first cow trailer

Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow opens with a quote from Romantic poet William Blake: “The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.” In Blake’s estimation, these are the active creations of each species – as well as their homes and resting places. Humans take refuge in each other through the creation of social connection and affinity. It is natural.

How fitting that Reichardt should choose to amplify this worldview in her latest film given how her films argue that we are communal, collective creatures at heart – and much of our misery stems from the presumption that we can survive without the support of others. Her Oregon-set oeuvre has largely made this case by depicting the intimate tragedies of people who experience the pitfalls of a society that places a premium on self-sufficiency. First Cow, on the other hand, points toward a positive alternative where people can succeed not at the expense of others but in cooperation with them. Her statement is all the more potent given the genre conventions in which the film largely operates: the Western.

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First Cow Review

(This review originally ran during our coverage of the New York Film Festival last year. First Cow is now available on VOD.)

Her films might not blare “it’s the economy, stupid,” but make no bones about it – Kelly Reichardt’s cinema frequently obsesses over how the mechanics of commercial arrangements affect interpersonal relationships. Though micro in scale, her films are macro in mindset. Her latest look at the subject, First Cow, goes all the way back to the fledgling days of American capitalism. The film finds an effective and ultimately touching contrast between the friendships born of enterprising businessmen and the ruthlessness of competing with entrenched elites.

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casting bits

A whole bunch of casting news happened this week, and we went ahead and rounded it all up for you in one spot. You’re welcome! In this edition of Casting Bits:

  • Ben Affleck and more join Anne Hathaway in Dee Rees new movie The Last Thing He Wanted.
  • Julianne Moore will co-star with Amy Adams in The Woman in the Window.
  • Ralph Fiennes will star in Terry Gilliam‘s Mr. Vertigo.
  • Rosario Dawson takes the lead in USA Network pilot Briarpatch.
  • Michael C. Hall, Cleopatra Coleman, and Bokeem Woodbine will appear in the Netflix drama In The Shadow of the Moon.
  • Quentin Tarantino has added even more people to his never-ending Once Upon a Time in Hollywood cast.

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christopher robin trailer

Disney is taking a Hook-like approach to the Winnie the Pooh series with Christopher Robin. The new live-action film asks the question: what would happen if Winnie’s best human buddy Christopher Robin grew up? The Christopher Robin trailer below provides an answer.

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7 guardians of the tomb trailer

To save you the trouble of clicking on multiple pages, we’ve compiled a whole bunch of trailers in on convenient location via a new trailer round-up. You’re welcome. Here we have Kelsey Grammer vs. spiders with 7 Guardians of the Tomb, the documentaries Genesis 2.0 and Do You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, the World War I drama Journey’s End, and the U.K. comedy Finding Your Feet.

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jurassic world fallen kingdom trailer

Ready for another stroll in the park? Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will continue the dino-mayhem that broke the bank with 2015’s Jurassic World, a continuation of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. The Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer has just arrived to sink its teeth into you (metaphorically; don’t worry).

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Kaleidoscope trailer

Toby Jones has serious mommy issues in the eerie new Kaleidoscope trailer. In this twisty thriller from director Rupert Jones, the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy actor plays a man released from prison, trying to adjust to normal life. That proves difficult when his domineering mother arrives back in his life. Plenty of uncomfortableness follows.

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sherlock season four trailer

It’s been almost three years since the third season of Sherlock. Fans were treated to a Victorian-era special episode, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, at the beginning of the year, but Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Doctor Watson (Martin Freeman) are finally about to return for a full season. Starting next month, they’re back on the BBC in the UK and on PBS in the United States on January 1st, but you can also find them in theaters for the series finale.

Below, watch the Sherlock season four trailer find out where you can see the finale in theaters.

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arnim zola concept art

One of the strangest surprises to come out of Captain America: The Winter Soldier was the return of Toby Jones‘ Arnim Zola, who had managed to negotiate his way into the good graces of the American government after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger before uploading himself into a computer to achieve post-human immortality. This version of Zola, a creepy face on a computer screen with a disembodied voice, was a toned-down version of how he looks in the pages of Marvel comic books.

Well, it turns out that we were, at one point, going to see more of Zola and in a from closer to his comic book counterpart. And we were going to see it in Ant-Man, of all movies.

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