"Yeah, that's a metaphor for tuning in to what's already here." A stunning official trailer has debuted for a documentary film titled Living in the Future's Past, made by filmmaker Susan Kucera (For the Love of Tango), who partners with Jeff Bridges (who produced and features in the film), to ask: "What kind of future to we want to live in?" This doc is actually a beautifully photographed 4K "tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the life challenges we face." Sounds like a film that will massage your mind. The doc "upends our way of thinking and provides original insights into our subconscious motivations, the unintended consequences, and how our fundamental nature influences our future as Humankind." It will be showing only one night on the big screen, then available on VOD after that. This is a gorgeous trailer, I love the juxtaposition of all the footage and the kind of thoughts it already inspires. I really do want to see this.
"You keep being honest! What's a matter with you?" The Orchard has released an official trailer for an indie comedy titled All About Nina, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a provocative stand-up comedian named Nina Geld working her way close to breaking out. After getting an audition, she decides to head to LA and encounters a nice new guy named Rafe, while running into old problems with her ex. The cast includes Common as Rafe, Chace Crawford as Joe, plus Camryn Manheim, Jay Mohr, Mindy Sterling, Angelique Cabral, Clea DuVall, Kate del Castillo, and Beau Bridges. We've seen a few great stand-up comic indie films recently (Don't Think Twice) but it's always good to see another. Especially since they usually to go to very raw, personal places and it's refreshing to see them use comedy to work through issues.
"There are some good things that came out of the 90s…" Gravitas Ventures has released an official trailer for an indie drama titled Alright Now, formerly titled Songbird. This just premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival and will be hitting theaters + VOD next month, not too long of a wait to watch. Completely improvised and directed by Jamie Adams (Black Mountain Poets), Alright Now is a feel-good comedy about love, life and the search for new beginnings. Cobie Smulders stars as a 90s rock star who enrolls in a local college after her band falls apart. The full cast includes Richard Elis and Jessica Hynes, with Griffin Dunne, Noel Clarke, Holli Dempsey, and Mandeep Dhillon. I dig the super casual, mumblecore feel to this film. Seems like this has some charm and wisdom to offer, might be a good watch sometime. Check it.
"Ray - what the bloody hell's been going on?!" Check out the first trailer for an indie drama titled Ray & Liz that just premiered at the Locarno Film Festival earlier this month. Ray & Liz is the feature directorial debut of an acclaimed photographer named Richard Billingham, a Turner Prize-nominated artist based in the UK. Justin Salinger (from Crowhurst) and Ella Smith (from Hot Property) star as a married couple in Birmingham who live on the margins of society. The indie UK cast includes Michelle Bonnard, James Eeles, Sam Gittins, and Andrew Jefferson-Tierney. Ray & Liz is based on Billingham's own memories of his parents and his childhood growing up in a Birmingham council flat. This looks extra artsy, but I really dig the offbeat cinematography. BFI's review says it's "brutal, tender and bleakly funny," calling it an "off-kilter, obliquely topical portrait of how grinding poverty begets dysfunction." Our first look below.
"Why are you helping Israel?" Netflix has debuted an official trailer for a spy thriller titled The Angel, the latest feature from Israeli director Ariel Vromen (Danika, The Iceman, Criminal). Not to be confused with Luis Ortega's film El Angel (also the same title), which premiered at Cannes this year, this tells a different story about an Egyptian spy who helped save Israel. The Angel stars Marwan Kenzari as Ashraf Marwan, Egyptian President Nasser's son-in-law and one of Israeli Intelligence's most precious assets. Also starring Toby Kebbell, Hannah Ware, Waleed Farouq Zuaiter, Maisa Abd Elhadi, Sasson Gabay, Miki Leon, Ori Pfeffer, and Slimane Daz. This looks solid, featuring slick filmmaking and thrilling espionage.
"My husband left me the plans for his next job. All I need is a crew to pull it off." 20th Century Fox have launched the second official, full-length trailer for Steve McQueen's Widows, a heist thriller set in Chicago following four widowed women who go for broke trying to clear their deceased mobster husbands' debts. Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. McQueen co-wrote the script with "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn, and put together a fantastic cast. Widows stars Elizabeth Debicki, Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo as the four primary women, along with Garret Dillahunt, Liam Neeson, Carrie Coon, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Bernthal, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Brian Tyree Henry, Jacki Weaver, Kevin J. O'Connor, and Lukas Haas. This looks phenomenal, the trailer will get you amped up to see it.
"Sometimes you've gotta do what you know is right, even if they're gonna hate you for it." Sony Pictures Australia has debuted the first full trailer for Storm Boy, a "beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele’s classic Australian tale." The story is about a boy who grew up on uninhabited coastline of Southern Australia, where he rescues and raises an orphaned pelican, named Mr. Percival. This is yet another one of those stories told from adulthood looking back at childhood. "Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives." Starring Geoffrey Rush, Jai Courtney, Trevor Jamieson, Morgana Davies, and introducing Finn Little as "Storm Boy". This tale was adapted once before into a film in 1976, but I don't think it connected with many audiences outside of Australia. Now we have another cinematic take on this and it looks like an inspiring, heartwarming adventure for the whole world to enjoy.
"There's way too much injustice in the world… together we can fix it!" Netflix has debuted an official trailer for an animated sci-fi adventure comedy titled Next Gen, the first feature film made by filmmakers Kevin Adams & Joe Ksander. Next Gen is about how a friendship with a top-secret robot turns a lonely girl's life into a thrilling adventure as they take on bullies, evil bots, and a scheming madman. Sounds like a good time. Featuring Charlyne Yi as the voice of Mai, along with the voices of John Krasinski, David Cross, Michael Peña, Jason Sudeikis, and Constance Wu. I wasn't expecting much out of this, but dang, this really looks great. The animation is excellent, and the story looks cliche but very enjoyable to watch anyway.
"War Has Just Evolved." Eagle Films has released an official trailer for a British zombie action horror film titled Redcon-1, opening in cinemas in the UK this September (though unfortunately no word on any US release yet). Another new take on the zombie genre, this one introduces zombies with "enhanced" combat skills. The plot follows a squad of eight Special Forces soldiers who are assigned a suicide mission to rescue a scientist from a city ruled by the undead. Starring Oris Erhuero, Carlos Gallardo, Mark Strange, Katarina Leigh Waters, Martyn Ford, Joshua Dickinson, Michael Sheehan, Akira Koieyama, Euan Macnaughton, Marc Baylis, and Madeleine Kelly. This supposedly features "genuine relentless fight action and bristling with real military hardware." Surprisingly this looks better than it sounds, but still doesn't seem to add much new or different to the zombie genre. At least it doesn't look like a total disaster.
"I just want us to be on the same team" Good Deed Ent. has released an official trailer for an indie dramedy titled After Everything, which first premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year. The film is about two people who fall in love, Mia and Elliot, but must deal with the challenges of life when Elliot is diagnosed with cancer. Maika Monroe and Jeremy Allen White star as the couple, and the cast includes Marisa Tomei, Gina Gershon, Olivia Luccardi, Dean Winters, Joe Keery, and Sasha Lane. This looks like an emotional, enriching story of love, and how it keeps these two together and happy even against all odds. I like that this has comedy and angst, and isn't a sad drama, because this kind of story needs levity.
"You never win with violence. You only win when you maintain your dignity." Universal has debuted an excellent first trailer for Green Book, an Amblin production directed by Peter Farrelly, making his solo directorial debut (with a drama) after directing numerous hit comedies with his brother Bobby. Green Book is about a bouncer at a New York nightclub who takes on a job as a pianist's chauffeur during a tour in the Deep South in the 1960s. The title is a reference to the "Negro Motorist Green Book", an annual guidebook for African-American roadtrippers, commonly referred to simply as the Green Book. Mahershala Ali stars as Don Shirley, with Viggo Mortensen as Tony Lip, and the cast includes Linda Cardellini, Don Stark, P.J. Byrne, Brian Stepanek, Sebastian Maniscalco, and Iqbal Theba. This looks fantastic, and I'm looking forward to seeing it mostly for Mortensen and Ali's relationship in here. Two of my favorite actors.
"I'm so sick of this boys club!" Paramount Pictures has debuted the first full trailer for a funky workplace comedy titled What Men Want, starring the Oscar-nominated Taraji P. Henson as a successful sports agent. The movie is the latest directed by Adam Shankman (The Wedding Planner, Bringing Down the House, Hairspray, Bedtime Stories, and Rock of Ages) and comes from a story written by Nancy Meyers (Father of the Bride, Something's Gotta Give, The Holiday, The Intern). The movie features a twist where she suddenly gains the ability to hear men's thoughts, which gives her an edge on signing the next basketball superstar. The cast includes Aldis Hodge, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Tracy Morgan. I will say this actually looks quite funny despite being very cheesy, but I'm down to give it a shot.