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"A little girl called me 'ugly', and I still think about it! That was five years ago." Everyone has one of those friends you hate but can't seem to ever get rid of. That Friend You Hate is a short film by Eli Shapiro that is now available to watch online for free. It's a Kevin Smith-inspired bro-mantic comedy about a young guy, on the eve of his birthday, who attempts to "break up" with his best friend from childhood over the course of one disastrous night together. It asks: Is it possible to dump a friend? Starring Sean Brannon and Will Cooper as the two friends. Most of it is improvised, made on a shoe-string budget with Eli's real friends in NYC and filmed in his hometown in Jersey. "I wanted to take a funny but heartfelt look at modern adult friendship," Eli says. This short is better than you might think! With brutally honest humor. Worth a watch.
"There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man." With this sentence, Rod Serling first introduced The Twilight Zone to American viewers on October 2nd in 1959. The influential anthology TV series, which followed in the tradition of other shows such as Science Fiction Theatre and radio programs like Dimension X, blended fantasy, science fiction, and horror with morality tales to explore pressing socio-political issues. Over the past sixty years, The Twilight Zone has inspired countless storytellers, including Gene Roddenberry, Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, Chris Carter, M. Night Shyamalan, J.J. Abrams, Charlie Brooker, and Jordan Peele. The beloved show's latest progeny is the film The Vast of Night, the feature debut of director Andrew Patterson and also screenwriters James Montague and Craig W. Sanger.
"You are not safe with her in there…" 1091 Media has revealed an official trailer for an indie horror titled Star Light, a twisted little film directed by filmmakers Mitchell Altieri & Lee Cummings. A kind-hearted teen's life is turned upside down when he helps a world famous pop star on the run try to escape her violent pursuers. He ends up hiding out with her at a friend's house, turning a fun graduation party into a night of living hell. Starring Cameron Johnson as Dylan & Scout Taylor-Compton as Bebe A. Love; also joined by Rahart Adams, Liana Ramirez, Garrett Westton, Chandler Rachelle, Hagen Mills, Tiffany Shepis, Kevin Jiggetts, and Bret Roberts. This looks like it has a crazy twist where it turns out the pop star is some kind of creature. Maybe a werewolf or something else? I wonder if this is going to turn out to be a horror commentary on how pop stars are all man-eating monsters? Looks pretty cool from this first trailer.
"He's not just a dog… He's a good boy!" Hulu has revealed a trailer for their next offering in the ongoing "Into the Dark" anthology horror series. They've been producing tons of original horror films from all kinds of different filmmakers, and this next one looks horrifying and hilarious. Good Boy is directed by Tragedy Girls filmmaker Tyler MacIntyre, and stars Judy Greer as a woman who gets a cute little dog as an emotional support pet. She's in for a surprise when she discovers that he kills anyone who adds stress to her life. "You look at the dog and you just think, there’s no way this little creature, this beautiful little dog could ever do anything harmful to anyone. And yet…" Also stars Steve Guttenberg, Ellen Wong, Elise Neal, Maria Conchita Alonso, McKinley Freeman, and Chico. This looks so damn good! Cuddly little killer.
Let your journey begin with Chasing the Present. 1091 Media has unveiled the trailer for an intriguing new documentary titled Chasing the Present, which premiered at the Flickers' Rhode Island Film Festival last year. The film follows a materially successful young man, riddled with anxiety. Embarking on a world-wide journey to explore the root cause of the modern societal epidemic of stress and emotional suffering, he finds answers to why a person, who seemingly has it all, can continue to suffer from debilitating panic attacks. We can all free ourselves from anxiety and recognize the beauty and power that lies within each of us, if we are willing to go there. "Given the state of the world right now, this is a timely and important release. Chasing the Present has a lot to offer for those who struggle with mental health and anxiety." This looks exactly like my cup of tea, about exploring what's wrong with society and how to rediscover yourself and free your mind.
"My dream was to develop a new color." Passion River Films has posted a trailer for an indie documentary titled A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone, which was already released last year. But this is the first time we've come across it, so we're happy to feature it anyway. Originally produced for TV, the one-hour-long doc film is a profile of self-taught artist Edythe Boone. Long before Black Lives Matter became a rallying cry, Edythe Boone embodied that truth as an artist, an educator, and a great-grandmother. When a personal tragedy ignites a national outcry, everything that Edythe has worked so tirelessly for is at stake. "Filmed over five years, A New Color illuminates how the passionate, heart-felt work of one resilient woman can reverberate throughout a community and inspire both art and a more powerful chorus for justice." It's particularly touching and inspiring to see her encouraging so many others to paint and become artists, too.
Love, lust, and social distance. Squeegee is a comedy short made by LA-based filmmaker Morgan Krantz. A high-powered female executive has an erotic rendezvous with a high-rise window-washer on opposite sides of her office window. Inspired by Krantz's chance meeting with an actual Scottish window washer ("a cool guy, a real daredevil") who he then cast in the film as, uh, himself. "Funny and poignant, Squeegee is an apt portrait of intimacy in the time of social distancing." This stars Amy Rutherford and Blair McKenzie. Featuring a superb score by Emmy-winning composer Ali Helnwein. This short is hilarious!! You'll laugh and giggle and blush. The performances themselves are what make it so good, the quirky mannerisms from each of them. And the old timey romantic score tops it off in just the perfect way. Another must watch short.
"8 Tales of Horror." Ammo Content + Hewes Pictures have debuted the first official trailer for a new horror anthology feature titled Murder Manual, available to watch sometime on VOD this summer. Frightening, interlocking chapters depicting horrific and psychologically altering tales of death. Yet another fun horror anthology project, but with a bit of a twist. "While Murder Manual is an anthology film, the trailer reveals that all the stories are intertwined in sinister ways. They are all brought together to form the titular purpose, a murder manual, with horrifying events to accompany its creation." The film's main cast features Emilia Clarke, Melanie Cruz, Bryan Manley Davis, Hadley Fraser, Anthony Goss, Van Hansis, Sally Hughes, and Sophie Knapp. From this first look footage, there doesn't seem to be much in here that is interesting or unique, perhaps there's more substance hidden inside the manual. Only one way to find out…
"You've come to free me." Showtime has unveiled the first trailer for the latest documentary film made by veteran documentarian Errol Morris. The title is currently only A Film By Errol Morris, because they haven't decided on an official title yet. This documentary focuses, once again, on LSD and the "High Priest of LSD" Timothy Leary. This isn't the first time Morris has dabbled in LSD, his Netflix series "Wormwood" is also about the CIA experimenting with psychedelics. The film is inspired by Harcourt-Smith's memoir, "Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary: My Psychedelic Love Story", and Morris interviews her to discuss her history with Leary before he became an informant for the FBI. "Devotion or selfishness? Perfect love or outright betrayal? Destiny or manipulation?" This is more of a teaser, but I am certainly intrigued. Always curious to hear what people will say about their past and how they look back on their choices at a distance.
"Kwon - you are the greatest person I know. That's what I know now." Grasshopper Film has debuted an official US trailer for the indie Korean dramedy Hill of Freedom, yet another of Hong Sang-soo's fanciful films. This one originally premiered in 2014 at the Venice & Toronto & New York Film Festivals, but is only now finally getting released in the US. Kwon returns to Seoul from the mountains and is given a packet of letters from Mori back from Japan to propose to her. Kwon drops and scatters the undated letters. She reads them and has to make sense of the chronology - and so must we…? Starring Seo Young-hwa, Ryo Kase, and Moon So-ri. Early reviews describe the film as a "melancholic delight", and that it is "also consistently funny, the highlight being a subplot involving another house guest having an issue with her temper." Enjoy.
"It's a mask, not the devil." Holy hell! The first official trailer has debuted for a horror fantasy thriller titled Skull: The Mask, emerging out of Brazil this year. The gory horror film just premiered at the Chattanooga Film Festival online to some crazy good buzz so far, and if you're curious what this looks like, you can see some footage below. The film is an action-packed contemporary horror depicting a supernatural serial killer based on pre-Colombian mythology in a hunt for revenge in the metropolis of São Paulo. It's described as "mystical slasher film" and a "Brazilian bloodbath", and another review calls it an "insanely gory, ambitious effort." Starring Guta Ruiz, Tristan Aronovich, Ivo Müller, and Gilda Nomacce. The big, bad guy in this looks gnarly! Stay away from him. This is a brutal, uncensored trailer full of blood and guts - watch out.
"The truth must stay buried. Forgive me." Signature Ent. in the UK has debuted a second trailer for an indie thriller titled Inheritance, the latest from filmmaker Vaughn Stein. The film just opened on VOD in the US, and will be available in the UK in July as well. A patriarch of a wealthy and powerful family suddenly passes away, leaving his wife and daughter with a shocking secret inheritance that threatens to unravel and destroy their lives. His daughter Lauren receives a flash drive and keys, which lead her to find a man locked up inside the basement of her family's estate. Lily Collins stars as Lauren, with Simon Pegg as the guy in the basement, and a full cast including Connie Nielsen, Chace Crawford, Michael Beach, and Patrick Warburton. This looks so twisted and dark, with some big reveals once it gets going. Not just a simple, low key thriller about a random guy. I'm intrigued by these trailers because they make it seem really messed up.