"Where my ability ends… my faith begins." Netflix has unveiled a teaser trailer for a new sports film titled in full Baggio: The Divine Ponytail, also known as Il Divin Codino (which is just "The Divine Ponytail") in Italian. The Netflix feature is a chronicle of the 22-year career of soccer star Roberto Baggio, including his difficult debut as a player and his deep rifts with some of his coaches. He inspired entire generations to play football. And not only that. A unique footballer, capable of thrilling fans all over the world. This is not a documentary, but a fictionalization, starring Andrea Arcangeli as Roberto Baggio. The feature film will "look at key moments from his 22-year career, including that penalty kick in the 1994 World Cup final and his contentious move from Fiorentina to Juventus. It will also take a closer look at the man himself, his relationship with his family, and his Buddhist beliefs." Very interesting. The cast includes Valentina Bellè, Thomas Trabacchi, Andrea Pennacchi, and Antonio Zavatteri. Check out the first look trailer below.
"Wait - don't look at your phone!" Rock Salt Releasing has unveiled a new US trailer for an indie animated dark comedy from Argentina called Lava, the latest from filmmaker Ayar Blasco. This originally premiered back in 2019, but is only now getting a US release with a new English-language voice cast. Both versions will be out in the US in March. The near-future sci-fi follows Débora, a "lonely and ineffectual tattoo artist," and her friends as they try to stop and apocalypse. The film is a commentary on screen addiction, as people are entranced by messages on their devices. The new cast features Janeane Garofalo and Cedric Williams; the original Spanish-language voice cast is Sofía Gala Castiglione, Martín Piroyansky, and Justina Bustos. I'm always down for more "animation for adults" that explores crazy cool concepts. This looks fun.
"It's just words! It doesn't mean anything!" Gravitas has released a new official US trailer for an indie dark comedy from the UK called Say Your Prayers, the second feature directed by Harry Michell (also of Chubby Funny previously). This opened in the UK last fall, and arrives in the US this spring to watch. Two orphaned brothers turned radical Christian hitmen venture to rural Ilkley (north of Manchester - see Google Maps) under the instruction of Father Enoch. Their mission: assassinate the Professor John Huxley, famed atheist writer. The cast features Harry Melling and Tom Brooke, with Derek Jacobi, Roger Allam, Anna Maxwell Martin, and Vinette Robinson. This looks like it gets super wacky weird and crazy, but I like that they're making fun of religion in a blatant way. More of this kind of dark humor to laugh at, please.
"Only reason you're here is ’cause I spared you." FS.net is honored to exclusively premiere the first official trailer for an indie thriller titled Downeast, the latest feature from actor / filmmaker Joe Raffa. The film is premiering at the 2021 Garden State Film Festival later this month, and this trailer is being released early to build up some buzz. Written and directed by Raffa, Downeast is a story of love, loss, and redemption diving into the often ignored seedy underbelly of Maine. The story follows a woman who returns to her hometown and begins to uncover the web of lies the town has been keeping while reconnecting with an old flame. The film combines crime, revenge and most importantly, the hope for a new life. Starring Greg Finley, Dylan Silver, Judson Mills, Kirk Fox, and Gareth Williams. This looks like a gritty, rough and tumble mob thriller exploring the not-so-nice side of Maine - not something we see too often. View the first trailer below.
"That's a stolen car!" "Maybe we can get somebody to help us fix it?" File under: "wait, this isn't out yet??" Nope! Orion Pictures never released this movie due to the pandemic shutdown last year, despite originally being scheduled to open in 2019. Instead, Netflix has picked it up and will be releasing it streaming starting this March almost two years late. From one of the guys that brought you Jackass and Bad Grandpa, this hidden camera comedy follows two best friends as they go out on a cross-country road trip full of hilarious, inventive pranks, pulling its real-life audience into the mayhem. The prank comedy features Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, Charles Green, Adam Meir, and Tiffany Haddish. We already ran two other trailers for this a year ago and here is one more below to build up hype for the final Netflix release soon. Have fun.
"You will not leave the house again." Magnolia Pictures has revealed an official trailer for the creepy stuck-in-a-home thriller Held, an intriguing thriller from a screenplay written by Jill Awbrey who also co-stars in the film. This originally premiered at Frightfest last year, and arrives on VOD in April coming up this spring. A couple's ailing marriage is put to the test when they are held hostage in an isolated vacation rental by an unseen "Voice" that commands their every move. While the situation grows increasingly brutal, Emma and Henry must work together to uncover the truth and find a way out before it's too late. Co-starring Jill Awbrey and Bart Johnson, and co-directed by Travis Cluff & Chris Lofing. The strange masked man with the microphone is the strangest part about this. I'm curious to find out what's going on! What about you…?
"What does it feel like to feel something?" Lionsgate has finally revealed the first teaser trailer for a new sci-fi space adventure movie called Voyagers, the latest from director Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist). This was originally set for last year, but has been delayed and is now set to open in April this spring. A crew of astronauts on a multi-generational mission descend into paranoia and madness, not knowing what is real or not. The ensemble features Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead, Chanté Adams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Viveik Kalra, Archie Madekwe, Quintessa Swindell, Madison Hu, and Colin Farrell. At first glance, this looks like the Hollywood remake of Claire Denis' High Life, addressing issues of desire and pleasure and destruction while traveling on long space voyages. Here's hoping it's good.
"Whoever's the boss makes the rules." Shout Factory has debuted a new US trailer for the upcoming release of the Chinese action movie The Rookies, which originally opened in China way back in 2019. Set partially in Hungary, the action thriller also co-stars Milla Jovovich in addition to a mostly Chinese cast. Extreme sport lover Zhou Feng got himself wrapped up in international illegal trade by accident. So he had to follow an international special agent Bruce to Budapest. Together with a crappy police officer, a non-professional scientist, and an unemployed doctor, these four rookies start a fight with the terrorists. The cast features Wang Talu, Sandrine Pinna, Xu Weizhou, Liu Meitong, Alan Wan, Björn Freiberg, plus Jovovich and David Lee McInnis as Iron Fist. This looks fun, but it also looks like an utterly ridiculous Kingsman ripoff, and someone needs to turn down the color saturation, my goodness. Not so sure it's worth the wait.
"You're on my property!" Dark Star + Bloody Disgusting have revealed a disgusting new red band trailer for the horror film Honeydew, marking the feature directorial debut of Devereux Milburn. The film originally premiered at the Tribeca + Nightstream Film Festivals last year. Honeydew tells the story of a young couple who are forced to seek shelter in the home of an aging farmer (and her peculiar son), when they suddenly begin having strange cravings and hallucinations taking them down a rabbit hole of the bizarre. This stars Sawyer Spielberg in his first role, Malin Barr, Barbara Kingsley, Stephen D'Ambrose, and Jamie Bradley. Nerdist calls the film "a hallucinogenic nightmare of a movie." It doesn't seem so bad in the first half, but then it gets extra freaky as it goes on. Until you see his stomach and then, oh shit. Tread carefully.
"It truly is amazing what people will say on the phone when they don't know the feds are listening." Netflix has unveiled a trailer for a documentary called Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal, the latest from acclaimed doc filmmaker Chris Smith (of American Movie, Home Movie, The Yes Men, Jim & Andy, Fyre). Smith knows how to make great docs. Everything you've heard is true. But you haven't heard everything. Using real conversations recreated from FBI wiretaps – the film has recreations and sequences starring Matthew Modine as Rick Singer. An examination that goes beyond the celebrity-driven headlines and dives into the methods used by Rick Singer, the man at the center of the shocking 2019 college admissions scandal, to persuade his wealthy clients to cheat an educational system already designed to benefit the privileged. This is such a wildly upsetting, insidious story and I'm glad it's being told this way.
"You need to be willing to put yourself at risk." Vertical Ent. has released another official US trailer for The Seventh Day, a freaky new Australian exorcism thriller from filmmaker Justin P. Lange (The Dark). This looks like many other exorcism thrillers but with a few clever twists, as Guy Pearce plays Father Peter, a renown exorcist training younger priests. He teams up with a rookie priest and takes him out on his first day of training - identifying possession and learning the rites of exorcism. As they plunge deeper into hell on earth, the lines between good and evil blur, and their own demons emerge. With Keith David, Stephen Lang, Robin Bartlett, Heath Freeman, Hannah Alline, Major Dodge, and Vadhir Derbez. This still looks like Training Day with exorcists, which is a pretty cool concept to play around with. Take a look.
"Death is weird." Oscilloscope Labs has revealed an official trailer for the indie coming-of-age drama titled Sophie Jones, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Jessie Barr. This premiered at a few film festivals last year, and it's getting a virtual release coming up soon in March. Inspired by true experiences of grief, girlhood, and growing up, Sophie Jones provides a stirring portrait of a 16-year old trying to figure out life. "Stunned by the untimely death of her mother and struggling with the myriad challenges of teendom, Sophie tries everything she can to feel something again, while holding herself together, in this sensitive, acutely realized, and utterly relatable coming-of-age story." Starring Jessica Barr as Sophie, with Skyler Verity, Claire Manning, Charlie Jackson, and Dave Roberts. This looks like a worthwhile indie gem.