If you loved X-Men: Days of Future Past over the summer, today is a good day, because the time traveling X-Men franchise mash-up hits Blu-Ray & DVD today. One of the best parts of the film was when Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters, got a chance to show off the potential of his super speedy powers. As Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) are trying to break Magneto (Michael Fassbender) out of a seemingly inescapable prison, Quicksilver goes into his speedy Zen-style state while listening to "Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce, and the result is awesome. But how did they make it? Watch!
"Kind of a Pulp Fiction, Mary Poppins." That line in the new trailer for the quirky thriller Miss Meadows sums it up rather perfectly, but somehow we don't think the film will measure up to either of those revered films. Katie Holmes plays a wholesome, charming school teacher who isn't afraid to get her hands dirty when the opportunity calls for it. Delivering justice with a tiny little pistol she keeps for her purse, she's ready to keep the bad guys away from her children and the nice town in which she lives. But can she keep her secret from the local law enforcement, including the sheriff played by James Badge Dale? Watch!
"Do you have any idea who I am?" So far, the the first, second & third teaser trailers for Bennett Miller's acclaimed new drama Foxcatcher haven't shown much, but they have hinted at some great performances from Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, along with an intense and powerful story. Now a full-length trailer has arrived painting a much better picture of this strange and tragic story about Olympic wrestling champions (Tatum & Ruffalo) who become at odds with their trainer John du Pont (Carell). This looks like such a stirring and even haunting drama, and this is sure to be an Oscar contender soon. Watch!
If you haven't headed to theaters to catch David Fincher's latest masterful thriller Gone Girl, then you should rectify that immediately. Fincher is one of the most gifted, meticulous and precise filmmakers working today, and you can see just how impressive his work is in this recent visual essay looking back at his work on films like Se7en, Zodiac, The Game, Panic Room and more. And it's the latter film giving us an even more in-depth look at Fincher's process, from pre-visualization to a carefully constructed set crafted to allow Fincher to move the camera freely on the set. Plus, it's cool to see interviews from the set with Jodie Foster, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker and a young Kristen Stewart from 12 years ago. Watch below!
This looks like one of the craziest movies ever. Sion Sono is a Japanese filmmaker who has decided to give the familiar yakuza crime thrillers a new spin. Why Don't You Play inn Hell looks like a wild, meta, action bonanza following a young, inexperienced film crew who call themselves The Fuck Bombers who are hired to film two rival gangs battle to the death. It's the final plan of don Muto, who wants to take down his enemy, film it all, and give his daughter the starring role, all before his wife is released from prison. Wacky, funny, bloody, insane and other similar adjectives don't begin to describe this flick. Just see for yourself.
Whoa. This is awesome. You have to watch this! That's the reaction I had, and I expect most people will have, after watching this. It's a short film titled Fortress, or Крепость in Russian, made by a guy named Dima Fedotof who posted this to his own Vimeo a year ago. Yes it's a bit old, but it's still worth seeing because, as our friend Jonnie tweeted about it: "love that it has minimal setup, and that it's actually short." Dima explains that the short is just a "cartoon parable" and he's only a "CG enthusiast from Russia", but it's impressive work. The setting is in the far future, where wars have been raging for so long that the robots continue to fight each other even though all humanity is gone. Just another cool short to enjoy - take a look.
"How much trouble can one poet be?" In what feels like an independent, artsy version of Get Him to the Greek, the first trailer from the United Kingdom for Set Fire to the Stars has arrived. The true story focuses on literary sensation Dylan thomas, a rock star poet of sorts who was beloved and revered in the 1950s before his life was cut short all too soon. In the film, we find Elijah Wood as John M. Brinnin, a critic and fellow poet from America who is put in charge of managing Thomas (played by Celyn Jones, who also co-wrote the script) as he goes on tour in the United States. It looks dry, but lively and worth a look.
If you're one of those people who is getting a little tired of all the dystopian young adult sci-fi films hitting the big screen, "Saturday Night Live" has just the thing for you. Taking aim at The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Divergent, The Giver and more, the late night sketch series delivered this perfect trailer parody for a fake film called The Group Hopper. Throwing around a bunch of weird terms that have to be explained, especially to the recently arrived hero waiting to be sorted into some kind of group, comedian Pete Davidson finds himself in a world he doesn't understand, but is all to familiar to us. Watch below!
"Everybody tries to create their idealized image of how they want to be seen and who they want to be..." Today's trailer is for a riveting documentary about humanity called Point and Shoot, the latest work from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry (of Street Fight), telling the fascinating story of a young American who ends up fighting in the Libyan revolution while on a motorcycle adventure through Northern Africa and the Middle East. Described as a "wild and dangerous coming-of-age tale", this doc looks like it's so much more than just a story about one lone fighter, and I'm intrigued to delve into this and learn more about his story. This is a beautiful trailer that should make you interested in catching this doc soon.
"I ask only that you ensure this information makes it home to the American public." HBO, Radius-TWC & Participant Media have premiered a trailer for Laura Poitras & journalist Glenn Greenwald's documentary Citizenfour. Described as an "utterly riveting first-person look" at how they "first met with whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong", the doc is a highly anticipated expose on Snowden's decisions and implications, captured as an "unprecedented fly-on-the-wall account of one of the most groundbreaking moments in recent history." The trailer is more of a tease with a grating slow-read voiceover to start, and right when it gets to the interesting part with Snowden it cuts to the title. I'm definitely seeing this doc, but I wish they gave us a bit more to view here. That said, this may still capture your attention. Take a look below.
If you're not already aware of Star Wars Uncut, allow us to educate you. Star Wars Uncut is a fanmade mash-up remake of the original Star Wars trilogy, beginning with A New Hope. Casey Pugh, a developer dedicated to creating interactive experiences on the web, came up with the idea of crowdsourcing fans to shoot small 15-second clips that would be used to recreate the entirety of the Star Wars films. The first feature-length mash-up was created in 2009 and won an Emmy in 2010 for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media - Fiction. Now it's time for The Empire Strikes Back Uncut. Watch!
Well, this is a bummer. After comedian Robin Williams passed away in August, we reported on the few roles that he had been working on before his untimely death. One of them was the holiday comedy Merry Friggin Christmas, which sees him playing Dad to Joel McHale during a very dysfunctional holiday reunion. Now the first trailer has arrived, and we're disappointed to see this looks like it will join the pile of terrible holiday comedies that arrive every year. It just looks silly and unfunny, and not even Williams has any good moments in the trailer. With a cast this good, it's s shame that this one missed the mark. Watch?
"I can convince anyone of anything." Following the first look photos this morning, the first trailer for Will Smith's latest film Focus has arrived. The film is directed by Crazy Stupid Love filmmaking duo John Requa & Glenn Ficarra, and they seem to be injecting the romance from that film into the world of deception. Smith plays a con man who takes a beautiful woman (Margot Robbie) under his wing, but while he's turning her into a great con artist, he's also falling for her. That complicates things when she has to use her sexuality to help pull off a big job. It doesn't look bad, but also doesn't seem remarkable. Watch?
Over the past few months, we've featured some cool shorts and features from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, some of them fun with Patton Oswalt, others fascinating and informative with screenwriters like Dustin Lance Black. Well, the Screen Actors Guild also has a great collection of videos on the web too, many of them hours long, featuring engaging conversations that the SAG Foundation hosted with some of Hollywood's biggest and most talented stars. From Leonardo DiCaprio to Matt Damon and even a long talk with the late Robin Williams. There's a whole series of chats dating back a few years.