"I've been searching, seeking, my whole life… And now, finally, we meet." Good Deed Entertainment has revealed an official US trailer for an intriguing sci-fi indie film made in Cambodia titled Karmalink. This first premiered last year at the Venice International Film Critics' Week, and it played at tons of other film festivals throughout late 2021 and early 2022. It's now opening in the US this July. In this Buddhist sci-fi mystery set in near-future Phnom Penh, a young Cambodian detective untangles a link between her friend's past-life dreams of a lost gold artifact and a neuroscientist's determination to attain digital enlightenment. The main story follows a 13-year-old boy and his friend - they "must decide how far they are willing to go to find their treasure and the truth." The indie film stars Leng Heng Prak, Srey Leak Chhith, Sahajak Boonthanakit, and Cindy Sirinya Bishop. I'm super interested in this, all the footage looks especially unique and I'm curious to see how they craft a sci-fi story around Buddhism. I'm down. Give this one a look.
"You are going to witness an absolute spectacle. So what happens next…?! You ready??" Universal has debuted the main official & final trailer Jordan Peele's movie Nope, which is a sci-fi thriller involving an extraterrestrial appearance in a small town. Along with the first trailer back in February, this footage is still especially mysterious. Of course they won't reveal the truth about these UFOs that create twisters and suck people up. Nope's main cast features Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Brandon Perea, Michael Wincott, Donna Mills, and Terry Notary. This trailer also reveals the plot is about Kaluuya & Palmer trying to capture this footage on camera, and use it to make some money. And their UFO hunter friend they bring in hints that they'll learn a lesson from trying to "climb this mountain." SO very excited for this, Peele is a mastermind. This looks original and thrilling - cannot wait to find out what's really going on.
"I tried to write a script that I didn't know how to pull off. And then assembled the team to help me pull it off." Universal has launched a new 2-minute behind-the-scenes featurette for Jordan Peele's movie Nope, which seems to be a sci-fi thriller involving an extraterrestrial appearance in a small town. That's still all we know about it. The full-length official trailer is out now, to go along with this making of preview. Along with the first trailer back in February, this footage is all so mysterious and interesting. Is it aliens or something else? Nope's cast features Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Barbie Ferreira, Michael Wincott, Donna Mills, and Terry Notary. This featurette provides a cinematic look at the production, without much dialogue or any explanations as to what we're seeing. Always nice to see so many full IMAX cameras in use on set! I'm still excited to find out where Peele is taking this story and what's really going on.
"It's a full-on alien invasion!" Netflix has revealed the trailer for Blasted, a sci-fi comedy from Norway that seems to have a bit of an Attack the Block vibe. This looks ridiculously fun. When a former childhood friend crashes Sebastian's bachelor party and makes it all about himself, only an alien invasion can make them put aside their bad blood and reunite as the kick-ass laser-tag duo they once were. This sci-fi comedy is inspired by the Norwegian UFO phenomenon. To defeat the aliens they need to rekindle their relationship to save everyone. And get back to being the kick-ass lasertag duo they once were. There's also some fun paintball in this, too! Blasted stars Axel Bøyum & Fredrik Skogsrud, with Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, André Sørum, Evelyn Rasmussen Osazuwa, Mathias Luppichini, and Eirik Hallert. As someone who was a huge laser tag fan growing up, I totally need to see this! I just wish I could go play some laser tag after watching.
"Vesper - you can change everything…" IFC Films has revealed the first teaser trailer for an indie sci-fi film titled Vesper, formerly known as Vesper Seeds, arriving in theaters in September later this year. The film is premiering at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in Czechia this July, then play at a few other festivals before release. After the collapse of Earth's ecosystem, Vesper (Raffiella Chapman), a 13-year-old girl struggling to survive with her paralyzed Father, meets a mysterious Woman with a secret that forces Vesper to use her wits, strength and bio-hacking abilities to fight for the possibility of a future. This has some crazy cool style, and a strange hybrid-organic future that kind of mashes up 12 Monkeys and Avatar and The Road. Vesper features Raffiella Chapman, with Eddie Marsan, Rosy McEwen, Richard Brake, Melanie Gaydos, and Edmund Dehn. "By blending their vision of future technology, nature and hope, anchored around strong feminine figures, they refresh classic sci-fi themes to create a truly original universe." Check this out.
"It know how to hunt. I know how to survive." 20th Century Studios has debuted a kick ass full trailer for Prey, the surprise new Predator movie from filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg (of 10 Cloverfield Lane). It tells an origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth. The filmmakers were committed to creating a film that provides an accurate portrayal of the Comanche and brings an authenticity that rings true to its Indigenous peoples. Producer Jhane Myers, also an acclaimed filmmaker, Sundance Fellow and member of the Comanche nation herself, is known for her attention and dedication to films surrounding the Comanche & Blackfeet nations. With a cast comprised almost entirely of Native and First Nation’s talent, including Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush, & Julian Black Antelope. Oh this looks badass!! One hell of a trailer, I'm completely sold. "Whatever did this, I can kill it."
"Witness the dumbest science fiction movie ever made." The boys are back again. Paramount has revealed an official trailer for Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe, the surprise Beavis & Butt-Head revival from Mike Judge. Written & directed by Judge, the creator of the duo and director of the last Beavis and Butt-Head Do America movie from 1996, this one will be landing on Paramount+'s streaming service later this month. It has been 26 years since we last saw these idiots on the big screen! What have they been up to?? After a "creative" judge sentences them to Space Camp, a black hole sends our adolescent heroes 24 years into the modern future where the duo misuse Iphones, embark on a quest to score, and become targets of the Deep State. Starring Judge as the voices of the duo, with a few guests including Gary Cole, Chris Diamantopoulos, Nat Faxon, David Herman, Chi McBride, Tig Notaro, Stephen Root, Martin Starr, and Jimmy O. Yang. This looks just as ridiculous and hilarious as it should, which is a good thing.
"It's your job to keep us alive." IFC Midnight has revealed the official trailer for a new sci-fi thriller titled Rubikon, produced in Austria and made by an Austrian filmmaker making her feature directorial debut. This is opening on VOD and in theaters starting in July this summer in the US for anyone curious to watch. Following an environmental catastrophe on Earth in the near future, the planet is covered in a toxic fog. The crew living up in the space station must decide whether to risk their own lives to get home and search for survivors, or stay safe in the station's "algae symbiosis system". Good question? "Against the vast canvas of the cosmos, three people with different worldviews debate their moral responsibility to the species, all while grappling with the timely agony of isolation." The film stars Julia Franz Richter, George Blagden, and Mark Ivanir. I'm getting a bit tired of these so many of these sci-fi "moral quandary" thrillers because they all seem so proud but in the end the movie is forgettable because it's always the same conclusion every time.
"You can begin to feel your own existence… what you are, basically, is the fabric and structure of existence itself." This is the best trailer yet! Only 90 seconds and it's fantastic. Netflix has revealed one final trailer for their latest edition of the Love, Death + Robots for-adults-only animation series. This latest set of shorts is dubbed Volume 3 and it includes 9 segments, including one directed by David Fincher himself (the giant crab one). This new selection of shorts is now available to watch on Netflix as of May 20th! Buckle up and have fun. Terror, imagination and beauty combine in nine new episodes which stretch from uncovering an ancient evil to a comedic apocalypse, telling startling short stories of fantasy, horror and science-fiction with trademark wit and visual invention. The voice heard in this trailer is an excerpt from Alan Watts "Dream" speech (in full here). "If you awaken, from this illusion…" Maybe we don't want to wake from it…? I can't wait to watch every last one of these!! Such an awesome series. Let's hope they keep making more and more.
"A stranded alien girl who must find her lost friend." Well Go USA has revealed the official US trailer for a cheesy Vietnamese sci-fi kids movie titled Maika: The Girl from Another Galaxy, opening in theaters this June. This already premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, playing in the Kids section. After a meteor falls to earth, 8-year-old Hung meets an alien girl from the planet Maika, searching for her lost friend. The alien girl helps Hung make new friends and heal a broken heart. But danger lurks everywhere. Together, they go on an adventure to help Maika find a way home and escape from some local criminals. The fun film stars Phu Truong Lai, Diep Anh Chu, Tin Tin, Ngoc Tuong, and Kim Nha. I actually watched this during Sundance and it's enjoyable (my review), even if it is so cheesy and obvious, because there's a strange kind of charm to it. Definitely meant for kids but some adults might enjoy it, too.
"I want to go on an adventure. Everything is lovely." Time to meet your new best friend! Focus Features has revealed an official trailer for Brian and Charles, one of the most delightful and charming discoveries out of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This extra quirky buddy comedy is pretty much a Taika Waititi-esque creation, but through the lens of filmmaker Jim Archer and comedian David Earl, who plays Brian. After a particularly harsh winter Brian goes into a deep depression; completely isolated and with no one to talk to, Brian does what any sane person would do when faced with such a situation. He builds a robot. It turns out Brian's best invention… is also his best friend. A friend named Charles Petrescu. David Earl co-stars with Chris Hayward as Charles, joined by Louise Brealey, Jamie Michie, Nina Sosanya, Lynn Hunter, and Cara Chase. This is adapted from their own short film that we featured on FS last fall - and it's one of the best feature adaptations of a short ever made. Highly recommend watching.
20th Century Studios has unveiled the first 45-second teaser for Prey, the surprise new Predator movie from filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg (of 10 Cloverfield Lane previously). It tells an origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth. The filmmakers were committed to creating a film that provides an accurate portrayal of the Comanche and brings an authenticity that rings true to its Indigenous peoples. Producer Jhane Myers, also an acclaimed filmmaker, Sundance Fellow and member of the Comanche nation herself, is known for her attention and dedication to films surrounding the Comanche and Blackfeet nations and her passion for honoring the legacies of the Native communities. As a result, the film features a cast comprised almost entirely of Native and First Nation’s talent, including Amber Midthunder, newcomer Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush, and Julian Black Antelope. Uh yeah, this looks good so far! I just wish we could see this on the big screen and not only on Hulu. Get your first look below.