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"Don't seek success, seek purpose. And let success find you." Cranked Up Films has debuted the first official trailer for an indie comedy titled Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison, that is written and directed by and starring Romany Malco. He plays an ex convict finally out on parole who's set on becoming a world renowned motivational speaker and then "the success story they claimed he'd never be". Malco explains: "My goal with Tijuana Jackson is to redefine success as we know it and teach others that monetary gain, social status and the acquisition of THINGS mean nothing without purpose." The full cast includes Regina Hall, Alkoya Brunson, Tami Roman, Tyler Cassidy, Lyne Odums, and Shannon Dang. This seems like an amusing and seriously empowering film using humor as a means of motivation. I dig it. Take a look.
"Where the hell have you been, Barry?" Rock Salt has released an early promo trailer for a totally insane indie horror comedy titled Fried Barry, made in South Africa by a British filmmaker making his feature directorial debut after numerous music videos. This premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival and is playing at tons of other genre festivals this year. "The movie that breaks all the rules." Fried Barry is a bizarre tale told in a genre-bending onslaught of sex, drugs and violence. A spectacle that pulls you in and won’t let go as every expectation is subverted in this boundary-pushing tale of alien abduction. An alien assumes control of a drug addict's body and takes it on a bizarre joyride through Cape Town. Starring Gary Green as Barry, plus Brett Williams, Joey Cramer, Sean Cameron Michael, Steve Wall, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, and Tamer Burjaq. Casting this super weird lookin' guy in the lead role is what makes this shine. Check it out.
"Aren't you ever tired of just being so responsible?" Madman Films from Australia has just released the first official Australian trailer for Baby Done, a fun coming-of-baby comedy made by New Zealand filmmaker Curtis Vowell. It is also executive produced by none other than Taika Waititi! Supporting his own New Zealanders. Wannabe-adventurer Zoe freaks out when she falls pregnant with her long-term boyfriend Tim. As Tim embraces the prospect of fatherhood, Zoe attempts to rush through her dreams. "Growing a baby doesn't mean growing up." Ha. Starring Rose Matafeo and Matthew Lewis as Zoe and Tim, along with Rachel House, Emily Barclay, and Ryan O'Kane. It's cool to see this twist about a woman who doesn't really want a baby dealing with pregnancy, but the humor seems just as bad as so many other dull comedies.
"We teach people how to love." Brainstorm Media has released the first official trailer for The Cuban, a heartwarming indie drama from Canadian-Italian filmmaker Sergio Navarretta. This first premiered at the Whistler Film Festival last year, and it also played at the Sonoma Film Festival earlier this year. Ana Golja plays a naïve pre-med student who lands her first job working in a nursing home. An unexpected friendship with Luis, an elderly Cuban musician there, reignites her love of music and changes her life forever. Starring the tremendously wonderful Louis Gossett Jr. (last seen on HBO's "Watchmen") as the Cuban musician Luis. With a cast including Shohreh Aghdashloo, Lauren Holly, Shiva Negar, Jonathan Keltz, and Giacomo Gianniotti. This looks like it's an emotional, energizing film about the amazing power of music.
"Gentlemen - I'm here to help with your history report." Studiocanal UK has released an official trailer for the brand new 4K restoration of the 80s comedy time travel classic Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Yes, we're getting a sequel this year finally - Bill & Ted Face the Music - but while we wait for them to figure when this will open, we can revisit the original movie in the best quality yet. Starring Keanu Reeves as Ted Theodore Logan, and Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston Esquire, two high schoolers from San Dimas who end up traveling through time in a phone both. Featuring George Carlin, Terry Camilleri, Dan Shor, Tony Steedman, Rod Loomis, Al Leong, Jane Wiedlin, Robert V. Barron, Clifford David, plus Hal Landon Jr. I love this movie so much! I watched it so many times as a kid. And it's still just as entertaining and educational and hilarious as it was back then! It's an all-timer goofball comedy classic. Party on, dudes!
"I used to dance in this room like 15 years ago!" Signature Entertainment in the UK has released the first official trailer for an indie comedy called I Used to Go Here, from filmmaker Kris Rey (Empire Builder, Unexpected). This premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year, and is arriving on VOD in the fall. Her engagement is called off, her first book isn't doing so well, and all her friends are having babies. Kate Conklin is in a real rut when out of nowhere she gets a call from her old professor, David Kirkpatrick, asking her to come back to her old university to do a reading. She gets sucked into college life again, hanging out with students and reconnecting with her old self. Gillian Jacobs stars with Jemaine Clement, and an indie cast including Hannah Marks, Jorma Taccone, Zoe Chao, Josh Wiggins, Forrest Goodluck, and Khloe Janel. This is really good! I had a chance to see this during SXSW and it's a charming discovery.
"What is it to have all that power?" Well Go USA has released an official trailer for a strange indie feature titled Valley of the Gods, made by a Polish filmmaker named Lech Majewski. This first premiered at the Gdynia Polish Film Festival last year, and it screened at the Warsaw and Camerimage Film Festivals also in Poland. The film entwines Navajo lore with a reclusive trillionaire and his would-be biographer, creating a fascinating, mysterious and idiosyncratic vision of America. With three storylines following a middle-class writer, an eccentric trillionaire, and a struggling Navajo community under existential threat. Starring John Malkovich as Wes Tauros, and a main cast including Josh Hartnett, Bérénice Marlohe, Jaime Ray Newman, John Rhys-Davies, Keir Dullea, Saginaw Grant, and Joseph Runningfox. Whoaaa - this looks especially compelling and more than a bit trippy, almost like a Polish Jodorowsky film about America.
"Big risks pay big money." Madman Films in Australia has debuted an official international trailer for a new American true crime thriller titled Above Suspicion, the latest film from filmmaker Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Saint, Catch a Fire, Salt, The Giver). This has been ready to show since last year, but still has no US release set yet - despite opening in a few other countries already. Based on the book "Above Suspicion: An Undercover FBI Agent, an Illicit Affair, and a Murder of Passion", the film tells the story of the first conviction for murder of an FBI agent. A hot shot young rookie is sent to Kentucky, where he's drawn into an illicit affair with a local woman who becomes his star informant. Starring Emilia Clarke, Jack Huston, Sophie Lowe, Johnny Knoxville, Thora Birch, and Austin Hébert. There's lots of Dutch angles in this trailer, non-stop angles. Doesn't look like this might be that good unfortunately.
"I feel proper bad about it now, because I love me Nanna." Now here's a crafty short film that's more than a bit awkward, a bit hilarious, a bit strange, a bit ingenious. Norteños is a 7-minute dark comedy short film by a British filmmaking duo called "Grandmas". The film is about a mild mannered dimwit (a British word for "a stupid person" or "fool") from somewhere in the Northwest of England who attempts to convince his ex-girlfriend to help him with cleaning up a terrible crime. Starring Daniel Watson as Barry, and Chelsea O'Connor as Linda. This won Best Comedy at the Aesthetica Film Festival last year and also played at a few other festivals. It's so blissfully dark and odd, but that's all part of the humor that makes it worth watching.
"Look man, don't take your relapse out on me!" Global Digital Releasing has debuted an official trailer for an indie drama called Two Ways To Go West, the latest feature made by graphic designer / filmmaker Ryan Brookhart. The film is about three men who get together for a bachelor party at a hotel in Las Vegas, discovering their pasts are not all forgotten and they must deal with their demons. Two Ways to Go West is a "powerfully confronting drama featuring superlative performances from" the cast. The film stars James Liddell, Paul Gennaro, Drew Kenney, Levy Tran, Gino Cafarelli, and Kathrine Narducci. Looks like one of these extra low budget films that takes place all in one room, with nothing but dull conversations.
"The authorities say: 'sea monsters aren't real.'" But we know they are! Arrow Video has released an official trailer for an intriguing indie comedy adventure horror genre mashup titled Lake Michigan Monster, from a filmmaker named Ryland Brickson Cole Tews, who also stars in this as the Captain. "All aboard! The combined spirits of H.P. Lovecraft, early Sam Raimi and Mystery Science Theater 3000 inhabit this action-packed tale of nautical derring-do and monster mayhem – winner of the Audience Award for Best International Feature at the 2019 Fantasia Film Festival." An eccentric ship captain and a crew of specialists plot revenge against the most mysterious creature of the deep -- the Lake Michigan Monster. Presented in "glorious" black & white. Starring Ryland as Seafield, with Erick West, Beulah Peters, Daniel Long, and Wayne Tews. This looks cool! I always enjoy these funky, strange, clever genre films exploring wacky concepts. This also looks like a film made on drugs that's best seen on drugs. Because, whoa - it looks wild.
"Your machine is censoring my work!" Blue Finch Films in the UK has debuted an official UK trailer for an indie sci-fi horror fantasy film titled Peripheral, from SFX artist & filmmaker Paul Hyett. This guy knows what he's doing! He has worked on make-up & SFX for Attack the Block, The Woman in Black, Centurion, The Eagle, and many other films. Peripheral follows a young author who's struggling with a difficult second novel. While dealing with a crazed stalker and a junkie ex-boyfriend, Bobbi’s publisher convinces her to use new smart editing software. But soon the A.I. programme starts manipulating her work to suit its nefarious ends leaving Bobbi to suspect she’s being controlled by sinister forces. Fighting possible hallucinations as her deadline looms, is she just a hapless cog in a monstrous machine? Hannah Arterton stars with Tom Conti, Elliot James Langridge, Rosie Day, and Jenny Seagrove. It premiered at FrightFest and the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival in 2018. Out on VOD this summer in the UK, but nothing set for the US yet.