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"The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up." There's nothing like a close-up. Every single person out there expresses their emotions and feelings on their face, and it's up to filmmakers to capture that in the camera. Lost In Film video editor Ignacio Montalvo has just put together another breathtaking video for all of us to be moved by. His latest is called Faces of Cinema, and it's a magnificent supercut of close-up shots spanning films from 1902 to 2019, presented in chronological order. If you think you've seen them all, not only are there some close-up shots you've probably forgotten, but there's so much beauty in each of these shots it's impossible not to be swept off your feet by this video. Montalvo also made the stunning "Most Beautiful Shots of the 21st Century" a few years back. His videos are always must watch.
"There is only man and mountain." Signature Ent. in the UK has unveiled an official trailer for a mountain climbing documentary titled White Mountain. This is also a shortened version of the film's original title: Dhaulagiri: Ascent to the White Mountain. Dhaulagiri is the name of a mountain in the Himalayas (elevation of 26,795ft / 8,167 m; seventh highest in the world) that is one of the hardest mountains to climb on the planet. The film follows an Argentinian team that goes back six years after a failed ascent to try and a friend a friend that went missing and discover what happened. Described as a doc "that alternates between the grandeur of adventure and the intimacy of retrospection. It is the story of a path that winds upward, twists downward and leads inward. It addresses a universal subject: The search for the meaning of life." Which is always the main path to understanding mountain climbers. Why do they do it? To feel truly alive.
"Were you scared?" No way! Right? Well Go USA has unveiled the first official teaser trailer for the zombie movie Peninsula, the sequel to the Korean smash hit zombie action thriller Train to Busan from 2016. This sequel is directed again by the same filmmaker who made the first one – Yeon Sang-ho – and follows the survivor Jung-seok, who was able to safely escape the diseased wasteland. In this next post-apocalyptic thriller, "when his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best—or worst—of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances." Yeah, we all know it'll be bad. Starring Gang Dong-won and Lee Jung-hyun. In addition to the poster, this is the first look reveal and packs a punch despite being only a 90-second teaser. This looks just as epic and intense as the first one, if not even more so. Mixing in some Mad Max with the zombie apocalypse, and more. Can't wait to watch! Fire this up.
"Too many things happened in this house in the past…" Cleopatra has debuted an official trailer for an indie gothic-esque horror film titled Skin Walker, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Christian Neuman (founder of Focusart) after numerous other short films previously. Amber Anderson stars as in this psychological thriller as Regine, a fragile young woman trying to build a new life – safer and happier than the one she had as a child. Escaping her trauma is not so easy however, and when her grandmother is brutally murdered, Regine must return to the village she once left and revisit the gruesome horrors of her past to protect herself and her family. The cast includes Udo Kier, Jefferson Hall, Sophie Mousel, Luc Feit, Luc Schiltz, Sarah Lamesch, and Bérangère McNeese. This starts out rather calm, but gets extra crazy by the end. So much going on! And nothing like Udo Kier smashing things to make a film even better.
"And the more we hung out, the more we just started building on ideas of things that we could do to make money that weren't illegal." And with that, they built an empire. Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for a documentary called LA Originals, a film marking the feature directorial debut of renowned photographer / entrepreneur Estevan Oriol. The doc film is an exploration of the culture and landmarks of the chicano and street art movement that cemented Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol's status as behind-the-scenes hip hop legends. Quite a story. Featuring appearances by Estevan, Mister Cartoon, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Blink 182, Michelle Rodriguez, Wilmer Valderrama, Danny Trejo, & George Lopez. This looks like a fascinating and eye-opening story of a cultural movement, and two talented people from Los Angeles.
"My mum said the smoke would change color when it happened… I often wonded what that would look like…" This short film is a bit more somber and introspective than the usual comedies and horror we feature. After the Smoke is a short film made by Australian filmmaker Nick Waterman, and it's finally available to watch online after first premiering back in 2017 at the Berlin Film Festival and other fests. The short is about a young man who attends a rodeo at a remote outback mining station town – and "bears witness to something he will never forget." Featuring the voice of Sam Reid as the narrator. It was shot in B&W (by cinematographer Velinda Wardell) and has some incredible detail. A comment on Vimeo says it best: "Every image on display here is deeply felt. I look forward to seeing what you show us next." Hopefully more soon.
"How much are you prepared to pay?" Lionsgate has released an official US trailer for the next film in the Intrigo trilogy, this one officially titled Intrigo: Dear Agnes. We featured the trilogy teaser last year, and the main trailer for Intrigo: Death of an Author earlier this year. This is the second feature film in the big screen adaptation of the mystery series. With the death of her husband, Agnes is desperate for money. Then she runs into her old friend Henny, who is enraged at her unfaithful spouse, Peter. Henny makes Agnes a shocking offer—enough cash to live a better life, if she will murder Peter and get rid of him. All this leads to an "explosive, unforgettable climax." Based on a series of short stories from Sweden, of course. This specific murder thriller stars Carla Juri, Gemma Chan, Jamie Sives, Jason Wong, Laurie Kynaston, and Cal MacAninch. The first story featured Ben Kingsley and Benno Fürmann. This one looks a bit more soap opera-y than the first film, but that might be just what the doctor ordered for some of us. Take a look below.
"Life all comes down to chance." Netflix has debuted an official trailer for an "innovative romantic comedy" titled Love Wedding Repeat, which is a fun play on the Edge of Tomorrow subtitle: Live Die Repeat. The film is a remake of the 2012 French film Plan de Table, from the writer of Death at a Funeral. While trying to ensure that his sister's wedding day goes smoothly, Jack finds himself juggling an angry ex-girlfriend, an uninvited guest with a secret, a misplaced sleep sedative, and the girl that got away -- as alternate versions of the same wedding unfold, Jack seeks his own happy ending with chance dictating his future. The comedy stars Sam Claflin as Jack, with Olivia Munn, Eleanor Tomlinson, Joel Fry, Tim Key, Aisling Bea, Jack Farthing, Allan Mustafa, and Freida Pinto. Looks like lots of raucous & ridiculous wedding fun.
"They got it all wrong. There's a ton of fragments! Planet killers…" Whoaaa! How about some apocalyptic disaster action to make things even scarier nowadays? The first trailer has debuted for an action movie titled Greenland, the latest from stuntman turned director Ric Roman Waugh (Shot Caller, Angel Has Fallen). The mega disaster in the film involves a comet breaking into pieces, and these pieces striking Earth causing complete devastation. The plot focuses on one family that must safely get to an underground bunker located in Greenland before a big piece destroys the entire planet. Starring Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Scott Glenn, Andrew Bachelor, and David Denman. I'm a sucker for epic disaster movies, and yes this delivers. Looks intense and thrilling, though now might not be the best time to release an apocalypse movie.
When things start getting frightening, there's nothing better than having a dog by your side to scare away the evil. Oscar's Bell is a new dialogue-free horror short film made by UK-based filmmaker Chris Cronin (also of the short films Balcony, Unkillable, and Sophie's Fortune). Paul Bullion (from "Peaky Blinders") stars as Duncan, who heads out on his weekly camping trip into the wilderness with his dog Oscar. However, when Duncan looks out into the woods, something else looks back. Also co-starring the dog Anti as Oscar. "Our goal was to create a longer film, really going back to the basics of the scary ghost story," they explain about making this. "During the writing we just kept asking ourselves, 'what would make this even worse for Duncan?', looking to heighten the horror until we had an ending we really felt delivered." It definitely does.
"It's a scary, daunting prospect… You just worry for your child." 1091 Media has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth, which will be available to watch on VOD in June this year. Director Jeanie Finlay charts a transgender man's path to parenthood after he decides to carry his child himself. The pregnancy prompts an unexpected and profound reckoning with conventions of masculinity, self-definition and biology. The title is a reference to seahorses, obviously enough, because the male of the species carries the eggs deposited by the female in his pouch until they're ready to be released. This film seems like a bit of a shock at first, but when you get a look at the footage, it seems to be built upon a great deal of compassion and understanding. Which is something we do need more of in the world anyway.
"I can train you to be a true groomer." Whoaaaaa what is this?! An official trailer has arrived online for a film titled She's Allergic To Cats, a strange, experimental, fever dream love story that has been lost since 2016. This originally premiered back in 2016 at the Fantasia Film Festival (read the story about that wild premiere) but hasn't shown up anywhere since. Until now. It's getting a VOD release (on iTunes/Amazon) next month, almost four years after its initial debut. The film is about a dog groomer in LA who pursues the woman of his dreams. It "has something for everyone. From cats taking on the roles from Carrie, dogs being bathed in slow-motion, beats to bop to, and a loveable underdog to root for." And it sounds / looks wacky. "Boundaries between reality, fantasy, art, romantic-comedy and horror collide in an explosion of distorted video art and psychological insanity." Starring Mike Pinkney & Sonja Kinski, with Veronika Dash & Flula Borg. There's no other way to describe it, you just have to watch and see this footage yourself. Enjoy.