Beautiful Official Trailer for Sean Baker's Excellent 'The Florida Project'

The Florida Project Trailer

"Thank you very much!" "You're not welcome!" A24 has debuted the first official trailer for the outstanding indie film The Florida Project, the latest feature from Tangerine director Sean Baker. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year to rave reviews - read mine here. The film tells the story of Halley, played by Bria Vinaite, and her daughter Moonee, played by Brooklynn Prince. They live at The Magic Castle, a motel in Orlando just in the backyard of Disneyland. Moonee and her friends run around causing all kinds of trouble and it's such a delight to watch them. Willem Dafoe also stars in one of his best performances of his career, and I really mean that. This film is really something special, and you can see why with this trailer - which captures the magic and charm of this beautiful film just perfectly. One of the year's best indie gems.

 Posted August 14 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

David Harewood Stars in Official US Trailer for 'Free In Deed' Drama

Free In Deed Trailer

"Sometime we have to go through something to get through something." Gravitas Ventures has debuted the official US trailer for an indie drama titled Free In Deed, which first premiered at the Venice Film Festival back in 2015. It also played at numerous film festivals in 2016, and is just now getting a very small release starting September this year. Free In Deed takes place in the world of converted storefront churches, following one man's attempt to perform a miracle. English actor David Harewood (from "Supergirl", "The Night Manager", "Homeland", The Brothers Grimsby) stars as a Pentecostal minister whose dedication to God is tested when approached by a desperate mother and her troubled son. The full cast includes Edwina Findley, Kathy Smith, and RaJay Chandler. This looks very powerful and entirely unique, worth a look.

 Posted August 13 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Trailer for 'Monkey Business' Doc About the Creators of Curious George

Monkey Business Trailer

"Isn't it amazing that all of this came out of that little book?" The Orchard has revealed an official trailer for the documentary titled Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators, telling the story of the creators of everyone's favorite little monkey, Curious George. Created by Hans and Margret Rey, they eventually had to flee from Paris at the beginning of World War II to escape the Nazis, and they were luckily able to smuggle out the first manuscript of what would become the very first Curious George book. The doc tells their story, not only escaping the Nazis, but also how they came together and originally envisioned the idea for the beloved children's books. Monkey Business was successfully got funding on Kickstarter in 2016, and will be released this month for anyone excited to watch this. Featuring narration by Sam Waterson, and adorable animated scenes, this looks like a good watch with the whole family. Enjoy.

 Posted August 13 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Studio Ghibli is Back from the Dead! Miyazaki is Developing New Film

Studio Ghibli

Can you believe it?! I don't know if I do?! Reports are going around that Studio Ghibli has re-opened its doors, started hiring a new team of animators, and will soon start working on a brand new project. It was massive, heartbreaking news a fear years ago when legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement (after finishing The Wind Rises in 2013) and then subsequently the studio he helped start, Studio Ghibli, decided to stop making new films and instead focus on monetizing their old filmography. In the last few years, Miyazaki kept himself busy by making an animated short film for the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. But now the studio is back from the dead and Miyazaki has a new idea for a film, which is what this is about.

 Posted August 11 in Animation, Movie News | Comments

First Trailer for Indie Comedy 'The Wilde Wedding' with Patrick Stewart

The Wilde Wedding Trailer

"You are so thoughtful - as if you'd have any idea what a 'keeper' was." Vertical Entertainment has debuted the first official trailer for an indie comedy titled The Wilde Wedding, about a wedding that gets a bit crazy (if the title wasn't already an indication of that). The two people getting hitched are played by Glenn Close and Patrick Stewart, a retired film star marrying a renowned English writer. The rest of the "wild" ensemble cast of great actors includes John Malkovich, Minnie Driver, Jack Davenport, Yael Stone, Peter Facinelli, Noah Emmerich, and Grace Van Patten. I'm not sure where this came from, as I've never heard of the film before, but it looks entertaining in an awkward dysfunctional comedy way. There's tons of sexual tension being built up and released in this trailer, so make sure you wear a condom. Have fun.

 Posted August 11 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Armando Iannucci's Political Satire 'The Death of Stalin'

The Death of Stalin Trailer

"I have no idea what is going on!" Entertainment One in the UK has debuted the first official trailer for Armando Iannucci's new film, The Death of Stalin, a darkly comic look at the internal political landscape of 1950’s Soviet Russia. Based on Fabien Nury's graphic novel, film is about Russian dictator Joseph Stalin's last days and the disorganized chaos of the regime after his death in 1953 and 30 years of iron-fisted rule. Adrian McLoughlin plays Joseph Stalin, with an ensemble cast of characters including Rupert Friend, Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Jeffrey Tambor, Paddy Considine, Michael Palin, and Jonathan Aris. This looks like another brilliant, hilarious political satire from Armando Iannucci that might be perfect entertainment for the times. Just fire up the trailer and enjoy.

 Posted August 11 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Trailer for 'Polina' Film About Switching from Ballet to Modern Dance

Polina Doc Trailer

"I don't want to see a pretty dancer, I want to see Polina dancing." Oscilloscope Labs has debuted a trailer for a dance film titled Polina, telling the story of a classically trained ballet dancer who decides to switch to contemporary dance. This decisions "throws everything into question on a profound level", taking her on a journey of discovery and understanding. This is a full-on dance film through and through, made by two filmmakers with an extensive background in dance. Anastasia Shevtsova, a professional dancer who has performed with Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, stars as Polina. The cast includes Niels Schneider, Jeremie Belingard, and Juliette Binoche, who has danced with London-based choreographer Akram Khan. This looks very kinetic and unique, taking dance and the commitment involved to a whole other level.

 Posted August 11 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Eerie Trailer for Brazilian Horror 'Good Manners' Playing at Sitges

Good Manners Trailer

"Is he normal?" A trailer has arrived online for a Brazilian fantasy horror film titled Good Manners, which just premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland and is also playing at the Sitges Film Festival coming up. The story is about a lonely nurse hired by a wealthy, mysterious woman named Ana to be the the nanny for her unborn child. But she soon realizes things are a bit strange when she discovers Ana sleepwalks around the house at night looking for prey. Isabél Zuaa stars, with a cast including Marjorie Estiano, Miguel Lobo, Cida Moreira, Andréa Marquee, and Felipe Kenji. This looks very peculiar and eerie, but it's that final shot with the freaky dog (boy?) that really sells this. I dig the hand drawn poster art, too.

 Posted August 10 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

New US Trailer for Dardenne Brothers' Latest Film 'The Unknown Girl'

The Unknown Girl Trailer

"Think it over before giving up your career." Sundance Selects has revealed an official US trailer for the film The Unknown Girl, the latest from French filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, to mixed reviews from critics, and is just now finally getting a release in the US (after already opening in every other country). Adèle Haenel stars in The Unknown Girl as a young doctor at a clinic. After refusing to open the door after hours, the next morning the police come to question her about a person found dead nearby. She also starts her own obsessive investigation, attempting to figure out the woman's identity. The cast includes Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, and Louka Minnella. If you're into the Dardennes' films, it's worth a watch, otherwise it's hard to recommend.

 Posted August 10 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for Awful-Looking Action Horror Movie 'Demon Hunter'

Demon Hunter Trailer

"The battle for our souls has begun!" I don't know what this is and it doesn't look any good, but there's not many new trailers this week, so check it out. Wild Eye Releasing has debuted an official trailer for a low budget action horror film called Demon Hunter, formerly known as Taryn Barker: Demon Hunter. The story follows a detective whose daughter is abducted by a powerful man named Falstaff, a demonic force that has terrorized his town before. A young girl who is brought into the station is their only hope to help find and save his daughter. The full cast includes Niamh Hogan, Alan Talbot, Kevin O’Malley, Nic Furlong, Sarah Tapes Jenkinson, and Margarita Grillis. This apparently has touches of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and Underworld, though it's hard to tell in this footage, but it really looks awful. Avoid it.

 Posted August 10 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official US Trailer for Psychosexual French Drama Film 'Thirst Street'

Thirst Street Trailer

"Who is the girl? Did you two have sex?" Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted the official US trailer for a new indie film titled Thirst Street, a psychosexual drama that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. The film stars Lindsay Burdge (star of the indie film A Teacher) as a flight attendant still reeling over the suicide of her boyfriend, who hooks up with a bartender in Paris on one of her layovers. But she soon gets sucked into this lust and then falls even further into madness when his ex shows up and messes with everything. The film's full cast includes Damien Bonnard, Anjelica Huston, Esther Garrel, Lola Bessis, Alice de Lencquesaing, and Jacques Nolot. This looks very 70s in story and in color palette, which seems like an interesting if not cliched choice. It also seems totally twisted and insane, so watch out.

 Posted August 10 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Robert Pattinson's Short 'Fear & Shame' About a NYC Hot Dog

Fear & Shame Short Film

"Where is the man with the hot dog?" There's an odd little short film going around this week, debuted by GQ.com as part of their cover story on Robert Pattinson. The short film is called Fear & Shame and is written & directed by & starring Robert Pattinson. It is essentially just a 2.5 minute short about Pattinson running around New York City trying to find a hot dog to eat. He rambles on about fame and shame and fear and more while desperately trying to avoid the paparazzi. This doesn't have too much going on in it, but it's all from his perspective with some wacky voice-over, so why not enjoy. Plus, who doesn't love NYC hot dogs?

 Posted August 9 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

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