"You can't. Do that. on TV." Gravitas has released an official trailer for the documentary titled The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story, which has been in the works for years. We first featured a teaser trailer for this back in 2017, after it was successfully funded on Indiegogo in 2016, but it has taken another three years for it to finally get a release. The Orange Years chronicles the rise of Nickelodeon, with the actors, writers, and creators from all the golden age Nickelodeon shows that shaped your lives. It's wild. It’s crazy. It changed the world. The film profiles Geraldine Laybourne, the visionary who turned the company into an $8 billion success, focusing on her "kids first" strategy. "More than just a history lesson or a 'where are they now?' special, the doc explores the network's revolutionary approach to storytelling, the impact it had on a generation of youth, and [tries] to find out of why these shows have stayed in the hearts of so many people."
"One night with you guys, and I already have vampires and thugs trying to kill me?!" Since when did Netflix start making found-in-the-back-of-the-video-store B-movie horror flicks? But you know, I'll allow it. Vampires vs The Bronx is exactly what it sounds like - a group of young friends from the Bronx fight to save their neighborhood from a band of vampires. Made by a Funny or Die and SNL director, and produced by Lorne Michaels. The ensemble cast includes Jaden Michael, Gerald W. Jones III, Gregory Diaz IV, Sarah Gadon, Cliff "Method Man" Smith, Shea Whigham, Coco Jones, Joel "The Kid Mero" Martinez, Chris Redd, Vladimir Caamaño, Jeremie Harris, and also, surprise, Zoe Saldaña. Best part about this trailer is the logo at the end, the rest of it looks rather mediocre. Might be a fun October film.
"Any artist that… creates something that changes anyone's life, has made it." Have you heard of the band The Matches? Bleeding Audio is an excellent documentary film about this "local" band and their story of success and failure. Told through the eyes of quirky, charming, and humble bandmates: Shawn, Jon, Matt, and Justin, Bleeding Audio is an intimate portrait detailing The Matches' promising career, defeating break up, and inspiring reunion, as they reflect on what success means for musicians in today's digital industry. This premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival earlier this year, then went on to win the Audience Award for Best Doc at both the Dances With Films Festival and SF Doc Fest this year. This doc uses The Matches history and recent reunion to dig deeper into the root of the challenges the average musician faces in the digital age of the industry. Even if you don't know this band, it's definitely worth a watch - an engaging and surprisingly heartfelt look at the challenges of being a successful band. One of the best rock docs this year.
"Bresson must have really wanted to keep this a secret." Not a secret anymore! GKids has released the full-length official US trailer (with subtitles) for Lupin III: The First, the very first CGI animated Lupin the 3rd movie to be made. It already opened in Japan last year (we featured two trailers) and played at this year's Annecy Film Festival. GKids will finally be giving this animated adventure a theatrical release in the US starting October. The iconic "gentleman thief" Lupin III returns in an action-packed, continent-spanning adventure, as Lupin III and his colorful underworld companions race to uncover secrets in the mysterious Bresson Diary. "The gang undertakes trap-filled tombs, aerial escapades and daring prison escapes with the trademark wit and visual finesse that have made Lupin the 3rd one of the most storied animation franchises in the world, in a thrilling new caper that is sure to delight fans old and new." Featuring the original voices of Kan'ichi Kurita, Daisuke Namikawa, Miyuki Sawashiro, Kôichi Yamadera, Kôtarô Yoshida, & Kiyoshi Kobayashi. I'm still very excited to see this! Looks like it's going to be sooo much fun to watch.
"We don't see the war, but war is taking place." HBO has unveiled a trailer for a documentary titled The Perfect Weapon, from doc filmmaker John Maggio, based on a best-selling book ("The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age") by NY Times national security correspondent David E. Sanger. The doc film explores the rise of cyber conflict as the primary way nations now compete with and sabotage one another. A worthy follow-up to Alex Gibney's Zero Days doc, also about cyber warfare and how it can be used to destroy entire countries. This film features interviews with top military, intelligence, and political officials on the frontlines of cyberterrorism, the documentary brings to light the combatants and innocent victims caught in the crosshairs of a hidden war that has been going on for decades — a war that America started, but has no idea how to finish. This is all horrifying, but if we talk about it, maybe we can address it.
"The mind can be a precarious thing… It can either serve or deceive." The Talash Video Centre and Digital Boulevard have released the official trailer for a peculiar new sci-fi project titled Cognition, the first film made by filmmaker Ravi Ajit Chopra. Cognition is a 27 minute short dystopian sci-fi drama / thriller about a son confronting his past trauma. Journeying through the symbolic landscape of the subconscious mind, the story follows an unbreakable bond between father and son…. A bond that transcends space and time. This uncompromising short fuses two distant worlds in a hallucinogenic roller-coaster ride through the darkest chasms of the mind. Starring Andrew Scott, Jeremy Irvine, Lucy Russell, Wolf Kahler, Milo Panni, and Georgia Sandle. The making of this short film has been a labour of love for the team involved - watch a featurette about Ravi's family video shop "Talash Video Centre" and about the making of the film. This has some stellar visuals + stunning shots of future worlds - hopefully there's a coherent story to go with all that.
"What does that mean for me to change my DNA, what does that mean for me as a human being?" Good questions. Showtime has released an official trailer for an intriguing documentary film titled Citizen Bio, examining the controversial world of "bio-hacking." This hasn't premiered at any festivals, but will debut streaming on Showtime soon. Citizen Bio follows the stories of four of America's most notorious biohackers and their relationships with Aaron Traywick, a self-proclaimed biohacker whose life took a tragic turn when he was mysteriously found dead in a float pod at a meditation spa at the age of 28 in 2018. Biohacking is the part of the new "do-it-yourself biology" culture, a growing biotechnological social movement, which involvements individuals developing their own methods for body modification or improving body functions. The film introduces us to biohackers and their experiments. A very captivating look at the pharmaceutical / medical industries and how new technology is disrupting / evolving this entire world. I'm definitely curious.
"I've got the vision, I just need someone who can help me execute. Gravitas has released an official trailer for an action movie + crime thriller titled Narco Soldiers, which is about exactly what the title says it's about. Narco Soldiers is a timely, action-packed crime thriller that explores the resurgence of the Caribbean drug routes and one couple's violent, Bonnie and Clyde-style rise to power. Nothing more to this than just that. The film stars Rafael Amaya, Carolina Guerra, Ricardo Chavira, Rafael Amaya, and Carolina Guerra. There's actually more action in this trailer than I expected, but it still has all the cliche action junk tropes: guns galore, drugs, women, sex, violence, terrible dialogue. Same as always. This one you can ignore.
"Let's get monster hunting!" Netflix has unveiled the first official trailer for a fun adventure horror comedy called A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting, a new movie from the director of Tank Girl! Adapted from the popular scary book series of the same name. A young babysitter is recruited into a secret monster hunting society and embarks on a mission to bring back a child she is babysitting who's been abducted by monsters. Tamara Smart (seen in Artemis Fowl and "The Worst Witch") stars in this as Kelly, and the full cast includes Oona Laurence, Alessio Scalzotto, Ian Ho, Tamsen McDonough, Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson, Lynn Masako Cheng, Ty Consiglio, Ashton Arbab, Crystal Balint, Ricky He, along with Indya Moore and Tom Felton. This is described as an "action-packed adventure about working together to overcome your fears" and looks like Harry Potter + Men in Black + monsters. Which seems like good fun.
"Give the parrot his medicine." Studiocanal has unveiled a new trailer for the 4K restoration and re-release of The Ladykillers, celebrating the film's 65th anniversary. This "flawless" black comedy first opened in 1955 in London, and is considered one of the best British comedies ever made. A 35mm 3-strip Technicolor print was used as a reference for the colour grade to ensure the new HDR Dolby Vision master stayed true to the films original 1950s "Colour by Technicolor" look. Five oddball criminals planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians. The film features an all-star line-up of the finest comedy actors of the era: Alec Guinness plays mastermind "Professor Marcus"; Cecil Parker is Claude otherwise known as "Major Courtney"; Peter Sellers is Harry aka "Mr Robinson"; Herbert Lom is Louis aka "Mr Harvey" and Danny Green plays One-Round also known as "Mr Lawson". Topped off by an exquisite Katie Johnson as their landlord "Mrs. Wilberforce". The footage in this trailer is pristine, and as always, restorations are a perfect way to catch up with classics.
"Now our ship is abandoned by the gods already." Oh no no no no. Another new official trailer has arrived for the freaky deaky Chinese horror film Abyssal Spider. We featured the first teaser trailer last month, but the footage didn't have a single shot of any spider in it. A new trailer from Taiwan has been found online and it's packed with spiders - small ones and a few medium size ones. And there's probably one giant one that they battle at the end. The Chinese release title for this is offiically Mad Spider Sea, which is just as cool as the other title Abyssal Spider. Most of the film takes place on a fishing boat vessel, starring Sunny Wang, Cheng Jen-Shuo, Ke Jiayan, Li Liren, Li Kangsheng, Lian Kai, Xie Peien, Jiu Kong, and Chunfeng. After complaints about "no spiders" in the first trailer, the screenwriter went on Twitter to say that there will be plenty of them. And they've delivered on that promise! Only 60 seconds of footage and I'm already shaking with fear. I hate spiders so much. They are clearly CGI spiders, but this still looks scary AF.
"The Breakfast Club meets Waiting for Godot…" Now that's a funky pitch. But sounds good, kind of? Check out the official trailer for an indie comedy titled 18 to Party, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Jeff Roda. This originally premiered at the Big Apple Film Festival last year, and also played at the Florida Film Festival this year. It's set in 1984 and takes place outside a small-town nightclub, where a group of 8th graders gather, grappling with a spate of recent suicides, UFO sightings, their absentee parents, and each other. Described by the festival as "a spot-on love letter to Gen X, awkward teenagers, and the transcendent power of friendship." The film stars Alivia Clark, Tanner Flood, Oliver GIfford, James Freedson-Jackson, Nolan Lyons, Sam McCarthy, Ivy Miller, Taylor Richardson, and Erich Schuett. It looks like classical indie filmmaking in a good way - no-budget project with a clever script about a time long gone.