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"Is it true what Desi said - that you're an evil man?" A24 has debuted an official trailer for an indie feature titled Skin, the next feature-length film from Israeli director Guy Nattiv. The title of this, Skin, is also the title of the controversial short film that won Nattiv and co-writer Sharon Maymon an Oscar (for live-action short film) earlier this year. It's not the same story, but similar. This is Guy Nattiv's first English-language feature telling a "galvanizing story of transformation, inspired by actual events." Jamie Bell stars as Bryon, a destitute young man raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists. He decides to turn his back on hatred and violence to transform his life. With the help of the FBI, he undergoes 25 brutal tattoo removal surgeries in exchange for decoding the tattoos. The cast includes Danielle Macdonald, Vera Farmiga, Daniel Henshall, Louisa Krause, & Bill Camp. Well this looks, uh, quite interesting.
Here's the first official trailer for Guy Nattiv's feature film Skin, direct from A24's YouTube:
After a difficult childhood drives him into the grasps of a white supremacist gang, Bryon (Jamie Bell, delivering a visceral, explosive performance) tries to escape their grips into a new life, all the while questioning whether he's capable of undoing— and repenting for — the evil he's done. Skin is both written and directed by Israeli filmmaker Guy Nattiv, director of the oter feature films Strangers, The Flood, and Magic Men, and a few other short films. He won the Academy Award earlier this year for his short film also titled Skin. Featuring music by Dan Romer, and cinematography by Arnaud Potier. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and played at the Berlin Film Festival, and is stopping by the Tribeca Film Festival next. A24 will release Nattiv's Skin in select theaters starting July 26th in the summer. Thoughts?
"Something's wrong with Chucky!" Orion Pictures has released a second trailer for the new horror reboot Child's Play, an updated take on the Chucky horror franchise about the evil doll who kills people. They're keeping the original name from the first series, Child's Play, but updating everything and re-introducing the Chucky doll as a high-tech toy called "Buddi", voiced by Mark Hamill. This is a little too creepy with how it connects to everything in your home. Aubrey Plaza stars, with a cast including Gabriel Bateman. Brian Tyree Henry, David Lewis, Ty Consiglio, Beatrice Kitsos, and Kristin York. The first trailer was damn good, now we finally get a good look at this horror reboot and it's looking scary as hell. Brutal! What an intense trailer. I'm not sure I like the look of the new "Buddi" doll, but I think the rest of it will be freaky.
Here's the second official trailer (+ new poster) for Lars Klevberg's Child's Play, direct from YouTube:
You can still watch the first trailer for Klevberg's Child's Play here, to see the initial re-introduction again.
The wait is over, your best friend has arrived. A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. Child's Play is directed by Norwegian filmmaker Lars Klevberg, making his second feature film after directing the horror Polaroid previously, as well as a few shorts. The screenplay is by Tyler Burton Smith, based on the characters created by Don Mancini. Produced by Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg, and executive produced by Aaron Schmidt and Chris Ferguson. Orion Pics will open Klevberg's Child's Play in theaters everywhere starting June 21st this summer. Who wants to meet Buddi?
"The music's already started… let's see if we can get in sync." Universal has debuted an epic second official trailer for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, the badass new Fast & Furious "spin-off" movie focusing on the characters named in the title - Luke Hobbs (played by Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (played by Jason Statham). Made by the director of John Wick (co-director), Atomic Blonde, and Deadpool 2, the first trailer for this was already quite good, but this new preview is even better with tons of action and comedy galore. This movie looks crazy! In this sequel, lawman Hobbs and outcast Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity. The full cast also includes Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Eddie Marsan, Joe Anoa'i, and Helen Mirren. This looks totally bonkers!! That final showdown with the Maori looks nuts and hilariously awesome. Wow, just wow.
Here's the second official trailer for David Leitch's Hobbs & Shaw, direct from Universal's YouTube:
Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America's Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015's Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister — these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves. Hobbs & Shaw is directed by former stuntman turned action filmmaker David Leitch, co-director of John Wick, and the director of Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2 previously. The screenplay is written again by Chris Morgan. Universal Pictures will release Leitch's Hobbs & Shaw in theaters everywhere starting August 2nd, 2019 late this summer. Who's excited to see this one?
Every year, cinephiles wake up early for the announcement from France of the films playing at the Cannes Film Festival. For the 72nd Cannes Film Festival taking place this May, they've confirmed a considerably impressive, enticing selection of films made by the finest filmmakers hailing from all over the world. The 2019 line-up includes new films by Xavier Dolan (Matthias & Maxime), Ira Sachs (Frankie set in Portugal), Terrence Malick (A Hidden Life formerly titled Radegund), Bong Joon-ho (Parasite), Corneliu Porumboiu (The Whistlers), along with Pedro Almodóvar, Ken Loach, Arnaud Desplechin, and Marco Bellocchio. We already know that Jim Jarmusch's zombie film The Dead Don't Die is opening the fest, and Dexter Fletcher's Elton John biopic Rocketman is premiering here as well. There will likely be a few additions last minute - as these numbers are a bit low so far. And no Tarantino yet, it's just not ready, they say. See the full list below.
Here's the complete selection of 2019 films directly from Cannes, including the director for easy reference.
COMPETITION (18 FILMS):
Matthias & Maxime - dir. Xavier Dolan
The Traitor - dir. Marco Bellocchio
Pain & Glory - dir. Pedro Almodóvar
Sorry We Missed You - dir. Ken Loach
A Hidden Life - dir. Terrence Malick
Parasite - dir. Bong Joon-ho
The Young Ahmed - dirs. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
The Wild Goose Lake - dir. Diao Yinan
Oh Mercy! - dir. Arnaud Desplechin
Atlantique - dir. Mati Diop
Little Joe - dir. Jessica Hausner
Les Misérables - dir. Ladj Ly
Bacarau - dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles
The Whistlers - dir. Corneliu Porumboiu
Frankie - dir. Ira Sachs
Portrait of a Young Girl on Fire - dir. Celine Sciamma
It Must Be Heaven - dir. Elia Suleiman
Sibyl - dir. Justine Triet
OPENING NIGHT FILM:
The Dead Don't Die - dir. Jim Jarmusch
OUT OF COMPETITION (5 FILMS):
Rocketman - dir. Dexter Fletcher
The Best Years of a Life - dir. Claude Lelouch
Diego Maradona - dir. Asif Kapadia
La Belle Époque - dir. Nicolas Bedos
Too Old to Die Young – "North of Hollywood, West of Hell" - dir. Nicolas Winding Refn
UN CERTAIN REGARD (16 FILMS):
Adam - dir. Maryam Touzani
Beanpole (Dylda) - dir. Kantemir Balagov
A Brother's Love - dir. Monia Chokri
Bull - dir. Annie Silverstein
The Climb - dir. Michael Covino
Evge - dir. Nariman Aliev
Freedom (Liberté) - dir. Albert Serra
Invisible Life (Vida Invisivel) - dir. Karim Aïnouz
Joan of Arc (Jeanne) - dir. Bruno Dumont
Room 212 (Chambre 212) - dir. Christophe Honoré
Papicha - dir. Mounia Meddour
Port Authority - dir. Danielle Lessovitz
Summer of Changsha (Liu Yu Tian) - dir. Zu Feng
The Swallows of Kabul - dir. Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobé Mévellec
A Sun That Never Sets (O Que Arde - dir. Olivier Laxe
Zhuo Ren Mi Mi - dir. Midi Z
MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS (1 FILM):
The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil - dir. Lee Won-Tae
SPECIAL SCREENINGS (5 FILMS):
Être vivant et le savoir - dir. Alain Cavalier
Family Romance, LLC - dir. Werner Herzog
For Sama - dirs. Waad Al Kateab & Edward Watts
Share - dir. Pippa Bianco
Tommaso - dir. Abel Ferrara
So that's the line-up for Cannes 2019, with likely a few others to be added in the next few weeks before the fest begins. This is one of the most impressive and exciting line-ups for Cannes that I've seen so far - and if Tarantino joins the line-up, it'll be even better. Not only new Malick (that seems to be a departure from his other recent films), but so many unique and compelling and curious films that will be premiering in the South of France next month. It does seem a bit light - some of the other big films rumored to appear aren't listed here, but that's just how it goes. Maybe they'll add the new Pablo Larraín or Alice Winocour before the fest launch. For now, I'm satisfied and will be counting down the days until the opening. As always - I'm excited to get back onto the Croisette and start watching films in hopes that we're all blown away by some of these from the line-up. The 2019 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 14th - May 25th in Cannes, France.
"My client has a very delicate product that he needs transported…" Pic4 Studios has debuted a trailer for a short film titled The Shipment, which is playing at the Tribeca Film Festival this month. It premiered at a few other genre festivals last year and is expected to debut online this summer. The Shipment is a 30-minute long sci-fi, space epic short film with a budget of $1 million, which is crazy for a short but why not. It's the directorial debut of VFX veteran (and the owner of Elite Home Theater Seating) Bobby Bala, who made this with his daughter. "My goal was to create my first film with my daughter. I felt this would be a memorable experience…" The story is about a widowed cargo hauler who ends up stuck with his daughter in a wretched spaceport. Stranded and broke, he must make a difficult choice in desperate attempt to provide a better life for her. Starring Aleks Paunovic, Ishana Bala, Robert Maillet, Omari Newton, Adrian Petriw, and Jacques Lalonde. This looks fun, but definitely seems like an expensive home video more than anything.
Here's the first offiical trailer (+ poster) for Bobby Bala's short film The Shipment, direct from YouTube:
An ex-slave trader struggles to live a reformed life as a lowly interplanetary cargo hauler. Stranded and broke, he faces his dark past and difficult ethical choices in a desperate attempt to provide a better life for his daughter. The Shipment, originally developed under the title Kaiden's Cargo, is directed by Canadian filmmaker / VFX artist Bobby Bala, now making his directorial debut after working in the visual effects / filmmaking industry for years. The screenplay is also written by Bobby Bala, with script consulting by Paul Donnett, Chris Ebeling, Arun Fryer, and Myles Murchison. This already premiered at the SciFi Film Festival in Sydney, Australia last year, and also played at Fantasporto in Portugal. It's stopping by the Tribeca Film Festival next this month. No official release date is set yet for this short yet, but we'll be keeping an eye on it.
"You…ugly…butt…lump!" Time for something just a bit funky, and all kinds of weird. Song of a Toad is a short film made as a student project at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg based in Southern Germany. Written and directed by Kariem Saleh, it took three years to develop and animate with a team of nearly 50 students and volunteers. The short film went on to win "Best in Show" at the Siggraph Computer Animation Festival in 2017. The Filmakademie presented the short on YouTube, and we just came across it recently. It's so odd and wacky and amusing that I couldn't help featuring it. Presented in German with English subtitles, featuring the voices of Andreas Mannkopff, Benjamin Hille, Gerald Friese. Saleh's Song of a Toad is about a human "carrying his unbeloved childhood right on his head – an old choleric toad." Give it a watch.
Thanks to Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg for sharing. Every month, a student project created at Filmakademie's Animationsinstitut is featured as a "Project of the Month" on their channel. Description from YouTube: "Song of a Toad is the story about a stressed out human being who is carrying his unbeloved childhood right on his head – an old choleric toad. As a prisoner of his own grown-up situation, he tries to ignore this grumpy childhood talking from above, but one day he is confronted with something he almost forgot." Song of a Toad is created and directed by Kariem Saleh - visit his official website. Produced by Alexandra Stautmeister. Featuring the music "Paradox Paradise" by John Guertler, Lars Voges, Jan Miserre, Tomas Svensson. For more info, visit Kariem's website or YouTube. For more shorts, click here. Thoughts?
"From that point on, everything changed." Abramorama has debuted an official trailer for another rock doc titled Parallel Love, or rather in full: Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury. Yet another film about a long lost band that isn't actually lost - they're still around, still rocking, just in a different way. In the 1990s, alt rock band Luxury is skyrocketing toward national fame, until a life-threatening tour bus wreck shakes each band member to his core. Today, Luxury is led by three orthodox priests, and they're still playing music. "Through interviews and archival footage, Parallel Love tells the gripping and poignant story of Luxury and documents the making of a new record, now as priests." Appearances by Chris Foley, Glenn Black, Jamey Bozeman, Lee Bozeman. Looks especially intriguing because of what happened to them.
Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Matt Hinton's doc Parallel Love, direct from YouTube:
Parallel Love follows the path of Luxury, a band from small-town Georgia, who, on the cusp of success, suffer a devastating touring wreck with long-term consequences. In the intervening years, they continue to make records and three members of the band become Eastern Orthodox priests. Through interviews and archival footage, 'Parallel Love' tells the gripping and poignant story of Luxury and documents the making of a new record, now as priests. Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury is directed by filmmaker Matt Hinton, also director of the documentary Awake My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp previously. This premiered at the Covellite and Gasparilla Film Festivals last year. Abramorama will release Hinton's Parallel Love in select US theaters starting on May 15th. For more info, visit Luxury's Facebook.
"She's not Jean anymore." 20th Century Fox has revealed the third & final trailer for Dark Phoenix, the next X-Men movie focusing on Jean Grey as she becomes the "Dark Phoenix". This might just be the best trailer yet, saving the best for last, after a few othermediocre trailers released in the last year. This movie is still connected to the previous X-Men series, and brings back most of the actors from the most recent films, but it also looks like Fox is positioning this as a grand finale (following in the steps of Avengers: Endgame opening earlier in the summer). Young actress Sophie Turner replaces Famke Janssen as Jean Grey. The cast includes many old and new members: James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Peters, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, plus Jessica Chastain, Ato Essandoh, and Scott Shepherd. This epic action in this does look pretty dang cool, but it also looks like they're desperately trying to pull this together after so many major reshoots and delays. Maybe it'll be okay?
Third & final trailer (+ another poster) for Simon Kinberg's X-Men: Dark Phoenix, from Fox's YouTube:
Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world. The next saga in Fox's X-Men franchise of movies. X-Men: Dark Phoenix is directed by industry veteran, English writer-producer Simon Kinberg, making his feature directorial debut with this film after producing various superhero movies for the last 20 years, including X-Men: First Class, Days of Future Past, Logan, Deadpool, and The Martian. The screenplay is also written by Simon Kinberg, based on the "The Dark Phoenix Saga" comics storyline by John Byrne, Chris Claremont, and Dave Cockrum. After being delayed from first opening this summer, 20th Century Fox will finally release Kinberg's X-Men: Dark Phoenix in theaters everywhere starting on June 7th, 2019 this summer. Looking any better? Still excited?
"Does she make you want to write or live?" "Both." Thunderbird Releasing has debuted an official UK trailer for a film titled Vita & Virginia, a romantic drama inspired by the letters written between Virginia Woolf & Vita Sackville-West. "A daring celebration of an unconventional bond, and a vivid exploration of gender, sexuality, creativity and passion, Vita & Virginia details the love story of two women - two writers - who smashed through social barriers to find solace in their forbidden connection." The film stars Gemma Arterton as Vita, and Elizabeth Debicki as Virginia, and is set in the 1920s in London. Despite the odds, the magnetic Vita and the beguiling Virginia forge an unconventional affair, set against the backdrop of their own strikingly contemporary marriages - which inspired one of Woolf’s most iconic novels, "Orlando". The cast includes Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones, Peter Ferdinando, Emerald Fennell, Gethin Anthony, Rory Fleck Byrne, and Karla Crome. This looks lovely, and romantically inspiring.
Here's the first official UK trailer (+ poster) for Chanya Button's Vita & Virginia, direct from YouTube:
Based on a true story, Vita & Virginia details the passionate relationship between literary trailblazer Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki), and enigmatic aristocrat Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton). When their paths cross, the magnetic Vita decides the beguiling, stubborn and gifted Virginia will be her next conquest, no matter the cost. The ensuing relationship leads to the birth of Woolf’s bold, experimental novel - "Orlando". Vita & Virginia is directed by English filmmaker Chanya Button, her second feature film after making Burn Burn Burn in 2015 previously, as well as a few short films. The screenplay is written by Eileen Atkins and Chanya Button, inspired by the letters between Virginia Woolf & Vita Sackville-West. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Thunderbird will release Button's Vita & Virginia in select UK theaters starting July 5th, 2019 in the summer. No US release has been set. Stay tuned for more.
"The world is full of terrible people…" Indeed it is. Brainstorm Media + Great Point Media have debuted an official trailer for a film titled We Have Always Lived in the Castle, an adaptation of Shirley Jackson's classic novel of the same name. This creepy Gothic mystery thriller is about two sisters who live in a large manor, caring for their deranged uncle - as played by Crispin Glover (perfect casting for Crispin, I'd say?). Merricat, Constance and their Uncle Julian live in isolation after experiencing a family tragedy six years earlier. When cousin Charles arrives to steal the family fortune, he also threatens a dark secret they've been hiding. Alexandra Daddario and Taissa Farmiga co-star, with a cast including Sebastian Stan, Paula Malcomson, Bosco Hogan, Peter O'Meara, Joanne Crawford, as well as Glover. Take a peek below.
First official trailer for Stacie Passon's We Have Always Lived in the Castle, direct from YouTube:
Two sisters (Alexandra Daddario and Taissa Farmiga) live secluded in a large manor and care for their deranged Uncle Julian (Crispin Glover). The rest of their family died five years before, under suspicious circumstances. When a cousin (Sebastian Stan) arrives for a visit, family secrets and scandals unravel. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is directed by American filmmaker Stacie Passon, her second feature film after making Concussion in 2013 previously, in addition to lots of TV directing working. The screenplay is written by Mark Kruger; based on the beloved mystery novel by Shirley Jackson first published in 1962. This premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year. Brainstorm Media will release Passon's We Have Always Lived in the Castle in select theaters starting on May 17th, 2019 next month. Anyone interested?