"What color do you see when you think about yourself?" This entrancing animated short film is worth 15 minutes of your time to watch. It will make you question your own thoughts about love and romance… The Windshield Wiper is the latest animated short made by Spanish animator / filmmaker Alberto Mielgo - best known for directing the short The Witness for Netflix's "Love, Death & Robots" series (which has the same style as this). The Windshield Wiper is a very personal and particular vision on Love and relationships. Presented by Pastel. Written, directed, designed by Mielgo. "Inside a café, after lunch and while smoking a whole pack of cigarettes, a middle-aged man asks himself and the audience an ambitious question: What is Love? A collection of vignettes and situations will lead the man to the desired conclusion." I like seeing all the different visualizations of "love" in here. But watch out - there's some sex & nudity so it's NSFW. Enjoy.
"This could change everything. I can write without feeling guilty." Juno Films has released the official US trailer for an acclaimed Danish biopic titled The Pact, which originally opened in theaters in Denmark last year. The film examines the intense friendship between Karen Blixen, the Danish author best known for her autobiographical novel "Out of Africa" (written under the pen name "Isak Dinesen") and Thorkild Bjørnvig, a young and promising poet. She offers him a Faustian bargain and promises him stardom if he will obey her unconditionally. What a strange relationship. From director Bille August comes this sterling adaptation of Bjørnvig's bestselling memoir. Birthe Neumann stars as Karen Blixen, joined by Simon Bennebjerg, Nanna Skaarup Voss, Asta Kamma August, Anders Heinrichsen, and Marie Mondrup. This looks like a smart character study of an arrogant woman going mad at the end of her life. Perhaps worth a watch.
"I think this wilderness trip is gonna do you both a whole lotta good." Vertical Ent. has released an official trailer for the indie thriller film In the Forest, arriving on VOD at the end of January for anyone curious about this. In the Forest follows Helen and her daughter Emily as they reluctantly accompany Helen's father Stan, played by Lyman Ward, on a family camping trip, driving deep into the forest for a real experience. Only to have an angry landowner arrive and force them to leave. When their RV gets stuck, Helen decides to seek help but discovers a disturbing secret on the man's property. She must then fight to protect her family and make it out of the forest alive before being hunted down. Starring Debbon Ayer, Cristina Spruell, Don Baldaramos, Sharon Sharth, Kaitlyn Dias, and Time Winters. There's not much to watch here.
"Make the invisible visible." Madman Films in Australia has released their official trailer for Between Two Worlds, a French drama from writer / filmmaker Emmanuel Carrère. This premiered last year at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in the Directors' Fortnight section, and is opening sometime later this year. It is based on French journalist Florence Aubenas's bestselling non-fiction work Le Quai de Ouistreham, investigating rising precarity in French society through her experiences in the northern port city of Caen. The original French title is Ouistreham in reference to this location. Juliette Binoche stars as Winckler, who goes to live in northern France to research for her new book on the subject of job insecurity by working in various low end cleaning jobs. The cast includes a group of authentic unknown actors, including Hélène Lambert, Louise Pociecka, Steve Papagiannis, & Aude Ruyter. The film looks a bit like a Ken Loach drama but made in France, a social realist look at the honest struggles of low income workers. Definitely worth a watch.
"I'm worried about her." Factory 25 has revealed an official trailer for an indie film titled Superior, which initially premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival last year. This grainy, retro indie is about a woman on the run who returns to her hometown to hide out with her identical twin sister, Vivian, which alters the trajectory of both their lives. Described as an "Almodovarian psychodrama" with touches of Lynch and De Palma and 80s psychological thriller cinema. She realizes that she can pass as her sister and gets into even more trouble pretending to be her while trying to stay out of any trouble. Starring Alessandra Mesa and Anamari Mesa as sisters Marian and Vivian; along with Pico Alexander, Jake Hoffman, and Stanley Simons. This has a very specific pastiche that will some will be very attracted to, but for others it may just be grueling. But there's intricacy in the two lead's performances playing off each other throughout the film.
"You taste like screwdrivers." Awww aren't they adorable? Fighting all friendly and cuddly like that. A kick ass little Canadian animation studio called Little Mountain Animation made two amusing 30-second short videos riffing on Pacific Rim. They ask: What If Pacific Rim Was Cute? The first video dropped last year, and the second one just showed up this week and they're both must watch. The "kaiju" cute green dino in this is actually from one of LMA's other projects called Big Dinosaur, though perfectly reused for this series of adorable videos, too. But this one is all about the cuteness: "We explore some really interesting questions in this one. We love giant robots. We love giant monsters. But what if they were cute?" Well, now we know! And it's amazing! I agree, "we need this to be a real movie." Maybe it could happen? Who knows.
"You boys think you rule everything…" 1091 Pictures has revealed the trailer for an indie comedy titled The Fabulous Filipino Brothers, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival last year. Actor "Dante Basco is making his directorial debut with The Fabulous Filipino Brothers, and he's not at it alone. With his family in real-life playing his family onscreen, the definition of 'family affair' is taken to the next level with the beautiful chaos that plays out throughout the film." From Nor-Cal to The Philippines, four brothers confront their issues with love, family, and culture, surrounding a highly controversial Filipino wedding. Told in four vignettes featuring cockfights, adultery, romance, food, & family. It stars Dante Basco with Darion Basco, Dionysio Basco, Arianna Basco, Solenn Heussaff, Liza Lapira, Tirso Cruz III, Joey Guilla, Aida Basco, Darius Basco, Aurora Basco, Cheryl Tsai, and Crystal Kwon. This looks charming and funny.
This is a trip and a half. There is a long history of animated music videos being edgy and totally ridiculous, and this one joins the ranks as another animated music video you just have to see. An indie Montreal-based animator named Jordan Minkoff has created a video for a song by Yu Su - a Chinese-born, Vancouver-based electronic musician. The downtempo track is called "Melaleuca" and it features some nice vibes. But what is going on in this video…? "So there's a buncha ppl and they go on a plane and then the plane falls in love w/ another plane! In the sky!!! The pilot also ends up with a super bad case of fomo cause he ejected before they arrived at a beach!" The animation style is funky, but it works, making this video unforgettable.
"We will either be bombed by the foreigners, or killed by the Taliban." Though love persists. Netflix has unveiled a trailer for a documentary called Three Songs for Benazir, an award-winning 22-minute short film from filmmakers Gulistan & Elizabeth Mirzaei. This is in contention at the Oscars, currently on the long list, for Best Short Film this year. It also won Best Short at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and is a nominee at the 15th Annual Cinema Eye Honors. Three Songs for Benazir reveals the extraordinary story of two Afghan teens in a camp for displaced people in Kabul. Even as Shaista's love for Benazir is palpable, the choices he must make to build a life with her have profound consequences. A story about "modern-day Afghans who live, love, and seek space for themselves amid constant instability." Yeah it looks remarkably compassionate and hopeful, showing us the personal lives of people most of us probably never think about.
"The boys are ready for action!" Disney revealed another short new trailer for The Beatles: Get Back - The Rooftop Concert, a special one-hour cut of the epic documentary, that will be playing exclusively in IMAX theaters. This version focuses on the final part of the 4-hour doc series by Peter Jackson, when they come together for their concert performed on the rooftop in London. The doc film features in-studio footage that was shot in early 1969 for their 1970 film Let It Be. "Made entirely from never-before-seen, restored footage, it provides the most intimate and honest glimpse into the creative process and relationship between John, Paul, George, and Ringo ever filmed." The full docuseries debuted on Disney+ back in November, and most people have probably already seen it by now. But have you seen the perform in IMAX?! If not, now is your chance! Your one-and-only chance to go see The Beatles bigger than ever before. "I'm thrilled that the rooftop concert from The Beatles: Get Back is going to be experienced in IMAX," Jackson states. "It's The Beatles' last concert, and it's the absolute perfect way to see and hear it." Yes indeed. Check out the preview.
"The heart breaks… music escapes… that's how it gets out." Apple TV+ has unveiled the first official trailer for The Sky is Everywhere, an uplifting new film made by acclaimed filmmaker Josephine Decker - of the films Madeline's Madeline and Shirley recently. For some reason this is skipping festivals entirely and debuting directly on Apple for streaming in February. A shy, teenage musician tries to keep things together in the aftermath of her older, more outgoing sister's death. When Joe, the charismatic new guy at school, enters Lennie's life, she's drawn to him. But Lennie's complicated relationship with her sister's devastated boyfriend, Toby, starts to affect Lennie and Joe's budding love. Through her vivid imagination and honest, conflicted heart, Lennie navigates first love and first loss. Starring Grace Kaufman as Lennie, with Jason Segel, Cherry Jones, Pico Alexander, Ji-young Yoo, Julia Schlaepfer, and Jacques Colimon as Joe. Um wow this looks extraordinary! So much creativity in every scene, all the colors & magical moments.
"This woman you're dealing with… she needs to be stopped!" Netflix has unveiled the official trailer for a martial arts action film titled Fistful of Vengeance, made by a Dutch filmmaker named Roel Reiné. A revenge mission becomes a fight to save the world from an ancient threat when superpowered assassin Kai tracks a killer to Bangkok, Thailand. Kai Jin, a young Chinatown chef in present day San Francisco, becomes entangled with the Chinese Triad's pursuit of deadly ancient powers known as the "Wu Xing". Iko Uwais stars with Lewis Tan, Lawrence Kao, and Pearl Thusi in this fast-and-furious martial arts action film. Also featuring JuJu Chan Szeto, Jason Tobin, and Yayaying Rhatha Phongam. This is a crazy cool, fully action-packed trailer with all kinds of fun characters and fight scenes. I dig it! Looks like a good time.