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Official Trailer for 'Possession' Haunted Horror Thriller from Norway

Possession Trailer

"As we all know, the Lord judges and the Lord punishes." He does?? Samuel Goldwyn Films has revealed an official trailer for an indie horror thriller from Norway titled Possession, arriving in theaters this October. Not to be confused with the iconic Isabelle Adjani & Sam Neill thriller also titled Possession from 1981, this is something else. In this Norwegian film, a priest has been tasked with deciding the location of a new church for the local mining company, which reveals itself to be on top of an old Sami burial ground. After removing the remains, the dead come alive and haunt the settlers. The film stars Jan Sælid, Eva Nergård, and Tarjei Sandvik Moe, among many others. This looks like a very atmospheric, very dark horror film about how religion plays dirty tricks on the minds of men. That seems much scarier than all the hauntings.

Margaret Qualley & Joe Alwyn Are Lost in A24's 'Stars at Noon' Trailer

Stars at Noon Trailer

"He's waiting for you outside of the hotel right now." A24 has revealed an official trailer for the film Stars at Noon, an English-language feature from French filmmaker Claire Denis. And it might just be one of her worst films yet. This premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festivals and almost everyone there hated it. A24 will be releasing this in theaters in October. In 1984's Nicaragua, a mysterious English businessman and a headstrong American journalist strike up a highly sexualized romance as they soon become embroiled in a dangerous labyrinth of lies & conspiracies, then forced to try and escape the country. Starring Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn in the lead roles, with appearances by Danny Ramirez, Benny Safdie, and John C. Reilly. This is a sensual erotic thriller, but it's as empty as any dusty old bottle lying in the street.

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 Posted on September 29 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

First Trailer for Lovely 'Spoiler Alert' with Jim Parsons & Ben Aldridge

Spoiler Alert Trailer

"Let's just take a moment to appreciate this beauty." Focus Features has revealed the first official trailer for Spoiler Alert, an indie romantic comedy love story that is premiering in December in theaters. Strangely this hasn't shown up at any festivals yet, but it seems like a late season gem. They wanted a rom-com. They got a love story. Jim Parsons, Ben Aldridge, and Sally Field star in Spoiler Alert, from the director of The Big Sick. Based on Michael Ausiello's best-selling memoir "Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies," the film is a heartwarming, funny and life-affirming story of how Michael and Kit's relationship is transformed and even deepened when one of them falls ill. Also starring Bill Irwin, Josh Pais, Tara Summers, and Nikki M. James. This looks super sweet, and a bit sad, though still ultimately a happy story because it's all so lovely.

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 Posted on September 29 in To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Watch: 'A Film About Pudding' - A Kooky & Delicious Animated Short

A Film About Pudding Short Film

Who doesn't love pudding?! So soft and cuddly and – wait, what?? This amusing animated short film from the Netherlands is now available to watch online after its festival run. A Film About Pudding is directed by filmmaker Roel Van Beek, and it's about a city being overtaken. After Ronin neglects to clear up her dropped groceries, they start to mix and bubble, transforming into a small pudding. Whilst this seems odd, for Ronin, it is easily ignorable. Over the next few days, the pudding grows bigger and bigger. As it threatens to engulf the entire city how far will she, and the other inhabitants of her city, go to continue ignoring it? With the voice of Eleanor Anwen as Ronin. The stick figure style reminds me of Don Hertzfeldt's films, but this gives us something else wacky and tasty with the story. Is it about procrastination? Is it about what happens when we don't stop something bad from taking over? Maybe it's all the above? Either way, dive in.

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 Posted on September 28 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

New US Trailer for 'The Witch 2 - The Other One' Korean Action Sequel

The Witch 2 - The Other One Trailer

"Why is that witch going on a witch hunt?" Well Go USA has revealed an official US trailer for a Korean mystery thriller sequel titled The Witch 2 - The Other One, also known as The Witch: Part 2 - The Other One, from director Park Hoon-jung. Arriving on VOD in the US this November after first opening in Korea. A girl wakes up in a gigantic secret laboratory. When the girl escapes from a laboratory, she stumbles upon Kyung Hee, who is trying to protect her house from criminal gangs. When the girl comes face to face with a criminal organization approaching Kyung Hee's house, the girl overpowers them with overwhelming power, and in the meantime, they start chasing her in the secret laboratory. Who is this mysterious girl and why is she being chased? A follow-up to The Witch: Part 1 - Subversion - which is available to watch now. Part 2 stars Shin Sia, Park Eun-bin, Seo Eun-soo, Jin Goo, Sung Yoo-been, Jo Min-soo, Lee Jong-suk, and Kim Da-mi. Strange that this isn't so much about a horrror witch, more of a sci-fi superpowered hero.

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 Posted on September 28 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Inuit Teen Girls Fight Aliens in Badass Indie Film 'Slash/Back' Trailer

Slash/Back Trailer

"What they don't know, is that we're the best hunters there is." RLJE Films + Shudder have revealed an official trailer for an indie film titled Slash/Back, which first premiered at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival. This radical little indie sci-fi is about a group of teenage Inuit girls from Pangnirtung, Nunavut (see Google Maps) - a town way, way up on the North East coast of Canada - closer to Greenland than anywhere else. When Maika and her ragtag friends discover an alien invasion in their tiny arctic hamlet, it's up to them to save the day. Utilizing their makeshift weapons and horror movie knowledge, the aliens realize you don't mess with girls from Pang. Starring Tasiana Shirley, Alexis Vincent-Wolfe, Nalajoss Ellsworth, and Chelsea Prusky. It was co-written with Ryan Cavan with Nyla Innuksuk, making her feature screenwriting and directorial debut. It's landing in theaters in October! This is pretty much The Thing meets Attack the Block meets the arctic town of Pang. I heartily recommend it! You'll have a blast watching this one. Enjoy.

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 Posted on September 28 in Indies, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

First Trailer for Frederick Wiseman's 'A Couple' with Nathalie Boutefeu

A Couple Trailer

"Your power crushed my life and my personality as well." Film Forum in NYC has revealed a trailer for the first narrative film from acclaimed doc filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. It's called A Couple, also known as just Un Couple in French, and it's not really a film - a 63 minute chamber piece. A Couple follows a long term relationship between a man and a woman. The man is Leo Tolstoy. The woman is his wife, Sophia. It's nothing more than an hour of a woman reading letters and dairies written by Sophia, his young wife, who he didn't seem to love. French actress Nathalie Boutefeu portrays Sophia as a "determined, loving, angry woman who recognizes the limitations of long-term marriage to a man of world-renown." Which is to say that she didn't really understand that she was married to someone who didn't really care about her. It premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, where I ranked it as the worst film of the festival. Barley even a film. But that's just my opinion and others might enjoy this poetic film about love and longing. Take a look.

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 Posted on September 28 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Cannes Best Actress Winner - Full US Trailer for 'Holy Spider' Thriller

Holy Spider Trailer

"I did it all for God… I'm not finished yet." Now that's scary. Utopia has revealed the official US trailer for an acclaimed, award-winning indie film made in Iran titled Holy Spider, which originally premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. It won Best Actress there for star Zar Amir Ebrahimi - who really is tremendous in this one. It's the next film from an Iranian-Danish filmmaker named Ali Abbasi, who earned acclaim for his excellent Swedish troll film Border. This film is about a journalist who travels deep into the dark underbelly of the Iranian holy city of Mashhad as she investigates the serial killings of sex workers by the so called "Spider Killer", who believes he is cleansing the streets of sinners. Based on a true story, which is especially freaky. Holy Spider stars Zar Amir Ebrahimi and Mehdi Bajestani. I wrote in my Cannes review: "it's brutally realistic, unflinching look at murder in modern times." It's a very dark film.

Superb Full Trailer for Todd Field's Stellar 'TÁR' Starring Cate Blanchett

TAR Trailer

"Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed by emotion?" Focus Features has debuted the main official trailer for TÁR, the latest feature from filmmaker Todd Field - director of the films In the Bedroom and Little Children. This his first in 16 years since last making Little Children in 2006. Set in the international world of classical music, the film centers on Lydia Tár - as played by Cate Blanchett. She is widely considered one of the greatest living composer / conductors and she was also the first-ever female chief conductor of a major German orchestra. The character of Tár is fictional, perhaps inspired by a number of different real life conductors. The cast also includes Mark Strong, Nina Hoss, Noémie Merlant, Sophie Kauer, Julian Glover, Allan Corduner, Sylvia Flote. This premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, where Blanchett won the Best Actress award. It was my favorite film at the fest and will be on my Top 10 this year - one of the best films of 2022. This is such a terrific trailer - doesn't give away too much. Don't miss this when it opens.

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 Posted on September 28 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

David Hayman & Udo Kier in Odd Comedy 'My Neighbor Adolf' Trailer

My Neighbor Adolf Trailer

"You are… a good neighbor." Signature Ent. in the UK has revealed the official trailer for an indie comedy titled My Neighbor Adolf, made by a Russian-Israeli filmmaker. Based on a true story, set in Colombia in the 1960s. Polsky is a lonely and grumpy Holocaust survivor who is now living in the remote Colombian countryside. He mostly spends his days playing chess and tending to his beloved rose bushes. However, when a mysterious old German man moves in next door he begins to suspect his new neighbor is… Adolf Hitler. Since nobody believes him, he embarks on a detective mission to find the evidence. But, in order to prove his suspicions, Polsky will need to be closer to his neighbor than he would like – so close that the two could almost become friends. Starring David Hayman as Polsky and Udo Kier as his neighbor, along with Danharry Colorado and Olivia Silhavy. This looks quit good! Not as strange as it sounds. I'm intrigued by the relationship they build together, and how the story plays out with them. It might be worth a watch.

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 Posted on September 28 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

First Trailer for Cartoon Saloon's Fun Adventure 'My Father's Dragon'

My Father's Dragon Trailer

"Don't worry, because I'm coming with you - we're going to do it together." Netflix has revealed an official trailer for My Father's Dragon, the latest film made by the outstanding animation studio Cartoon Saloon - creators of The Secret of Kells, The Song of the Sea, The Breadwinner, and Wolfwalkers. This premieres at the 2022 London Film Festival before it lands of Netflix in November this fall. My Father’s Dragon adapts the eponymous Newbery-honored children's book from author Ruth Stiles Gannett. The story centers on a young boy who is struggling to cope after a move to the city with his mother. In his frustration, Elmer runs away in search of Wild Island and a young dragon waiting to be rescued. The boy's adventures see him experience encounters with ferocious beasts, a mysterious island, and an enduring friendship. With a huge voice cast featuring Jacob Tremblay, Gaten Matarazzo, Golshifteh Farahani, Dianne Wiest, Rita Moreno, Chris O'Dowd, Judy Greer, Alan Cumming, plus Jack Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, & Ian McShane. This looks like a blast!! Not just for kids either. Looking forward to watching it in a few months.

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 Posted on September 28 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Official Trailer for 'Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power' in Cinema Doc

Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power Trailer

"If the camera is predatory, then the culture is predatory as well." Kino Lorber has unveiled the official trailer for a documentary film titled Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power, which originally premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. After playing at a festivals around the world, it's ready to open in theaters this October. The film investigates the politics of cinematic shot design, and how this meta-level of filmmaking intersects with the on-going twin epidemics of sexual abuse/assault and employment discrimination against women. It's a deep-dive into patriarchal power, and how it even seeps into every last shot in cinema. Featuring over 175 movie clips from 1896 to 2020. The film also features interviews with an all-star cast of women and non-binary industry professionals discussing all of this, including: Julie Dash, Penelope Spheeris, Charlyne Yi, Joey Soloway, Catherine Hardwicke, Eliza Hittman, Rosanna Arquette. The result is an electrifying call-to-action that will fundamentally change the way you see – and watch – movies.

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