FirstShowing.net | Connecting Hollywood with its Audience
FirstShowing is a professional web-based destination providing complete media coverage of mainstream and independent movies, the latest on the movie going experience, and the connection between Hollywood and the audience. We only cover theatrically released films, and updates from film festivals all over the world. Follow us to keep up with the latest movie trailers, interviews, reviews, hype,..
"What's going on in this guy's head must be vast." Netflix has debuted a trailer for a new art documentary titled Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski, a Searching for Sugar Man-esque story about a forgotten Polish artist, directed by Ireneusz "Irek" Dobrowolski. Don't know who this Szukalski is? That's the point of the film. The doc is about Polish painter and sculptor Stanisław Szukalski, an artist that not many people are familiar with. The story goes that in 1968, pop culture collector Glenn Bray discovered a book with his art. Then on a trip to a local bookstore, discovered that the artist was still alive, and lived near him. So he went to find him. The film is produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, and features narration by Nick Tate. This trailer is incredibly captivating, I'm already entirely sold on this. I need to hear his story! And learn more about him! What really is going on inside this guy's head? Where does his creativity come from?
Official trailer for Irek Dobrowolski's doc Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski, on YouTube:
Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix - YouTube
This documentary takes us inside the mind of one of the last century's great characters, offering a startling look at how history can stand in the way of true artistic genius in one generation while stepping aside to reveal it dramatically in the next. In 1968, pop culture collector Glenn Bray, who had an interest in surrealist art, happened upon an unusual book featuring the art of Stanislav Szukalski. Like most people, Bray had never heard of Szukalski, but he delighted in showing the book of drawings and photos of sculptures to his circle of friends in the underground art comic world. It was a few years later when Bray noticed an unusual poster depicting Copernicus on the wall of a small bookstore in Tarzana – something he immediately recognized as the work of Szukalski. The bookseller informed him that the artist himself had given the poster as a gift – in fact, he also lived nearby. Bray couldn’t believe it – this long-forgotten genius was still alive, and in the same area code. Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski is directed by Polish filmmaker Irek Dobrowolski, director of the documentary The Portraitist previously. Netflix will release the doc streaming exclusively starting December 21st later this month. Anyone interested in this?
"Remember always: here at the Taj, guest is God" Icon Film Distribution has debuted a teaser trailer for a true story thriller titled Hotel Mumbai, telling the story of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel terrorist attack in Mumbai in 2008. The film is about the hotel staff who risk their own lives to keep everyone safe, as guests make unthinkable sacrifices to try and save themselves and their families. Dev Patel stars as Arjun, a newly promoted waiter who gets involved in the crossfire. The full cast also includes Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Jason Isaacs, Anupam Kher, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Angus McLaren, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Rodney Afif, and Sachin Joab. This film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this fall, and received rave reviews, as quoted in this trailer. This is an intense first look, almost a bit too frightening.
Here's the international teaser trailer (+ poster) for Anthony Maras' Hotel Mumbai, direct from YouTube:
HOTEL MUMBAI | Official Australian Teaser Trailer - YouTube
Hotel Mumbai is based on the true story of the devastating terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in 2008. The terrifying assault brings together the guests and the staff of the luxurious hotel including wealthy new parents David and Zahra (Armie Hammer and Nazanin Boniadi), Russian businessman Vasili (Jason Issacs) and newly promoted waiter Arjun (Dev Patel) in a desperate fight for survival. This story celebrates humanity, compassion, courage, resilience and the unwavering desire to survive. Hotel Mumbai is directed by Australian filmmaker Anthony Maras, making his feature directorial debut after a few short films previously. The screenplay is written by John Collee and Anthony Maras. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and Adelaide Film Festival earlier this fall. Bleecker Street Media will be releasing Maras' Hotel Mumbai in select US theaters starting on March 29th, 2019 in the spring. First impression?
"Every contact we have had with the outside has brought us death!" Netflix has revealed the second official trailer for a new post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller titled Bird Box, directed by Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier from a screenplay by sci-fi writer Eric Heisserer. This just premiered at AFI Fest last month to very positive reviews. The post-apocalyptic thriller is about a world where an unknown force kills off most people in the world. The only way to survive is to not look at it. Malorie survives but can only keep moving by wearing a blindfold and continuing with her children into the forest. Sandra Bullock stars in this, with Trevante Rhodes, Jacki Weaver, Rosa Salazar, Danielle Macdonald, Lil Rel Howery, Tom Hollander, Colson Baker, BD Wong, plus Sarah Paulson, and John Malkovich. I'm really, really looking forward to watching this once it's available on Netflix later this month. Very excited. Fire up the new trailer below.
Here's the second official trailer for Susanne Bier's Bird Box, direct from Netflix's YouTube:
You can still watch the original trailer for Susanne Bier's Birdbox here, to see the first reveal again.
When a mysterious force decimates the world’s population, only one thing is certain: if you see it, you take your life. Facing the unknown, Malorie (Sandra Bullock) finds love, hope and a new beginning only for it to unravel. Now she must flee with her two children down a treacherous river to the one place left that may offer sanctuary. But to survive, they'll have to undertake the perilous two-day journey blindfolded. Bird Box is directed by veteran Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier, director of films including Family Matters, Like It Never Was Before, Credo, The One and Only, Once in a Lifetime, Open Hearts, Bracia, After the Wedding, Things We Lost in the Fire, In a Better World, All You Need Is Love, A Second Chance, and Serena previously. The screenplay is written by Eric Heisserer (of Arrival). Netflix will release Bier's Bird Box in select theaters + streaming starting on December 21st this year. First impression? Who's in?
"Much of it remains classified for 'national security' reasons." Gravitas Ventures has released a trailer for an indie documentary titled Drugs as Weapons Against Us, made by first-time filmmaker John Potash. The full title is actually Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA War on Musicians and Activists, and it's an examination of the CIA's nefarious past when they manipulated musicians & activists to promote drugs for social control, particularly with the Civil Rights and anti-war movements. Some musicians that resisted these manipulations were killed. We've all heard these stories, and while some of it is true, some of it seems like they are drifting into conspiracy theory territory. Based on Potash's book "Drugs as Weapons Against Us", the film looks at evidence that the CIA targeted SDS, Black Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac, and other leftists. The footage in this trailer isn't that impressive, I wish it looked better than it does.
Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for John Potash's doc Drugs as Weapons Against Us, from YouTube:
Drugs as Weapons Against Us Official Trailer (2019 release) - YouTube
Drugs as Weapons Against Us presents evidence that the CIA's Project MK-Ultra manipulated musicians and activists to promote drugs for social control, particularly regarding the Civil Rights and anti-war movements. Evidence further supports that intelligence agents murdered some of these musicians and activists when they resisted intelligence manipulations. Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA War on Musicians and Activists is directed and produced by filmmaker John Potash, making his directorial debut with this film. This premiered at the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival earlier this fall. Gravitas Ventures will release Potash's doc Drugs as Weapons Against Us direct-to-VOD starting January 29th, 2019 late next month. For more info on this film, visit their official website. Anyone interested in this doc?
"Belief in oneself is contagious. We are part of something larger…" Universal has released a new full-length international trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's Glass, the highly anticipated sequel to Shyamalan's Split from 2016, which turned out to be a secret sequel to Unbreakable. We've seen two otherofficial trailers already, but one more can't hurt. This one spends more time in the mental hospital with the three of them at the start, and its looking so damn good. Glass combines the characters from the movies and brings back all of the actors: James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, a serial killer with 24 unique personalities; Bruce Willis as the "unbreakable" David Dunn; and Samuel L. Jackson as the frail evil villain Elijah Price, aka Mr. Glass. The cast also includes Sarah Paulson as their psychiatrist, with Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Luke Kirby, Charlayne Woodard, & Rob Yang. I also really dig the new logo at the end.
Here's the new international trailer (+ a poster) for M. Night Shyamalan's Glass, direct from YouTube:
Glass International Trailer #1 (2019) | Movieclips Trailers - YouTube
Security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis) uses his unique supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a disturbed man who has 24 personalities. Glass is both written and directed by American filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, director of the films Praying with Anger, Wide Awake, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender, After Earth, The Visit, and Split previously. This is produced by Jason Blum and M. Night Shyamalan, along with Marc Bienstock and Ashwin Rajan, co-produced by John Rusk, and executive produced by Kevin Scott Frakes and Steven Schneider. Universal will be releasing M. Night Shyamalan's Glass in theaters everywhere starting on January 18th, 2019 at the beginning of next year. Looking good? Who's excited for it already?
"Which side are you on?" Saban Films has unveiled a new official US trailer for heist comedy The King of Thieves, the latest film from British filmmaker James Marsh (The Theory of Everything, Man on Wire, Project Nim). We featured two other UKtrailers for this through the year, but it's finally getting released in the US in late January. The film tells the "incredible true story" of the Hatton Garden diamond robbery in London, which took place in April of 2015. A group of retired thieves decide to pull off one of the biggest heists ever in London robbing safe deposit boxes - and they got away with roughly £200 million, but were eventually caught. Michael Caine leads the fun cast, with Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Charlie Cox, Michael Gambon, and Ray Winstone. I've been waiting to see this all year! Glad it'll be out soon.
Here's the full US trailer (+ new poster) for James Marsh's The King of Thieves, direct from YouTube:
King of Thieves Official Trailer (2019) - Michael Caine - YouTube
A crew of retired crooks pull off a major heist in London's jewelry district. The darkly funny, incredible true story of the Hatton Garden robbery, the most daring heist in British criminal history. The King of Thieves is directed by British filmmaker James Marsh, director of the films Wisconsin Death Trip, The King, Shadow Dancer, The Theory of Everything, and The Mercy, plus the docs The Team, Man on Wire, and Project Nim previously. The screenplay is written by Joe Penhall, based on the magazine article by Mark Seal. The film has yet to premiere at any film festivals or otherwise. Saban Films will finally release Marsh's The King of Thieves in select US theaters + on VOD starting January 25th, 2019 coming up next month.
"This time it's Farmageddon!" Studiocanal UK has debuted the first official teaser trailer for A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, the latest comedy from stop-motion studio Aardman Animations. This is a sequel to the surprisingly successful first Shaun the Sheep Movie, released in 2015, and this time the sheep are heading to space! Seriously. When an alien with amazing powers crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun the Sheep goes on a mission to shepherd the intergalactic visitor home before a sinister organization can capture her. "It’s close encounters of the herd kind in Shaun’s new out of this world movie." The voice cast includes Justin Fletcher and John Sparkes. This is a simple teaser without much, but it's amusing and a good way to re-introduce the characters. Worth a watch to liven your day with some Aardman humor.
First teaser trailer (+ poster) for Aardman's A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, from YouTube:
A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON - Official Teaser Trailer - YouTube
Strange lights over the quiet town of Mossingham herald the arrival of a mystery visitor from far across the galaxy… but at nearby Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun has other things on his mind, as his mischievous schemes are continually thwarted by an exasperated Bitzer. When an impish and adorable alien with amazing powers crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun soon sees an opportunity for alien-powered fun and adventure, setting off on a mission to shepherd the intergalactic visitor home before a sinister organisation can capture her…can Shaun and the flock avert Farmageddon on Mossy Bottom Farm before it’s too late? A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is directed by filmmakers Will Becher (a lead animator for Aardman) & Richard Phelan (a storyboard artist for Aardman) both making their feature directorial debut. The screenplay is written by Jon Brown and Mark Burton, based on the characters created by Nick Park. StudioCanal will release Aardman's A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon in the UK next October. Lionsgate will release the film first in the US starting on May 15th, 2019 next summer. Who's in?
"What should we do with Libby?" IFC Films has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie drama titled An Acceptable Loss, originally titled The Pages, which first premiered at the Chicago and Virginia Film Festivals earlier this fall. This whistleblower story of betrayal and regret is about a former top US Security Advisor named Elizabeth "Libby" Lamm who is threatened by associates from her dark past. She must risk her own life and break the law to expose a government cover-up. An Acceptable Loss stars Tika Sumpter as Libby, with Jamie Lee Curtis, Ben Tavassoli, Jeff Hephner, Deanna Dunagan, Alex Weisman, and Ali Burch. This film seems to have a very weird, muted colors look to it, which is a bit more distracting than it should be. I'm not sure what to make of this - seems powerful, but seems like it's missing something.
Here's the official trailer for Joe Chappelle's An Acceptable Loss, direct from YouTube:
An Acceptable Loss ft. Tika Sumpter & Jamie Lee Curtis - Official Trailer I HD I IFC Films - YouTube
She was the ultimate patriot. Now, what she knows could bring down the government. Libby Lamm (Tika Sumpter) is a former top national security advisor who, while working with Rachel Burke (Jamie Lee Curtis), a ruthless, steely-willed political veteran, signed off on a controversial military action that was supposed to end the war on terror. The problem: thousands died under false pretenses. Haunted by what she knows, Libby sets out to tell the truth, risking treason—and her own life—to expose a cover-up that stretches all the way to the highest levels of the government. This gripping saga of lies, conspiracy, and betrayal is an explosive look at what it takes to do the right thing—even if that means going up against your own country. An Acceptable Loss, also known as The Pages, is both written and directed by filmmaker Joe Chappelle, director of the films Thieves Quartet, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Phantoms, and Takedown previously, as well as TV series including "The Wire", "CSI: Miami", "Fringe", and "Chicago Fire". IFC will release An Acceptable Loss in select US theaters + on VOD starting on January 18th, 2019.
"We're on a spiritual quest, here!" WTF is this?! Cinedigm has released a new trailer and a new poster for the indie horror comedy, rock band drug trip film Dead Ant, described as "Spinal Tap meets Tremors!" Okay, you have my attention. The synopsis for this is hilarious and pretty much sums it up way better than we could. When the 1989 "one-hit-wonder" glam-metal band "Sonic Grave" embark on a trip to Coachella in hopes of a comeback, their peyote trip pit stop in Joshua Tree incites an "unworldly" viscous attack, and they must "rock" themselves out of harms way. This stars Tom Arnold, Sean Astin, Sydney Sweeney, Jake Busey, Leisha Hailey, and Rhys Coiro. As much as it seems like a fun concept for a film, this looks really terrible. Especially the ant VFX, which are so bad it's hard to even watch this. Unless you're on peyote.
Here's the newest official trailer (+ two posters) for Ron Carlson's Dead Ant, direct from YouTube:
Dead Ant (2018) Official Trailer HD - YouTube
'80s hair-metal band Sonic Grave finds themselves living off a power ballad they released nearly 30 years ago. Eager to become relevant again in the modern day, they embark on a road trip to Coachella, where their manager has set them up to reinvent themselves. All they need is a hit song, and what better way to come up with one than to take peyote in Joshua Tree and let the music gods work their magic? But the plan quickly falls apart when the group finds themselves under attack by killer ants… that keep getting bigger! Dead Ant is directed by filmmaker Ron Carlson, a former TV producer and director of the films Midgets vs. Mascots, Tom Cool, All American Christmas Carol, and Life Blood previously. The screenplay is also written by Ron Carlson, from a story by Dan Sinclair, Hank Braxtan, and Ron Carlson. Cinedigm will release Carlson's Dead Ant in select theaters + on VOD starting January 25th, 2019 next month. Anyone?
"The brain sees what it wants to see." It's time for another wonderful look back at all the movies of 2018. Our longtime friend the "Sleepy Skunk" has revealed his annual end-of-the-year recap video - the 2018 Movie Trailer Mashup - featuring footage from all the different movie trailers released throughout 2018 edited together to good music. Louis, who makes this specific video every year, always puts a lot of time and effort into making this and it shows, as the editing and music make it an entertaining, deeply moving, and inspiring experience. It's always invigorating to get one last look at all the remarkable films made each year.
2018 Movie Trailer Mashup - YouTube
This 2018 retrospective is direct from SleepySkunk's YouTube. For the full list of films (with timestamps) featured in this trailer mashup, head to this Tumblr post. As usual with these year-end retrospectives, there's probably a few moments you might not recognize or some you do and want to rewatch, which is why these are so much fun to examine closely every time. For previous SleepySkunk retrospectives, watch here: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012. I'm always baffled by how fast time flies every year, but it's nice to look back at the movies and moments that were an important part of this year. What do you think of 2018?