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"Do you feel proud of yourself?!" Saban Films has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie western titled Never Grow Old, which is a shortened version of the original working title Where We'll Never Grow Old. This gritty western takes place at an American frontier town. The plot is about an Irish undertaker who profits when outlaws take over a peaceful town, but his family comes under threat as the death toll rises. Emile Hirsch plays the undertaker, and the cast includes John Cusack, Déborah François, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Danny Webb, Anne Coesens, Blake Berris, Paul Reid, as well as Léa Seydoux. Another western about a bunch of outlaws roughing up a town? How original. The cinematography in this looks so bad, so poorly lit in every scene. Don't think this dastardly new western is going to impress anyone.
"You start to see the world… in a different way." GKids has released an official US trailer for an animated drama from Spain titled Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles, made by filmmaker Salvador Simó (of Paddle Pop Adventures 2: Journey Into the Kingdom). Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles tells the true story of how Buñuel made his second movie. Set in Paris in the 1930s, Buñuel's sculptor Ramón Acin friend buys a lottery ticket with the promise that, if he wins, he will pay for his next film. Remarkably, he ends up a winner, and the two set off to make the short doc Las Hurdes: Tierra Sin Pan (aka Land Without Bread). I really like how they integrate the original live-action footage into the animation, though this film doesn't seem as surreal as I was hoping - aside from that shot of Dali's elephants. I'm still curious about this.
"Who moves out in the middle of the night?" Mubi has released a new UK trailer for indie neo-noir Under the Silver Lake, the latest film from It Follows director David Robert Mitchell. This initially premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year to dismal reviews, which prompted A24 to pull it from the US schedule. The film went back into the editing room and a new cut was prepared for the fall, which included festival appearances at Fantastic Fest and Sitges. A24 still has this on the schedule for release in April, but rumor is they might be selling it off to Netflix. Andrew Garfield stars as a guy who falls for his neighbor one night, but wakes up to find she has suddenly disappeared. It's described as a "delirious neo-noir fever dream about one man's search for the truth behind the mysterious crimes, murders and disappearances in his East L.A. neighborhood." Also starring Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Callie Hernandez, and Jimmi Simpson. Mubi is planning to release this in the UK in March, for anyone still curious about it despite mixed reviews.
The Academy Awards ceremony is just around the corner! As we near the end of the 2018 awards season, it's time for one final look back at the movies that have earned all the acclaimed and all the nominations. Our friend and famed video editor Louis Plamondon, aka the "Sleepy Skunk", has launched his annual (see last year's video) supercut / mash-up video featuring all (or most of) the Oscar nominated films from 2018. This lively recap gives us one final good look at the 2019 Academy Awards and all of the acclaimed, exciting, masterful, inspiring, empowering films from last year that are being honored. I'm partial to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Roma, The Favourite, If Beale Street Could Talk, and First Man, so I'm placing my bets and hoping these films take home the Oscars on Sunday. Until then, feast your eyes on this.
"Who's our target today?" The first festival promo trailer has debuted for a new documentary titled On The President's Orders, a compelling and incredible inside look at the ongoing, controversial drug war in the Philippines. On The President's Orders was just announced as one of the docs premiering in-competition at the prestigious CPH:DOX festival in Copenhagen next month. This is the first feature documentary film that investigates the slaughter of thousands of people in Manilla in 2017, led by the country's President Duterte, who launched a bloody campaign against drug dealers and addicts using executions as one of his key tactics. It seems to confirm, once again, that a government-run "war on drugs" is not as positive or as beneficial as it might seem. Looks like a terrifying, eye-opening film - bravo to the filmmakers for bravely telling this story.
"Tasting is something that requires all of your focus." Gravitas Ventures has released the official trailer for a documentary titled Beers of Joy, a love letter to and appreciation of the wonderful beverage known as "beer". The concept of what became Beers of Joy was first born out of Anheuser-Busch's desire to create an entertaining film that not only celebrated the beer industry, but also told the inspiring stories of the people behind it in a way that would resonate far beyond the world of beer. So it's admittedly all kind of a corporate promo, but also an actual documentary about beer. The film spends time with four different people involved in exploring and making beer, learning about its history, and appreciating it at its finest. A "fascinating and savory journey following four people as they immerse themselves in their passion for beer." A delicious doc.
"We're going to need a bigger slingshot." Sony Pictures Animation and Rovio Animation have revealed the teaser trailer for The Angry Birds Movie 2, a sequel to one of the worst animated movies ever. Why do we need more?! The Angry Birds Movie 2, of course, continues where the first left off with all the birds and pigs still going at it. There isn't even much of a synopsis, only a vague description stating that "the flightless birds and scheming green pigs take their beef to the next level." Ugh. The humongous voice cast features: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Zach Woods, Dove Cameron, Lil Rel Howery, Nicki Minaj, and Brooklynn Prince. Honestly, I couldn't care less about this movie. Have fun.
"There's a lot of imbeciles out there." Lionsgate has unveiled a trailer for Dragged Across Concrete, the latest slow burn crime thriller from acclaimed filmmaker S. Craig Zahler (of Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99). This first premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year, just one year after Brawl played there, and once again has Zahler working with Vince Vaughn. Dragged Across Concrete stars Mel Gibson & Vince Vaughn as two cops who get suspended after a bust caught on camera. So they decide to go rogue and end up discovering something much bigger. It's an incredibly violent, dark, extra brutal film - expected with Zahler - but so much more unforgiving than Brawl. The cast includes Jennifer Carpenter, Laurie Holden, Don Johnson, Michael Jai White, Thomas Kretschmann, Tory Kittles, and Udo Kier. I wasn't sure how they'd handle this film, but it's almost a perfect trailer thanks to that "Shotgun Safari" song.
"One more step and it will be your last!" Lionsgate has debuted the badass official trailer for a new western titled The Kid, which is opening in theaters in just a few weeks in early March (despite no other festival premiere or marketing before this). The Kid is the second feature film directed by actor Vincent D'Onofrio, and it tells the story of a young boy who witnesses Billy the Kid's encounter with Sheriff Pat Garrett. Ethan Hawke plays the Sheriff, Dane DeHaan plays Billy, and Jake Schur plays the boy; with an impressive supporting cast including Chris Pratt, Leila George, Adam Baldwin, Keith Jardine, Tait Fletcher, Jenny Gabrielle, plus D'Onofrio as another Sheriff. Bet you didn't think we'd have a brand new western thriller on our hands this spring, but here it is! So far so good, this seems quite intense. Give it a look below.
"You're a mess." "No, you're a mess." Gunpowder & Sky has released a new, full-length trailer for Alex Ross Perry's latest, titled Her Smell, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. This received some rave reviews from critics, another music film following so many others from the festival circuit last year. Elisabeth Moss (who also starred in Alex Ross Perry's films Queen of Earth and Listen Up Philip) plays a self-destructive punk rocker named Becky Something who struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success. The impressive cast includes Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Agyness Deyn, Gayle Rankin, Ashley Benson, Dylan Gelula, Amber Heard, Eric Stoltz, with Virginia Madsen. This looks like a wild 'n crazy punk rock drama with all the usual punk nonsense.
"This is a shared story. So you have my permission to tell it." My favorite film of 2018, my #1 film of the year (which I first saw at the Venice Film Festival last fall), was The Nightingale, directed by Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent. This harrowing, intense, but beautiful story is about a woman who ventures out into the forest on the island of Tasmania seeking revenge. She befriends an Aboriginal guide along the way, and the story becomes as much about their friendship as it is about her revenge. The Nightingale is Kent's second feature film, her first being the world famous horror hit The Babadook. I caught Kent in Park City, Utah in January for an interview, as The Nightingale also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year.
"Eight tales of dark folklore. Eight countries." SuperLtd has debuted an official trailer for indie anthology horror film The Field Guide To Evil, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival last year. This horror includes eight different segments that make up the full two-hour film, produced by the team behind The ABCs of Death series. Eight of the most exciting new voices in international horror were asked to draw upon the folklore of their own country, reimagining a legend through their unique (and often twisted) creative lens. "We can't wait for audiences to explore these diverse and dark paths they've created," says producer Ant Timpson. The segments are titled: "Palace of Horrors", "Al Karisi", "Die Trud", "The Melon Heads", "A Nocturnal Breath", "The Kindler & The Virgin", "The Cobblers' Lot", and "What Ever Happened to Panagas the Pagan?" This looks like it has some unique thrills, which should intrigue any/every horror fan out there.