studio ghibli documentary trailer

The best documentaries take a great subject and then get hit by lightning. You’re filming your movie and then, over the course of it, something incredible and magical happens that takes the story in a whole different way. For filmmaker Mami Sunada, unprecedented access into one of the most famous animation studios in the world, Studio Ghibli, was just the beginning. Things got very interesting when their most famous and revered filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki, decided to announce his retirement.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is the result of that crazy story. It’s a documentary about the behind the scenes drama at Ghibli and the aftermath of Miyazaki making the bombshell announcement. A trailer for the film has now released in advance of a limited theatrical release November 28 and then a VOD window early in 2015. Check out the The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a Studio Ghibli documentary trailer, below. Read More »

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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 get shoved up a mountain, make all drugs legal, put on a show (sans jazz hands), get that mole on our back checked out, and head on over to Africa in order to start a fight.

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Strangerland trailer

Here’s the first trailer for the tense Australian drama Strangerland, in which Nicole Kidman plays a woman whose children disappear, leading her and her husband into a desperate search. This first Strangerland trailer is short and tense — it’s got some of the same vibe and aesthetic appeal of True Detective, even if it doesn’t have the same dynamic between lead characters.

Kim Farrant makes her directorial debut with the film, which also stars Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »

Son of a Gun trailer

In Son of a Gun Ewan McGregor and Brenton Thwaites are prisoners in a West Australian prison, where McGregor offers the younger Thwaites protection inside in exchange for help breaking out, which leads to the two pulling a big job outside. Once out of prison, there’s a gold heist, and a sense that betrayal is only a moment away, and the allure of the enigmatic and possibly criminally seasoned woman played by Alicia Vikander. Check out the Son of a Gun trailer after the break.  Read More »

Strange Magic trailer

Lucasfilm is getting into the CG animation game, and the company’s first film, directed by Gary Rydstrom (Lifted, Toy Story‘s Hawaiian Vacation) from a story by George Lucas, is a musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream and (if the tunes are anything to go by) the teen culture of the ’50s and ’60s. The film is Strange Magic, and it features a few other influences too, as the first footage shows. Check out the Strange Magic trailer below.

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new Better Call Saul trailer

The Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, from Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould and starring Bob Odenkirk, is set to premiere in February, and AMC will use the popularity of The Walking Dead to lead in to the new show. The Better Call Saul premiere is set to follow the midseason return of The Walking Dead season five, and Saul‘s second episode will air the next night, essentially making for a two-night premiere. A few more details on that are below, along with a nice (if short) new Better Call Saul trailer. Read More »

Pitch Perfect 2 trailer header

The Barden Bellas have already conquered the United States. In Pitch Perfect 2, they take on the world. Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson lead the cast of the a capella sequel, which hits theaters May 15. This time, the Bellas will attempt to win the world a capella championships, something no U.S. team has ever done. Along they way they’ll bond, go camping, haze new recruits and explore what looks like an underground world of a capella that includes David Cross, NFL star Clay Matthews and more.

But Pitch Perfect 2 isn’t all fun and games, as you’ll see right at the beginning of this trailer. It looks like there’s gonna be some emotion along side the jokes, part of the formula that made the 2012 original such a big cult hit. Below, watch the first Pitch Perfect 2 trailer.

UPDATE: We’ve added a bunch of photos from the set of the film. Check them out below. Read More »

John Woo The Crossing trailer

Cutting movies in half is very hip these days. Twilight, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and now…John Woo? Yes, the director of Hard Boiled, The Killer and Face/Off made a two-parter in 2008 with Red Cliff, and he’s doing it again this year with The Crossing. An epic romance set against the tragedy of a capsized ferry in 1949, it stars Zhang Ziyi and was written by Melody Wang, who wrote Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Now, that might sound like it’s John Woo’s Titanic, but it’s much bigger than that. The Crossing is a romance, a disaster film, a war film and more all rolled into one. It truly looks epic.

In China, The Crossing Part 1 opens in December and The Crossing Part 2 opens May 2015. There’s no U.S. release date yet. But, based on this trailer, I hope it gets one soon. Read More »

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