"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!
One more time! BBC Worldwide has debuted an official trailer for the doc Daft Punk Unchained, from director Hervé Martin Delpierre. After their involvement in Mia Hansen-Løve's film Eden (which I highly recommend), the Daft Punk guys seem a bit more relaxed with telling their story. Daft Punk Unchained is apparently an entire documentary, with a runtime of 85 minutes, about Daft Punk and their rise to fame. Maybe they didn't want to go with "Unmasked" because there is no real unmasking? "Unchained" is so much wilder. I am hoping that this is the definitive doc that examines them from the inside, but I'm not sure. It features the likes of Giorgio Moroder, Kanye West, Michel Gondry, Paul Williams and many others. Dig it!
"Cut him down for me, expertly." As you wish, master. Well Go USA has debuted the official US trailer for Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin, starring Taiwanese actress Shu Qi as an assassin who must return to her hometown and kill the man she loves. The cast includes Chang Chen and Satoshi Tsumabuki. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and has been playing to rave reviews at fests like Sydney, TIFF, and Busan. It's also playing at the New York Film Festival coming up. If quiet, meticulous Taiwanese cinema is your thing, you don't want to miss it. This trailer is an improvement over the first teaser & follow-up. Enjoy.
Have you ever wondered why CG explosions are looking better and better? Algorithms! That's how. For a deeper exploration, watch this interesting YouTube video by University of California featuring Theodore Kim explaining one of the algorithms he developed for explosions, specifically the smoke. Kim discusses an algorithm called Wavelet Turbulence, which is a series of swirls to simulate actual smoke. After creating and releasing their algorithm open source, it ended up being used in movies like Avatar, Iron Man 3, Super 8 and Man of Steel. It's a very technical breakdown but still fascinating to hear him explain. Watch below.
"I wanna take you to one of my favorite places." IFC Films has debuted a trailer for the indie drama Bare, from writer/director Natalia Leite, co-starring Dianna Agron and Paz de le Huerta. This lesbian indie drama premiered at Tribeca and is about a girl in Nevada who becomes "romantically involved with a female drifter", that ends up teaching her lessons about life the hard way. This trailer doesn't look so bad, but some of the reviews for this were pretty mediocre, with THR mentioning a "mundane storyline". I'm not so sure if it'll be any good - give the trailer a watch below. Also stars Chris Zylka, Louisa Krause & Mary Price Moore.
More Takashi Miike! This guy doesn't ever stop making movies. Miike most recently made the films Shield of Straw and Over Your Dead Body, following 13 Assassins in 2010, and this is his latest work. Yakuza Apocalypse is a genre-mash-up described as a "comedic vampire thriller, a gangster epic, a martial-arts extravaganza and an end-of-the-world spectacle." Apparently it's not as epic and endlessly violent as the title indicates, according to this review: "While on paper seeming like the Takashi Miike-est Takashi Miike film ever, it might be a surprising bummer for the Midnight Madness crowd expecting a kinetic horror-action film. Every shot lasts far longer than expected and with little to no music, creating a stream of silence followed by a burst of action rhythmic pattern." Based on the footage in this trailer, I'm still quite intrigued.
"Your father was special. I don't know if you are." Warner Bros has unveiled a new TV spot, the first spot for this movie, as well as the official poster for Ryan Coogler's Creed. This boxing drama stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, Apollo's son, who decides to step back into the ring and live up to his father's legacy. Sylvester Stallone also stars, along with Graham McTavish, Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris and Phylicia Rashad. After two excellent trailers so far this is one of my most anticipated films left to see this year. The poster seems to be lacking, very basic and unexciting, but I'm not worried about the film living up to expectations. I've got high hopes for Ryan Coogler, with this film and beyond. In theaters in two months.
"After we lost it at the movies, a later era of cinephiles lost it at the video store, and this is their story in their words – nostalgic, vivid, and important, because video germinated a new generation of great filmmakers." -Peter Biskind. There's a new book out on shelves today called I Lost It at the Video Store, from Tom Roston, subtitled "A Filmmakers' Oral History of a Vanished Era". In the book, Roston collects interviews and discussions from various prominent filmmakers discussing the era of the video store and video rentals. It seems to be a nice companion to that VHS documentary Rewind This! from a few years ago. With the book's release this week, they've also debuted a trailer featuring some of the audio recordings.
"Secret is to look as though you know what you're doing." Transmission Films out of Australia has debuted a new trailer for the indie romance film Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan as a young Irish girl in 1950s Brookyln. From the early buzz this is supposed to be one of the better films of the year, as it first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is playing at TIFF, New York and the London Film Festivals. Emory Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson star as her two lovers, from two different places, and they're both featured on the UK poster seen below. The official US trailer is a bit different but features most of the same footage.
"She just declared war." Starz Digital debuted an official trailer for Stephen S. Campanelli's Momentum, an action thriller starring Olga Kurylenko as a "mysterious thief" who gets pulled into a bigger plot after one last heist, beginning an elaborate chase after a master assassin. The cast includes James Purefoy and Morgan Freeman. There is lots of mystery and intrigue in this, almost as if it was another one of those French action movies from Luc Besson and EuropaCorp. The action does look solid, and Olga Kurylenko can (and usually does) kick ass, so maybe it's fun to watch late with some beer and pizza. Give it a look. Enjoy.
"Everything changed in a blink of an eye." Cohen Media Group has debuted the official US trailer for Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang, a film that premiered at Cannes and has been winning awards at other festivals as it plays this year. Mustang is set in the north of Turkey, about five sisters who "fight back against the limits imposed on them". I've heard some rave reviews about this, including one from Darren Aronofsky who tweeted from TIFF about the film: "holy shit. how good is #mustang !?" From the looks of it, very good. I am more than intrigued by the footage in this trailer, and from here I just can't wait to catch a screening. The film opens in November in select theaters right during the awards season. In the meantime, take a look.