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"The problem is that these people aren't smart, the problem is that they are." Focus Features has unveiled an official trailer for Vengeance, marking the feature directorial debut of actor B.J. Novak, known from The Office and Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. The film is debuting as a centerpiece premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC this summer. It's described as "a darkly comic thriller" about Ben Manalowitz, a journalist and podcaster who travels from New York City to West Texas to investigate the death of a girl he was hooking up with. From this trailer, it's obvious that there is more going on and he gets in over his head trying to make a true crime podcast learning about real crime. Novak also wrote the script and stars with an ensemble cast including Issa Rae, Ashton Kutcher, Boyd Holbrook, J. Smith-Cameron, and Dove Cameron. This looks like some good ol' Texas fun, taking a city boy for a ride on the wild side. Check it out.
"The way you sing was God given, so there can't be nothing wrong with it." Warner Bros has dropped in the second official trailer for Elvis, the next ravishing Baz Luhrmann musical arriving in theaters this summer. It's premiering this week at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, hence one more trailer to build some buzz before it's big unveiling. The movie chronicles the life and career of rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley, starring Austin Butler (seen in Yoga Hosers, The Dead Don't Die, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) as the iconic musician. Covering his entire life, from childhood to stardom and beyond. It also stars Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker, Luke Bracey, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Dacre Montgomery, David Wenham, Richard Roxburgh, Kate Mulvany, Elizabeth Cullen, & Natasha Bassett, plus Kelvin Harrison Jr. as B.B. King, and Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley. This looks extraordinary!! I am very excited to see this, looks like they spared no expense telling his story with all the pomp and circumstance he deserves.
What does your heart truly desire? If you were asked this question on the spot, right now, would you be able to answer it? Would it be the actual, deep down truth? Or is the answer so complex and frightening that it's not easy to say without prying into the many dark twists & turns throughout our lives? George Miller's latest movie is a glorious, ambitious, one-of-a-kind creation called Three Thousand Years of Longing that explores this question (and others) by taking us on a journey with one lonely woman who is presented with this very provocation. She doesn't want to admit she is lonely, she claims to be content and satisfied being all by herself, but with time and understanding, she admits it. Deep down I wonder if it's true that we all wish for someone to be with, or something to take away that loneliness that I know we all feel. But some of us are more open to admitting this than others… And some are so afraid of always being lonely that they pretend they're totally fine with it and never confront these feelings. Perhaps meeting a Djinn could help…?
"Your days of fighting for the so called 'greater good' are over." Paramount has unveiled the incredible first official trailer for Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One, the 7th movie in this ongoing M:I franchise. As everyone knows, they shot both of the next movies back-to-back - Dead Reckoning: Part One and Part Two, opening in the summers of 2023 and 2024. Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt formerly of the IMF, off on more covert missions to save the world. The spectacular stunts are even more exhilarating this time, using real trains and practical sets, along with Cruise himself performing his own stunts. The ensemble cast for Part One features Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Esai Morales, Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, Henry Czerny, and Cary Elwes. This is one of the best trailers we'll see all year, hands down. I love that they went entirely with the theme music, letting all of the phenomenal footage speak for itself. This is going to be a blast - we just have to wait.
"It's what you do in life that's important, not how much time you have." Neon has revealed the first teaser trailer for Moonage Daydream, a David Bowie biopic documentary arriving in theaters later this year. This teaser drops just ahead of the film's world premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival later this week. Featuring never-before-seen footage and performances, filmmaker Brett Morgen examines David Bowie's creative, musical and spiritual side. It's the very first biopic authorized by the Bowie estate, described as "a cinematic odyssey exploring David Bowie’s creative and musical journey." With unfiltered access to Bowie's archives, including all his master recordings, they spent five years constructing a genre-defying "cinematic experience" that grapples with spirituality, transience, isolation, creativity, and time to reveal the celebrated icon in his own voice. I am a huge fan of the doc director Brett Morgen, especially after Jane which was an exceptional film. And this looks like it's going to be yet another unforgettable cinematic + aural experience.
"Everything looks so delicious." Picturehouses in the UK has revealed another new official UK for a freaky horror film titled The Feast, filmed in Welsh and directed by Welsh filmmaker Lee Haven Jones. This first premiered at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival last year, and it already opened in the US last fall - we already posted the IFC trailer back then. This horror feature follows a young woman serving privileged guests at a dinner party in a remote house in rural Wales. However, the assembled guests do not realize they are about to eat their last supper. Something is coming for them. Annes Elwy stars as the very creepy Cadi, she's joined by Lisa Palfrey, Caroline Berry, Nia Roberts, Julian Lewis Jones, Steffan Cennydd, Sion Alun Davies, and Chris Gordon. This trailer and the new UK poster give away just a bit more than the US marketing, but there's still many mysteries to be discovered within. What is in all the food? Bon appétit.
"I don't feel guilty, I feel hopeful!" And sometimes hope is what matters most. Abramorama has unveiled an official trailer for The Human Trial, a documentary film about trying to find & test a diabetes cure. The film follows different researchers across seven years of time, and it will be ready to debut starting in June. Chronicling the intimate stories of two patients living with Type 1 Diabetes, a physically and financially exhausting lifelong condition, it hopes for this overdue cure – needed now more than ever. Maren Badger and Greg Romero are the guinea pigs in a radical stem cell trial to cure their T1D. After it seemed like this day would never come, they navigate their emotions as they undergo this new life-altering treatment. The filmmakers reveal the mental & physical rollercoaster that scientists and patients go through as they travel along the road to a cure for the disease. This looks like an emotional and inspiring look at modern medicine.
So this is what happens when you put a bunch of rich assholes on a big yacht! Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund is one of my favorite filmmakers these days - he's a genius when it comes to satire and mocking the most absurd parts of society. He makes films that say what you shouldn't say, that directly call out the bullshit, and then fling that bullshit around right back into everyone's face. Östlund already won the Palme d'Or in Cannes a few years ago with his comedy The Square, and already earned acclaim and tons of awards for Force Majuere from 2014. He's pretty much free to do whatever he wants now and his new film is titled Triangle of Sadness, which is an odd name for a film about a yacht full of rich assholes. That's because the name is a reference to the patch of skin between the eyes and the nose, most prominent in models who need to downplay their triangles of sadness. Look sharp and pretend you love capitalism, folks! All aboard.
Every year there are a handful of top notch films that premiere at major film festivals that are so impressive it's hard to believe they're the first feature film made by the filmmakers behind them. Earlier this year it was Fresh slicing it up at Sundance, directed by Mimi Cave; and last year it was The Lost Daughter, directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal (she even won the DGA Award for Best First Feature). Watch these films and they seem to be made by exceptionally talented directors with years of experience directing many other films, as they know how to craft scenes and hone the narrative at the same level as the best filmmakers out there. At this year's Cannes Film Festival, Rodeo is one of the most impressive feature debuts - joining these others as a stand out film that feels like it was made by someone who has made plenty of films before. In reality, this really is French filmmaker Lola Quivoron's feature directorial debut - and it's a gripping & exhilarating film.
"If you save one life… you save the world." Disney has debuted another new 60-second "Destiny" trailer for a new Marvel Studios series Ms. Marvel, a sort of spin-off from Captain Marvel, similar to the Hawkeye series about a nerdy fan of the Avengers who ends up becoming a superhero herself. Ms. Marvel introduces us to Kamala Khan, played by Iman Vellani, a 16-year-old Muslim Pakistani-American from Jersey City, NJ who writes superhero fan fiction. She discovers she has her own polymorphous (shape-shifting) powers. The series cast also includes Aramis Knight as "Red Dagger", Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Matt Lintz, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Nakli, and Azhar Usman. You know, I honestly think this looks pretty dang good. Like Hawkeye, I wasn't expecting to be into it, but I thoroughly enjoyed that series and there were a few outstanding episodes. Ms. Marvel might just be worth a watch, too.
"I've heard that you're quite the fighter." Well Go USA has revealed a new official US trailer for another new Ip Man movie - this one called Ip Man: The Awakening. It already opened in China & Hong Kong last year, and is available to watch on streaming from the Hi-YAH! service right now in the US. This one stars a new Ip Man - actor Miu Tse. While visiting Hong Kong, the young Master Ip intervenes in a kidnapping attempt, unintentionally igniting a turf war with a ruthless human trafficking ring. In retaliation, the gang kidnaps one of Ip Man's close friends, leaving him with no choice but to challenge the group's notoriously brutal boxing champion head-on. The cast also includes Guanying Chen, Hua Qi Long, Zhao Yu Xuan, and Hao Yan Fei. This definitely doesn't look like it has the same filmmaking artistry as the last few Ip Man movies (Kung Fu Master), but at least there should be some good fights. We can hope for that, right?
It's time to explore an exciting new vision from the mind of George Miller… MGM has revealed the first official trailer for the grand new George Miller movie titled Three Thousand Years of Longing, which has been described as more of an epic romantic thriller than anything like any of his past movies. This is premiering today at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, hence the trailer launching in unison with the film's unveiling before it lands in theaters nationwide this August. A lonely scholar, on a trip to Istanbul, discovers a Djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. What she wants is love, but can and should he grant it to her? Along their journey together they explore time and passion and the incredible powers of love. Tilda Swinton co-stars with Idris Elba, with a massive ensemble cast including Aamito Lagum, Burcu Gölgedar, Matteo Bocelli, Kaan Guldur, and Alyla Browne. This looks spectacular! I'd expect nothing less from Miller. It looks so ravishing & audacious, he's shooting for the Moon. Can't wait to watch.