"If you save one life… you save the world." Disney has debuted another new 60-second "Destiny" trailer for a new Marvel Studios series Ms. Marvel, a sort of spin-off from Captain Marvel, similar to the Hawkeye series about a nerdy fan of the Avengers who ends up becoming a superhero herself. Ms. Marvel introduces us to Kamala Khan, played by Iman Vellani, a 16-year-old Muslim Pakistani-American from Jersey City, NJ who writes superhero fan fiction. She discovers she has her own polymorphous (shape-shifting) powers. The series cast also includes Aramis Knight as "Red Dagger", Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Matt Lintz, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Nakli, and Azhar Usman. You know, I honestly think this looks pretty dang good. Like Hawkeye, I wasn't expecting to be into it, but I thoroughly enjoyed that series and there were a few outstanding episodes. Ms. Marvel might just be worth a watch, too.
"I've heard that you're quite the fighter." Well Go USA has revealed a new official US trailer for another new Ip Man movie - this one called Ip Man: The Awakening. It already opened in China & Hong Kong last year, and is available to watch on streaming from the Hi-YAH! service right now in the US. This one stars a new Ip Man - actor Miu Tse. While visiting Hong Kong, the young Master Ip intervenes in a kidnapping attempt, unintentionally igniting a turf war with a ruthless human trafficking ring. In retaliation, the gang kidnaps one of Ip Man's close friends, leaving him with no choice but to challenge the group's notoriously brutal boxing champion head-on. The cast also includes Guanying Chen, Hua Qi Long, Zhao Yu Xuan, and Hao Yan Fei. This definitely doesn't look like it has the same filmmaking artistry as the last few Ip Man movies (Kung Fu Master), but at least there should be some good fights. We can hope for that, right?
It's time to explore an exciting new vision from the mind of George Miller… MGM has revealed the first official trailer for the grand new George Miller movie titled Three Thousand Years of Longing, which has been described as more of an epic romantic thriller than anything like any of his past movies. This is premiering today at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, hence the trailer launching in unison with the film's unveiling before it lands in theaters nationwide this August. A lonely scholar, on a trip to Istanbul, discovers a Djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. What she wants is love, but can and should he grant it to her? Along their journey together they explore time and passion and the incredible powers of love. Tilda Swinton co-stars with Idris Elba, with a massive ensemble cast including Aamito Lagum, Burcu Gölgedar, Matteo Bocelli, Kaan Guldur, and Alyla Browne. This looks spectacular! I'd expect nothing less from Miller. It looks so ravishing & audacious, he's shooting for the Moon. Can't wait to watch.
"You can begin to feel your own existence… what you are, basically, is the fabric and structure of existence itself." This is the best trailer yet! Only 90 seconds and it's fantastic. Netflix has revealed one final trailer for their latest edition of the Love, Death + Robots for-adults-only animation series. This latest set of shorts is dubbed Volume 3 and it includes 9 segments, including one directed by David Fincher himself (the giant crab one). This new selection of shorts is now available to watch on Netflix as of May 20th! Buckle up and have fun. Terror, imagination and beauty combine in nine new episodes which stretch from uncovering an ancient evil to a comedic apocalypse, telling startling short stories of fantasy, horror and science-fiction with trademark wit and visual invention. The voice heard in this trailer is an excerpt from Alan Watts "Dream" speech (in full here). "If you awaken, from this illusion…" Maybe we don't want to wake from it…? I can't wait to watch every last one of these!! Such an awesome series. Let's hope they keep making more and more.
"Nothing in this file adds up." Amazon has revealed a teaser trailer for a new series called The Terminal List, adapted from a book by Jack Carr about a former Navy SEAL. Wait - hasn't Chris Pratt already played this same kind of role many times before? Maybe. A former Navy SEAL officer investigates why his entire platoon was ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission. As new evidence comes to light, Reece discovers dark forces working against him, endangering not only his life but the lives of those he loves. Which is why it's a full series and not just a movie. This stars Chris Pratt stars as Commander James Reece, along with Taylor Kitsch, Constance Wu, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Riley Keough, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Arlo Mertz. This looks like yet another generic military action series like the Jack Reacher or Jack Ryan series before it. Unless there's some clever sci-fi twist, this doesn't look it has anything original to offer us.
Bring on the dinosaurs!! Apple has launched one more official trailer for the epic Prehistoric Planet series, made by BBC Studios Natural History Unit. We've already been featuring trailers for this and it looks astonishing. Prehistoric Planet presents little-known & surprising facts of dinosaur life against the backdrop of the environments of Cretaceous times, including coasts, deserts, freshwater, ice worlds and forests. This series brings Earth's history to life like never before. It's narrated by Sir David Attenborough with an original score by multiple Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer, and it's executive produced by Jon Favreau. The series will be debuting on Apple TV+ in just a few more weeks, hence the final marketing push. "An epic true story about majestic dinosaurs and the habitats they roamed. Begin exploring coasts, deserts, freshwater, ice worlds, and forests." I can't wait to watch this! This will be the perfect series to binge and enjoy this summer - with friends or with family. It should also play well paired with Jurassic World Dominion opening in June.
"There's nowhere to run, nowhere to hide." Roadside Attractions + Vertical Ent. have revealed the official trailer for an indie film titled The Forgiven, the latest from filmmaker John Michael McDonagh (Calvary, War on Everyone). This premiered at last year's Toronto Film Festival to some mixed reviews, but I'm still curious to give it a look when it opens this summer. The Forgiven takes place over a weekend in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, and explores the reverberations of a random accident on the lives of both the local Muslims, and Western visitors to a house party in a grand villa. Ralph Fiennes & Jessica Chastain star as wealthy Londoners on a trip to a party at a lavish villa, who end up in trouble after a tragic accident with a local teenage boy. The full cast also includes Matt Smith, Ismael Kanater, Caleb Landry Jones, Abbey Lee, with Saïd Taghmaoui and Christopher Abbott. This looks like an impressively smart film about, as one of the quotes states, "the haves and the have nots." We recommend giving this trailer a watch.
"If we really want to understand these asteroids, we have to go up and see them." Sure let's take a visit! I want to go! Curiosity Stream has unveiled an official trailer for a series called Asteroid Rush, a two-part doc special about asteroids. It's described as: "This is the real science behind the hit film, Don't Look Up. Discover the incredible secrets of the biggest asteroids that could hit our planet." The two part special lands in June streaming on this new digital service - "dive deep into science, history, technology, nature, health and more." The series examines asteroids, where they come from, how many are out there, how much of a threat they really are, as well as the many ideas that have been proposed to deal with them - from deflection to mining and more. It's pretty much just a very nerdy science TV series - sounds good. Between Greenland and Don't Look Up, asteroids (and/or comets) have been showing up in sci-fi movies often recently. Enjoy.
"What a tragic story." Cohen Media Group has revealed their official trailer for this indie Greek comedy called Apples, which originally premiered at the 2020 Venice Film Festival a few years back. We posted a promo trailer then and reviewed it out of Venice (it's superb!) but now that it's finally landing in theaters in the US, we're happy to feature it again. After a pandemic causes people to develop sudden amnesia, a man is enrolled in a recovery program designed to create new memories. The film evokes profound questions: "Are we the sum of the images we compile and display of ourselves, or are we something richer, and deeper?" Apples stars Aris Servetalis, Sofia Georgovassili, Anna Kalaitzidou, Argyris Bakirtzis, & Kostas Laskos. It's a very bleak film but so creative and captivating, highly recommend catching it when it opens.
"She'll tell on you, she'll ruin your life." Screen Media Films has revealed an official trailer for The Good Neighbor, a thriller remake from German filmmaker Stephan Rick. He's remade his own 2011 German film of the same name (or Unter Nachbarn) for English-speaking audiences, with a new cast this time around. The Good Neighbor English version stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Luke Kleintank, Eloise Smyth, and Bruce Davison. The budding friendship between two very different neighbors takes a tragic turn when David accidentally runs over a young woman and kills her. When he gets involved with her sister, things get even more complicated. It's a twisted psychological thriller about the "unspeakable things" that some will do to protect their secrets. This seems like another of these "true crime" stories that Hollywood is churning out all the time now because so many people can't stop watching them. It does look like this gets extra intense.
"Come on down and tell Dad what you saw." Cinetic has unveiled a festival promo trailer for the film titled R.M.N., the latest from acclaimed, award-winning Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu. It's premiering at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival later this week, which is where Mungiu won the Palme d'Or back in 2007 for his chilling abortion film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. The synopsis is a bit vague but still interesting: A non-judgmental analysis of the driving forces of human behavior when confronted with the unknown, of the way we perceive the other and on how we relate to an unsettling future. Mungiu also provides this quote about the title: "I feel I owe one explanation: RMN in English is NMR: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance – basically a brain investigation. Given how the world looks today, I feel we need one.” The film stars Judith State and Marin Grigore. I still have no idea what's going on, but this trailer is so intriguing & peculiar, I'm even more excited to find out exactly what's happening here. Looking forward to catching it in Cannes.
"We are now joined in feeling." An official promo trailer has debuted for a new music documentary titled in full Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music. Despite "Trilogy" in the title, it's just one full 93 minute feature film, but with different segments about three different artists. Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music is described as an entertaining, impactful documentary that explores the unifying power of music and examines the relationship between musical artists and their fans. Featured artists include Indigo Girls, Vijay Iyer, and Talib Kweli. Amy Ray of Indigo Girls states, "It is an absolute honor to be part of this poignant film that truly shows the power of music through the eyes of the artist and the receiver of that art. It sheds light on the alchemy that happens when music enters the public space and is a catalyst for healing, spiritual connection, activism and creative growth." The film will be premiering this summer at the Richmond Film Festival before a screening tour, hence the new trailer now to build some buzz. Enjoy.