extended Guardians trailer

Next year, we’ll see an original superhero pic titled Guardians (foreign title “Zaschitniki”) from Russia and director Sarik Andreasyan‘s (American Heist) about a team of Soviet superheroes. This group of heroes includes a man who can levitate rocks, a deadly teleporter who uses two scythes (pictured above), a woman who can become invisible and manipulate water, and a beefy bear-man with a huge gun. We saw a trailer for Guardians last month, but another preview was recently released.

Below, watch the new Guardians trailer and other footage from the film.

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The Guardians trailer

The Guardians (foreign title “Zaschitniki”) is Russia’s attempt at a Marvel Avengers-style superhero blockbuster. Directed by Armenian director Sarik Andreasyan and starring Sebastien Sisak, Anton Pampuchniy, Sanzhar Madiev, Alina Lanina, Valeria Shkirando and Stanislav Shirin, the story follows a secret group of Soviet superheroes named “Patriot” created during the Cold War to defend the homeland from supernatural threats. The team is comprised of representatives of the different nationalities of the Soviet Union. But really all you need to know is the movie features a bear-man shooting a huge Gatling gun. Watch The Guardians trailer now after the jump to see what Russia’s big superhero team-up blockbuster looks like.
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Green Band Trailer

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 seriously agree with Frank Cross that there might be some Russian vodka poisoned by Chernobyl out there, hit the outback in search of something sinister, insist that voguing is not only a word but also a verb, get all kinds of artistic, and experience the new face of Simple Jack. 

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American heist trailer

Joke all you want about Hayden Christensen‘s performances in the Star Wars prequels, but the guy has some chops. Sure, those two films weren’t great, but around the same time he crushed Life as a House and Shattered Glass, two highly underrated films. Since then he hasn’t exactly stayed in the spotlight, choosing to only do movies every few years. In part because of good will generated by those two indie roles, it’s always great to see him.

His latest role is in American Heist, where Christensen plays the brother of Oscar-winner Adrien Brody. Brody plays a hardened criminal who coaxes his rehabilitated brother (Christensen) to do one more big job. It’s a familiar set up to be sure, but with co-stars Jordana Brewster and Akon, there’s a distinct Fast and Furious vibe to this one. Check out the American Heist trailer below. Read More »