"The sirens of the sea beckon." Blue Fox Entertainment has debuted the official US trailer for the indie film In Like Flynn, which is getting a surprise release in just a few weeks later this month. In Like Flynn is a biopic that depicts iconic actor Errol Flynn's roust-about early life in Australia, before he became a world famous celebrity. In those days he was an adventurer, opium smuggler, gambler, street fighter, womanizer, and gold prospector. The film, based on Flynn's early autobiography "Beam Ends," is inspired by the writers' travels through Australia following in the footsteps of producer Luke Flynn's iconic grandfather. Thomas Cocquerel stars as Errol, with a full cast including Corey Large, Clive Standen, Dan Fogler, William Moseley, Isabel Lucas, David Wenham, David Hennessey, Grace Huang, Costas Mandylor, Callan Mulvey, and Nathalie Kelley. This looks like a good time, although a bit rough around the edges.
"People come to Berlin to dream, to dance, and to fall in love…" An official trailer has debuted for an indie anthology feature titled Berlin, I Love You, the latest film in the "Cities of Love" series - which began with Paris, Je T'aime in 2006. They've also made New York, I Love You (released in 2008) and Rio, I Love You (aka Rio, Eu Te Amo, released in 2014). The anthology feature is made up of 10 separate, unique segments each made by a different filmmaker, telling stories of romance (and love) in the German city of Berlin. The various casts include some major names such as Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Luke Wilson, Jim Sturgess, Mickey Rourke, Jenna Dewan, Hayden Panettiere, Emily Beecham, Dianna Agron (who also directed one segment), Diego Luna, Iwan Rheon, and Charlotte Le Bon. This isn't slated to premiere at any film festivals yet, but will still be released sometime this year. Rediscover yourself in Berlin.
"I was fighting for the living! I loved my country!" Lionsgate UK has debuted the first official trailer for a modern spy drama titled Red Joan, telling the true story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the KGB's longest-serving British spy. This premiered at the Toronto and Zurich Film Festivals last year and is opening in the UK this spring, but still doesn't have a US release yet. Judi Dench stars as "Red Joan", who first became a spy as a Cambridge physics student after falling for a young communist. Working at a top-secret nuclear facility during WWII, she realizes it's perhaps better for her to work as a mole in order to hopefully reach peace. That's a very intriguing premise, and I'm curious to see how the film portrays the challenging decisions she had to make. In addition to Dench, the cast stars Sophie Cookson as the younger version of Joan, with Tom Hughes, Stephen Campbell Moore, Kevin Fuller, & Stephen Boxer. Give it a look.
"Now the whole world is watching." Magnolia Pictures has released the full-length official US trailer for an indie action drama titled Woman at War, coming from Iceland (as their Academy Awards submission this year) - following the first teaser a few weeks back. This premiered at Critics Week during the Cannes Film Festival last year, and played at a bunch of other fests since then. The film is about a woman named Halla, who declares war on the local aluminum industry to prevent it from disfiguring her country. She risks all she has to protect the highlands of Iceland, until a long-forgotten application for adoption is approved, changing everything when she learns there's a girl waiting for her in Ukraine. Starring Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, along with Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada, and Jörundur Ragnarsson. This looks so damn good - addressing contemporary issues in a unique, challenging, provocative way. I'm all in.
Surprise! Sony Pictures has revealed that filmmaker Jason Reitman has been secretly working on a brand new Ghostbusters movie, officially set for release in the summer of 2020. To go along with the reveal of this news, they've released a very short teaser trailer that Reitman himself shot. It's nothing much, just a re-reveal of the original Ecto-1 hiding out waiting to be found again. Jason is the son of Ivan Reitman, who directed the original two Ghostbusters movies back in 1984 and 1989. Jason tweeted out yesterday: "Finally got the keys to the car." The cast and details on the new movie have not been revealed, only to say that it will continue with the storyline from the first two (and skip right over Paul Feig's female-Ghostbusters movie from 2016). "This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day." Can't wait to find out more about this. Check it out.
"Break the laws of nature, and you'll pay for it." A24 has finally unveiled their own full-length trailer for the indie sci-fi film High Life, the latest from acclaimed French filmmaker Claire Denis (Beau Travail, 35 Shots of Rum, White Material, Bastards). This low budget, "eerily sexy" sci-fi space drama premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and is also playing at the New York and Sitges Film Festivals last year. The story is about a man, as played by Robert Pattinson, stuck on a spaceship heading to a distant star. He tries to interact with the rest of the crew who are slowly going mad on the long voyage. Reactions from the festivals have been divisive, with extreme love and hate for this super artistic, slow burn sci-fi drama. The full cast includes Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth, Lars Eidinger, Agata Buzek, and Claire Tran. If you've been curious about this, check it out - it is considerably weird and wacky and very cerebral.
"What was granny thinking? I don't like dogs!" Screen Media has released an official US trailer for an indie comedy titled Patrick, about a spoiled pug named Patrick who gets bequeathed to a young woman who is having some romantic troubles in her British life. As expected, the goofball pup provides some good laughs and plenty of pain, but he also helps her get back on track - with falling in love. This already opened in the UK last year, and we featured the UK trailer previously. Beattie Edmondson stars as Sarah, and the cast includes Ed Skrein, Emilia Jones, Jennifer Saunders, Meera Syal, Gemma Jones, Emily Atack, and Peter Davison. This looks super cute and kitschy, and perhaps just the perfect amount of campiness.
"We could make a good life together." Strand Releasing has unveiled an official US trailer for the French drama Sorry Angel, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year and played at numerous other fests in late 2018. The original French titled is Plaire, aimer et courir vite, which translates (literally) to Pleasure, Love and Run Fast. Set in the 1990s in Paris, this queer romp brings us into the lives of three French men who hook up and make love and talk about life and love in the midst of the AIDS crisis. Jacques is an older writer from Paris. Arthur is a young student in Rennes. They instantly fall in love. But they'll have to face rejection and sickness to stay that way. Starring Vincent Lacoste, Pierre Deladonchamps, Denis Podalydès. This premiered to mixed reviews in Cannes, and is a bit dry at times; I much prefer the other 90s Paris film 120 BPM instead. If you're a fan of French films and/or gay romance, it's worth a watch.
"I can't protect you while you're out there." Vertical Entertainment has released the official trailer for an indie thriller titled Beneath the Leaves, which hasn't played at many festivals and is just getting a small release next month. The film is about a cop who goes to get revenge on a psychopath who kidnapped the cop and other orphans when they were young kids. He's removed from the case due to impartiality leaving his partner and lover, Detective Shotwell, to try and find him after he escapes from prison. Fueled by rage and a chance of redemption, Detective Larson chases the steadfast psychopath on his own, only to fall back into the same trap he once escaped as a child. Kristoffer Polaha stars as Dt. Larson, along with Doug Jones, Mira Sorvino, Paul Sorvino, Lydia Hearst, Christopher Masterson, and Christopher Backus. These kind of indie thrillers are often hit or miss, but this one looks extra creepy despite a mediocre trailer.
"You got gifts, Parker. But we have a job to do…" Sony has unveiled the teaser trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next live-action Spider-Man sequel arriving in theaters next summer. This sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is also a sequel to Avengers: Endgame (and Infinity War) as it will be released after that movie opens in April, with this arriving in July. Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker, and this time his foe is Mysterio, being played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Parker and his friends take a summer trip over to Europe, where they get in all kinds of trouble when Nick Fury (and some other mysterious bad guys) show up. The sequel's cast includes Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Angourie Rice, Remy Hii, Martin Starr, Numan Acar, and Tony Revolori. This looks seriously entertaining, as Spidey travels to Venice and London and encounters some foes. I'm looking forward to it.
"It's a great time to be a con man in America." Well, this just got interesting. Hulu has debuted an official trailer for and already released their documentary Fyre Fraud, a feature-length film about the infamous Fyre Festival disaster. Netflix also released a trailer for their documentary, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, just last week pitting these two films head-to-head. Which is even more peculiar because apparently this documentary calls out the other one for being biased. Hulu's Fyre Fraud is "a true-crime comedy exploring a failed music festival turned internet meme at the nexus of social media influence, late-stage capitalism, and morality in the post-truth era." Sounds like this is one damning doc. The directors add that, "Billy McFarland offers us a window into the mind of a con artist, the insidious charm of the fraudster and how they can capture our imaginations, our investment and our votes in the age of Trump." Take a look.
"It's not about a job, is it?" Freestyle Digital Media has debuted the first official trailer for an indie comedy called The Great Unwashed, which is supposed to be an amusing and clever title because this is about a gang of criminal hairdressers who run a guy out of town. Yeah, sounds wild doesn't it? Jonathan Pointing stars as Charlie Brumble, a hapless 20-something who is forced to flee the city and hide out with a tribe of weirdo hippies after witnessing a brutal murder by a gang of criminal hairdressers. This initially premiered at the Austin Film Festival (of course it did - Keep Austin Weird) back in late 2017, but is just now getting an official release. The indie cast includes Kathryn Bond, Nick Horseman, Bekka Bowling, Daniel Ings, Ed Eales White, Ed Kear, and Michael Ryan. I admire the ingenuity in this, they're trying to have some fun making something wacky. It looks as ridiculous and as weird as it sounds, not sure if that's a good thing.