ENJOY THE MOVIES
"Two Hollywood hellrasiers, stuck in a house… then what happens?" Only one way to find! What do we have here…? A 30-second official trailer has popped up for a film titled The Cowboy and The Samurai, made by the YouTube channel The Lewis Brothers. Is it just a short film or did they make an entire feature? The Lewis Brothers are usually a comedy group making funny videos, but this looks like a full-on dramatic feature. The Cowboy and The Samurai is a fictional feature inspired by the true story of the making of a 1978 comedy titled Goin' South, a western directed by and starring Jack Nicholson. Apparently against his producers wishes he cast John Belushi in a co-starring role and, as the voiceover indicates, two Hollywood bad boys got into all kinds of trouble. Jamie Costa plays Nicholson (though he looks exactly like Robin Williams) and Sandy Danto plays Belushi. There's not much footage, but I'll be damned if I'm not sold on this. It looks like a professional feature and the performances are spot on, at least in this trailer. Get a look.
"I'm beginning to think I'm in the presence of a trickster." MGM has debuted another new 70-second trailer for the new George Miller movie titled Three Thousand Years of Longing, which will be playing in theaters exclusively at the end of August. This is more of a promo spot announcing that "tickets are on sale" for this epic romance. The movie premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival a few months ago. 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. I really don't think MGM has any idea how to market this - they're seriously overselling it which is going to lead to problems once people watch it. I loved the movie (most critics did not) but it's not as grand or as epic as they're making it out to be. At least it's nice to see George himself appearing in this new trailer.
"The horror crowd helps each other out." Buffalo 8 has revealed an official trailer for documentary The Horror Crowd, another documentary about the film community and how vibrant and exciting it is. After premiering back in 2020 it's finally getting a VOD release this September. Director Ruben Pla assembled an all-star cast of actors and filmmakers to discuss the Hollywood horror community, covering such wide-ranging topics as women in horror, race relations, "being the weird kid," and film festivals, as well as the unique community and support that exists within the space. Among the near-40 people who appear are Lin Shaye (Insidious), Director Russell Mulcahy (Highlander, Resident Evil: Extinction), Producer / Director Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity), Brea Grant (12 Hour Shift), Director Ernest R. Dickerson ("The Walking Dead"), Director Adam Robitel (Escape Room), Clare Kramer ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), Blumhouse’s Director of Development Ryan Turek, Greg Grunberg (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), Director Chelsea Stardust (Satanic Panic), Director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw franchise) and others. Check it out below.
"You have to think about it for days or even weeks beforehand, what you want to print on the paper. The act itself is rather simple." Hometown has debuted a short doc film titled How to Make a Magazine, a companion piece to the latest issue of their magazine called "Hometown Journal." Hometown is a director and DP duo based in Berlin, made up of Jan Eric Hühn & Alex Schuchmann. They've decided to launch a new magazine and this short takes an abstract, artist look at that process. It mixes footage of the German printing press working on getting the magazine ready, as well as footage of photos + pages of the mag, with voiceover from various contributors: photographers, writers, and more. I wish there was more of a focus on the printing process, but this works so well as an entrancing 6-min film it's not worth criticizing. Most of the printing process for a magazine (or book) is automated and uses complex machines, but it's still nice to see them produce something physical, something you can pick up and hold and read through and bring around.
"Hip-hop IS an art form, ma'am." Kino Lorber has revealed an official US trailer for an indie film from France & Morocco titled Casablanca Beats, which first premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival last year. This received pretty much nothing but negative reviews from everyone who dared to see through it. The film is a Moroccan hip hop musical that rips off School of Rock and sets it in the city of Casablanca instead. Anas, a former rapper, is employed in a cultural centre. Encouraged by their new teacher, the students will try to free themselves from the weight of traditions to live their passion and express themselves through hip hop culture. Starring rapper Anas Basbousi, plus an ensemble of kids: Ismail Adouab, Zineb Boujemaa, Meryem Nekkach, Nouhaila Arif, Abdelilah Basbousi, Mehdi Razzouk, Amina Kannan, Samah Baricou. I saw this in Cannes and was hoping it would be good fun, but it's such a mess of a film with bad performances throughout. Even if the raps are pretty good, that's pretty much all this little film has to offer.
"Well, why are they trying to kill me?" "Because of what you know." Bulldog Film in the UK has reposted the official trailer for the indie film Strawberry Mansion, from filmmakers Kentucker Audley & Albert Birney. This first premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and was one of my favorite films of the fest that year. This one already opened in February in the US, but since no one saw it back then and no one even mentioned it, I'm posting this trailer anyway because I want to bring more attention to it again. In a future where the government records dreams and taxes them, a dream auditor gets caught up in the dreams of an ageing eccentric… Starring Kentucker Audley and Penny Fuller, along with an kooky cast of characters including Grace Glowicki, Reed Birney, and Linas Phillips. The film is similar to The Science of Sleep (one of my personal all-timers) - featuring strange creations galore, dreamy visuals, weird FX, all with an anti-capitalist edge. It played right to me in every way and I fell for it. Catch this on VOD whenever you can.
"How long you said you been out here?" "A while… a long while." Terror Films has revealed an official US trailer for an indie film titled Mister Limbo, from filmmaker Robert G. Putka. This premiered at a few film festivals last year and will be out on VOD to watch in September. Here's one synopsis: A young man in a parachute lands in the middle of a desert. He does not remember who he is or how he got there. As he tries to find his way home, he'll come across several people who also seem to wander through this wasteland. Another synopsis adds that it's: "A warm buddy film at heart - but hopefully also a rumination on existential themes such as regret, cynicism, faith, and empathy." The film is inspired by the director's own breakdown in 2016, which he is still healing from. So he wrote this story, "that I hope is both personal and cathartic as it is reflective and universal." Starring Hugo de Sousa and Vig Norris, with Hugo Armstrong and a few others. It looks like an intriguing film with a very personal story about feeling lost and how to find you way.
"It's about the influence that you have – young people and their longing for understanding where their music came from." Sony Pictures Classics has finally set an official release date for this music documentary - arriving in theaters starting late October. The Return of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile is a film about the country music star Tanya Tucker and her recent return to the stage. Decades after Tanya Tucker slipped from the spotlight, music star Brandi Carlile takes it upon herself to write an entire album for her hero based on Tanya's extraordinary life, spurring the greatest comeback in country music history. Taking stock of the past while remaining vitally alive in the present and also keeping an eye on the future, The Return of Tanya Tucker is a rousing exploration of an unexpected friendship built on the joy of a perfectly timed creative collaboration. This first premiered at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival and will also play at TIFF next month before Sony Classics releases it in the cinema for everyone to enjoy later this year. Looks like something more than just another biopic - about how music can transcend time and lasts forever.
"My father started it. But I've expanded it." The Cinema Guild has unveiled the US trailer for the Mexican indie drama titled Dos Estaciones, which translates to Two Seasons - it's also the name of the tequila in this film. This initially premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and it also played at New Directors/New Films. 50-year-old María García is the owner of Dos Estaciones, a once-majestic tequila factory struggling to stay afloat and the final hold-over from generations of Mexican-owned tequila plants in the highlands of Jalisco; the rest have all folded to foreign corporations. When a persistent plague and an unexpected flood cause irreversible damage and put the factory's financial situation in grave danger, María is forced to do everything she can to save her community's pride. Starring Teresa Sánchez as María, with Rafaela Fuentes, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Tatín Vera. This looks stunning - I want to watch just to see all the intimate shots of how they make the tequila with the blue agave plants. What an ethereal trailer.
"Freedom in thought!!" Warner Bros has revealed the first UK trailer for Emily, a new Emily Brontë biopic from actress / filmmaker Frances O'Connor making her feature directorial debut. This is premiering at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival and opening in October in the fall in the UK. Though there's no US release plans confirmed yet. Emily imagines the transformative, exhilarating, and uplifting journey to womanhood of a rebel and a misfit, one of the world's most famous, enigmatic, and provocative writers who died too soon at the age of 30. Delve into the mind behind Wuthering Heights - this is their main marketing push for this movie. Young actress Emma Mackey (from "Sex Education" and Death on the Nile) stars as Emily, with Alexandra Dowling, Amelia Gething, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Adrian Dunbar, & Gemma Jones. This looks like a cliche and trite biopic that doesn't stray from its course of telling her story and making her seem like the bad one, rather than someone with a beautiful mind and remarkable ability to express herself.
"All I think is that I love you." And here we go. MGM / UA have revealed a sneaky 30-second teaser trailer for the new film Bones and All, the latest film Italian director Luca Guadagnino. The film is premiering at the 2022 Venice Film Festival in a month, and we'll be there to catch the world premiere. The film is adapted from the book by Camille DeAngelis, and is about a relationship that begins between Maren and Lee, two youngsters "surviving on the margins of society." Guadagnino said that Bones and All is "a very romantic story, about the impossibility of love and yet, the need for it. Even in extreme circumstances." He also said that Chalamet and Russell have "a gleaming power" and are able to "portray universal feelings." The story involves a cannibal family that Maren escapes from, and it's described as "romantic horror." The score is composed by Oscar winners Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross. Timothée Chalamet & Taylor Russell co-star, with Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark Rylance, Chloë Sevigny, Jessica Harper, David Gordon Green, André Holland, Jake Horowitz, Francesca Scorsese, & Anna Cobb. Feast your eyes on this.
"On the outside, we were a perfect family…" Discovery has revealed an official trailer for an intriguing new docu series about Armie Hammer, yes the actor, titled House of Hammer. I despise referring to gossip but most of you probably heard the crazy stories about Armie from a few years ago. "Hammer's meteoric rise to fame came crashing down as victims came forward with disturbing stories of bondage, cannibalism fantasies, branding and that was just the beginning. The rape and abuse allegations brought against Armie Hammer in 2021 shocked Hollywood insiders and fans across the globe. This docuseries begins in 2020 at the peak of Hammer's rise to fame. Featuring exclusive revelations from Armie's aunt, Casey Hammer, and multiple survivors of Armie's alleged abuse, the docuseries brings to light the dark secrets - ranging from accusations of violence and abuse to political manipulation and financial fraud." Scary. The docuseries "weaves together a chilling story of the dysfunction and wickedness that grow behind decades of power and money." I don't even know what to make of this. It's way, way more than just gossip now. Take a look below.