very intense, final trailer that focuses on two major details - the globe-spanning action, and the evil organization SPECTRE. Which means this is their final reminder that, yep, this is the movie where SPECTRE comes back.
"Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out." If you need to be inspired again about the amazing power of cinema, just watch any of these. There have been some outstanding video essays recently about aspect ratios, a number of them, so I decided to collect all of them together into one place. This way you can get the full dose, over 32 minutes discussing the history of the aspect ratio, the way filmmakers have used it throughout the years, and some recent examples of how it's still possible to push the boundaries of cinema. At the beginning of the year, I wrote a passionate long form piece on Xavier Dolan's Mommy and its brilliant use of aspect ratio. The most recent video profiles Dolan's Mommy and Tom at the Farm. Enjoy.
"I'm a driver, I'm an actor, and a filmmaker." FilmRise has debuted the trailer for Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, a documentary about actor/director Steve McQueen trying to make the racing film Le Mans, which was released in 1971. Apparently it was a very troubled, messy production with all kinds of problems and on-set rivalries - resulting in what was a "poorly received" film that didn't really connect with American audiences. The documentary features plenty of archival footage along with some interviews to present a unique, inside look at the production and what really went down. Of course, found within all that footage is McQueen talking about a love for car racing and filmmaking. "This is the story of racing, man."
"You're pretty domesticated for a rock star." StudioCanal UK has debuted the first fun teaser trailer for A Bigger Splash, a new film made by Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino telling the story of four friends on a nice holiday on the volcanic island of Pantelleria. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts and Tilda Swinton, the film is described as a "sensuous portrait of desire, jealousy and rock and roll, under the Mediterranean sun." This actually looks pretty good, like there will be some interesting discussions and crazy occurrences on this seemingly charming vacation. Don't forget to pack a bathing suit.
"I'm excited to be forced to get to know you." From filmmaker Michael Mohan comes a charming short film about romance and relationships titled Pink Grapefruit, starring Wendy McColm who goes on a blind date that doesn't go as planned at first. The cast includes Nora Kirkpatrick and Matt Peters, plus Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. It's an interesting twist on the typical idea of a romance or even a blind date, and it works well as a refreshing short film that makes you think about relationships and how everything is supposed to work can be different. Watch out - it is NSFW so wait until you're home. But it's a great short.
Stay on the path! Gramercy Pictures has debuted a trailer for the supernatural horror thriller The Forest, starring Natalie Dormer as a young woman who goes searching for her twin sister in the mysterious Aokigahara Forest in Japan. There is another film about this same forest in Japan, titled The Sea of Trees with Matthew McConaughey from director Gus Van Sant, which tells a more dramatic tale. This is the more creepy, horrific one with ghosts and weird things happening to her. The cast includes Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken and Yukiyoshi Ozawa. I'm not so sure about this, seems a bit wacky to me. Give it a look below.
"I had to find something that was a personal connection to me…" Film4 has debuted a new featurette for Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, the latest take on a Shakespeare play, this time starring Michael Fassbender as Macbeth and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. The featurette is not so much a behind-the-scenes look as it is a discussion with the cast and filmmaker behind the film, and the decisions made regarding the characters and how they'd play them in this film. It also spends plenty of time with director Justin Kurzel, who is currently in production on Assassin's Creed with Fassbender, discussion various ideas behind how they wanted to set up and pull this off. I'm still very much looking forward to seeing this Shakespeare movie.
Disney recently debuted a brand new Russian teaser trailer for Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, which was initially teased for the first time a few weeks ago. This new adventure features a real human Mowgli, played by Neel Sethi, but all of the animals are created in the computer, though they look very lifelike. Additional well-known actors voice the various animals, including Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Scarlett Johansson. There's a few impressive shots of additional footage in this trailer, otherwise we're going to have to keep waiting as they finish rendering more of the CGI leading up to its release next spring. Enjoy!
"Can you show me how tender you can be?" Alchemy has released the official US trailer for Gaspar Noé's Love, his 3D film about sex and love. Step aside Lars von Trier, this is truly the borders-on-pornography cinematic experience you've been waiting for. Love premiered at Cannes to mixed reviews, and is opening up in US cinemas this October, if you're interested in diving deeper into this one. The cast includes Aomi Muyock, Karl Glusman, Klara Kristin and Juan Saavedra. This trailer is a bit odd and curious, very seductive, but the dialogue is atrocious and I'm just not sure if this is worth seeing (in 3D). Your thoughts?
"What happened?" "We did what we had to do." Oh yes. 20th Century Fox has debuted the second official trailer for Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant, the new film from the director of Birdman and Babel. This is the one he has been filming with only natural light up in the wilderness of Canada for almost a year now, shooting it in the cold and snow without the use of artificial lighting equipment. And it looks so crazy amazingly brilliant. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a frontiersman left for dead after a bear attack, who goes on a mission of revenge. The cast includes Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson, Paul Anderson and Lukas Haas. The footage in this looks stellar, this is cinema at its finest. Do not miss this.
The Greatest Story Hitchcock Ever Told. The first official trailer has debuted for Kent Jones' documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut, about the relationship between the two legendary filmmakers Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut. The film is also about, and focuses on, the book "Cinema According to Hitchcock" also known as "Hitchcock/Truffaut" - which is easily available on Amazon now for anyone interested. The documentary also spends time with many of today's great filmmakers, asking them about the book and the influence that Hitchcock/Truffaut had on them. It looks like a fascinating, must-see documentary for any and every last movie nerd or cinephile to seek out as soon as possible. It arrives in theaters later this year.
"What if he's Darth Vader…?!" Not that we need another trailer for this, after two of them previously, but here's another one why not. The Weinstein Company has debuted an "official trailer" for Burnt, formerly known as Adam Jones, starring Bradley Cooper as hot shot top chef Adam Jones. After hitting the top, then falling apart and letting it all go, he must rise from the bottom and work his way up in the kitchen all over again. The big ensemble cast includes Alicia Vikander, Jamie Dornan, Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl and Omar Sy. This looks very intense and entertaining, but I'm still not sure it'll be any good. The Star Wars references feel a little bit odd. So - what's for dinner?
"A single moment can change everything." Whoa! This looks great. Disney-Pixar have finally unveiled a must see new TV trailer for The Good Dinosaur, their November release, and it's the best look at the movie yet - explaining the story and featuring lots of dialogue. Arlo, an apatosaurus voiced by Raymond Ochoa, gets lost and befriends a human boy, who helps him fight of foes and make new friends. There are some fun lines in this: "If you ain't scared, you ain't alive". I'm really looking forward to it. Two brand new, original Pixar movies in one year! Don't know if I can handle that. This one looks heartfelt and fun. Enjoy!