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"Be bold. Be brave. Be epic." That's one of the taglines for this movie, but it could also easily be the motto of Laika, the animation studio that created this excellent animated adventure. Kubo and the Two Strings is now playing in theaters and it's a must see. Please, go see this movie in theaters while you can, and enjoy the heck out of it. Please go see it because stop-motion animation needs all the love and support it can get nowadays, especially in the form of tickets purchased to see this beautiful work of art in theaters. It's all hand-made, animated and painted and created by hand (in Portland, Oregon), and it's wonderful. I really can't recommend it enough and I'm very happy to go out of my way to write an entire post about seeing this.
"This is the Captain - brace for impact." Warner Bros has debuted a second trailer, specifically an "IMAX trailer", for Clint Eastwood's new film Sully, starring Tom Hanks as the famed pilot. The film examines the "untold" true story of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the commercial airline pilot who safely and successfully glided a malfunctioning US Airways airplane into the Hudson River in 2009 in order to save the lives of everyone onboard. The film also stars Aaron Eckhart as Sully's co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Laura Linney as Sully's wife, Lorraine Sullenberger. This is another impressive trailer like the first one. Not only does it open with Eastwood talking about the film, but the way it intercuts between the airplane going down and the rest of the drama (before and after) is quite gripping. Maybe this movie will be pretty good after all.
Uncork'd Entertainment has released an official trailer for the documentary Doomed!: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four, directed by Marty Langford, which is actually getting released on VOD + DVD later this year. As the title explains, the film examines the curious case of the 1994 version of The Fantastic Four, which was made by Roger Corman and distributed by New Horizons, but it was never actually released. The film has since ended up online as a bootleg, but this doc goes back and tells the complete story of how it all fell apart. "The average moviegoer doesn’t know that, ten years before releasing Tim Story's version, Roger Corman was asked to produce a Fantastic Four movie. Unbeknownst to cast and crew, the film was never going to be released though - and for a variety of reasons." Find out why in the film.
"The past… the present… the future… A journey from the birth of the stars through the origin of humanity." Whoa. I can't wait for this, it looks so enchanting. Empire has released a trailer for the alternate full-length version of Terrence Malick's long-awaited documentary Voyage of Time. This version is called Voyage of Time: Life's Journey, a 90-minute feature extended from the separate Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience which runs 45 minutes (see the trailer for that one) and is narrated by Brad Pitt. This version is narrated by Cate Blanchett, who you can hear in this trailer, and features all of the same footage with even more shots of the stars forming, and Earth being created, and life starting and evolving over millions of years of time. The score is by Simon Franglen & Hanan Townshend. You need to see this for yourself.
"No party, alright!" Oscilloscope has debuted a trailer for the upcoming release of an Australian coming-of-age indie comedy called Girl Asleep, the filmmaking debut of theater director Rosemary Myers. The film stars Bethany Whitmore as Greta Driscoll, a girl about to turn fifteen whose whole life is thrown into disarray when her parents invite the whole school to her surprise birthday party. It has been described as "equal measures Wes Anderson and Lewis Carroll", which sounds quite appealing, and an "enchanting journey into the absurd – and sometimes scary – depths of the teenage mind." The cast includes Harrison Feldman, Matthew Whittet, Amber McMahon, Eamon Farren and others. This looks so weird and so wacky and definitely Wes Anderson-inspired, but it seems like it will be fun to watch. Have a look below.
"We are at war - and you are the front-line troops in this war." Vanish Films has released an official trailer for the "chilling" documentary Do Not Resist, a powerful look at the current state of policing in America. Directed by cinematographer Craig Atkinson, this doc begins on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri and progresses through a number of different situations and key moments in history. It also includes views from both sides of the battle – the public and the police – with a SWAT ride-along and police training seminar profiled. This is obviously a very major topic in America at this time in history, and it's fascinating to see this kind of documentary arriving right in the thick of it, when there is no real solution to any problems just yet. This is a fantastic trailer - it let's all the footage speak for itself without trying to explain too much else.
"If I were you, I'd be secretive…" Studiocanal UK has debuted a brand new trailer for the upcoming 40th anniversary re-release of Nicolas Roeg's sci-fi film The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring the late David Bowie as an alien who lands on Earth in hopes of getting water for his dying planet. He starts a technology company to get the billions of dollars he needs to build a return spacecraft, but does not count on the greed and ruthlessness of business here on Earth. The film also stars Candy Clark as Mary-Lou, plus Rip Torn, Buck Henry and Bernie Casey. This is one of this quirky yet totally unique kind of sci-fi cult classics that if you haven't seen yet, now's the perfect time to catch up with it. The mesmerizing score by John Phillips & Stomu Yamashta is also getting released in full (on vinyl, too!) for those interested in grabbing it. Enjoy.
"You are alone in your rebellion, Ms. Dickinson." Get ready to be enthralled by the words and emotions of Emily Dickinson. A festival trailer has debuted for the film A Quiet Passion, from director Terence Davis (whose other film Sunset Song was just released in theaters this year). Cynthia Nixon stars as the legendary poet Emily Dickinson in this "luminous biopic". Also starring Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Duncan Duff, Jodhi May, Joanna Bacon and Catherine Bailey. These kind of intense period pieces aren't usually my thing, and I'm not that curious about this. However, the music they used for this trailer definitely got my attention. It's the track "Stars Wait For Us" by Plu-Ton and it seems odd, but totally works.
"You're not a bad man, and I'm glad we're friends." Paramount has debuted the trailer for a drama called Same Kind of Different as Me, adapted from the memoirs of Denver Moore, Ron Hall & Lynn Vincent, about the lives of three people bound together by fate and friendship. The film stars Renée Zellweger in her first major role (aside from Bridget Jones's Baby) in years, Greg Kinnear, and Djimon Hounsou; along with Jon Voight, Olivia Holt, Ty Parker and others. This looks like an emotional, heartfelt story of friends and family, but some of it looks pretty bland and melodramatic. They're also dumping this during the Oscar season meaning it's not that great, but at least Djimon Hounsou looks exceptional. Give it a watch.
"What is this all about?!" Screen Media Films has debuted a trailer for the indie comedy Zoom, about a comic book artist played by the talented Alison Pill (seen in Milk, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Midnight in Paris, Goon, Snowpiercer, Hail Caesar!, and "The Newsroom"). This is a funky mashup because it combines the rather crazy live-action story with an animated (or perhaps rotoscoped?) comic book story, which is all of her frustrations come to life after they've been illustrated on paper. Gael García Bernal plays the primary, suave comic book character, and the rest of the cast includes Tyler Labine, Jason Priestley, Mariana Ximenes, Don McKellar and Michael Eklund. This actually looks fun in a quirky way, and I like the way they mix the animated comics with the real world story. Might be worth watching when it's out.
A24 has unveiled the second official trailer for Andrea Arnold's American Honey, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year to some rave reviews. The film stars newcomer Sasha Lane as a teenager who joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and falls for Shia LaBeouf while trying to navigate a life of partying and passion and jealousy. Also starring McCaul Lombardi, Arielle Holmes, Crystal Ice and Riley Keough. This trailer really plays up a few quotes from our friend Ryland Aldrich's glowing review of the film, calling it the kind of outstanding work that we only see once in a generation, capturing the fleeting feeling of freedom and the tireless pursuit of the American dream. They also toss in Bruce Springsteen's "Dream Baby Dream" to help set the mood for this. I'm a big fan of the film, and I hope people check it out.
This looks like a cool little sci-fi short worth waiting for. There's a trailer going around for a Brazilian sci-fi / post-apocalyptic short film called Lunatique, and it's impressive for only 60 seconds. The short is directed by cinematographer-turned-filmmaker Gabriel Kalim Mucci, and it's set in a gritty, desolate, ash-covered world. The story is about one lonely woman struggling to survive in this world, but she looks quite badass, kind of almost like Ripley from Aliens. This has some excellent production design and solid VFX work, I'm anxious to see more from it, hopefully sooner than later. We'll be watching for the unveiling of the full short.