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"There's not a lot of people that can make something of themselves…" Veritcal Entertainment has released an official trailer for a fascinating crime drama titled Body Brokers, the latest from filmmaker John Swab (Run with the Hunted). Set mostly in Ohio and Los Angeles, the film tells the story of a junkie kid from rural Ohio who gets swept into a multibillion dollar fraud operation run by a clinic for addicts. They soon learn that drug treatment is but a cover for a predatory business, enlisting addicts to recruit other addicts. They under up taking the kid Utah under their wing, introducing him to the good life, though Utah's addiction remains his biggest obstacle. The full cast includes Jack Kilmer, Michael K. Williams, Jessica Rothe, Alice Englert, Peter Greene, Owen Campbell, Sam Quartin, Thomas Dekker, with Frank Grillo and Melissa Leo. Surprise - this looks bonkers good, in a perfectly American dastardly crime kind of way.
"Most of life is just junk… and then there's these moments. And all the randomness turns into something perfect." Amazon has the full-length official trailer for an indie romantic comedy time loop film titled The Map of Tiny Perfect Things, adapted from Lev Grossman's short story. The amusing film introduces us to Mark, played by Kyle Allen, contentedly living the same day in an endless loop whose world is turned upside-down when he meets mysterious Margaret, played by Kathryn Newton, also stuck in the time loop. Mark and Margaret form a magnetic partnership, setting out to find all the tiny things that make that one day perfect. Of course, they're learn all the truths about love and life along the way. The cast includes Josh Hamilton, Al Madrigal, Cleo Fraser, and Anna Mikami. This does look really good, as much as it's the same as Palm Springs, but I'm curious to see where this goes and the adventures they go on. Worth a look.
"How are you, Eva?" Freestyle Digital Media has released a trailer for Dead Air, a homemade supernatural / psychological thriller from filmmaker Kevin Hicks. Not to be confused with the zombies take over radio station horror film also titled Dead Air from 2009. They both involve radio, but this is a different kind of radio. Struggling to uncover the truth of a deeply repressed memory of an old trauma, William discovers an old ham radio that belonged to his dead father. In his fascination with it, he stumbles into contact with Eva, a woman with a dark secret of her own, and starts a friendship that will lead him down a dangerous path from which he may not be able to return. Danger, danger! Dear Air features an ensemble cast including Kevin Hicks, Vickie Hicks, Chris Xaver, Lucca Iocovetti, Madison & Mackenzie Skodzinsky, and Bruce Levitt. This looks extra cheap, but there still might be some good twists and turns in the story.
"We are only two people, but this is how things change…" Lionsgate + Roadside Attractions have finally unveiled an official trailer for a film titled The Courier, which is now scheduled to open in US theaters in March 2021 after being delayed from release last year. This originally premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival under the title Ironbark, and was one of my favorite films of the fest. The true story spy thriller is about an unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne, who is recruited by MI6 during the Cold War, to travel to Russia and obtain top secret nuclear intelligence delivered by another Soviet officer. The two strike up a friendship over their years working together, and it's more than just a spy film it's a film about how similar we all are, even as "enemies". Benedict Cumberbatch co-stars with Merab Ninidze, and a cast including Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley, James Schofield, and plenty of others. I have been thinking about this film often for a year since I first saw it at Sundance, and I am so happy to recommend it.
"We just have to have as much fun as they do." HBO has debuted an official trailer for a new documentary film from New Zealand called There's No "I" in Threesome, which is one of the best enticing titles in a while. As that title indicates, the film is about open relationships and threesomes and trying out more than just one partner. There is No "I" In Threesome follows Ollie and Zoe, a newly engaged couple who agree to try out an open relationship before they get married. Anyone who has ever considered this knows it's going to end up as a disaster, but lots of people love to try it out anyway hoping it will be exciting because they're "open-minded." Alas, it always ends with pain and suffering, but this film explores all the different sides of it. "Working closely with an intimacy co-ordinator made the (filmmaking) process safe for everyone and ultimately resulted in more freedom of expression, rather than restriction, because it was all about trust and everyone involved respected that," says producer Alex Reed. I am certainly curious to see how this plays out.
"No one sees anything. Ever. They watch, but they don't understand." Janus Films has debuted a re-release trailer for the 2K restoration of acclaimed French filmmaker Olivier Assayas' early 00s film Demonlover, which first premiered at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. The film is about a French corporation that goes head-to-head with an American web media company for the rights to a 3D manga pornography studio in Japan, resulting in a power struggle that culminates in violence and espionage. Starring Gina Gershon, Chloë Sevigny, Connie Nielson, & Charles Berling. It's described as "hallucinatory, globe-spanning… neo-noir thriller and media critique in which nothing — not even the film itself — is what it appears to be." Reviews call the erotic film "a beautiful and disturbing contemporary filmic object." The new re-release is a 2K restoration of the unrated director's cut supervised by Olivier Assayas himself. Quite spicy - have a look.
"Very clear that there's a contagion effect…" Global Digital Releasing has debuted an official trailer for an indie documentary titled Bullied, the latest doc film made by philosophy professor Dr. Thomas Keith. A really powerful film, Bullied traces bullying and the effects of bullying, but also the methods and programs that have proven efficacious in reducing bullying. This award-winning documentary discusses the reasons for, consequences of, and solutions to bullying taking place in schools, and across social media platforms where cyber-bullying is at an all time high. This looks like a compelling follow-up to the other key bullying doc called, of course, Bully from 2012. Sadly no matter how many films they make and how much they try to confront bullying, it rages on… But hopefully this film sheds some new light on how to deal with and stop it.
"The slightest bloody thing makes you hit the roof." Juno Films has released a promo trailer for a doc called The Most Beautiful Boy in the World, which is premiering at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival soon. In 1971, at the world premiere of Death in Venice in London, Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti proclaimed Björn Andrésen, the teen star of his latest film, "The most beautiful boy in the world." This is the story of a boy who was thrust to international stardom for his iconic looks and lived a life of glamour. 50 years later, Björn looks back on what it
is was like to be known as the "most beautiful boy in the world." The doc film is made by Swedish filmmakers Kristina Lindström & Kristian Petri. "Being immortalized as an iconic boy meant that Andrésen spent most of his adult life trying to be invisible, refusing to have his identity shaped by a shallow fantasy about who he was." It's described by Sundance as "a thoughtful and quietly devastating meditation on obsession, trauma, and the cost of fame." It looks damn good, offering nuanced commentary.
"This guy's the first Millennial gangster." Lionsgate has unveiled an official trailer for a movie called Silk Road, telling the rise & fall story of the founder of the infamous darkweb drug website called "Silk Road". This hasn't premiered at any film festivals and is heading straight to VOD in February for any curious to watch. Philosophical 20-something Ross Ulbricht creates Silk Road, a dark net website that sells narcotics, while DEA agent Rick Bowden goes undercover to bring him in. Nick Robinson stars as Ross, who values freedom above all, and Jason Clarke co-stars as the DEA agent. It's a back-n-forth story about the two and how similar they are. Also starring Katie Aselton, Jimmi Simpson, Daniel David Stewart, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Lexi Rabe, Will Ropp, with Paul Walter Hauser, and Alexandra Shipp. I really wish this looked better than it does; it's a cool story to tell, but this seems like it's a wannabe The Social Network.
"You're on my property!" Dark Star Pictures + Bloody Disgusting have unveiled the first official trailer for an indie mystery horror titled Honeydew, marking the feature directorial debut of Devereux Milburn. This looks super fucked up, so watch out - only for real die-hard horror fans. The film originally premiered at the Tribeca and Nightstream Film Festivals last year. Strange cravings and hallucinations befall a young couple after seeking shelter in the home of an aging farmer and her peculiar son. Stay away from these creepy folks. Starring Sawyer Spielberg in his first role, Malin Barr, Barbara Kingsley, Stephen D'Ambrose, and Jamie Bradley. Horror writer Anya Stanley describes the film as: "a filthy-ass movie and I mean that as a sincere compliment." Definitely looks messed up, don't watch this if you're planning on eatin' anytime soon.
"The Matrix was real." Bring on this cinematic mindfuck! Magnolia has debuted the full-length trailer for A Glitch in the Matrix, the latest film by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher - of Room 237, The Nightmare, and The El Duce Tapes. This is premiering at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival this week, and will be released on VOD right away only a week later. A Glitch in the Matrix tackles this question "are we living in a simulation?" with testimony, philosophical evidence and scientific explanation in his for the answer. The feature film "traces the idea's genesis over the years, from philosophical engagements by the ancient Greeks to modern discussions by Philip K. Dick, the Wachowskis, and leading scholars and game theorists. Ascher deftly parallels conversations with people who believe we're living in a computer with the purely digital nature of the film itself; all interviews were conducted via Skype, all reenactments were digitally animated, and archives are largely drawn from ’90s-era cyber thrillers and video games." Oh hell yes, this is so my kind of philosophical deep dive and all the footage looks awesome. Can't wait to watch.
"Did you lose him?" Clubb Guitos has revealed the first official trailer for Mother Schmuckers, a wacky new Belgian comedy premiering at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival this month. The film screens in the Midnight category, and marks the feature directorial debut of two Belgian brothers - Harpo Guit & Lenny Guit. In the film, Issachar and Zabulon, two brothers in their 20s, are supremely stupid and never bored, as madness is part of their daily lives. When they lose their mother's beloved dog, they have 24 hours to find it - or she will kick them out. "Defying traditional labels, Mother Schmuckers doesn't take itself too seriously. Instead, the hilarious observations the brothers make about life and family relationships elevate everyday occurrences. A refreshing piece of filmmaking, their fun, funny and unapologetic style, is a rare and much needed gift in these uncertain times." The film stars Harpo Guit, Maxi Delmelle, Claire Bodson, and Mathieu Amalric. This looks like a ridiculously amusing indie discovery perfect for a Sundance unveiling.