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"Ten years of that was, uh, a fun party… You should've been there!" Cleopatra Entertainment has released an official trailer for a rock doc titled Melody Makers, which has been in the works for years premiering originally at the Whistler Film Festival in 2016. The film is about the legendary British rock n' roll magazine called "Melody Maker", which first launched in 1926. The documentary focuses on Melody Maker's Chief Contributing Photographer (from 1965-1975), Barrie Wentzell, who tells the story of the rise and fall of the magazine, which marked the end to a style of rock n' roll journalism that no longer exists today. Featuring appearances by Wentzell, Steve 'Abbo' Abbot, Ian Anderson, Eric Burdon, and others. Not just another rock doc, a rock doc with a specific focus on journalism and the rock fans who followed these bands for decades.
"Where do you think she was going?" Vertical Entertainment has debuted an official US trailer for this indie drama from Ireland titled She's Missing, set in the Midwestern United States. Both written & directed by Irish filmmaker Alexandra McGuinness, the film stars Lucy Fry as a young woman named Heidi. When her friend goes missing at a rodeo, she goes on a search across the desert, digging up secrets and encountering the violence of life on the road. The main cast includes Eiza González, Blake Berris, Sheila Vand, with Christian Camargo, and Josh Hartnett. This looks rather strange, one of the quotes even states it has a "Lynchian sense of mystery." Seems to touch upon Manson-esque cults, and how people get lost on the road.
"The main solution is so simple, that even a small child can understand it." An official trailer has debuted online for a documentary filmed titled The Forum, the latest by acclaimed German doc filmmaker Marcus Vetter (of Cinema Jenin, The International Criminal Court, The Forecaster, and Killing for Love). This is premiering at the IDFA Film Festival and at DOK Leipzig this fall, with this new trailer being released to promote it and help the film find international distribution. Vetter is the very first filmmaker allowed to film behind-the-scenes at the annual, top secret, wealthy-people-only World Economic Forum in Switzerland. It gets really exciting when Greta Thunberg shows up, rattling the cages of this elite squad of leaders who just want more money. In all seriousness, this doc looks like an extremely fascinating, enlightening, and thrilling look behind-closed-doors at how the world works. And perhaps how it might be possible to shake things up.
"Going to the ball could get dangerous." Universal has dropped in with the second official trailer for Tom Hooper's epic movie musical Cats, based on Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous Broadway show of the same name. This time turning it into some strange live-action hybrid CG cat mashup - which still doesn't look any less freakier than it did in the first trailer. A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life. This fresh new take on Cats stars a huge ensemble cast: James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, Ray Winstone, Laurent Bourgeois, Laurie Davidson, and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut. They really went all out with this trailer, bringing out all the spectacle and glamour and furry madness and celebrities galore.
"You got a good friend here… You don't know how good a friend you got." Netflix has debuted the third & final trailer for Martin Scorsese's critically acclaimed The Irishman, which is now playing in cinemas all over the world before arriving on Netflix streaming later this month. Ever since this film premiered at the New York Film Festival, it has been building big buzz with rave reviews across the board, quietly opening in art house theaters (and even on Broadway) earlier this month. The Irishman is about a hitman who recalls his possible involvement in the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa. Scorsese's awesome ensemble cast includes Robert De Niro, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Joe Pesci, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Jack Huston, Harvey Keitel, Domenick Lombardozzi, Tommy McInnis, Stephen Graham, as well as Sebastian Maniscalco, with Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa. This is easily the best trailer, setting the stakes and whetting your appetite for all the Scorsese brilliance packed in this film. Must watch no matter how you feel about it.
"You have to stand up for yourself. They'll step all over you." This outstanding, empathetic, moving short film has already been picking up plenty of awards and is now thankfully available to watch online. Green is a short film written & directed by Suzanne Andrews Correa, set in New York. An undocumented Turkish pedicab driver named Green unwittingly draws police attention, endangering his brother, his community, and himself. It won the U.S. Fiction Short Film Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and it certainly deserves it. Green stars Aziz Çapkurt and Erol Afsin - each with a stellar performance, making this even more gripping to see. This short is worth your attention, take just a few minutes to watch.
"What is it? Just say it… I'm here…" Caterpillar Event has released an official trailer for an indie romantic drama titled We Used to Know Each Other, the latest from up-and-coming filmmaker Robert G. Putka. Amid the dried out-and-dead desert oasis of suburban Las Vegas, and after three years of living apart, a young couple decides it's finally time to move in with each other and take their relationship to the next level. It's another of these raw, touching, honest looks at modern relationships and how much strain and stress there is. It also takes a moment to try and remind us where all the real love originates from anyway, a bit like Baumbach's Marriage Story. We Used to Know Each Other stars Essa O'Shea and Hugo De Sousa as the main couple, Amanda & Hugo, with a cast including Sandra Cóias, Ashley Lenz, Clare McNulty, and David Norris. It seems fairly authentic and moving, maybe worth a watch when it's out on VOD soon.
"Success is a life where I'm surrounded by people who I love and people who love me." Level 33 Ent. has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Most Likely to Succeed, available to watch starting in December. This ambitious, fascinating film follows four teens from disparate backgrounds who are voted "Most Likely To Succeed" during their senior year of high school in 2007. Award-winning photographer and now filmmaker Pamela Littky follows them for a decade, filming their ups and downs as they discover the true meaning of "success" out in the real world after school. Borrows a bit from the Up series, and Boyhood, but with its own unique take on success. I wasn't expecting much from this, but it really looks fantatic once it gets into it. Get through the first half and once they start looking back it gets real interesting. Have a look.
"Let's get weird." "Boom." 20th Century Fox has revealed a "Super Secret" new trailer for Blue Sky Studios' animated movie Spies In Disguise, the animated movie opening Christmas Day coming up. This makes it the fourth trailer so far, and honestly, it seems they were saving the best for last as this looks the slickest. This animated comedy follows two people: Lance and Walter. One is a super cool and charming spy, and the other invents the super cool gadgets Lance uses. When Walter turns Lance into a pigeon, they must learn to rely on each other like never before in order to save the world. Will Smith plays Lance, and Tom Holland as Walter. The voice cast also includes Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones, DJ Khaled, & Masi Oka. Inspired by the short film Pigeon: Impossible, about a spy battling a pigeon. This final trailer has some seriously stunning shots, with tons of color all over, an intriguing highlight of this last look. Enjoy.
"I can't die with sins buried in my soul." Gravitas has debuted a full US trailer for a crime drama from India titled Line of Descent. Three brothers from a Delhi crime family feud over the future of their enterprise. Meanwhile, an undercover police officer attempts to end the family's legacy, and an arms dealer conspires with the brothers. As wacky as it sounds, Brendan Fraser plays the arms dealer - Charu. The cast includes Abhay Deol, Ronit Roy, Neeraj Kabi, Prem Chopra, Ali Haji, and Anisha Victor. Line of Descent is described as "a classic crime narrative in the backdrop of Delhi merges a dysfunctional, mafia family at war with each other as an undercover officer fights his demons by assisting in their downfall." This looks like your standard crime family epic, though I have to admit, Fraser's narration livens it up in just the right way.
"She really was the sunshine girl!" GKids Films has debuted a final full-length official trailer (with English subtitles) for the Japanese animation film titled Weathering With You, the highly anticipated next film from writer/director Makoto Shinkai, who achieved worldwide acclaimed with the beloved animated film Your Name. This first premiered in North America at TIFF earlier this fall, now opening in US theaters in January. Weathering with You is another original film from Shinkai, featuring some stunningly gorgeous animation. The Japanese title is actually Tenki no ko, which translates to Child of Weather, as the film is about a young man who moves to Tokyo and befriends a girl who can manipulate the weather (she has the power to stop the rain and clear the sky so the sun can shine). The original Japanese version features the voices of Kotaro Daigo & Nana Mori. It's another lovely, whimsical Japanese film that I do recommend.
"I need the money… I got big plans!" Film Movement has unveiled a trailer for indie drama Goldie, which first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year and also played at the Movies That Matter Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. Made by Dutch filmmaker Sam de Jong, the film stars Slick Woods as the titular character. Goldie, a precocious teenager in a family shelter, wages war against the system to keep her sisters together while she pursues her dreams of being a dancer. This is a story about displaced youth, ambition, and maintaining your spirit in the face of insurmountable obstacles. Also with George Sample III, Danny Hoch, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Jazmyn C Dorsey, Khris Davis, Edwina Findley Dickerson, and Alanna Renee Tyler-Tompkins. Described as "raw and glamorous, unflinchingly realistic and relentlessly optimistic, with a ton of heart and at least as much attitude." Enjoy.