"Why are you doing this?" "I like an adventure." Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted a trailer for an indie drama titled Coming Through the Rye, which is yet another story about one person's fascinating with JD Salinger's seminal novel "The Catcher in the Rye". The film tells the "filmmaker's own true story" about a 16-year-old boy who adapts the book into a play then runs away from his boarding school to go looking for author JD Salinger in the New Hampshire mountains. It reminds me a bit of Searching for Bobby Fischer, a similar story about a boy searching for a long, lost reclusive individual. Alex Wolff stars, and he meets Stefania Owen along the way. Chris Cooper plays Salinger and the cast includes Adrian Pasdar and Amy Parrish. This seems like it might have something to offer fans of Salinger and his work. Have a look.
"A major weapons test is eminent - we need to know how to destroy it…" Time for something a little fun to end the week. Mashup creator "Darth Blender" has released a video titled Rogue One: A Pixar Story, which combines footage from different Pixar movies. Playing off of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, various characters from Pixar movies come together to capture Dr. Porkchop's spaceship. As cheesy as this sounds, it's actually an enjoyable mashup of characters and clips, mixing up the right moments from different movies to make this feel like a single movie worth watching. This also makes me want to rewatch Pixar's Brave again, which I haven't seen since release and it seems to be better than I remember. Have fun.
"Everybody was in a state of panic. It was just chaos." Kino Lorber has released a trailer for a documentary titled Tower, retelling the story of the Texas Tower Sniper who killed 16 people and wounded 32 others in 1966. Described as a "hybrid of animation, interviews, and recreations", the film features rotoscoped footage (think Waking Life or A Scanner Darkly) that recreates some of the moments during the shooting. There's also interviews and other footage that has been rotoscoped, making this a bit more unique and different than just another documentary about a tragic event (shooting) in American history. This seems like it might be interesting to see, since we all know the story but there's a completely different feel to this. Take a look.
"It's almost like I don't know who that person was…" "I remember her really well." This seems quite charming. The Orchard has debuted a trailer for an indie drama titled Blue Jay, a black & white feature about two old friends from high school who randomly reconnect years later. The screenplay is written by Mark Duplass, who stars in this along with Emmy winner Sarah Paulson. These two used to be high school sweethearts but haven't seen each other in nearly 20 years. This seems like the perfect little festival film that makes you think about life and your own choices and what it means to grow up. We've seen these kind of stories before, but as long as there's honesty to them I enjoy them. I'm looking forward to this film.
"I remember I was fascinated by how an inside of the body looked. She always hoped I would be a surgeon one day." Magnolia has released a trailer for the indie horror titled The Eyes of My Mother, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Diana Agostini plays "Mother" in this creepy horror thriller about a mother who teaches her daughter to be "unfazed by death" - who turns out to be rather freaky as a grown up. The film has been described as a nightmare that is so unsettling and disturbing that many who've seen it want to forget it but can't. It stays in your mind and will haunt you for days, weeks, even months after seeing it. The film stars Kika Magalhães, Will Brill, Flora Diaz, Paul Nazak, Clara Wong, and Olivia Bond. You can get a sense of the gruesomeness and bleakness of the film in this trailer.
Blood is a brutal bond. A24 has unveiled a trailer for an indie crime drama from England titled Trespass Against Us, which just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month. The film stars Michael Fassbender as a man trying desperately to escape the dangerous criminal world presided over by his savage father, played by Brendan Gleeson. The cast includes Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris, Lyndsey Marshal, Killian Scott and Georgie Smith. Not only does this look like a solid crime thriller with plenty to offer in terms of action and drama, but it also has an "astonishing" score by The Chemical Brothers to top it off. Gleeson, Fassbender and The Chemical Brothers pretty much has me sold no matter what. The car chases look like they might be the best part, but I'm definitely interested in seeing this anyway. Fire this up.
"What are you?" Paramount has debuted a series of mysterious 15-second teasers for the upcoming Ghost in the Shell live-action movie, starring Scarlett Johansson as The Major. Each teaser has a tiny snippet of footage and provides a very interesting introduction to this movie. Three of them feature Johansson, in iconic scenes that anime fans will likely recognize. One of them features Takeshi Kitano playing Daisuke Aramaki looking pissed as hell firing a revolver then dumping the shells. And one features a mysterious kimono woman with a mask, potentially the villain who wants to sabotage Hanka Robotic's AI technology. I have to admit - I really love these teasers, they're unique and the perfect way to introduce the world to this movie. The way they glitch in and out is awesome. I want more promos like this. "This is just the beginning."
"If this one doesn't scare you, you're already dead." Horror fans already know this one well. Back in 1979, director Don Coscarelli introduced The Tall Man and his deadly silver Sentinel Spheres to the world in a sci-fi horror film called Phantasm. The film built up a cult following over the years and, believe it or not, they're just about to release the fourth sequel titled Phantasm: Ravager (see the trailer for that here). In addition to the release of that new film, Coscarelli's original film that started it all is getting a re-release as Phantasm: Remastered. This brand new 4K rereleae also features remastered 5.1 surround sound, all overseen by J.J. Abrams and the folks at Bad Robot. The film stars A. Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister and Bill Thornbury. If you've never seen this film, it's worth checking out. Seriously.
"I'm gunna fight you… Parking lot. After school. It's ON!" Warner Bros has unleashed the first trailer for a new comedy called Fist Fight, about an after school fight between Charlie Day and Ice Cube. Yep, it's as fun as it sounds, but there's tons of crazy stuff leading up to this battle - it's not just a simple fist fight, it's an epic rivalry. On the last day of school, these two teachers decide to finally fight it out at an "old-fashioned throw down". Just fire it up and see for yourself. Also starring Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Dean Norris, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert, and JoAnna Garcia Swisher. From this teaser, this movie actually looks like it might be crazy enough to watch, just hoping they don't hold back at all. Let them fight!
"A lot of people try to imitate Mifune, but nobody can." Stop and watch this now! The first official trailer has debuted online for a fantastic documentary called Mifune: The Last Samurai, profiling the life and work of Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune. If you're a cinephile you're already very familiar with Mifune - he starred in numerous Akira Kurosawa films including The Seven Samurai, Yojimbo and Rashomon, as well as tons of other classic Japanese films. This doc examines his life work with old footage and photographs and tells his story from the early beginnings of his career, to his falling out with Kurosawa and final roles. Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg are two of the filmmakers who talk about how incredible Mifune was, with more special guests. I caught this film at the Telluride Film Festival and loved it - highly recommended.
"A magnificent, one-of-a-kind animated film." Sony Pictures Classics has debuted a brand new US trailer for the animated film The Red Turtle, directed by Dutch filmmaker Michael Dudok de Wit with help from Isao Takahta at Studio Ghibli - they also co-produced. This beautiful film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where I fell in love with it and wrote a glowing review. There's no dialogue at all, but it has a tremendous score by Laurent Perez Del Mar. It tells a simple story of a man who washes up on a desert island trying to escape, but every time he tries to a red turtle thwarts his efforts. It becomes a very moving metaphor for the cycle of life, and this trailer shows more of where it goes in the second half. My quote from my Cannes review appears in this trailer and I'm very happy to support this wonderful animated film. Enjoy.
"I still keep expecting Dylan to be there. Am I just dreaming all of this?" Abramorama has debuted a trailer for the documentary Newtown, about the town in Connecticut that was devastated by a horrific mass shooting in 2012. The film examines how the town is coping with the tragedy, how they're coming together to heal and move forward, and how hard it has been yet life must go on. It's an impressive doc because of how much open access filmmaker Kim A. Snyder got with the victims, with the families that were affected. She spends time with them learning about how their lives are now, and how much they're still struggling but doing their best to remain hopeful. You will see just how remarkably moving and powerful this doc is below.
"You've got one job - just keep your deviant mouth shut!" Broad Green has debuted another new full red band trailer for Bad Santa 2, the sequel to the holiday comedy Bad Santa (from 2003), starring Billy Bob Thornton as an alcoholic Santa Clause impersonator who uses his cover to pull off large scale robberies. The first red band trailer wasn't so bad, and this one also seems to promise a fun time. The cast includes Tony Cox (his sidekick/accomplice from the first movie), Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks, Ryan Hansen, plus Brett Kelly back as Thurman Merman. It looks like Kathy Bates is now a part of their crew, which should be amusing. This is packed with lewd humor, but at least they're staying true to the character.
"Is this is the Lost Village?" The little blue guys are back… again. Sony has debuted the first teaser trailer for the new Smurfs movie titled Smurfs: The Lost Village. After two mediocre live-action hybrid movies starring Hank Azaria and Neil Patrick Harris, the studio has decided to reboot and try a fully-CG-animated movie. Smurfs: The Lost Village features the voices of Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel, Joe Manganiello as Hefty, Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Jack McBrayer as Clumsy, Danny Pudi as Brainy. As indicated by the title, this new adventure takes them to a long lost village where they are said to discover "the biggest secret in Smurf history." What a pitch. This teaser is mostly a re-introduction.