"All I have ever wanted is for you to love me." Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for a dramatic thriller titled Secret Obsession, being released on Netflix in just a few weeks. The film is about a woman named Jennifer, played by Brenda Song (from The Social Network, Changeland, "Pure Genius", "Dollface"), who wakes up one day in a hospital after a bad accident. She has amnesia and can't seem to remember much, including her husband. He takes her home to a secluded cabin to recover, but she soon realizes the danger is far from over. Who is this guy really? What a creepy premise. The full cast includes Mike Vogel, Dennis Haysbert, Ashley Scott, Paul Sloan, Daniel Booko, Scott Peat, & Blair Hickey. Take a look below.
"I just want what everybody wants… I seem to have a harder time getting it…" Roadside + LD Ent. have revealed the full-length trailer for Judy, following the teaser trailer from a few months ago. The film stars Renée Zellweger as legendary performer Judy Garland, an adaptation of the Olivier & Tony nominated 2012 Broadway play "End of the Rainbow". The film is set in the late 1960s when Garland arrives in London for a five-week run of sold-out concerts, performing at the "Talk of the Town" nightclub. Even her dreams of love seem undimmed as she embarks upon a romance with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love, and the sheer pizzazz of "the world's greatest entertainer." The film also stars Rufus Sewell, Jessie Buckley, Michael Gambon, Finn Wittrock, Bella Ramsey, Royce Pierreson, & Arthur McBain. This looks exquisite.
"Our spy has a problem. Duty is more important than love." Cohen Media Group has debuted an official US trailer for an indie from Palestine / Israeli titled Tel Aviv on Fire, the latest film from filmmaker Sameh Zoabi (Under the Same Sun). This premiered at the Venice Film Festival last fall, before going on a global tour to other fests including TIFF & Rotterdam. The comedy is about a young Palestinian man who becomes a writer on a popular soap opera in Tel Aviv. His creative career catches fire, until the check point guard and the show's financial backers disagree on how the soap opera should end. Starring Kais Nashif as Salam, along with Lubna Azabal, Yaniv Biton, Nadim Sawalha, Maïsa Abd Elhadi, Salim Daw, Yousef Sweid, Amer Hlehel, Ashraf Farah, and Laëtitia Eïdo. It seems quite clever and bold - worth a watch.
"In two months - if you still feel the same, come find me in Saint Petersburg." Vertical Entertainment has released a trailer for an indie romance titled See You Soon, described as a modern day "Cinderella" story about a soccer star falling in love with a single mother from Russia - an homage to Leo McCarey’s An Affair To Remember. A U.S. soccer player suffers a career-threatening injury in an accident in the run-up to the World Cup, and during his recovery embarks on an epic romance. Liam McIntyre stars, with newcomer Russian actress Jenia Tanaeva as his love interest, plus a small cast including Harvey Keitel, Poppy Drayton, Oleg Taktarov, and Carla Abruzzo. This looks as cheesy and as cliche as you might expect, but the globe-spanning scope of it makes it worth a watch. And that bridge jump shot at the end is also worth it.
"You're moments away from being a very rich man." Universal has revealed the first official trailer for an indie drama titled Driven, a fictional telling of the tumultuous story of infamous businessman & automaker John DeLorean, played in this film by Lee Pace. This originally premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals last fall, and arrives in a few theaters & VOD next month. Described as a "fast-paced, comedic crime thriller of a bromance gone wrong between John DeLorean, played by Lee Pace, and Jim Hoffman, played by Jason Sudeikis." The cast also includes Judy Greer, Isabel Arraiza, Corey Stoll, Justin Bartha, Michael Cudlitz, Tara Summers, and Iddo Goldberg. This isn't the only DeLorean film we've seen recently - there's the half-doc Framing John DeLorean starring Alec Baldwin as John. This one looks a bit better, though obviously more dramatic and wacky but still compelling and a lot of bit crazy. Take a look.
"The American Dream is dead and buried!" Lionsgate has released an official trailer for an indie drama titled Hot Air, which hasn't played at any film festivals or elsewhere yet. Hot Air is a timely drama relevant to today's world about a popular right-wing radio host named Lionel Macomb, as played by Steve Coogan. His life takes a sudden turn when his 16 year old niece Tess, played by Taylor Russell, comes crashing into his life. She contends with him and challenges him and makes him question his own position and his own legacy. The full cast includes Neve Campbell, Pico Alexander, Skylar Astin, Judith Light, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Griffin Newman, and Judah Friedlander. This actually looks like it might be pretty good, a fine attempt at dealing with these kind of media overlords and their insane egoes. But sadly I don't think this would ever truly happen in real life at all, no matter who comes "crashing" into his life. Worth a watch.
"Everyone makes mistakes." "Not you." Strand Releasing has debuted the official US trailer for acclaimed Austrian film The Ground Beneath My Feet, also titled Der Boden unter den Füßen in German (which translates exactly to the English title). This premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in competition earlier this year, and has played at a few other international festivals. This new film from filmmaker Marie Kreutzer is "taut psychological thriller reminiscent of Repulsion", about a businesswoman who struggles to keep herself grounded while always on the go trying to manage clients. Valerie Pachner (who also headlines Terrence Malick's A Hidden Life) stars as Lola, along with Pia Hierzegger, Mavie Hörbiger, Michelle Barthel, Marc Benjamin, Dominic Marcus Singer, and Meo Wulf. I caught this film at Berlinale and it's very good, a brutally honest look at how the business life can swallow people up and suck all the life out of them.
We're back! We're ready! And we want to watch some films! Kicking off this weekend is the 54th Karlovy Vary Film Festival, a wonderful festival that takes place in a quaint spa town (also known as Carlsbad) in Czechia - just a few hours drive west of Prague. This is my third year in a row returning to the festival, as it's a quick trip down from Berlin and always a fun time. I'm happy to be back, happy to be here, ready to go. Always more to see, always more to discover. There's an undeniable cinephile vibe, campsites for those who can't afford hotels, the venues are vintage cinemas or old theater halls converted into temporary cinemas. Best of all, Karlovy Vary has a stellar line-up and that's why I'm here - to catch up with and see lots of films.
"There's certain things that once you get into, you can never get out of." Cranked Up Films has released an official trailer for an indie crime drama titled Coyote Lake, based on the real life Falcon Lake, a reservoir on the Rio Grande (on the Texas-Mexico border) along a dangerous drug smuggling route that has become synonymous with cartel violence and mysterious disappearances over the years. The film tells the story of a mother and her teenage daughter, who run a boarding house where they drug, rob, and kill drug-runners who stay there - trying to rid the world of bad people one by one. Until they get taken hostage one night by two injured cartel gangsters. Starring Camila Mendes (from "Riverdale", The New Romantic), along with Adriana Barraza, Andrés Veléz, Manny Pérez, Charlie Weber, and Neil Sandilands. This seems like an intense thriller that presents many different compelling moral quandaries to consider. Take a look.
"Let's get out of here while we still can – together." Momentum Pictures has unveiled an official trailer for a contained thriller tilted just Burn, set entirely at a gas station one night. It's the feature directorial debut of USC graduate Mike Gan, telling the story of a misguided crook who tries to rob the gas station. But he gets more than he bargained for when the employee fights back, scolding him with a pot of hot coffee then tying him up to a chair. The two gas station workers then try to connect with the robber before the cops arrive. And then what? Starring Josh Hutcherson as Billy, with Suki Waterhouse, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Harry Shum Jr., Shiloh Fernandez, Wayne Pyle, John D. Hickman, Rob Figueroa, and James Devoti. This seems like a concept for Gan to showcase his talent, and it looks like it has some clever twists.
"Can you save my life?" 4Digital Media has debuted an official US trailer for a "family adventure" movie titled 2 Hours, also known as 2:Hrs. The plot is a bit odd: three school friends ditch classes, and somehow stumble into the lab of a mad scientist lady. There they discover her latest invention, The Vitalitron, which predicts the time of death of any living creature. Tim discovers he only has two hours left to live, so he and his mates create a bucket list that will cram a lifetime into the next two hours. Anyone want to bet that he doesn't die at the end of two hours, but learns a few lessons along the way? What an original idea. Starring Harry Jarvis, Ella-Rae Smith (seen in "Clique", "Into the Badlands", The Commuter), Alhaji Fofana, Keith Allen, Siobhan Redmond, Seann Walsh, Marek Larwood, and Kirsty Dillon. It looks pretty bad - almost made-for-TV bad, but that's why it's being dumped direct-to-VOD here in the US this summer.
"I'm giving you a chance, Max, don't screw it up…" Firebreathing Films has debuted the first trailer for an indie horror comedy titled Vampyrz on a Boat, though it's actually properly written as VampyrZ on a Boat (that capital "Z" is important!). While this may not have been made as a comedy, it definitely plays like one. Described as a "razor-sharp horror" this is about, as the title says, a vampire outbreak on a medical research ship. The film stars Carrie Keagan & Dallas Valdez, along with Curt Lambert, Diane Ayala Goldner, and Kendall Wells as the Master Vampire. Looks extra ridiculous, but perhaps it's a fun watch.