Jason Momoa is probably only a small part of Wolves, the movie from writer/director David Hayter, but he looks like one of the best parts. Hayter jumps from screenwriter (X-Men, Watchmen) and voice actor (he was Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid games until Kiefer Sutherland took over) to feature director. Wolves is about — brace yourself — a bunch of werewolves. Lucas Till plays a high school kid who has some hairy stuff developing in his blood. He hits the road and ends up in a town full of secrets and werewolves. I’m sure there’s a coming of age metaphor here somewhere, but you’ll have to give me a minute to pin it down. In the meantime, watch the Wolves red-band trailer below. Read More »
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Often the release of a red-band trailer means that we’re going to see way too much from a film that is still weeks from release. But in the case of this Stretch red-band trailer, it shows off stuff from a movie you can watch right now. Universal may have decided that Joe Carnahan‘s late-night whackadoo adventure wasn’t a theatrical bet on which it wanted to gamble, but the movie is on digital outlets and VOD right now. So you can see Patrick Wilson as a limo driver, Chris Pine as a rich kook, Ed Helms as, well, a ghost, I guess, and a whole bunch of other people too.
This trailer embraces being adults-only; it’s got violence, cursing, nudity, and a lot of weird stuff. It isn’t safe for work, but it might just be as crazy as the film. Read More »
Here’s the great red-band trailer for Dear White People, which looks like a very funny comedy exploring culture clashes, stereotypes and racism on a college campus. You’ll meet a bunch of characters in this trailer, or at least you’ll start to get acquainted with some of the faces they present on campus, and the ways in which they collide. This Dear White People red-band trailer isn’t all that explicit, but there are a couple moments where you’ll want headphones if you’re at work.
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This new trailer for Bad Turn Worse opens with a reference to crime fiction writer Jim Thompson, and the reference to the guy who wrote The Getaway and The Killer Inside Me sets the tone for a story that indeed seems to go deep into dark territory. There are a few kids (Jeremy Allen White, Logan Huffman, and Mackenzie Davis) and one very bad man played with grinning malice by Mark Pellegrino. Put those people together with the lure of easy illicit money and things get really messy. Check out the excellent new Bad Turn Worse trailer below. Read More »
I’m getting to the point where I love the one-minute and even the 30-second trailer. Take Nightcrawler, a film which looks truly great, and about which I’ve heard nothing but good things since it started doing the festival rounds a few weeks ago. Dan Gilroy‘s tale of seedy Los Angeles news reporting boasts a lead performance from Jake Gyllenhall that has become the must-see turn of fall 2014. But I want to see it in the movie, not necessarily in the trailer, and the last long Nightcrawler trailer felt like it showed too much.
Enter this new Nightcrawler teaser. It’s a 30-second look at the film — basically a TV spot, except that it comes from Regal Cinemas. Regardless, it’s a condensed look that might get your blood flowing, but doesn’t feel as if it is giving the movie away. There’s also a new and final poster, excerpted above and shown in full below.
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In the thriller Before I Go to Sleep, a conceit a bit like the one at the heart of Memento is in play. Specifically, Nicole Kidman plays a woman recovering from a severe trauma, who experiences total amnesia upon waking each morning. Anything she learns during the day goes away at night, including the identities of her husband (Colin Firth) and her doctor (Mark Strong) and all the details of the accident that took her memory. Check out the Before I Go to Sleep trailer below.
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As difficult as the films of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus were to predict when they were released during the heyday of Cannon Films, their output is almost more difficult to understand now. The seat of the pants craziness that was Cannon’s stock in trade isn’t often seen today, unless via the ironically bad output of Asylum and similar outfits. So let’s go back to the footloose ’80s with this Electric Boogaloo trailer.
Golan and Globus bought the Cannon name in 1979, and through the early ’90s churned out an amazing series of low-budget near-exploitation films that were all violence, titillation, crude humor, and weird story concepts. Naturally, the movies are now hailed as being pretty awesome. (Just get a copy of, say, Ninja III: The Domination to see how magnificently insane Cannon projects could be.)
The documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films traces (obviously) the history of the company, and does so with a wild energy that is fitting for the films in question. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
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Here’s a new trailer for Camp X-Ray, in which Kristen Stewart plays a young woman whose military career puts her in an unexpected position, working as a guard at Guantanamo Bay. Peter Sattler makes his feature debut writing and directing the film, and this Camp X-Ray trailer makes the film out to be a stark and severe vision of working life at that detention center. (The importance of that phrase “detention center,” not “prison,” is made clear in the trailer, if you weren’t already familiar with the distinction.) Camp X-Ray was the name of one specific detention area in Gitmo. It is now closed, but take a trip back to the early days of the war on terror with the film. Read More »