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J.K. Simmons Berates Miles Teller in a 'Whiplash' International Trailer

Whiplash

"Are you a rusher, or are you a dragger, or are you going to be on my fucking time?!" Since this latest trailer for the Sundance sensation Whiplash starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons comes from France, there's no red band to warn you about the content of the trailer. But just so you know, some of the anger that Simmons throws at Teller is pretty profane and NSFW. This trailer really shows off how intense this drama is as it follows kid (Teller) who joins one of the most prestigious jazz bands in the country, run by a ruthless and demanding orchestra teacher (Simmons). This film is brutal, thrilling and just incredible.

 Posted August 25 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First US Trailer for Pascale Ferran's 'Bird People' with Josh Charles

Bird People

"Sometimes people change..." IFC Films has debuted the full US trailer for Pascale Ferran's new film Bird People, a two-part story set in Paris, France about two people - one of them is Gary Newman, played by Josh Charles following up his "Good Wife" departure; the other is Audrey, played by Anaïs Demoustier, a young French hotel maid who has an interesting story of her own. It's a very beautiful trailer, I will admit, with a lovely score and alluring premise with all the right shots to drag you in. What does the name Bird People have to do with the story? Well, that's one of those you-have-to-see-it-to-find-out kind of questions. Well, actually, they don't show all of it but they do hint a bit at what's going on in the trailer anyway. Enjoy.

 Posted August 25 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Footage Without Visual Effects

Sin City: A Dame to Kill for

Well, nine years later, the audience who enjoyed Sin City in 2005 just doesn't seem to be very interested in the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, because the film bombed at the box office this past weekend. Personally, I didn't find the film to be terrible, but just more of the same coming far too late. But there are still some cool visuals to be seen (especially Eva Green), and having a movie with pretty much all the environments created in post-production is pretty impressive. And if you want to see what it's like for Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller to shoot a film in this manner, essentially without a real set, some B-roll footage has surfaced. It has to be really difficult to act in a film like this with nothing on set. Watch!

 Posted August 25 in Hype, To Watch | Comments

Asa Butterfield as a Young Math Prodigy in First 'X+Y' Trailer from TIFF

X+Y Trailer

"If beauty is truth, and truth is beauty, well, then surely mathematics is the most beautiful thing of all." Check out this trailer for a film titled X+Y, not the best title but I see what they were going for, a drama about a talented young math prodigy diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Asa Butterfield plays the boy, Nathan, who is being raised by a single mother, played by the always impressive Sally Hawkins, and he befriends his teacher, played by Rafe Spall. He ends up on a big trip to Taiwan on the British team of the International Mathematics Olympiad, joined by Eddie Marsan there. It's a great cast, and while the trailer occasionally gets a bit sappy, there is something unique about it and I'm curious to see. Give it a look.

 Posted August 25 in Indies, TIFF 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Two Vintage 'Ghostbusters' Featurettes Go Behind the Scenes

Ghostbusters

It's a pretty slow time at the box office right now until awards season starts to heat things up this weekend. Which means it'll be the perfect time to check out Ghostbusters on the big screen again when it arrives in theaters this weekend for the film's 30th anniversary. We just featured a cool LEGO re-creation of the iconic scene where the team encounters Slimer, and now we're diving back into the past with a vintage featurette from behind the scenes of the original 1984 film. And as a bonus, since it's the 25th anniversary of Ghostbusters II, we found a vintage featurette hyping of the making of that film as well. Watch below!

 Posted August 25 in Hype, To Watch | Comments

Indie Trailer Sunday: Tsai Ming-liang's New Film 'Stray Dogs' Teaser

Stray Dogs Teaser

Today's trailer is for a Taiwanese film from acclaimed filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang called Stray Dogs, which has already earned quite a bit of praise playing at Venice and TIFF last year. Tsai Ming-liang is known for his long takes, and this teaser plays up some of his static shots from the film while the rain pours down incessantly. "With each successive shot in Stray Dogs, he shows us a devastating portrait of a family living hand-to-mouth in the city’s underbelly," explains Scott Tobias in his capsule review from TIFF. It's a short teaser, but a powerful one presenting a film that looks heart-wrenching but mesmerizing. Take a look below.

 Posted August 24 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Spencer Susser's Short 'Eugene' About a Wish-Granting Laptop

Eugene Short Film

What would you wish for if you suddenly held in your hands a laptop that granted wishes? How far would you take it, and what would happen next? For those looking for a bit of Sunday fun to cheer them up, look no further than Eugene, a sponsored short film directed by Spencer Susser, the Aussie filmmaker who brought us that short I Love Sarah Jane years ago as well as the feature Hesher. Created for (and chosen as one of the winners of) a filmmaking competition held by Intel and W Hotels, Eugene is a humorous story of what happens when you give a lonely, bearded man too much power. It's fun and will leave you with a smile.

 Posted August 24 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Viggo Mortensen in Algerian War-Set 'Far From Men' Trailer

Far From Men Trailer

"Your brothers may be dead or gone, but you're alive!" This looks fantastic! An early trailer has debuted for a film titled Far From Men, starring Viggo Mortensen along with Reda Kateb (seen in A Prophet, Zero Dark Thirty) set during the beginning of the Algerian War with France, in 1954. It's premiering at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals coming up next month, which is why there's a trailer out for it and it looks way better than I was expecting. The story follows the friendship these two men strike up in the midst of a war, and it looks very endearing, beautifully shot and compelling on many levels. Then again, it is Viggo Mortensen and pretty much everything he does turns out pretty good, so who am I kidding - it looks great.

 Posted August 22 in Foreign Film, Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for 'Amityville: The Awakening' Brings the Same Scares

Amityville: The Awakening

In what will make a dozen films in the franchise since The Amityville Horror first hit theaters 35 years ago, the first trailer for Amityville: The Awakening has arrived. Since the reboot of the horror series back in 2005 starring Ryan Reynolds, there have been some straight-to-DVD sequels, but now the residential terror is heading back to theaters just after the New Year (a dumping ground for bad horror) thanks to Dimension Films. This time, Jennifer Jason Leigh is the matriarch of a family, including teen Bella Thorne and her bed-ridden, sick brother Cameron Monaghan, and they feel the evil in the house.

 Posted August 22 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: 'Ghostbusters' Gets Special LEGO Treatment for Slimer Scene

Ghostbusters LEGO

We already know that Ghostbusters is returning to theaters next weekend in honor of the film's 30th anniversary, and to pay tribute to the film, YouTube user MonsieurCaron has decided to bring one of the most iconic scenes from the film to life in LEGO form. The building blocks have been all the rage since The LEGO Movie hit theaters, and these impressive stop-motion tributes are just icing on the cake. Thankfully, this was made much easier by the release of the official Ghostbusters Ecto-1 LEGO set, complete with all four of our heroes. However, the ghosts who appear aren't necessarily what you would expect. Watch below!

 Posted August 22 in Hype, To Watch | Comments

Josh Brolin & Jimmy Fallon Celebrate 30th Anniversary of 'Goonies'

Josh Brolin

There have been rumblings of a sequel to The Goonies for years, with the most recent, seemingly solid news coming from director Richard Donner saying that a sequel to The Goonies is in development. This is one of those situations where that's been said so many times before hat we'll only believe it when we see it. Still, it's cool that an actor like Josh Brolin still embraces his past association with a movie like that, especially when Christian Bale doesn't seem to want anything to do with The Newsies. So Jimmy Fallon had some fun with Brolin on "The Tonight Show" to honor The Goonies on its 30th anniversary. Watch!

 Posted August 22 in Humor, Hype, To Watch | Comments

Rian Johnson Used 'Se7en' & 'Blade Runner' to Get 'Looper' Made

Looper

Nowadays, in order to make a great pitch for a potential film, a director needs a proof-of-concept video to convey the style and tone of a project that they hope to get in front of a camera. In the case of original films that don't have established intellectual property and really need a convincing pitch, this is one of the most important elements of a pitch, especially when the film is a complex time travel thriller like Looper. Director Rian Johnson, who will soon be entering high pressure territory by directing Star Wars: Episode VIII, had to create one of these videos when he was pitching the superior sci-fi flick, and it's pretty cool.

 Posted August 21 in SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Second Trailer for Jake Paltrow's Dusty, Impressive Sci-Fi 'Young Ones'

The Young Ones

"I never saw this land when it was green, before the drought came." Following some short teases from France and a very brief domestic trailer, we finally get a much better look at the ambitious sci-fi western Young Ones. Director Jake Paltrow has created an intimate sci-fi world that also has a subtly wide scope for what lies beyond our characters who are plagued by a seemingly endless drought. Michael Shannon attempts to keep his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and daughter (Elle Fanning) safe and grounded as the society around them, including the untrustworthy Nicholas Hoult, is getting more desperate all the time.

 Posted August 21 in Indies, SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Chases a Story in Full 'Nightcrawler' Trailer

Nightcrawler

"I want something people can't turn away from." In this age of sensationalized news, it's the perfect time for this twisted thriller Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a desperate freelance crime journalist in Los Angeles willing to do anything to get a good story. However, when some of his shady activities to craft the best feature for a hungry network executive (Rene Russo) get him in trouble with the law, he just might end up being the next juicy headline himself. This looks pretty damn intense and even gruesome, showcasing another fantastic performance from Gyllenhaal, which is becoming a regular thing. Watch now!

 Posted August 21 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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