"Come on over." Feeling lonely? Need a good laugh? Want to hate text messages even more than you already do? Fire up this short film Girl, Interrupted, a three-minute comedy short directed by Jake & Will (aka Jake Bradbury & Will Blank). This is a pretty basic short with a premise that you'll understand as soon as you start watching. Starring Traci Doering as the "girl". This funny short film is one of the first as part of a new project created by comedians Jake & Will called 20th Century Faux, in which they're making a series of comedy shorts (the way they want) using very limited resources, delivering 16 in total. You can also listen to a behind-the-scenes podcast for this short here. As we've noted before, this goes to show how much fun you can have with pretty much no budget. If you enjoy this, there's plenty more from this team on the way soon.
"I just want to now for once and for all: do you forgive me or not?" IFC Films has unveiled the trailer for an indie drama titled Diane, the feature directorial debut of doc filmmaker + cinephile Kent Jones. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and stopped by the Locarno, Deauville, Vancouver, Chicago, Denver, and St. Louis Film Festivals last year. Diane, played by Mary Kay Place (from The Big Chill, Being John Malkovich, Sweet Home Alabama), fills her days helping others and desperately attempting to bond with her drug-addict son. As these pieces of her existence begin to fade, she finds herself confronting memories she'd sooner forget than face. Featuring a supporting cast including Jake Lacy, Andrea Martin, Estelle Parsons, Deirdre O'Connell, Joyce Van Patten, Phyllis Gallagher, Glynnis O'Connor, and Paul McIsaac. This is an impressive trailer, throwing some creative twists into the usual format. Worth a look.
"You're wasting your time! Go away" Grasshopper Films has debuted the official US trailer for a Japanese romantic drama titled Asako I & II, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year. This is actually just one 119 minute film, despite the title including what references to what looks like Part I & Part II. The title is actually a reference to the plot - where a woman from Osaka (named Asako) meets a man, falls in love with him, then he disappears. Two years later, she meets his perfect double. Erika Karata stars as Asako, along with Masahiro Higashide as both Baku & Ryôhei (of course), plus Sairi Itô, Kôji Nakamoto, Kôji Seto, Misako Tanaka, and Daichi Watanabe. This played to quite a bit of acclaim at Cannes, and stopped by a number of other prestigious festivals last fall. Everyone always talks about the cat. If you're in the mood for a compelling melodramatic Japanese doppelgänger romance, you might want to check this out.
"This ends tonight." "Shock and awe, baby!" Well Go USA has released an intense official trailer for the "major martial arts action event" movie titled Triple Threat, the latest from stuntman director Jesse V. Johnson (of The Package, The Beautiful Ones, Savage Dog, Accident Man, The Debt Collector). The action ensemble is about a hit contract that's taken out on a billionaire's daughter intent on bringing down a major crime syndicate. So a down and out team of mercenaries must take on a group of professional assassins and stop them before they kill their target. The insanely awesome cast includes Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, Celina Jade, Michael Bisping, Michael Jai White, and Scott Adkins, plus plenty of others. This trailer is really going all out hyping this up, claiming it's the "biggest action event" of the year. Let's see.
"I don't think we can ever be just friends." Today is Valentine's Day, so Aviron Pictures has debuted the full-length official trailer for the romantic drama After, the latest passionate young lovers film adapted from a popular YA series. Josephine Langford stars as Tessa, a teenager who falls for Hero Fiennes Tiffin as Hardin, a guy with a dark secret - and the two embark on a rocky and "dangerous" relationship. Inspired by the music and fandom of One Direction, Anna Todd began writing her stories as a hobby using her phone with the Wattpad app in 2013, publishing a chapter almost daily for over a year. After rapidly gained reads on Wattpad to become the most read series on the platform. The full cast includes Jennifer Beals, Selma Blair, Peter Gallagher, Meadow Williams, Inanna Sarkis, Samuel Larsen, Pia Mia, and Dylan Arnold. This looks as sappy and cheesy and cliche as they come, but that's what audiences want these days.
"It sounds like there is someone inbetween the walls." Spotlight Pictures has debuted the first sales promo trailer for the sci-fi horror film Dark Light, from writer/director Padraig Reynolds. The film is currently being sold at the EFM and they're looking to find a distributor, in addition to a festival to debut this film at. Dark Light is a horror creature feature about some kind of monster (potentially an alien being?) that takes a young girl from her bedroom while at her mother's childhood farm home. She goes crazy trying to find her and figure out what happened, while attempting to convince police that an actual creature took her. Starring Jessica Madsen, Ed Brody, Opal Littleton, and Ben Sullivan. This looks scary as hell, including the typical cornfield trope, but still. I'm glad the trailer shows a glimpse of the monster because it looks gnarly.
Dive in. One Breath Around the World is a stunning short documentary featuring world champion free diver Guillaume Néry exploring remarkable places underwater. The footage in this is jaw-dropping, mind-blowing incredible - so amazing it's hard to even believe it's real. But it is. Néry explores these oceanscapes by holding his breath for a very long time and swimming/crawling/running around. The footage is shot by his wife, who also held her breath while shooting this. I guarantee you've never seen anything like this. It's all so stunning and totally disorienting, you'll lose all your sense of direction and forget which way is up. It's breathtaking to see the art they've created with a camera while they explore this beautiful planet we live on.
"You know where the party is!" Universal has released the first trailer for the psychological horror thriller titled Ma, one of the latest films produced by Jason Blum for Blumhouse. Octavia Spencer stars in Ma as Sue Ann, a woman who befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them hang out in her basement, to avoid drinking and driving. Just when the kids think their luck couldn't get any better, weird things start happening. Her hospitality starts to curdle into obsession. The full cast of this horror includes Missi Pyle, Luke Evans, Juliette Lewis, Allison Janney, McKaley Miller, Diana Silvers, Dominic Burgess, Victor Turpin, Corey Fogelmanis, Kyanna Simone Simpson, Dante Brown, and Gianni Paolo. This starts out nice and fun at the beginning, then gets seriously frickin' crazy by the end. Damn! Watch out.
"God you're beautiful, and brave. Wish I could touch you…" CBS Films has debuted a third charming trailer for romantic drama Five Feet Apart, opening in theaters everywhere next month. We've already featured a few trailers for this before, but this trailer is capitalizing on the Valentine's Day holiday since it's a sappy romance. This story is about a young woman with cystic fibrosis, referred to as CF, which is a genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and a limited ability to breathe. They're supposed to always stay five feet away from other CF patients so they don't get sick. Everything changes when she meets another guy who also has CF, and falls totally in love with him. Haley Lu Richardson stars, with Cole Sprouse as her beau, plus Claire Forlani, Parminder Nagra, Moises Arias, Gary Weeks, and Kimberly Hebert Gregory. This looks quite adorable, thanks especially to Haley Lu Richardson always being impressive in every role. We've seen a number of sick people love stories recently but still, don't sleep on this one either.
They're back!! Get ready for another adventure with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf again. Disney Animation has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Frozen 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the global phenomenon Frozen - first released in 2013. The first movie is still beloved and still regarded as an international favorite with audiences all over, and this one will be playing off of that. This trailer re-introduces the characters all over again, but without any dialogue. We do get to see Elsa trying to freeze ocean water, and Kristoff riding more reindeer, and some other interesting glimpses near the end. What is the plot about? Is fall coming? Is something happening to the kingdom? We're not really sure, but that's the point. Featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, as well as new music from Oscar-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. This is a good teaser, plenty to pique your curiosity.
"Will they be human?" "They will be superhuman!" Vertical Entertainment has debuted the first full trailer for a high concept, low budget sci-fi thriller titled Chimera Strain, the directorial debut of newcomer Maurice Haeems. This premiered at a few smaller film festivals last year, and is arriving on VOD this March. Henry Ian Cusick stars as a "brilliant but disturbed scientist" who decides to freeze his kids, in order to develop the cure their deadly genetic disease by decoding the DNA of the immortal Turritopsis jellyfish. It explores our fascination with immortality and all-consuming obsession with understanding our genetics. Also starring Kathleen Quinlan, Erika Ervin, Jenna Harrison, Karishma Ahluwalia, and Jennifer Gjulameti. This looks pretty cool, he's playing with some big ideas - I just hope it lives up to its potential.
"What makes a film bold an innovative?" Indeed a challenging question. Metrograph Pictures has debuted an official US trailer for the documentary The Competition, which is finally opening in the US later this month. This indie doc originally premiered back in 2016 at the Venice Film Festival, and it also played at DOC NYC, IDFA, CPH:DOX, and a few other major fests. The Competition, originally titled Le Concours, is about the prestigious film school in Paris called La Fémis, where "a specific Republican ideal of excellence is practiced and entry into which can be summed up as follows: 'everyone's equal, but only the best get in…'" The film examines the incredibly challenging admission process, since they only admit 40 students per year, as well as the graduation exams and demanding work inside of the school. Looks like fun! Doesn't it? Enjoy.