"Life is a road straight and narrow - stay on the road, and it will take you safely home. But make a wrong turn, and you will meet the darkness." Lionsgate has finally unveiled an official trailer for a psychological thriller titled Fatale, which is opening in theaters in 15 days. This is the first of any footage we've seen for this film, which was delayed from the summer and is now opening in theaters (whatever ones are open) this December. The film stars Michael Ealy as Derrick, a married man who is tricked into a murder scheme by a female police detective. Fatale is described as "a suspenseful and provocative psychological thriller and an unpredictable game of cat and mouse where one mistake can change your life." Also starring Hilary Swank with Ealy, joined by Mike Colter, Danny Pino, and Tyrin Turner. Be careful, friends. This looks super creepy and more intense than expected - Ealy giving one hell of a dark, angry performance. Check this out.
"We're now crazy about music." GKids has released an official US trailer for a funky Japanese anime film titled On-Gaku: Our Sound, opening in US theaters in December. It first premiered at a few animation festivals last year, and already opened in Japan in January of this year. The film is about a trio of delinquent schoolkids who form a band. Animated almost entirely by director Kenji Iwaisawa, and featuring a lead performance by Japanese alt-rock legend Shintaro Sakamoto, On-Gaku: Our Sound brings its own sound and vision to the Hiroyuki Ohashi manga from which it was adapted. With pitch-perfect deadpan humor, the animated film presents a highly original take on the beloved slacker comedy: a lo-fi buddy film with a blaring musical finale that will leave you wanting an immediate encore. I dig how unconventional & unique this looks, not your typical anime in style or substance, with a dose of "adult" language & themes. Rock on!
"People remember what you did…" Roadshow Pictures has released a a full-length Australian trailer (listed as "Trailer 2" following the first look) for a murder mystery thriller titled The Dry, from filmmaker Robert Connolly. A Federal Agent returns to his hometown to face the demons of his past after his childhood friend dies in a gruesome murder-suicide. He begins to suspect this crime along with the death of a young woman, separated by decades, might be connected. What's really going on…? Eric Bana (back home in Australia) stars as Federal Agent Aaron Falk, along with Genevieve O'Reilly, Matt Nable, James Frecheville, Keir O'Donnell, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Eddie Baroo, & BeBe Bettencourt. This is set for release starting on January 1st, New Years Day, in Australia (since it's currently summer down there). It's a superb trailer, the eerie music and mystery and emotions mix together in just the right way to get my full attention.
"It was something I was born to do, and I was able for once in my life to be able to show people what I could do." Branded Studios has released an official trailer for a new Stallone documentary, but it's not about that Stallone, it's about the other one. Who, you ask? Well… it's time to find out. Stallone: Frank, That Is is an inside look into the fascinating life, career and survival of the most unknown famous entertainer in Hollywood. Frank Stallone has seen it all. Frank Stallone has done it all. But, who is Frank Stallone? You know the name, now discover the Grammy and Golden Globe nominated singer, songwriter, musician and actor who has been entertaining audiences for over fifty years, all the while living in a giant shadow. Often regarded as "Rocky's brother" and long living in Sylvester Stallone's giant shadow, Frank Stallone has spent more than 50 years carving out a career as a multi-faceted entertainer. This looks like such a fascinating and enjoyable doc about a unique and talented musician who isn't really famous… but that doesn't matter much.
"Do you think there's something beneath?" Of course there is! Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for The Dig, an indie drama from actor / director Simon Stone. The film is set in the late 1930s just before World War II in England. A wealthy widow hires an amateur archaeologist to excavate the burial mounds on her estate, leading to the historic discovery of Sutton Hoo and an undisturbed ship burial. The site is important in understanding the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of East Anglia & the early Anglo-Saxon period, as it illuminates a period that lacks historical documentation. The Dig stars Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes, along with Lily James, Johnny Flynn, Ben Chaplin, Ken Stott, Archie Barnes, and Monica Dolan. This looks quite good, and all those RAF planes roaring overhead make it that much more gripping. View below.
"Rich or poor, nobody can escape. What a tragedy." MTV Documentary Films has released an official US trailer for 76 Days, a chilling fly-on-the-wall documentary capturing the first 76 days during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in China. Raw and intimate, this documentary captures the struggles of patients and frontline medical professionals battling the vicious COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan. It focuses primarily on the many hospital workers and the endless patients in Wuhan, where the virus originated, earlier this year before it began to spread around the world. Filmmaker Hao Wu had to setup an intricate system to collect footage - another filmmaker named Weixi Chen and an uncredited "anonymous" contributor would secretly send him their footage from Wuhan. This just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and is being released virtually by MTV (!) this month. It's a harrowing and heart-wrenching look at how devastating this virus is.
Miyazaki is back!! NHK in Japan has unveiled an official trailer for a brand new Studio Ghibli movie titled Earwig and the Witch. But don't get too excited about the return of Ghibli. The film is the latest feature directed by Goro Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki's son who also directed the films Tales from Earthsea and From Up on Poppy Hill. Because it's uh, his father's studio, he convinced Ghibli to "return from the dead" to make another new film - this one being their first entirely CGI creation. And it looks pretty rough, to be honest. Earwig and the Witch, also known as Âya and the Witch, was supposed to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this year - instead it's debuting direct-to-TV on the NHK channel in Japan on December 30th just before the end of the year. It follows an orphan girl, Earwig, who is adopted by a witch and comes home to a spooky house filled with mystery and magic. This features the voices of Kokoro Hirasawa as Âya, Gaku Hamada, Shinobu Terajima, and Etsushi Toyokawa.. There's a handful of new promo videos for the upcoming debut later this month (view below), but there's still no worldwide release dates yet. Check it out.
"Mike had so, obviously, become a different guy." Gravitas has released an official trailer for a documentary film titled Diving Deep: The Life And Times Of Mike deGruy, a profile of an incredible naturalist and underwater adventurist. When ocean explorer and filmmaker Mike deGruy dies unexpectedly in an accident, his wife returns to the edit room to make a film. You may not have heard of Mike deGruy’s work to save our oceans but seeing it will change your perspective forever. The film is not only a look at his life exploring the depths of the oceans, but it is also a call to action on behalf of the world's oceans (yes, we must save them!). The doc features vibrant commentary from Mike's friends and collaborators: filmmaker James Cameron, National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle, British broadcaster David Attenborough, and the deGruy children. I am a serious admirer of people who are courageous enough to go and defiantly explore our world.
"Prophecy comes at a price…" Port Royal Film has released an official trailer for an indie titled Imperial Blue, from British filmmaker Dan Moss. Nicolas Fagerberg stars as Hugo Winter, a roguish American drug smuggler, who travels to Uganda in an attempt to export a large amount of Bulu, a sacred herb that grants the user visions of their future. Upon arriving in Kampala, he soon discovers that his only means of achieving this is through two sisters with competing agendas, born-again Kisakye & rebellious Angela, who come from the remote village of Makaana where the Bulu is grown. Described as a "trip Philip K. Dick might have taken" and a "reality-bending thriller that travels across three continents before landing in the forests of central Africa." Shot with a local cast and crew, Dan Moss' hallucinatory feature film meets the spectre of colonialism head on. That sounds good! And all the footage is mesmerizing. I'm very curious about this film.
"If you don't give them what they want, you know what's going to happen…" The Jokers from France has unveiled an official trailer for an indie drama titled Sons of Philadelphia, though it also goes under a few other titles including Brothers by Blood or The Sound of Philadelphia (this will apparently be the US release title). Adapted from the book "Brotherly Love" by Pete Dexter, the film is a tale of family, friendships and betrayal in the violent world of the Philadelphia mob. Focusing on two brothers, one adopted, who grew into different people. The cast is the most exciting part: Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Kinnaman, Maika Monroe, Ryan Philippe, and Paul Schneider. This looks extra dark and depressing. Made by a French filmmaker, so it's opening in France first at the end of December, then will arrive in the US sometime early 2021. This trailer is still in English as the film takes place in Philadelphia. And it looks intense - check it out.
"Look at me. Here I am." Magnolia Pictures has unveiled an official US trailer for Two of Us, a passionate love story drama by filmmaker Filippo Meneghetti. This is France's official submission to the Best Foreign Film selection in the Academy Awards this year, and it originally premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. It opens in the US in February just in time to play for Academy Award nominations. Pensioners Nina and Madeleine have hidden their deep and passionate love for many decades, but their bond is put to the test when they are suddenly unable to move freely between each other's apartments. This stars Barbara Sukowa & Martine Chevallier as Nina & Madeleine, with Léa Drucker, Jérôme Varanfrain, Muriel Bénazéraf, Augustin Reynes, and Hervé Sogne. It definitely looks like an emotional, heart-wrenching film that seems to be an impressive work considering the critics' quotes they use in this trailer. Take a look.
"You know, I think I figured out why they built Guantanamo down there." STX has unveiled the official trailer for a true story legal thriller called The Mauritanian, from filmmaker Kevin Macdonald who is making his first narrative feature (aside from lots of doc films) since 2014's Black Sea. Based on the book "Guantanamo Diary" by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the film tells the story of a detainee at the U.S military's Guantanamo Bay detention center who is held without charges for over a decade. He hopes for help from a defense attorney for his release. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch, eventually reveals a shocking and far reaching conspiracy. Surprise, surprise. The impressive ensemble cast includes Tahar Rahim as Mohamedou Ould Slahi, with Jodie Foster, Zachary Levi, Saamer Usmani, Shailene Woodley, plus Benedict Cumberbatch. This looks fantastic, peering into the dark corners of the US military industrial complex. Very scary truths.