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Awesome First Look Teaser for 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse'

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse - Part One Teaser

"I missed you, too!" Sony has surprisingly dropped the first teaser trailer for the highly anticipated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel, now officially titled Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse - Part One. And yes, it's a two-parter! Chris Miller on Twitter: "It's true, Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse is Part One of two films. Me, Phil Lord, [the three directors], and an incredible crew are working on both films simultaneously!" In this sequel, an epic adventure will transport Brooklyn's full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man Miles Morales across the Multiverse to join forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People to face off with a villain more powerful than anything they have ever encountered. Shameik Moore returns to voice Miles, and Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen. Plus Issa Rae and Oscar Isaac (as "Spider-Man 2099" / Miguel O'Hara), but that's all they've named so far. This is a seriously AWESOME first look. Into the Spider-Verse is one of the best comic book movies ever made, and I am anxious this sequel won't be as good, but this is the kind of tease that makes me feel like they might just pull it off. I can't wait to see more.

First Look Teaser for New 2022 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Movie

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Teaser

"In 2022, the face of madness returns." Netflix has surprisingly debuted the first look teaser trailer for the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre film, another sequel, out in February. This one is officially titled The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and will be streaming on Netflix starting in February of 2022. This project has been in development for a while, with the teaser poster (below) unveiled last year. After nearly 50 years of hiding, Leatherface returns to terrorize a group of idealistic young friends that accidentally disrupt his carefully shielded world in a remote Texas town. Much like this year's Ghostbusters, this is a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper's original 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Leatherface only gets angry when people come to his home. This stars Elsie Fisher, Sarah Yarkin, Mark Burnham, Moe Dunford, Olwen Fouéré, Alice Krige, Jacob Latimore, Nell Hudson, Jessica Allain, Sam Douglas, William Hope, Jolyon Coy. There's not much footage out yet, but there's enough to whet your appetite. It looks gnarly! Fire it up.

'Silverback: The Trent Williams Story' Doc Trailer About an NFL Player

Silverback: The Trent Williams Story Trailer

"You can swim all day, you're still gonna drown." 1091 Pictures has unveiled a trailer for Silverback: The Trent Williams Story, a documentary about the NFL player Trent Williams. This one is arriving on VOD later this month, just before the end of the year. There's also two other films about football this December: National Champions and American Underdog. Trent "Silverback" Williams, NFL's best offensive lineman over the last decade, overcame life-threatening cancer on his head and is the highest-paid at his position in NFL history and an accomplished entrepreneur off the field. The 6'5", 320-pound native of Longview, Texas, is also a skilled hooper, capable of 360-degree dunks. This film is a profile of the athlete, executive produced by Williams and his agent. Featuring Lil Wayne, Adrian Peterson, Vernon Davis, Chris Ivory, James Cooper, Kyle Shanahan, Adam Schefter, Dianna Russini, and Seun Adigun. Take a look at the new sports doc below.

Watch: Felt Stop-Motion Short Film 'The Visit' Made by Morrie Tan

The Visit Short Film

"Every time I'm here, I constantly think of what I would say to you or tell you…" Another excellent stop-motion animated short film to watch. The Visit is an emotional short made by a Singaporean filmmaker named Morrie Tan, telling the story of her own visits to a prison to meet her father. Month after month, Ting makes a solo trip to visit her father in prison, talking only through a glass panel in his windowless cell. She is determined to not let anything separate him from her and the realities of the world despite having to shoulder her emotional burdens alone. Featuring the voices of Judee Tan and Huang Jia Qiang. It's only 8 minutes and is another fine example of how animation can be used to tell any kind of story. The filmmaker explains that the film is "a story of longing and reconciliation for a family, and a love letter from a daughter to her father." This is a rather somber film overall, but the honesty makes it all the worthwhile. View below.

Mind-Bending Assassination Legal Thriller 'Who is Amos Otis?' Trailer

Who is Amos Otis? Trailer

"Their anger is a powerful weapon." Gravitas has unveiled a trailer for a "mind-bending political thriller" titled Who is Amos Otis?, arriving on VOD at the end of the year. This searing thriller is in the spirit of The Twilight Zone and based on a Pulitzer Prize-nominated play. "If you are wondering how fiction could read like our current reality, this is the story for you." After assassinating the President, Amos Otis pleads self-defense and must convince the jury that America was not only under attack by its unhinged ruler - but that his actions saved the country and the world. Inspired by "the daily barrage of headlines & tweets that fueled the dangerously expanding divide among Americans. We are a nation hurtling toward civil war - divided by race, class, culture and religion not seen since the days of Gettysburg… The stakes for our country were too high to do nothing." Indeed. Starring Josh Katawick, Rico Reid, Michael G. Bath, Christine Brunner, Derek Snow, Mike Dennis, and Peggy Allen. This film looks quite compelling, I must admit.

Full Trailer for 'Mr. Saturday Night' Doc About 'Saturday Night Fever'

Mr. Saturday Night Trailer

"Robert was pitching this 'little disco movie.'" HBO has debuted a full trailer for the film Mr. Saturday Night, another documentary that's part of the outstanding Music Box series of doc films this fall. It already premiered at the DOC NYC Film Festival. This is the next one to launch on HBO Max following Listening to Kenny G and DMX: Don't Try to Understand. Mr. Saturday Night is directed by the filmmaker also behind this year's Gordon Parks doc A Choice Of Weapons. The intro from DOC NYC: "The style. The fashion. The moves. Saturday Night Fever left an indelible stamp on our cultural memory of the 1970s—and there was one man behind it all. Robert Stigwood, a producer impresario, best known for managing the Bee Gees [and Cream], took the swagger of a Bay Ridge, Brooklyn disco, and brought it to the big screen. Although the film's popularity sent his career on a meteoric rise, Stigwood's star-making prowess couldn't guarantee a lifetime of success." It's always so fascinating to hear stories about what really happened behind the scenes.

New US Trailer for Greek Film 'In the Strange Pursuit of Laura Durand'

In The Strange Pursuit of Laura Durand Trailer

"Laura does not exist. Is that understood?" Strike Media has released a US trailer for a Greek indie comedy titled In the Strange Pursuit of Laura Durand. It first premiered in 2019 at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, and played at a bunch of other fests including Athens, Sarajevo, Red Rock, Sunscreen, and Thessaloniki. It now opens in the US starting in January 2022. Two men who live in Athens decide to start the quest for Laura Durand, a pornstar of the 90's who has disappeared mysteriously several years ago. "An award winning and hilarious road movie, loaded with an amazing and eclectic soundtrack, In the Strange Pursuit of Laura Durand is a feelgood, touching, original story, that stays with you long after watching." The cast includes Makis Papadimitriou, Michalis Sarantis, Anna Kalaitzidou, Danis Katranidis, Ivonni Maltezou, Alexandros Logothetis, and Nikos Hatzopoulos. There's a hilariously bad English voiceover in this trailer, but the rest of the footage actually looks good. A crazy fun mix of genres & humor.

A Terrifying Dinner Party Satire - Official Trailer for 'An Exquisite Meal'

An Exquisite Meal Trailer

"Hey, I am an excellent chef!" Gravitas has unveiled official trailer for a movie titled An Exquisite Meal, self-described as "a dark comedy arthouse thriller western satire." Okay that's definitely something. This one originally premiered at the 2020 Cinequest Film Festival last year, and it will be on VOD at the end of this month just before the New Year. It seems to be yet another incisive skewering of modern America by way of an "absurdly terrifying dinner…" A dinner party host promises his friends an exquisite meal in this darkly comedic thriller, but the party erupts in sex and violence when the guests learn that everyone is lying about who they are – even the host, who hasn’t prepared any food at all. The cast includes Mike Jimerson, Amrita Dhaliwal, Victoria Nugent, Ross Magyar, Bassam Abdelfattah, Emily Marso, and Mark Pracht. Never heard of the film before today, looks wild, although a bit unpolished. Check this out below.

John Cena & Robert Patrick in Full Trailer for HBO 'Peacemaker' Series

Peacemaker Trailer

"The mind is a den of scorpions better left running from, not towards." HBO has revealed the full official trailer for The Suicide Squad spin-off series called Peacemaker, hitting streaming on HBO Max starting in January. While completing work on The Suicide Squad movie last year, James Gunn began writing a spin-off TV series centered on the origins of Peacemaker, portrayed by John Cena. "[He is] not an evil person, he's just a bad guy. He seems sort of irredeemable in the film. But I think that there's more to him. We didn't get a chance to know him in the way we get to know some of the other characters. And so that's what the whole show is about." The cast includes Cena returning, with Steve Agee, Danielle Brooks, Robert Patrick, Jennifer Holland, Freddie Stroma, and Chukwudi Iwuji, plus Lochlyn Munro, Annie Chang, Christopher Heyerdahl, Elizabeth Ludlow, Rizwan Manji, and Nhut Le as "Judomaster". Okay this looks amazingly fun. I had a feeling this would be great! "How many people does this blow up!?"

New Trailer for 'The Legend of La Llorona' Horror with Danny Trejo

The Legend of La Llorona Trailer

"What's a Llorona? And what does it want with my son?" Saban Films has unveiled an official US trailer for a horror film titled The Legend of La Llorona, the feature debut of filmmaker Patricia Harris Seeley. This is the third horror film in the last few years about the Mexican ghost story of La Llorona. Warner Bros released The Curse of La Llorona, then there was also La Llorona from Guatemala last year. Do we really need another one? This one looks like the least interesting one yet. While vacationing in Mexico, a couple discovers their son's disappearance is tied to a supernatural curse. Aided by the resourceful taxi driver Jorge (Danny Trejo) the family races to save their only child, navigating the foreboding countryside held by menacing cartel thugs. Gaining strength and power and leaving a path of death and destruction in her wake, La Llorona is seemingly unstoppable. The cast also includes Autumn Reeser, Antonio Cupo, and Zamia Fandiño. This looks exactly like both of the other films before? Why keep telling the same story over again.

Watch: A Handshake Turns into a Monster in 'Hand in Hand' Short

Hand in Hand Short Film

A handshake. A simple, peaceful gesture. We all know how to do it (I hope?). But can a handshake turn into something evil? Maybe it can. Hand in Hand is a hilarious 3-minute comedy short from Swiss filmmaker Ennio Ruschetti. There's an impressive amount of storytelling in this in less than 200 seconds of footage. Amazing work. Only a formal handshake separates these two politicians from a sealed contract. When each one tries to outdo the other, something wicked this way comes. Via Vimeo: "What happens next represents the underlying complexities behind such a simple gesture, relating to ego, human error, and silly red tape. Hand in Hand is a smart commentary on governments around the world that will make you laugh at its absurdity and cringe at the fact that this grotesque body horror comedy isn't too far off from reality." This reminds me of Blomkamp's viral videos making fun of politicians. Nothing more to add - just watch & laugh.

Lucy Hale & Nicholas Gonzalez in Desert Survival Film 'Borrego' Trailer

Borrego Trailer

"If we keep walking this way, we're going to die." Saban Films has debuted an official trailer for Borrego, a desert survival thriller from filmmaker Jesse Harris. Borrego follows a young botanist who relocates to a small desert town to study an invasive plant species. She must fight for her survival when she's kidnapped by an inexperienced drug mule after his ultralight plane crashes in the desert. The title is a reference to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (see Google Maps) located in California near San Diego. Lucy Hale stars as Elly, with a cast including Leynar Gomez, Nicholas Gonzalez, Jorge A. Jimenez, & Olivia Trujillo. This trailer reminds me of No Country for Old Men in many ways, with a similar on-the-run in a desert vibe.

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