"The score is a huge part of the movie." A24 has released a new featurette on the making of the score for the craziest corpse movie of the summer, Swiss Army Man, directed by "The Daniels" - Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert. The music in the film is by Andy Hull & Robert McDowell, of the band known as Manchester Orchestra. They're also releasing a song in conjunction with the film called "Montage", featuring vocals by stars Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe, which is heard a bit in this new featurette. I'm glad that A24 is profiling different aspects of this film, since there's so much of it that is original, including the score (as they explain in this). If you aren't yet sold on this unique film, maybe these kind of featurettes will help. Enjoy.
"You're hired." A24 has launched the first outstanding trailer for the acclaimed new film from filmmaker Andrea Arnold, titled American Honey. This first played at the Cannes Film Festival (read my glowing review) where it received lots of positive reviews and won the Jury Prize. The film stars newcomer Sasha Lane as a teenager who joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and falls for Shia LaBeouf while trying to navigate a life of partying and passion and jealousy. Also starring McCaul Lombardi, Arielle Holmes, Crystal Ice and Riley Keough. This trailer reveals lots but it also perfectly captures the vibe of this film and why it's so brilliant, since it truly is a masterwork capturing the lives of this generation of youngsters.
"How far would you go for family?" Cohen Media Group will be releasing the indie drama Les Cowboys starting this week in the US - check out the trailer and see the film. The modern French western is inspired by John Ford's masterpiece The Searchers, about a family that goes out desperately searching for a missing daughter taken from their prairie town in the east of France. John C. Reilly appears as "L'Américain", but it also stars François Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield, Agathe Dronne, Jean-Louis Coulloc'h, Ellora Torchia, Gilles Treton, Mounir Margoum, and many others. This looks quite impressive, and it looks like they end up somewhere in the Middle East, with excellent cinematography capturing all the locations.
"We had each other, and we brought that to the music." Imagine Entertainment + Apple Corp have unveiled the first official trailer for Ron Howard's documentary Eight Days a Week, profiling the touring years of the world famous band The Beatles. Directed by Ron Howard, the film will follow the band from their early days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. This is a rather short first trailer that gives us a quick tease of the footage that Howard and Co have rounded up. Everyone knows and loves The Beatles, and we've all seen lots of footage and so many films about them, hopefully this is something fresh with an inside look that hasn't been explored before. Check this out below.
"Does any part of you want to see the world?" A second trailer has arrived online (see the first here) for Rob Burnett's indie film The Fundamentals of Caring, which first premiered at Sundance and is hit Netflix later this week. The dark comedy stars Paul Rudd as a depressed guy who becomes a caregiver, and his first job is caring for Trevor, a lonely teen with muscular dystrophy confined to a wheelchair, played by Craig Roberts. The cast includes Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, Megan Ferguson and Frederick Weller. This is a fun film and has some smart comedy, and the performances from Roberts and Rudd are fantastic. It wasn't my favorite out of Sundance, but it's charming and worth watching if you're interested.
"They're gonna kick your ass… and get away with it." Icon Film Distribution from the UK has debuted an official trailer for John Michael McDonagh's War on Everyone, a wacky and totally absurd new comedy from the filmmaker behind Calvary and The Guard. Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña star as two corrupt cops in New Mexico who end up battling against a British Lord, played by Theo James, who comes to town for his own piece of the pie. This film received some rave reviews out of Berlinale and SXSW, where it premiered, and is the kind of totally wacky comedy that will have a few people falling out of their seats with laughter. This plays a red band trailer and it does a okay job teasing lots of the humor in this. Have fun.
"They speak of his power over the animals… Because his spirit came from them, he understood them." Warner Bros has unleashed one final trailer dubbed the "conquer" trailer for David Yates' The Legend of Tarzan, which hits theaters next month. We've already seen quite a few trailers for this and the more we see, the better it looks. Alexander Skarsgård stars as Tarzan, along with Margot Robbie as Jane, in this new live-action version of the classic story. The full cast includes Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Casper Crump, John Hurt, and Djimon Hounsou. This seems like a much darker, and grittier, more action-packed take on any jungle story than we've seen before. And the VFX are looking much better. Enjoy!
"You were born to protect us." Fox has unveiled the first official trailer for Tim Burton's latest film, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, adapted from Ransom Riggs' best-selling novel of the same name. This film feels a bit like Tim Burton's X-Men, featuring numerous children with special powers living in a home for the gifted. Eva Green plays Miss Peregrine, who oversees the "home for peculiar children". Samuel L. Jackson plays the villain known as Barron. This first trailer introduces most of the ensemble cast, including Asa Butterfield, Lauren McCrostie, Pixie Davies, Cameron King, twins Thomas & Joseph Odwell, Allison Janney, Judi Dench and Ella Purnell. I'm certainly intrigued! This looks fun.
"We're professionals, but not everything is within our control." Well Go USA has debuted a short trailer for the pending US release of the new Johnnie To film titled Three. His new film is another action-thriller set almost entirely inside of a hospital where the lives of three people intersect. When a police sting goes bad, a master criminal makes a desperate choice: he forces the cops to shoot him. Once in the hospital, he refuses treatment, instead waiting for his cohorts to break him out. The tension builds between the cop and a surgeon assigned to save his life. The cast features Louis Koo, Wallace Chung, Vicki Zhao and others. This US trailer doesn't have any of the dialogue, but I like the music. I just wonder if it's actually any good.
"Remember your heroes!" 20th Century Fox has released a fun "viral" video for the sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, which arrives in theaters in another week. Those who remember the original ID4 may remember that Las Vegas was destroyed by the aliens at one point, and the video riffs on that. It's a tourist video inviting people to come visit what is now known as the "Ruins of Las Vegas", still with gambling and weddings and shooting (futuristic) guns and everything else. "On July 4th, 1996, aliens attacked our planet, destroying our cities. The Las Vegas Ruins Tourism Board welcomes you to come to Vegas and experience a vacation like no other." Not bad, not bad. While the CGI is a bit cheesy, this is a cool promo video. Check it.
"Sounds to me like he done bamboozled you." eOne and Momentum have released this official US trailer for the indie western Outlaws and Angels, which first premiered at Sundance earlier this year. From director JT Mollner, the film is about a group of outlaws who try to seek revenge when a gang of criminals attack a local family. The full cast includes Chad Michael Murray, Francesca Eastwood, Madisen Beaty, Ben Browder, Frances Fisher, Keith Loneker, Luke Wilson and Teri Polo. This actually looks more like something Tarantino would appreciate than a full-on western, with a big twist revealed in the trailer. Enjoy.
Today marks the release of the 17th movie from Pixar Animation Studios. First launched in 1986, they have consistently been one of the most successful movie studios producing consistently outstanding content that wins over audiences of all ages, critics and even The Academy (26 Oscars!). To celebrate the release of Finding Dory, two fans put together this fantastic video called "The Evolution of Pixar" analyzing their progress with animation technology over these past 30 years. It's kind of amazing to see how far they've come, and they still produce some of the best animation, the best movies, and the best storytelling out there.
"I believe my future is bigger than my past." Amazon Studios & Open Road have released a trailer for the documentary Gleason, profiling the life of former NFL player Steve Gleason, who has ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a "rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscles", eventually leaving the person completely unable to move. This is the same disease that Stephen Hawking has, however this doc shows how a normal, healthy person slowly loses his ability to move or function. And it's very sad, but very inspiring, because Gleason does his best to weather the storm and survive against all odds. Yes, this will make you cry, there's no doubt.
"On the road is where I really come alive." eOne Entertainment in the UK has debuted another new trailer for Ricky Gervais' latest film, David Brent: Life of the Road, bringing his character from "The Office" to the big screen. The film follows Gervais as David Brent, who has turned to the life of being a rockstar in a band called "Foregone Conclusion". The first trailer didn't show too much, but this one has plenty of laughs to offer. The cast includes Tom Bennett, Jo Hartley, Mandeep Dhillon and Rebecca Gethings. For those wondering when they'll be able to see this in the US, Netflix will apparently be releasing this in early 2017. The trailer has a few fun moments but nothing that made me laugh out loud. Not too sure about this.