"Can anyone see what's going on here?" Sony has unveiled a second trailer for their upcoming animated The Angry Birds Movie, which even features a Michael Jackson song, because what better way to sell this junk than connect it with Michael Jackson. This animated movie is based on the popular video game series and it seems about as completely brainless as the games, without much of an interesting story. The voice cast includes Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Josh Gad, Danny McBride and Peter Dinklage as the voice of Mighty Eagle. This doesn't look like it's worth seeing unless you have kids, but give it a look anyway in case anyone is curious to see how they turned this into a movie.
This is badass! The Raid 1 & 2 director Gareth Evans has released a short film online that he produced entirely on his own. It's a short samurai film shot in Wales that is a test sequence to prove that they can film action similar to The Raid films but with a PG-13 rating. The main cast includes Hannah Al Rashid, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman. This isn't anything more than a test sequence, but it's awesome to see and hopefully good inspiration for filmmakers trying to figure out how to shoot action. I dig the black & white style, as it allows the viewer to appreciate the composition. I'm a fan of Gareth Evans (watch my interview from a few years ago) and I think he's one of the most talented action directors making films today. Enjoy!
"Enemies will unite. Worlds will collide." Legendary has debuted the first official TV spot for the upcoming Warcraft movie (even though we already posted an international TV spot previously) based on the World of Warcraft games. Duncan Jones (of Moon, Source Code) directs this massive fantasy epic, involving a giant battle between Orcs and Humans, starring Travis Fimmel, Robert Kazinsky, Ben Foster, Paula Patton & Dominic Cooper. The more we see of this as we get closer to release, the better it looks, the rendering of the Orcs is actually starting to get to the level of Avatar. Take a closer look at the footage in this. Don't give up hope yet! This is still a Duncan Jones movie, and I expect it to be entertaining at the very least. Enjoy!
"Introducing Ricky Baker. He's a real bad egg." The very first teaser trailer for one of the best films from Sundance this year has debuted online. The latest film from Kiwi filmmaker/comedian Taika Waititi is the survival adventure Hunt for the Wilderpeople, starring Sam Neill and newcomer Julian Dennison as the "bad egg" Ricky Baker. He plays a foster care kid with a history of causing trouble who is taken out to a home in the countryside, and ends up going on the run in the "bush" with his uncle. The two figure out how to survive, and it's a entertaining experience full of heart and humor. I wrote in my review from Sundance: it's a "film that makes me feel good, that made me laugh my ass off, and made my smile out of happiness".
"This is how it happens, isn't it, Pete?" Just a few weeks ago, The Academy revealed the full list of nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards. This year there were eight films nominated for Best Picture, including two science fiction features, a Steven Spielberg movie, an expose on the 2008 financial collapse, and a couple of very powerful dramas. This video, made by Jacob T. Swinney, is just a recap of this year's nominations with clips edited to some good music. It even includes a David Bowie track, the same one from The Martian. But more than anything it's a wonderful look back at all of 2015's best film nominees. Have you seen all of them?
"It's his duty to save his men." Magnolia Pictures has debuted the official US trailer for their release of the film A War, written & directed by Tobias Lindholm. The film was one of the five nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in this year's Oscars. The story involves a Danish man who goes off to fight in "a war" in the Middle East, and returns home after being charged with bombing and killing civilians. The cast includes Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Dar Salim and Søren Malling. It seems that this film examines a very complex situation, where a soldier had to make a very tough decision under fire and the consequences may follow him all the way home. From this trailer you should get an idea for why this earned the nominated.
"Would you be able to spare some of your crop?" Bull Dog Distribution has released a new UK trailer for the post-apocalyptic thriller The Survivalist, from writer/director Stephen Fingleton. Martin McCann stars as the Survivalist, a man living in the forest after an apocalyptic disaster has left most of the world in desperate search for food. Similar to the low key post-apoc thriller Z for Zachariah (which I recommend seeing - rent it on iTunes), out of nowhere two people (two women) show up at his place. This almost seems like the opposite of Z for Zachariah, which is about a woman survivalist found by two men. I'm intrigued.
This film is formerly known as Maryland, and has been retitled to Disorder for the release in the UK. A new UK trailer has debuted online for this drama from last year's Cannes Film Festival starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger, directed by French filmmaker Alice Winocour. The cast includes Zaïd Errougui-Demonsant and Jean-Louis Coulloc'h. The story follows Vincent, an ex-soldier with PTSD hired as personal security for the wife and child of a wealthy Lebanese businessman. This seems to be as much about PTSD (the D from here is likely where the new title is from) as it is actual threats to the family. Take a look.
"Keanu needs you!!" Key & Peele are back! Warner Bros has debuted an awesome new red band trailer for Peter Atencio's Keanu, starring Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key as two "blerds" (aka black nerds) who must work their way into a drug cartel in order to rescue an adorable kitten named Keanu. Yea, that's pretty much all you need to know going in, because the rest of this is just that concept playing out and it's hilarious. I've been curious about this since we first heard about it, and it looks like it's one of the first must see comedies of 2016. Also starring Luis Guzmán, Will Forte, Nia Long, Rob Huebel and Method Man.
"I can not only imagine artificial intelligence evolving spontaneously on the internet, but I can't tell you it hasn't happened already…" The AI revolution has already begun! And we don't even know it yet. Another new trailer has arrived online for Werner Herzog's new Sundance documentary Lo & Behold, Reveries of the Connected World. Herzog spends time wondering about the internet, and the way it connects people, as hinted at with this first trailer. However, this second trailer focuses more on robotics and artificial intelligence - and the potential future where these have taken over completely, and we've evolved passed the need for physical human connection. That seems like quite a distant thought, but that's why it's fascinating to consider. The doc plays at the Sundance Film Festival starting this week - watch for reviews to hit soon.
"No one can connect us to any of this." Focus World has unveiled a trailer for the film Term Life, a crime drama starring Vince Vaughn as a man being hunted by hitmen trying to extended his life in hopes that his insurance policy will kick in just in time to pay out to his estranged daughter. Hailee Steinfeld co-stars as his daughter, and the cast features Taraji P. Henson, Jon Favreau (in some kind of role), Terrence Howard, Annabeth Gish, Bill Paxton, Mike Epps and Jordi Mollà. This isn't so much of a comedy, but it has some funny moments, though I still can't help feel Vaughn seems out of place. Maybe it's just me.
"Are them stories true about the men you killed?" Momentum Pictures has debuted a trailer for the western Forsaken, about an embittered gunslinger who attempts to make amends with his estranged father whilst their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers. The film stars father and son duo Kiefer Sutherland and Donald Sutherland, along with Demi Moore, Michael Wincott, Brian Cox, Landon Liboiron and Siobhan Williams. This has been a very strong season for westerns, including Bone Tomahawk and The Hateful Eight, as well as the underrated Slow West. There's also Jane Got a Gun coming up, but this also looks like a solid indie western worth checking out. Plus it's cool to see the two Sutherlands in a movie.
"Each and every one of us is on a journey…" Drafthouse Films has debuted a teaser trailer for a film called The Invitation, a horror thriller about a lovely dinner party that seems to have a darker side. Logan Marshall-Green plays Will, who is invited to a dinner party at his ex-wife's home, and begins to wonder if her and her new husband have "sinister intentions for their guests." The cast includes Michiel Huisman, John Carroll Lynch, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Tammy Blanchard, Mike Doyle and Lindsay Burdge. I'm not sure what's going to happen but it looks freaky. Those who have seen it will tell you that it's "one of those films about which it is best to know as little as possible before watching it." This shows just enough.
"With Justice League, you've really started to lay a foundation for a pretty expansive world…" DC is ready to challenge Marvel head on, and is introducing the next round of characters with short featurettes. Warner Bros hosted a special DC event on The CW last night, which is where the first footage from Wonder Woman also came from, and the new Suicide Squad trailer. In addition, plenty of new concept art has arrived for Zack Snyder's Justice League as well as extra footage from Batman v Superman. In the upcoming movies, Ezra Miller plays The Flash, Ray Fisher plays Cyborg, Jason Momoa plays Aquaman. Discussions with each are below, along with even more to see from the first Dawn of Justice film this March. Looking good?