"I can't protect you while you're out there." Vertical Entertainment has released the official trailer for an indie thriller titled Beneath the Leaves, which hasn't played at many festivals and is just getting a small release next month. The film is about a cop who goes to get revenge on a psychopath who kidnapped the cop and other orphans when they were young kids. He's removed from the case due to impartiality leaving his partner and lover, Detective Shotwell, to try and find him after he escapes from prison. Fueled by rage and a chance of redemption, Detective Larson chases the steadfast psychopath on his own, only to fall back into the same trap he once escaped as a child. Kristoffer Polaha stars as Dt. Larson, along with Doug Jones, Mira Sorvino, Paul Sorvino, Lydia Hearst, Christopher Masterson, and Christopher Backus. These kind of indie thrillers are often hit or miss, but this one looks extra creepy despite a mediocre trailer.
"It's not about a job, is it?" Freestyle Digital Media has debuted the first official trailer for an indie comedy called The Great Unwashed, which is supposed to be an amusing and clever title because this is about a gang of criminal hairdressers who run a guy out of town. Yeah, sounds wild doesn't it? Jonathan Pointing stars as Charlie Brumble, a hapless 20-something who is forced to flee the city and hide out with a tribe of weirdo hippies after witnessing a brutal murder by a gang of criminal hairdressers. This initially premiered at the Austin Film Festival (of course it did - Keep Austin Weird) back in late 2017, but is just now getting an official release. The indie cast includes Kathryn Bond, Nick Horseman, Bekka Bowling, Daniel Ings, Ed Eales White, Ed Kear, and Michael Ryan. I admire the ingenuity in this, they're trying to have some fun making something wacky. It looks as ridiculous and as weird as it sounds, not sure if that's a good thing.
"He said if I wanted back in to come see you…" Neon has released the first official trailer for an indie drama titled Little Woods, the feature directorial debut of up-and-coming filmmaker Nia DaCosta. This film originally premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, where it won the Nora Ephron Award. Described as an "emotionally-charged small-town modern Western about two women in rural America," Little Woods stars Tessa Thompson and Lily James as sisters struggling to survive in their small town. "Their sister bond, beautifully exemplified by the authentic and lived-in relationship, is what keeps them connected but can also tie them down." The indie cast also includes Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale, Lance Reddick, Elizabeth Maxwell, and Luci Christian. The two lead performances in this look enthralling and fierce.
"I'm the dying guy!" "I'm the other guy!" Netflix has released the first full trailer for an indie comedy titled Paddleton, the latest feature from the director of Blue Jay. The film is premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in a few weeks, then arrives on Netflix in February. Paddleton is about the unlikely friendship between two misfit neighbors when one of them is diagnosed with terminal cancer. They go on an emotional journey together, chasing emus and getting into all kinds of wacky trouble, of course. The film stars Ray Romano and Mark Duplass, who co-wrote the screenplay with the director. The small cast also includes Marguerite Moreau, Christine Woods, Alexandra Billings, and Matt Bush. This looks pretty good.
"I had to lie to the police for you." GVN Releasing has debuted an official trailer for an indie crime mystery titled A Violent Man, from writer/director Matthew Berkowitz. This premiered at Oldenburg Film Festival and will finally be released next month. The film is about a struggling MMA fighter who becomes an underdog champ overnight. But he finds himself in a fight for his life after his one night stand is found dead in her home. A blackout, a dead body, and incriminating circumstances puts Ty in the middle of a mystery. The description compares this to Humphrey Bogart's noir classic In a Lonely Place, which should raise an eyebrow. Starring former football star Thomas Q. Jones, UFC hall of fame legend Chuck Liddell, and legendary actors Bruce Davison and Isaach De Bankolé, A Violent Man "delivers hard hitting punches." Also starring Denise Richards, Khalilah Joi, Jon Skarloff, and Mike Sorrentino. Take a look below.
"You're not going to get obsessed with me, are you?" Freestyle DM has released the first trailer for an indie relationship dramedy title Untogether, featuring an ensemble cast of pretty people. Set in Los Angeles, the film tells the story of Nick & Andrea, whose one night stand evolves into something more, though the exact parameters are blurry and undefined. She shares her home with her sister, who is dealing with relationship issues of her own as she slowly slips away from her boyfriend Martin, who gave up his Australian fame as a rock 'n roll god to be with her. And her way of acting out is to lose herself in religion and seek solace in a charismatic Rabbi. The cast includes Jemima Kirke and Lola Kirke (real-life sisters playing sisters in the film) plus Jamie Dornan, Ben Mendelsohn, Billy Crystal, Jennifer Grey, Scott Caan, and Alice Eve. This looks like pretty much every other beautiful-people-having-relationship-problems film before it.
"We'll take a better way." Umbrella Entertainment + SBS have released another official international trailer (from Australia) for the survival thriller Arctic, the feature debut of filmmaker Joe Penna. We featured the first trailer for this just a week ago, and this new one has a few shots of extra footage. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year and it's one of the best survival movies I've ever seen. I saw this at Cannes (read my review) and really loved it, and even though there have been plenty of terrific survival films over the years, this landed on the top of my list as one of the best. Mads Mikkelsen stars as the survivor of a plane crash in the arctic. The film also features Maria Thelma Smáradóttir as a helpless young woman he tries to save. This was filmed mostly in Iceland, and features a really wonderful score by composer Joe Trapanese. Both trailers are damn good, with minimal dialogue focusing on Mads' incredible performance.
"No originality. No courage." Netflix has debuted the first official trailer for an indie drama titled Velvet Buzzsaw, which is premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in just a few weeks. Velvet Buzzsaw is the latest feature from screenwriter-turned-director Dan Gilroy, following up Nightcrawler and Roman J. Israel, Esq.. He teams up with Jake Gyllenhaal again for a film that is described as "a thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce." That sounds quite enticing and very provocative. The film's cast includes Rene Russo, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen, and John Malkovich. Ahahaha this looks so killer, totally wild and wicked and mysterious. I really can't wait to see this and find out what's really going on here. You have to check out this vivid trailer.
"He was all over me!" "Don't fall in love." Comedy Dynamics has debuted an official US trailer for an indie comedy titled Slut in a Good Way, which is a provocative title and comes straight from the film. This is in French because it's from Quebec, with the original title as Charlotte a du fun, or Charlotte has fun. It's about a group of three wild, carefree teenage girls who decide to start working at a "Toy Depot" store that is also staffed by a group of attractive young men with whom they fool around with. "The film explores teenage girls' desires, the blurred lines between sex and friendship, and the unfair double standard imposed upon girls. It is a story of desire, self-censorship, and self-assertion." Starring Marguerite Bouchard, Romane Denis, Rose Adam, Alex Godbout, and Marylou Belugou. The colorful subtitles with the B&W footage is really creative and cool, but it might get annoying fast. This looks like a fresh, fun, subversive little film.
"Look, I don't think you understand. There's been an attack and we're not safe." Bleecker Street Media has released the full-length, official US trailer for a true story thriller titled Hotel Mumbai, telling the story of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel terrorist attack in Mumbai in 2008. The film is about the hotel staff who risk their own lives to keep everyone safe, as guests make unthinkable sacrifices to try and save themselves and their families. Dev Patel stars as Arjun, a newly promoted waiter who gets involved in the crossfire trying to rescue guests. The cast also includes Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Jason Isaacs, Anupam Kher, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Angus McLaren, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Rodney Afif, and Sachin Joab. This film first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year to mostly positive reviews. This looks frightening and intense, almost too real and too relevant to everything going on around the world nowadays.
"It is in our soul to seek life no matter what." Netflix has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie sci-fi thriller titled IO, or just Io - the name of Jupiter's moon, from director Jonathan Helpert. Set in the "near future" the story follows a young scientist named Sam, one of the last survivors on a post-cataclysmic Earth, who is dedicated to finding a way for humans to adapt and survive on this planet, rather than abandon their world. But with the final shuttle scheduled to leave the planet for a distant colony, her determination to stay is rocked by the arrival of another survivor, Micah. She must decide whether to journey with him to join the rest of humanity and begin life anew, or stay to fight for Earth’s survival. Aw. It's a bit like Wall-E, but with humans and not only robots. Margaret Qualley stars with Anthony Mackie, plus the voice of Danny Huston. This has a cool concept, and has some cool shots, I just hope it's better than the usual Netflix fare.
"No one leaves this room. Not you. Not her. Your family's in danger. Enjoy my wife." Aqute Media has released an official trailer for an indie thriller titled An Affair To Die For, a fun play on the title An Affair to Remember. The psychological mind games thriller is about an affair, obviously, and a secret rendezvous. A man cheats on his wife. A woman cheats on her husband. And then everything goes bad, quickly. The indie film stars Claire Forlani, Jake Abel, and Titus Welliver, along with Nathan Cooper and Melina Matthews. This looks like a very erotic mix of Fifty Shades of Grey and any other film where an affair leads to murder. Surprise, surprise. It aims to appeal to a very specific audience, for those who might be curious.