Watch: Clark Zhu's 'Moving Pictures 2017' - A Movie Trailer Mashup

Moving Pictures 2017

"You have no idea what's coming…" Now that we're into the final month of 2017, it's time to start looking back at the year in movies. The next year end recap movie trailer mashup has debuted - this one made by Clark Zhu. It's titled "Moving Pictures 2017" and includes clips from over 230 movies that were released in 2017. Since he packs in so many into this recap, the video runs a full eight minutes but covers a number of different themes - from comedy to suspense to action to horror to love. (Watch Clark's 2016 video here.) It's a great reminder that there's always exciting movies to see, and many to catch up with you may have missed.

 Posted December 4 in Looking Back, To Watch | Comments

Dakota Fanning in First Trailer for Star Trek Geek Film 'Please Stand By'

Please Stand By Trailer

"Captain: there is only one logical direction in which to go - forward." Magnolia Pictures has unveiled an official trailer for an indie dramedy titled Please Stand By, from director Ben Lewin, who last directed the acclaimed film The Sessions. Please Stand By is a story of a young autistic woman who runs away from her caregiver and heads off to Hollywood. She is on the run because she wants to hand-deliver a 500-page Star Trek script to a writing competition in Hollywood. Dakota Fanning stars in this, with a full cast including Toni Collette, Alice Eve, River Alexander, Marla Gibbs, Jessica Rothe, Michael Stahl-David, and Patton Oswalt. This is one of those surprise didn't-know-this-existed films, but I'm very curious to see it, just sounds like something fun. Plus I love the quotes about light and the unknown, good stuff. See below.

 Posted December 4 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Totally Badass Japanese Anime 'Batman Ninja' Movie

Batman Ninja Trailer

"I've been waiting for you, Master Bruce." OMG this looks awesome!!! An official trailer has arrived online for a Japanese anime version of Batman, set during the Sengoku era, re-imagining Batman as the "Batman Ninja". And oh yes, it's as badass as it sounds, if not even better. Batman Ninja is directed by filmmaker Junpei Mizusaki, and is about Batman defending a town in feudal Japan. This is officially licensed by DC (hence the Warner Bros logo) and is actually the real Batman, not some imitation version to skirt around licensing. There's even a feudal Japan villain who is basically The Joker. Holy crap this looks so so so cool, everything about it, I can't wait to see this. I'd even pay good money to see this on a big screen, instead of just on my TV. In addition to the trailer below, there's also a video from New York Comic-Con, which is a slightly extended version of the same trailer. Stop what you're doing and watch this now, you won't regret it.

 Posted December 4 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: David Ehrlich's 'The 25 Best Films of 2017' Video Countdown

David Ehrlich's The 25 Best Films of 2017

It's here! Time to start figuring out which films are the best of the year, so get watching. One of the annual must-see best of the year lists is actually a video countdown made by my colleague David Ehrlich (follow him @davidehrlich). He counts down his 25 best films of the year in a video edited together with footage and music from each of the films. This is such an entertaining way to count down the best cinema of 2017, and it always makes me want to watch each one of these (even the ones I've seen already). Ehrlich pretty much nailed it this year - Call Me By Your Name is my #1 as well, and his Top 10 is almost perfect. Dive in.

 Posted December 4 in Feat, Looking Back, To Watch | Comments

Trailer for Animated Post-Apocalyptic 'Birdboy: The Forgotten Children'

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children Trailer

"I want to help you, but I don't know how." GKids has released a brand new US trailer for the animated film Birdboy: The Forgotten Children, which is finally arriving in limited US theaters this December. This first premiered back in 2015 and played at festivals throughout 2016, but hasn't ever been available in the US until now. Based on a graphic novel and short film by co-directors Pedro Rivero and Alberto Vázquez, Birdboy: The Forgotten Children is a darkly comic, beautiful and haunting tale of coming of age in a world gone to ruin. Featuring the voices of Félix Arcarazo, Andrea Alzuri, Eva Ojanguren, Josu Cubero, Jorge Carrero, and Nuria Marín. Even though this is arriving a few years late, it looks like an intriguing post-apocalyptic animated feature that's a bit different than what we normally see. Might be worth a watch.

 Posted December 4 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Full US Trailer for Lebanese Film 'The Insult' from Director Ziad Doueiri

The Insult Trailer

"It's about the truth." "Which truth?" Cohen Media Group has released the official US trailer for a Lebanese film titled The Insult, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival this fall. This film is a radical, dramatic profile of the division and tensions in Lebanon, specifically between the two prominent religious groups - Christians and Muslims. Set in Beirut, the story begins when a local man insults a construction worker, and then their tiny verbal spat blows completely out of proportion, almost causing a war in the entire country. From the director of The Attack, The Insult stars Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Camille Salameh, Rita Hayek, Christine Choueiri, Diamand Bou Abboud, and Georges Daou. I caught this in Venice and it's a thrilling, intense film, but also very loud and flashy at times, with some weird twists in the second half (it turns into a court room legal battle). Still an important film from Lebanon that is worth seeking out.

 Posted December 4 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Rebecca Hall & Dan Stevens in Official Trailer for Drama 'Permission'

Permission Trailer

"Aren't you curious? You must be…" Good Deed Entertainment has debuted an official trailer for the indie romantic drama Permission, from director Brian Crano. The film stars Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens as a couple on the brink of getting engaged. But just before this happens, they both realize they should sleep with other people before, and attempt to get the permission necessary to do this. Obviously this is a movie for adults, and a perfectly quirky Valentine's Day movie, if that's your thing. Also starring Gina Gershon, Francois Arnaud, David Joseph Craig, Morgan Spector, and Jason Sudeikis. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year, but hasn't had much buzz since then. Check it out below if you're interested.

 Posted December 4 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Trailer for Super Cheesy Romance 'Midnight Sun' with Bella Thorne

Midnight Sun Trailer

"I'm not comfortable with him not knowing…" Open Road Films has debuted an official trailer for a cheesy romance titled Midnight Sun, which is actually a remake of a Japanese film of the same name released in 2006 (Taiyô no uta). The story follows a young woman with a rare disease that, if exposed to the sun's rays, she could potentially die (kind of like a vampire but without any of the need to drink blood). Hollywood took this and turned it into a super sappy romance that reminds me a bit of Everything, Everything, also about a woman with a disease who can't leave home. Bella Thorne stars, with Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle, Quinn Shephard, Ken Tremblett, Jenn Griffin, and Nicholas Coombe. It looks super sweet.

 Posted December 1 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for Chilling Investigative Documentary 'Killing For Love'

Killing For Love Trailer

"I read all the police reports, and I said 'this man is innocent…'" IFC Films has revealed a trailer for the documentary titled Killing For Love, originally Das Versprechen (or The Promise) in German, about a controversial 1985 murder trial. The story goes that in 1985, a couple was found brutally murdered inside their home, and the daughter was arrested as the prime suspect. But as the trial played out, her boyfriend, the son of a German diplomat, took the blame out of love and was eventually convicted. This documentary examines that story and what happened, featuring the voices of Daniel Brühl and Imogen Poots as the young lovers. This looks like a fascinating investigatory dive into this case and what might be the real truth.

 Posted December 1 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

New Behind-the-Scenes Training Video for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer

"This is the hardest physical thing I've done yet." Time for a Star Wars training montage! Disney released another behind-the-scenes featurette for Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this one all about the physical training and fight choreography with the actors. It starts out focusing on Daisy Ridley as Rey, but then continues to show footage of Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, and finally Adam Driver as Kylo Ren. At this point, Disney is just giving us more teases and glimpses to keep the hype going until it hits theaters in two weeks. I've already got my tickets, I'm already ready to go, hoping nothing I've seen so far spoils the in-theater experience. It is exciting to see how much work they put into this movie, all the effort into making it look perfect. And I wish I was friends with this Liang Yang guy. He seems cool.

 Posted December 1 in Featurette, Star Wars, To Watch | Comments

Watch This: Sleepy Skunk's Retrospective 2017 Movie Trailer Mashup

Sleepy Skunk's Movie Trailer Mashup

"There's something, calling them all here…" It's time for another look back at all the movies of 2017. Our longtime friend the "Sleepy Skunk" has revealed his annual end-of-the-year recap video - the 2017 Movie Trailer Mashup - featuring footage from all the different movie trailers released throughout 2017 edited together to good music. Louis, who makes this specific video every year, always puts a lot of time and effort into making this and it shows, as the editing and music make it an entertaining and inspiring experience. It's always invigorating to look back at this year and all that we've been graced with from the world of film.

 Posted December 1 in Looking Back, To Watch | Comments

Thora Birch & Chris Klein in First Trailer for Comedy 'The Competition'

The Competition Trailer

"I'm suggesting a little competition…" Gravitas Ventures has debuted the first trailer for Harvey Lowry's indie comedy The Competition, making fun of relationships and the way things work in this day and age. Thora Birch stars as a woman who becomes the "voice of a generation" by starting a romance blog about how relationships should only last 6 months, at which point you must break up before your mate becomes unfaithful. She is introduced to the perfect guy, played by Chris Klein, but refuses his advances. So they setup a challenge to choose five friends in long relationships and attempt to get them to cheat. It plays out from there, and yadda yadda. The film's full cast includes Claire Coffee, David Blue, Gabrielle Stone, Jason Tobias, and Tiffany Fallon. Not really my kind of romantic comedy, but check this out if you want.

 Posted December 1 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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