"It's just not safe out there." Gravitas Ventures has debuted an official trailer for a very meta indie comedy called Welcome Matt, the feature directorial debut from filmmaker Leon Pierce Jr. The film is not only commentary on the process of making a film, but is also a story about staying home even though it doesn't reference or have any connection to the pandemic (or to lockdowns). Matt, a well known writer and director, suffers a traumatic experience on the verge of his big break, that leads to him becoming deathly afraid to go outside (due to agoraphobia). Therefore he decides to attempt to write, direct, and star in a feature film, all from his apartment. With the help of an in-home therapist, he makes an effort to overcome his fears. This stars Tahj Mowry (from "Baby Daddy" and other TV shows) as Matt, along with Deon Cole, Jazsmin Lewis-Kelley, Adriyan Rae, Dorien Wilson, G.G. Townson, and Aaron Grady. Looks like a fun one.
"I need more action. I need more blood." The very last country to debut this film years after its premiere. Picturehouse Entertainment has debuted one final UK trailer for the wacky, weird, killer film from French filmmaker Quentin Dupieux (of Rubber, Wrong, Mandibules) titled Deerskin. This originally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019 in Directors' Fortnight, and already opened last year in the US. The film stars Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin as a man who loves his new deerskin jacket. Maybe a bit too much. His obsession with this special jacket causes him to blow his life savings and turn to crime. And snuff films? The cast includes Adèle Haenel, Albert Delpy, Coralie Russier, Laurent Nicolas, and Pierre Gommé. Even though we've seen plenty of trailers, this poster for the film might just be the best one yet. View below.
"Powerful and necessary." Neon has debuted a new full US trailer for the Mexican film New Order, which originally premiered at the Venice + Toronto Film Festivals last year. Nuevo Orden (in Spanish) is the latest film from acclaimed filmmaker Michel Franco (After Lucia, Chronic, April's Daughter) and is described as a "gripping, hard-hitting, dystopian drama." This definitely looks intense. A lavish high-society wedding unexpectedly turns into a class struggle that leads to a violent coup. The film has already received a mix of scathing and raving reviews, criticizing the film's depiction of the lower class, though it's hard to tell without seeing it first. Starring Naian González Norvind, Diego Boneta, Mónica del Carmen, Fernando Cuautle, Darío Yazbek, Roberto Medina, Patricia Bernal, Lisa Owen, and Enrique Singer. It's now set for release in theaters in the US this May. This more I see of this, the more curious I am to watch it.
"I'm bored with people my age." KimStim Films has debuted an official US trailer for this French coming-of-age romance titled Spring Blossom, aka Seize Printemps in French, which was originally supposed to premiere at last year's Cannes Film Festival. Instead it premiered at the TIFF, San Sebastián, Athens, and Moscow Film Festivals. We posted a trailer last summer, but it was removed by the distributors. Suzanne Lindon directs and stars in this film as a 16-year-old girl who is bored with her own age group, unable to connect with those around her. She becomes obsessed and sexually involved with an older man, an actor, at a theater she passes by. This also stars Arnaud Valois as Raphaël, plus Frédéric Pierrot, Dominique Besnehard, Rebecca Marder, Philippe Uchan, and Françoise Widhoff. I'm sure the age-gap young romance in this will cause an uproar, but it also just seems like an intimately honest story from France that speaks more to the experience of growing up and the challenge of finding people to connect with at any age.
"I know it's easy to point the finger and fear each other…" IFC Films has unveiled an official teaser trailer for the film Werewolves Within, a horror comedy from filmmaker Josh Ruben (Scare Me) that's opening in theaters this summer. This is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival first, then will open a few months from now. Described as a "Whodunnit with Teeth", it's an adaptation of the video game where werewolves attack a small town. When a killer terrorizes the snowed-in residents of the town Beaverfield, it falls to the forest ranger to find out who - or what - lurks among them. Ruben adds: "As much as I love horror movies, nothing scares me more than people. And as much as this movie is an homage to my love for Hot Fuzz, the Coen Brothers, and Arachnophobia, it’s also about the monster in all of us." Starring Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, Cheyenne Jackson, Michaela Watkins, Harvey Guillen, Michael Chernus, Sarah Burns, and George Basil. This is a good first look at the film - I'm quite curious to see more soon.
"We're about to go stratospheric!!!" IFC Films has revealed another new trailer for the super wacky indie dark comedy Mainstream, which originally premiered at last year's Venice Film Festival. Strange strategy to release the teaser trailer after the full trailer, but this one plays a bit different. The second feature from filmmaker Gia Coppola (following Palo Alto) is another intense social media cautionary tale about a crazy personality known as "No One Special" that is sucked into internet fame. A young woman thinks she's found a path to internet stardom when she starts making YouTube videos with a charismatic stranger – until the dark side of viral celebrity threatens to ruin them both. Starring Maya Hawke & Andrew Garfield & Nat Wolff, with Kalena Yiaueki, Johnny Knoxville, and also Jason Schwartzman. This trialer has tons of wild quotes - including one from yours truly and my Venice review. This is definitely a loud & crazy film.
"Side hustle – is it worth it?" 1091 Pictures has revealed an official trailer for an indie film titled Take Out Girl, which originally premiered at last year's Cinequest Film Festival. Take Out Girl tells the story of Tera, a 20-year-old Asian-American woman who parlays her family restaurant delivery expertise into a profitable drug hustle in order and help out her immigrant mother's struggling business. Lead actor / co-writer Hedy Wong and Indigenous director / co-writer Hisonni Johnson choose to amplify their AAPI / Indigenous voices by focusing on commonalities in their upbringing. They came together on this project to show how their shared familial bonds, poverty, and the lack of any upward economic mobility, led to crime in their minority communities. Also starring Ski Carr, Lynna Yee, J. Teddy Garces, Lorin Alond Ly, Dijon Talton, Mier Chasin, and Lizette Hunter. This looks way better than expected, might be worth a watch.
"You take your advice… and get the hell out of here!" Cinedigm has released an official trailer for an indie action thriller titled Painkiller, from filmmaker Mark Savage. They've finally reached the "let's tell a gritty vengeance story" point in the opioid crisis, because of course the best thing to do now to combat it is to take out all those who were/are complicit. Written by Savage and Tom Parnell, the story is drawn from the plight of millions of Americans and is produced with the raw emotions of their suffering. After losing his daughter to a drug overdose, a broken father starts a brutal vigilante campaign to bring down the many white-collar criminals behind the opioid epidemic. The timely and powerful thriller stars acting veterans Michael Paré and Bill Oberst Jr. and takes an unapologetic look at a crisis facing countless American families. The full cast includes Alexander Pennecke, Austin Janowsky, Tom Parnell, Scot Scurlock, and Pacey Liz Walker. This does not look good at all; bad filmmaking with a very dull concept does not a good film make.
"Is nothing sacred to you?!" UGC Distribution in France has released the first official trailer for Annette, the new Leos Carax film that has also just been announced as the Opening Night Film at this year's Cannes Film Festival (taking place in July instead of May). This film was also part of last year's selection before the festival was cancelled, and has been held over to debut this year instead. Annette is a magnificent, glorious musical set in Hollywood. Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard star as famous lovers, who end up having a baby, named Annette, that gets extra attention and is instantly famous. Also starring Simon Helberg as "The Conductor". "We couldn't have dreamed of a more beautiful reunion with cinema and the silver screen, in the Palais des festivals where films come to assert their splendor… Carax' cinema is an expression of these powerful gestures, these mysterious alchemies that makes the secret of cinema’s modernity and eternity," Cannes' Thierry Frémaux stated. This is an epic trailer, promising quite a monumental film with massive set pieces and big musical moments. And yes, the Sparks Brothers cameo in here as well. A must watch trailer.
"We should be safe as long as we stay put, I guess…" Freestyle Digital Media has released an official trailer for an indie thriller titled Goodbye Honey, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Max Strand. This initially premiered at the Philadelphia Film Festival last year, but we haven't heard much about it besides that. After escaping abduction, a frantic woman must coerce an exhausted truck driver to hide in the back of her truck for the night. The two women take refuge not knowing what the rest of that night has in store. Eventually, it becomes clear that they are not alone, and their inner demons could also be as dangerous as whatever is outside of the truck… Bonding over a shared history of trauma, Dawn and Phoebe realize they must learn to trust each other and work together if they want to get through a night full of unexpected twists and violent turns. Starring Juliette Alice Gobin as Phoebe, and Pamela Morgan as Dawn, along with Paul C. Kelly, Aaron Mitchell, & Peyton Michelle Edwards. This looks very intense and very twisty.
"An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth…" 1091 Pictures has revealed an official trailer for the indie survival thriller called This World Alone, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Jordan Noel. This originally premiered back in 2018, but it has been waiting to get a release for these past three years, finally arriving (on VOD) in the midst of entirely different global cataclysm. Three women attempt to survive after a cataclysmic event leaves the Earth without any technology or power. Same must head out of her protective home for the first time and journey to a settlement a few days away to collect medical supplies. Along the way she meets Dart, a weak young man out on a "walkabout" attempting to prove himself to his community. The two of them come of age together as they face physical and emotional challenges of a world reclaimed by nature. The film stars Belle Adams, Lau'rie Roach, Carrie Walrond Hood, Sophie Edwards, and Brandon O'Dell. This is quite a strong trailer, but as usual I can't really tell if the actual film will be good.
"It's not what we think it is!" eOne Films reveals the official US trailer for an indie psychological thriller titled Flashback, formerly known as The Education of Fredrick Fitzell when it first premiered at the Sitges Film Festival last year (we posted a trailer then, too). Dylan O'Brien stars as Fredrick Fitzell, who seems to have a perfect life with a corporate job and relationship. But after a chance encounter with a man forgotten from his youth, Fred literally and metaphorically journeys into his past, to figure out something that has been hiding there for years. The cast includes Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Hannah Gross, Emory Cohen, Amanda Brugel, and Aaron Poole. There's a bunch of strange things going on in here, not only flashbacks and timeline flips, but lots of odd characters around. Worth a look if you dig mysteries.