Trailer: Trespass Against Us

Despite a turn for intensity at the end of this trailer, do not be fooled, Trespass Against Us is kind of Sundancey-cute for all of its big themes of sins of the father, academia-vs-‘school-of-life’ and the United Kingdom’s social isolation of gypsies. It’s a glossy package perfectly suited for middle-brow consumption.

The very high profile cast including Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson and Sean Harris (going full retard in this one, and defying the old Robert Downy Jr. commentary on this – he is excellent here, but not featured at all in the trailer. First time director (he is normally a documentary guy) Adam Smith goes for smaller moments, but cannot resist a ‘big finish’ that the movie seems to completely earn, but is nevertheless (kind of) pulled off by the sheer magnetism of Fassbender’s presence. At this point, by my editorializing, you can guess I caught this at TIFF where it debuted to kind of muted satisfaction afterwards. Trespass Against Us passes the time, but hardly leaves much of an impression. Considering all the car chases in the film, your mileage may vary.

Micro Teasers: Ghost In The Shell

After years of false starts and unfulfilled promises, the live-action remake of Mamoru Oshii’s influential animated feature, Ghost In The Shell is coming with Scarlett Johansson in the lead role (and Michael Pitt, Beat Takeshi and Juliette Binoche on support). Throughout a recent episode of Mr. Robot, a series of 6 second micro teasers showed during the commercial breaks, and they have been re-constructed to form a teaser trailer of sorts, and the result is a creepy Under The Skin (ish) vibe going here. Which I quite like.

Trailer: Nocturnal Animals

Tom Ford’s sophomore film, Nocturnal Animals is among the best films I have seen this year! This trailer is both hauntingly accurate and subtly misleading. In other words, it is a good way to advertise a great film! There are too few psychological thrillers made these days, and of them, even fewer are as excellent as this one. Based on the 1993 novel, “Tony and Susan,” by Austin Wright, the story follows An art gallery owner (Amy Adams) who is haunted by a violent and vaguely threatening novel written by her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal).

I caught this at TIFF this year, and it was the best thing I saw at the festival.

Nocturnal Animals opens in NY & LA on November 18th and in limited release in other markets on November 23rd.

Trailer: Mascots

IT has been far too long since the last Christopher Guest feature, a decade in fact, with ‘Awards Season’ spoof, For Your Consideration. Short run television aside (2013’s “Family Tree”), Guest and the superb repertory group he has assembled over the years are back with fresh mock-doc, Mascots, courtesy of Netflix. Check out the trailer below.

Trailer: Certain Women

Back in January when we looked ahead at the cinematic year to come, Kurt was pretty excited, rightfully so, about the prospect of the newest Kelly Reichardt film, Certain Women.

from the director of the quiet epics, Wendy and Lucy and Meek’s Cutoff comes this sprawling story following the lives of a handful of intersecting experiences across Montana.

Other than that, I know precious little about the picture. From the trailer, I gather that it is some sort of love letter or maybe better described as a support ticket to women everywhere struggling in what is still very much a (oblivious) man’s world.

Certain Women stars Reichardt regular Michelle Williams as well as Laura Dern and Jared Harris. And I’m not gonna lie; after K-Stew’s last couple three outings (particularly Clouds of Sils Maria) the main draw for me here is Kristen Stewart. Watching her grow and mature to become a powerhouse of an actress has been fascinating and exciting.

Have a look. The trailer is more poem than trailer – which is kind of what Reichardt’s films are – so this is appropriate.

Trailer: Miss Hokusai

I absolutely adored Keiichi Hara’s quiet and fierce animated portrait of artist Tetsuzo, a.k.a. Hokusai Katsushika, and his grown daughter O-Ei when I caught it at Fantasia in 2015.

Set in 19th century Edo, Japan. Miss Hokusai blends the magical realism sensibility of Studio Ghibli with Ozu Yasujirô-like framing. The film is a father-daughter tale, but really it extends its scope to cover the entire artist and publishing community (and spirit world) in the region at the time. It is as much about the rhythm of a city as it is about the subject insofar as Miss Hokusai is a film that you get so deeply lost in that it is difficult to discern beginning, middle or end. This is a good thing in a genre that is often mocked for its short attention span.

The lovely and sophisticated US Distributor GKIDS (who also brought Boy & The World, Ernest & Celestine, The Secret of Kells and When Marnie Was There in the US) is giving the lovely and sophisticated Miss Hokusai a domestic cinema release in October.

A Murderer… and a Lesbian! The Dressmaker (Trailer)

Remember movies like Bottle Shock or The Full Monty or Mrs. Henderson Presents, in which something “scandalous” hits a small town and meets opposition; only to become embraced and eventually adored by the community, changing everyone’s lives for the better, forever? Here is the iteration of that type of film for 2016: The Dressmaker. And this one is in Australia! What, all of it?*

The Dressmaker stars Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving (where has thing guy been?), Sarah Snook and Judy Davis. Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse who has apparently taken an almost two-decade long hiatus from film making.

Now, this is Winslet and constume design, so I’m all over this thing. But I imagine for others, this will look like pretty safe and uninteresting territory for just about everyone and everything involved.



*old Mark Kermode joke. sorry.

Don’t Breathe [red band trailer]

Not sure I totally believe the pull quotes this thing is dishing out; they’re pretty hyperbolic. That said, it looks like there maybe something special in here. If this isn’t just another run-of-the-mill home invasion slash splatterfest, there could be a lot of fun to be had here. A concotion of Inside, Hobo with a Shotgun, Blind, Green Room and 10 Cloverfield Lane could be interesting… or something. That’s just my weird brain building something out of something else.

And I kind of like Stephen Lang. Have a look.

Teaser: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk

Billed as an ‘announcement,’ but lets call it a teaser as Christopher Nolan’s World War II rescue picture, Dunkirk does not release until July 2017. Shot on 70mm, with all the production value and weight a film can muster, I am excited that Warner Brothers keeps giving him money to make whatever movie he pleases. Enjoy the rhythm and the photography of this handsomely cut teaser trailer.