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"Today is our turn! We must persevere!" Signature Ent. in the UK has debuted an official UK trailer with English subtitles for yet another Russian war action movie (they really love making these) titled The Final Stand, formerly known as The Last Frontier. Described as "1917 meets Hacksaw Ridge," it's a "gripping and hard hitting WWII thriller based on the unbelievable true story of the heroic military stand outside Moscow in 1941." The film tells the story of the Podolsk cadets' heroic stand outside Moscow in October 1941. They were sent to the Ilyinsky line of defense, fighting alongside units from the Soviet 43rd Army to hold back the German advance until reinforcements arrived. Hopelessly outnumbered, young men in their teens laid down their lives in a battle lasting almost two weeks to obstruct the far superior German forces advancing towards Moscow. Starring Aleksey Bardukov, Evgeniy Dyatlov, Sergey Bezrukov, Lubov Konstantinova, Artyom Gubin, and Igor Yudin. This looks intense and hellishly violent as expected.
"Thank you for giving birth to him." Film Movement has unveiled an official US trailer for the latest feature film from acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase. We first wrote about a teaser for this film last year, and it was initially scheduled to debut at the Cannes Film Festival (before the fest was cancelled). It will instead launch in "virtual cinemas" around the US at the end of this month after first opening in Japan last year. True Mothers, originally known as Asa ga Kuru in Japanese, is about a young Japanese couple that adopts a child, but then six years later they are contacted unexpectedly by the child's birth mother. Or at least a woman claiming to be the birth mother. Starring Arata Iura, Hiromi Nagasaku, Aju Makita, Miyoko Asada, Taketo Tanaka, and Ren Komai. True Mothers is also Japan's official submission to the Academy Awards this year. This looks like heart-wrenching and strikingly emotional cinematic storytelling.
"So we did it - actually moved in together… Scary, isn't it?" "Terrifying." Indeed it is… Strain Pictures has debuted this "fun little horror short film" titled Burnt, both written and directed by British actor Danny Morgan. A young couple move into a new home and find a little gift leftover by the previous tenants. But this old toaster isn't the warm welcome they thought it might be. Starring Scott Chambers and Becca Hirani. This is another great simple but clever horror short that takes a wacky idea and makes it believable. At least for 10 mins. Now I don't want toast. Tip via Danny: "Set video quality to HD and play loud!" Enjoy.
"There's no one up there… Your mind is just playing tricks on you." Lionsgate has revealed a second trailer for the indie psychological thriller Fear of Rain by filmmaker Castille Landon. A girl with schizophrenia struggles with the terrifying hallucinations as she begins to suspect her neighbor has kidnapped a child. The only person who believes her is Caleb – a boy she isn't even sure exists. The film stars Madison Iseman as Rain Burroughs, hence the title being a play on her name. Also starring Katherine Heigl, Harry Connick Jr., Israel Broussard, Enuka Okuma, as well as Eugenie Bondurant. Fear of Rain is a described as "a terrifying thriller that takes you inside Rain's mind as she confronts the frightening hallucinations of her imagination to determine whether there is real horror hiding right next door." This looks like a horror film in the second half of the trailer, perhaps with a twist that she actually solves a real crime? Very interesting.
"Now there's a lady!" Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for a 30-minute fun short documentary called What Would Sophia Loren Do?, directed by filmmaker Ross Kauffman. The film introduces us to Nancy "Vincenza" Kulik, an Italian-American mother and grandmother living in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Her life's philosophy has been based around the phrase "What Would Sophia Loren Do?" Nancy has seen her share of life’s challenges, but has always been able to stay joyful and resilient, inspired in part by a different Italian mother, Sophia Loren. Netflix is also releasing Loren's latest film, an Italian drama titled The Life Ahead. The two women reminisce about the ups and downs of life, discussing how to overcome challenges and what has kept them going. "Through the experiences of these two extraordinary women, we come to understand what it means to face life’s challenges with resilience & love, and to age with courage, humor, and joy." Yay.
"A mere mortal, dare to slay a god?" CMC Pictures in China has revealed an official US trailer for a Chinese film titled A Writer's Odyssey, about an author of a fantasy novel. The film is set for a simultaneous release in February in both China and the US. A Writer's Odyssey tells the story of Kongwen Lu, played by Dong Zijian (from Ash is Purest White), the author of a fantasy novel series following a heroic teenager on a quest to end a demon's tyrannical rule. Through a strange twist of fate, the fantasy world of the novel begins to impact life in the real world, leading Guan Ning, played by Lei Jiayin, to accept a mission to kill the author. The cast also includes Yang Mi, Yu Hewei, Guo Jingfei, and Tong Liya. This looks like one of those crazy concepts where the fantasy world bleeds into reality. The visuals are pretty cool, I'll give it that. Nothing is impossible, follow your imagination to enter a new world, get ready for the fiercest battle.
"Can music change the world?" Oscilliscope Labs has revealed the trailer for Truth to Power, a doc film profiling the political side of the band System of a Down. The Grammy-winning lead singer of System of a Down, Serj Tankian, helps to awaken a political revolution, inspiring Armenia's struggle for democracy through his music and his message. Set to the propulsions of an original soundtrack composed by Serj, his critically acclaimed solo work, as well as the iconic music of System Of A Down, Truth to Power is also an artist portrait doc with a revealing look at the musician as he writes music—from inception to recording—and pursues ambitions outside of the band. It includes memories from legendary producer Rick Rubin on System Of A Down's early years and its unlikely breakthrough, the bandmates' candid insights about the splinters and highpoints for the group, and stories from Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello on his bond with Serj as social justice advocates and their "Axis of Justice" nonprofit. Hell yes! This looks fantastic.
"You're here to be a human sacrifice!" Screen Media has debuted a full-length trailer for the wacky action horror film Willy's Wonderland, which we first teased last year. This is the gnarly movie about Nicolas Cage fighting evil furry animatronics. A quiet drifter is tricked into a janitorial job at the now condemned Willy's Wonderland - which seems to be mocking Chuck E. Cheese. The mundane tasks suddenly become an all-out fight for survival against wave after wave of demonic animatronics. Fists fly, kicks land, titans clash -- and only one side will make it out alive. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Emily Tosta, Beth Grant, Ric Reitz, and Chris Warner. I don't even need to watch this trailer, I'm already sold! Bring it on. This looks like just the right mix of insanity and bloody mayhem and Cage Rage. Can't wait to watch with pizza & beer.
"Michael - this is the beginning for you." It's time to get revenge! Vertical Entertainment has released an official trailer for Payback, a mob vengeance thriller marking the feature directorial debut of NY producer / filmmaker Joseph Mensch. A young stockbroker at a Mob-controlled Wall Street firm gets betrayed and sent to prison for six years. When he gets out, he seeks revenge. Matt Levett stars as Mike Markovich in the film. And the full cast also includes Anna Baryshnikov, Toby Leonard Moore, Lev Gorn, Rade Serbedzija, Elena Satine, Boris Lee Krutonog, and David Vadim. This actually looks way better than it should, even though it is entirely derivative, the footage in here is damn good. I'm intrigued! Have a look.
"They are asking for trouble with that behavior!" Brainstorm Media has released an official trailer for an indie thriller titled The Sinners, formerly known as The Color Rose, marking the feature directorial debut of actress Courtney Paige. This originally premiered at the Mammoth Film Festival last year, and arrives on VOD early next month. The Sinners is a thrilling murder mystery about seven girls from a religious town that start a cult where they embody the seven deadly sins. They realize there's more to their small religious town after they go missing one by one after a prank goes wrong. The indie horror-thriller stars Kaitlyn Bernard, Brenna Coates, Brenna Llewellyn, Aleks Paunovic, Lochlyn Munro, Michael Eklund, and Tahmoh Pinikett. It looks a tad cliche and cheesy, with the religious undertones, but still quite eerie.
"It's just too gray… I'm sitting here and I'm just thinking, when are we going to see Mars?" This lovely, poetic animated short film is worth a watch to bring a smile to your face. The Moon's Not That Great is about an astronaut who embarks on a voyage to the Moon. When she returns, she discovers that everyone on Earth is over the Moon, and only cares about Mars instead. Featuring the voices of Gabby Capili, Jake Sheppard, Claire Epting, Kristin Wetenkamp, Noah Malone, Caleb Fietsam, Sam Lane, Emiliano Aguirre-Medina, Asher Adel, and Dylan Kanner. This film is made by Mathieu Libman, best known for his CalArts short Pinky Toe. The look is reminiscent of the Lord & Miller series "Clone High". I love the ending to this, it's a sweet reminder that no matter what there is always still beauty to appreciate on this little blue planet.
"We've been waiting for that to happen for decades…" Abramorama has released an official trailer for an acclaimed documentary film titled 'Til Kingdom Come, made by journalist / filmmaker Maya Zinshtein (Forever Pure). This already premiered at a number of film festivals last year, and the film is showing in "virtual cinemas" next month. This frighteningly stark, eye-opening film takes us into the world of American Evangelicals and their (indoctrinated) connection to Israel. Pastors encourage an impoverished Kentucky community, "the forgotten people of America", to donate more to Israel in anticipation of Jesus's impending return. The film exposes the controversial bond between Evangelicals and Jews, in a story of faith, power and money, revealing how Trump’s America is led by an End-Times apocalyptic countdown. There's way too much Trump in this trailer, but it's also a reminder of how vicious religious power controls these countries.