Disaster movies are a tough subgenre. Sometimes it’s hard to enjoy watching thousands or millions of people get demolished in some of the worst ways imaginable, especially if there are zero emotional stakes, or if they’re simply treated as an afterthought in a major, CG-heavy summer blockbuster. With The Wave, director Roar Uthaug attempts to ground the disaster movie scenario.
After the jump, watch The Wave trailer.
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Posted on Monday, December 14th, 2015 by Angie Han
In addition to your Star Trek Beyonds and Independence Day: Resurgences, 2016 also promises some more unexpected, under-the-radar sci-fi offerings. Like Synchronicity, a new time-travel noir thriller from writer-director Jacob Gentry (of 2007’s The Signal).
The twisty plot centers on a physicist named Jim Beale (Chad McKnight), whose new invention is able to fold the space and time to create wormholes. Things start to get weird when a mysterious dahlia flower appears out of nowhere, and he discovers that the woman he’s just started flirting with, Abby (Brianne Davis), might not be exactly who she says she is.
Michael Ironside plays a venture capitalist who’s interested in Jim’s device, and AJ Bowen and Scott Poythress play Jim’s scientist pals. Watch the Synchronicity trailer after the jump.
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After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year, Ben Wheatley‘s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s 1975 novel High-Rise was finally picked up by Magnolia Pictures for release via their niche distribution arm Magnet Releasing. And with that deal in place, we now have the first High-Rise trailer, which functions as both a teaser for the movie and an advertisement for the titular London apartment complex where strange and vicious things may be afoot, all narrated by star Tom Hiddletson. Read More »
Just a few years ago, Tim Heidecker starred in a bleak and strangely amusing look into the life of a comedian with the indie The Comedy, a Sundance selected film from director Rick Alverson. This time it’s Gregg Turkington, better known as stand-up comedian Neil Hamburger, taking us into the tortured psyche of a stand-up comedian, stuck in comedy purgatory.
Alverson is back behind the camera again with Entertainment, and the first trailer for the indie film has just arrived, showcasing Turkington’s oddball movie about an aging comedian still struggling as a small-time performer. It’s odd and fascinating, but doesn’t look like it’s going to be everybody’s cup of tea. Watch the Entertainment trailer after the jump! Read More »
This past week, the reboot of Vacation hit the big screen, but it’s not a National Lampoon production anymore. The once thriving name in laughs has since become mostly a comedy memory, known for introducing us to bold and controversial material, future film and television stars, and a film franchise that took us into one of the craziest fraternities and also on one of the best road trips in the history of cinema.
Now a new documentary called Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon is on the way to theaters and VOD after a premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and the first red band trailer is now online. Watch the National Lampoon documentary trailer after the jump! Read More »
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is a new documentary film from Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side). Produced by CNN films and released by Magnolia Pictures, the film promises to be a “candid look at Jobs’ legacy featuring interviews with a handful of those close to him at different stages in his life.” Watch the just released Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine trailer embedded after the jump.
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It’s rare that we can point to one specific point in time where media really changed; the way we communicate is a flow of evolution rather than a series of specific formative events. But there are some cases where we really can say “it all began here.” One point in time is the set of debates between William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal, organized by ABC in 1968 as the network’s coverage of the Republican and Democrat national conventions.
Each man was known and notorious for his own reasons. Each was blessed with dextrous verbal wit. And each hated the other, viciously. Pairing them for televised political debates was genius, and their verbal sparring nearly spilled over into physical combat.
Best of Enemies is a wonderful documentary that chronicles not just their debates, but the ways in which the event set a template for so much of the television we’re familiar with now. Check out the Best of Enemies trailer below. Read More »
We’ve all seen the “dog returns home” story, and most of us have seen animal kingdom films like Watership Down, in which we’re given a window on all-animal societies. White God appears to be akin to those sorts of stories, but with ain influence of politically minded speculative fiction as seen in films such as the recent Planet of the Apes movies. In the film from director Kornél Mundruczó, a girl is separated from her only friend, a proud mutt, with the dog abandoned by the girl’s father. But the dog doesn’t just go home alone; he becomes the leader of an army of similarly cast-off pups. The film has earned heaps of praise at festivals, and the White God trailer is awesome. Watch below. Read More »
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I literally just walked out of a screening of Force Majeure at Fantastic Fest 2014 and had to let you know about it. Thankfully for me, a new poster and trailer came out earlier this week.
Directed by Ruben Östlund, the film follows a family who are on a ski vacation. When an avalanche unexpectedly hits, everyone is forced into a life or death situation where they’ll reveal their true colors. In one case, they aren’t what they expect. That might sounds like the set up to some kind of horror movie, but Force Majeure walks an absolute stellar tightrope of tone, seamlessly going from uncomfortable to funny, then tense and human. It’s poignant, it’s hilarious, it’s beautifully shot and it’s totally unexpected. The film won a special award at Cannes earlier this year and has been slaying the festival crowd, myself included. Below what the latest Force Majeure trailer and see the new poster. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
You’d think a historical drama starring a white-hot Oscar nominee and an even hotter Oscar winner would have no trouble getting released in the U.S. But in the case of Susanne Bier‘s Serena, you’d be wrong.
The Jennifer Lawrence / Bradley Cooper pic started shooting all the way back in 2012 and has only now found an American distributor, who plans to dump the movie in early 2015. Ouch. Hit the jump for more Serena US release details.
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