If you go look online, there's a lot of parodies inspired by the work of Wes Anderson. Honestly, they all should have stopped after "Saturday Night Live" nailed it by creating the director's first horror film, but here we are with yet another spoof in the style of the director behind The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenenbaums. This time, Patrick H. Willems has created a trailer for The Uncanny X-Men as if Wes Anderson directed the Marvel mutant comic book flick. It's quirky and odd as you would expect, and while it's mildly entertaining, it just feels a little uninspired, despite the effort put in. But surely some will enjoy it.
After getting a glimpse at the film with the Finnish and United Kingdom trailer, the action thriller Big Game is finally heading to the United States this summer with a limited theatrical and VOD release. And with that comes a new US trailer for the flick that sees Samuel L. Jackson as the President of the United States stranded in the wilderness of Finland after Air Force one is attacked by terrorists. This feels like a Matthew Vaughn movie, almost like a spiritual partner to Kingsman: The Secret Service, or a retro live-action Disney adventure turned up to 11. It looks completely outrageous and full of wild action. Watch!
"Here we all are, with nothing but our wit and our will to save the world. So stand and fight." Even though the trailer wasn't supposed to premiere until tomorrow, Marvel fans were given the chance to unlock the latest look at The Avengers: Age of Ultron early by way of Twitter. After thousands of tweets using the hashtag #AvengersAssemble were tossed around, the new trailer has arrived, and it's a big one. There's tons more action on display and some incredible shots, especially that one of the entire team jumping through the woods. And yes, there's finally a shot of Paul Bettany as Vision in there too. Watch below!
"We're about to start an investigation…" Roadside Attractions has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Mr. Holmes, the wonderfully charming adventure from director Bill Condon starring Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock Holmes. The film just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this month, where I fell in love with it after screening it at the festival - here's my 9.5/10 review. McKellen as Holmes, retiring out in the countryside, thinks back to his last case while befriending the young son, played by Milo Parker, of the caretaker. This is an odd teaser, with very sudden music changes a few times, but it's still a lovely movie that I can't wait for everyone to enjoy. Hopefully the next few trailers will be a bit better, but have at it anyway.
Since it's the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future and LEGO sets are still all the rage right now, there's no better time to check out this awesome recreation of the film's climax made completely with the toy bricks. Macro LEGO Universe put together this awesome stop-motion video, using the real audio from the film itself, showcasing the iconic clocktower lightning strike scene. This is an impressive little creation, which doesn't skimp on the shot-for-shot aspect of remaking this classic sequence. There's even a pretty clever use of LEGO pieces to recreate the DeLorean dashboard when the car dies. Watch it below!
Would you take a life to live forever? After sending out phones to movie bloggers yesterday, today Focus Features has sent out a link that goes straight to the trailer for Self/less. Indeed, this was what it was all for - a promotion for the upcoming Tarsem sci-fi movie Self/less, starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley. Kingsley is an old man who wants his consciousness transferred into Ryan Reynolds. So he goes to Phoenix Biogenic and begins the process. All seems to go well, except things get a little hazy part of the way through. Matthew Goode, Michelle Dockery, Natalie Martinez, Victor Garber and Derek Luke also star. This looks pretty good, though the visual look of the dual minds isn't as trippy as I was expecting. Fire it up.
The sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey is currently being held up by negotiations with the source material's author E.L. James, who wants to write the screenplay to Fifty Shades Darker herself. However, that didn't stop "Saturday Night Live" from hypothesizing what might happen with Christian Grey's playroom in the sequel. The film's star Dakota Johnson hosted the late night sketch show over the weekend, but this sketch ended up getting cut for time. But thankfully, it's been posted online for us to enjoy. It's actually better than most of the sketches that aired for that episode, so I'm wondering why it ended up cut. Watch!
"You are dead center of the greatest scientific event in the history of man." After writing sci-fi favorites such as Sunshine and 28 Days Later, Alex Garland is behind the camera this time as the director of Ex Machina. The sci-fi thriller stars Oscar Isaac as a reclusive technology CEO who invites Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) to his massive estate and hidden research facility to test out a new artificially intelligent android named Eva (Alicia Vikander). But soon Caleb doesn't know whether he trusts the creator or the creation as he's manipulated by both. It seems a bit derivative, but pretty intense with solid performances. Watch?
They'll never leave… Our good friend and producer/co-host of The Golden Briefcase podcast Tim Buel has completed his first feature film, titled In Residence, and it's now available to watch online for free. Early last year we supporter his Kickstarter for the project, which billed the film as a "shoestring horror flick" that they would shoot on their own for $5000. They got all the funding, and now little more than a year later, they've completed work. And to show it off they've released the entire horror film online for free for your viewing pleasure. Just don't forget to support the guys who made this - Tim and Cody Rhyse, since they put everything into this. And it's truly an independent, shoe-string budget film made by passionate filmmakers.
Ever since Iñárritu's Birdman won Best Picture (and a bunch of other Oscars) a week ago, the film has received plenty of criticism and negativity. I, however, will defend the film as I think it's an exciting and original look at the struggles of artistry, told through the opening of a stage performance. One of my other favorite films in recent year was another Oscar winner, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, and it is very similar to Birdman in many ways. Thanks to a tip from Film School Rejects, an editor named Miguel Branco has cut together a video showing side-by-side visual comparisons between Birdman and Black Swan. It's rather mesmerizing to watch set to Alexandre Desplat's lovely "Wong Chia Chi's Theme" from Lust, Caution.
You better check yo-self before you wreck yo-self! Warner Bros has unleashed a red band version of a trailer through Kevin Hart's Facebook for the upcoming comedy Get Hard, co-starring Kevin Hart & Will Ferrell. We've seen a number of trailers for this wacky comedy already (watch the latest), which borders on being a bit too racist for my own tastes, even though I get that it's all about the trashy humor. The concept is supposed to be about preparing Will Ferrell for prison, but seems to go overboard with sketches and wacky setups involving Kevin Hart. At least he gets his ass whooped, too. This is red band mostly for the language.
"What if we die?" "Well what if we live?!" There's only one way to find out! What a charmer. WellGo USA has released a trailer for Gren Wells' indie comedy The Road Within, about three friends who escape from a psych center and go on a three-day journey out into the wilderness. Robert Sheehan stars as Vincent, who has Tourette's, and he is joined by Zoë Kravitz and Dev Patel in the cast. The adults are played by Kyra Sedgwick and Robert Patrick, an odd duo that will probably end up together by the end. I haven't heard much about this, but it looks better than expected and I wouldn't mind checking it out. Give it a look.
"It's a crime… that I want to feel young?" Ah, mais oui, Gérard Depardieu! We've seen a UK trailer for this previously, but another one should be more than enough to satisfy. IFC Films has debuted the official US (meaning MPAA-approved) trailer for one of Abel Ferrara's latest films, Welcome to New York, starring Gérard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset and Paul Calderon. Depardieu plays a billionaire with ultimate money and power, who is driven by a "frenzied and unbridled sexual hunger". I'm not sure if I'm that into this film's lavishness, but that is quite a way to sell it. The trailer is barely SFW, but I'm sure the film is not.
At the Academy Awards last weekend, a couple of little Sundance indie sensations won big awards. One of them was Whiplash (the other was Boyhood), written and directed by Damien Chazelle who was named multiple times by winners including J.K. Simmons (Best Supporting Actor) & Tom Cross (Best Editing). The film also won Best Sound Mixing, taking home a total of three Oscars. It has been a long journey for Chazelle, as he first premiered Whiplash as a short film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. That short got him the financing to make the feature, and the rest is history. Whiplash was one of my favorite films of 2014 (#2!) so I'm happy it won; it's another excellent indie success story. Luckily, the original short is now online.