"We can resist. It's important to know that we are strong, and we can control our narrative…" A powerful and inspiring short film to celebrate the 4th of July weekend. Revolution is a 7-minute short film featuring 7 vignettes where individuals discuss how being Black has impacted them and what the word "revolution" means to them. It's one of the latest presentations in the ongoing Black History Untold identity series (visit the website) created by journalist Sofiya Ballin. "Here we share stories of Black global resistance. What it looked like then and what it looks like now. We delve into the cost that comes with revolution but also the immense love it requires. This is our history told with our own voices." It's invigorating to see how powerful something as simple as putting people in front of a camera and asking them to talk about revolution can be. I hope everyone is moved by this short and the Black History Untold project. Learn their stories right here.
"What now? Shall we shoot each other?" Shout Studios has released an official US trailer for a Polish WWII action thriller titled The Resistance Fighter, commemorating the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, the largest resistance operation in WWII Europe. The original Polish title is Kurier, which translates to The Messenger, but it has a whole new name for the US release. Based on a true story, the film is about the Polish resistance fighter / war hero Jan Nowak-Jeziorański. He works as the courier between the Poland's resistance movement and the Polish government in exile in London, and is pursued ceaselessly by the Nazis. "The stakes could not be higher in this riveting wartime thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat!" Philippe Tlokinski stars, with Julie Engelbrecht, Bradley James, Martin Butzke, Nico Rogner, Patricia Volny, Jan Frycz, Tomasz Schuchardt, Grzegorz Malecki, & Miroslaw Baka. Take a look.
"We make our bakery something to remind them of home." Parkland Pics has debuted an official trailer for a British comedy titled Love Sarah, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Eliza Schroeder. This initially premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival earlier this year, and is set to arrive on VOD in the UK starting this September. A young woman wishes to fulfill her mother's dream of opening her own bakery in Notting Hill, London. To do this, she enlists the help of an old friend and her grandma. Celia Imrie stars with Shannon Tarbet, Shelley Conn, Rupert Penry-Jones, and Bill Paterson. This seems charming and enjoyable in a rather cliche uplifting, feel-good way. But then again, who doesn't love baked goods? And watching a mishmash of nice people build a London bakery from scratch does look quite delectable. Dig in.
"It's very pungent." HBO Max has unveiled the first official trailer for a wacky new high concept comedy titled An American Pickle, from filmmaker Brandon Trost and writer Simon Rich. Here's the concept: Seth Rogen stars as as "Herschel Greenbaum," a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1920 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn’t aged a day. But when he seeks out his family, he is troubled to learn that his only surviving relative is his great grandson, "Ben Greenbaum" (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder. You've got to see this! The cast includes Sarah Snook, Joanna Adler, Jorma Taccone, & Geoffrey Cantor. I love everything about it and the footage is hilarious. Can't wait to watch.
"Do you really think that five children would stand against the end of the world?" FilmInk in Australia has debuted an official trailer for an Australian fantasy adventure family film titled The Legend of the Five, marking the feature directorial debut of actress Joanne Samuel (she played Jessie in the original Mad Max movie!). This looks very much like a fun-for-all-ages kind of fantasy story, campiness and all. When a group of misfit teenagers encounter an ancient relic during a school trip to a museum, they find themselves caught up in a magical world, with elemental powers beyond their belief, and the responsibility of stopping an age old evil from destroying the world. The movie stars Lauren Esposito, Gabi Sproule, Leigh Joel Scott, Nicholas Andrianakos, Deborah An, Beth Champion, and Tiriel Mora. This seems like it's straight out of the 90s, but that may be a good thing considering the quality of most family films nowadays anyway.
"We're not sure his injuries were worth it all." Netflix has debuted the official trailer for a feature-length documentary film titled Father Soldier Son, made by NY Times reporters / filmmakers Catrin Einhorn and Leslye Davis. When Sgt. First Class Brian Eisch is critically wounded in Afghanistan, it sets him and his sons on a journey of love, loss, redemption and legacy. The project originally started following a battalion's yearlong deployment in Afghanistan, but it evolved into something much deeper and complex over years. "At once a verité portrait of ordinary people living in the shadow of active duty and a longitudinal survey of the intergenerational cycles of military service, [the film] is a profound and deeply personal exploration of the meaning of sacrifice, purpose, duty and American manhood in the aftermath of war." It's worth a watch.
"This is something that should've have happened. But it did." 1091 has released an official trailer for a film titled Street Survivors, though the full title also sets up the plot: Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash. This is not a documentary, it's a fictional feature made about the plane crash. Strange but it's real. This premiered at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival last year. Street Survivors centers on drummer Artimus Pyle's experience as a band member with Lynyrd Skynyrd and the tragically fateful day their rented plane crashed in the late evening in the swamps of Gillsburg, MS in October of 1977 and took the lives of singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, his sister back up singer Cassie Gaines, their road manager Dean Kilpatrick, and the two pilots. Starring Ian Shultis, Taylor Clift, Jon Briddell, Sean McNabb, Kelly Lynn Reiter, and Krystyna Ahlers. This seems as strange as making a fictional film about Sharon Tate's murder, so obsessed with death. But it's also about the band.
"Finding asteroids before they find us is critical." IMAX has unveiled an official trailer for a short doc film titled Asteroid Hunters, premiering in the giant format cinemas in October later this fall (hopefully once they have safely re-opened). The film is formerly known as IMAX: Asteroid Impact 3D, which hints that this was originally about what would happen if an asteroid did impact. But the focus now is on the people and technology from around the world to track and assess asteroids. "Witness the latest in planetary defense and how science, ingenuity and determination combine to explore the world's most preventable natural disaster." The IMAX film is narrated by Daisy Ridley, and examines the background of asteroids: where they come from, the risk they pose our planet, and what we can do about the threat of an asteroid impact. Maybe we can send Armageddon's oil rig crew up there? Ha. Love the visuals in this, it all looks so stunning.
"People would freak out when we played." Showtime has unveiled the first official trailer for another music history, rock doc titled The Go-Go's, a film entirely about the history of the all-women punk band The Go-Go's. It takes a look into the success of the Go-Go's. The Go-Go's were formed in Los Angeles in 1978, but they only hit it big in the 80s. Except for short periods when other musicians joined briefly, the band has had a relatively stable line-up consisting of Charlotte Caffey on lead guitar & keyboards, Belinda Carlisle on vocals, Gina Schock on drums, Kathy Valentine on bass guitar, Jane Wiedlin on rhythm guitar. They were the first, and to date only, all-female band that wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the album charts. The Go-Go's will also release their first new recording in nearly 20 years, "Club Zero," starting on July 31st just before the doc premieres on Showtime this summer. This film looks rad! Rock on.
"Just because we keep living doesn't mean we stop earning." Netflix has debuted a second official trailer for The Old Guard, an epic action fantasy movie from director Gina Prince-Bythewood, based on the graphic novel series of the same name by Greg Rucka. The first trailer arrived a few months back, this new one is a reminder that this movie launches on Netflix soon. A covert team of immortal mercenaries are suddenly exposed and must now fight to keep their identity a secret as an unexpected new member is discovered. A "gritty, grounded, action-packed story that shows living forever is harder than it looks." Starring Charlize Theron as "Andy", aka Andromache of Scythia, with KiKi Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo, plus Matthias Schoenaerts and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Hard to tell from these trailers if this is going to be any good, but I'm hopeful. Maybe it'll have some slick action at least.
"I'm not giving up on us, Ellie." Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for an intense romantic thriller titled Fatal Affair, the latest film from filmmaker Peter Sullivan (The Sandman, Jingle Belle, Secret Obsession). The vague plot synopsis for this film sets up the story: Ellie tries to mend her marriage with her husband Marcus after a brief encounter with an old friend, David, only to discover that David is more dangerous and unstable than she'd realized. Nia Long stars, with Omar Epps and Stephen Bishop, and a cast including Aubrey Cleland, Maya Stojan, KJ Smith, and Jason-Shane Scott. This is yet another of these cliche, turns out that nice guy you hooked up with is really a killer, films. Epps looks like he ain't messing around.
"There she is, guys - the most godforsaken castle in all of Mexico." RLJE Films has released a new official US trailer for the indie horror comedy DeadTectives, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Tony West. This first premiered at the Sitges Film Festival in 2018, and it also played at Mexico's Morbido Film Fest, Fantasporto, and the Seattle Film Festival. A team of reality TV ghost hunters experience true paranormal activity for the first time while filming a make-or-break episode in the most haunted mansion in Mexico. Facing cancellation on the one hand and supernatural entities on the other, the team must figure out a way to bust the ghosts, deliver the episode of a lifetime, and escape with their lives intact. Starring Chris Geere, David Newman, José María de Tavira, and Tina Ivlev. Cool concept, but this looks so impressively bad. And why is this trailer so dark? Is the whole film like that? This one looks worth skipping.