Star Wars The Force Awakens Fan Trailers

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is almost upon us. This Friday morning the trailer for JJ Abrams‘ new Star Wars movie will be shown in select theaters across the nation. But thats still a few days away. What to do until then? How about watching these two Star Wars: The Force Awakens fan trailers. Both of the trailers are very well edited and sent to me this week. You can tell that a lot of work and after effects manipulation went into both of these trailers. Watch the Star Wars The Force Awakens fan trailers embedded after the jump.
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Interview Final trailer

We know the basic story of The Interview: a buffoonish TV personality (James Franco) and his producer (Seth Rogen) are given the chance to interview North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but are recruited by US intelligence agencies to assassinate the dictator. Things aren’t as easy as all that, of course. One problem may be that Franco’s character and the reclusive North Korean leader get along better than anyone thought they would. This new trailer shows how something as minor as a Katy Perry song can be a big between cultures — and who knows what effect that might have on the nefarious mission these guys have accepted?

Check out the final The Interview trailer below. Read More »

Madding Crowd trailer

The Thomas Hardy novel Far From the Madding Crowd has been adapted into a lush film by Thomas Vinterberg, who gained international notice as part of Lars von Trier’s Dogme 95 crowd and most recently made The Hunt. Carey Mulligan stars as the very independent woman Bathsheba Everdene, while Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, and Michael Sheen play the three very different men who come into her life as suitors. The first Far From the Madding Crowd trailer eschews dialogue in favor of a montage backed with a gorgeous song; the strength of this footage might be enough to entice any lit obsessives, Mulligan fans, and period film devotees. Read More »

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 »

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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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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