"This is their life. You gotta let them decide." Warner Bros has revealed a second official trailer for King Richard, a true story starring Will Smith & Aunjanue Ellis as the parents of tennis superstars Venus & Serena Williams. This film recently premiered at both the 2021 Telluride and London Film Festivals to very positive reviews from different critics. Yeah it looks fantastic! Driven by a clear vision of their future, using unconventional methods, Richard has a plan that will take Venus and Serena Williams from the streets of Compton, California to the global stage as legendary icons. Their father was their coach and he helped them become two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, changing the sport of tennis forever. Saniyaa Sidney stars as Venus Williams, Demi Singleton as Serena Williams, with Tony Goldwyn as coach Paul Cohen and Jon Bernthal as coach Rick Macci. The ensemble also includes Andy Bean, Kevin Dunn, and Craig Tate. This looks like the must watch inspiration sports movie of the year! Watch below.
Over one day across the streets of L.A., three lives will change forever. Universal Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for Michael Bay's new movie titled Ambulance, an action thriller set on the streets of Los Angeles following two robbers who steal an ambulance after their bank heist goes awry. Bay is reeling it in this time, with a movie that takes place in only ONE city! Ha. In this breakneck thriller from director-producer Michael Bay, two desperate brothers hijack an ambulance with a wounded cop clinging to life and ace EMT onboard, too. In a high-speed pursuit that never stops, Will and Danny must evade a massive, city-wide law enforcement response, keep their hostages alive, and somehow try not to kill each other, all while executing the most insane escape L.A. has ever seen. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza González, and Garret Dillahunt. This is actually a remake of the 2005 Danish film Ambulancen. Okay this looks awesome! Surprise, surprise, Bay kicking ass by bringing the action back to Los Angeles. So many badass shots! And Jake Gyllenhaal looks extra mean in this. I'm so down! Bring it on, Bay, bring it on.
"I've been dreaming about this stuff since I was a kid… My brother Sam left one final clue." Sony Pictures has finally unveiled the first trailer for the Uncharted movie, based on the very popular video game series about a young adventurer named Nathan Drake. This has been in the works for years, bouncing around with various directors, but is finally shot and will be released in February 2022 early next year. Tom Holland stars as Nathan, who goes on his first treasure hunting adventure with wisecracking partner Victor "Sully" Sullivan, played by Mark Wahlberg. The main cast also includes Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, and Antonio Banderas. It's good to finally see some footage from this movie! And it definitely looks like an exact copy of the video games, with some of the same action set pieces being repeated for the movie. Cool, I guess? Let's hope this will actually be good. Maybe the February release date is an early warning. Fire up the first trailer.
"My, my, oh my… You have to be the two dumbest men on the planet." Netflix has dropped off the second trailer for the action comedy movie arriving in November this year called Red Notice, featuring a trio of world famous actors: Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds. The title is a reference to an Interpol-issued "Red Notice" — the highest level warrant to hunt & capture the world's most wanted. When a daring heist brings together the top FBI profiler (Dwayne Johnson) and two rival criminals (Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds), there's no telling what will happen next. It's described as "a stylish globe-trotting game of cat-and-mouse (and cat)." It's one of the "biggest movies" Netflix has ever made, which pretty much means they've thrown a ton of money at filming in real locations around the world. The cast also includes Ritu Arya and Chris Diamantopolous. This looks much better than the first trailer, finally letting the comedy play out along with some better shots of the action. This seems like good fun! Forgettable, but still very fun.
"It makes me happy to help folks out a little." Film Movement has debuted the US trailer for an acclaimed Japanese indie drama titled They Say Nothing Stays the Same, which initially premiered back in 2019. The film is the latest directed by Japanese actor / filmmaker Joe Odagiri, and features cinematography by the award-winning DP Christopher Doyle (of In the Mood for Love, 2046, Ondine, Paranoid Park, Love After Love). "Why does one need a ferryman? One needs a ferryman where there is a body of water and a bridge does not exist. The village high in the hills has a ferryman, but a bridge is in the works. The poor peasant is about to become even more poor. The people, livestock, and goods won't need his services much longer… He meets a young girl on a day when everything was supposed to go like any other day." The film stars Akira Emoto, Ririka Kawashima, Nijiro Murakami, Tsuyoshi Ihara, and Jun Marakami. It certainly looks like a beautifully-shot, moving film pondering the meaning of life & how we can help others.
"What happens when a writer stops writing?" IFC Films has unveiled a trailer for the documentary film Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time, a unique look at the life of this famed writer. This is premiering at the DOC NYC Film Festival in a few weeks. The film began 39 years ago when young, struggling filmmaker Robert B. Weide (of "Curb Your Enthusiasm", Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth) wrote a letter to his literary idol proposing a film on Vonnegut's life and work. Shooting began in 1988 and the resulting doc reflects the friendship and bond Weide and Vonnegut formed over the decades. Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time is first and foremost a biography of a beloved American author. But it also documents a filmmaker's odyssey as he examines the impact of a writer's legacy on his life, extending far beyond the printed page. Looks like an especially intellectual doc considering the years of connection and footage he has of Vonnegut. I am more than interested and very curious to hear everything he has to say! It looks like a must watch doc.
"Belfast will still be here when you get back." Focus Features has debuted a wonderful second official trailer for Belfast, written and directed by Irish actor / filmmaker Kenneth Branagh, described as his "most personal film" yet. Similar in many ways to Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, but with Irish sensibilities. The film won the Audience Award at the 2021 Toronto Film Festival, and recently played at the London Film Festival. A coming-of-age drama set during the tumult of late-1960s Northern Ireland, the film follows young Buddy while he navigates a landscape of working-class struggle, sweeping cultural changes, and sectarian violence. Jude Hill stars as Buddy, with a stellar ensemble cast featuring Caitríona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds, Colin Morgan, and Lara McDonnell. I've been looking forward to seeing this since first hearing about it! Audiences at all of the festivals have embraced it as one of the best of the year.
"Your father, that helmet, you, they're all connected." Vertical has unveiled a trailer for a peculiar fantasy action thriller titled Alpha Rift, which seems to be another homage to Dungeons & Dragons from a fan who loves to play tabletop games. When a helmet thrusts Nolan into a world of modern-day knights fighting supernatural evil, he's forced to become the hero he was destined to be. When he puts on the mysterious old armored helmet, his whole world changes. The helmet comes to life and calls out to an evil demon who was imprisoned by Nolan's father. Nolan discovers he's next in the bloodline, heir to The Nobleman, destined to become a hero whether he wants to be or not. Aaron Dalla Villa stars as Nolan, with Lance Henriksen, Richel Nielsen, Philip N. Williams, Graham Wolfe, Allyson Malandra, and Peter Patrikios. This kind of plays like a mashup of Highlander with The Kid Who Would Be King with D&D. Alas it doesn't look that great - I'd recommend watching The Kid Who Would Be King instead, especially if you've never seen it.
"If I would've known, I never would've come here." Gravitas Ventures has unveiled the trailer for an indie horror film titled The Accursed, also known as Severed Silence, from writers / filmmakers Elizabeta Vidovic and Kathryn Michelle, both making their feature directorial debut with this film. It opens in a few more weeks, available to watch on VOD anywhere. Yancy Butler stars as a woman who has spent twenty years suppressing and fighting off a maleficent curse that was placed upon her bloodline. Then one day a family member knowingly releases it, forcing her to kill or to be killed. The cast includes Izabela Vidovic, Goran Visnjic, Maiara Walsh, George Harrison Xanthis, and Melora Walters. Unfortunately this does not look good at all. Only thing I'm wondering is what's in the vines moving all on their own. Strange.
"In a world gone mad…" Animortal Studio has dropped in a second official UK trailer for this extremely wild, badass stop-motion action horror film called Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires, written & directed by animator Mike Mort. It first premiered in 2018 at the Annecy Film Festival (where I saw it) and at the Sitges Film Festival, but has never been released since then. It's a full-on, R-rated, guts & gore, stop-motion 80s throwback. Set in 1986, the film follows a cop named "Chuck Steel", who must fight off forces of evil when a scourge of Trampires – a mutated hybrid of vampire and tramp – start to take over the city. The voice cast includes director Mike Mort as Chuck Steel, with Jennifer Saunders, Paul Whitehouse, Dan Russell, Jonnie Fiori, and Samantha Coughlan. I'm sooo happy this film is finally getting a UK release! I hope it shows up in the US soon. If you think it looks dumb, well, yeah that's the whole point! This film is the epitome of instant cult classic, midnight screenings for years, animated horror madness. Rock on.
"He didn't want people to know the real Charlie." Altitude Films has unveiled an official UK trailer for the documentary film The Real Charlie Chaplin, which recently played at the London Film Fest this month after first premiered at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival. From the award-winning creative team behind Notes On Blindness and Listen To Me Marlon. Groundbreaking, controversial, outspoken and visionary. For decades he was the most famous man in the world – but who was the real Charlie Chaplin? Drawn from a remarkable archive of newly unearthed material, this new doc film is a revealing and poignant portrait of Hollywood's most iconic figure. It traces Charlie Chaplin's meteoric rise from the slums of Victorian London to the heights of Hollywood superstardom, before his scandalous fall from grace. I can't wait to see this! I've been fascinated with real Chaplin after learning about his retreat to Switzerland in the final years of his life.
"Do you know what you're here for?" The Jokers distribution in France is opening this film in theaters in France starting today - October 20th. The film initially premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to a number of rave reviews (ours included). Pleasure is an extremely explicit journey deep in the pornography industry in Los Angeles, a story about a young Swedish woman who thinks she can make it big in the industry and heads to Los Angeles. But she learns there's many issues with the porn industry above all the sex and debauchery. Sofia Kappel stars, with a cast including Revika Anne Reustle, Evelyn Claire, Dana DeArmond, Kendra Spade, and Jason Toler. As sultry as this is, I think it's a brilliant criticism of how most industries operate these days, how fame and glory is impossible without losing your integrity. No US release date is set yet, but we're watching. Warning: this trailer is definitely NSFW - only in private.