Birdman

Among other things, Birdman stood out last year for the way it was shot. Nearly the entire film looks like it was captured in a single take. It wasn’t — you can spot the seams if you’re paying attention — but it’s still a remarkable feat that required a stunning level of coordination.

To show you just how much work went into maintaining this illusion, a new Birdman featurette dives behind the scenes with director Alejandro González Iñárritu, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and stars Michael Keaton and Amy Ryan. Watch it after the jump. Read More »

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Alejandro Jodorowsky Kickstarter

Alejandro Jodorowsky is planning a new film, Endless Poetry, which will pick up where his last movie, Dance of Reality, left off. He’s raising funds for the project now, and has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to gather some of the financing. He wants to “exchange your money into Poetic Money to make his latest film,” which sounds like a pretty good bargain. And if you’re wondering about the exchange rate on the poetic money market, it’s basically 1:1, and the director is actually printing “poetic money” to send to backers, which is pretty neat. More details are below. Read More »

Wong Kar-Wai Will Direct ‘Blossoms’

Wong Kar-Wai Blossoms

Wong Kar-Wai was going to make The Ferryman as the follow-up to his movie The Grandmaster, but things changed, and now he’ll direct something else. While Wong remains attached to The Ferryman as a producer, he’ll put his real energy behind a film called Blossoms. Just as The Ferryman will be an adaptation of a short story, Blossoms is an adaptation of short stories by Jin Yucheng, set in Shanghai. Read More »

Water Diviner trailer

Russell Crowe directs The Water Diviner, and stars in the film as a man who travels from Australia to Turkey to recover the bodies of his three sons, all killed in one day during the Battle of Gallipoli. But one of his sons may actually still be alive, and Crowe’s journey takes an unexpected turn. Check out The Water Diviner trailer below. Read More »

Cameron Crowe Aloha

Cameron Crowe‘s latest film, Aloha, now has a trailer. It’s been a film somewhat shrouded in mystery. The project didn’t have a title for a long time, then was delayed, but now many questions about the film have been answered.

Aloha opens May 29. It stars Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Danny McBride, John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray. Check out the Cameron Crowe Aloha trailer below. Read More »

boyhood honest trailer

One of the biggest complaints we hear about Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood is that it doesn’t have a story. There’s no real strong narrative. If made this script in 12 weeks instead of 12 years, it would be terrible. Maybe all of that is true. But the movie was made over 12 years. It’s not a movie about the story. It’s a slice of life, a film whose form is saying as much, if not more, than the narrative. Either you buy into that or you don’t and that’s probably the line between people who think Boyhood is a masterpiece, or a piece of something else.

The Honest Trailer team seems to fall into that latter camp. There’s some appreciation in their Boyhood Honest Trailer but, mostly, it’s judging the film for something it isn’t. Nevertheless, they’ve made a pretty funny parody of the song Hero by Family of the Year that makes the Boyhood Honest Trailer worth watching. Check it out below. Read More »

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new Jodorowsky film

We were pleasantly surprised when the last couple years saw the return of Alejandro Jodorowsky both as the subject of a film (Jodovowsky’s Dune) and as writer and director of his own new film, The Dance of Reality. Now there’s a new Jodorowsky film in the works, and it follows directly on the heels of the last, both as a project and a story. Endless Poetry will continue the film adaptation of the director’s book, which was also the basis of his last feature. Read More »

Bloodline

As Coach Taylor on Friday Night Lights, Kyle Chandler projected a reassuring warmth and wisdom. No matter how badly his players screwed up, he was always there to dole out sage advice or set them right with his stern yet understanding gaze.

In his new role in Netflix’s Bloodline, however, it seems Chandler’s the one in need of some guidance. He plays one of four adult children of a wealthy Florida Keys family, whose lives take a dark turn after the arrival of black-sheep eldest brother Danny (played by Ben Mendelsohn, because of course).

Linda Cardellini and Norbert Leo Butz play the other siblings, and Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard are their parents. Watch the Bloodline trailer after the jump.

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straight outta compton trailer

This first Straight Outta Compton trailer, which dramatizes the rise of the rap group N.W.A, comes complete with a long intro featuring founding members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.

In the film, Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. plays his father, while Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell are Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E respectively. The film follows the late-’80s rise of the group, set against the conservative climate that was freaked out by the vivid portrayal of urban life, and goes at least up to the 1992 riots that were sparked by the beating of Rodney King. This Straight Outta Compton trailer is a full-on red-band edit, with some nudity and the hint of violence, but all the language necessary to represent N.W.A in their prime. It’s a great trailer, watch below.  Read More »

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