Freeheld trailer

Film can be at the forefront of social movements with stories reflecting the changes and progress in society . This year is no different with the transgender drama About Ray starring Elle Fanning (which The Weinstein Company abruptly delayed this week) and the recently debuted gay rights drama Freeheld starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.

Based on the documentary of the same name, the drama follows a New Jersey couple, Laurel and Stacie (Moore and Page) who are forced to fight for their legal rights. Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and has to battle county officials in order to make sure her pension will end up in the hands of her partner Stacie.

Hot on the heels of a debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, a new Freeheld trailer has arrived, driven by a new ballad by chart-topping singer Miley Cyrus. Read More »


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NYFF trailer

In the past couple years the trailer for the New York Film Festival has been a nice little thing to look forward to. Each NYFF trailer is usually very well cut, and also features some glimpse of footage for a film we otherwise haven’t seen yet. This year, that film is Miles Ahead, the Miles Davis biopic directed by and starring Don Cheadle.

This trailer also features Maggie’s Plan by Rebecca Miller, which stars Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, and Julianne Moore; and footage from The Walk, Bridge Of Spies, Steve Jobs, Carol, and quite a few more. There’s even a good bit of footage from Guy Maddin‘s The Forbidden Room. (Hint: the Guy Maddin footage is the most odd-looking stuff.) Read More »

Hardcore trailer

The Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing, and with it comes teases of some of the movies playing at the Canadian film showcase. Today we have a NSFW glimpse of a sci-fi action movie called Hardcore, which was shot entirely from a first-person perspective, not unlike a live-action video game.

Executive produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and written/directed by Russian filmmaker Ilya Naishuller, the first Hardcore trailer has arrived before the film’s premiere, and this looks like an absolutely insane movie, complete with telekinesis, naked girls, tons of gunfire, explosions and a lot of crazy fun. Read More »


The final wave of Fantastic Fest 2015 announcements is here, and this set of films features a few recent festival standouts and some great genre entries. Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson will attend the fest with their stop-motion animation film Anomalisa, which just broke brains at Telluride. The Cannes Grand Prix winner Son of Saul will play, as will the new film from Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone, Tale of Tales.

Then there’s Camino, with Zoe Bell and Nacho Vigalondo (playing a religious psychopath) and a few repertory screenings, including Evilspeak (complementing the Satanic Panic book release) and the Godon Liu Hong Kong classic Eight Diagram Pole Fighter. Check out the full list below. Read More »

Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa reviews

You probably know Charlie Kaufman from his screenplay contributions to Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry’s filmography, which includes Being John Malkovich, Adaptation. and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Or you might even have even seen his 2008 directorial debut Synecdoche New York, which we’ve analyzed on the podcast and in a series of videos.

Kaufman’s newest film Anomalisa made its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend, and we have rounded up the early buzz. The film is notable not only because Kaufman’s involvement but it is the auteur’s first stop-motion film. The story is about “a man crippled by the mundanity of his life” and $406,237 of the project’s projected $8 million budget was funded on kickstarter. Hit the jump to find out the early reactions in the first Anomalisa reviews.

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Steve Jobs early buzz

The simply titled biopic Steve Jobs premiered at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend, and the first reviews coming from the mountains of Colorado seem to indicate that we have our first Oscar frontrunner.

Michael Fassbender takes the titular role as the Apple co-creator and tech genius who brought us innovations such as the iPod, iPhone and perhaps most importantly, the first mainstream home computer. The supporting cast is nothing to scoff at either with Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg and more giving plenty more reason to pay attention to this drama.

Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is behind the camera this time with a script by The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin driving the whole film. And if the Steve Jobs early buzz from reviews and reactions following the film are any indicator, this team of talent has delivered an intense, powerful, home run of a biopic that finally paints a portrait of Steve Jobs that’s worth hanging on the wall. Read More »

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Beyond Fest 2015

I can’t quite take in the full lineup for this year’s Beyond Fest, which takes place in Los Angeles from October 1 – 12. There are west coast premieres for films like Kurt Russell’s Bone Tomahawk, and The Assassin from Hou Hsiao-hsien. There’s a special screening of Karyn Kusama’s excellent movie The Invitation, and Edgar Wright and Bruce Campbell paired with screenings of the first two Evil Dead movies on 35mm.

There’s Al Pacino — Al freaking Pacino — in person with a 35mm screening of Dog Day Afternoon, and Fabio Frizzi playing a very rare US show (one of only two this year) paired with a screening of The Beyond, uncut, on 35mm. There’s the X-rated version of The Devils, also on 35mm, and a presentation of the 1925 Phantom of the Opera (on 16mm!) with the original 1925 score presented live by Ron Chaney.

There’s more out of Beyond Fest 2015, too, but if that’s not enough to get your attention I don’t know what would be. Check out the full lineup below.  Read More »

Born to Be Blue clip

Ethan Hawke plays jazz trumpeter and famous addict Chet Baker in the film Born to Be Blue, which premieres soon at the Toronto International Film Festival. There’s no trailer for the film just yet, but you can see a clip of Hawke in action, playing a mournful version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ in the studio as his producer, played by Callum Keith Rennie, looks on approvingly. Have a look at the Born to Be Blue clip below.  Read More »

Fantastic Fest 2015

The lineup for this year’s Fantastic Fest looks incredible. The first wave of announcements included some really impressive recent festival faves such as Karyn Kusama‘s great movie The Invitation and the one-take thriller Victoria, and the premiere of the Kurt Russell film Bone Tomahawk.

The second wave of Fantastic Fest 2015 programming, however, really kicks things into gear. There’s Jeremy Saulnier‘s Green Room, the thriller which pits a punk band against a white-supremacist gang in a battle for survival, and there’s also High Rise (above) from Ben Wheatley, with Tom Hiddleston, Elisabeth Moss, and Luke Evans in an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel of class warfare within an apartment building. The Lobster is coming to Fantastic Fest, as is Sundance favorite The Witch. And if all that isn’t enough there are over two dozen more additions to the festival’s program, and even a special screening of Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Read More »