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"You havin' a good time?" It's time for another rousing look back at all the movies from 2019. Our longtime friend the "Sleepy Skunk" has revealed his annual end-of-the-year recap video - the 2019 Movie Trailer Mashup - featuring footage from all the movie trailers released throughout 2019 edited together to make you cry. Or laugh, or smile, or whatever movies do to you. Louis, who makes this mashup every year, puts a lot of time and effort into making sure it's just right. Not too loud, not too wild, with a clip from every trailer to make you smile as a year of movies whizzes by in 6 minutes time. These are always so emotional to watch.
"Loyal, brave, and true - it is my duty to protect my family." Disney has just debuted the official full-length official trailer for their live-action Mulan movie, following the initial teaser reveal earlier this summer. This live-action update of Mulan is directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider, McFarland USA, and The Zookeeper's Wife) and stars Liu Yifei as the legendary Hua Mulan. It's still based on the 1998 animated movie, about a young Chinese maiden who disguises herself as a male warrior in order to fight and save her father. Set in China during the Han dynasty, she takes her father's place to fight off a Hun invasion. The cast includes Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Yoson An, Gong Li, Jason Scott Lee, Tzi Ma, Ron Yuan, Jimmy Wong, Rosalind Chao, and Utkarsh Ambudkar. I almost don't want to admit it, but this looks great! Yes, it's more Disney product but I'll be damned, it looks like a thrilling story told beautifully. Looking forward to watching this.
Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with exactly 50 days left until Sundance 2020 kicks off on January 23rd, it's time to find out what's playing this year. Sundance has revealed their 2020 selection of ALL of their official feature films in the selection this year, including 118 films playing across 9 different categories, ranging from thrilling documentaries to bold comedies, provacative dramas, and everything else good. The entire line-up with Midnight and Premieres has been revealed - check out all the Sundance picks. There are plenty of exciting, ambitious, unique, and hopefully superb films headed to the mountains in January, and I can't wait to see as many of them as I can catch. Complete selection below.
"A sly and intricate crime drama." Magnolia has unveiled the official US trailer for Romanian filmmaker Corneliu Porumboiu's acclaimed film The Whistlers, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The film didn't win any awards, but it did win over critics, especially A.O. Scott (here's his review) who is quoted all over the marketing. This fun neo-noir stars Vlad Ivanov in the lead role, Cristi, a Romanian police officer who is secretly working inside the mafia. He heads to La Gomera Island to learn an ancestral whistling language. In Romania he is under police surveillance and by using this coded language he will continue to communicate with the mobsters to try and get Zsolt out of prison. Also starring Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Agustí Villaronga, Sabin Tambrea, István Teglas, Cristóbal Pinto, and George Pistereanu. I caught this in Cannes and I had a great time - here's my glowing review, too. Enjoy.
"This is more than just a song to me!" West End Films in the UK has unveiled the first teaser trailer for a feature film titled I Am Woman, telling the inspiring story of Australian singer and activist Helen Reddy. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this fall, and also stopped by the Busan Film Festival in Korea because it's directed by a Korean woman named Unjoo Moon. Australian actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey stars as Helen, with a full cast including Danielle Macdonald (from Patti Cake$), Evan Peters (from X-Men), Matty Cardarople, Dusty Sorg, Toks James, Gus Murray, and also Rita Rani Ahuja. Reddy's most famous song is one called "I Am Woman", which quickly became the anthem for the women's movement in the 70s. The film is a story of fearless ambition and passion, of a woman who smashed through the patriarchal norms of her time to become the international singing superstar she had dreamed of being.
"Got one more in ya, pup?" Disney has debuted an official trailer for another big sled dog adventure survival movie titled Togo, to go along with their Call of the Wild adaptation (arriving in theaters next March). This movie is going straight to their streaming service Disney+, skipping theaters entirely. This movie tells the story of the sled dog Togo, who led the famous 1925 serum run to Nome, Alaska, running over 300+ miles with his musher Leonhard Seppala. Togo is the third movie we've featured this year about the 1925 serum run and the dogs involved in it - including Great Alaskan Race and Disney's own Call of the Wild. In the movie, Willem Dafoe stars as Leonhard Seppala, with a cast including Julianne Nicholson, Christopher Heyerdahl, Michael Gaston, Michael McElhatton, Jamie McShane, Michael Greyeyes, as well as Thorbjørn Harr. This looks better than any of the other sled dog movies, might be worth a watch afterall.
"So you're not dead?" Universal & MGM have released the first official trailer for No Time to Die, the 25th Bond movie and the fifth movie starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007. The last movie was Spectre (in 2015), and while it re-introduced Blofeld, it didn't leave Bond in the best spot. When No Time to Die begins, Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. The cast includes Jeffrey Wright as Felix, Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q; plus Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, Rory Kinnear, and David Dencik. This Bond sequel has been in the works for a while, but I'm excited to see what Cary Fukunaga brings to the franchise and it looks awesome so far. I'm loving look and feel of this one.
"Look at their faces! Tell me you want to continue…?!" Another gorgeous animated short film to watch. Le Mans 1955 is a short film directed by Belgian animation filmmaker Quentin Baillieux. It first premiered last year and played at a number of prestigious film festivals worldwide, now it's available to watch online. The 3D animated short is about the infamous Le Mans 1955 race in France, during which 80 people were killed when one of the cars flew off the track and into the stands where audiences were watching. "And yet, the race goes on." The next day it continues - nothing can stop the race. This features a beautiful geometric animation style that is unlike anything I've seen, which makes it all the more mesmerizing to behold. The flames are especially stunning. And with Le Mans 66 (also known as Ford v Ferrari) in theaters now, this is a perfect follow-up to that. Featuring the voices of Nathan Willcocks, Joe Sheridan, & Nicholas Mead.
"Heavy Metal is…" 1091 has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Queens of Botswana, marking the debut of filmmaker Sarah Vianney. The film runs a total of 43 minutes and will be available on VOD services later in December, for those curious to watch. Queens of Botswana is about three different women from Botswana (a land-locked country in southern Africa) whose lives have all been touched by their love for Heavy Metal. Yes… indeed! We follow them for a week on their way to a festival in Gaborone, but the show is not the main event. Its all about Queen Ludo, Queen Florah and Queen Gloria. "That's what the women of the Marok are called – Queens." This looks fun and kooky and entirely unexpected - have a look.
"Mom… the stars are moving." 4Digital Media has debuted an official trailer for an eerie, scary sci-fi thriller titled Dark Encounter, the latest film from UK filmmaker Carl Strathie (his feature debut was the high concept space thriller Solis from last year). Written & directed by Strathie, Dark Encounter is about a family who starts to notice strange things - lights, sounds, weird things in the woods. All of this begins a year after their young daughter went missing, and might answer the question of where she went. The film stars Laura Fraser, Mel Raido, Alice Lowe, Sid Phoenix, Grant Masters, Vincent Regan, and Spike White. This looks a bit like most other aliens-in-the-woods thrillers, but there is a quality that makes it stand out.
"Those foreigners keep trying to get rid of us…" Well Go USA has debuted a full-length official trailer for Ip Man 4: The Finale. As the title indicates, this is the fourth (and final) film in the Ip Man series that first kicked off in 2008 with Donnie Yen starring as the legendary "Yip Man" in Ip Man. The first teaser trailer dropped out of nowhere in November, and the film opens in December in the US, too. Donnie Yen returns again, along with director Wilson Yip (from the first three films), to tell the story of the Kung Fu master's travels to America, where one of his students has upset the local martial arts community by opening a Wing Chun school. The film's full cast includes Wu Yue, Van Ness, Scott Adkins, Kent Cheng, Chan Kwok Kwan Danny, Kanin Ngo, Chris Collins, and Vanda Margraf. This looks awesome! Thankfully they've got both Yen & Yip back - these two working together can kick some serious ass. You need to check this out.
"We have unfinished business - we have to go back to where it all started…" Disney has released the first teaser trailer for Marvel Studio's Black Widow movie, opening in theaters on May 1st, 2020 to kick off next year's summer movie season. This new stand-alone solo movie is directed by Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland (of Lore, Berlin Syndrome), and is set between the Civil War and Infinity War movies. Scarlett Johansson stars as Natasha Romanoff, returning from the previous Marvel movies. The cast also includes Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff, David Harbour as Red Guardian, plus William Hurt, Ray Winstone, O-T Fagbenle, and Michelle Lee. This is an action-packed teaser with a lot more footage than anyone expected. Marvel certainly knows how to get us excited for their movies.