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"People like to think a crime has meaning. But most of them don't." Criterion Collection has launched a new trailer for a 4K restoration and re-release of the Japanese horror masterpiece called Cure, from filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa. This originally premiered in 1997, and played at the Tokyo Film Festival, San Francisco & Toronto Film Festivals, though it never had a release in the west until 2001. Praised by Martin Scorsese, it's a "hypnotic & psychological" cinema experience that is "part atmospheric crime film and part philosophical meditation." The story follows a detective investigating a string of gruesome murders where an X is carved into the neck of each victim, and the murderer is found near the victim of each case and remembers nothing of the crime. The film stars Kōji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa, and Masato Hagiwara. As always, there's no better time than to catch up with films like this than now – whether you have a chance to watch it on the big screen or grab a Blu-ray when it's out. Need any more convincing? Take a look below.
"This… is about becoming legends." A fun heist movie with "more safes, less zombies." Netflix has debuted the full-length official trailer during their #TUDUM fan event for Army of Thieves, a spin-off prequel for Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead. Directed by and starring German actor Matthias Schweighöfer as the safecracker Ludwig Dieter, the film is about his escapades early on just six years before the Vegas heist just at the start of the outbreak. He is hired by a mysterious woman to pull off a heist with the help of a misfit crew of aspiring thieves. In addition to Schweighöfer, this also stars Nathalie Emmanuel, Ruby O. Fee, Stuart Martin, Guz Khan, and Jonathan Cohen. Dieter is one of my favorite characters from Army of the Dead, and I'm looking forward to seeing him take on a heist movie. I don't really care much that this is "set in the Army of the Dead universe" it just looks like a very fun heist movie. Always down for more heists.
"You drown not by falling into the river, but by staying submerged in it…" He's alive!! Wait, who's alive…? Netflix has unveiled a short teaser introducing and announcing the sequel Extraction 2, a follow-up to the Netflix action movie Extraction from last year. This teaser doesn't feature any new footage because they just started filming, it's more of a "reveal" than anything. Stuntman turned filmmaker Sam Hargrave returns to direct the sequel, alongside producers Joe & Anthony Russo. Last year, the Russo Bros stated that beyond the sequel they hope to develop a series of films set within the world of Extraction to not only explore some of the characters that were introduced in the first film but to potentially launch a cinematic universe. No other details are known about Extraction 2 yet - including the rest of the cast or anything about the plot or a location. Chris Hemsworth returns as mercenary Tyler Rake, but that's all we know so far. Check it out.
"Tonight we celebrate the cliches that have made cinema what it is today!" Netflix has revealed an official trailer for a fun one-hour comedy special coming up next week titled Attack of the Hollywood Cliches!, an authentic tribute to Hollywood history and a chance to make fun of all the dumb things movies do. This is an hour-long one-off event made by Netflix. A special featuring some of the most famous films along with Screenwriters, Academics and Critics as they guide through the funny, weird and controversial clichés which appear on the screens. Ben Caudell is the head writer alongside writers including Dane Baptiste, Sean Doherty, Erika Ehler, Jason Hazeley, Daniel Maier, Michael Odewale, Charlie Skelton. The special is hosted by Rob Lowe, who takes us through some of the best and worst cliches - like the desk sweep, the ticking bomb, the maverick cop. It actually looks like good, harmless fun! Poking around at the obvious parts of all these classic movies, but it all seems be in a loving and appreciative way, with plenty of humor. Take a look.
"Can art change the world?" A very good question! Perhaps it can…? MSNBC Films and Abramorama have unveiled an official trailer for the documentary film Paper & Glue, the latest feature directed by and about the artist best known as JR. From the Oscar-nominated director of Faces Places comes a thought-provoking documentary that portrays social realities through massive, visionary art installations. Paper & Glue follows acclaimed French photographer JR around the world as he builds some of his most monumental projects and inspires new perspectives that unite communities through his awe-inspiring work. If you first learned about JR and his art projects watching the lovely Faces Places film with Agnes Varda, this doc takes us back through his entire life and career - starting out in illicit graffiti videos captured on Paris rooftops at night, to his adventures around the world installing pasted paper in iconic places. This looks fantastic! A must watch.
"The ways of the Lord are often terrifying." Or sometimes tantalizing. IFC Films has revealed a sultry official US teaser trailer Paul Verhoeven's latest film Benedetta, already infamously known as the "lesbian nuns" film. This rocked the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in the summer, playing at the festival and earning a mix of love and hate reviews (as expected with a Verhoeven film - don't let these opinions sway you). We also posted the full French trailer back then. A 15th-century nun at a convent in Tuscany, Italy suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. She is assisted by a young companion, and the relationship between the two women at the convent develops into a romantic love affair. Belgian actress Virginie Efira stars as Benedetta Carlini, also with Daphne Patakia as Bartolomea, Charlotte Rampling, Lambert Wilson, Olivier Rabourdin, Hervé Pierre, Clotilde Courau, and Guilaine Londez. I had a blast watching the film, it's as sexy and wild and epic as it seems from this teaser. Definitely worth catching in theaters this fall.
"Where did he come off interfering with our family?" Debuting this week on HBO Max is the documentary mini-series titled Nuclear Family, made by filmmaker Ry Russo-Young (Nobody Walks, Before I Fall, The Sun Is Also a Star) telling her own story of her upbringing being raised by two lesbian mothers. "There are two sides to every story." Ry reexamines the landmark legal decision that changed the way gay families were perceived forever. HBO adds: "At its heart, this story of epochal conflict is also a tale about empathy, as Ry investigates the ambitions and desires of her moms, her sperm donor, and all their allies and enemies as she struggles to hear and accept their divergent perspectives. In a world of deeply polarized thinking, the docuseries proposes a way of understanding conflict that resonates with anyone who struggles with issues unresolved within their own families, their own lives, and in our broader world." I'm already a big fan of Ry Russo-Young and this sounds excellent, especially because it's so hard to tell your own life story in this way.
"The wind wanted to tell her that Lisa wouldn't be the only one to wake up with different looks the next day…" Mubi has unveiled an official trailer for an acclaimed indie film from Georgia titled What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?, which is an evocative title for this charming film about a young woman longing for a romantic encounter. It originally premiered at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, and many critics flipped for it. The film next plays at the New York, Vancouver, London, and Chicago Film Festivals this fall. A chance encounter on a street corner has Lisa and Giorgi fall in love at first sight, but an evil spell is cast on them. Will they ever meet again? This slow cinema feature is described as "an irresistibly radiant romantic fable from Alexandre Koberidze." Starring Ani Karseladze, Giorgi Bochorishvili, and Vakhtang Panchulidze. You really need to sit with this one, but once you get into the rhythm of it, it is a remarkably moving and tender film taking us to other lands - the country of Georgia! Which I want to visit.
"All this stuff, it only makes you stronger." Gravitas Ventures has debuted an official trailer for the indie documentary At the Ready, which originally premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. A group of seniors train to become police officers and Border Patrol agents at El Paso's Horizon High School, only 10 miles from the US / Mexico border. Sundance offers a good primer to what it's really about: "Through intimate access and a clear-sighted lens, director Maisie Crow takes us inside one of the largest policing education programs in the region, offering a rare portrait of Latinx adolescents grappling with their place within their communities. Unafraid of confronting the difficult questions that lurk at the intersection of identity, immigration, and personal politics, At the Ready asks: What is the price of pursuing dreams that have very real ramifications?" Honestly this looks terrifying. Looks like an eye-opening doc unlike any other.
"Pull over, Jake." It's not often we ever see any films made in Cincinnati, Ohio, so why not give this a look. License to Steal an action short film that's barely 4 minutes long, just the right length to call it a "micro film". Directed by and shot by filmmaker Mat Grimes, who lives and works in Cincinnati, the film just won an award at the Nevada Short Film Festival Fall 2021. The short follows a thief on the run after a robbery, who encounters two characters on his getaway that make him question what his next move should be. The film stars Jake Kopronica, with John Mark James and Dylan DeSantos. There's not a lot of action in this short, but it's all about how much storytelling they can pull off in just a few minutes of time. Fire it up.
"Have you forgotten? Or are you just afraid?" Dekanalog Releasing has debuted an official US trailer for an acclaimed Taiwanese horror film titled Detention, directed by John Hsu. This originally opened in Taiwan back in 2019, and is finally showing in the US after playing at various festivals - including Fantasia, Busan, and the New York Asian Film Festival last year. Set in 1962 in Taiwan, during the time of the White Terror. Martial law is in full force. In a time of extreme repression, all ideas considered to be dissident are banned, and the culprits are tortured or executed. Adapted from a video game, based on true events, this "masterful debut from director & co-writer John Hsu creates at once a shocking historical drama, melancholy coming-of-age tale + nightmarish horror film that recalls the masterworks of Guillermo del Toro, and with enough blood, striking sound design, art direction, and special effects to evoke the best of Silent Hill." The film stars Gingle Wang, Fu Meng-po, Tseng Ching-hua, Cecilia Choi, & Hung Chang Chu. Horror fans have been raving about it for a while and now it's finally getting a theatrical release here. Check it out below.
"Did anyone see us that night?" "No… why do you ask?" Amazon has revealed the full-length official trailer for their update on I Know What You Did Last Summer, directed by filmmaker Craig William Macneill and exec produced by Sara Goodman. Made by Amazon Studios, Atomic Monster, Original Film, and Sony Pictures Television, this is also based on the 1973 novel by Lois Duncan, same as the hit horror film from the 90s that starred Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar. In this series, set in a town full of secrets, a group of teenagers are stalked by a mysterious killer a year after a fatal accident on their graduation night. The full cast includes Madison Iseman, Brianne Tju, Ezekiel Goodman, Ashley Moore, Sebastian Amoruso, Fiona Rene, Cassie Beck, Brooke Bloom, Sonya Balmores, & Bill Heck. We don't often feature TV trailers, but considering this is connected to the 90s horror film, why not? Will this be any good?