ENJOY THE MOVIES
"Mushroom Kingdom, here we come!!" Universal and Illumination Animation have revealed the first look teaser trailer for the new animated Super Mario Bros. Movie, arriving in theaters worldwide next April. They're finally bringing Mario back to the big screen after many other strange attempts in the past!! This new one is produced by Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, along with Illumination's CEO Chris Meledandri. There's not much revealed about the plot yet, but obviously it involves Mario having to stop Bower and his domination of the entire Kingdom. The film features the voices of Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser (of course), Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike. This is an enjoyable first look!! I definitely want to see more footage, but so far so good. Pratt's Mario voice is a bit odd but it doesn't bother me yet. What do you think?
"Do you consent to testing?" Decal Releasing has revealed an official trailer for a funky sci-fi indie comedy titled I'm Totally Fine, made by filmmaker Brandon Dermer. It will be available to watch on VOD starting in November. Jillian Bell stars as Vanessa, a young woman who embarks on a solo trip to clear her head after the death of her best friend Jennifer. Her self-care vacation takes a detour when she finds the recently departed Jennifer standing in her kitchen, claiming to be an extraterrestrial. Together they spend the next 48 hours partying and reminiscing on better days in a comedy that's out of this world. The film also stars Natalie Morales, Blake Anderson, Harvey Guillén, and Kyle Newacheck. The filmmakers explain the idea behind it: "the metaphor of it is 2020 and being powerless – all of a sudden everything got taken away from us as we knew it, everything changed." That doesn't seem like an exciting idea for this. Have fun.
"Los Angeles is where all the monsters of the world come to gather. Trust no one!!" HBO has unveiled a third teaser trailer for the upcoming series The Idol, with plenty of extra sexy footage galore. The next creation from "Euphoria" creator Sam Levinson (also of Assassination Nation, Malcolm & Marie). This cult series is set to arrive in 2023, with HBO still waiting to announce an exact premiere date. Hopefully soon! It's also co-created by the famous Canadian singer / rapper The Weeknd, who is an executive producer along with a star in this. Set against the backdrop of the music industry, the series will focus on a self-help guru and leader of a modern-day cult who enters into a complicated relationship with the rising pop idol. Lily-Rose Depp and Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd) star, with Troye Sivan, Debby Ryan, Rachel Sennott, Steve Zissis, Hari Nef, and Juliebeth Gonzalez. This looks super kinky and sultry, but it also seems dangerous, like she will get lost in this sexuality and end up tumbling down a rabbit hole. Watch out.
"Kill anything that shrieks!" RLJE Films + Shudder have revealed the first official trailer for The Lair, a brand new creature feature written & directed by filmmaker Neil Marshall (of Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Doomsday, Centurion). Looks like he's going back to his roots for something dark and scary as f&#k! When Royal Air Force pilot Lt. Sinclair is shot down over Afghanistan, she finds refuge in an underground bunker where deadly man-made biological weapons – half human, half alien – are awakened. They even put one of these things on the poster! It's playing at the 2022 Sitges Film Festival in Spain this week, after premiering at FrightFest in the UK, landing on VOD at the end of October. The Lair stars Charlotte Kirk, Jonathan Howard, Jamie Bamber, Tanji Kibong, Leon Ockenden, Mark Strepan, Troy Alexander, Hadi Khanjanpour, and Harry Taurasi. Looks like some nasty monster fun!! Marshall back with more action.
"I'm gonna hunt you, and if you make it through the night, then I'm gonna let you live." Amazon has finally revealed the first official trailer for Run Sweetheart Run, a new dark thriller produced by Jason Blum at Blumhouse. This one is skipping theaters and getting a streaming release on Prime Video later in October just in time for Halloween weekend. Here's the short synopsis for this: a woman tries to get home alive after her blind date (arranged by her boss) turns violent. Described as "a must-see for the Halloween season! The film is helmed by an extraordinary team of women both in front and behind the camera." It's directed by Shana Feste (of Dirty Diana, Country Strong), produced by Effie T. Brown (of The Inspection, Dear White People), Jason Blum, and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, and stars Ella Balinska (of Charlie's Angels, Resident Evil) with Pilou Asbæk as the mean bastard after her. The cast includes Shohreh Aghdashloo, Clark Gregg, Dayo Okeniyi, and Betsy Brandt. This was filmed back in 2019 before the pandemic, but has been delayed getting released for years. It's finally time! Worth the wait? Looks crazy intense! Check it out.
"Don't scare him." Janus Films has revealed a brand new US trailer for the epic, psychedelic, unforgettable adventure of a donkey named EO. Yes, this is THAT "donkey movie" that first premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. It also played at TIFF, and is showing at the New York Film Festival next. The Polish film follows a donkey who encounters on his journeys good and bad people, experiences joy and pain, exploring a vision of modern Europe through his eyes. With his first film in seven years, legendary director Jerzy Skolimowski (Deep End, Moonlighting) directs one of his most free and visually inventive films yet, following the travels of a nomadic grey donkey named EO. It's like nothing you've ever seen!! "EO's journey speaks to the world around us, an equine hero boldly pointing out societal ills, and serving as warning to the dangers of neglect and inaction, all while on a quest for freedom." It won a Jury Prize in Cannes, but most importantly it won the hearts of many as the donkey is now a hero of cinema. It is also Poland's submission to the Academy Awards this year. It's definitely worth a look - even if you aren't a big fan of donkeys. Enjoy.
"No dream lasts forever. Sooner or later, it's time to wake up." Netflix has debuted a full official trailer for the magical adventure Slumberland, the new Francis Lawrence-directed fantasy adventure movie (for the whole family!!) streaming on Netflix later in November. This seems like a mind-expanding trip - journeying through dreams and imaginations!! A young girl discovers a secret map to the dreamworld of Slumberland, and with the help of an eccentric outlaw traverses dreams and flees nightmares, with the hope that she will be able to see her late father again. Lawrence is a visual filmmaker who knows how to make magical worlds feel grounded & real - hopefully that still works here. Jason Momoa stars as Flip, with Marlow Barkley as Nemo, and a cast including Chris O’Dowd, Kyle Chandler, Weruche Opia, India de Beaufort, and Humberly González. This almost plays like Inception for kids, with a few different story twists. I dig the footage so far! Yes it's packed with CGI that does look a bit rough in shots, but it still seems like a good time.
"Every Kami, young and old, must work together to defend our mountain." Netflix has debuted a main official trailer for an anime series titled Oni: Thunder God's Tale, arriving for streaming later in October. This stop-motion series is a whimsical and imaginative journey through the oddball gods and monsters of Japanese mythology. One of the creature's free-spirited daughters, Onari, is determined to follow in the footsteps of the mighty heroes of lore, but her unique powers are yet to be revealed. Does she have what it takes to protect her peaceful village from the mysterious "Oni"? Of course she does! The massive voice cast includes Momona Tamada, Archie Yates, Craig Robinson, Tantoo Cardinal, Brittany Ishibashi, Omar Miller, Seth Carr, Anna Akana, Charlet Takahashi Chung, Miyuki Sawashiro, Yuki Matsuzaki, plus Robert Kondo & George Takei. This looks so magical and inspiring and amusing. Such cuddly, cute characters!! I hope the adventure to save their mountain is as exciting as everything else so far.
"It's not this city…" "Then what is it?" A24 and Apple TV+ have revealed an official trailer for an acclaimed indie drama titled Causeway, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker / theater director Lila Neugebauer. This recently premiered at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival to glowing reviews, praising both of the lead performances above all. A US soldier suffers a traumatic brain injury while fighting in Afghanistan. When she returns to New Orleans and begins to recover, she struggles to adjust to life back home. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Brian Tyree Henry. "These two damaged souls' budding friendship forms the center and the heart of Neugebauer's debut feature—a quiet but devastating, and ultimately uplifting, story about coming to terms and moving forward." The cast also includes Jayne Houdyshell, Linda Emond, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Frederick Weller. This looks really beautiful, I love the score in this trailer and the footage is all so tender and heartfelt. I'm really looking forward to catching up with this.
"What if I give a soul to a computer or a machine. That doesn't make us weaker, that makes us stronger." Memory has revealed an official for the music + tech doc called The Computer Accent, featuring the pop music group YACHT. Originally created in 2002 by Jona Bechtolt, they have evolved over the years with different band members. Now, the boundary-pushing band YACHT tackles the greatest challenge of their career: inviting Artificial Intelligence into their creative process. As cutting-edge technology collides with their DIY sensibilities, the band struggles to understand the future of music—and their place within it. The PR description adds: "Lo-fi meets high-tech in this entertaining and thought-provoking journey into the wilderness of art and technology. The band sits back as research scientists whiteboard their way through explanations of neural networks." This looks like a funky doc that will play perfectly as a double feature with the Meow Wolf film - both about quirky artists trying to innovative in clever, sometimes unsuccessful ways.
"You know what I see? Fear!" Gravitas Ventures has revealed a trailer for Where Are You, a psychological thriller mystery about a photographer. This initially premiered at the 2021 Locarno Film Festival last year, but made no impact and earned no buzz. Now it's being dumped on VOD later this month. A photographer experiencing an artistic decline begins taking his aggressions out on his super attractive artist girlfriend. When she cryptically disappears, he enters his own subconscious, descending down a spiral of mystery and madness on his search for her, as well as himself. The film's ensemble cast features Anthony Hopkins, Camille Rowe, Irakli Kvirikadze, Ray Nicholson, Angela Sarafyan, Mickey Sumner, Melora Walters, Christopher Ashman, Brad Greenquist, and Madeline Brewer. This is a very strange out-of-the-90s trailer that sells it like a "coming to Saturday night TV" movie special. Doesn't seem that exciting.
"So many people don't know Charlie, they know this persona." Greenwich Entertainment has revealed an official trailer for Love, Charlie, a compelling food documentary about a famous Chicago chef. Arriving in theaters this November after premiering at last year's Chicago Film Festival. Love, Charlie is an American feature documentary film that profiles the life and work of legendary Chef Charlie Trotter and his pivotal role in revolutionizing the culinary world. With exclusive access to never-before-seen archival footage, the film reveals Trotter's relentless pursuit of excellence at all costs. Have you heard of this chef before? Do you know about him? This trailer sets up an intriguing story about how not many people really knew him, only as a "perfectionist", but there's more to the story. Certainly sounds fascinating! Curious to learn about him?