We're still waiting to see when the latest film from director Spike Lee, a non-traditional vampire flick called Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, will hit theaters, but there's still plenty of work the filmmaker has done that you can see right now. Lee directed the stand-up specials Katt Williams: Priceless and Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store (both are available on HBO right now), and he was also behind the camera for a great little documentary short called I Throw Like a Girl. The 16-minute doc focuses on Mo'ne Davis, a 13-year old Little League pitcher who made waves at the Little League World Series this past summer. She's awesome.
Since Kevin Smith's Tusk couldn't last in theaters over a couple weeks, maybe Justin Long will have better luck with a six-year spanning romance in Comet. The indie premiered at The Los Angeles Film Festival and follows a complicated relationship between the uptight Dell (Long) and a bright young girl named Kimberly (Emmy Rossum of "Shameless"). Set in a parallel universe, the film bounces back and forth over the course of an unlikely romance that lasts six years and moves from Paris to New York, but not before it all starts at Hollywood Forever during a meteor shower. This looks like a pretty great indie romance. Watch!
"You probably don't stock this in your shop." What better way to freak people out for Halloween than with something that is totally fucked up? If this short didn't have a Hollywood cast included, I probably would've skipped right over it (especially running at 18 minutes) but alas, here we are, sharing with you the one of the craziest shorts I've seen yet. Titled Dog Food from writer/director Brian Crano (@briancrano), the short stars Cory Michael Smith, Amanda Seyfried, David Craig and an adorable dog. Tip: don't watch this if you're eating, or about to start eating food anytime soon, as you may lose your appetite. Oh and I should say that, yes, the director is actually a dog owner/lover. Which might explain the way this ends. So have fun!
You might not expect a vampire western to come out of a country like Iran, but here we are with the first trailer for an indie called A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, one of the official selections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival from earlier this year. This is a genre film through and through to the point that the trailer almost feels like it was directed by a young, foreign Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez. The press release cites influences from spaghetti westerns, horror and Iranian New Wave, and that's all perfectly on display here. This looks like a foreign film to go out of your way to see whenever possible. Watch now!
There may not be a new movie from Terrence Malick this year (we never really know when his films are going to arrive), but his protégé, director A.J. Edwards has delivered The Better Angels, a coming of age drama focusing on historical icon Abraham Lincoln. But rather than looking at his presidential years, the black and white film looks at the formative years of the future emancipator, his family, the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. There's a large influence of Malick in style and storytelling, so this won't be for everybody, but the theatrical trailer looks good. Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger and newcomer Braydon Denney star in the film.
The year 2065 - war has destroyed Earth, mankind has been forced to leave. This is a must watch trailer for an indie sci-fi that seems to be going for something similar in scope to Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, except made on a shoestring budget. The Last Scout is a sci-fi space opera epic from filmmaker Simon Phillips that we first teased last year with a dark poster. Over a year has passed and we haven't heard or seen anything about this, but out of nowhere a teaser trailer has appeared, and the filmmakers are asking for Indiegogo funds to finish VFX and other post-production work. This trailer actually looks good, despite ending on that obnoxious explosion, but I'm still interested in checking this out. As long as it gets finished.
When it comes to conventional horror thrillers in theaters this Halloween, there's not much to choose from (our own Jeremy K. Kirk says Ouija isn't very good at all), but Jake Gyllenhaal and his latest film Nightcrawler looks like it might offer a nice alternative to the usual slashers and supernatural terror. Gyllenhaal plays an aspiring crime journalist who decides to do whatever it takes to get his stories on the nightly news, even if that means staging an accident scene or filming a grisly murder. But his career path as a "nightcrawler" just might cost him his sanity and his life. This new red band trailer shows off just how twisted and crazy this movie is going to be, and it looks like a great trip to the movie theater on Halloween.
"What I do know is that: I love more than a compass loves north." What in the funk is this? "Think Blue Valentine meets Jurassic Park." That's the opening pitch for this short film, but it's something else entirely unique and fun in its own way. The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger is a wacky, romantic adventure short from filmmaker Michael Lukk Litwak (@MLLitwak). It has a very hipster vibe to it, I must admit, but it's fun and the score is great (from the same guy who did the Beasts of the Southern Wild score). If you want to see a short film with dinosaurs, spaceships, romance and more, then fire this up.
If you feel like you've seen enough footage from Interstellar, and you've already made your decision to see the film, we're right there with you. We're trying to avoid seeing too much of the film before Christopher Nolan's sci-fi flick hits theaters in a couple weeks. But if you want to learn a little more about the real science that inspired the film, Wired has just revealed a cool new featurette with physicist Kip Thorne (an executive producer on the project), who helped Nolan understand the real science behind wormholes, space travel and more. This stuff is pretty mindblowing, but it's also only a brief video. If you really want to dive into the science of Interstellar, we recommend checking out Wired's article on the matter. Watch below!
Following yesterday's laughable reveal of Johnny Depp as The Wolf in Disney's adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods, a new featurette has popped up that finally shows the melody side of the film that wasn't present in the first teaser trailer. The featurette lays out the story a little clearer as an ensemble of characters are all wishing for something, and Meryl Streep's elderly witch tells them to go into the woods to have their dreams come true. But of course, it's not that simple. Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, James Corden and more belt out a tune and we get to see Tracey Ullman in the film too. Watch!
The next installment of horror in the Insidious franchise will be upon us next summer with Insidious: Chapter 3. This time, writer Leigh Whannel is stepping behind the camera as director, and it looks like he's captured what James Wan delivered with the first two installments. This time, the story takes us to the past where a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) and her father (Dermot Mulroney) are haunted by dark spirits, all happening before the events in the first two films. There's some truly startling moments here, but also some of the stuff we're sick of in horror movies. Also, doesn't it seem odd that both Insidious and the spin-off Annabelle (both produced by Wan) moved the horror from a house to an apartment complex? Hmm. Watch!
For fans of Star Wars, there are few comedies that bring as much joy as Mel Brooks' classic spoof Spaceballs. From Rick Moranis' great turn as the villain Dark Helmet to the late Joan Rivers as a scratchy voiced, lady C-3PO named Dot Matrix, there's just so much to love about this movie. And while Brooks is a master of comedy (he even planned a joke that will last forever with his Hollywood Walk of Fame handprint this year), YouTube user The Unusual Suspect has decided to give Spaceballs a dramatic makeover by giving the film a trailer in the style of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, and it's pretty cool.
Though it seems like this might be arriving a little late since Fury hit theaters last weekend, maybe Columbia Pictures is hoping that an appearance by Brad Pitt on the Funny or Die web series "Between Two Ferns" with comedian Zach Galifianakis will help the movie win another box office weekend. After sitting down with the President Barack Obama last time, Galifianakis (who is looking very svelte) is back to interviewing "dumb actors." Pitt and Galifianakis talk about many things like showers, handsomeness and why the superstar actor likes killing Nazis on the big screen even though he looks like Hitler's dream. It's another hilarious chat and there's even another big name comedian guest who stops in briefly too. Watch!
"Now I am free... There are no strings on me." Well, after Hydra leaked this first teaser trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron a couple hours ago (it wasn't supposed to debut until next week after the new "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." episode on Oct 28th), Marvel just decided to bite the bullet and release it early, and we're really glad they did. This looks dark, awesome and action-packed. There's so much going on from James Spader's awesome taunting as "Ultron" to our heroes seemingly getting into a lot of troubling situations. Plus it has Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) & Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) in action.