Official Trailer for Indie Film 'Princess Cyd' from Director Stephen Cone

Princess Cyd Trailer

"It is not a handicap to have one thing, but not another…" Wolfe Releasing has debuted the first official trailer for Stephen Cone's latest film Princess Cyd, a light coming-of-age comedy set mostly in Chicago. The story follows a young 16-year-old woman who goes to spend the summer with her novelist aunt at her home in Chicago's suburbs, discovering her sexual attraction to another girl in the neighborhood. Newcomer Jessie Pinnick stars as Cyd, and the cast includes Rebecca Spence, Malic White, James Vincent Meredith, Tyler Ross, and Matthew Quattrocki. I caught this just recently at the London Film Festival, and while it is solid overall, none of it really impressed me and it doesn't have anything unique to say at the end. There's so many other better films exactly like this, but it's also not that bad either. Take a look below.

 Posted October 19 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Chris Hemsworth Rides a Horse into War in First Trailer for '12 Strong'

12 Strong Trailer

"There's no playbook here…" Warner Bros has unveiled the first trailer for their movie called 12 Strong, formerly known as Horse Soldiers. The full title (which explains the plot) is: 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story Of The Horse Soldiers. It's about a team of Special Forces soldiers sent into Afghanistan at the beginning of the war after 9/11. They end up working with a local Afghani warlord in order to take down the Taliban, riding horses into battle (like they used to do hundreds of years ago). Chris Hemsworth stars, along with an ensemble cast including Taylor Sheridan, Michael Shannon, Austin Stowell, Michael Peña, Geoff Stults, and Elsa Pataky. This looks like pretty much every other modern war movie, but with a twist, though it's still about good ole American soldiers risking their lives to keep the country safe & free.

 Posted October 19 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

New 'Ward and Jakoby' Featurette for David Ayer's 'Bright' from Netflix

Bright

"Listen - this is happening." Netflix has debuted an extended behind-the-scenes featurette for David Ayer's new film Bright, specifically focusing on the two main cops - Daryl Ward and Nick Jakoby, played by Will Smith and Joel Edgerton (respectively). Ward and Jakoby are very different cops who are put together as partners on the beat in Los Angeles. The film also stars Noomi Rapace, Kenneth Choi, Brad William Henke, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz, Brandon Larracuente, and Dawn Olivieri. This video plays like an extended trailer half the time, and has some behind-the-scenes glimpses at the end as well. So, this film continues to impress me, I'm looking forward to seeing this when it arrives on Netflix.

 Posted October 19 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Shot on Film Featurette for Branagh's 'Murder on the Orient Express'

Murder on the Orient Express Featurette

"We wanted to bring the full experience to the audience, so I shot on film." 20th Century Fox has unveiled a featurette for Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express, the murder mystery set on a luxurious European train. Branagh did indeed decide to shoot this on film, using 65mm for some scenes. This video is too short to dive into everything, but does have a few cool behind-the-scenes shots. Starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Willem Dafoe, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Tom Bateman, Lucy Boynton, Olivia Colman, Miranda Raison, and Derek Jacobi. It's impressive to see they used a real train for a few shots, and I like the interior sets on a soundstage with screens down the side projecting what's out outside. This does seem like it's going to look stunning, at least.

 Posted October 19 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

First Trailer for A24's 'The Ballad of Lefty Brown' Starring Bill Pullman

The Ballad of Lefty Brown

"Chase down Eddie's killer, then bring him back." A24 has debuted a trailer for western drama The Ballad of Lefty Brown, from filmmaker Jared Moshe, which first premiered at the SXSW Film Festival this year. Bill Pullman stars as washed-up sidekick Lefty Brown, who watches his longtime friend/partner murdered before his eyes. He decides to go after the killer, rallying a group of people to support him, including an old, experienced gunhand and a young cowboy. The full cast includes Kathy Baker, Jim Caviezel, Tommy Flanagan, Diego Josef, and Joe Anderson, with an appearance by Peter Fonda as Lefty's murdered friend. This looks damn good, a moody revenge western with some real grit. Pullman seems great as always.

 Posted October 18 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Al Pacino Plays a Detective in First Trailer for 'Hangman' Crime Thriller

Hangman Trailer

"We're gunna find this guy." A trailer has arrived for a new crime thriller titled Hangman, which is about detectives hunting a serial killer, but apparently it even has some similarities to Paranormal Activity. Say what? From director Johnny Martin (of this year's Vengeance: A Love Story) the crime thriller stars Al Pacino as a homicide detective who teams up with a criminal profiler to catch a serial killer whose crimes are inspired by the children's game Hangman. Also starring Karl Urban, Brittany Snow, Sarah Shahi, and Joe Anderson. From the footage in this trailer, this seems closer to "Mindhunter" or "True Detective" or even The Snowman than most crime dramas, but maybe there's a big twist in it. Might be worth a look.

 Posted October 18 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Michelle Morgan & Jorma Taccone in Trailer for 'It Happened In L.A.'

It Happened In L.A. Trailer

"You know, I've never really thought about it before, but palm trees are actually very condescending." The Orchard has revealed a trailer for another indie comedy titled It Happened in L.A., formerly known as L.A. Times when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Written and directed by Michelle Morgan, and starring Morgan, the film is a classically styled comedy of manners set in Los Angeles about relationships. A thirty-something couple, played by Morgan and Jorma Taccone, try to determine whether ideal happiness exists in coupledom or if the perfectly suited couple is actually just an urban myth. This is a very odd, kooky little film with some off-beat humor that you'll either like or hate. Some of you will laugh your ass off, others will be uncomfortable by this, but that's why it's a unique comedy. Check this out below.

 Posted October 18 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Louis C.K.'s Latest Twisted Comedy 'I Love You, Daddy'

I Love You, Daddy Trailer

"A girl that age is getting into trouble…" The Orchard has debuted the first trailer for indie comedy I Love You, Daddy, the latest film from Louis C.K. that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this fall to rave reviews. The timing of this film almost seems eerily coincidental and relevant to recent headlines about the film industry. I Love You, Daddy is about a successful TV writer who freaks out when daughter becomes the interest of an aging filmmaker with an appalling past. Conceived in the high style of 1940s Hollywood, with lustrous B&W 35mm photography and a soaring orchestral score, it "blends a classic look with Louis C.K.'s raucous modern comic sensibility to tell the story of a flawed man's struggle to connect with his daughter and get back on his feet as an artist." This stars Louis C.K., Chloe Moretz, John Malkovich, Rose Byrne, Charlie Day, Edie Falco, and Helen Hunt. Looks fantastic, hope I get a chance to see it soon.

 Posted October 18 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official UK Trailer for Fun 'The Prince Of Nothingwood' Documentary

The Prince Of Nothingwood Trailer

"Hollywood (US), Bollywood (India), Nollywood (Nigeria)… Nothingwood (Afghanistan!)" You don't want to miss this. Vertigo Releasing has debuted an official UK trailer for a documentary titled The Prince of Nothingwood, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year. The film profiles an actor named Salim Shaheen, the most famous actor in Afghanistan, who produces, directs, and stars in extremely low budget movies made in his own country. He's basically the most famous guy from "Nothingwood" and is beloved by everyone there, no matter who they are or where they're from (in the midst of Afghanistan's wars and poverty). It's actually an engaging, fascinating documentary that shows the power of movies and how they can bring people together, along with an inside look at this embattled country and its people. Have fun.

 Posted October 18 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

A Woman Becomes a Dog in First Trailer for Dark Comedy Film 'Bitch'

Bitch Film Trailer

"Maybe Jill is doing you a favor? Maybe it's the life you're supposed to be living…" The official trailer has debuted for a bizarre dark comedy film titled Bitch, from indie writer/director Marianna Palka (Always Worthy, Good Dick), who also co-stars in the film. The film is about a woman who assumes the psyche of a vicious dog as her checked-out, philandering husband attempts to keep the family together. Palka stars as Jill, and Jason Ritter stars as her husband (the same duo who co-starred in Palka's Good Dick in 2008, though I don't think these are shared universes). The cast includes Jaime King and Brighton Sharbino, with appearances by Sol Rodriguez, Roger Guenveur Smith, Eric Edelstein, and Martin Starr. This looks totally wacky and biting (no pun intended) and comedic in the weirdest of ways. Worth a quick look.

 Posted October 18 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Sci-Fi Short 'Others Will Follow' Based on Apollo Contingency

Others Will Follow Short Film

"Fate has ordained that the men who went to Mars to explore in peace will stay on Mars to rest in peace…" This new sci-fi short film is pretty damn cool, and worth a watch if you love space exploration as much as I do. Others Will Follow is a sci-fi short made by Andrew Finch, based on the Apollo 11 contingency speech written for Nixon in the case that the astronauts ended up on stuck on the Moon, unable to return home. The short film is about a failed mission to Mars and the value of human space flight. Featuring the voice of Bruce Greenwood, and starring Winston Tao, Erica Sabol, and Damian Chey. There's actually some seriously outstanding VFX in this, along with a fascinating story of brave explorers. Watch below and enjoy.

 Posted October 17 in Sci-Fi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Official Trailer for Horror Thriller Film 'Angelica' Starring Jena Malone

Angelica Trailer

"The evil that troubles your home must see that I am your invited guest." Freestyle has revealed an official trailer for the horror thriller Angelica, which has been sitting on the shelf for two years awaiting release. Angelica is the latest film from Mitchell Lichtenstein, the director of that wacky, freaky horror film Teeth from a decade ago. This is a supernatural thriller set in Victorian England about a couple who encounter a ghost in their house after having a baby named Angelica. It's described as a "spellbinding ghost story about desire, repression and its consequences", which sounds like it could be good, but also sounds like it could be bad. Jena Malone stars, also with Ed Stoppard, Janet McTeer, Tovah Feldshuh, Charles Keating, Daniel Gerroll, and James Norton. The footage is creepy, but it doesn't seem like anything that special.

 Posted October 17 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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