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"I want you to make me a promise: not to get excited." Cohen Media Group & Cohen Film Collection have debuted an official trailer for a 2K restoration re-release of the classic 1979 film The Europeans, the first in James Ivory's Henry James triptych. Set in the fall of 1850, a few miles outside Boston. The household of the dour Mr. Wentworth receives two unannounced visitors from Europe, Eugenia and Felix, the daughter and son of his half sister. The film deals with "the social and moral clashes between the New World and the Continent." This first premiered at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival, and went on to earn one Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design. The costume design and its production design "solidified the 'state-of-the-art' (and impeccably researched) period trappings that have since become synonymous with Merchant Ivory." Starring Lee Remick, Robin Ellis, Wesley Addy, and Tim Choate. Enjoy the new trailer below.
"Round 3, fight!" It's Pizza Time! Order yourself a pie and enjoy this action comedy short film. Pizza Time is the latest short made by filmmaking collective Maker Table, based out of Dallas, TX - we also featured their horror short Monitor last year. This incredibly fun 80s throwback is about a legendary pizza delivery driver, who upon arriving at his destination, stumbles into the scene of a hitman's contract killing. Will he make it out alive or not? Starring Eric Jacobus and Ben Worley (who also made the music for the short). Director Ryan Polly explains: "I made the film as an homage to Jackie Chan and great action-comedy films of the 80's." I dig the fight choreography in this, and the arcade machines, good times. Watch in full below.
"This is the beginning of the fall of mankind." Oscilloscope Labs has debuted an official trailer for VHYes, described as a "bizarre retro comedy" made by filmmaker Jack Henry Robbins. Shot entirely on VHS and Beta, the feature film follows 12-year-old Ralph as he accidentally records home videos and his favorite late night shows over his parents' wedding tape. What a concept. "A hypnotic narrative told through hundreds of criss-crossing vignettes and a mix of absurdist comedy, sincere drama, music, and just a touch of horror, this wholly original feature debut expertly walks the fine line between complete lunacy and total sincerity." It sounds super weird, but also kind of fun to watch. Starring Mason McNulty as Ralph. Press play below.
"The universe is trying to tell you something - pay attention!" Oh yeah - take a big hit of this! Epic Pictures has debuted a full-length official trailer for a wacky, mesmerizing psychedelic thriller titled The Wave, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Gille Klabin. This already premiered at Fantastic Fest and Screamfest this year, and will be available on VOD in January. Justin Long plays a man on the verge of a promotion takes a mysterious hallucinogenic drug that begins to tear down his reality and expose his life for what it really is. Seems to be a psychedelic parable about capitalism and the rat race we're all sucked into, a bit like Sorry to Bother You but way, way trippier. The full cast also includes Donald Faison, Tommy Flanagan, Sheila Vand, Katia Winter, Ronnie Gene Blevins, and Bill Sage. Uh yeah, so this looks damn good! Really want to see it, always keen on checking out twisted, unique indie concepts like this one. Dive right in.
"Don't be afraid. Be brave." Passion River Films is highlighting one of their best releases from this fall, an animated documentary film titled Liyana. This originally premiered in 2017, but since then has picked up over 35 Jury & Audience Awards from numerous festivals all over the world. After playing at various fests for over two years, it's now available to watch on VOD or DVD. Liyana is a genre-defying documentary that tells the story of five children in the Kingdom of Eswatini who turn past trauma into an original fable about a girl named Liyana who embarks on a perilous quest to save her young twin brothers. The film weaves her animated journey together with poetic documentary scenes to create an inspiring tale of perseverance and hope. It looks like an imaginative and inspiring film to discover about the incredible power of storytelling.
"It's the story of a block that was disappearing… The streets were made of music." WB has debuted the first trailer for the In the Heights movie, based on the Broadway musical of the same name. In the Heights fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda's kinetic music & lyrics with Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu's lively & authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience. The story follows a bodega owner in Washington Heights, NYC, who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandma's fortune. Starring Anthony Ramos (from the Broadway show), Corey Hawkins, singer/songwriter Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, and Jimmy Smits. Plus Lin-Manuel Miranda, of course. This looks magnificent! So vibrant, inspiring, empowering.
"Do you ever stop eating?" Sometimes we need a good pick-me-up, and it's a short film like this that might do the trick. Christmas Spirit is a lovely 10 minute short film made by director/editor Andy Delaney, with writer Rich With. "Working in conjunction with the charity Cruse Bereavement Care, Andy and Rich have crafted a beautifully melancholic and yet ultimately uplifting Christmas film guaranteed to leave a lump in your throat." The short is about a boy who helps his dad deal with grief at Christmas in his own unique way. Starring Curtis Flowers and introducing Bert Davis as The Boy, along with Charles Sharman-Cox, Olivia Sawbridge, Rachel Beauchamp, Dylan Tate and Jamie-Lee Pike. Not only is this an excellent short, the music they use throughout really adds to the emotion of it all. Highly recommend watch this one.
"You were a soldier… So were we all. Let's act like it." RLJE Films & Voltage Pics have debuted an official trailer for an indie action horror film titled VFW, the latest offering from filmmaker Joe Begos - who also delivered the bloody vampire flick Bliss this year. VFW, which stands for Veterans of Foreign Wars, is about a group of VFWs who must defend their local post and an innocent teen against a deranged drug dealer and his army of punk mutants. It's described as "The Wild Bunch meets Night of the Living Dead", and the key one-liner is: "These Vietnam vets have been to hell and back, but this will be the longest night of their lives." Starring Stephen Lang, William Sadler, Martin Kove, David Patrick Kelly, Sierra McCormick, Tom Williamson, Travis Hammer, George Wendt, and Fred Williamson. Vintage grainy action fun.
"Who needs brains?" Focus Features has unveiled an official trailer for a bold thriller titled Promising Young Woman, the feature directorial debut of "Killing Eve" producer / writer Emerald Fennell. The film is already set to open in theaters in April. What's the cool concept in this? Everyone said Cassie was a promising young woman… until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie's life is what it appears to be: she's wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she's living a secret double life by night. Traumatized by a tragic event in her past, she starts seeking vengeance against those who cross her path. Carey Mulligan stars with a big ensemble including Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Sam Richardson, Chris Lowell, Molly Shannon, and Clancy Brown. You do not want to miss this trailer.
"Your whole plan is doomed to failure…" Empire Mag. has debuted the first official trailer for a true story thriller titled Escape from Pretoria, which is opening first in the UK coming up this March. The film is about two white South Africans, imprisoned for working on behalf of the ANC. They attempt to escape from the notorious white man's Pretoria Prison, known as "Robben Island", the same place former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned before. Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Daniel Webber as the two leads, with a cast including Ian Hart, Nathan Page, Stephen Hunter, Mark Leonard Winter, Jeanette Cronin, David Wilson, and Ratidzo Mambo. Based on a true story, of course. This looks like a solid prison escape thriller, about insistent prisoners who want out as a way of fighting back. Have a look.
"How does it make you… feel?" UFO Distribution from France has unveiled the first international trailer for an indie psychological drama titled Swallow, from writer/director Carlo Mirabella-Davis. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and also stopped by Fantastic Fest and Fantasia, meaning it's more than just a straightforward drama - as this trailer hints. Haley Bennett stars as Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife, who finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. As her husband & his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her obsession. The cast includes Austin Stowell, Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche, Luna Lauren Velez, Zabryna Guevara, as well as Denis O'Hare. There's such a sinister and unsettling undercurrent in this which makes it all the more compelling.
"This is a classic tale of identity… It's going to be tough to tell them apart." 1091 Media has released their official US trailer for an indie documentary titled And Two If By Sea, which is a twist on the classic "Paul Revere's Ride" poem ("one, if by land, and two, if by sea"). The doc film is not really a sports doc, not really a family doc - perhaps a mix of both, and then some. It's about two brothers who happen to be professional surfers, CJ & Damien Hobgood, and their experiences in life being competitive siblings. "A cinematic tale of adventure, destiny, and family. The story of iconic professional surfers and identical twins CJ & Damien Hobgood. Their sibling rivalry and struggle to each to establish their own identity fueled their careers, but ripped their personal and peripheral relationships apart." Damn, now I need to watch to see what happened.