"So… I'm not going to be the 'good' guy, I'm going to be the 'great' guy." 20th Century has debuted a third trailer for Free Guy, the video game action comedy directed by Shawn Levy (of Night at the Museum, Date Night, Real Steel, The Internship). It was delayed last year, reset for December (watch the second trailer), then delayed again, currently set to arrive in theaters this August. Ryan Reynolds stars as "Guy", just a regular guy who one day learns that he's actually an NPC until he suddenly decides to take over and become the hero of the game. Inspired by tons of video games, this has a bit of a Wreck-It Ralph meets Grand Theft Auto vibe, and it's packed with explosive action and video game comedy. Also starring Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Taika Waititi. Visually this looks totally awesome, with all that video game action and craziness, but as for the rest? I hope there's a good story in here! Enjoy.
"I've come across some information about myself, I think it explains quite a lot…" Vertical Entertainment has released an official US trailer for a quirky British romantic comedy titled Love Type D, which initially premiered a few years back at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2019. It's finally getting a US release on VOD this summer for those interested in catching up with it. And it looks good! A charming new take on always-feeling-like-a-failure at romance concept. A woman who has been dumped eleven times in a row, discovers (to her dismay) that she has a loser in love gene. So she reluctantly recruits a schoolboy science prodigy to help her reverse her romantic fortunes. The film stars Maeve Dermody as Frankie, with Rory Stroud, Oliver Farnworth, and Tovah Feldshuh. I'm not sure why it took so long for this film to finally get a US release, because it feels like a whole other level above so many other cute indie romcoms. Take a look below.
"Well that's what real music is." Gravitas has released an official trailer for an indie rock band comedy titled Love Spreads, the latest from writer / director Jamie Adams (Black Mountain Poets, Wild Honey Pie!, Bittersweet Symphony). Even though this already opened in the UK last year, it's just now premiering in the US at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, before arriving on VOD a few days later (which is not a good sign). It is time to record the all important second album and Glass Heart is breaking in a million pieces. Away from touring and performing the band is not in harmony, and no amount of history in Rockfield Studios is going to solve that. Three very different songwriters, one desperate producer, a label exec and a keyboard collide. The film stars Alia Shawkat, Eiza Gonzales, Chanel Cresswell, Nick Helm, Tara Lee, Dolly Wells, Charlotte Jo Hanbury, and Ruth Ollman. Why does this trailer seem so orange? And so boring? Huh…
"Where–where is it?" "It's gotta be out there somewhere…" RLJE Films + Shudder have released an official US trailer for the shark survival horror Great White, made in Australia where most Great White Sharks roam. A blissful tourist trip quickly turns into a nightmare when five passengers on a seaplane become stranded miles from shore. In a desperate bid for survival the group try to make it to land before they either run out of supplies or are taken by a menacing terror lurking just beneath the surface. Starring Katrina Bowden, Aaron Jakubenko, Kimie Tsukakoshi, Tim Kano, and Te Kohe Tuhaka. The first trailer for this a few months ago was better, but I'm still curious about watching this. Check out the footage below.
"We've heard a lot of great things about you." "They're all true." Film Stories has debuted a new trailer for their special edition Blu-ray release of the hacker classic Sneakers, from filmmaker Phil Alden Robinson. I'm posting this just because it's a chance to talk about how much I LOVE this movie, always have. I watched it so many times with my brother growing up, and it's super nerdy but so much fun. A revenge tale wrapped in a tech heist tale lead by a bunch of geeky hackers, played by an incredible ensemble cast. Sneakers stars Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier, and David Strathairn. Originally released in 1992. The new Blu-ray includes an interview with Phil Alden Robinson diving into the making of the film. It also features two brand new commentary tracks. I've loved this film for so long that I thought everyone knew about it already, but it keeps getting rediscovered all the time, and it's great that more people are catching up with it (and becoming instant fans). Too many secrets.
"Being the first is a tough job, and I think this is why she is fighting so much for us. A festival promo trailer has debuted for an indie documentary film titled The Conductor, made by Austrian filmmaker Bernadette Wegenstein. It is premiering at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival coming up very soon, and is still looking to confirm distribution before any release is set. Told she couldn't become a music conductor because she was a girl, Marin Alsop persisted – until, against all odds, she broke through and became one of the world's most renowned classical music conductors. The Conductor takes us on her journey, born and raised in New York City, her tenacity and hard work took her from childhood days attending concerts at Lincoln Center to conducting symphonies in Baltimore, Såo Paolo, and even Vienna. "It's a triumphant film about overcoming discrimination and realizing one’s talent against all odds." This looks immensely inspiring and very moving.
"Something strange is going on at our house…" Netflix has unveiled the official trailer for The House of Flowers: The Movie, also known as La Casa De Las Flores: La Pelicula in Spanish, from filmmaker Manolo Caro. This is a continuation of the Netflix series and the first "movie" based on the "The House of Flowers" show, created by Manolo Caro who also directs this film. The members of the De la Mora family return home, well… former Casa de las Flores, with one single purpose: to fulfill Delia's last wish and seek revenge against Agustín. And although neither Paulina nor Virginia claim to have any memory of this, it will take a journey back in time to avenge Pato's death. This stars Cecilia Suárez, Aislinn Derbez, Dario Yazbek, Juan Pablo Medina, and Paco León. This is pretty much a contemporary Mexican soap opera movie, with all the usual family feuds and drama and revenge and chaos and everything crazy. So watch out.
"Why did you run away like that?" Picturehouse in the UK has revealed an official UK trailer for a Danish dark drama titled Wildland, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Jeanette Nordahl. This first premiered at last year's Berlin Film Festival and also opened in Denmark last year, and is arriving in the UK and US starting in August this year. Ida moves in with her aunt and cousins after the tragic death of her mother in a car accident. The home is filled with love, but outside of the home, the family leads a violent and criminal life. Described as "an enthralling, brooding and utterly gripping thriller that packs a powerful emotional punch." This almost seems like a Danish take on the iconic Australian crime family film Animal Kingdom. Starring Sandra Guldberg Kampp as Ida, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Joachim Fjelstrup, Elliott Crosset Hove, Besir Zeciri, and Carla Philip Røder. This does look very good - worth a watch.
"A path forward during uncertain times." Utopia has released an official trailer for an award-winning indie documentary titled Echoes of the Invisible, from filmmaker Steve Elkins. "The film became a reflection on the importance of silence and stillness in the digital age. Thinking about our relationship to technology at this point in human history, it's a really critical moment." It follows remarkable explorers as they embark upon seemingly impossible journeys to find the connective tissue between all things seen and unseen. Al Arnold, a blind man running through the deadly deserts of Death Valley; Rachel Sussman, a photographer capturing photographs of the oldest living organisms; Paul Salopek, a journalist walking across the world in the footsteps of the earliest human migrations; and scientists building machines to look back nearly to the beginning of time. These individuals are all linked by their search for the fabric of our interconnectedness before it is lost in the noise of our distracted & divided world. Count me in! Sounds fascinating. Take a look.
"We can all get what we need from this situation." Magnolia has released the official trailer for First Date, an indie misadventure comedy from filmmakers Manuel Crosby & Darren Knapp, both making their feature directorial debut with this. It premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival this year, and stopped by the Independent Film Festival of Boston this spring. After being conned into buying a shady '65 Chrysler, Mike's first date plans with girl-next-door Kelsey implode as he finds himself targeted by criminals, the cops, and a crazy cat lady. Tyson Brown stars as Mike, with Shelby Duclos as his date, plus Jesse Janzen, Nicole Berry, Samuel Ademola, Ryan Quinn Adams, and Angela Barber. This did not get great reviews out of Sundance, and you can see why with this trailer. Good idea to play with, just doesn't look like a good film.
"I can set him up again." Lionsgate has unveiled an official trailer for a Florida serial killer thriller titled Midnight in the Switchgrass, the directorial debut of a veteran producer named Randall Emmett. An FBI agent and Florida State officer team up to investigate a string of unsolved murder cases. Bruce Willis stars as FBI agent Karl Helter, with Megan Fox as FBI agent Rebecca Lombardi. They team up with a cop for an undercover sting, but it goes horribly wrong, putting Lombardo in grave danger and pitting Crawford against a serial killer in a twisted game of cat and mouse. Also starring Lukas Haas, Machine Gun Kelly (aka Colson Baker), Caitlin Carmichael, and Sistine Stallone. This looks like it's straight out of the 90s, with that chat screen and everything about the plot, another "gotta catch that serial killer" story. Meh. Next.
"Scarers are out, jokesters are in!" Disney has unveiled the first full trailer for Pixar's Monsters at Work, their new animated launching arriving on Disney+ this summer. This is a direct sequel to Monsters Inc, the original 2001 movie, and is only the second TV series based on a Pixar movie after Buzz Lightyear of Star Command from 2000. Six months after the events of the original movie, the power plant now harvests the laughter of children to fuel the city of Monstropolis. Tylor Tuskmon, an eager & talented mechanic on the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team, dreams of working on the Laugh Floor alongside Mike and Sulley. Of course, Billy Crystal and John Goodman are back as the voices of Mike and Sulley. The new voices include Ben Feldman as Tylor, Mindy Kaling as Val, Lucas Neff as Duncan, Alanna Ubach as Cutter, and Henry Winkler as Fritz. As a big fan of the original Monsters Inc and anything Pixar makes, I'm all for this series, even if it does look a bit more "made-for-TV" than their usual work. But still! It should be fun times at M.I.