Cannes 2017: 'Okja' is a Lovable, Wacky, Animal Rescue Adventure Film

Okja Review

I've never seen anything like this film before, and we may never see anything like it again. Okja is the latest feature from Korean writer/director Bong Joon Ho, and it's another completely original story from his brilliant mind. Okja is a fascinating mix of many different things: it's anti-capitalism, anti-meat, yet it's also an animal rescue adventure film. It's a satire, yet also a thriller; it's playful, it's weird, but lovable. At the center of it all is the story of a young Korean girl named Mija whose best friend is a big, mutant "super pig" that a corporation gave her uncle to raise for a competition. When they come to take it, she runs off to try and find and bring her home. If this film doesn't make you a vegetarian by the end, I don't know what will.

 Posted May 19 in Cannes 17, Review | Comments

First Trailer for Matt Heineman's Syria Documentary 'City of Ghosts'

City of Ghosts Trailer

"Our words are stronger than their weapons." Amazon Studios has revealed the first official trailer for the documentary City of Ghosts, the follow-up to Cartel Land made by filmmaker Matthew Heineman. This doc takes a closer look at the Syrian war as told from the inside, following a group of anonymous journalists working to report on what's really happening. Heineman is known for getting incredible footage and diving deep into the subject of his docs, and that's definitely the case here. It's describe as a "powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core." This premiered at Sundance this year, where I saw it, and it's good but nowhere near as good as Cartel Land. This would also make a good double feature with the doc Last Men in Aleppo, as both films are important looks at the war in Syria. Watch the footage below.

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

New Red Band Trailer for 'The House' with Will Ferrell & Amy Poehler

The House Trailer

"You're never going to believe what's in the next room." Warner Bros has debuted a new red band trailer for the wild comedy titled The House, where two parents decide to turn their home into an underground, illegal casino to make enough money to send their daughter to college. It's a fun concept for a comedy. Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler star as the parents, with Nick Kroll, Jason Mantzoukas, Allison Tolman, Ryan Simpkins, Sam Richardson, Rob Huebel and Michaela Watkins. This trailer is a red band trailer mostly for language, and one bloody scene at the end, and that's about it. Unfortunately this doesn't look better than the first trailer, but I'm still looking forward to seeing this anyway. Maybe it'll be enjoyable.

 Posted May 18 in CinemaCon, Comedy, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Must Watch: First Trailer for 'The Glass Castle' Featuring Brie Larson

The Glass Castle Trailer

"This is as real as it gets kids, you learn from living!" Lionsgate has unveiled the first trailer for the film The Glass Castle, the latest feature from writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton, who is one of the most underrated filmmakers working today. Cretton has made two outstanding films so far: I Am Not a Hipster (in 2012) and Short Term 12 (in 2013). This time he adapts the memoirs of Jeannette Walls, as played by Brie Larson, a woman growing up in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father. The cast features Naomi Watts & Woody Harrelson (as her odd mother & father, respectively), Sarah Snook, Max Greenfield, Brigette Lundy-Paine, and others. As expected, this looks fantastic and it's easily one of my most anticipated films to see this year. Take a look.

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

Final Trailer for 'The Mummy' with Tom Cruise Unleashes Hell on Earth

The Mummy Final Trailer

"It takes a monster to defeat a monster." Universal has unleashed one final trailer for the new take on The Mummy, which we've already seen plenty of footage for over the last few months. That new tagline makes me wonder if there's some interesting twists and secrets in this movie. This action-packed new version of The Mummy stars Tom Cruise, with Sofia Boutella playing the new "bad guy" mummy. Cruise plays Nick Morton, one of the characters who decides to dig up the new "mummy", a priestess named Ahmanet who ushers in "a new world of gods and monsters". The full cast includes Russell Crowe as a mysterious character, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Javier Botet. I'm curious about this, but really not that excited for it. The part with Tom Cruise's eyes in this is a very interesting little tease.

 Posted May 18 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Full Trailer for Miike's Epic New Samurai Film 'Blade of the Immortal'

Blade of the Immortal Trailer

"We are here to remove you." Feast your eyes on this! HanWay Films has debuted a new official trailer for Takashi Miike's Blade of the Immortal, which is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this week. This is technically Miike's 100th film (!!) and it's another samurai, sword fighting epic. Adapted from a manga of the same name, it's about an immortal samurai who has to kill 1000 evil men in order to regain his mortality after being hired to protect a girl. Starring Hana Sugisaki, Ebizô Ichikawa, Sôta Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara, Erika Toda, Kazuki Kitamura, Min Tanaka, Takuya Kimura and Tsutomu Yamazaki. I actually just saw this film a few hours ago and it's badass, with some truly epic fights involving hundreds of samurais. It's violent, and bloody, and funny at times, with gorgeous sets and costumes. Take a look below.

 Posted May 18 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Cannes 2017: Todd Haynes' 'Wonderstruck' Inspires the Kid in All of Us

Wonderstruck Review

Do you remember what it was like to be a kid? That boundless sense of wonder, that feeling that everything could be magical? Trips to museums or big cities were the most spectacular experiences, and even though sometimes things were tough at home, you had your friends to cheer you up. Wonderstruck, the latest film from Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven, I'm Not There, Carol), is about that sense of wonder that kids have. It is, in a way, a movie for kids, about kids, but it is still enjoyable for adults as well. Especially those adults who can still remember that kid inside of us, even if he's hiding somewhere in a dark corner. The film interweaves two storylines following two deaf kids as they escape their homes and travel to New York City.

 Posted May 18 in Cannes 17, Review | Comments

Full Trailer Arrives for Bong Joon-ho's Film 'Okja' Premiering at Cannes

Okja Trailer

"You should know the situation is not good." This looks like it's going to be amazing. Netflix has revealed a full-length trailer for new film from Bong Joon-ho, titled Okja, just one day before the world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. I'm a huge fan of Bong Joon-ho, and this looks even better than I imagined. Tilda Swinton is back (from Snowpiercer) in the cast, along with Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Steven Yeun, Giancarlo Esposito, Devon Bostick, Shirley Henderson, Daniel Henshall, and Choi Woo-shik. The main girl, named Mija, is played by Ahn Seo-hyun. This trailer shows a lot and sets up the complete story about a corporation kidnapping her animal friend, with tons of footage of the giant pig creature thing, and much more. I can't wait to see this! We'll have a review up tomorrow. Check this out.

 Posted May 18 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Dope First Trailer Drops for Sundance Rapping Sensation 'Patti Cake$'

Patti Cake$ Trailer

Find out what the hype is all about! Fox Searchlight has dropped the first trailer for the film Patti Cake$, one of the most buzzed films from Sundance this year, where it premiered to standing ovations. Patti Cake$ features the big screen debut of Australian native Danielle Macdonald, playing the role of aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, aka "Killa P", aka "Patti Cake$", from New Jersey. The story follows her struggles as she tries to make a name for herself in a town that doesn't care much about anyone. The cast includes Cathy Moriarty, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, and Bridget Everett. This wasn't exactly one of my favorite films of Sundance (read my review) but it has a lot of heart, it's raucus and entertaining, and it tells an encouraging story of ignoring what others say, and becoming who you really are deep down. Dig it.

 Posted May 17 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watching Films Now? Why We Still Care About the Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

"The most amazing thing is that every single person who sees a movie, not necessarily one of my movies, brings a whole set of unique experiences. Now, through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to hopefully laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time." (–Steven Spielberg) With the world the way it is right now, why should we care about movies? Why does anyone want to hear about cinema when there's so much bad happening all around, when there's so much else to worry about? As I make my way to the 70th Cannes Film Festival, I have an answer to this question that has been on my mind for a few weeks ever since a quote first popped up on Twitter. And it's a vital reminder of how important it is to still give time to cinema, art, & entertainment no matter what.

 Posted May 17 in Cannes 17, Editorial | Comments

Final Trailer for Bay's 'Transformers: The Last Knight' If You're Curious

Transformers: The Last Knight

"You want to know, don't you? Why the keep coming here…" Yes, I do, but without sitting through another movie - please? Paramount has unleashed one final trailer for Michael Bay's latest Transformers movie, titled in full Transformers: The Last Knight. At this point, you probably already know whether or not you're going to see this movie in theaters, and don't need to see any more footage. But this final trailer packs in a whole bunch of epic, VFX-filled eye candy. The huge cast stars Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, John Goodman, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera, and Liam Garrigan as King Arthur; plus the same voices as before: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker and Ken Watanabe. If you're curious to watch even more footage, then fire this up below.

 Posted May 17 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Emmanuelle Riva in Trailer for Abel & Gordon's Comedy 'Lost in Paris'

Lost in Paris Trailer

"Will you dance with me?" Oscilloscope Labs has released an official US trailer for the whimsical, quirky comedy Lost in Paris, made by (and starring) the filmmakers Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, known as "Abel & Gordon". This actually has the feel of a comedy made by Wes Anderson if he was French, with a overtly charming and amusing visual style along with absurd but entertaining humor. Emmanuelle Riva, who passed away earlier this year, plays Aunt Martha, who sends a letter to her niece which prompts her to travel to Paris to find out what's going on. There, she gets in all kinds of trouble and meets a lovable goofball named Dom, as played by Abel & Gordon. This looks surprisingly unique and totally fun to watch.

 Posted May 17 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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