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"Oh god, we're not alone…!" Midnight Releasing has unveiled a new US trailer for a lost British indie sci-fi film titled Invasion Earth, which first premiered on DVD in the UK back in 2016 with the alternate title Into the Light. It is finally getting an official US release this year, which isn't a good sign. Famous self-help Guru, Dr. Carson, travels to his facility with eight young addicts with the aim of helping them through their troubles and integrating them back into society. A TV journalist tries to expose the group as a scam. However, all of their lives are thrown into chaos with the beginning of an alien invasion. Starring Charlotte Gould, Phoebe Delikoura, Tony Fadil, Jon-Paul Gates, Nigel Thijs, and David Shaw. As much as we enjoy featuring indie sci-fi, this looks awful. Not only is the concept bad, the footage looks so forgettable.
"A tale of great deluge falls into my mind… a tale from the gutter." WildCard in the UK has released the first teaser trailer for the film Redemption of a Rogue, a "dark comedy musical" from Ireland. This film just premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh this month and won the top prizes at the festival - Best Irish Film and Best Irish First Feature. Redemption of a Rogue follows Jimmy, played by Aaron Monaghan, on his road to redemption after returning to his hometown of Cavan. Stuck in a Groundhog Day-like purgatory, Jimmy embarks on a sacrificial and outlandish journey to rid himself of his guilt and shame from the past, ultimately redeeming himself through love. And lots of beer, too? This also stars Aisling O'Mara, Kieran Roche, Liz Fitzgibbon, Kevin McGahern, and Pat McCabe. A great teaser for an award-winning film.
"For me to make films is my way to help other people." RLJE Films has unveiled the official trailer for a fascinating and wild cinema history documentary film called An Accidental Studio, telling the story of HandMade Films. The production company was formed by former Beatle George Harrison and business partner Denis O'Brien in 1978 to finance the Monty Python film Life of Brian. When the original financiers of Brian, EMI Films, pulled out of the project less than a week before filming was to commence, the creators had to find other financing. Harrison, a friend and fan of the Pythons, then mortgaged his home in order to finance the feature. Eric Idle of the Pythons later called it "the most anybody's ever paid for a cinema ticket in history". An Accidental Studio tells the complete story as "seen through the eyes of the filmmakers, key personnel, and the man who started it all: former Beatle George Harrison." This looks great! Worth a watch.
"If you build this vineyard in honour of your grandfather, it can become everyone's dream." Indiecan Ent. has released an official trailer for an indie drama titled From the Vine, adapted from the novel "Finding Marco" by Kenneth Canio Cancellara. This played at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest in Italy last year, and also stopped by the Napa Valley and Naples Film Festivals. The story follows a man who has an "ethical crisis" and returns to his hometown in rural Italy, where he finds new purpose reviving his grandfather's old vineyard, and figuring out a sustainable future for the small town nearby. Joe Pantoliano stars as Marco, with a cast including Paula Brancati, Marco Leonardi, Wendy Crewson, Tony Nardi, Tony Nappo, Franco Lo Presti, and Kevin Hanchard. This looks mostly harmless and drunk-on-wine fun, but it gets weird when the moon starts talkin'. This plays like an amusing Italy tourism video than a real hearty drama.
"I can't wait to show you…" Shudder has released an official red band trailer for the indie horror thriller titled Random Acts of Violence, the second feature film directed by Canadian actor-turned-filmmaker Jay Baruchel (his debut was the hockey sequel Goon: Last of the Enforcers from a few years ago). This first premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin last year, and it will be available on Shudder later this summer to watch. This brutal horror is about a comic book creator who starts to notice that a real killer is using his "Slasherman" comic as inspiration for actual murder. Starring Jesse Williams, Jordana Brewster, Jay Baruchel, Niamh Wilson, Simon Northwood, Victoria Snow, Eric Osborne, and Nia Roam. This trailer has some crazy gore at the end, it looks like a slasher film wrapped around a story about pop culture and how you can't control it once it's out in public. It seems to have good reviews, but it's not for everyone.
Empathy always makes a difference. This superb stop-motion animated short film Tokri, aka The Basket, comes from an animation studio in India. The film is about a young girl who decides to make baskets and sell them on the street in Mumbai in hopes of making money so she can repair her father's broken pocket watch. Featuring a music selection of Bollywood songs. Animation filmmaker Suresh Eriyat was inspired after he had an encounter with a basket seller and shooed her away, only to think later about how he doesn't know what her life is or why she needs a bit of money for peace at home. Hand-made stop-motion animation is always nice to see. "Suresh wished to revive the popularity of clay animation through this film. Although clay animation is known to be a painstaking process… it's an art that gives life to inanimate objects, bringing with it an energy on screen that shines through, one frame at a time." A lovely father-daughter story that challenges us to think about other people's lives in a way we might not think of at first. View the film below.
What would you do if you were immortal? Would you save people and help the impoverished? Or rather use it only for your own selfish needs? Those and many similar questions arise in the minds of audiences while watching The Old Guard. Directed by filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Beyond the Lights) this sci-fi Netflix film touches on the subject of immortality and the abuse of body autonomy, as well as many other aspects. The Old Guard, adapted from a graphic novel series by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, captivates audiences with its superb cast and fascinating topic that makes it more mature than other films based on comic books. The director steadily builds up the tension, leading to its satisfying finale.
"I'm so, like, totally excited I could just… die!" Ahahahaha. An early festival promo trailer has debuted for a Canadian horror comedy film titled Slaxx, about a possessed pair of jeans. First there was In Fabric about a possessed dress, then came Bad Hair this year about possessed hair extensions, and now we have possessed pants. "From the producers of Turbo Kid comes a new type of killer, a pair of jeans, in this raucous horror-comedy, which makes its world premiere at Fantasia 2020!" When a possessed pair of jeans begins to kill the staff of a trendy clothing store, it is up to Libby, an idealistic young salesclerk and a hew hire, to stop its bloody rampage. Starring Romane Denis, Brett Donahue, Sehar Bhojani, Kenny Wong, Tianna Nori, and Hanneke Talbot. This looks so amazingly fucked up - in a good way! And it's a seriously brutal trailer, no MPAA restrictions holding them back on gore. Eeesh these are some evil jeans. A denim monster!
"Science is changing… And I'm going to prove them wrong." Amazon Studios has released an official US trailer for Radioactive, a historic biopic film about the life and times of iconic scientist Marie Curie. We already featured two UK trailers for this film earlier in the year, but with it arriving on Amazon Prime Video later this month there's a new US trailer to watch. The film tells of the scientific and romantic passions of Marie and Pierre Curie, and the reverberation of their discoveries into the 20th century. Marie (born Maria Salomea Skłodowska) discovered the element Radium with Pierre in December of 1898, and went on to make many other great contributions to science throughout her life, including research on and invention of the term "radioactivity". Rosamund Pike stars, with Sam Riley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Aneurin Barnard, Simon Russell Beale, Jonathan Aris, Corey Johnson, Tim Woodward, and Harriet Turnbull. I still haven't had a chance to catch up with this yet, but planning to watch sometime soon once it's available.
"See Parasite, the historic phenomenon, in a brand new light." Curzon has released a new official UK trailer for the black & version of Parasite that has been touring around festivals since late last year. The beloved Best Picture winner was given a special B&W edition, overseen by Bong Joon-ho, and it has been playing mostly at film festivals. Forrest Cardamenis wrote a report here from IFFR earlier this year about watching it again this way. And it sounds like it makes a bit of a difference in the viewing experience. An unemployed, impoverished Korean family works their way into the home of the wealthy and glamorous Parks, until they get entangled in an unexpected incident. The film stars Song Kang-ho (Bong's usual lead from Memories of Murder, The Host, Snowpiercer) with Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Jang Hye-jin, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, plus Park Seo-joon. I still totally love this film and I am happy it continues to play.
"You want a lemonade?" Whoaaaa! IFC Films has debuted the first teaser trailer for the new Tesla biopic, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This teaser is debuting today to celebrate Nikola Tesla's 164th birthday - did you know he was born during a lightning storm? Tesla "reinvents" the biopic by taking a contemporary understanding of him and playing it back through a re-imagining of his real life and his experiments during his time. Ethan Hawke stars as the brilliant inventor, electrician, and futurist. The film's cast also includes Kyle MacLachlan, Eve Hewson, Jim Gaffigan, Hannah Gross, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. I heard mixed things about this at Sundance, but this trailer has opened my eyes completely! It seems a bit odd at first, but I have a feeling the unique take on his story will make this all the more intriguing and fascinating to watch. I'm still really looking forward to this. Check out the first look.
"I hear your voice everywhere I go…" Quiver has released the official trailer for a romantic drama titled Endless, the latest from filmmaker Scott Speer, who seems to have a thing for young love films - making Midnight Sun and I Still See You before this. This is a story of connection despite tragedy: when madly in love high school graduates Riley and Chris are separated by a tragic car accident, Riley blames herself for her boyfriend's death while Chris is stranded in limbo. But miraculously they end up connecting. Both are forced to learn the hardest lesson of all: letting go. Starring Alexandra Shipp and Nicholas Hamilton, with DeRon Horton, Famke Janssen, Ian Tracey, and Eddie Ramos. This looks a bit like Ghost for a new generation, with a very handsome ghost guy reconnecting with his living love and helping her move on. Of course it's super emotional and sappy and cheesy, but that's exactly what's expected with a film like this.