Full Trailer for Leslie Iwerks' Hollywood Doc '100 Years of Warner Bros'
"They were always the studio that took risks." As part of its anniversary, Warner Bros made and released a documentary film titled 100 Years of Warner Bros. This actually just premiered in the Cannes Classics section of the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, where they usually show docs about the filmmaking industry. The doc is being released as a streaming series on Max, and is available to watch already. 100 Years of Warner Bros. takes a historical look at the powerful legacy of one of America’s leading Hollywood studios. The doc explores the origin, evolution and endurance of Warner Bros. – from a family affair to a global juggernaut – as it celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2023. Featuring legendary filmmakers, actors and executives with the vision, the moxie and the talent to create some of the most indelible stories that have made a lasting impact on the world. Directed by Academy Award and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Leslie Iwerks, with narration by Morgan Freeman and clips from iconic films & hit TV series. We've featured a few other 100 Years of WB tributes, but this one is the actual doc with tons of guests. It's just extra sad that David Zaslav has to sully their good name and reputation right at this time, really not a good look for the studio. Oh well.
› Posted on May 29 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments
Official UK Trailer for 'Mother and Son' Film About a Family in France
"You're in France now. We're here to help. We're family." Picturehouse in the UK has revealed the official trailer for a French indie drama titled Mother and Son in English, originally known as Un Petit Frère in French. This first premiered at last year's 2022 Cannes Film Festival in the competition (though it didn't win anything), and will open this summer in UK cinemas. Beautifully tender and deeply moving, Mother and Son is a vibrant portrait of a family told from multiple perspectives. Centred on a young mother and her two sons after their move from the Ivory Coast to France, the film is an impassioned tale of shifting tensions and identity from writer-director Léonor Serraille (also of Jeune Femme). It also played at the Vienna and Stockholm Fests, and at the American French Film Festival last fall. Starring Annabelle Lengronne as Rose, with Stéphane Bak, Kenzo Sambin, Sidy Fofana, Ahmed Sylla, and Milan Doucansi. It looks like a loving, authentic story of the experience of moving to France and growing up as immigrants in Paris.
Indigenous Anthology Film from Australia - 'We Are Still Here' Trailer
"I will take you where you need to go." Madman Films has released an official trailer for an anthology film titled We Are Still Here, opening for release in Australia later in 2023. Spanning over 1000 years into the past, present and future, We Are Still Here interweaves eight tales of Indigenous struggle, to tell a sweeping story of hope and survival. The film premiered at Australian film festivals last year, and also played at TIFF, plus the San Diego, Hawaii, and Minneapolis St. Paul Film Festivals in the US. Created as a response to the 250th anniversary of the Second voyage of James Cook to Australia in 1772, the project consists of a number of linked short films by a selection of Indigenous Australian + Māori filmmakers about the impact of settler colonialism on the region's indigenous cultures. A different mix of short films that take us from the past to the present, telling powerful stories of Indigenous people & their history. "Come together and go forward."
Trailer for Gritty Australia Outback Crime Thriller Indie Film 'Roadkill'
"You ever shot that thing before?" Trinity Creative Partnership & Reel2Reel Films has unveiled an official US trailer for a gritty Australian indie crime thriller called Roadkill, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Alexander Whitrow. This dusty Aussie flick is now out to watch on VOD in the US if anyone is interested in catching up with it. A thief operating along the highways of rural Australia gets caught in the crossfires of an ongoing police investigation after he mugs a serial killer… How's that for a twist? After two young men report being mugged on the highway, the detectives investigate and discover the two cases may be closer to one another than he first realized. After having his identity exposed, the hunt for redemption, justice and most importantly, revenge, begins. The film stars Alexander Whitrow, Robert Bell, Sarah Milde, Edward Boyd, and Erik Strauts. This doesn't look that stellar, but it doesn't look too bad either.
Freaky Possessed Fiancé Horror Film 'Mother, May I?' Official Trailer
"A boy's best friend is his mother." Dark Sky Films has unveiled an official trailer for the indie horror film called Mother, May I?, made by filmmaker Laurence Vannicelli. This premiered recently a genre festival, and opens on VOD to watch this summer in July. When his fiancé, Anya, starts behaving like his recently deceased mother, Emmett is forced into a nightmarish game of therapy… or is it a possession? He then tries mushrooms to let go of his trauma from his past involving his mother, but it seems to make things worse. In this trippy horror film, actors Kyle Gallner and Holland Roden experience a strange, Oedipal nightmare that involves a dead mom, some magic mushrooms, and an unexpected transformation. The small indie cast also includes Michael Giannone and Chris Mulkey. This looks super creepy (I don't want to experience any of this) and surreal, with lots of strange things going on and some extra weird footage in this trailer.
› Posted on May 25 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments
Official HBO Trailer for 'Burden of Proof' Disappearance Docu-Drama
"I think my mother knows what happens… My father scared her to keep this secret." HBO has revealed an official trailer for a chilling docu-drama series titled Burden of Proof, from filmmaker Cynthia Hill. This is a documentary about a real cold case, but it's shot and presented as a docu-drama with recreations and slick cinematography that makes it all look like a fictional HBO series. Decades after his sister disappeared, a brother is determined to find the truth no matter the cost. Shot in cinema verité over seven years, the series unfolds in real time. It focuses on a man named Stephen who launches his own investigation into what he fears may have transpired in his parents' house back in 1987 the night his sister Jennifer vanished and a suspicious handwritten note left as the only clue. A rich, complicated narrative emerges while Stephen is left to wonder the price he has paid by pursuing this painful search for closure. Another of these true crime offerings for everyone addicted to horrible stories from America. This looks quite unsettling to watch.
Idris Elba Fights Back in Intense Airplane Thriller 'Hijack' Series Trailer
"We got one job to do right now - just get through it for them." Apple has unveiled a trailer for the thriller series Hijack. Much like the movie Plane from earlier this year, this remarkably simple title does indeed hint that the series is about a hijacking on a plane. Because, you know, what else could you call a hijacking thriller other than just Hijack? Told in real time, this tense thriller follows the journey of a hijacked plane as it makes its way to London over a seven-hour flight, and as authorities on the ground scramble for answers. Starring and executive produced by SAG Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Idris Elba, Hijack was created by George Kay ("Lupin") and Jim Field Smith ("Criminal," "Truth Seekers"). The series also stars Archie Panjabi, Christine Adams, Max Beesley, Eve Myles, Neil Maskell, Aimée Kelly, Jasper Britton, Harry Michell, Mohamed Elsandel, and Ben Miles. This looks legit. If you want to check out another hijacking thriller, you must find the Korean film Emergency Declaration. Buckle up for this trailer.
Glorious Full Trailer for Greta Gerwig's 'Barbie' Starring Margot Robbie
"You can go back to your regular life… or you can know the truth about the universe." Warner Bros has revealed the full official trailer for the Barbie movie, a live-action romantic comedy landing in theaters in July. The first two teasers have been absolutely perfect. This trailer finally gives us a better look at the plot and what's going on when she decides to leave Barbie Land and enters the "real world" to realize people are kind of sexist assholes. Here's the official studio introduction to Greta Gerwig's Barbie: "To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you're a Ken." Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling star as Barbie and Ken, respectively, along with this epic ensemble also featuring Simu Liu, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Alexandra Shipp, Connor Swindells, Will Ferrell, Michael Cera, Issa Rae, Hari Nef, & Kingsley Ben-Adir. This looks brilliant, addressing the toy concept directly like The Lego Movie, providing something to think about other than having fun. I'm in.
› Posted on May 25 in To Watch, Trailer | 6 Comments
Second Trailer for Comedy 'No Hard Feelings' with Jennifer Lawrence
"I like your house a lot, it's cozy." Awkwarddd. Sony Pictures has debuted the second trailer this summer's big sex comedy titled No Hard Feelings, arriving in theaters later in June. It's directed and co-written by "The Office" writer Gene Stupnitsky, and produced by Jennifer Lawrence. What if she was paid (in the form of a new car!) to have sex with you, but for some reason you couldn't actually do it? Yeah that is the whole idea behind this and it all seems so cringe. Lawrence stars as Maddie, who finds a job offer: wealthy helicopter parents looking for someone to "date" their introverted 19-year-old son, Percy, before he leaves for college. To her surprise, Maddie soon discovers the awkward Percy is no sure thing. The cast includes Andrew Feldman as Percy, Laura Benanti, Natalie Morales, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Matthew Broderick. None of the comedy in either of these trailers works for me. Maybe others are laughing more…?
› Posted on May 25 in Comedy, To Watch, Trailer | 3 Comments
True Crime Dark Comedy 'Susie Searches' Trailer with Kiersey Clemons
"More often than you think, the culprit is right under your nose." Vertical Entertainment has revealed an official trailer for an indie dark comedy called Susie Searches, opening in select theaters this July. The film premiered at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival last year, and it also stopped by the Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, and Cleveland Film Festivals. An awkward college student with a failing true-crime podcast seizes the opportunity to bolster her popularity by solving the mysterious disappearance of the campus heartthrob. It's yet another riff on the "true crime" craze now, specifically a podcast, and how far people will go.T his trailer drops a big reveal - but I think it's necessary to bring more attention to it. The film stars Kiersey Clemons as Susie, Alex Wolff, Jim Gaffigan, Rachel Sennott, Ken Marino, and David Walton. I also recommend watching BJ Novak's Vengeance, about the pitfalls of chasing these kind of stories. I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but the trailer makes it look pretty good - now I'm quite curious to watch.
Watch: Rad, Vibrant Sci-Fi Music Video for Aerosol Jezus' Song 'Cozey'
Take an intergalactic voyage to explore different worlds in this enthralling five minute music video for the band Aerosol Jezus. Los Angeles-based director Mitchell Abraham created this impressive sci-fi music video for the track titled "Cozey". It's now available to watch online and if you're into sci-fi and stunning visuals like I am, it's a must see. Experience the thrilling journey of an astronaut, driven by his obsession to uncover mysterious gems scattered across the galaxy in this captivating sci-fi epic,as he discovers the true cost of his pursuit. Shot on location over four months with only two people. This is so good and so enticing, I'd like to see them put together a longer short film based around this astronaut character, adding in some additional narrative. Yes it's just a music video, but sometimes filmmakers come up with something really cool that transcends just being visually striking. Make it happen! Check out the "Cozey" video below & enjoy.
› Posted on May 25 in Sci-Fi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments
New US Trailer for Korean Call Center Drama 'Aloners' About Isolation
"Do you make a habit of being pissed off all the time?" Film Movement has revealed an official US trailer for an indie thriller from Korea called Aloners, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Hong Seong-eun. This premiered in 2021 and opened in Korea that year, while also playing at the Toronto, Zurich, San Sebastian, and Hamburg Film Festivals. It's finally getting a release on VOD in this US this summer - after waiting a few years. Jina is the top employee at a call center, despite talking to customers all day, she has shut out the world beyond her headset. When training a friendly new hire, her icy armor is threatened forcing her to confront why she isolates herself. The film is riffing on the Korean 'honjok' – a phenomenon of young people who live alone and skirt social interaction – to examine the personal traumas of loss and alienation. This stars Gong Seung-yeon, Jung Da-eun, Seo Hyun-woo, Park Jeong-hak, and Kim Hannah. It looks intriguing, though lacking in style… An honest story of how brutal the world can be now.
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