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One of the most fascinating discoveries of the Berlin Film Festival this year is a German dark comedy titled O Beautiful Night, which is the feature directorial debut of a German animator and/or filmmaker named Xaver Böhm. This stylish, neon-drench indie is about a lonely, nihilistic kid named Juri who is greeted by a guy who identifies himself as Death - a spiny, chain-smoking, crack-head with a tiny scythe necklace who first encounters Juri inside one of those smoky automated casino joints (which are all around Germany). He takes him on a late night adventure around town, stopping to get drugs, win money, and finally to get drinks at a bar. It's actually a cool concept for a film - not necessarily that original, but nicely refreshed this time.
"A girl. A mixtape. And the end of the world." The Orchard has released the first official trailer for an indie cosmic horror film titled Starfish, which is the feature debut of musician/filmmaker A.T. White. The originally premiered at Fantastic Fest last fall, and also played at the Morbido Film Fest in Mexico. Starfish is described as a "unique, intimate and honest" portrayal of a girl grieving for the death of her best friend. And it just happens to take place on the day the world ends as we know it, when a mysterious signal from an unknown dimension summons the end of days. Virginia Gardner stars as Aubrey, who discovers a tape labeled "this mixtape will save the world." Forced to fight off the encroaching creatures, she sets out to find more tapes and (hopefully?) save the world. Also starring Christina Masterson, Eric Beecroft, Natalie Mitchell, Shannon Hollander, Elias Brett, Tanroh Ishida, and Regina Saldivar. Whoa! Yeah this looks crazy cool! I dig the mix of styles and snowy apocalyptic atmosphere and everything. I need to see this.
"You're a movie star, Steve. Surely it comes with its own set of burdens… but start from the beginning." Vertical Entertainment has unveiled an official trailer for an indie feature titled Chasing Bullitt, which is in reference to Steve McQueen's classic film Bullitt (from 1968). This biopic is also about Steve McQueen, as played by Andre Brooks, who is searching for his lost, beloved Ford Mutstang GT 390. He will only accept a new deal from his Hollywood agent if the agent agrees to help him locate the car. This takes place later in McQueen's career, when he's struggling with marriage and work and all kinds of things. The cast includes Jan Broberg, Dorian Cirillo-Murray, Crystal Miel Cossey, Anthony Dilio, and Dennis W. Hall. This seems to be another cheesy old Hollywood story about an actor's life off screen, and it looks only okay.
Lord Almighty this film is magic, just pure musical magic. Aretha Franklin is a goddess. But we all know that already, right? She is truly one of the greatest singers of all time. The moment she opens her mouth and begins to sing, everything else in the world suddenly goes quiet, there's peace and harmony, you can feel this great power of calm and goodness. Amazing Grace is a long lost film from 1972, finally fully restored and released for us to bask in glory and brilliance. I had the pleasure of watching this documentary film at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, and it's just wonderful. Watching this joyful performance filled me with so much goodness and happiness and all I wanted to do after is dance around the streets all day. Can I get an Amen?
"We have a situation…" Lionsgate has debuted the first official trailer for the summer comedy Long Shot, formerly known as Flarsky, the latest film from director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, 50/50, Warm Bodies, The Night Before). Seth Rogen reteams with Levine (after 50/50 and The Night Before) and goes after an entirely unattainable woman, played by Charlize Theron. Fred Flarsky, an unemployed journalist battered by his own misfortune, endeavors to pursue Charlotte Field, his childhood crush and babysitter who now happens to be one of the most powerful and unattainable women on the planet - she's the current US Secretary of State planning to run for President. The supporting cast includes Alexander Skarsgård, June Diane Raphael, Andy Serkis, Randall Park, O'Shea Jackson Jr., James Saito, Ravi Patel, and Gabrielle Graham. This looks kind of funny, and very relevant to the times in a clever, amusing way.
"Maybe the serum is inducing some kind of shared psychosis." The Orchard has debuted the trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Discarnate, also known as Shapeshifter (for its release in Germany last year). The plot is about a neuroscientist's obsession with a drug that expands the human mind, who inadvertently unleashes a deadly supernatural force on his team when they start trials. Thomas Kretschmann stars as Dr. Andre Mason, and the cast includes Nadine Velazquez, Josh Stewart, Chris Coy, Matt Munroe, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Cassandra Clark, and Ashton Amaba. This looks like a very weird mix of big ideas and horror concepts that don't seem to coalesce, but I don't really know. Maybe it's not so bad. Take a look.
"I always knew this day would come… A new beginning. And yet - new enemies would be forged. A line would be crossed…" Oats Studios and BioWare have launched an official live-action video game trailer titled Conviction, promoting the upcoming release of Anthem - which arrives on shelves next week. This trailer is made by Neill Blomkamp, and that's the main reason we're featuring it - because it's basically another new Oats Studios live-action short film and he's still coming up with badass sci-fi concepts. Conviction is a survival story set in the world of Anthem, decades before the events of the game. Most of the exosuits look CGI, but there's still tons of live-action footage in this and it's always cool to see. There's references to Mad Max: Fury Road, and Destiny, and tons of other great sci-fi. I'm a big fan of these live-action trailers. Enjoy.
"We finally get to use our skills for our own benefit…" "Alright - let's do it." Not to be confused with Triple Threat, a different action film with a very similar name. Netflix has debuted the second official trailer for the action film Triple Frontier, about Special Forces team pulling off a crazy heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. This was in the works with Kathryn Bigelow directing for a while but finally got made at Netflix with Chandor instead. The screenplay is by Mark Boal, who worked with Bigelow on The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. Triple Frontier stars an impressive ensemble cast including Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Helund, Pedro Pascal, plus Adria Arjona, Sheila Vand, Christine Horn, and Reynaldo Gallegos. This is looking seriously badass - I just hope it lives up to its promise and hype based on all the footage in these two trailers. Bring it on, and bring home the bacon.
"Come on over." Feeling lonely? Need a good laugh? Want to hate text messages even more than you already do? Fire up this short film Girl, Interrupted, a three-minute comedy short directed by Jake & Will (aka Jake Bradbury & Will Blank). This is a pretty basic short with a premise that you'll understand as soon as you start watching. Starring Traci Doering as the "girl". This funny short film is one of the first as part of a new project created by comedians Jake & Will called 20th Century Faux, in which they're making a series of comedy shorts (the way they want) using very limited resources, delivering 16 in total. You can also listen to a behind-the-scenes podcast for this short here. As we've noted before, this goes to show how much fun you can have with pretty much no budget. If you enjoy this, there's plenty more from this team on the way soon.
"I just want to now for once and for all: do you forgive me or not?" IFC Films has unveiled the trailer for an indie drama titled Diane, the feature directorial debut of doc filmmaker + cinephile Kent Jones. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and stopped by the Locarno, Deauville, Vancouver, Chicago, Denver, and St. Louis Film Festivals last year. Diane, played by Mary Kay Place (from The Big Chill, Being John Malkovich, Sweet Home Alabama), fills her days helping others and desperately attempting to bond with her drug-addict son. As these pieces of her existence begin to fade, she finds herself confronting memories she'd sooner forget than face. Featuring a supporting cast including Jake Lacy, Andrea Martin, Estelle Parsons, Deirdre O'Connell, Joyce Van Patten, Phyllis Gallagher, Glynnis O'Connor, and Paul McIsaac. This is an impressive trailer, throwing some creative twists into the usual format. Worth a look.
"You're wasting your time! Go away" Grasshopper Films has debuted the official US trailer for a Japanese romantic drama titled Asako I & II, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year. This is actually just one 119 minute film, despite the title including what references to what looks like Part I & Part II. The title is actually a reference to the plot - where a woman from Osaka (named Asako) meets a man, falls in love with him, then he disappears. Two years later, she meets his perfect double. Erika Karata stars as Asako, along with Masahiro Higashide as both Baku & Ryôhei (of course), plus Sairi Itô, Kôji Nakamoto, Kôji Seto, Misako Tanaka, and Daichi Watanabe. This played to quite a bit of acclaim at Cannes, and stopped by a number of other prestigious festivals last fall. Everyone always talks about the cat. If you're in the mood for a compelling melodramatic Japanese doppelgänger romance, you might want to check this out.
"This ends tonight." "Shock and awe, baby!" Well Go USA has released an intense official trailer for the "major martial arts action event" movie titled Triple Threat, the latest from stuntman director Jesse V. Johnson (of The Package, The Beautiful Ones, Savage Dog, Accident Man, The Debt Collector). The action ensemble is about a hit contract that's taken out on a billionaire's daughter intent on bringing down a major crime syndicate. So a down and out team of mercenaries must take on a group of professional assassins and stop them before they kill their target. The insanely awesome cast includes Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, Celina Jade, Michael Bisping, Michael Jai White, and Scott Adkins, plus plenty of others. This trailer is really going all out hyping this up, claiming it's the "biggest action event" of the year. Let's see.