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"I don't want a cloud of fear on this concert! Now you get that grizzly, and get it now!" GBGB Intl. has unveiled an official trailer for a long lost horror film titled Grizzly II Revenge, which is somehow getting a release nearly 37 years after the project originally fell apart. So… the story goes that in 1983, a production team hired a Hungarian filmmaker to direct a sequel to Grizzly, a 1976 cult classic horror film about an 18-foot-tall grizzly bear that terrorizes a state park. This sequel picks up where that one left off, with a momma bear seeking revenge for her cub's murder. The film takes place at a concert at Yellowstone National Park, where thousnds gather to see a show. But then the production all fell apart. Somehow, it's finally finished and ready to be released. The original cast (from '83!) features George Clooney, Laura Dern, Charlie Sheen, Louise Fletcher, John Rhys-Davies, Deborah Raffin, as well as Dick Anthony Williams. This trailer doesn't show much, but I can't help admit they got my attention with this long-awaited release.
"This is my school. You see me now, don't you?" How do you fight off bullies? How about with singing. The Devil's Harmony is a fantastic, must watch short film made by up-and-coming British filmmaker Dylan Holmes Williams. It recently screened at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, where it won the Short Film Jury Prize. The dark comedy film is about a bullied teenage girl who leads an a cappella club on a trail of destruction against her high school enemies. It's not just a film about bullying, but also a number of problems that are all too common in society these days - toxic masculinity, revenge, idiocy in school. Patsy Ferran stars as Kiera, with Cassian Bilton, Guy Henry, Ramzan Miah, and Leo Suter as Connor. It's not just the concept, but the quirky structure and feel of the whole short that makes this seriously stand out.
"You know what it's like to finally meet someone your age who gets you?" Netflix has revealed the first official trailer for The Half of It, premiering direct to streaming at the start of May. Written and directed by Alice Wu, the film is "a heartfelt comedy-of-errors about searching for perfect love—and finding yourself in the process." A shy, introverted, Chinese-American, straight-A student finds herself helping the school jock woo the girl they both secretly love. In the process, each teaches the other about the nature of love as they find connection in the most unlikely of places. Leah Lewis stars as Ellie, joined by Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire, Enrique Murciano, Wolfgang Novogratz, Catherine Curtin, also with Becky Ann Baker and Collin Chou. This sounds similar to Netflix's To All the Boys I've Loved Before, but the trailer plays differently, with the two main characters falling for the same person. And a much more earnest story.
"The thing about crossing over to the dark side is that – once you're there, it doesn't feel dark at all." IFC Films has revealed an official trailer for the indie coming-of-age comedy called How to Build a Girl, the latest from filmmaker Coky Giedroyc, adapted from Caitlin Moran's novel of the same name. This premiered to rave reviews at the Toronto Film Festival last year, after first unveiling at the Glasgow Film Festival. The film charts the journey of teenager Johana Morrigan, who reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde: fast-talking, lady sex-adventurer, who moves to London, and gets a job as a budding music critic in the hope of getting away from her poverty stricken family in Wolverhampton. But is that truly the girl she really wants to be? Beanie Feldstein stars as Johana, with Alfie Allen, Jameela Jamil, Lucy Punch, Sharon Horgan, Paddy Considine, Chris O'Dowd, and Emma Thompson. Looks like honest fun, and a vibrant, inspiring story.
"I know you're out there!" JDG has debuted an official trailer for an indie film titled The Sound of The Wind, described as a "suspenseful, slow-burning, psychological thriller" that will be released in the "virtual cinema" next month. From filmmaker Jared Douglas, it's about a young man with a delusional disorder, whose paranoia has him torn between the pain of abandoning his daughter, and the safety of his own life. There's a lot of dark, moody shot in this, and a lot of crying, and overwhelming emotions. The filmmakers "hope that The Sound of The Wind will help ease the stigma of such discussions [about mental illness], and encourage more honest media portrayals of those suffering from mental health challenges." The film stars Christian Gnecco Quintero, Stefanie Rons, and Dwayne Tarver. A very affecting, compelling trailer.
"He's an American original." Aspiration Ent. has debuted the official trailer for a basketball documentary titled Jump Shot: The Kenny Sailors Story, marking the feature directorial debut of up-and-coming filmmaker Jake Hamilton. From executive producer Stephen Curry, the award-winning film Jump Shot celebrates the true story of Kenny Sailors, the forgotten basketball legend who introduced the jump shot to the sports world in 1943, became a 2-time collegiate All American and NBA pioneer, revolutionized the sport for women, served as a US Marine in WWII, and then quietly faded into history. Learn about his story beyond basketball, hear from the people he touched, and more in this film. Jump Shot "is the story of a man with deep faith who brought to the game its greatest innovation, while always staying true to the things that matter most." For those who want to catch this doc film, it's debuting online next weekend as a VOD release.
"He finds you irresistible! It's a compliment." Maybe bugs aren't so bad after all? Or maybe they are. Bug Bite is a new short film made by very talented filmmaker Emily Ann Hoffman, who usually makes stop-motion animated films (highly recommend her other short film Nevada as well). This one is mixed-media - a combination of animation (and a few cleverly animated elements like the little bed bug critter) along with a live-action story. A millennial woman and a female bed bug form an unlikely bond while contending with toxic masculinity. Starring Ruby McCollister as Virgo, along with Jonathan Randell Silver and Chet Siegel as the two on the TV. This not only works well as biting commentary on toxic masculinity, but also as crafty filmmaking. The sync between her responses and the commentary on TV is hilarious and so accurate.
"Let me swim to the sirens!" They're back!! For one last travel adventure. IFC Films has unveiled an official trailer for The Trip to Greece, the fourth film in Michael Winterbottom's comedic The Trip series, which launched in 2010 with just The Trip (around the UK). Then followed up with The Trip to Italy in 2014, The Trip to Spain in 2017, and now The Trip to Greece in 2020. Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan return as old friends traveling together, in what is being marketed as their final journey. Though who knows, maybe we'll see another one a few years down the road? There's many more places to go… The Trip to Greece also stars Kareem Alkabbani, Marta Barrio, Rebecca Johnson, and Claire Keelan. These seem to be getting better and better, and they look like so much fun. Plus all the food! And the sights! To die for, right? A much more absurd and comedic "friends" version of the Before films, perhaps. Either way, looks like a good time.
"There is something 'not right!'" Random Media has unveiled an official trailer for a wacky low-budget indie horror comedy titled Vampire Dad, marking the feature directorial debut of actress / filmmaker Frankie Ingrassia. This seems like one of those strange films lost in time, that somehow exists and is being released this year. Set in the early 60s, a family man-turned-vampire struggles with his beastly, bloody-thirsty nature while his devoted wife tries to keep anyone from finding out, including their teenage daughter. Starring Jackson Hurst as the "Vampire Dad", along with Emily O'Brien, Grace Fulton, Barak Hardley, Juli Cuccia, Barak Hardley, and Linda Nile. Not sure what to make of it. Fun? Cringe-worthy? Have a look.
"England will not want you." "I've always been unwanted…" Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted an official US trailer for an indie drama titled The Flood, which originally opened in the UK last summer. It will be available to watch on digital in the US starting in early May. The film presents an intriguing, dramatic look at the challenges of immigration and the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. The story follows a "hardened immigration officer" named Wendy, and an asylum seeker named Haile who has traveled great distances to reach the UK hoping to stay there. Lena Headey stars, joined by Ivanno Jeremiah playing Haile, and a cast including Iain Glen, Arsher Ali, Mandip Gill, Amira Ghazalla, Jack Gordon, and Christopher Sciueref. This looks like a compelling and gripping film about the times we live in with mass immigration worldwide. And a very powerful statement about refugees and why it's all way more complex than we think.
"I don't think there's a day that has ever gone by that I haven't thought about Natalie." HBO has debuted an official trailer for a feature documentary titled Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind, the latest film from veteran cinema history producer / filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau. The film explores famed actress Natalie Wood's life and career through the unique perspective of her daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and others who knew her best. It originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. They wrote that the film, "lets those closest to her tell an intimate story of the Natalie Wood they knew. Besides discussing the night she died and its terrible aftermath, those who knew her best share what made her not just a remarkable actor but also a friend, wife, and mother, whose loss is lessened in impact only by her loving memory." This certainly does seem like a comprehensive celebration of her life and talent and beauty.
"You know, Joe, there ain't no roadmap to being a daddy. We're just doing the best we can…" Quiver Distr. has debuted an official trailer for a southern drama titled Walkaway Joe, marking the feature directorial debut of actor Tom Wright. The trailer makes it seem like a billiards hustling film similar to Rounders, with some interesting characters dealing with their own demons in this. Walkaway Joe is the story of an unlikely friendship between a young boy searching for his father in pool halls across the country, and a wandering loner hiding from his past. In their encounter with each other they experience the power of a second chance, and a shot at redemption. Starring David Strathairn, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Julian Feder, with Julie Ann Emery, David Jensen, and Susan Gallagher. Looks a bit cliche, but still maybe worthwhile.