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Surprise! Sony Pictures has revealed that filmmaker Jason Reitman has been secretly working on a brand new Ghostbusters movie, officially set for release in the summer of 2020. To go along with the reveal of this news, they've released a very short teaser trailer that Reitman himself shot. It's nothing much, just a re-reveal of the original Ecto-1 hiding out waiting to be found again. Jason is the son of Ivan Reitman, who directed the original two Ghostbusters movies back in 1984 and 1989. Jason tweeted out yesterday: "Finally got the keys to the car." The cast and details on the new movie have not been revealed, only to say that it will continue with the storyline from the first two (and skip right over Paul Feig's female-Ghostbusters movie from 2016). "This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day." Can't wait to find out more about this. Check it out.
"Break the laws of nature, and you'll pay for it." A24 has finally unveiled their own full-length trailer for the indie sci-fi film High Life, the latest from acclaimed French filmmaker Claire Denis (Beau Travail, 35 Shots of Rum, White Material, Bastards). This low budget, "eerily sexy" sci-fi space drama premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and is also playing at the New York and Sitges Film Festivals last year. The story is about a man, as played by Robert Pattinson, stuck on a spaceship heading to a distant star. He tries to interact with the rest of the crew who are slowly going mad on the long voyage. Reactions from the festivals have been divisive, with extreme love and hate for this super artistic, slow burn sci-fi drama. The full cast includes Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth, Lars Eidinger, Agata Buzek, and Claire Tran. If you've been curious about this, check it out - it is considerably weird and wacky and very cerebral.
"Managing your attention effectively is key. The aim is to achieve a laser focus…" Now this is something different. Merger is a 360-degree sci-fi short film (meaning you can interact / move the camera as it plays) made by by London-based designer and architect Keiichi Matsuda, who was also behind the trippy short film Hyper-Reality. "Set against the backdrop of AI-run corporations, a tele-operator finds herself caught between virtual and physical reality, human and machine. As she fights for her economic survival, she finds herself immersed in the cult of productivity, in search of the ultimate interface. This short film documents her last 4 minutes on earth." Starring Sarah Winter. I wanted to feature this short because it's so unique and cool and thought-provoking, not only technically but narratively about what our future might look like.
"What was granny thinking? I don't like dogs!" Screen Media has released an official US trailer for an indie comedy titled Patrick, about a spoiled pug named Patrick who gets bequeathed to a young woman who is having some romantic troubles in her British life. As expected, the goofball pup provides some good laughs and plenty of pain, but he also helps her get back on track - with falling in love. This already opened in the UK last year, and we featured the UK trailer previously. Beattie Edmondson stars as Sarah, and the cast includes Ed Skrein, Emilia Jones, Jennifer Saunders, Meera Syal, Gemma Jones, Emily Atack, and Peter Davison. This looks super cute and kitschy, and perhaps just the perfect amount of campiness.
"We could make a good life together." Strand Releasing has unveiled an official US trailer for the French drama Sorry Angel, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year and played at numerous other fests in late 2018. The original French titled is Plaire, aimer et courir vite, which translates (literally) to Pleasure, Love and Run Fast. Set in the 1990s in Paris, this queer romp brings us into the lives of three French men who hook up and make love and talk about life and love in the midst of the AIDS crisis. Jacques is an older writer from Paris. Arthur is a young student in Rennes. They instantly fall in love. But they'll have to face rejection and sickness to stay that way. Starring Vincent Lacoste, Pierre Deladonchamps, Denis Podalydès. This premiered to mixed reviews in Cannes, and is a bit dry at times; I much prefer the other 90s Paris film 120 BPM instead. If you're a fan of French films and/or gay romance, it's worth a watch.
"I can't protect you while you're out there." Vertical Entertainment has released the official trailer for an indie thriller titled Beneath the Leaves, which hasn't played at many festivals and is just getting a small release next month. The film is about a cop who goes to get revenge on a psychopath who kidnapped the cop and other orphans when they were young kids. He's removed from the case due to impartiality leaving his partner and lover, Detective Shotwell, to try and find him after he escapes from prison. Fueled by rage and a chance of redemption, Detective Larson chases the steadfast psychopath on his own, only to fall back into the same trap he once escaped as a child. Kristoffer Polaha stars as Dt. Larson, along with Doug Jones, Mira Sorvino, Paul Sorvino, Lydia Hearst, Christopher Masterson, and Christopher Backus. These kind of indie thrillers are often hit or miss, but this one looks extra creepy despite a mediocre trailer.
"You got gifts, Parker. But we have a job to do…" Sony has unveiled the teaser trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next live-action Spider-Man sequel arriving in theaters next summer. This sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is also a sequel to Avengers: Endgame (and Infinity War) as it will be released after that movie opens in April, with this arriving in July. Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker, and this time his foe is Mysterio, being played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Parker and his friends take a summer trip over to Europe, where they get in all kinds of trouble when Nick Fury (and some other mysterious bad guys) show up. The sequel's cast includes Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Angourie Rice, Remy Hii, Martin Starr, Numan Acar, and Tony Revolori. This looks seriously entertaining, as Spidey travels to Venice and London and encounters some foes. I'm looking forward to it.
"It's a great time to be a con man in America." Well, this just got interesting. Hulu has debuted an official trailer for and already released their documentary Fyre Fraud, a feature-length film about the infamous Fyre Festival disaster. Netflix also released a trailer for their documentary, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, just last week pitting these two films head-to-head. Which is even more peculiar because apparently this documentary calls out the other one for being biased. Hulu's Fyre Fraud is "a true-crime comedy exploring a failed music festival turned internet meme at the nexus of social media influence, late-stage capitalism, and morality in the post-truth era." Sounds like this is one damning doc. The directors add that, "Billy McFarland offers us a window into the mind of a con artist, the insidious charm of the fraudster and how they can capture our imaginations, our investment and our votes in the age of Trump." Take a look.
"Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer…" Nothing like a mashup of Star Wars and Shakespeare. Most stories are already inspired by Shakespeare, but this is an attempt to bring Shakespeare's dialogue right into the iconic Star Wars universe. Squad Leader TD-73028 Soliloquy is a short film directed by Maxime-Claude L'Écuyer from Montreal. The short features Hamlet's famous soliloquy presented as the inner voice of a Stormtrooper, emphasizing how relevant this dialogue still is (and will always be). The film stars David Blouin in the armor (as TD-73028), plus Anton Golikov as his voice. As simple as this may seem, there's some elegance in the presentation - thanks to the cinematography and score, and the emotional recitation.
"It's not about a job, is it?" Freestyle Digital Media has debuted the first official trailer for an indie comedy called The Great Unwashed, which is supposed to be an amusing and clever title because this is about a gang of criminal hairdressers who run a guy out of town. Yeah, sounds wild doesn't it? Jonathan Pointing stars as Charlie Brumble, a hapless 20-something who is forced to flee the city and hide out with a tribe of weirdo hippies after witnessing a brutal murder by a gang of criminal hairdressers. This initially premiered at the Austin Film Festival (of course it did - Keep Austin Weird) back in late 2017, but is just now getting an official release. The indie cast includes Kathryn Bond, Nick Horseman, Bekka Bowling, Daniel Ings, Ed Eales White, Ed Kear, and Michael Ryan. I admire the ingenuity in this, they're trying to have some fun making something wacky. It looks as ridiculous and as weird as it sounds, not sure if that's a good thing.
"We want to live." The first official festival trailer has debuted for a documentary titled Gaza, premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in a few weeks. This film is listed as an Ireland/Canada production, though it's actually about modern day Palestine and the Gaza strip in the Middle East. "This elegantly shot and masterfully crafted portrait of Palestinian life offers a rare chance to be immersed in the heart of Gaza, as we glimpse behind the walls of this misunderstood land to get to know real people who inhabit it." It's a film that takes us into the lives of regular people from there, showing us they're just like anyone else, and not the dangerous enemies the media makes them out to be (at least in western countries). The doc film reveals "a world rich with eloquent and resilient characters, offering us a cinematic and enriching portrait of a people attempting to lead meaningful lives." It's certainly worth a look, some very impressive footage in this trailer.
"He said if I wanted back in to come see you…" Neon has released the first official trailer for an indie drama titled Little Woods, the feature directorial debut of up-and-coming filmmaker Nia DaCosta. This film originally premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, where it won the Nora Ephron Award. Described as an "emotionally-charged small-town modern Western about two women in rural America," Little Woods stars Tessa Thompson and Lily James as sisters struggling to survive in their small town. "Their sister bond, beautifully exemplified by the authentic and lived-in relationship, is what keeps them connected but can also tie them down." The indie cast also includes Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale, Lance Reddick, Elizabeth Maxwell, and Luci Christian. The two lead performances in this look enthralling and fierce.