Second Official Trailer for Damien Chazelle's Wild & Crazy 'Babylon'

Babylon Trailer

"What do you say we come in for my close-up now?" Paramount has launched a second official trailer for Damien Chazelle's Babylon, arriving in theaters in December during the holidays. This is looks crazier and crazier the more they show from it! This is the best trailer yet. Set in Hollywood during the transition from silent films to talkies in the 1920s, Babylon traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood. This one definitely ain't for kids, it's ALL OUT with the debauchery. The film's extraordinary cast features Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Diego Calva, Jean Smart, Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li, P.J. Byrne, Lukas Haas, Olivia Hamilton, Tobey Maguire, Max Minghella, Rory Scovel, Katherine Waterston, Flea, Jeff Garlin, Eric Roberts, Ethan Suplee, and Samara Weaving. This looks like a blast!! Can't wait to watch. I'm glad this trailer is much more clear about the story and the characters we're following. Definitely looks like it will be entertaining!! Dive right in.

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 Posted on November 28 in To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

Review: Fighter Pilot Film 'Devotion' is a Compelling Character Study

Devotion Review

One of the most complicated, unfair obstacles that a cinematographic work sometimes must overcome is the audience's anticipation when, in the same release year, another film of the same genre with a very similar premise had a monumental success, creating extremely high, often completely wrong, expectations. The legacy sequel Top Gun: Maverick is, without a doubt, the biggest blockbuster of 2022, but it's clearly an action-driven movie, which is the main reason for the love from audiences worldwide. Devotion couldn't be more different, focusing on its complex protagonists and leaving much of the action in the background…

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 Posted on November 28 in Review | Comments

Watch: Vibrant, Trippy Animated Short Film 'Klimax' About Pleasure

Klimax Short Film

Time for a kinky, sensual journey into the world of female pleasure. Klimax is an animated short film made by an Austrian animation filmmaker named Bea Höller. After playing at numerous festivals this year it's finally available to watch online and it's just stunning. "An invitation to all women to find their own way to pleasure and a plea against sexual violence." Klimax explores the topic of female masturbation in order to redefine the already negatively connoted image of the female sex and thus strives to create new aesthetic associations of femininity. Klimax is meant to show how unique and beautiful every woman's body is. It's a very alluring 3 minute short that follows this naked plastic Barbie on a journey into the realm of pleasure and sensuality reaching a climax at the end, a reminder that we should all (both men and women) embrace female pleasure more. This pair perfectly playing with this year's excellent Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.

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 Posted on November 28 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Official Trailer for Netflix's Turkish Romantic Comedy 'Private Lesson'

Private Lesson Trailer

"Rule number one: you're going to do what I tell you." Netflix has revealed an official trailer for a Turkish romantic comedy called Private Lesson, arriving for streaming on Netflix starting this December. Netflix has been releasing more & more localized content to live up to agreements they've made with each country to produce a lot more content there in exchange for providing tons of films for viewers. What is this romcom all about? Posing as a private tutor, Azra secretly coaches students on achieving their goals in life and love — but not without a few bumps in the road. The cast of the film includes Bensu Soral as Azra, Halit Özgür Sarı, Helin Kandemir, Rami Narin, Hatice Aslan, Hülya Gülşen Irmak, Murat Karasu, Elif Ceren Balıkçı, Deniz Altan, and Esengül Yılmaz. This seems like a quirky Turkish reinvention of the Cyrano de Bergerac story, with a woman falling for a man she's supposed to be setting up for someone else.

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 Posted on November 28 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Australian Crime Thriller 'Transfusion' Trailer with Sam Worthington

Transfusion Trailer

"Will I be brave like you one day?" Madman Films in Australia has unveiled a trailer for an Australian crime thriller called Transfusion, marking the feature directorial debut of former rugby player Matt Nable. It's set to open in January in theaters Down Under, during the middle of Australia's summer, but has no other international dates set yet. A former Special Forces is operative thrust into the criminal underworld to keep his only son from being taken from him. In between performing his roles in the Avatar sequels for James Cameron, which were also filmed in Australia, Sam Worthington took on this lead role as well. He plays a father suffering from PTSD and without identity after retiring from the Special Air Service regiment (SAS) of the Australian Army. The cast also includes Phoebe Tonkin, Edward Friday Carmody, Matt Nable, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, and Sam Cotton. This seems like it could be solid, it's definitely worth a look.

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 Posted on November 28 in To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Watch: Star Wars Series 'Andor' Gets a Fan-Made 1975 TV Opener

Andor 1975 TV Intro

"He is a new kind of hero for a new age. His name is Andor." This is where that ol' phrase "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" makes sense - a long time ago in 1975, a Star Wars series aired on television. Ha ha. A YouTube channel created this glorious fan-made TV intro for the Andor series replicating the 70s TV intro style. It's kind of amazing! Set five years before the events of Rogue One, the series follows rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion. It's showrun and created by writer Tony Gilroy. Diego Luna returns as Andor, with a cast featuring Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, as well as Genevieve O'Reilly as Mon Mothma; plus Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera. "It's 1975. A New Hope won't be released for another two years, and George Lucas is mostly known as the American Graffiti guy. You just finished watching the latest episode of Barney Miller." "And now, we bring you tonight's TV movie premiere. Get ready to travel to a far away galaxy that existed a long, long time ago. It's the science fiction spectacular…ANDOR. Every Thursday night, only on ABC." Ha.

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 Posted on November 28 in Comedy, Star Wars, To Watch | 1 Comment

Full Trailer for Prequel Series '1923' with Harrison Ford & Helen Mirren

1923 Series Trailer

"Tell the world what happens when they cross me." Paramount has revealed the official trailer for 1923, the next new "Yellowstone" prequel series made for their streaming service Paramount+. The is a prequel to the Paramount Network series Yellowstone and also serves as a sequel to the series 1883. The Duttons face a new set of challenges in the early 20th century, including the rise of Western expansion, Prohibition, and the Great Depression. The story will follow the Dutton Family as they deal with many more challenges with violence following them wherever they go, spanning from Prohibition (1920-1933) to the Great Depression (~1930s). The cast features Helen Mirren as Cara Dutton, Harrison Ford as Jacob Dutton, the patriarch of the Yellowstone ranch, with Sebastian Roché, Darren Mann, Michelle Randolph, James Badge Dale, Marley Shelton, Brian Geraghty, and many others. It was filmed on location in Montana, with a few other places worldwide, especially the WWI scenes and Africa hunting scenes. This looks damn good!! Even I'm impressed. "Greed will kill us all" – indeed, Mrs. Dutton, indeed. This is definitely worth a watch.

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 Posted on November 28 in Streaming, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

'Towards A Dream in the USA' - Malick Made This Louis Vuitton Short

Terrence Malick Short Film

What if Terrence Malick started making commercials for corporations instead of feature films? We now have an actual answer to that question. There's a short ad video from overpriced fashion brand Louis Vuitton called Towards A Dream in the USA that was released a few months ago. It turns out this was shot by the acclaimed American filmmaker Terrence Malick, who hasn't made a new feature since last directing A Hidden Life in 2019. It's not that good, but now we know who made this. "Actually shot about a year ago but only released this fall, the project found Malick reteaming with cinematographer Alexis Zabé (The Florida Project, Post Tenebras Lux), and uses a piece from Michael Nyman's stirring score for The Piano." It's not an exciting film - just a bunch of kids interacting with an ugly Louis Vuitton trunk. I kind of hate this short - there's nothing unique or interesting about it, Malick is aping his own style for money. And it uses kids to sell us fancy luggage? This is so bad. But hey, it's a new Malick film so we're posting it anyway. Have a look.

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 Posted on November 27 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Meet Museum Security Guard Artists in 'Osmosis' Short Doc

Osmosis Short Film

"They watch the art. They watch you watch the art. But who watches what the art does to them?" A potent opening question. Did you know that there's security guards working at famous museums in New York City who are also artists themselves? Osmosis is a fascinating 3-minute documentary short quickly profiling 9 of these security guards / artists. They work at iconic places around NYC: The Met, The Guggenheim, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Noguchi Museum. I love this reminder that just because they work as a guard it doesn't mean they don't have a life outside of that work, but it's especially enlivening to see the connection between their passion and their workplace. Though it's also a bit sad their art is not in these museums they work at, but this has always been a struggle for artists. Maybe one day they will be exhibited!! This video has some wonderfully creative editing that really makes an impact within a limited amount of time. Great work.

First Look at Netflix's Non-Linear Streaming Concept 'Kaleidoscope'

Kaleidoscope Trailer

Netflix has unveiled a behind-the-scenes first look at an interactive streaming series arriving in 2023 called Kaleidoscope. Formerly known as Jigsaw, this "non-linear" anthology series is similar to Netflix's clever interactive "Bandersnatch" episode of Black Mirror. This one focuses on the largest heist ever attempted, and the vengeance and betrayals that surround it. Inspired by the story of money going missing during Hurricane Sandy in NYC. The compelling crime series takes a non-linear approach, building intrigue and suspense uniquely, with Netflix viewers each having a different experience. Some may start out with certain episodes (like "Yellow" or "Green"), then move deeper into their own personal viewing order with options ("Blue" or "Violet" or "Orange," then "Red" or "Pink") until the epic "White: The Heist" finale. Everyone will eventually see all episodes, but the order in which they watch the episodes will affect their viewpoint on the story, the characters, and the questions and answers at the heart of the heist. How will you experience the colors of Kaleidoscope? It stars Giancarlo Esposito, Paz Vega, Rufus Sewell, Tati Gabrielle, Peter Mark Kendall, Rosaline Elbay, Jai Courtney, Niousha Noor, Jordan Mendoza, Soojeong Son, and Hemky Madera. I will fully admit this got my attention. I always love a good heist - let's go, Giancarlo.

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 Posted on November 25 in Streaming, To Watch, Trailer | 3 Comments

Official Trailer for Turkish Series 'Hot Skull' About a Verbal Epidemic

Hot Skull Series Trailer

"You have no idea who you're dealing with." Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for an intriguing new dystopian thriller from Turkey titled Hot Skull, which will be out to watch on Netflix starting in December. Adapted from a Turkish novel of the same name, this sort of apocalyptic story involves a cool sci-fi concept where talking can spread a disease by connecting pathways in one person's mind. In a dystopian world, as an epidemic spreads through verbal communication, a tyrannical institution pursues a linguist immune to the disease. This seems like clever contemporary commentary where fascist ideas are turned into a physical disease, hence the epidemic, and some people wear headphones all day to stop themselves from catching it. The main character is a linguist, played by Osman Sonant, who is hunted by the ruthless Anti-Epidemic Institution. The cast also includes Şevket Çoruh, Hazal Subaşı, Tilbe Saran, Kubilay Tunçer, Özgür Emre Yıldırım, Gonca Vuslateri, and Zerrin Sümer. It actually looks pretty cool, not sure where the story is headed and what exactly it's trying to say, but I'm hoping there's a few good twists in it. Take a look.

Our Top Picks: The 7 Best Netflix Feature Films from 2022 to Watch

The 7 Best Netflix Films from 2022 to Watch

It's that time of year again: where families get together for massive feasts, the sun goes down way too early, snow sprinkles the land with its softness, and we all cuddle under blankets watching the best movies and TV series. But what to watch? It happens to everyone, over and over – you spend more time browsing Netflix deciding what to watch then you do actually watching whatever it is you eventually settle on. So here's a list of our Top 7 Picks from Netflix to add to your queue now, so you won't have to waste more time deciding what to watch. These seven films are verified as some of the best films released by Netflix this year. Other 2022 favorites aren't out just yet – Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (on Netflix starting December 9th) and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (on Netflix starting December 23rd). Until then, we highly recommend watching any (or all!!) of the films below and choosing wisely when you browse Netflix this holiday season.

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 Posted on November 24 in Feat, Lists, Streaming, To Watch | 1 Comment

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