"So you want revenge, I want legacy!" Netflix has debuted an official trailer for a new action thriller titled The Last Days of American Crime, which is based on the graphic novel of the same name. In the not-too-distant future, as a final response to terrorism and crime, the US government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. A career criminal puts together a team to pull off the heist of the century and the last crime in American history before the signal starts. From the director of Taken 2 & 3. Starring Edgar Ramírez, along with Michael C. Pitt, Anna Brewster, Patrick Bergin, Sharlto Copley, Tamer Burjaq, and Daniel Fox. This definitely looks like an Olivier Megaton movie - excessive action galore, incoherent / dumb plot, attractive women, violent men. Might be a fun one?
"How do you think this ends!?" Vertical Entertainment has launched an official trailer for an indie thriller titled Infamous, the latest from filmmaker Joshua Caldwell (of Level 26: Dark Revelations, Layover, Be Somebody). This is the next in a new subgenre of dark films where social media fame is the catalyst for some kind of sick activity (also see Spree from this year). Two young lovers rob their way across the southland, posting their exploits to social media, gaining fame and followers as a result. "The two become a modern day viral Bonnie & Clyde steam-rolling towards a tragic ending." Starring Bella Thorne as Arielle, and Jake Manley as Dean, joined by Amber Riley, Marisa Coughlan, Billy Blair, & Robert Peters. This looks especially cheesy and way more about glorifying fame than condemning, at least at first glance. Check it out.
"You're not allowed to be here!" Screen Media Films has debuted a new official US trailer for the Danish film now known as Exit Plan, formerly titled Suicide Tourist during its initial international release. This premiered at the Sitges & Zurich Film Festivals last year, and is arriving on VOD in June to watch. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays an insurance detective named Max who is investigating Arthur's disappearance. The assignment takes him on a long, mysterious journey into the clandestine Aurora Hotel. While in the midst of an existential crisis, Max questions his perception of reality. Also starring Tuva Novotny, Kate Ashfield, Robert Aramayo, Sonja Richter, Kaya Wilkins, Sobjørg Højfeld, Lorraine Hilton, Slimane Daz, Jan Bijvoet, and Johanna Wokalek. This looks a bit like a "Black Mirror" episode with a horrorific twist.
"Can you see it now?" Anmaere Pictures has unveiled a teaser trailer for an indie film titled The Wanting Mare, which is premiering at the Chattanooga Film Festival this month. The Wanting Mare is a "technical marvel of digital world-building on the level of Sky Captain and Sin City, having been almost entirely - and unbelievably - shot inside a storage unit in New Jersey. Five years in the making, its hundreds of visual effects seamlessly blend digital landscapes and physical reality, bringing Whithren and its greater world to unbelievable life." Set in Whithren, a line of women pass a single dream through multiple generations. The film follows a group of people making their way in a fantasy world called "Anmaere", equal parts Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, that has evolved into a "modern" setting that feels much like today's Earth. This stars Jordan Monaghan, Yasmin Keshtkar, Edmond Cofie, Nicholas Ashe Bateman, Josh Clark, and Christine Kellogg-Darrin. Looks like it might be good - an indie discovery to keep an eye on.
"You're so busy, you forget I'm a woman." Kino Lorber has released the official US trailer for Tommaso, which originally premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival in the Special Screenings section. This sort-of autobiographical film by filmmaker Abel Ferrara stars his muse Willem Dafoe as the titular "Tommaso" - an expat American artist living in Rome with his family. His wife and daughter are played by Abel Ferrara's real-life wife and daughter. Their tumultuous relationship is set against his day to day life as a teacher, ex-pat, and recovering addict. This also stars Anna Ferrara, Christina Chiriac, and Stella Mastrantonio. "Tommaso is easily Ferrara and Dafoe's most personal and engrossing collaboration to date, a delicately surrealistic work of autofiction marked by the keen sensitivity of two consummate artists." Arriving in June.
"These guys are pros." Vertical Entertainment has unveiled an official trailer for a thriller titled Darkness Falls, the latest from French filmmaker Julien Seri. This premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival earlier this year, and arrives on VOD in June. After his wife's suicide, Detective Jeff Anderson becomes convinced that she has been murdered. Obsessed with his own investigation, he finds out that his wife was the victim of a team of father-and-son serial killers and sets out to stop them before they kill more women. The film stars Shawn Ashmore as Detective Anderson, with Gary Gole, Richard Harmon, Daniella Alonso, Sonya Walger, Vahina Giocante, and Lin Shaye. This seems a bit derivative, but still looks like a solid thriller.
"Gentlemen - welcome back to Vietnam." Netflix has debuted the first trailer for Da 5 Bloods, Spike Lee's new joint that will be debuting directly to Netflix in June coming this summer. This was originally supposed to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival as a special selection, but it will be released soon anyway. In the film, four African-American Vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen Squad Leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide. The cast for this is incredible! Starring Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., with Mélanie Thierry, Paul Walter Hauser, Jasper Pääkkönen, Johnny Trí Nguyễn, Van Veronica Ngo, plus Jean Reno, and Chadwick Boseman. Hot damn, this looks terrific! What a trailer. Psychedelic title cards, vintage 4:3 footage, and one helluva story about some old Vietnam Vets going back.
"Not everyone wants to live like this…" FilmRise has released an official trailer for an indie drama titled The Short History of the Long Road, which originally premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year. It also played at the Nashville, Lone Star, Fly Over, and Chicago Critics Film Festivals in 2019. The film stars singer / actress Sabrina Carpenter (from Disney's "Girl Meets World", The Hate U Give) as Nola, a teen who lives on the open road with her nomad father in a refurbished RV. She arrives solo in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she goes in search of a mother she never knew. The cast includes Steven Ogg, Danny Trejo, Maggie Siff, Rusty Schwimmer, and Jashaun St. John. This looks like another of these cliche indie films where a beautiful teen runs off and learns about how to figure out yourself and live your own life.
"I never wanted to be in this alone." Elevation Pics from Canada has debuted an official trailer for an indie true story thriller titled American Woman, marking the feature directorial debut of award-winning writer / producer Semi Chellas. Not to be confused with that Sienna Miller disappearance drama from last year also titled American Woman, or the recent TV show also called "American Woman"; this is a different story. Inspired by the headline-dominating kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst in 1974, this atmospheric drama is a fictionalized re-imagining of her time in hiding, from the perspective of Jenny, a political activist assigned to take care of her. Starring Hong Chau as Jenny, with Sarah Gadon, John Gallagher Jr., Lola Kirke, David Cubitt, and Ellen Burstyn. Looks like a rather intriguing film revisiting a real story from history.
"Time passes… But the body never forgets." Red Road Studio has debuted an official trailer for a film titled The Aerialist, which will be available to watch streaming on Amazon this summer. The Aerialist is the much anticipated sequel to the award winning lesbian film The Gymnast, from the same director and star. Dreya Weber plays an aerialist (an aerial acrobatic performer) rehearsing for a rock tour, who is battling age, injury, and a young director scheming to end her career, while a shady reporter digs into the ghosts of her past. Weber is not only an accomplished actress but is one of the leading aerial performers and trainers having choreographed Pink, Cher, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and many others on their tours. The film's cast includes Morgan Bradley, Kelly Marcus, Thunderbird Dinwiddie, Victoria Meade, Viet Dang, and Nadine Ellis. This looks like a niche film, but it is an authentic and brutally honest story nonetheless.
"You know, they say it's inevitable that you turn into your father." Gravitas has debuted an official trailer for an indie road trip drama titled End of Sentence, which first premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival last year. The film marks the feature directorial debut of an Icelandic filmmaker named Elfar Adalsteins, but is set mostly in Ireland. After his wife dies, Frank reluctantly embarks on a journey to honor his wife's last wish of spreading her ashes in a remote lake in her native Ireland and a promise of taking his estranged son, Sean, along for the trip. With plenty of unresolved issues, the journey becomes a little more than father and son bargained for. Starring John Hawkes and Logan Lerman, with Sarah Bolger and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson. This looks good, thanks to the cast. It seems like a kind-hearted film about letting go of the past.
"I don't wanna be thinking, the whole time that I'm in New York, that she's spending all her free time with this other dude" An official trailer has debuted for an indie drama titled The Departure, which has been set for VOD release in June this summer. Before leaving Los Angeles to start a new job in New York, Nate, with the help of his best friend John, devises a wicked plan to test his girlfriend's loyalty. Worried about her interest in a coworker, he asks his friend to try and seduce her to see what will happen. Grant Gunderson stars as Nate, with Kendall Chappell playing his girlfriend Jessica, also joined by Austin Lauer, Olivia Lemmon, and Jon Briddell. The marketing info says this film will spark "dinner table conversation", of course. But it looks a bit too cheesy and a bit too obvious to pull off anything like that. But you never know?