"It's like a war zone…" "Something much more sinister than that." Brainstorm Media has unveiled a trailer for the indie thriller The Wolf Hour, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This is the second film made by filmmaker Alistair Banks Griffin and it premiered to quite a bit of buzz during Sundance. With Hitchcockian tautness, the film "flawlessly captures the style and texture of the 1970s and the interior unraveling of a woman who, like her city, is teetering on a knife-edge." Naomi Watts stars as a woman seeking refuge inside her grandmother's apartment in the Bronx in the late 1970s, with a heat wave hitting the city and paranoia kicking in as guests arrive one by one. "In this eerily resonant allegory for our times, she is, like all of us, weighing her actions in a world on the brink of collapse." Also starring Jennifer Ehle, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Emory Cohen, Jeremy Bobb, and Brennan Brown. Have a look below.
"How do you make sense of the senseless?" Kino Lorber & ABC Docs have debuted an official trailer for the documentary film After Parkland, which first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. In the aftermath of the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead, filmmakers Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman traveled to Parkland and began filming with students who endured gunfire and the parents who lost their children in the crosshairs. After Parkland is an intimate chronicle of various families as they navigate their way through the unthinkable; reckoning with unexpected loss, journeying through grief, and searching for new meaning. Follows in the footsteps of the documentary Newtown, taking a raw, heartfelt, truthful look at how a community moves on after such horrible tragedies.
"The letter from the heart can be read on the face." Cinedigm has debuted the trailer for an indie holiday romantic drama titled A New Christmas, from director Daniel Tenenbaum (Landing Up). This premiered at the Heartland Film Festival in Indiana last month, and is getting a VOD release next month. Kabir is a lonely medical student in New York, estranged from his wife and grieving the loss of his mother. When he meets Kioni, a charming student from Kenya, she persuades him to show her around the city's Christmas decorations, helping him rediscover the magic of the holidays and get his life back on track. The film stars Prashantt Guptha as Kabir, Grace Wacuka as Kioni, along with Preeti Gupta, Aurora Heimbach, Swati Bhise, and Harbinder Singh. Looks charming and sweet, a humble film about the power of love.
"They wanted to look Yummy… They do!" Kinepolis Film in Belgium has debuted an official trailer for the European zombie comedy horror Yummy, from director Lars Damoiseaux. The film is set inside a seedy hospital, where a young woman travels with her family in order to secure a lower price on plastic surgery. Wandering through an abandoned ward her boyfriend unknowingly frees a zombie woman who is "the result of an experimental rejuvenation treatment", releasing the virus and zombie mayhem. Sounds like a good time, doesn't it? It's described as a "an orgy of blood, violence and fun." Starring Maaike Neuville, Bart Hollanders, Clara Cleymans, Benjamin Ramon, Eric Godon, and Annick Christiaens. Good news - this trailer is all in English. Not only is it crazy bloody and violent, but it's definitely NSFW - so watch out.
"He's just about the nicest person I've ever met. I just don't know if he's for real…" Sony has debuted a new "international" trailer for the wonderfully uplifting A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which stars Tom Hanks as the beloved Fred Rogers from the TV show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood". The film is directed by the exceptionally talented Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Can You Ever Forgive Me?) and is a follow-up to the excellent documentary about Mr. Rogers, Won't You Be My Neighbor?. The story focuses on Rogers' relationship with Tom Junod, played by Matthew Rhys, a cynical journalist who is assigned a profile of Fred and learns about empathy, kindness, and decency during his time with him. The film's cast includes Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper, Enrico Colantoni, Maryann Plunkett, Tammy Blanchard, Wendy Makkena, Sakina Jaffrey, & Carmen Cusack. This looks so delightful, so inspiring, and I can't wait to see it. Seems to be the dose of kindness and goodness we all need right now.
"Whatever this creature is, I'm going to uncover the source of its power!" Paramount has released a second official trailer for the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie. After an intensely negative response to this first trailer last year, the studio delayed the release by 3 months to re-work the design of Sonic and make him look more like the video game character. Certainly looks better now. Ben Schwartz stars as the voice of Sonic, the furry blue "hedgehog" who can run extremely fast and control electricity and do all kinds of wild things. Jim Carrey plays Dr. Robotnik, the nefarious evil scientist hellbent on capturing him for the government and using him for their means. The usual evil plan. The cast also includes James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Neal McDonough, and Adam Pally. I dig how absurd and wacky this is, and that they are embracing that wackiness, because it won't work any other way. Maybe it will be entertaining after all?
"Your life is about to change… I hope you're ready." Sony Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for the new Fantasy Island movie, based on the classic 70s TV show of the same name. But this is no relaxing island vacation - it's a terrifying horror movie produced by Jason Blum's iconic Blumhouse. Michael Peña stars Mr. Roarke, who invites guests to his exclusive island resort to fulfill their fantasies - they can only choose one. But they may never come home from this vacation when their fantasies start to turn into nightmares. The full cast includes Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Portia Doubleday, Jimmy O. Yang, Ryan Hansen, Kim Coates, and Michael Rooker. This trailer starts out rather tame, and turns freaky fast by the end, with some dark twists and terrifying island staff members appearing out of nowhere. Perfect for Valentine's Day?
"Do you realize where we are?!" Warner Bros has revealed the first official trailer for Scoob, the new CG animated Scooby-Doo movie from Warner Animation Group (aka WAG). This updated take throws out the other hybrid live-action movies with Matthew Lillard, and restarts things by introducing us to the origins of the lovable crime-solving doggie and his friends in the Mystery Machine. A doggie origin story? Go figure. The character design actually looks quite nice, so far so good. The main voice cast features Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo, Will Forte as Shaggy, Amanda Seyfried as Daphne, Gina Rodriguez as Velma, Zac Efron as Fred, along with Mark Wahlberg, Mckenna Grace, Kiersey Clemons, Iain Armitage, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, and Jason Isaacs as Dick Dastardly. They're definitely playing up the cute angle, reminding us that Scooby really is a lovable dog. Curious to see where this one leads, seems enjoyable so far.
"This is the story of the girl who saved me." Vertical has released an official trailer for an indie homeless drama titled Almost Home, which first premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival last year finally getting a release. The film is about a young girl who runs away from home and joins a group of other young kids living homeless on the streets of Los Angeles. This is the feature directorial debut of husband-wife actors Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen, adapting from Blank's own novel of the same name. Starring Rachel Zimmermann, Hannah Marks, Niko Guardado, and Max Burkholder. As heartfelt as this story seems, it's so cheesy I was cringing at times watching this trailer. "You're stronger than you think." Of course. Check it out anyway.
"Hypnotizing." Subliminal Films has debuted an official US trailer for the indie animated feature Away, a dialogue-free feature made entirely single-handily by Latvian animator / filmmaker Gints Zilbalodis. You may recognize the name, as he has been making award-winning short films for years (visit his Vimeo) and this is his first feature that he made himself. Away is about a boy and a little bird who find themselves on a journey across a strange island trying to get back home. It's not easy to make a film without any dialogue in it that is actually worth watching, but this one has appeared at numerous prestigious film festivals including Annecy, Fantasia, and Sitges over the last year. If you're into experimental animation, this is a must watch.
"Eminently pleasurable to watch." NYC's Museum of the Moving Image has debuted an official trailer for an indie film titled Feast of the Epiphany, described as a "formally ingenious docu-fictional diptych" about the aspects of day-to-day existence and the importance food plays into our lives. This initially premiered at BAMcinemaFest last year, playing at a few small festivals, only now getting a NYC debut at MoMI coming up soon. Feast of the Epiphany is the first Reverse Shot film production, made by Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert, and Farihah Zaman. An "uncommonly sensitive, unified rumination on the ways people form and choose communities, collaborations, and support groups in the face of hardship, labor, and loss." I wish this trailer gave us a better taste of what to expect, as there's not much here that's compelling. Take a look below.
"Bikram was so good at getting inside our brains." Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for a documentary titled Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator, the latest feature made by Oscar-winning filmmaker Eva Orner (The Network, Chasing Asylum, Out of Iraq). The film tells the controversial story of the famous founder of "hot yoga" named Bikram Choudhury, who immigrated to Los Angeles in the early 70s and made tons of money with his fitness empire. The doc traces his rise to glory in the 1970s to his disgrace in accusations of rape and sexual harassment in more recent years. Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator, a Netflix original, shines a light on the stories of the women who took him down and explores the contradiction of how this healing discipline could simultaneously help and hurt so many. This doc definitely fits into the Netflix canon with all their other searing, jaw-dropping, fascinating films about crazy minds of manipulative men. Yoga madness.