ENJOY THE MOVIES
"This is my legacy." Saban Films has unveiled the official trailer for Deadlock, another "why did you make this film, Bruce!?" action thriller starring Bruce Willis. We keep posting these trailers for bad Bruce Willis films because they're so remarkably bad and yet he keeps starring in them over and over and over. Deadlock stars Willis as Ron Whitlock, described as a wanted criminal leading a team of mercenaries on a mission of vengeance. Convinced that the government is working against them, the merciless group brutally seizes an energy plant and holds everyone inside hostage. So uh, he's a bad guy this time? Patrick Muldoon plays a retired army ranger who must take them out to save a nearby town. The cast includes Matthew Marsden, Lorenzo Antonucci, Ava Paloma, and Jared Bankens. Yeah, this looks as bad as it sounds - just watch the kick ass short film called Deadlock instead. And why is Willis wearing that strange scarf the entire time?
"The money. The greed. The power. The lies. That's what kills the artist in us." Check out this official trailer for a film titled Famous, about being famous that is described as a "unique melding of both live theatre and film." Driven by a devastating need to expose the truth, A-list celebrity Jason Mast pushes the boundaries of friendship to reveal the true cost of fame. What appears to be a night of celebration turns out to be a plan to confront his past. Famous was filmed live on stage in the height of the #MeToo movement. Inspired by the lives of Young Hollywood stars like River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Heath Ledger and Corey Haim, Famous takes you on a non-stop thrill ride behind the glamorous world of Young Hollywood and into the mind of A-list celebrity, Jason Mast. From the award winning writer / director Michael Leoni comes an innovative theater + cinema mashup. Starring Unbroken's C.J. Valleroy, Brooke Butler, Josh Pafchek and SNL star Chris Kattan. This just seems like a taping of a stage play, but I hope there's some cinematic flair in it.
"I am just so proud and honored that I got this 'shot' late in my career!" There's a new Spielberg movie arriving this December! In case you haven't heard? 20th Century has released another "Sneak Peek" 60-sec trailer for Spielberg's remake of the classic musical West Side Story. The first trailer debuted earlier this year during the Oscars, and we also posted the full trailer last month. This new teaser includes behind-the-scenes footage of Spielberg on set shooting the movie. An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The story focuses on the love story between teens Tony, played by Ansel Elgort, and Maria, played by newcomer Rachel Zegler. The ensemble cast includes Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Corey Stoll, Brian d'Arcy James, Curtiss Cook, and Rita Moreno. I like this promo, I just wish there was more! One minute of watching Spielberg & Janusz Kaminski work is not nearly enough.
"That must've been a really exciting time." "It was…" Screen Media Films has revealed an official trailer for a documentary titled Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road, from acclaimed doc filmmaker Brent Wilson (no relation to Brian). The doc film is the definitive look at the career of The Beach Boys musician Brian Wilson. He doesn't like to do interviews, so they came up with a different idea. When Rolling Stone editor and longtime friend Jason Fine drops by the L.A. home of songwriter, producer and Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson, Fine suggests they cruise around the city he knows so well to visit old haunts and give Brian the opportunity to reflect on his life and music. This film is the result of that experience. "This entertaining, informative, at times heart-tugging road trip provides both a first-hand, intimate look into Wilson's storied life and further inspiration to anyone who has been touched by his music." Sounds good! Wilson has been a part of a few films recently - Love & Mercy + the docs Echo in the Canyon and Making Pet Sounds. Tune in.
"Everything I worked hard for is over…!" Netflix has unveiled a trailer for an intriguing "limited series" titled True Story, arriving streaming starting in November this fall. The tagline is "betrayal is relative" and the synopsis opens with the question "How far will you go to protect your own?" Kevin Hart stars in this as a famous comedian called The Kid, who ends up in over his head when his tour stops in his hometown of Philadelphia. This isn't Hart's first time mixing drama with his real-life role as a comedian, as he also made What Now? a few years ago. But this looks much more dark and twisty, with a few episodes directed by a director on "Watchmen" and "Westworld". Hart & Wesley Snipes star in True Story, "the gripping journey of two brothers entangled in a world of celebrity, crime, and lies." The cast includes Theo Rossi, William Catlett, Abbey Paige, Michael James Bell, Avery Kidd Waddell, & Emmanuel Kabongo. I'm glad they don't reveal much in this trailer, it's a good sell. I was not expecting to be hooked before watching this.
"You still don't believe in me? After all you've seen?" IFC Films has debuted the full official US trailer for Paul Verhoeven's Benedetta, already infamously known as the "lesbian nuns" film. This first premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in the summer, earning a mix of love and hate reviews (as expected with a Verhoeven film - don't let these opinions sway you). We also posted the full French trailer back then. A 15th-century nun at a remote convent in Tuscany, Italy suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. She is assisted by a young companion, and the relationship between the two women at the convent develops into a romantic love affair. Belgian actress Virginie Efira stars as Benedetta Carlini, also with Daphne Patakia as Bartolomea, Charlotte Rampling, Lambert Wilson, Olivier Rabourdin, Hervé Pierre, Clotilde Courau, and Guilaine Londez. This film rules! I love how epic and funny and thrilling it is, in addition to being a wild a story about a nun who discovers her holy powers when another new nun gets frisky with her.
"There's no happy ending here." Netflix has launched the full official trailer for their Cowboy Bebop live-action series, based on the beloved Japanese anime series that originally aired in 1998. A ragtag crew of bounty hunters chases down the galaxy's most dangerous criminals. They'll save the world - for the right price. As different as they are deadly, Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) form a scrappy, snarky crew ready to hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. Along with their trusty pal Ein, a genetically-engineered Pembroke Welsh Corgi with human-like intelligence. But they can only kick and quip their way out of so many scuffles before their pasts finally catch up with them. The series also stars Alex Hassell and Elena Satine, with appearances by Molly Moriarty, Blessing Mokgohloa, Lucy Currey, and Rachel House. This space western series will debut with 10 episodes in the first season. I'm actually impressed by how good this looks! It seems like they went all out trying to make sure this lives up to the original anime. I'm looking forward to watching it.
Hello again, Rocketman! Pixar has unveiled the exciting first teaser trailer for Lightyear, one of two brand new Pixar Animation Studios movies arriving in 2022. This one is a sort of prequel to Toy Story, focusing entirely on Buzz Lightyear as a spin-off solo movie about the Space Ranger. Chris Evans will be voicing the real Buzz Lightyear, the astronaut within the Toy Story universe who inspired the action figure. The film will tell "the story of Buzz Lightyear and his adventures to infinity and beyond" - but no other details are known about it yet besides that. This is an impressive first teaser, packed with tons of stunning footage of this space adventure. There's so many details hidden in here already! The strange robo-cat hooked into the ship, the introduction of his classic spacesuit. And more characters we don't know anything about yet! But after this tease - I'm completely sold. Bring on the summer of Lightyear! It's opening in theaters next June.
"You're life starts here, now. Not twenty years ago." Netflix has unveiled a powerful official trailer for The Unforgivable, a new drama based on the TV mini-series "Unforgiven" from the UK. A woman is released from prison after serving a sentence for a violent crime and re-enters a society that refuses to forgive her past. Facing severe judgment from the place she once called home, her only hope for redemption is finding the estranged younger sister she was forced to leave behind. The film stars Sandra Bullock in the lead role as Ruth Slater, with a full cast including Vincent D'Onofrio, Jon Bernthal, Richard Thomas, Linda Emond, Aisling Franciosi, Rob Morgan, and Viola Davis. It's directed by German filmmaker Nora Fingscheidt, following up her hit film System Crasher from a few years ago. This kind of film can only work with someone extremely talented in the lead role, there's so many emotions and feelings hidden deep within her. This looks remarkably good so far, and the trailer ramps up as it goes on until the emotions burst out.
"Follow the guard, find the money." Shout Factory has released a trailer for Castle Falls, an action thriller directed by Swedish action star Dolph Lundgren. This is dropping on VOD in December just in time for the holidays! And remarkably it's not Lundgren's first film he has directed - he has a few others under his belt, including Dolph Lundgren Is the Killing Machine most recently in 2010. Castle Falls is about rival gangs trying to find millions of dollars hidden inside Castle Heights Hospital, which is filled with dynamite and scheduled to be demolished, but first they have to deal with the janitor who found the loot first. It just so happens that this guy is an ex-fighter. "The clock is ticking. Who will seize the cash… and will they get out alive?" Scott Adkins stars with Dolph Lundgren, plus Dave Halls, Kim DeLonghi, Kevin Wayne, Scott Hunter, Robert Berlin, and Bill Billions. Surprise, surprise - this film does not look good. At all.
"You don't have the luxury to be frightened!" Magnet Releasing has unveiled an official trailer for a nun horror film titled Agnes, from filmmaker Mickey Reece. This initially premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, and also recently stopped by Fantastic Fest and the Sitges Film Festival this fall. Rumors of demonic possession at a religious convent prompts a church investigation into the strange goings-on among its nuns. A disaffected priest and his neophyte are confronted with temptation, bloodshed and a crisis of faith. That description sounds a lot like Paul Verhoeven's Benedetta (which I also highly recommend) - but this is something else entirely! Agnes stars Hayley McFarland as the titular nun "Agnes", with Molly C. Quinn, Sean Gunn, Chris Sullivan, Rachel True, Chris Browning, and Jake Horowitz. This looks rather cliche and obvious, especially following the exquisite Saint Maud. But it still might be worth a watch.
"Everything I make has to help people in some way." Amazon Prime Video has unveiled an official trailer for a documentary film titled A Man Named Scott, a reference to the actual name of renowned musician "Kid Cudi". His real name is Scott Mescudi, and after launching his first mixtape in 2008, he has become known as a renowned artist, musician and creator. In early 2011, Cudi announced he was making a mixtape titled "A Man Named Scott", but it was never finished or released. Now we have this documentary! The film follows the music career of Kid Cudi from the release of "Day 'N Night" in 2008 through present day music. Friends and producers illustrate his story in conjunction with concert footage and never before seen behind-the-scenes. This looks like a endearing look at his life and what makes him so unique, with some creative flourishes as well. I'm also curious to hear his thoughts on the pressures of fame, always interesting to hear.