"This is the music you don't want your parents to hear." Rolling Stone has debuted the first trailer for an indie rock doc titled Murder in the Front Row. Or rather, in full: Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story. The doc is, as the title indicates, about the rise of the thrash metal scene and the bands that played to wild crowds. "These are just good stories, and they are very human stories," says director Adam Dubin. MITFR follows the story of a group of young kids in Northern California with a shared passion for heavy rock bands like UFO, Iron Maiden and Motorhead. "All these bands were mainly from England, and they never really toured the West Coast… So these young people started creating their own music, starting their own fanzines, booking clubs and trading tapes. These were people who were adamant about music and the bands, but also each other." Featuring interviews with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, and many others. With narration by Brian Posehn. Rock out below.
"How does it feel to be on the outside looking in?" Universal has debuted a second trailer (a new UK trailer) for the psychological horror thriller film Ma, another chilling new Blumhouse production. The first trailer dropped in February, this one is similar. Octavia Spencer stars in Ma as Sue Ann, a woman who befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them hang out in her basement, to avoid drinking and driving. Just when the kids think their luck couldn't get any better, weird things start happening. Her hospitality starts to curdle into obsession. The full cast of this horror film includes Missi Pyle, Luke Evans, Juliette Lewis, Allison Janney, McKaley Miller, Diana Silvers, Dominic Burgess, Victor Turpin, Dante Brown, Kyanna Simone Simpson, Corey Fogelmanis, and Gianni Paolo. This is going to freak out the kids.
"That was the best acting I've ever seen in my whole life." Sony has unveiled the very first teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino's latest movie, his 9th feature film, titled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. This one is set in Los Angeles in 1969, right smack in the middle of Hollywood (as the title hints), taking us back to the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age. The story involves a faded TV actor and his stunt double who embark on an odyssey to achieve fame and success in the film industry. The massive ensemble cast features Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Timothy Olyphant, Margaret Qualley, Kurt Russell, Rumer Willis, Scoot McNairy, Leslie Bega, James Marsden, Tim Roth, Damian Lewis, and the late Luke Perry. This looks zany and totally ridiculous, exactly what we should expect from Tarantino. So far so good, looks like he is really digging deep into ye olde Hollywood.
"You are capable of anything." Cohen Media Group has debuted the official US trailer for the indie Girls of the Sun, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year in-competition. The film is inspired by and loosely based on the story of the late journalist Marie Colvin (who already had a film made about her - A Private War). In Girls of the Sun, a French war journalist named Mathilde H. (basically Marie) meets an all-female squadron of rebel fighters known as the "Girls of the Sun", lead by their fierce leader Bahar, played by the always-exceptional Golshifteh Farahani. They plan a counter-attack in order to regain control over their nearly-destroyed city. Co-starring Emmanuelle Bercot as Mathilde, with Zübeyde Bulut, Sinama Alievi, Mari Semidovi, Roza Mirzoiani, Zinaida Gasoiani, Maia Shamoevi, Nia Mirianashvili, and Evin Ahmad. This is an intense, gripping thriller that once again shows just how horrible war really is.
"Life is so unpredictable, my child." Amazon Studios has debuted the official trailer for the charming indie drama Photograph, the latest movie from one of my favorite directors - Ritesh Batra (of The Lunchbox, The Sense of an Ending, and Our Souls at Night). This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and it also showed at the Berlin Film Festival. Batra takes us back to India to tell a story of two strangers in Mumbai, Rafi and Miloni, who meet one day when Rafi decides to take her photo near the Gateway of India. At first he convinces her to pose as his fiancee to satisfy his grandmother's wishes, but the two develop a different relationship. I wrote a very nice review of this film at Sundance which is quoted in this trailer. It's a very light, but undeniably uplifting, soul-stirring film, showing how important connections can be. The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, and Akash Sinha. Have a look below.
"The truth is - ghosts are around us all the time." Epic Pictures Group has debuted the first teaser trailer for an Irish indie comedy titled Extra Ordinary, which just premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this month. The story is about a sweet, lonely woman in rural Ireland with supernatural abilities, but hates using her "talents" and mostly just stays home. But when a washed up one-hit-wonder rock star makes a pact with the devil, and puts a spell on a local teenager, Rose must overcome her fears and save the day with her own supernatural talents. Maeve Higgins (seen on "Inside Amy Schumer" & "Moone Boy") stars as Rose, with Barry Ward, Will Forte, Claudia O'Doherty, Terri Chandler, Jamie Beamish, Emma Coleman, and Risteard Cooper. This looks like an amusing new horror comedy in the same vein as What We Do in the Shadows, with ghosts who don't do much scaring, or anything. Looking forward to catching up with this.
"Awww, Sheriff Woody always coming to the rescue…" Disney + Pixar have finally revealed the first full-length official trailer for Toy Story 4, following a number of fun teasers released over the past few months this year. Now we know exactly what this is about. When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy… Pixar's latest sequel looks like it builds on the emotions in Toy Story 3, taking us on another journey outside of their home. All the other regular voices are back: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kristen Schaal, and Bonnie Hunt, with newcomers Keegan Michael-Key & Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, along with Tony Hale as Forky. Bo Peep is sure lookin' badass, and it seems like quite a heartfelt adventure for all the toys. Enjoy.
"You got to see the vast celestial everything, and it blew your mind." Fox Searchlight has finally unveiled the first trailer for Lucy in the Sky, the feature directorial debut of TV filmmaker Noah Hawley (creator of "Fargo" and "Legion"). Formerly titled Pale Blue Dot before Lucy in the Sky (sans diamonds), this film is loosely based on astronaut Lisa Nowak's alleged criminal activities involving her romance with astronaut William Oefelein. In 2007, after completing her mission in space, she drove from Houston to Orlando and confronted another woman. Natalie Portman plays a fictionalized version of her named Lucy Cola, who has a breakdown and starts to lose her grip on reality after returning. The cast also includes Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens, Nick Offerman, Tig Notaro, Ellen Burstyn, Colman Domingo, and Joe Williamson. We've all been waiting to get a glimpse at this and, as expected, it looks damn good. I love the difference in the framing when she's in space and on Earth, makes the difference feel that much more grand.
Get a first look at a trailer for the acclaimed Colombian thriller Monos, which played at both the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals to excellent reviews from critics all over. Monos is made by filmmaker Alejandro Landes, born in Brazil to Colombian & Ecuadorian parents, he infuses much of the social-political elements of those areas into the film. Monos is one of those beautifully strange, abstract films where this isn't any real explanation given, but you're compelled to follow along anyway. On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted cow. Starring Moisés Arias, Julianne Nicholson, Sofía Buenaventura, Karen Quintero, Laura Castrillón, Deiby Rueda, Julián Giraldo, Paul Cubides, and Sneider Castro. It's one of the best I've seen out of the festivals this year, one of my favorites as well.
"You need to stay and secure the area." Magnolia Pictures has debuted the first trailer for an indie horror survival thriller film titled Body at Brighton Rock, the second feature film following Southbound from filmmaker Roxanne Benjamin. The story follows a novice park ranger who discovers a body, and must spend the night guarding a potential crime scene on a remote mountain trail as night descends. Karina Fontes stars as Wendy, with a cast including Casey Adams, Emily Althaus, Miranda Bailey, Martin Spanjers, Matt Peters, Susan Burke, John Getz, and Brodie Reed. Plus a big bear! Or so it seems… Perhaps this trailer shows too much, but it's also just trying to get our attention in the swarm of so many films. This just premiered at SXSW this month to some mixed but mostly good reviews, one describing it as "an intriguing cinematic rumination on the effects of isolation and fear." It actually looks quite compelling.
"I think we're both just… trapped under the same spell." Locus Animation has debuted an official trailer for the new animated film Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs, a twisted new take on the Snow White fairy tale. This was made in Korea by a Korean filmmaker, but features English voices to reach a wider audience worldwide. Chloë Grace Moretz stars as the voice of Snow White, along with a cast including Sam Claflin, Gina Gershon, Patrick Warburton, Jim Rash, and Frederik Hamel. Moretz spoke out about this project a few years back, when the marketing was accused body-shaming. Now it seems they've switched things up a bit. Princes who have been turned into Dwarfs seek the red shoes of a woman in order to break the spell, although it will not be easy. Described as "a parody with a twist," of course. Alas, this just doesn't look good.
"You're holding him back!" Dada Films has debuted the first trailer for a peculiar indie film titled William, about the modern Neanderthal man. Two scientists decide to (re)create a Neanderthal human using ancient DNA from a Neanderthal bog body. And so we meet: William. He must learn to exist in a world where he is the ultimate outsider, the only Neanderthal on the planet. Will Brittain (seen in Everybody Wants Some, Kong: Skull Island) plays William, with a cast including Waleed Zuaiter, Maria Dizzia, Beth Grant, Christian Convery, and Kevin Dzah. I recall that someone was trying to make a film (or series) based on those cave man commercials. Looks like something similar, or at least one version of that idea. This take on the modern Neanderthal concept actually looks quite good, lead by a strong lead performance. I'm intrigued.