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"The loner as a character acts our gateway into a complicated, unfeeling world." If you haven't seen it yet, Ross Glass' gem Saint Maud is one of the best horror debuts in years and pretty much every last critic has been raving about it. It's finally available to watch via Epix for streaming in the US. Studiocanal in the UK has posted a video essay on their YouTube featuring words and narration by film critic Anna Bogutskaya, talking about the theme of loneliness. Specifically how Saint Maud fits within loneliness cinema, and also how it connects with other lonely films, including You Were Never Really Here + A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. It's a compelling rumination on loneliness and it's nice to hear her discussion with all the footage.
"It's your own responsibility to get out." Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted the official US trailer for the Norwegian disaster movie called The Tunnel, from Norwegian filmmaker Pål Øie. Not to be confused with the Norwegian sci-fi short film also called The Tunnel, this one is a real-life thriller similar to the 90s action blockbuster Daylight. When a tanker truck crashes inside a tunnel, people on their way home for Christmas are brutally trapped in a deadly fire. With a blizzard raging outside, and the first responders struggling to get to the accident, it's every man for himself. Will the help get there in time? Starring Thorbjørn Harr, Ylva Lyng Fuglerud, Lisa Carlehed, Mikkel Bratt Silset, Peter Førde, Daniel Alexander Skadal, and Per Egil Aske. This orignially opened in theaters in Norway in 2019, and is just now finally getting a VOD release in the US starting this April. Might be worth the wait as this looks seriously, intensely thrilling.
"Take them off! Take them off!" Trinity Creative has released an official trailer for a feel good buddy comedy titled Running Naked, which arrives on VOD this spring after first premiering at the Beijing and Portland Film Festivals last year. From Emmy-winning director Victor Buhler, comes a heartfelt and moving tale that draws upon writer Jennifer Knowles personal experience as a cancer survivor. "In a world where cancer affects so many lives, Running Naked brings a positive and hopeful message to everyone and anyone whose life has been touched by the disease." The story follows cancer survivors Ben and Mark, whose friendship is tested when some news forces them to change their perspectives. Starring Matthew McNulty, Andrew Gower, Rakhee Thakrar, Tamzin Merchant, & Kiran Sonia Sawar. Looks like quirky, heartfelt fun.
"They're not people, they're weapons!" Vertical Ent. has released an official trailer for an indie sci-fi thriller about mutants, of course, called Enhanced. There are so many mutants films nowadays, it's becoming a dime-a-dozen and they're not that original anymore. A young woman with "enhanced" abilities finds herself hunted down by a sinister government organization. But when an even stronger mutant serial killer emerges on the scene, agents and mutants are forced to question their allegiances. Alanna Bale stars, with George Tchortov, Adrian Holmes, Chris Mark, Eric Hicks, Michael J. Delaney, and Patrick Sabongui. This is made by a former stuntman, so at least the action looks cool, but not sure the rest of it'll be any good.
"What should I do now that I lost my faith?" Magnolia Pictures has released their own official US trailer for About Endlessness, the final film from iconic Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson. This first premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, where Andersson won Best Director, primarily as a nod to all of his work over the years.. Andersson's last film before this was A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence in 2014, and this one looks just as bleak and absurd and fascinating. As is usual with his films anyway, this one only features a description says it is "a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendour and banality." Featuring Tatiana Delaunay and Martin Serner. Andersson is one of those funky niche filmmakers that not many are familiar with, but he has a very distinct style and I recommend exploring his work if you're brave enough. If anything in here catches your eye, it's worth a watch to see how it plays out.
"Can you turn off the cameras?" Netflix has unveiled a trailer for a conservation & health documentary called Seaspiracy, from the same filmmakers behind the Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014) previously. Seaspiracy examines the global fishing industry, challenging notions of sustainable fishing and showing how humans cause widespread environmental destruction. "This film will radically transform the way we think and act on ocean conservation forever. It is time we focus our ecological and ethical concerns on our seas and its inhabitants. This is a new era for how we treat the most important habitat on earth." Are you ready? The good news is that the film will be launching worldwide on Netflix later this month! Not too long of a wait to catch this documentary and learn the truth about the fishing industry & sustainable futures.
"You don't even need to wear make-up." An early promo trailer has debuted for an indie drama titled The Fallout, marking the feature directorial debut of Canadian actress Megan Park, who wrote and directed this film. Park's The Fallout is premiering at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival in a few weeks in the Narrative Competition category. High schooler Vada navigates the emotional fallout she experiences in the wake of a school tragedy. Relationships with her family, friends and view of the world are forever altered. Described as a film about "the unseen faces of a tragedy, those who can't turn their pain into effecting positive change in the world because they are too afraid to leave their bedrooms." Starring Jenna Ortega, Maddie Ziegler, Niles Fitch, Will Ropp, Lumi Pollack, John Ortiz, Julie Bowen, and Shailene Woodley. Featuring the song "While You Sleep" written and performed by Maisy Stella & Lennon Stella. Get a first look below.
"Are you afraid there's a killer… out there?" Shudder has unveiled a super bloody trailer for the Canadian horror comedy film titled Slaxx, about a possessed pair of jeans. This premiered at last year's Fantasia Film Festival, and we featured a promo trailer back then. "From the producers of Turbo Kid comes a new type of killer, a pair of jeans, in this raucous horror-comedy." 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. I was already looking forward to this last year with the first trailer, now I'm double sold! I'll take two pairs, please! This is an extra bloody, gory trailer so don't watch it with any kids around, cool?
"Who IS this guy!?" Cranked Up Films has released an official trailer for an indie mockumentary titled 15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot (#1 Will Blow Your Mind), which is the official full title. It's also listed as The VICE Guide to Bigfoot, but I like this other title more. The feature-length debut from filmmaker Zach Lamplugh, 15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot is "a whip-smart send-up of millennial culture and clickbait news that constantly subverts expectations. Part satire, part mockumentary, the movie is an original vision from Lamplugh and his filmmaking cohorts Emond and Tim Reis." Described as a "paranormal comedy" of sorts, the mockumentary film follows a hopelessly millennial reporter on the most important assignment of his career: Bigfoot. But after following a prominent cryptozoologist into the Appalachian foothills, he's forced to answer the question "is a good story worth dying for?" This might play well as a double feature with The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot as well. Beware of Sasquatch.
"How can we not stop two chicks in their 40s?!" Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for another wacky superhero comedy called Thunder Force, the latest film from Melissa McCarthy working her husband, the filmmaker Ben Falcone (who writes/directs) following the flop Superintelligence last year. In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends reunite after one devises a treatment that gives them powers to protect their city. Now, it is up to the Thunder Force to battle the super-powered Miscreants and save Chicago from the clutches of The King. Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer co-star, with Bobby Cannavale, Pom Klementieff, Kevin Dunn, Melissa Leo, and Jason Bateman. This looks like one of those everyone-is-having-fun-making-this movies that isn't actually that fun to watch.
"He is more dangerous and effective than any man we have in the field." Amazon Studios has revealed the first official trailer for Tom Clancy's Without Remorse, the latest Tom Clancy action movie adaptation. This time Michael B. Jordan stars as John Kelly (originally the name is John Clark in the novel), an elite Navy SEAL specialist who goes after an escaped operative hiding out in Russia. Of course, because this is a Tom Clancy thriller, there are tons of other twists and turns and reveals about everyone, showing who is caught up in some other kind of corruption. The explosive origin story of action hero John Clark, one of the most popular characters in author Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan universe, Without Remorse is directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Stefano Sollima. The cast includes Jodie Turner-Smith, Jamie Bell, Guy Pearce, Lauren London, Jacob Scipio, Todd Lasance, Jack Kesy, Cam Gigandet, and Lucy Russell. This looks like it could be a good thriller, but there's something off about this trailer. Still hoping it's all badass.
"For some kids, I want it to turn their lives around." Discovery has unveiled a trailer for the documentary film titled My Beautiful Stutter, which is premiering on the Discovery+ streaming service starting this month. The doc follows five kids who stutter ages 9 to 18, from all over the U.S., who after experiencing a lifetime of bullying & stigmatization, meet other children who stutter at an interactive arts-based program, The Stuttering Association for the Young ("SAY"), based in NYC. Over the course of a year we witness first hand the incredible transformation that happens when these young people of wildly different backgrounds experience for the first time the revolutionary idea at the heart of SAY: that it's okay to stutter. This looks so powerful and inspiring! The doc is produced by Michael Alden and Ryan Gielen; and executive produced by Paul Rudd, Mariska Hargitay, Peter Hermann, Patrick James Lynch, and George Springer. It's worth a look.