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"You have something they want. And now they are coming. They are coming…" F1.8 Studios has debuted a new official trailer for an indie film titled Nightfire, which is finally getting a streaming release on Amazon Prime in January after first premiering back in 2015. This political action thriller runs a total of 43 minutes, which technically makes it a short film, though that's not very short. Described as "an action spectacular student film" made by Brando Benetton, the film is about two American agents hired to retrieve military chips containing top-secret content. Their plan goes awry when an unexpected political prisoner enters the picture. This stars Dylan Baker, Lorenzo Pisoni, Greg Hadley, Bradley Stryker, with Francesco Pannofino, and Becky Ann Baker. This is one helluva trailer, it certainly got my attention. Take a look.
"I don't know what I am… I'm just an insignificant girl." Does this finally look good? 20th Century Fox has debuted a fourth trailer, labeled as an "international" trailer, for Alita: Battle Angel, about a deadly cyborg humanoid named Alita, played by Rosa Salazar, who is found in a scrap heap by Dr. Dyson Ido. This CGI-heavy sci-fi movie is finally being released in February, and despite the lack of interest or buzz so far, the VFX are looking much more polished now. Originally developed by James Cameron for years before this, they're still using his and Laeta Kalogridis' original script, and Cameron is also a producer along with Jon Landau. The film's cast includes Jennifer Connelly, Eiza González, Michelle Rodriguez, Christoph Waltz, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeff Fahey, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Casper Van Dien. This trailer has some of the best action beats and best CGI out of any of them we've seen yet, and I'm still excited to see this. Maybe I'm just looking forward to full-on sci-fi action? Whatever it is, I'm there opening night.
"Time to light it up, kid." Warner Bros has debuted a funny short film for the holidays in promotion of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, the sequel to the wildly successful and highly acclaimed original The Lego Movie released in 2014. This short is about Emmet Brickowski putting together a holiday party in their Apocalypse-berge city, which (not-so-subtly) is hinted at in this short, will end up attracting their next foe. This time around, the citizens must fight off Duplo invaders from outer space. The main voice cast for The Lego Movie 2 includes Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Stephanie Beatriz, Elizabeth Banks, Channing Tatum, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Jonah Hill, and Tiffany Haddish. We also recently featured the second trailer for this animated sequel, so this is just some extra icing on the cake. Plus I don't think of the footage from this short will end up in the finished movie anyway. But it's amusing and harmless - have fun.
"Which of these titans are here to protect us?" Holy crap!! Warner Bros has revealed the second official full-length trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, following a presentation at Brazil's Comic-Con this weekend. This sequel to Gareth Edwards's Godzilla reboot from 2014 is directed by Mike Dougherty (Trick 'r Treat, Krampus), and it's looking even more epic as Godzilla will battle other recently unearthed massive monsters, including Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three headed King Ghidorah. Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Millie Bobby Brown (from "Stranger Things") plus Bradley Whitford, Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Kyle Chandler, Thomas Middleditch, Zhang Ziyi, Charles Dance, with Ken Watanabe. This looks awesome!! It looks so massively epic, bigger than almost anything else coming out next year. The big shots of Ghidorah vs Godzilla at the end are jaw dropping. Wow.
"There is no ground support… You cannot go back to your normal life after tonight." Netflix has debuted the first trailer for Triple Frontier, an action film involving Special Forces pulling off a special heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. This project has been in development for years, and was being developed as the next film from Kathryn Bigelow. The screenplay is by Mark Boal, who worked with Bigelow on The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, and is now partnered with director J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, All Is Lost, A Most Violent Year). Triple Frontier stars an impressive ensemble cast including Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Helund, Pedro Pascal, plus Adria Arjona, Sheila Vand, Christine Horn, and Reynaldo Gallegos. This looks damn good, though I'm much more interested in the heist and the plans they're putting in place than the action in this. So far this looks great.
"What's done is done when we say it's done." Another retrospective look back at the year in film to enjoy. The Filmography 2018 is the latest "trailer mashup" look back at the year in movies. This one is made by Alexandre Matias, a Brazilian editor and trailer mashup maker who has been doing these videos for a few years and also creates other mash-ups (including one for the X-Men Universe coming out soon). This might just be some of Matias' best work yet. The footage isn't exactly the highest quality in this, but the editing is top notch. And that's the most important with all these videos looking back at every last film from this year.
"War means business." CJ Entertainment has debuted a new US teaser to go along with the full Korean trailer for Take Point, a military action thriller from Korean filmmaker Kim Byung-woo (Anamorphic, The Terror Live). The original title for this film was simply PMC, meaning Private Military Company, a reference to the group of elite mercenaries hired for a secret CIA mission to abduct North Korea's Armed Forces Minister in an underground bunker below the Korean Demilitarized Zone. The film is actually set in the future, on the day of the US presidential election in 2024, and is about the fear of starting World War III. Ha Jung-woo (from The Chaser) stars, with Kevin Durand, Jennifer Ehle, Spencer Daniels, Lee Sun-kyun, Robert Curtis Brown, and Malik Yoba. That robot sentry in this looks brutal! Lock & load.
"We must prepare for the worst of humanity." Lionsgate has launched a trailer for an indie sci-fi action film titled The Last Man, which is pretty much the opposite (in every way) from this year's film The First Man. From director Rodrigo H. Vila, the film stars Hayden Christensen (wait, he's still starring in films?) as a war veteran with post traumatic stress disorder who perceives that the end of the world is coming. After establishing a relationship with a dubious Messiah, he leaves his normal life to begin the construction of a shelter underground and trains himself, in an extreme way, at the cost of everything in his life. When he also believes the Messiah, something extraordinary happens. The cast includes Harvey Keitel, Liz Solari, Marco Leonardi, Fernan Miras, Justin Kelly, and Rafael Spregelburd. While I am always curious about new sci-fi, this looks like one of those throwaway, forgettable action flicks that no one will ever watch.
"Does anyone other than me know you work at a bowling alley?" It's yet another edition of Indie Trailer Sunday. FilmBuff has debuted the first official trailer for When Jeff Tried to Save the World, an indie comedy about a bowling alley manager who decides to get involved in saving the place when it's about to be sold. The title is a fun play on the "save the world" idea because the name of the place he works is Winky's World and he wants to save it. Jon Heder (who played Napoleon in Napoleon Dynamite) stars as Jeff, with a full cast including Candi Milo, Jim O'Heir, Anna Konkle, Maya Erskine, Brendan Meyer, Steve Berg, and Richard Esteras. This looks quirky and low key entertaining, which should be an inspiring and refreshing break from all the Hollywood blockbusters this holiday season. Plus it's nice to see Heder again.
"What if Superman were Michael Myers?" Sony Pictures has unveiled the first full-length trailer for a sci-fi superhero film titled Brightburn, a new film from director David Yarovesky. Produced by James Gunn, the film is being described as "a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror." It's a bit like the famous comic Superman: Red Son - what if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? Elizabeth Banks stars, with David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones, and Meredith Hagner. This, of course, also reminds me of Chronicle, which also played with the idea of what if a superhero wasn't a good person. And from the first look at this footage, I am more than intrigued. Consider me entirely sold on this already.
"I want to sue my parents." That's the most iconic line in this film. Sony Pictures Classics debuted a second US trailer for the film Capernaum, also known as Capharnaüm, which is Lebanon's Oscar submission this year. Directed by actress-filmmaker Nadine Labaki, it premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival (and won the Jury Prize there), and it also played at the New Horizons, Melbourne, Sarajevo, London, and Toronto Film Festivals. Capernaum takes place on the streets of Beirut, following a 12-year-old boy who decides to sue his parents for bringing him into the world. We follow him as he escapes and runs around, trying to survive by begging and stealing, showing us a disheartening, depressing side of the world we tend to ignore. I'm quoted in the trailers and on the posters for this film, it was one of my favorite films at Cannes this year, and ever since I've been doing my best to talk it up. Starring Zain Al Rafeea as Zain. See below.
"All melted together into a single mindcrash." Brainfeeder Films has debuted an official teaser trailer for a new feature film that combines all of the 13 years of work from animator David Firth into a "single stream of nightmare consciousness." Remember Salad Fingers? Remember Spoilsbury Toast Boy? These are just a few of Firth's crazy creations, and he jams them all into this "feature length retrospective assemblage" titled Umbilical World. This looks as crazy, and twisted, and weird, and mesmerizing, as it sounds, especially considering it seems to just be a 79 minute non-stop mash-up of his work. Which is one giant cinematic acid trip. I'm glad they're releasing this, in hopes of bringing more attention to his talent. It also reminds me of Don Hertzfeldt and his animated features; they both deserve more acclaim than they have received thus far.