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"Something really heavy in the world just happened… What do we want to say about?" Preach! This film deserves a shout! An official trailer is available for an indie documentary called Don't Be Nice, which is also the "credo" that the upstart Bowery Slam Poetry Team operates by. The doc film is a profile of the Bowery Slam Poetry Team (find them on Facebook), who find their voice as they compete for the National Championship during the summer of 2016. This premiered at the Hot Docs Festival last year, in theaters starting next month. "An emotional and inspiring film that gives insightful commentary on race, gender, identity and sexual politics in America today, Don't Be Nice is both an exciting competition film and a deep dive into the wildly-popular Slam Poetry subculture, that proves once and for all that winning hearts and minds is the ultimate prize." This will make a great double feature with Step or Bodied. I can dig it, can you?
"You started this… I'll end it." "I'm going to tear you apart. This is what it feels like." Lionsgate has just launched a second official teaser trailer for Rambo: Last Blood, otherwise known as Rambo V - the fifth and final movie in the Rambo action series that first began in 1982 (with First Blood). Sylvester Stallone once again returns to play Rambo, in what is said to be the very last Rambo movie, "the last chapter of the legendary series." Rambo goes up against a Mexican cartel in this one. The cast includes Paz Vega, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Adrianna Barraza, Yvette Monreal, Genie Kim aka Yenah Han, Joaquin Cosio, and Oscar Jaenada. This trailer ties in the original First Blood with footage from that, taking us all the way around to this Last Blood. It looks insanely action-packed, which is what everyone wants to see. Right?
"Once, there were three bears that lived in a dark and wet cave up above a small town…" Fox Searchlight has revealed the first teaser trailer for a fantasy horror thriller titled Antlers, the latest from director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace, Black Mass, Hostiles). In the film, a small-town Oregon teacher and her brother, the local sheriff, become entwined with a young student harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences. It's adapted from a short story called "The Quiet Boy" by Nick Antosca, which captured the attention of Guillermo del Toro because he is producing this dark fantasy horror. Antlers stars Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, JT Corbitt, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, and Amy Madigan. One hell of a scary trailer! The kid telling the story really sets the tone for this. Have a look.
"I thought we should talk…" "Okay." Netflix has revealed two teaser trailers for the highly anticipated new film from filmmaker Noah Baumbach, titled Marriage Story. This one is premiering at the Venice Film Festival coming up soon, then it'll stop by the Telluride, Toronto, New York Film Festivals this fall before Netflix releases (in theaters + streaming). Baumbach explains this intro: "Marriage Story is a love story that reveals itself within the breakdown. With these companion trailers I wanted to show the relationship through the eyes of both characters. There are many sides to every story, and the movie embraces these different viewpoints in order to find the shared truth." There is one trailer for Adam Driver as Charlie, and one for Scarlett Johansson as Nicole. It reminds me of the trailers for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. The cast also includes Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, Mark O'Brien, and Julie Hagerty. Well, this looks like it's going to be painful but also quite enthralling to watch. Se both of the teasers below.
"It's like our own private escape room." Screen Media Films has revealed the first official trailer for a goofy horror comedy film called Corporate Animals, which was a last minute addition to the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The ensemble film played in the Midnight category at the festival, and it's hitting theaters starting next month. From Creep & Creep 2 director Patrick Brice, Corporate Animals is about a group of employees on a "corporate team-building" excursion visiting a cave in New Mexico. When disaster strikes, they end up stuck together inside a cave and, of course, they all go mad. Starring Demi Moore, Ed Helms, Jessica Williams, Karan Soni, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Martha Kelly, Dan Bakkedahl, Calum Worthy, Jennifer Kim, Nasim Pedrad, Frank Bond, and Wendy Meredith. It seems like they were trying to make another Office Space, but this looks especially dumb. Here's hoping it's actually entertaining.
"They're my children. I'm their mother. And I love them." Signature Entertainment has debuted an official UK trailer for the indie crime thriller A Good Woman Is Hard to Find, the latest from filmmaker Abner Pastoll (Shooting Shona, Road Games). This first premiered at Fantasia this summer, and is premiering in the UK at FrightFest this month before opening in cinemas this fall. Sarah Bolger (from In America, "Into the Badlands", "Counterpart", The Lazarus Effect, Emilie, End of Sentence) stars in this film as a recently widowed young mother who will go to any lengths to protect her children as she seeks the truth behind her husband's murder. Also starring Edward Hogg, Andrew Simpson, Jane Brennan, Caolan Byrne, Packy Lee, Rudy Doherty, Macie McCauley, and Susan Ateh. Described as a "dynamic killer thriller with its finger firmly on the pulses of stark social commentary and shattering suspense," Pastoll has made a "dazzling, dark and daring journey through Northern Ireland’s criminal underbelly." Looks incredibly tense.
"Mr. Honka knows much better than I do what's right for me." Strand Releasing has debuted the official trailer for a German indie, serial killer film called The Golden Glove, also titled Der Goldene Handschuh originally in German. This premiered at the Berlin Film Festival to quite a bit of revulsion and controversy. The film tells the true story of a despicable serial killer from Hamburg in the 1970s, who murdered lonely old women after seducing them to his creepy attic loft. It features some of the most disgusting scenes you'll ever see, and lacks any real artistry or intrigue, making it mostly a horrible film to sit through that will leave you grossed out. By comparison, Lars von Trier's The House That Jack Built is much more intelligent and elegant. This is disgusting. It will make you puke - be careful. Jonas Dassler stars (with prosthetic make-up) as the killer Honka, and a supporting cast with Katja Studt, Margarete Tiesel, Adam Bousdoukos, Martina Eitner-Acheampong, and Marc Hosemann. I recommend staying far, far away from this one.
"The whole story of Hollywood can be expressed in one sentence." Ambi Dist. has released an official trailer for the filmmaking documentary titled Friedkin Uncut, about William Friedkin (director of The French Connection, The Exorcist, Sorcerer). This initially premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year, and it's opening in US theaters this month for curious cinephiles. Venezia explains: "The title of the documentary reflects at one and the same time Friedkin’s candor and eccentricity, elements that have contributed over time to the shaping of his exceptional skills as a storyteller." It's more than just a simple tribute or look at his career, many other talented artists "join Friedkin to reflect on the significance of being artists and on the beauty of bringing yourself into question in the name of an artistic calling experienced in the authentic dimension of a work." The film has appearances by Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Willem Dafoe, Wes Anderson, Matthew McConaughey, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Shannon, and Juno Temple. Watch below.
"Humans have always had a complex relationship with water." I guess that's true…? Believe it or not, there is a "mermaid community" out there. People who love mermaids so much (or wish to be one) that they get fully dressed up, fish tail and all, and play around in the water as if they are mermaids. In Persia Beheshti's new documentary film Wetlands, she uses surrealism to spotlight an American subculture rarely explored on film. Narrated by Mermaid Undine (yeah, for real), this short experimental doc film allows outsiders to become privy to the sometimes mythological, sometimes metaphysical ocean inspirations that awaken this mermaid community. She found this group in Virginia and has befriended them, making another short film about them before this. It's just a quick 3 minutes and it's more mesmerizing than informative. Dive in.
"If I was you, kid, I'd run like hell…" Ghost Walker Films has released the official trailer for an indie crime drama titled The Ghost Who Walks, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker / cinematographer Cody Stokes. This is playing at the Sidewalk Film Festival in Alabama coming up this month, and is still looking for a distributor after premiering this summer. This "action-packed tale of redemption" is about a criminal fresh out of jail who rats out his former boss for one last chance to reunite his family and become the father he never was. Garland Scott stars, along with Frank Mosley, Alexia Rasmussen, Gil Darnell, Dasha Nekrasova, Nattalyee Randall, Linda Kennedy, and Peter Mayer. The plot isn't that original, but the film looks like it has an energy and vibrant style that sets it apart from everything else. And it's an awesome trailer with some seriously slick, intense editing at the end. I really want to see this film now! Give it a look.
"Change… How do you change yourself?" Warner Bros has revealed the first official trailer for a live concert movie titled Western Stars, in which music legend "Bruce Springsteen invites you to experience his latest album as a special cinematic event." Western Stars is Springsteen's 19th studio album so far, and it's already available now before this new concert doc hits theaters. Longtime collaborator Thom Zimny directs together with Springsteen in his directorial debut. WB also just released the Springsteen-inspired musical Blinded by the Light in theaters this weekend, and this trailer is attached to the film now in theaters. "Bruce lives in the super rarified air of artists who have blazed new and important trails deep into their careers. With Western Stars, Bruce is pivoting yet again, taking us with him on an emotional and introspective cinematic journey, looking back and looking ahead." The film features all 13 songs on the album, backed up by a band and a full orchestra, under the cathedral ceiling of his nearly 100-year-old barn. Hot damn, Bruce.
"He wanted us to live on the stage, creating in front of the people." Abramorama has finally debuted an official trailer for music documentary Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The doc went on to play at the Miami, Cleveland, Atlanta, Montclair, Krakow, Seattle, Sydney, and Munich Film Festivals, and is playing in select US theaters this month. From acclaimed doc filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Birth of the Cool tells the full story of jazz icon Miles Davis, who played trumpet and revolutionized jazz music forever. "Newly released archival material, alongside interviews with pre-eminent historians and personal friends like Quincy Jones, illustrate a man of intensity and devotion to his craft. Despite the indignities of America during the time of segregation, nothing was going to stop Davis from realizing his dream: to create a new form of musical expression. Davis worked like a physicist with his collaborators to push musical experimentation and widen the tones and lyricism of jazz—the effects of which are felt to this day." I've heard great things about this, plus it's Miles frickin' Davis! Have to watch this doc.