Archive for the ‘Trailers’ Category

  • Trailer #2: The Rover

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    Back in January, we posted the first trailer for David Michôd’s post-apocalyptic revenge film The Rover, starring my longtime man-crush Guy Pearce as well as Robert Pattinson, who has been doing a hell of a job distancing himself from his Twilight roots these past couple of years. That first trailer for The Rover was slick, gritty, and moody.

    This second trailer is even more appealing – perhaps even elevating it to my much coveted “most anticipated” position for this summer’s films.

    Director Michôd is best known for directing 2010′s stellar crime drama Animal Kingdom. While he wrote the screenplay for The Rover with actor Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty), his other writing credits include the pretty solid Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring Hesher and the very enjoyable horror short I Love Sarah Jane.

    According to Twitch, it was recently announced as an Official Selection for the Cannes Film Festival before opening up in North American theaters on June 20, 2014.

    Leave your thoughts on the trailer (and Michôd’s other films) below!

  • Get Some Vodka and Plan Revenge

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    What do you do when your husband is cheating on you? Do you start a huge scandal, fighting and screaming and all of that…or just get drunk with the mistress and start to plan a badass revenge?

    According to The Other Woman trailer, when finding out your husband/ boyfriend is a cheater, the best idea for action, is teaming up with the other women while having some really good times; organizing a revenge scheme for the traitor.

    The Other Woman is a new romantic comedy that will premiere in theaters this April. It tells an incredible story of the wife and the two girlfriends of the same man. When the women find out that their man is an incredible liar, they start to plan revenge. Now, it is all about the adventure these women are about to enter. It is an adventure that will get them a new friendship and knowledge about themselves and the others.

    The movie is produced by LBI Productions in collaboration with 20th Century Fox, the gorgeous cast includes Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney, Nicki Minaj, Don Johnson, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau and many others. I know you’re now thinking about how much fun these ladies had on set and you’re so right. These hot stars play the roles of the main heroines. Nicolaj Coster Waldau is that bad guy who played with the hearts of so many women and now is about to receive an unimaginable revenge.

    This April The Other Woman is going to hit the cinemas. Do not miss the chance to witness the incredible adventure of these three hot women. You will see them fighting, drinking and having so much fun, while planning a monstrous vengeance. Also, you will absolutely adore the main idea of the movie that is to celebrate women. It celebrates every single female, showing that there is enough room in this world for everyone.

    Now you know what you have to do if your husband/ boyfriend is cheating on you. Don’t panic; get some vodka and plan revenge.

  • Trailer: Gone Girl

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    David Fincher is back after a hiatus with TV (the first few episodes on House of Cards Season 1) with Gone Girl, the movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name. The film stars Ben Affleck as a man who becomes the prime suspect in a murder when his wife vanishes. The signature urine-yellow lighting, dwarfing the characters in architecture and media spaces are all present, but I am not alone in finding the musical choice here to undermine instead of underscore the mood. Your mileage may vary. You know my bum is in a cinema seat the moment this comes out, when the director finds himself in that Zodiac kind of mood.

    Further question, is the final shot of the trailer a spoiler, or a red herring? I’ve not read the book, but it seems a daring thing to do and an easy thing to play coy with the non-book readers. Please consider the question rhetorical and withhold spoilers.

  • Friday One Sheet: We Are The Best

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    While two films do not make a trend, the Scandinavian duo of ‘kids-punk’ Sons of Norway, and Sweden’s We Are The Best make for good times at the movies. The latter gets a classic graffiti poster with slight emphasis on the pink, after all this is an all girls affair.

    Directed by Lukas Moodysson who returns to his late 1990s coming of age story period (which produced the classic Fucking Amal). We’ve also got a trailer to go with that poster.

  • Wish I Was Here [teaser]

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    Haters be damned. Seriously. Garden State was one of the best films of 2004 (especially for a first time writer/director!) and continues to delight and entertain me every time I pop it in the DVD player about every 12-18 months. But I’ve been lamenting the fact that Zach Braff hadn’t bothered to do anything else since. Then along comes Kickstarter.

    It raised quite the controversy when Braff announced he’d make his next movie if we could help pay for it. No controversy for me; I was glad to help out. So I backed it and I’m hoping for the best while following production diaries over the past few months.

    And here comes the teaser today. I’m not entirely sure what to make of it, but it looks damn good visually and it’s got The Postal Service aurally. And what’s this? Could Kate Hudson finally, finally(!), be putting on a performance that comes close to her Oscar nominated Penny Lane?

    Take a look at the trailer below and see what you think. The film also stars Braff, Ashley Greene, Joey king, Jim Parsons and Mandy Patinkin.

  • Trailer: Lucy

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    What if you combined La Femme Nikita, Crank and Limitless, with a dash of Her and made it a big shoot-em-up action fest? Well, it is just another day, in high-concept Luc Besson land. Lucy has pretty high pedigree though, considering there is American Superstar Scarlett Johansson in the eponymous lead role, Korean superstar Choi Min-sik as the principle villain, the ubiquitous Morgan Freeman on support and the Danish superstar Pilou Asbæk (A Hijacking, Spies & Glistrup) is tucked in there, somewhere, too.

    When a woman is used against her will as a drug mule, and the package implanted inside her starts leaking, she goes from sexy blonde tourist to deadly Black Widow, to all powerful Neo in about 90 minutes. Have we seen it all before? You Betcha. A girl has got to pay the bills, I guess – but take a look below.

    post-script: Remember that of the other two Scarlett movies opening this weekend, you should be checking out Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin over Marvel Hero-Unit #17.

  • Trailer: Palo Alto

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    Gorgeously rendered, and sweetly out of control, could Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto be the ‘teen tableaux’ movie for the 2010s that American Graffiti was for the 70s, Fast Times At Ridgemont High was for the 80s, Dazed & Confused was for the 90s and SuperBad was for the Aughts?

    Is sure looks that way. Have a gander below, and try not to think too hard that this was one of James Franco’s darn near fifty vanity projects of the past three years.

  • Trailer: Stress Position

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    This ultra-high-concept film is the feature debut of A.J. Bond, who creative soul who directed the cleverly weird time-travel short film Hirsute which we instantly loved after catching it at 2009 edition of The Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Stress Position nestles on the line between film experiment, documentary, torture-porn and pure anti-septic whiteness. The film involves a game between the director and his star David Amito, which has only three rules: 1. No severe pain 2. No permanent physical damage & 3. Nothing illegal.

    Inspired by a flippant remark about the torturous enhanced interrogation techniques used by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay’s personalized torture regimes aimed at breaking each other’s will, but without causing any severe physical pain. Set entirely in and around an avant garde torture chamber custom built in an isolated warehouse, the film captures the surprising trajectory of the experiment from both sides of the cell as the two friends play both victim and oppressor, not to mention actor and director.

    The acting here may not be any great thespian work, but the idea is at the heart of the matter. Furthermore, in full Gaspar Noe fashion (with a slight dash of Hitoshi Matsumoto’s criminally under-seen Symbol, the trailer is not for those who have any audio-visual sensitivities. You have been warned.

    Stress Position opens in Toronto on April 18th at Carlton Cinema in Toronto.

  • Trailer: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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    I feel silly getting riled up over a trailer for a reboot of a series about humanoid turtles who become pizza love ninjas in New York City, but hell, I’ve had a few days to stew over it, a few days to read the countless nerd-thoughts of it all around the internet, and you know what?

    This is going to be fucking stupid. Which isn’t a surprise, because Michael Bay is a soulless piece of shit. Even though this opinion is not particularly novel or new, thanks for letting me vent, internet.

  • Trailer: Plastic

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    Sam and Fordy run a credit card fraud scheme to support their risky, expensive and fast lifestyle. When they steal from the wrong man, however, they find themselves threatened by heavier criminals (one of whom is familiar character actor Thomas Kretschmann) who are not playing around in white collar crime just for shits and giggles and beach vacations. With their life hanging in the balance, they double down to pull off a daring diamond heist to clear their debts.

    While the basic story idea seems familiar, that of overly-clever twenty-somethings getting into trouble way over their head with white collar crime, this one is directed by Julian Gilbey, who made the marvelously tense and very, very pretty A Lonely Place To Die. It opens in the UK in early May, not sure about any sort of release dates in North America, but it has Paramount distributing it, so that remains a strong possibility if the film sees any success in Britain.

  • Trailer: The Signal

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    Well, this one slipped my by last week, which is a shame because I am a huge fan and am a big booster of William Eubank’s gorgeous indie sci-fi flick Love (Review) which features a man trapped on the dying International Space Station while an unnamed apocalypse has devastated earth, and is scored entirely with Angels & Airwaves songs.

    His next film is called The Signal was very well received at The Sundance Film Festival in January. This gorgeous trailer which came out last week; better late than never here in the third row. Larry Fishburne is the big name in the project, but like Love, the real star is the drop-dead-gorgeous cinematography, and the heady science fiction conceits. When a character says “We’re not 100% certain with what we are dealing with here,” well that says it all. It’s beautiful and intriguing in the same way that Upstream Color was. Here’s hoping Eubank can hit that high watermark.


    Nick and Jonah are MIT freshmen with a passion for hacking. While driving cross-country through Nevada with Nick’s girlfriend, Hailey, they follow rival hacker Nomad’s clues to a location 180 miles away. After a terrifying confrontation with Nomad in the middle of the desert, the trio regain consciousness in captivity. Struggling to comprehend the true nature of their confinement, they discover they are part of a plot much larger than themselves.

  • Teaser: Peanuts by Schulz

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    Popping out at you in 3D, Charlie Brown and the gang haven’t been seen since the late 1990s when the last of the cartoons were aired, and the comic strip closed down (due to creator Charles Schulz’s death in 2000.) But this teaser seems to capture a fair bit (the music certainly helps) of the spirit of the strip and the shows. The only unfortunate edit is that after the (please stop) “Also Sprach Zarathustra” A Space Odyssey intro, it certainly looks like the bliss on Charlie Brown’s face is due to Snoopy blowing him. Seriously.

    We shall see what Blue Sky Studios, the creators of Ice Age, Rio and Horton Hears a Who do with the property. I’ll certainly be revisiting the original made-for-TV animated shows as preparation for this, as they have aged exceptionally well.

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