"There is no ground support… You cannot go back to your normal life after tonight." Netflix has debuted the first trailer for Triple Frontier, an action film involving Special Forces pulling off a special heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. This project has been in development for years, and was being developed as the next film from Kathryn Bigelow. The screenplay is by Mark Boal, who worked with Bigelow on The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, and is now partnered with director J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, All Is Lost, A Most Violent Year). Triple Frontier stars an impressive ensemble cast including Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Helund, Pedro Pascal, plus Adria Arjona, Sheila Vand, Christine Horn, and Reynaldo Gallegos. This looks damn good, though I'm much more interested in the heist and the plans they're putting in place than the action in this. So far this looks great.
"War means business." CJ Entertainment has debuted a new US teaser to go along with the full Korean trailer for Take Point, a military action thriller from Korean filmmaker Kim Byung-woo (Anamorphic, The Terror Live). The original title for this film was simply PMC, meaning Private Military Company, a reference to the group of elite mercenaries hired for a secret CIA mission to abduct North Korea's Armed Forces Minister in an underground bunker below the Korean Demilitarized Zone. The film is actually set in the future, on the day of the US presidential election in 2024, and is about the fear of starting World War III. Ha Jung-woo (from The Chaser) stars, with Kevin Durand, Jennifer Ehle, Spencer Daniels, Lee Sun-kyun, Robert Curtis Brown, and Malik Yoba. That robot sentry in this looks brutal! Lock & load.
"We must prepare for the worst of humanity." Lionsgate has launched a trailer for an indie sci-fi action film titled The Last Man, which is pretty much the opposite (in every way) from this year's film The First Man. From director Rodrigo H. Vila, the film stars Hayden Christensen (wait, he's still starring in films?) as a war veteran with post traumatic stress disorder who perceives that the end of the world is coming. After establishing a relationship with a dubious Messiah, he leaves his normal life to begin the construction of a shelter underground and trains himself, in an extreme way, at the cost of everything in his life. When he also believes the Messiah, something extraordinary happens. The cast includes Harvey Keitel, Liz Solari, Marco Leonardi, Fernan Miras, Justin Kelly, and Rafael Spregelburd. While I am always curious about new sci-fi, this looks like one of those throwaway, forgettable action flicks that no one will ever watch.
"Does anyone other than me know you work at a bowling alley?" It's yet another edition of Indie Trailer Sunday. FilmBuff has debuted the first official trailer for When Jeff Tried to Save the World, an indie comedy about a bowling alley manager who decides to get involved in saving the place when it's about to be sold. The title is a fun play on the "save the world" idea because the name of the place he works is Winky's World and he wants to save it. Jon Heder (who played Napoleon in Napoleon Dynamite) stars as Jeff, with a full cast including Candi Milo, Jim O'Heir, Anna Konkle, Maya Erskine, Brendan Meyer, Steve Berg, and Richard Esteras. This looks quirky and low key entertaining, which should be an inspiring and refreshing break from all the Hollywood blockbusters this holiday season. Plus it's nice to see Heder again.
"What if Superman were Michael Myers?" Sony Pictures has unveiled the first full-length trailer for a sci-fi superhero film titled Brightburn, a new film from director David Yarovesky. Produced by James Gunn, the film is being described as "a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror." It's a bit like the famous comic Superman: Red Son - what if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? Elizabeth Banks stars, with David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones, and Meredith Hagner. This, of course, also reminds me of Chronicle, which also played with the idea of what if a superhero wasn't a good person. And from the first look at this footage, I am more than intrigued. Consider me entirely sold on this already.
"I want to sue my parents." That's the most iconic line in this film. Sony Pictures Classics debuted a second US trailer for the film Capernaum, also known as Capharnaüm, which is Lebanon's Oscar submission this year. Directed by actress-filmmaker Nadine Labaki, it premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival (and won the Jury Prize there), and it also played at the New Horizons, Melbourne, Sarajevo, London, and Toronto Film Festivals. Capernaum takes place on the streets of Beirut, following a 12-year-old boy who decides to sue his parents for bringing him into the world. We follow him as he escapes and runs around, trying to survive by begging and stealing, showing us a disheartening, depressing side of the world we tend to ignore. I'm quoted in the trailers and on the posters for this film, it was one of my favorite films at Cannes this year, and ever since I've been doing my best to talk it up. Starring Zain Al Rafeea as Zain. See below.
"All melted together into a single mindcrash." Brainfeeder Films has debuted an official teaser trailer for a new feature film that combines all of the 13 years of work from animator David Firth into a "single stream of nightmare consciousness." Remember Salad Fingers? Remember Spoilsbury Toast Boy? These are just a few of Firth's crazy creations, and he jams them all into this "feature length retrospective assemblage" titled Umbilical World. This looks as crazy, and twisted, and weird, and mesmerizing, as it sounds, especially considering it seems to just be a 79 minute non-stop mash-up of his work. Which is one giant cinematic acid trip. I'm glad they're releasing this, in hopes of bringing more attention to his talent. It also reminds me of Don Hertzfeldt and his animated features; they both deserve more acclaim than they have received thus far.
"Privilege comes with hard work." IFC Midnight has debuted the first official trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Pledge, a much more horrifying take on the fraternity ritual of recruiting young university students. This premiered at Fantasia and Screamfest this year, and is hitting theaters at the beginning of January. Pledge is about a group of outcast college freshmen who decide to pledge an exclusive fraternity but soon realize there's more at stake than they could have ever imagined. The full cast includes Zachery Byrd, Aaron Dalla Villa, Zachary Weiner, Phillip Andre Botello, Cameron Cowperthwaite, Joe Gallagher, Jesse Pimentel, and Erica Boozer. I don't like fraternities much anyway, but this is taking the idea of hazing to the most extreme - literally turning it into a brutal cult horror film. Crazy frightening.
"Part of the journey is the end." Disney has revealed the first teaser for Marvel's Avengers: Endgame, the epic conclusion to this grand saga in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As everyone already knows, this is the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War, released earlier this year which ended on a huge cliffhanger. The title for this one is finally revealed, and hints that this is truly the battle to end all battles. So many questions still left unanswered, and many more now. Engame stars everyone from the MCU: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Tessa Thompson, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Paul Rudd, Sebastian Stan, Dave Bautista, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, and more. This is such a great teaser, without revealing much or giving away anything major yet, just an incredible tease to bring us right into the Endgame. Enjoy.
"There is no wrong or right in this place. You're just choosing not to see it." Signature Entertainment in the UK has debuted the official UK trailer for an indie horror thriller titled St. Agatha, the latest from horror director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II-IV, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Mother's Day, The Devil's Carnival). This new "twisted horror thriller" is said to push the boundaries of the "nunsploitation" genre, in a story set at a convent in Georgia. A pregnant young woman named Mary ends up there, seeking shelter only to be met with an unsettling and horrendous evil waiting on the other side. St. Agatha stars Sabrina Kern, Carolyn Hennesy, Courtney Halverson, Trin Miller, Lindsay Seim, Hannah Fierman and Seth Michaels. The footage from this trailer does look freaky, especially near the end when it goes all out crazy. Scary stuff.
"Commie boy, you wanna dance our dance?" Well Go USA has released an official trailer for a tap dancing musical drama tiled Swing Kids, set during the Korean War at the Geoje prison camp. The story follows Ro Gi Soo, a rebellious North Korean soldier who falls in love with tap dance after he's recruited for a show by an African-American solder who was once a big-time Broadway dancer. The film stars Do Kyung-soo as Ro Gi Soo, plus Park Hye-su, Jared Grimes, Oh Jung-se, and Kim Min-Ho. What! Where did this come from?! This looks incredibly good! Making a musical set in a POW camp is a challenge enough, but to make it to look this good is especially exciting. You have to watch this trailer. Even the posters are fantastic.
Meet Juna. Okna Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for The Seed of Juna, a new CGI-animated short film made by filmmaker Alvaro Garcia. Garcia is a VFX veteran, working on major Hollywood films for ILM, but this is his latest independent project - a short proof-of-concept for a wicked cool idea about a rebellious girl who is reborn in a different part of the universe after being killed by a ruling religious sect on Earth. "The goal is to offer the audience an adrenaline mix of discovery, awe and discomfort about the wild universe and a human caught up in the middle of it." The full short will be out sometime in early 2019, and we don't usually post trailers for shorts, but this looks so crazy ambitious and we just had to share it. I'm not really sure what's happening on this other world, but these visuals certainly got my attention. Check it out.