"To fulfill it… You and your sword must become one." Magnolia has launched the first official trailer for a badass action film titled Yakuza Princess, from filmmaker Vicente Amorim, set in the expansive Japanese community of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Two action films about taking on the Yakuza in one day…?! Oh my!! (You should also watch the trailer for Kate here.) This is premiering at the upcoming 2021 Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal later this month. Japanese pop star MASUMI stars as Akemi in this, who discovers the truth about her heritage when she turns 21. The heiress to half of the Yakuza crime syndicate forges an uneasy alliance with an amnesiac stranger who believes an ancient sword binds their two fates. She must unleash war against the other half of the syndicate who wants her dead. Described as a "rip-roaring, violent action-thriller." The film's cast includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Toshiji Takeshima, Eijiro Ozaki, and Charles Paraventi. Oh yes, this looks awesome so far. And the official poster is badass, too.
"Okay, see, now this! This is why you and I are friends." We're proud to debut the first official trailer for an indie teen dramedy titled Generation Wrecks, premiering at the Dances With Films Festival later this year. It will premiere on closing day at the festival this September. The story is about two 11th graders, Stacy and Liz who were best friends until the 7th grade when a mysterious event drove them apart. The two main stars, Bridget McGarry & Victoria Leigh actually met when they were on "Law & Order" and co-wrote the film together when they were just 17 years old. Generation Wrecks follows eight high school Gen-Xers who get together for a weekend escape and are confronted by the future, adulthood, and their own personal issues. They realize they share more than just feeling alienated and lost, and that friendships can be mended in the woods with a lot of music, games, and a bit of love and weed. Also starring John Gargan, Violet Prete, Noa Solomon, Jibreel Mawry, Sam Poon, Jonah Barricklo, and Alice Kremelberg. Enjoy.
"No man is truly innocent." Dark Star Pictures has released the official US trailer for an indie thriller titled Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman, the latest feature film made by murder-obsessed filmmaker Daniel Farrands (also of the films The Amityville Murders, The Haunting of Sharon Tate, The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson). Why do we need more Ted Bundy movies?! We've seen enough, too many of them recently (including No Man of God as well). Chad Michael Murray stars in this as Bundy, along with Lin Shaye, Jake Hays, Marietta Melrose, and Holland Roden. The film focuses on the extensive FBI manhunt to find and apprehend "America's most infamous serial killer," around the time he was down in Florida killing more people. Scary stuff, as always. But this doesn't look it has much to offer that we haven't already seen.
"Nowadays, people… they just don't do things right." ScreenDaily has revealed the first promo trailer for an indie comedy from Catalonia called The Odd-Job Men, at least that's the English version of the title. The original Catalan title is Sis Dies Corrents, which translates directly to Six Current Days. It's premiering at both the Locarno and Toronto Film Festivals this fall, which makes this a good discovery already. The story follows three handymen who spend a week going from door-to-door in Barcelona to fix whatever is broken. "A peculiar team of three handymen has to face a series of eccentric clients. Their everyday job becomes a surrealist and exhilarating experience." The indie film stars Mohamed Mellali, Valero Escolar, and Pep Sarrà. I had a good feeling this might be pretty good and honestly it looks fantastic so far. It's not often we ever see a film about handymen, but here we go and this looks astute and quite amusing. Check it out below.
"There's always something in this life you didn't do." Gravitas Ventures has unveiled an official trailer for an indie drama titled Good, the second feature film made by up-and-coming filmmaker Justin Etheredge. This initially premiered last year at the Austin Film Festival and is arriving on VOD starting in September this year. Payton becomes the caretaker of Gregory Devereaux, a wealthy man facing his final months. As they become close, Gregory's past sins force Payton to decide between his dreams and a surprise pregnancy that could squander them all. Justin Etheredge stars as Payton, with the one-and-only Keith David as Gregory, and a small supporting cast including Nefetari Spencer, Kali Raquel, Christen Sharice, and Sarah-Scott Davis. I haven't heard about this film before this trailer today, but I'm very much interested after getting a look at the footage. I'm also really digging Keith David's epic beard in this. It is worth a look.
"Take me to where you lost her." 1091 Pictures has released an official US trailer for Echoes of Violence, a crime thriller from indie filmmaker Nicholas Woods. This is premiering direct-to-VOD in August this year. An immigrant travels from Sedona, AZ to Los Angeles to seek revenge against the dangerous immigration lawyer who ruined her life. Echoes of Violence tells the story of Marakya, played by Michaella Russell, who was found bloody in the Sedona desert by the real-estate agent Alex, and their journey to Los Angeles to find and exact revenge on those who recently wronged her. But there's more to the story when she discovers the truth about the people who are out to get her. The cast includes Sam Anderson, Frank Oz, Heston Horwin, Chase Cargill, and Amy Tolsky. It looks like a film filled with revenge and anger and violence, with a bunch of people playing around with guns thinking it will solve problems. Not so sure about this one.
"Act as simple as you can, my dear." Mubi has released an official trailer for an intriguing film titled Azor, which first premiered at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. It's described as a "political thriller" but it's unlike any other political thriller. Yvan De Wiel, a private banker from Geneva, goes to Argentina in the midst of a dictatorship to replace his partner, the object of the most worrying rumours, who disappeared overnight. It's set during a tumultuous time in Argentina in the 1970s, all about the power play of money. "In his remarkably assured debut, Swiss director Andreas Fontana invites us into this seductive, moneyed world where political violence simmers just under the surface." It's co-written by Argentinian filmmaker Mariano Llinás (La Flor), and is "a riveting look at international intrigue worthy of John le Carré or Graham Greene." Starring Fabrizio Rongione, Stéphanie Cléau, Elli Medeiros, and Alexandre Trocki. This is worth watching for the cinematography alone, but also for the frightening inside look at wealth & power.
"Someone's trying to frame me." An early promo trailer has debuted for a South African action thriller film titled Indemnity, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Travis Taute. This is premiering at the upcoming 2021 Fantasia Film Festival, and this trailer offers us a first look. Jarrid Geduld stars as an ex-firefighter in Cape Town is forced to fight for his life after being accused of murdering his wife. Soon, connections are revealed between his past, the origin of his PTSD, the mysterious death of his wife, and a government conspiracy with terrifying implications. The film has one hell of an opening pitch: "Reaching a whole new scale of production for South African action films, Indemnity's lead, Jarrid Geduld, spent three months training with stunt masters Vernon Willemse and Grant Powell (Fury Road, Tomb Raider) and succeeded at all of his own stunts, including a record-breaking hanging suspension stunt performed from the 21st floor." Damn, okay. The cast also includes Nicole Fortuin, Andre Jacobs, Gail Mabalane, and Tshamano Sebe. This is an exciting first look - they definitely got my attention. I'm curious to watch this.
"I don't think you understand what happened here…?" Quiver Distribution has unveiled an official trailer for The Girl Who Got Away, a new serial killer horror-thriller from filmmaker Michael Morrissey (of Boy Wonder). Set in 2018, twenty years after a serial killer was caught and imprisoned, the story is about the "one who got away" now all grown up. When the killer escapes from prison, she goes after the final victim. Only one, Christina Bowden, managed to get away with her life, the other four were found buried… Caulfield escapes from prison and launches a deadly pursuit to finish what she began. Christina's seemingly perfect life comes crashing down around her as the secrets of her past come back to haunt her. The film stars Lexi Johnson, Chukwudi Iwuji, Kaye Tuckerman, Willow McCarthy, Ned Van Zandt, Audrey Grace Marshall, and Geoffrey Cantor. This does look extra creepy, much more horrifying than it seems at first.
"Am I making you nervous? While I touch myself?" Blvd De Cinema Productions has revealed an official trailer for a low budget indie film described as a "grindhouse noir" called Like a Dirty French Novel. Which, I must say, is a pretty clever title for this. The tagline states it's "between the absurd and the vulgar" which is also somewhat tantalizing. The film follows a number of interesting characters: a sexually-charged mysterious phone operator, two estranged twin brothers, and a cosplaying femme fatale. Starring Jennifer Daley, Robby Valls, Miles Dougal, Brittany Samson, and Amanda Viola. The trailer says there's "five noir-tinged chapters" in this film, which runs 78 minutes in total. This looks as mediocre as expected, with a few interesting shadowy shots, but there's not much else to see in here. Unless you're really into noir.
"It's not a child. It's an animal." Someone loves their little lamb a bit too much. A24 has revealed an official US trailer for an unsettling film from Iceland called Lamb, which just premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival earlier this month. A childless couple in rural Iceland make an alarming discovery one day in their sheep barn. They will soon face the consequences of defying the will of nature, in this dark and atmospheric folktale. This one is described in reviews as a "highly original take on the anxieties of being a parent, a tale in which nature plus nurture yields a nightmare." The film stars Noomi Rapace (who is actually Swedish but she moved to Iceland as a child where she spent some time growing up), Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, and Hilmir Snær Guðnason. This looks like it starts out as an intriguing story about connecting with a little lamb, but gets dark and intense in the second half. Do all the other sheep know what's going on? Huh.
Time to let loose!! Take a look at this. A first look teaser trailer has dropped for a crazy Polish film called Bird Talk, made by Polish filmmaker Xawery Żuławski shooting an unrealized script by his father, the late master Andrzej Żuławski (who passed away in 2016). The film initially premiered in 2019 at a few film festivals in Europe, but is just now showing up in the US. The Museum of Moving Image in NYC is hosting a screening later this month of the film as part of their First Look 20/21 screening series this summer. It tells the story of brothers, couples and friends, all trying to find a place in contemporary Warsaw. Intellectuals, teachers, musicians and painters, all barely making ends meet, but nevertheless intent on improving their country. Starring Sebastian Fabijański, Eryk Kulm Jr., Jaśmina Polak, Sebastian Pawlak, Żaneta Palica. MoMI describes the "frenetic, verbose" film as having "a headlong, anarchic spirit that honors the elder Żuławski’s legacy while also feeling entirely of the moment." Sounds like thrilling provocative cinema.