Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we catch up with Kirk Cameron, the folks who have brought us many REC installments to see what novel location they’re fighting zombies in now, get jumped into a cult, consider dropping out of high school, and look to make big money working for an oil company only to become down and out.

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Winter Sleep US trailer

We’re on the topic of big Cannes 2014 films, as we just offered up the trailer for Leviathan. I noted in that post that Leviathan didn’t win the Palme d’Or, but here’s a new trailer for the film that did: Winter Sleep, from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylon. Where Leviathan appears to be a small story that gets bigger as it goes, Winter Sleep is about a small set of characters that are gradually drawn into tighter proximity. Expect a quiet film, slowly rhythmic, that follows a one-time actor, his young wife, and his recently divorced sister, all of whom are pushed together as winter begins. Check out the new Winter Sleep US trailer below.

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Leviathan trailer

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return, Elena) made a big impression on Cannes audiences with Leviathan, and though it won only the Best Screenplay award rather than the Palme d’Or, the film remains one of the most anticipated winter releases thanks to the big Cannes buzz. Leviathan reworks the Book of Job as it charts a small-town battle between a family and local officials, and draws in themes of corruption, class, and oppression as the battle escalates. Watch the new Leviathan trailer below.

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Star Wars cantina scene rough cut

The rough cut of the Star Wars cantina scene is a thing that crops up online every once in a while, thanks to it having been a part of the Star Wars: Behind the Magic CD-ROM release way back in 1998. This cut of the cantina scene features rough early audio and no music, but some of the dialogue is different, the performances are often very different, and there’s a good bit of material that didn’t make the final cut. So if you haven’t seen the Star Wars cantina scene rough cut, watch below. Read More »

Cosmic Motors movie

Michael Bay has made a career of making cars look cool on screen, and he’s hoping to continue that trend. He’s on board to produce a film for Warner Bros. called Cosmic Motors, based on a book of futuristic designs by Daniel Simon.

Simon, who has been a designer, for vehicles in particular, on films like Prometheus, Oblivion, Tron Legacy and Captain America: The First Avenger, released the book in 2007. In it, he creates a far away sci-fi universe through vehicles. Each chapter tells a story of the design and purpose of a futuristic, awesome looking car/hovercraft/motorcycle. We’ve got a gallery of examples below.

Now, Bay and Warner Bros. have hired writer Kyle Ward to adapt the book into a screenplay. Read more about the Cosmic Motors movie, and the book below including a bunch of new photos. Read More »

Cub trailer

The Midnight Madness program at the Toronto Film Festival is one of the most reliable lineups of provocative genre movies each year — programmer Colin Geddes does a great job of choosing films that are memorable and full of new talent. Here’s the Cub trailer, which will be your first look at one of this year’s Midnight Madness titles.

Jonas Govaerts makes his debut as a director with the film, which tells the story of “a troupe of young Cub Scouts who find themselves stalked by a psychopathic huntsman who has riddled the forest with ingenious and deadly traps.” There’s some weird stuff and much bloody violence in this trailer. Oh, and the film boasts a score by Steve Moore, from the band Zombi, who also did music for Adam Wingard’s The Guest. You won’t hear the score here, but check out the trailer below. Read More »

Tom Whalen War of the Worlds

UPDATED with official specs and on sale information. 

A sure-fire contender for “limited edition movie poster of the year” will soon be available. The movie is the 1953 classic The War of the Worlds, and the poster is by talented artist Tom Whalen. The prints are being sold by Dark Hall Mansion and will first become available to fans who purchase a subscription to a new Twilight Zone print series by Whalen and others. See the full version of both editions of the poster below. Read More »

Shaun the Sheep teaser

Nick Park created Shaun the Sheep for his Wallace and Gromit shorts, and the character was originally seen in A Close Shave. Since then, Shaun has gone on to star in over 100 short episodes of his own Aardman Animation stop-motion animated television show. Now he’s got his own movie, written and directed by Mark Burton (Madagascar and Gnomeo & Juliet writer) and Richard Starzack. We don’t know what plans exist for a US release of the film, but Aardman fans should check out the Shaun the Sheep teaser trailer below. Read More »

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