Why Don't You Play In Hell Trailer

It’s easy enough to describe the story in Sion Sono‘s Why Don’t You Play in Hell — a skin-of-the-teeth filmmaking group calling itself the Fuck Bombers gets involved in a yakuza rivalry, and is given the opportunity to make the ultimate gangster movie by filming the collision between two gangs. But it is almost impossible to describe the total whackadoo spirit of the film, in which nothing seems out of bounds, and in which Sono never casts aside an idea as too difficult or out there. The Why Don’t You Play in Hell trailer only starts to get across just how fervent, energetic and entertainingly indulgent this movie can be, but it’s a good start. Read More »

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Set Fire to the Stars trailer

“How much trouble can one poet be?” Quite a lot, perhaps. In Set Fire to the Stars, Elijah Wood plays John M. Brinnin, an American poet and critic who has the task of coordinating the first trip to the US undertaken by poet Dylan Thomas. Played by Celyn Jones, Thomas turns out to be, as his reputation suggests, larger than life, and a difficult personality to manage. Brinnin is tested as he tries to keep Thomas on track. See the Set Fire to the Stars trailer below. Read More »

Goodbye to Language trailer

Jean-Luc Godard releases his thirty-ninth film this year, and his first in 3D. The film, Goodbye to Language, is an experimental effort that takes an approach to 3D that has been called radical and even game-changing. (Though we probably won’t see anyone using 3D in this manner for a conventional film any time soon.) The film premiered at Cannes, where it shared the Jury Prize with Xavier Dolan’s film Mommy; now you can see the first Goodbye to Language trailer from US distributor Kino Lorber.

Héloise Godet, Jessica Erickson, Kamel Abdeli, Richard Chevallier, Alexandre Païta and Zoé Bruneau all star in a film that appears to be about the structure of film itself. This isn’t a typical narrative, and it appears to be one that goes even further out than some of Godard’s recent work. I can’t wait to see it. This trailer seems like a pale representation, but we’ll take it for now. Read More »

Brad Bird's Tomorrowland Teaser Trailer

This post has been updated with high resolution unwatermarked images.

Walt Disney Pictures has released the first Tomorrowland teaser trailer. Brad Bird‘s new film was just previewed during a presentation at New York Comic Con. Check back later as Angie will have coverage of the panel which included footage not available online. But you can now hit the jump to see the first Tomorrowland teaser trailer, a new Tomorrowland posters and the first lookphotos that were released earlier this week .

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Werner Herzog Penguins

Werner Herzog wants to teach you about penguins. We had no idea that the filmmaker with one of the world’s best voices had lent his talents to the DreamWorks Animation spin-off The Penguins of Madagascar. And yet here he is, as the voice of a documentarian leading a crew shooting footage of penguins in their natural habitat. Herzog’s presence in a kids film turns out to be just as great as you’d hope. As March of the Penguins parodies go, the only way this could be any better is if Morgan Freeman’s omniscient narrator showed up to get into a fist-fight with Herzog’s documentarian. Check out the Werner Herzog Penguins of Madagascar appearance in the extended clip below. Read More »

Citizenfour

As various parties race to get out the first Edward Snowden biopic, the first Edward Snowden movie has already premiered. Laura Poitras‘ documentary Citizenfour debuted at the New York Film Festival over the weekend and while it won’t hit theaters for another couple of weeks, we have the first Citizenfour trailer to share with you in the meantime.

The title of the movie comes from the codename Snowden used to sign his emails to Poitras when he first contacted her. The filmmaker was already deep into work on a documentary about post-9/11 surveillance when she got his messages. Together with journalist Glenn Greenwald, she worked with Snowden to release information to the NSA’s covert surveillance programs in 2013. Watch the Citizenfour trailer, plus the Citizenfour NYFF Q&A panel, after the jump.

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Powers trailer

Here’s the first Powers trailer, giving us the first really good look at the PlayStation Network adaptation of the comic book series from Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. In the show, Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward star as Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, two cops who specialize in cases involving “powers,” or people with superhuman abilities. The ten-episode first season also stars Eddie IzzardNoah TaylorOlesya RulinMax Fowler, and Adam Godley. The pilot was directed by David Slade. Check out the footage 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 end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, revisit an indie, get into the head and eyes of a criminal, get swept off our feet by a demure chanteuse, and try not to get taken advantage of after a stroke.

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