ENJOY THE MOVIES
"I won't let her throw her life away - we need to trick her into dumping him." Universal has revealed the official trailer for a romantic comedy event titled Ticket to Paradise, made by the director of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again previously. Which means get ready for a fabulous time at the movies! A divorced couple teams up and travels to Bali to stop their daughter from making the same mistake they think they made 25 years ago. What was the mistake they made? Well it doesn't say, but another synopsis adds: after Lily abruptly decides to marry a local, and this trailer sets up everything else going on. Ticket to Paradise is filmed on location in Queensland, Australia. Starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts as the older couple, with Kaitlyn Dever, Billie Lourd, and Lucas Bravo. This looks fun, but it also looks like a giant tourism ad for Bali. Though it does seem like Roberts and Clooney are having a blast hamming it up in this.
"I don't recognize my mom. She's changed so much." An official trailer is out for a wonderful indie drama titled Memory Box, from Lebanese filmmakers Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige. This premiered at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival last year, and was one of the highlights of the fest, a discovery showcasing a very sentimental and moving story about family and hidden pasts. The film is set partially in Montreal, where it begins. On Christmas Eve, Maia and her teenage daughter Alex receive an unexpected delivery: notebooks, tapes, and photos Maia sent to her best friend from 1980's Beirut. Maia refuses to open the box or confront its memories, but Alex secretly begins diving into it. Between fantasy and reality, Alex enters the world of her mother's tumultuous, passionate adolescence during the Lebanese civil war, unlocking mysteries of a hidden past. It's especially creative with how they work in real archival footage & photos into this story, mixing the past with the present. Starring Rim Turki, Manal Issa, Paloma Vauthier, Michelle Bado, Rita Bado, and Rabih Mroué. This is a really beautiful film for many reasons, it's definitely worth a look.
"We are no longer merely suspects, we are also potential victims!" Ahaha that line delivery. Searchlight Pictures has revealed an official trailer for a cinematic new murder mystery whodunit movie called See How They Run, marking the feature debut of filmmaker Tom George. This one is opening in September later this year, with no festival premieres announced yet. Set in the West End of 1950s London, a desperate Hollywood film producer sets out to turn a popular play into a film. When a crew member working on the production is murdered, world-weary Inspector Stoppard and rookie Constable Stalker find themselves in the midst of a puzzling whodunit. The exquisite ensemble cast for this features Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, David Oyelowo, Ruth Wilson, Harris Dickinson, Shirley Henderson, Sian Clifford, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Reece Shearsmith, and Charlie Cooper. A fun whodunit set in London's "glamorously sordid theater underground" scene? I'm all in, friends! This looks perfectly amusing.
"That shouldn't be there… it burned down! The watchtower, it burned down years ago… whole section of the forest! It shouldn't… be here…" Another excellent animated horror short to feast upon. 100,000 Acres of Pine is a horror short created by filmmaker Jennifer Alice Wright, as one of her projects studying at The Animation Workshop school in Denmark. Ranger Megan Patel must uncover the mystery surrounding her brother's death. Following his footsteps, she discovers a darkness she might not escape. Featuring the voices of Sarah Airriess, Lawrence Marvit, and Kirk Johnson. This is only 7 minutes but it has some impressive visuals and a chilling atmosphere with the creepy forest. Plus the final reveal is awesome! Enjoy.
"The life… we made… was perfect." IFC Films has debuted the full-length official trailer for Resurrection, a mysterious, compelling indie thriller from up-and-coming filmmaker Andrew Semans. This premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival in January at the start of this year - it made our Top 10 of the Fest and has been picking up buzz playing at Sundance London, too. A woman's carefully constructed life is upended when an unwelcome shadow from her past returns, forcing her to confront the monster she's evaded for two decades. Who is he? What is she hiding in her past? What is really going on between them? There's only one way to find out - you have to see it and decipher it yourself. Rebecca Hall stars as Rebecca, along with Tim Roth, Grace Kaufman, Michael Esper & Angela Wong Carbone. I wrote in my review that this is "a masterful psychological thriller that roars with an impeccable Rebecca Hall performance." Finally opening in US theaters this August for anyone curious to try and figure out what's going on and who she (and he) is.
"It isn't just the characters who have gone insane, but almost the environment itself." Can films from the early days of cinema still influence movies being made today? Of course they can! And they still do all the time. But this is still worth examining in closer detail. This video essay is from Thomas Flight, a popular YouTuber creating videos about cinema. It's titled "The Art Movement That Changed Film Forever", but it's really about German Expressionism - and how this cinema movement still influences films today. Obviously Flight was inpsired by the cinematography in Joel Coen's The Tragedy of Macbeth, and wanted to make this video about why it looks this way. He references three iconic films from the 1920s: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, and Metropolis; then goes on to connect how this distinct visual style is still evident in modern films from Blade Runner (both of them) to The Humans last year. Watch and learn more below.
"I just don't understand why we're stopping at only one." Gravitas Ventures has revealed an official trailer for an indie thriller titled Bundles, marking the feature debuts of filmmakers Ryan Jordan & Jeffrey Leslie. This hasn't played at any festivals or elsewhere, but will be landing on VOD later in July or anyone that wants to watch. A high school girl's harmless plot for revenge inspires a lucrative business venture, until a group of friends find themselves in a hairy situation. Why does this sound like a dark comedy? The film is set in the D.M.V. (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) area, and is described as having a "range of nostalgic and jaw clenching events." The huge ensemble cast features Yovanna Harris, Naysa Young, Tanisha Cardwell, Alexis Jacquelyn Smith, Layla Khepri, Karen Culi, Kevin Tan, Lisa Renee Marshall, Imonte Ford, Nick Scales, and more. It's pretty clear why this didn't play at any fests – it does not look any good.
"She was easy to love, let's put it that way." Zeitgeist Films & Kino Lorber in NYC have revealed an official US trailer for an indie documentary biopic titled Loving Highsmith, made by the Swiss filmmaker Eva Vitija. This will be showing in US art house cinemas starting in early September later this summer. Based on celebrated American author Patricia Highsmith's personal writings & accounts of her family and lovers, the film casts new light on the famous thriller writer's life and oeuvre, permeated by themes of love and its defining influence on identity. Highsmith herself was forced to lead a double life and had to hide her vibrant love affairs from her family and the public, only discussing any details in private correspondences. Excerpts from these notes voiced by Gwendoline Christie in the film, beautifully interwoven with archive material of her and her most famous novel adaptions, create a vivid, touching portrait of one of the most fascinating female writers. This looks lovely, indeed a captivating profile of an enigmatic and superbly talented writer.
"Just a crazy idea…" Amazon has revealed the first official trailer for Thirteen Lives, the Ron Howard fictionalized movie version of the Thailand cave rescue story from 2018. Everyone knows the story! It was headline news for weeks, and they just released an award-winning documentary last year called The Rescue. Howard gives it the Apollo 13 treatment by turning it into a seriously intense feature film. A rescue mission is assembled in Thailand where a group of young boys and their soccer coach are trapped in a system of underground caves that are flooding. A team of world-class divers navigate through miles of dangerous cave networks to discover that finding the boys is only the beginning… The cast features Viggo Mortensen as Richard Stanton, Colin Farrell as John Volanthen, Joel Edgerton as Richard Harris, an anaesthetist, plus a Thai cast featuring Sukollawat Kanarot, Thiraphat Sajakul, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Vithaya Pansringarm, Teeradon Supapunpinyo, & Nophand Boonyai. Yeah this looks as incredible as I was hoping, it's not easy to recreate this and stay true to what really happened. But it seems they've pulled it off.
"If you wanna make it, you gotta make music, surely. The right song, at the right time…" Paramount has revealed the first 30-second teaser trailer for a film titled On the Come Up, about a young female rapper on the rise. Even though there's not much footage in here, there's more than enough to get me interested in this one. The story centers on 16-year-old Bri, played by newcomer Jamila C. Gray, who wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Facing controversies and with an eviction notice staring down her family, Bri doesn't just want to make it, she has to. Based on the New York Times #1 best-selling YA novel by Angie Thomas (who also penned The Hate U Give), On The Come Up is punctuated by the comedic talents of Mike Epps, hip hop heroes like Method Man and Lil Yachty, and the lyrical prowess of Rapsody. The cast also includes Da'Vine Joy Randolph, GaTa, Miles Gutierrez-Riley, Titus Makin Jr., and Michael Anthony Cooper Jr. I'm ready to watch Bri battle. Check this out and stay tuned for the full trailer soon.
"Lock up your children! Yes, Salem, we're back!" Disney has revealed an official trailer for Hocus Pocus 2, a sequel to the fan favorite witch comedy Hocus Pocus from 1993. Believe it or not, they got the same three witches back for more: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy reunite for the highly anticipated Disney+ Original Movie. The live-action, long awaited sequel to the perennial Halloween classic, which brings back the delightfully wicked Sanderson Sisters for more mayhem, will debut on Disney+ at the end of September just in time for Halloween season. The plot involves accidentally bringing back the sisters to modern day Salem, and they must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking havoc. Hocus Pocus 2 also stars Doug Jones, Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham, Belisa Escobedo, Hannah Waddingham, Tony Hale, Sam Richardson, Juju Brener, Froy Gutierrez, Nina Kitchen, and Taylor Paige Henderson. This is just a first look re-introducing this classic and the sisters. Might be fun?
This one is formerly known as The Uncanny. RLJE Films has posted this trailer for an indie horror thriller titled They Live in the Grey, which already premiered on Shudder earlier this year. We're just catching up with this one now as they prepare for a VOD / DVD release this summer. The story follows Claire who, while investigating a child abuse case, discovers that the family is being tormented by a supernatural entity. In order to save the family, she must confront her own fears and use her emerging clairvoyance to stop the malevolent force. The film stars Michelle Krusiec, Ken Kirby, and Madelyn Grace. It didn't get great reviews, but it still looks chilling. "The film's title is a brilliant play on the turmoil both the living and dead undergo during the two-hour runtime." This trailer doesn't show much, but better than showing too much.