May 24, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck are star-crossed lovers in the first trailer for David Lowery’s hit Sundance and Cannes western romance “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, embracing, separating and longing for each other after an arrest for a crime spree separates them just as she gets pregnant with their child. Much has been made of the beauty of this film and the brilliant cinematography by Bradford Young is clearly evident in this first glimpse of it, as are the strong acting choices by the impressive cast.
Our own Rebecca Lewis gave the film a glowing A, saying it “feels like a classic already, old-fashioned to an extent but also a timeless tale of love, family and limits – and almost as if the director is beginning a fresh re-examination of these outlaw tales of old”, with Affleck and Mara turning in “the performances of their careers.” As for those Malick comparisons, well, the high volume of magic hour shots is certainly reminiscent, but “Saints” also seems much more verbose and action-driven, with a clear narrative and an inevitable conclusion.
Watch the first trailer below. “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, also starring Ben Foster and Nate Parker, releases on August 16th.
May 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Joseph Gordon-Levitt charmingly introduces the first trailer for his directorial debut “Don Jon”, and the footage itself looks unexpected and wholly entertaining, with Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson doing their best Jersey Shore impressions to play a young couple whose new relationship is complicated by his addiction to porn. Really, who expected a respected young actor’s directorial debut to be a Jersey-set rom com instead of a dark, gritty drama? This guy is full of surprises and we can’t wait to dive into his latest.
The film sold for unprecedented cash at the Sundance Film Festival, with Relativity Media picking it up and setting it for an October 18th wide release. Brie Larson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza co-star in the comedy and you can watch the first trailer now below.
May 21, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
There’s a feeling of the vampire stories of old in today’s newly released “Byzantium” trailer, as we witness secrets being kept and told over the centuries, gorgeous period costumes, and the occasional murder.
Saoirse Ronan stars here as Eleanor Webb, an eternal sixteen year old who meets and befriends Caleb Landry Jone’s Frank in a sleepy English coastal town that she is hiding out in with her mother Clara (Gemma Arterton). Eventually Eleanor lets Frank in on her secret – changing their lives forever. There is also plenty of backstory given to us here, featuring Sam Riley as, what appears to be, a vampire hunter, and this generally looks like a welcome return for director Neil Jordan, who bought Tom Cruise’s vampire to life in the 90s classic “Interview with a Vampire” and has stayed away from monsters ever since.
The pic premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and has been making the festival rounds, preparing for a June 28th release date in the US.
You can watch a previously posted clip here, and click below to catch the trailer, and also the new poster, courtesy of Apple
May 16, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara walk and talk and fight and make up against a gorgeously shot backdrop of trees and sunshine in the first clip from Sundance hit “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, released today by Entertainment Weekly.
David Lowery directed the film about Mara and Affleck as an outlaw couple whose crime spree comes to an end with him going to jail and her going free to give birth to their daughter. It picks up four years later when he breaks free and she’s not sure if she still wants him back in her new little family’s life. The film won a Special Jury Prize for Cinematography for Bradford Young at Sundance, it’s easy to see why in this first glimpse of the slow-moving Texas-set film that’s drawn comparisons to Terrence Malick.
Watch the first clip of Mara and Affleck below. We’re hoping to catch the film at the Cannes Film Festival this week, and everyone can watch it when it’s released in theaters on August 16th.
May 15, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Following it’s premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival we were pleased to see thriller “Magic Magic” would be playing during Cannes Film Festival’s Director’s Fortnight, and now we have our first clip of the film featuring Juno Temple.
Also starring Emily Browning and Michael Cera, the Sebastian Silva film follows Temple’s Alicia, a young girl who heads to Chile to stay with her cousin (Browning) and her cousin’s boyfriend and friends. Alicia is slowly unravelling though and her cousin and friends begin to notice something is wrong much too late.
In this first clip via The Playlist, we see Alicia on the phone to her cousin, clearly in the middle of a breakdown. Lots of close camera shots here and what looks like another great performance from Temple who having been an indie mainstay for several years has been making her way in to Hollywood with last year’s controversial “Killer Joe”, supernatural thriller “Horns” opposite Daniel Radcliffe, and two high profile blockbusters – “The Dark Knight Rises” and next year’s Disney’s Sleeping Beauty redo “Maleficent” opposite Angelina Jolie.
May 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
No stoic, brooding vampires here. Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive”, which is premiering at Cannes next week, features Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as centuries-long on and off lovers who are reunited, and now we have the first two clips from the film.
Mia Wasikowska plays Swinton’s wild child little sister (presumably also a vampire) and Anton Yelchin apparently her beau if we go by the first two musically-themed clips. Are they a vampire rock band?! Hair metal seems more appropriate given all the wild locks the quartet are sporting.
“Only Lovers Left Alive” premieres in the latter half of the Cannes Film Festival, so we will likely miss it, but this remains one of our most anticipated of the year. Hopefully it’ll find distribution soon. In the meantime, watch the first two clips from the film below.
May 14, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rachel McAdams is really into romantic dramas where The Obstacle between the main couple is one of them not remembering the other one. In “The Notebook” it was alzheimer’s, in “The Vow” it was just good old fashioned amnesia, while in “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and again in the upcoming “About Time”, it’s that one of them is a time traveler. The time traveler this time around is “Anna Karenina” breakout star Domhnall Gleeson, who learns quite unceremoniously that the men in his family (including dad Bill Nighy) can time travel just by standing still in a dark secluded place and imagining a specific time they wish they travel to.
The first trailer for the Richard Curtis rom com lays it all out. Gleeson meets McAdams on one of his travels through time, woos her and uses his ability to redo every moment until it’s perfect, but things quickly get out of hand and there’s plenty of moments where he, already in love with her in an alternate timeline, meets her unsuspecting stranger and must charm her all over again.
“About Time” will be released on September 6th and the first trailer can be found below.
May 10, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Here we have our first look at Ryan Coogler’s directorial debut “Fruitvale Station”, and already we can see why Sundance was so taken with this gripping true story. The trailer starts in chaos, with the tragic events of New Year’s Eve 2009 unfolding, then rewinding back to Michael B. Jordan’s Oscar Grant in more peaceful times, making plans with his girlfriend (Melonie Diaz) to see the fireworks in San Francisco.
But soon we are back at the scene of the events that made Oscar’s story a worthy retelling on the big screen, which took place on the titular Fruitvale Station on California bay area’s BART Network. Police officers, perhaps a little too aggressively, try to contain the situation, and the whole thing is captured on cell phone cameras and widely disseminated over social media. The Weinstein Company snapped this one, which also features a reportedly tremendous performance from Octavia Spencer, up fast, and it’s considered one of the earliest contenders for this year’s Oscar season.
“Fruitvale Station” will be released on July 26th and you can watch the first trailer below.