"Why do you look so stressed?" Sky Cinema in the UK has revealed a trailer for Aisha, an emotional drama from Irish filmmaker Frank Berry. This is premiering soon at the London Film Festival after first showing at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. While caught for years in Ireland's immigration system, Aisha Osagie develops a close friendship with former prisoner Conor Healy. This friendship soon looks to be short lived as Aisha's future in Ireland comes under threat. Letitia Wright (also seen in The Silent Twins and Wakanda Forever this year) stars as Aisha Osagie, with Josh O'Connor, Ruth McCabe, Emmet Byrne, Joanne Crawford, Geraldine McAlinden, Tara Flynn, Joseph Palmer, and Abdul Alshareef. I'm glad they make films like this because people really need to see how horrible most immigration systems are, and how they treat people so poorly, despite a belief it's the "right way". This looks like a very powerful film.
"You've been following me." "We've got unfinished business." Who's hungry?? MGM has revealed another new official "theatrical" trailer for Bones and All, from director Luca Guadagnino. The main trailer that they launched last week was a bloody, full-on horror trailer. This new one is the trailer that they will show in theaters, since they can't put any blood in trailers. And this film is very bloody. Adapted from the book by Camille DeAngelis, the film is about a relationship that begins between Maren and Lee, two youngsters that are "surviving on the margins of society." The story is also about cannibals on the run, trying to contain themselves and not get into more trouble. Bones and All is "a very romantic story, about the impossibility of love and yet, the need for it. Even in extreme circumstances." The score is by Oscar winners Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross. Timothée Chalamet & Taylor Russell co-star, along with Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark Rylance, Chloë Sevigny, Jessica Harper, David Gordon Green, André Holland, Jake Horowitz, Francesca Scorsese, & Anna Cobb. This new trailer gives away a lot more of the plot - but with less gore.
"Santa, are you there? Daddy said you were very busy tonight." Universal Pictures has revealed an official trailer for Violent Night, the Santa Claus action comedy by Norwegian genre filmmaker Tommy Wirkola. Bring it on!! Been waiting to see this trailer. This almost seems a bit like Die Hard, but taking on the "Ho ho ho" part of that movie and making it the actual plot - what if the real Santa DID fight back. When a group of mercenaries attack the estate of a wealthy family, Santa Claus must step in to save the day (and Christmas). David Harbour (from "Stranger Things" & Hellboy) stars as Santa, and also features Emmy winner John Leguizamo, Cam Gigandet, Alex Hassell, Alexis Louder, Edi Patterson, and Beverly D'Angelo. Oh hell yes, this look awesome!! I love the twist on the concept with Santa using his "magic" of his naughty & nice list and present bag and everything. Can't wait to watch it!! Time for some Season's Beatings. Ahaha.
"Your body is the Fatherland. Don't let it fall into enemy hands." Dark Star Pictures has revealed the new official US trailer for the film Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle, a French drama about a Japanese solider that originally premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival last year. Based on a true story!! Which is especially crazy when you think about it. Shot in Japanese, this international co-production tells the story of the soldier Hiroo Onoda (played by Endô Yûya) who was sent to an island in the Philippines in 1944, to fight against the American offensive. When "Japan surrenders, Onoda ignores it, trained to survive at all costs in the jungle, he keeps his war going. He will take 10,000 days to capitulate, refusing to believe the end of the Second World War." He ends up spending nearly 30 years there. The film also stars Tsuda Kanji, Matsuura Yūya, Chiba Tetsuya, Katō Shinsuke, Inowaki Kai, and Ogata Issey. It's finally getting a US release in theaters later this month (starting at Film Forum in NYC). This looks bleak and terrifiyng - not just a war film, but a film about how some people can't ever give up being in a war. They must keep fighting.
"Is this what he's into? There's always something about him I never liked…" Time to move out!! Daddy's Girl is a short film that first premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, now available online to watch. Written & directed by filmmaker Lena Hudson, Daddy's Girl is an award-winning short film about a father/daughter relationship gone awry and the limits of our self-deceit - about a young woman whose charming but overbearing father helps her move out of her wealthy, older boyfriend's apartment. Starring Tedra Millan and Peter Friedman, plus Rhett Rossi. The two lead performances are what this film work, otherwise it might be a bit too cringe. But there's an awkardness that keeps it afloat, as it's a story about a woman who should rethink her choices (much like Shiva Baby which is similar to this). View below.
"Like Ted Lasso stumbled into the Hannibal universe and developed a taste for human flesh." XYZ Films has revealed an official trailer for a freakin' weird horror comedy from the UK titled Feed Me, co-directed by filmmakers Adam Leader & Richard Oakes. This is premiering at Grimmfest this week in the UK, then will be on VOD in the US at the end of the month. After Fresh and Bones and All and Some Like It Rare, there's yet another cannibal horror film arriving this year to get a taste of. If you wish. Following the death of his wife, a broken man spirals into an abyss of night tremors & depression and finds himself in the home of a deranged cannibal who convinces him to take his own life in the most horrific way imaginable… This sound so demented and yet it's also a quirky comedy. The film stars Neal Ward, Christopher Mulvin, Hannah Al Rashid, and Samantha Loxley. That crazy quote on the poster about Ted Lasso is hilarious. I don't know who's into these kind of films, but there must be someone out there who enjoys them… Right?
"He lives in a different reality than you or I do…" Dogwoof has revealed an official trailer for the cinema documentary Lynch/Oz, which is being released in the US by Janus Films sometime soon. This has been playing at festivals throughout the year, including at Tribeca, Deauville, London, and the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Is there any connection between The Wizard of Oz and weirdo filmmaker David Lynch? More than you think. Lynch/Oz explores one of the most fascinating puzzles in the history of motion pictures: the enduring symbiosis between America’s primordial fairytale, The Wizard of Oz, and David Lynch’s singular brand of popular surrealism. The film features six segments in which critics and filmmakers spend about 20 minutes each discussing how the classic 1939 musical connects with Lynch's work. Each one has a unique idea as to how everything ties in, and each is more compelling than the last. After this doc, I'd love to see other directors analyzed in this "what did this film mean to them" way. Wish there was footage in the trailer.
"You can't just stop being friends with a fella!!" Searchlight UK has debuted a brand new UK trailer for the latest film The Banshees of Inisherin from acclaimed writer / director Martin McDonagh, known for his films In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths, and Three Billboards. This premiered to rave reviews at the 2022 Venice Film Festival & Toronto Film Festival, and it also just played at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX as well. Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, leading to alarming consequences for both. Banshees features another stellar cast: Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as the two friends (the same two from In Bruges! ha!), plus Kerry Condon, Pat Shortt, and Barry Keoghan. We already posted the US trailer back in August, but more than happy to bring some extra attention to this fine film. It's a much darker, downcast story than it seems, but with tons of nuance in the screenplay. Not to mention a handful of outstanding performances.
"That smell is my son's body, reeking of racial hatred, now I want America to bear witness." UA + Orion Pictures + MGM have debuted a second trailer for the movie known as Till, telling the story of Emmett Till's lynching and his mother's fight for justice. A sad story, but one that must be told. See the never-before-told story of Mamie Till-Mobley's quest for justice for her son, Emmett. Till was abducted, tortured, and lynched in Mississippi back in 1955 at the age of 14. Filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu refuses to show that brutality, instead focusing on the story of love between a mother and her son. This recently premiered at the New York Film Festival to glowing reviews. The film stars Danielle Deadwyler as Mamie, Jalyn Hall as Emmett, with Frankie Faison, Haley Bennett, and Whoopi Goldberg. I haven't even seen this yet, but I can tell Deadwyler gives one of the best performances of the year. All the reviews so far confirm she's a highlight of the fall movie season. Even though this is a tragic, emotional story it looks like an empowering film anyway.
"Not once did I wonder if I'd be walking handcuffed through the jungle with a live grenade." Amazon has finally revealed an official trailer for Shotgun Wedding, a raucous comedy dumped by the studios for a streaming release instead of going to theaters this fall. It'll be out to watch on Prime Video in late January, which is prime time dumping season - not a good sign. What's it about? A couple's extravagant destination wedding is hijacked by criminals. In the process of saving their families, they rediscover why they fell in love in the first place. This is also a bit awkward - making light of a terrorist attack on a wedding? Huh, okay… Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel star, with Jennifer Coolidge, D'Arcy Carden, Melissa Hunter, Callie Hernandez, Cheech Marin, Sônia Braga, Steve Coulter, and Lenny Kravitz as her ex Sean. This definitely looks like a movie to avoid, even if the humor is so bad it makes you laugh. Nah. Steer clear.
"Anyone can be chosen." Netflix has revealed an official trailer for The Wonder, a new drama from Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio (of A Fantastic Woman, Disobedience, Gloria Bell) that first premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. A tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives, a psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil. Starring Florence Pugh, and based on the book by Emma Donoghue, writer of Room, The Wonder is the tale of a young Irish girl, Anna O'Donnell, whose Catholic family claim she has eaten nothing since her eleventh birthday… four months ago. It's set 13 years after the Great Famine in the 1800s in Ireland. In addition to Pugh, the main cast includes Tom Burke, Niamh Algar, Elaine Cassidy, Kíla Lord Cassidy, Toby Jones, Ciarán Hinds, Dermot Crowley, Brían F. O'Byrne, and David Wilmot. This looks like a very intriguing film about religious faith and women and love. Get a look.
"I have an idea that might move the war in our favor." BBC & Epix has revealed two official trailers for the upcoming mini-series titled SAS: Rogue Heroes, about the original creation of the Special Forces unit, the Special Air Service ("SAS") during World War II. This is kind of a more realistic (based on a true story) version of The Kingsman series, about a secret British unit of elite specialists whose goal was to disrupt the German war efforts before they got any worse. The SAS was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. The six-part drama is based on Ben Macintyre's book, which charts the creation of the famed Special Forces unit. "More rebels than soldiers, Stirling's team is every bit as complicated, flawed, and reckless as it is brave and heroic." Starring Connor Swindells as Stirling, with Jack O'Connell, Alfie Allen, Sofia Boutella, Dominic West, Tom Glynn-Carney, Amir El-Masry, & Theo Barklem-Biggs. Looks damn good!! I appreciate the humor on top of the rough 'n tumble story of a band of odd men breaking all the rules to stop the Nazis.