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Geeky 'Shooting for IMAX' Featurette for Nolan's 'Oppenheimer' Movie
"IMAX, for me, is a portal into a level of immersion you can't get from other formats." A new behind-the-scenes featurette is out for Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer, opening in theaters worldwide in July. This video focuses on "shooting for IMAX" and Nolan's innovative use of the large format cameras, shooting on 65mm for as much of the film as possible. They even invented 65mm B&W camera stock to use to shoot it properly in B&W! Crazy and nerdy - I love it. Oppenheimer tells the story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb, working at the Los Alamos Laboratory on the Manhattan Project in the 1940s. The big cast features Cillian Murphy, with Emily Blunt as "Kitty" Oppenheimer, Matt Damon as Leslie Groves, Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss, Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock, as well as Rami Malek, Benny Safdie, Josh Hartnett, Dane DeHaan, Jack Quaid, Matthew Modine, Alden Ehrenreich, Jason Clarke, David Krumholtz, David Dastmalchian, and many others. This video also features DP Hoyte Van Hoytema, Nolan's right hand man, discussing his techniques and how much work they put into making sure every movie looks just perfect. Dive in below.
› Posted on June 1 in Featurette, To Watch, Trailer | Comments
'World's Best' Young Rapper Comedy Trailer Featuring Manny Magnus
"Riding in cars with high schoolers?!" So dangerous! Disney has unveiled the official trailer for a comedy called World's Best, co-written by and starring actor / rapper Utkarsh Ambudkar. The film is about a young 12-year-old mathematics genius named Prem Patel who discovers his deceased father was actually a great rapper. He immediately sets out to pursue a career as a rap superstar, in addition to continuing to ace math competitions. Newcomer Manny Magnus stars as Prem, and Ambudkar appears as his father Suresh in visions to help him accomplish his dreams and overcome the bullying that is holding him back. The cast also includes Punam Patel, Jake Choi, Max Malas, Piper Wallace, Kayla Njeri, Dorian Giordano, and Kathryn Greenwood. "Dream exponentially" - is the tagline. This has that usual Disney cheesiness, with a cliche "follow your dreams" plot, though it looks like good fun. And the mix of math + rap is amusing.
Full Trailer for Sci-Fi 'Biosphere' with Mark Duplass & Sterling K. Brown
"I'm going to go find a way to keep us alive. I just need you to believe." Believe in him, trust in him! And together you might just save the world. IFC Films has unveiled a full official trailer for Biosphere, an indie sci-fi comedy that first premiered at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival last year. Co-written by, produced by, and starring Mark Duplass, it's yet another Duplass Brothers production - cultivating an original idea and giving a first-time filmmaker a chance to create something unique. In the not-too-distant future, the last two men on earth must adapt and evolve to save humanity. Stuck in this little "biosphere", they have to figure out what is going on when their fish start dying. This looks unique and compelling, though I'm still not sure what the big hook is, why they're stuck in there. Either way, I'm really looking forward to catching up with it soon. Biosphere co-stars Mark Duplass & Sterling K. Brown. Cohabiting theaters this July - take a look.
Watch: Surreal, Extra Wild Hand-Drawn Animated Short 'Soft Animals'
So this is what happens when two wild animals encounter each other. Soft Animals is an animated short made by filmmaker Renee Zhan. It's online to watch after showing at festivals 2021. Zhan's intro explains it all: "The film is about two people who bump into each other at a train station and all kinds of strange, unexpected, and powerful feelings bubble up to the surface. It's about the animal / body part of us which is boiling away underneath the awkward banality of small talk. I really wanted to capture that feeling… when you see someone and the rational brain side of you remember all the bad dumb shit, but the inside soft animal BODY part of you is experiencing something completely different and just wants to cuddle up and go to sleep together." With the voices of Paul Panting & Joanna Ruiz, plus lots of weird sounds / creatures.
› Posted on May 31 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments
A Mandolin Story - 'How To Break A World Record' Doc Official Trailer
"Let's do it big, let's make it a movie." An early official trailer has debuted for an indie documentary project called How To Break A World Record, which is a good get-your-attention title for this little music film. A band from Greenville, South Carolina sets out to break a world record for the longest marathon playing mandolin. They discover it's far more challenging than they had ever imagined, and there's suddenly a lot riding on their ability to succeed. Acting simultaneously as bandmates, record-breakers, entertainers, and filmmakers—the band and their crew spend a year preparing for and executing an attempt to bring down a record that had stood for 5 years prior. This one-of-a-kind documentary film follows their journey. Brother Oliver is a rock band with a propensity to make their own adventures. Follow them on this insane journey.
› Posted on May 31 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
Official Trailer for 'The Last Rider' Doc About the 1989 Tour de France
"Everything that I dreamed of was taken away when I was shot." Roadside has unveiled an official trailer for a documentary film titled The Last Rider, from acclaimed doc filmmaker Alex Holmes. This premiered at the 2022 Telluride Film Festival last year, and is getting a proper release in theaters later in June. Timed with the start of this year's Tour de France, it's opening a few weeks before the race begins in July. The film tells of a remarkable sports story. Greg LeMond, who in 1986 became the first non-European professional cyclist to win the Tour de France, recovered from a near-fatal shooting during an off-season hunting trip, to win the 1989 Tour de France in Paris on the Champs-Élysées in dramatic style, winning by only 8 seconds, the closest ever margin of victory. Directed by Alex Holmes and featuring exclusive interviews with LeMond and his wife Kathy as well as, never before seen footage, The Last Rider is an exhilarating portrait of one of the greatest athletes of our time. From the looks of it, we really should be idolizing LeMond and his passion.
› Posted on May 31 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
Official US Trailer for Funkadelic Friendship Film 'Amanda' from Italy
"It just so happens that I'm looking for a best friend." Oscilloscope Labs in the US has revealed an official US trailer for an indie film from Italy titled Amanda, a wacky drama about a young woman who prefers to stay by herself at home. This first premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival last year, and it also played at the Toronto and Tromsø Film Festivals. It will be opening in July in a few art house theaters if anyone is curious about it. Amanda, age 24, lives mostly isolated and has never had any friends, even if it's the thing she wants the most. Amanda chooses her new mission to accomplish now - to convince her childhood friend to believe that they are still best friends. A playful, provocative feature debut from writer / director Carolina Cavalli. Benedetta Porcaroli stars as the titular Amanda, with a small Italian cast including Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Margherita Missoni, Michele Bravi, and Monica Nappo. This definitely looks kooky and clever, offering up some fresh commentary on Italian society. It's definitely worth a quick look at least.
› Posted on May 31 in Foreign Films, Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 4 Comments
Five New Mysterious Thrillers in Full Trailer for 'Black Mirror' Season 6
"It has taken you over… and you must hungry in the face of it!" Netflix has launched a full official trailer for the latest season of the acclaimed sci-fi show Black Mirror, which one could very accurately describe as the Twilight Zone of these times. Creator Charlie Brooker is back again for the sixth season, writing and producing. There will be five new "films" for this next season, including horror and sci-fi and a nice meta one about a streaming service called "Streamberry". Ha ha. The Season 6 cast: Aaron Paul, Anjana Vasan, Annie Murphy, Auden Thornton, Ben Barnes, Clara Rugaard, Daniel Portman, Danny Ramirez, Himesh Patel, John Hannah, Josh Hartnett, Kate Mara, Michael Cera, Monica Dolan, Paapa Essiedu, Rob Delaney, Rory Culkin, Salma Hayek Pinault, Samuel Blenkin, Zazie Beetz. In an interview, Brooker says he wants every single episode to feel different, each with very clever concepts. "The wait is almost over." The five new segments are: Joan is Awful, Loch Henry, Beyond the Sea, Mazey Day, and Demon 79. There's a glimpse at each one in this trailer. "We're back in Black, with a hint of Red!" I'll be watching all five of these.
Full Trailer for 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem' Movie
"We can't stop him!" "We gotta try!" Yes! This looks incredible! Paramount has revealed the full trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, landing in theaters everywhere this August. This is the third time they've tried to reboot this classic franchise, following other animated series and even a live-action hybrid CGI attempt (see here) before this. The Turtle brothers as they work to earn the love of New York City while facing down an army of mutants (with nod to The Secret of the Ooze - oh hell yes ahahaha!!). It's produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver for Nickelodeon Animation. The massive TMNT voice cast in this features Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr., Hannibal Buress, Rose Byrne, Nicolas Cantu, John Cena, Jackie Chan, Ice Cube, Natasia Demetriou, Ayo Edebiri, Giancarlo Esposito, Post Malone, Brady Noon, with Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and Maya Rudolph. I am SO THERE! I had no idea I would be so super mega excited for another TMNT movie, but here we are! Mainly thanks to the animation style and the young Turtle characters - just perfect. Cannot wait to watch in August.
› Posted on May 31 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | 5 Comments
Hilarious Arnold Action Figure Commercial for His New 'FUBAR' Series
"He's ready to risk it all to protect his family… and save the world!" Ha! Dang this is pretty funny. Netflix has posted an amusing throwback action figure commercial promo video for the FUBAR spy comedy action series. It just started streaming this past weekend (view here), and they're trying to build the buzz with some clever viral marketing stunts. Arnold Schwarzenegger's FUBAR is a global spy adventure - when a father & daughter learn that they’ve each secretly been working as CIA Operatives for years, they realize their entire relationship has been a lie and they truly don’t know one another at all. It's pretty much a True Lies sequel. FUBAR stars Arnold, along with Monica Barbaro, Milan Carter, Gabriel Luna, Fortune Feimster, Travis Van Winkle, Fabiana Udenio, Barbara Eve Harris, Aparna Brielle, Andy Buckley, and Jay Baruchel. I'm smiling at how much they pack into this 90 second video, with good jokes about Arnold being the Terminator, his old age, the title "FUBAR", and more. This actually does make me want to tune in.
Official Trailer for 'Hidden Strike' Starring John Cena & Jackie Chan
"I'm just taking back what they owe us…" XYZ Films has revealed an official trailer for Hidden Strike, an intense new action movie set in Iraq following a special ops team trying to escape safely, like so many other films being made right now. Originally called S.N.A.F.U. or Project X-traction, the Chinese production is set to launch sometime later this year. When an oil refinery in Iraq is attacked, Jackie Luo, a Chinese security professional, is tasked with keeping the company's employees safe. When Luo discovers that the attackers' intent is to steal the oil – he gets the help of Chris Van Horne, an American former Marine, and together they try to stop them and escape to the safety of the Green Zone. Starring John Cena, Jackie Chan, Pilou Asbæk, Amadeus Serafini, Minghao Hou, and Zhenwei Wang. This looks like Mad Max meets Rush Hour set in… Iraq? They're all out of ideas, but had to make another action flick anyway. Maybe it'll be fun?
› Posted on May 30 in To Watch, Trailer | 3 Comments
Michael Cera & Sophia Lillis in Growing Up Comedy 'The Adults' Trailer
"You used to think I was the funniest person in the world…" Variance Films has unveiled an official trailer for the indie comedy The Adults, which initially premiered at the 2023 Berlin Film Festival earlier in the year. It's also playing at the Tribeca Film Festival next in June before opening later in August. The second feature film from filmmaker Dustin Guy Defa after Person to Person, which also starred Michael Cera. The plan to make a trip back home as short as possible begins to unravel as Eric finds himself struggling with balancing the challenging relationship with his two sisters and his addiction to a local poker game. A film about not wanting to grow up. Berlinale describes it as "a shrewd study of the pitiless condition known as adulthood." Starring Michael Cera as Eric, with Hannah Gross, Sophia Lillis, Wavyy Jonez, Anoop Desai, Kyra Tantao, Kiah McKirnan, & Simon Kim. This looks like it has plenty of heart and humor.
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