With the release of Jupiter Ascending coming next month, we're probably going to hear a lot more from Andy & Lana Wachowski, and there will probably be a lot of questions about what they're going to do next. But in the meantime, let's flashback to a couple years ago for an extensive interview with the directing duo back in 2013 when they sat down for a 100-minute interview as part of the DePaul Visiting Artists Series. The interview spans their entire career, and while we haven't had a chance to watch the entire interview yet, you'll see pretty early on that it's a fascinating in-depth discussion about their filmmaking.
"Okay everybody…" Quite a mysterious, odd little trailer. The first teaser has debuted for the upcoming Sundance / Berlinale film H., from filmmakers Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia, about a town (specifically Troy, New York) that seems to go crazy after a meteor crashes nearby. The meteor moment is kind of in the trailer, but it's a very eerie setup. The narrative follows two different women named Helen, played by Robin Bartlett and Rebecca Dayan, who exist in a world "grounded in the fears of reality where subconscious tensions collide with the tempestuous forces of nature". I'm really not sure what to make of this film, but definitely curious about it. Take a look…? It's a bit weird, I will warn you, but can't deny that I'm intrigued.
Awhile back, we featured a cool little project done by some cinephiles and video games fans where they used Grand Theft Auto V to recreate the motorcycle and semi-truck chase scene from Terminator 2: Judgment Day. That kind of idea is a no-brainer since the game is known for stealing cars and vehicular mayhem. But did you ever think that someone would take the time to recreate some scenes from Stanley Kubrick's wild 1971 classic A Clockwork Orange using the Rockstar Games production? Well, that's exactly what GTA Series Videos has done with the use of some editing and a PlayStation 4. Watch below!
We're heading to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival next week, and we'll have plenty of independent films on our schedule. At the same time, there's also the smaller Slamdance Film Festival, which is chock full of even smaller indie films, some of which have gone on to huge fame (Paranormal Activity launched at Slamdance). And one of the films playing the smaller festival is Bloodsucking Bastards, a horror comedy that is described as Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead with Cabin in the Woods star Fran Kranz fighting off a horde of vampires at work, accompanied by Emma Fitzpatrrick and Joey Kern. And now we have the first trailer for the film, which looks like it could be a fun, bloody little romp. Watch it below!
After playing at the Cannes Film Festival last year, we've seen a couple international trailers for Clouds of Sils Maria, the latest film from Olivier Assayas. And now the film is poised for a release in the United States, which means we get a domestic trailer for the film now. The film follows actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. This time she's playing the older boss role and finds herself looking at unsettling reflection of her past when she meets the younger actress (Chloe Grace Moretz). Is it just me, or does it seem like Moretz is playing some version of Kristen Stewart, who plays Binoche's assitant? Watch below!
Before Christmas, we called your attention to a fascinating look behind the scenes at the post-production process of Transformers: Age of Extinction, which director Michael Bay is heavily involved in. Even though the may have been disappointing (at least for me), even as an action-fest that we've come to expect from Bay, watching the filmmaker work is always a treat. And now another featuette has emerged online that has Bay talking about how he directs an action scene. And this isn't just a short promo featurette, but a longer 11-minute glimpse into the mind of Bay and how he builds an action scene for the big screen. As you can imagine, Bay is intense, but hearing him talk about action in this excited manner is inspiring in a way.
It's a new year, and we have two more Marvel Studios releases to look forward to. We just got a new trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron (check out our closer examination of it right here), and a teaser trailer for Ant-Man coming later in the summer. But now we have a cool video from CineFix as part of their ongoing 8-Bit Cinema series, and this one reaches back to 2014 to turn Marvel's surprise sci-fi hit Guardians of the Galaxy into an old school video game. Every single time one of these videos gets released, all I want to do is play a real 8-bit video game version, but that feeling is even stronger for this one. Watch below now!
"Don't let people take away your potential, Chappie." Just after the second US trailer for District 9 director Neill Blomkamp's latest sci-fi endeavor Chappie arrived last week, a new trailer from the United Kingdom has arrived that's completely different. This one actually takes cues from the melodramatic and sappy teaser trailer and mixes them with the more suspenseful, action-oriented tone of the second one. Personally, I'm not sure about this one yet, if only because it seems to tread a lot of the same territory that films like RoboCop, I Robot and more have already walked, and I was hoping for something more. Watch it!
"Ladies and gentlemen, come and dream with me." Just yesterday we featured a montage from the American Film Institute looking back at 120 years of film history. In fact, this year it will have been exactly 120 years since the Lumiérè brothers screened the first commercial film images. And since this year marks another decade milestone in filmmaking and cinema itself, the folks at Tandem Entertainment put together a little tribute to cinema, running through the magic of movies. What makes this a wonderful retrospective is the cutting back and forth between films and footage of characters in movie theaters. Watch!
You may not realize it, but despite working with director Martin Scorsese several times each, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio have never starred in the same project with the Oscar winner at the helm (though they did both appear together in Marvin's Room back in 1996). But that ends today with a set of commercials that Scorsese has directed for City of Dreams Manila, a new casino in Manila Bay, Philippines. The casino decided to go all out and spend a rumored $70 million on some kind of short film project with Scorsese, De Niro and DiCaprio, and now we get to see at least the beginning of the results. Watch below!
When you hear that the horror flick called Unfriended unfolds over Skype and instant messaging, you'll probably roll your eyes. But if you take a couple minutes to watch the trailer for the film created and produced by Timur Bekmambetov, you just might change your mind. In theory, this movie just sounds silly, but as you'll see in the trailer, this actually looks pretty damn scary and suspenseful. I was immediately skeptical when the trailer began, but it sucked me in, and this looks at least like a better way to approach the found footage horror craze (Open Windows tried something similar). Anyway, give it a chance. Watch it!
After hearing Melissa McCarthy is in early talks to take a role in the reboot of Ghostbusters from director Paul Feig, the first trailer for the duo's latest collaboration has arrived. Spy is an action comedy that sees the star of Tammy and The Heat playing a CIA analyst who decides to step up into the field at a troubling time for the agency when the enemy knows the identity of all their agents. Enter Susan Cooper, who gets a few different identities in order to infiltrate an arms deal. And it's the secret identities where McCarthy gets to play the kind of characters we're a little sick of her playing. There's some amusing moments here, and there's Jude Law, Rose Byrne and Jason Statham to spice things up, but I'm on the fence. Watch it!
"This vulnerable world needs something more powerful than any of us." It's 2015, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron is under four months away. That might seem like a long time, but soon enough we'll be in theaters watching our favorite superhero team deal with a new threat. Now a new trailer has arrived to showcase more of what we can expect from the Marvel blockbuster, and we get to see some more of the power that Ultron (James Spader) brings to the table to wreak havoc on the world, not to mention new shots of Hulk and Tony Stark's Hulkbuster armor and the normal-sized new Iron Man suit. Watch it below!
"You have to admit, he's ridiculously hot." If you watched the Golden Globes last night, then you probably already caught the extended TV spot for the erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey, which is just over a month away from arriving for a steamy Valentine's Day weekend. The movie is probably going to be huge, and while it doesn't really look like my cup of tea, I'm certainly interested to see what all the fuss is about (though fans of the book likely will say that it doesn't compare, if only because of the sexuality limitations). Anyway, the spot explicitly calls Jamie Dornan hot, but that's for everyone else to decide. Watch below!