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20th Century Studios has unveiled the first 45-second teaser for Prey, the surprise new Predator movie from filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg (of 10 Cloverfield Lane previously). It tells an origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth. The filmmakers were committed to creating a film that provides an accurate portrayal of the Comanche and brings an authenticity that rings true to its Indigenous peoples. Producer Jhane Myers, also an acclaimed filmmaker, Sundance Fellow and member of the Comanche nation herself, is known for her attention and dedication to films surrounding the Comanche and Blackfeet nations and her passion for honoring the legacies of the Native communities. As a result, the film features a cast comprised almost entirely of Native and First Nation’s talent, including Amber Midthunder, newcomer Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush, and Julian Black Antelope. Uh yeah, this looks good so far! I just wish we could see this on the big screen and not only on Hulu. Get your first look below.
"Just get rid of them both, whatever the cost." Another day, another bad Bruce Willis action movie. There's an official trailer available now for White Elephant, the latest from the mindless action filmmaker Jesse V. Johnson (The Debt Collector, Triple Threat, Avengement, The Mercenary, Debt Collectors, Hell Hath No Fury). When an assassination attempt goes wrong, an ex-marine-turned-mob enforcer is forced to set things right or face the wrath of his ruthless mob boss. If that sounds like nearly every other boring action film recently, it's because it is exactly that, and they're not doing much different besides just shaking the bottle each time. Bruce Willis & Michael Rooker star, along with Michael Rose, Olga Kurylenko, Vadhir Derbez, and John Malkovich. This looks so bland and awful, please don't waste any of your time on this.
"You know the recipe of all perfumes?" Madman Films in Australia has released their own official trailer for Perfumes, a French comedy from filmmaker Grégory Magne. This already opened in France back in 2020 and played in the US last year, but we're just catching up with it now and have never posted this trailer so far. Anne Walberg is a celebrity in the perfume world. She creates fragrances and sells her incredible talent to companies of all kinds. She lives as a diva, selfish, well-tempered. Guillaume is her new driver and the only one who is not afraid to stand up to her. Can they save her by working together? Emmanuelle Devos stars with Grégory Montel, Zélie Rhixon, Sergi López, Gustave Kervern, Pauline Moulène, and Lisa Perrio. This looks amusing with all the usual quirks that come with the perfume business - and all the strange smells. Almost like a light-hearted, modern comedic version of the darker medieval Perfume movie.
"You have no idea what I did… Who I was…" "There's no limit to the damage he'll do, or the things he'll destroy." FX on Hulu has revealed an official trailer for The Old Man, a CIA thriller action series arriving this summer. This has the exact same plot as literally EVERY other assassin movie the last few years, but the only difference is that it stars Jeff freakin' Bridges! Which is exactly what makes this look like a must watch. Dan Chase is a former CIA operative who has been living off the grid for quite some time. When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative must go on the run. While on the run, Chase rents a room from Zoe McDonald, whom he is forced to partner up with as he fights for the truth. Jeff Bridges stars as "The Old Man" Dan, along with John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman, Alia Shawkat, and Gbenga Akinnagbe. Maybe I just love dogs, but it makes me happy to see Dan rolling around with his dogs kicking ass. The writing in this series is what seems to make it so much better than all these other movies just like it.
"It's not an impossible dream after all. We could make it come true." Breaking Glass Pictures has revealed an official US trailer for a documentary film titled We Are The Thousand, which is finally opening in the US this summer after originally debuting in Italy back in 2020. What is the world's greatest rock band? A thousand musicians and fans gather in Cesena, Italy to celebrate their favorite, the Foo Fighters. The film tells the story of one Foo Fighter fan named Fabio, who lives and works in a small town named Cesena (see Google Maps). His goal was to convince Dave Grohl to come visit and play there. He created a video of 1,000 musicians from all over Italy gathering in this town to play "Learn to Fly". Soon afterward, Grohl got the message and he decided to make the dream of the thousand come true by bringing the Foo Fighters to play in the village of Cesena. Awesome! This reminds me of the Searching for Sugar Man doc as well. It seems like an inspiring story to tell about how music transcends all borders and bring us together. Rock on, Fabio!
"I want to go on an adventure. Everything is lovely." Time to meet your new best friend! Focus Features has revealed an official trailer for Brian and Charles, one of the most delightful and charming discoveries out of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This extra quirky buddy comedy is pretty much a Taika Waititi-esque creation, but through the lens of filmmaker Jim Archer and comedian David Earl, who plays Brian. After a particularly harsh winter Brian goes into a deep depression; completely isolated and with no one to talk to, Brian does what any sane person would do when faced with such a situation. He builds a robot. It turns out Brian's best invention… is also his best friend. A friend named Charles Petrescu. David Earl co-stars with Chris Hayward as Charles, joined by Louise Brealey, Jamie Michie, Nina Sosanya, Lynn Hunter, and Cara Chase. This is adapted from their own short film that we featured on FS last fall - and it's one of the best feature adaptations of a short ever made. Highly recommend watching.
"There are nuns out there with more sexual experience than me…" Searchlight Pictures has unveiled their own official US trailer for Good Luck To You, Leo Grande, one of my faves from this year's Sundance Film Festival. We already posted the UK trailer last month, and the US release is coming up this summer on Hulu. Emma Thompson stars as Nancy Stokes, a retired schoolteacher and widow, who is yearning for some adventure, some human connection, and some sex. Good sex. Stokes is now 55 and after spending so much time with her husband who was never any good at sex, she decides to make an appointment with a stunning sex worker named Leo Grande, played by Daryl McCormack. The entire film is the two of them conversing about any & everything from sex to love to life and beyond. I was hoping my own quote about how "this little film is one huge step forward in sex positive cinema" might be in the trailer, but I'm happy to support this charming, sexy film about learning to love your body and enjoy the pleasures of sex. Have fun.
"What they were playing is exactly what you're not meant to be playing in Australia." Madman Films in Australia has revealed a trailer for the rock documentary film Love in Bright Landscapes, which initially premiered at the 2021 Melbourne Film Festival last year. It's out in Australia now, but there's no other US date set yet - hopefully by the end of this year. The film tells the inspiring, tragic and intimate life story of David McComb, cult Australian singer/songwriter and driving force behind one of the greatest Australian bands, The Triffids. "It's the debut feature from Melbourne writer and director Jonathan Alley, who made it over a 13-year period drawing on archival footage and interviews with the musician’s colleagues, family and friends. Excerpts of McComb's music feature heavily throughout, with his poetry and letters read by novelist DBC Pierre." McComb died in 1999 from heroin, "leaving a slew of unanswered questions, and a legacy to be discovered as one of Australia's greatest artistic hearts and minds." Looks like an engaging doc.
"You're human, aren't you?" "Nope." Film Movement has revealed the official US trailer for Bad Roads, a feature film based on a stage play originally presented in London at the Royal Court Theater. This was also Ukraine's submission to the 2022 Academy Awards, before the current war started up. Four short stories are set along the treacherous roads of Donbas during the war. There are no safe spaces and no one can make sense of what is going on with all the uncertainty in the region. Even as they are trapped in the chaos, some manage to wield authority over others. But in this world, where tomorrow may never come, not everyone is defenseless and miserable. Even the most innocent victims may have their turn at taking charge… Starring Zoya Baranovska, Maryna Klimova, Anna Zhuravska, Ihor Koltovskyy, & Andriy Lelyukh. This looks like an intense, very bleak set of stories about how awful war is – let's hope it can make a difference.
"Keep moving forward." "It's the only direction we have." Vertical has revealed a fun trailer for Wyrm, an awkward indie comedy from filmmaker Christopher Winterbauer. This was his feature debut, adapting his own short film (that we posted back in 2019), and it initially premiered in 2019 at Fantastic Fest. It's never been released until now, and in the meantime Winterbauer made a movie for HBO called Moonshot. In an alternative 1990s that feels equal parts Yorgos Lanthimos and Todd Solondz (but gentler), an awkward teen must complete a school requirement in which students wear electronic collars that detach only upon their first kiss. Scary! Will he pass his Level One or end held back and embarrassed? They definitely sounds like a cousin to Lanthimos' The Lobster. It stars Theo Taplitz as Wyrm, Lulu Wilson, Sosie Bacon, Natasha Rothwell, Paula Pell, Azure Brandi; with Tommy Dewey, Dan Bakkedahl, Rosemarie DeWitt, Lukas Gage, & Jenna Ortega. Looks quite good, my kind of quirky indie like they made back in the 90s.
"Dad never thought I was crazy!" Cartel & To The Stars has revealed a teaser trailer for a mysterious sci-fi thriller project titled Monsters of California, arriving sometime later this year. This has a vintage look and feel, referencing the kind of low-budget sci-fi movies they don't make anymore. Marking the directorial debut of rocker Tom DeLonge (of Blink 182 and Angels & Airwaves), Monsters of California follows the teenager Dallas Edwards and his misfit friends as they attempt to unearth answers to a series of mysterious, paranormal events happening around Southern California. They soon begin to unravel the extraordinary secrets held within the deepest levels of the Government. The film stars Richard Kind, Casper Van Dien (Johnny Rico!!), Arianne Zucker, Camille Kostek, Gabrielle Haugh, Jack Samson, Jared Scott, and Jack Lancaster. This doesn't look half bad, but there's so much going on in this teaser it's a bit hard to make any sense of it. I hope the big reveal with the UFO isn't something too cheesy or obvious. Check it out.
"It feels like a lifetime in this room, but I have never known…" Netflix has debuted a trailer for Trees of Peace, a true story film available for streaming later this summer. Four women from different backgrounds forge an unbreakable sisterhood while trapped and in hiding during the genocide in Rwanda. Inspired by true events. This premiered at film festivals last year, including at the American Black Film Festival in the fall, where it won the John Singleton Award for Best First Feature Film. In April of 1994, four women from different backgrounds and beliefs are trapped and hiding during the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Their fight for survival against all odds unites the women in an unbreakable sisterhood. Starring Eliane Umuhire, Charmaine Bingwa, Ella Cannon, Bola Koleosho, and Tongayi Chirisa. This really looks quite beautiful, a heart-wrenching story about the struggle of survival and resilience. See the preview below.