trailer round up

Studios drop countless trailers each week, so there will inevitably be many that fall through the cracks. While we at /Film cover all manner of trailers every week, from indie films to sci-fi B-movies and Netflix films, here are a few that we missed.

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Jim Carrey - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, Jim Carrey‘s passion and talent for creating gorgeous paintings is explored in a documentary short. Plus, a Star Wars fan film called Days Past explores some of the time that passed between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope, and a video explores the abandoned plans for a theme park called Disney’s America that was once in development in the 1990s. Read More »

American Vandal trailer

With Making a Murderer, Amanda Knox, and The Keepers, Netflix has fully embraced the true crime documentary format in a big way, and those projects generated significant buzz surrounding the streaming service.

At first glance, their new docu-series American Vandal looks like another project that fits alongside the aforementioned docs, but it wasn’t long before I realized this show – which, yes, centers on spray-painted penis drawings – is actually Netflix’s way of satirically mocking the very format it’s seemingly leaned into in the past few years.
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James Cameron

AMC’s new docu-series AMC Visionaries will explore different areas of fandom with multi-part series from headliners in that field. Robert Kirkman heads “Secret History of Comics,” James Cameron “The Story of Science Fiction” and Eli Roth “History of Horror.” AMC also announced “Rap Yearbook” from The Roots’ Questlove and Black Thought. Kirkman and Roth were on a panel for the Television Critics Association on Saturday, with Cameron joining via satellite.

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Escapes Trailer

The only way we could get a Wes Anderson and Ridley Scott crossover would be in our dreams. But the next cl0sest thing is the Wes Anderson-produced documentary Escapes, which follows the strange and beautiful life of Hampton Fancher, the former flamenco dancer-turned screenwriter of one of the most iconic sci-fi movies of all time, Blade Runner.

How did he end up in the world of Hollywood, and what misadventures and detours did he get into along the way? And why is Anderson so fascinated in him that he’ll produce a documentary, albeit one directed by Michael Almereyda, about him? Find out in the Escapes trailer.

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The Incredible Jessica James trailer 2

Former Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams has had bit parts in movies like Delivery Man and Hot Tub Time Machine 2, but she made a big splash earlier this year when she headlined an indie dramedy called The Incredible Jessica James that played at the Sundance Film Festival. Netflix picked up the movie, and now the streaming service has dropped an energetic new trailer that showcases Williams’ eye-catching performance.
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Steven Spielberg Documentary Coming From HBO

Steven Spielberg has been making great movies so consistently for so long that it sometimes feels like we take him for granted. Maybe a new documentary, titled Spielberg and coming to HBO later this year, can remind us that the man behind Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial, Jurassic Park, and Schindler’s List is probably the greatest filmmaker of all time and that we should treasure his filmography. Heck, even his duds inspire interesting conversations.

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Icarus Trailer

While the United States is still trying to determine how/if Russia tampered with the presidential election of 2016, Netflix has a new original documentary from Sundance that will show how the nation has been corrupting the athletic world by cheating at the Olympics for decades.

Icarus is a new documentary that set out to investigate doping in sports, but found so much more. Director Bryan Fogel ended up connecting with renegade Russian scientist, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the man behind Russia’s so-called “anti-doping” program that was actually a cover for helping Russia cheat at the Olympics, tainting the most revered athletic competition in the world.

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The Fight for Fallujah

Affordable virtual reality is finally here for the world to experience, but that doesn’t mean that people have figured out what to do with the technology. Games have been the obvious first use, horror tiles in particular because it’s so easy to scare someone by placing them in a terrifying situation and scaring them with creatures and ghosts lurking around them.

But it turns out that one of the absolute best uses of VR is for documentaries. It may seem strange, but it’s really a brilliant idea if you think about it – what better way is there to connect with the subject matter of a doc than by immersing yourself in their world?

The proliferation of cheap VR cameras and increasing know-how by filmmakers means that they’re just going to get better and better from here. Right now, there are a ton of stunning short documentaries that you can check out for yourself. Most of them are free, even with a device as simple as Google Cardboard. Here’s what you need to check out.

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Lightning McQueen 30 for 30 video

The time has come for Lightning McQueen to prove whether he still has some race left in him in Pixar Animation’s sequel, Cars 3. The next chapter in the racer’s story sees his career on the verge of ending as Jackson Storm and a whole crew of high-tech race cars enter the fray, leaving him as the resident old man on the track.

Now ESPN has chronicled Lightning McQueen’s career in a documentary short called 95: The Untold Story of Lightning McQueen, inspired by their acclaimed 30 for 30 series.

Watch the Lightning McQueen 30 for 30 video below. Read More »