Brigsby Bear Clip - Mark Hamill

The first teaser poster for Brigsby Bear arrived yesterday, introducing us to Kyle Mooney as James Pope and his favorite TV show star, the titular space-trekking bear who taught him math and life lessons all throughout his formative years. Of course, all of this happened while living he was living in a bunker, secluded from the irradiated Earth above ground.

Now we get to see a Brigsby Bear clip, which features Kyle Mooney having a chat with the man who he believes to be his father, played by Mark Hamill. They’re sitting in a dome with a scenic view that keeps them safe from the poisoned environment outside of their sealed home. It’s a fairly normal chat that an insecure kid might have with their father about the world around us, but it’s made all the more strange when you see what the world looks like outside the dome. Read More »

Brigsby Bear

One of the standout movies from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival was an indie comedy called Brigsby Bear. The film is led by Saturday Night Live cast member Kyle Mooney, who stars as a twentysomething young man named James Pope who has spent his life growing up in a bunker, raised by his parents and watching a kids TV show known as Brigsby Bear, the only form of entertainment available to him.

However, James has his life thrown into upheaval when authorities raid the bunker and he learns that his parents are actually two strangers who kidnapped him as a baby. Struggling to adapt to the real world that he’s been isolated from his whole life, he takes solace in tapes of the TV show that he’s collected over the years, and it just might be the best way for him to cope with his stolen life. That might sound pretty serious, but this is undoubtedly a comedy, albeit one with a touching emotional core that’s all about the power of storytelling.

Now the first teaser poster has arrived, give us a new look at Kyle Mooney and his beloved childhood TV pal, Brigsby Bear. If you like 1980s style portraits that used to be taken at the mall, you’ll love this poster. Read More »

the wackness sequel

If somebody reading this has a few extra million bucks to spare, they should consider giving Jonathan Levine a call. The director behind 50/50The Night Before, and Snatched wants to revisit the struggling characters from his excellent coming-of-age film, The Wackness. Almost a decade after the movie went overlooked in theaters, Levine wants to explore New York City again with Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) and Dr. Squires (Ben Kingsley).

Below, Levin discusses The Wackness sequel he wants to make.

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The Comedian Trailer - Robert De Niro

The comedies Robert De Niro has made in recent years have left more than a little to be desired. Still, when news of De Niro playing a stand-up comedian in a new drama from Taylor Hackford surfaced, I was hoping that we might get something akin to his darker turn in Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy. But now that the first trailer for the film has arrived, it appears I might be slightly disappointed.

The Comedian follows Robert De Niro as Jackie Burke, a big name comedian with flares of a lame Don Rickles who is coasting through the latter portion of his career. He doesn’t really get along with many people, and his comedy paints him as a bit of a jerk, which doesn’t seem entirely inaccurate. But he might have found an unlikely counterpart in a younger woman (Leslie Mann) he meets while doing mandatory community service. It just feels like it’s playing things very safe.

Watch The Comedian trailer after the jump. Read More »

The Red Turtle trailer

Studio Ghibli is venturing into new territory. The animation house’s first international co-production is The Red Turtle, a gorgeous fable from Dutch animator Michaël Dudok De Wit. While not a Studio Ghibli release per se, this wordless wonder is certainly worthy of standing with the Japanese giant’s other titles. The story and art are deceptively simple, spinning a tale of an unfortunate man stranded on a desert island, but what eventually emerges is a moving meditation on the cycle of life.

The Red Turtle has already won over audiences at Cannes and TIFF (among other festivals) and is now preparing to set sail for U.S. theaters. Check out the new The Red Turtle trailer below.  Read More »

The Hollars

In 2009, actor John Krasinski made his directorial debut with an adaptation of David Foster Wallace‘s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. The film, which does feature some good performances, wasn’t received particularly well. Seven years after its premiere, Krasinski returned to the Sundance Film Festival with his second feature as a director, The Hollars, which stars himself, Anna KendrickMargo MartindaleSharlto CopleyCharlie DayRichard Jenkins, Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Below, watch The Hollars trailer.

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Tom Hiddleston in I Saw the Light

Tom Hiddleston has called the role of Hank Williams one of the hardest jobs he’s ever done. The I Saw the Light star had to completely transform himself, physically and vocally, sometimes in the subtlest of ways, to play the iconic folk singer. All of that hard work led to a performance that’s more akin to embodiment than impersonation — a tough tightrope to walk for any actor starring in a biopic.

Below, read our Tom Hiddleston interview, in which he discusses playing Hank Williams, authenticity, and more.

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the meddler

The Meddler was on my most anticipated of 2016 list. The film, which stars Rose Byrne and Susan Sarandon, is Lorene Scafaria‘s second directorial effort, following the effortlessly charming Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Scafaria’s film premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where it was greeted with a positive reception. Sarandon, in particular, was praised for her performance.

Watch The Meddler trailer below.

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Maggie's Plan trailer

It’s no secret that love has a way of complicating things, both in the movies and in life, but Maggie’s Plan takes these complications to the next level. Greta Gerwig stars as Maggie, a 30something New Yorker who’s decided the time is right for her to try and get pregnant on her own. Then she meets and falls for a professor named John (Ethan Hawke), who’s unhappily married to Georgette (Julianne Moore), and all of Maggie’s plans go out the window.

The Rebecca Miller-directed comedy has been making the rounds on the festival circuit for the past several months, and now it’s finally on its way into theaters. Watch the first Maggie’s Plan trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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son of saul trailer

There’s a strong chance you’ve heard about László Nemes‘ directorial debut, Son of Saul. This harrowing drama is the current frontrunner for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards. It took home the foreign film award at the Golden Globes last week. It even made my personal top 10 of 2015, which is surely the greatest honor of them all.

While you have heard about it, chances are strong that you haven’t had a chance to actually see Son of Saul. It’s not like brutal Hungarian Holocaust dramas are a common sight at your local multiplex. However, a new trailer for this incredible film has arrived, which should serve as a reminder to check out this movie as soon as you have a chance (and on the big screen, if you can make that happen).

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