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"Think about finally having everything you've always wanted!" Warner Bros has debuted the first official trailer for Wonder Woman 1984, the highly anticipated sequel to Patty Jenkins' massively successful first Wonder Woman movie (from 2017). This trailer just premiered at Brazil's Comic-Con (CCXP) during a big presentation, and has arrived online for everyone else to enjoy. Once again directed by Patty Jenkins, this sequel takes us right into the 80s - but not much is known about the plot beyond that. Gal Gadot returns as Diana Prince, also known as "Wonder Woman", with a cast featuring Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal, Kristen Wiig, Connie Nielsen, Gabriella Wilde, Kristoffer Polaha, Lyon Beckwith, Natasha Rothwell, Oakley Bull, and Robin Wright. This looks pretty good! The best part of this trailer is the lightning lasso moment, or also the look on Pine's face when the truck flips over. And I really enjoy that music choice, too.
"Guy - this world, it's a video game. And it's full of bad guys… We need you to be the Good Guy." Fox has debuted the first full-length trailer for Free Guy, the video game action comedy concept conceived by Matt Lieberman, and directed by Shawn Levy (of Night at the Museum Date Night, Real Steel, The Internship). Ryan Reynolds stars as "Guy", just a regular guy who one day learns that he's actually an NPC (meaning Non-Player Character - an automated character mostly in the background of video games) until he suddenly decides to take over and become the hero of the game. This is definitely inspired by the game Overwatch, plus it has a bit of a live-action Wreck-It Ralph feel, and looks like a seriously fun time. Also starring Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Taika Waititi. This looks like it could turn out extra dumb, or incredibly entertaining, and so far I'm feeling like it will be the latter. Jump right in.
"Nobody gets ahead in this game!" Saban Films has debuted an official US trailer for the indie thriller The Corrupted, which is opening in the US in January following an initial UK release earlier this summer. The crime thriller is set in London, specifically in East London and Stratford which has been redeveloped. Sam Claflin plays Liam, an ex-con trying to win back the love & trust of his family. His drive for redemption will see him caught up in a web of conspiracy, crime, and corruption, when he gets mixed up with a dangerous property developer. The full cast includes Timothy Spall, Hugh Bonneville, Charlie Murphy, Naomi Ackie, Joe Claflin (Sam's real brother who plays his brother in the film), and Noel Clarke. Looks like yet another crime film where a guy fresh out of prison gets caught up with all the wrong guys at the wrong time.
"If I was a girl, this would never had happened." Screen has debuted the first official trailer for a film titled Cook F**k Kill, which is not as lighthearted as that title makes it seem. Described as an "absurd drama", the film is directed by a Czech filmmaker named Mira Forney and deals with domestic abuse - about a man who loves to cook, fuck, and, well, kill. "Seen through the prism of a metaphor, the film is an intimate story about family or 'the most aggressive group within a society, with the exception of the army and the police', as Fornay states." Meaning the family, how people inside their home are abusive even if they're nice outside. Starring Jaroslav Plesl, Petra Fornayová, Regina Rázlová, Jan Alexander, Jazmína Cigánková. This premiered at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and will likely arrive in the US sometime next year.
"Stop it!" "I'm not doing anything!" Ohhhhhh, brothers. Oscilliscope Labs has debuted an official US trailer for an indie documentary titled Don't Be a Dick About It, which originally premiered at the IDFA Film Festival in Amsterdam last year. It also stopped by numerous other doc festivals last fall, including DocPoint Helsinki and Docs Against Gravity. Ben Mullinkosson's doc film is a hilarious and beautiful portrait of two brothers growing up in Maryland. He follows the brothers – Peter and Matthew – around for one summer capturing the nuances of pissing each other off. A film about brotherly love, and brotherly hate. Anyone with siblings definitely knows these mixed feelings. As odd as this doc sounds, it's been picking up rave reviews from multiple critics - calling it "an absolute charmer from start to finish." You just need to see for yourself.
"It will heal me." "It will heal us." Kino Lorber has debuted a full-length official US trailer for the acclaimed Russian drama Beanpole, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. After initially winning the Best Director in Un Certain Regard award in Cannes, the film has since gone on to play at the Telluride, Toronto, Hamburg, London, Busan, and New York Film Festivals this fall. Beanpole is made by a 28-year-old Russian filmmaker named Kantemir Balagov. Set in the city of Leningrad (now known as Saint Petersburg), in 1945 at the end of WWII, two women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins. It's described as a "richly burnished, occasionally harrowing rendering of the persistent scars of war." Starring Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina as the two main women. If you're watching for an acclaimed international film to discover - you don't want to miss this one.
"It gets easier… But it ain't ever gunna be easy." An official trailer has arrived online for an indie coming-of-age comedy titled Bully, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Santino Campanelli. This premiered at the Dances With Films Festival last year, but hasn't played anywhere else yet - and it's pretty clear why as there's not much here. Bully is about a heavy-set high school kid named Jimmy who is constantly tormented by the resident school bully and his cronies. But after he meets a boxer, he starts training and learns how to fight back. Truly the best way to fight bullies is to literally fight them! Right?! Starring Tucker Albrizzi as Jimmy, along with Danny Trejo, Ron Canada, Vincent Pastore, Jack DiFalco, Elanna White, and Jay Lee. Despite the good intentions, it looks pretty bad and impressively derivative. Check it out anyway.
"Beware - even those who look innocent can be dangerous." Vertical Entertainment has unveiled an official trailer for an indie crime mystery thriller titled The Host, the feature directorial debut of TV director Andy Newbery. There have been at least two other major films with the name The Host, including Bong Joon-ho's monster movie, and also the sci-fi flick from Andrew Niccol. Can we stop using this especially bland title, please? Newbery's The Host is about a London banker who risks everything taking on a job carrying a briefcase to Amsterdam. "But all is not as it seems in a city veiled by dark secrets. Fuelled by power players, drugs, seduction and violence Robert awaits his turn in a deadly game of choice and consequence." Starring Maryam Hassouni, Mike Beckingham, Dougie Poynter, Nigel Barber, & Suan-Li Ong. Watch out.
"Suddenly all the doors open, and everything I'd known I could record." Greenwich Ent. has unveiled an official trailer for a documentary called The Times of Bill Cunningham, which first premiered at the New York Film Festival last year. This is yet another great documentary about an iconic photographer - Bill Cunningham. He sadly passed away in 2016 at the age 87, but this film is based on an extensive interview he gave in 1994 discussing his entire life history and multitude of remarkable experiences around the world. Not to mention his work as a photographer and his eye as an observer of humanity. This doc is described in reviews as, "a snapshot of a life that leaves you grateful for having encountered it." There was also a biopic doc film from 2011 about him, Bill Cunningham: New York, which is a bit different from this. Have a look.
"Just took a little bit of work, and a whole lotta love." Sony Pictures Animations has released the short film Hair Love for everyone to watch. This initially premiered in front of The Angry Birds Movie 2 in theaters, but I don't think many people saw that - luckily it's on the web now. It's up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hair style in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers & daughters, by former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry. He also wrote a book also titled "Hair Love", which you can find at bookstores everywhere. I love how honest and pure and beautiful this short is, especially without dialogue. There's a lovely score by Daniel D. Crawford & Paul Mounsey that compliments the story. Watch below.
"What did you say to her?! They told me you were smart!" Bleecker Street has debuted the first trailer for an indie drama titled The Assistant, a sort-of-fictional take on the Harvey Weinstein debacle, following a young assistant who starts working at his offices in New York City. This already premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, and it's also included in the Sundance 2020 line-up as one of their Spotlight selections. The film is about the stressful daily life of Jane, played by Julia Garner (from "Ozark", "Dirty John"), who is a new hire. As Jane follows her daily routine, she, and we, grow more aware of all the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her workday, and she finally tries to make a stand. Also with Matthew Macfadyen, Makenzie Leigh, Kristine Froseth, Jon Orsini, Noah Robbins, and Stéphanye Dussud. This looks incredibly chilling and upsetting, which is the point, to show you what it was really like to work for Harvey.
"We look forward to seeing what you little girls are made of!" Amazon Studios has debuted the first official trailer for Troop Zero, which originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and also stopped by the Seattle Film Festival and AFI Fest. This feature from filmmaking duo Bert & Bertie (Dance Camp) is set in the late 1970s and is about a misfit young girl who dreams of life in outer space. When a competition offers her a chance to be recorded on NASA's Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts to travel to the talent contest, forging friendships that last a lifetime. Mckenna Grace stars as Christmas Flint (that is actually her name), with Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Edi Patterson, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Epps, Charlie Shotwell, Ashley Brooke, Maureen Brennan, and Johanna Colón. I didn't hear much about this at Sundance, but it looks like an amusing, inspiring film to enjoy sometime.