“How old are you really? Are you back for good?” The Cinema Guild has released an official US trailer for the latest film from prolific Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo, titled On the Beach at Night Alone. This first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, where actress Kim Min-hee won the Silver Bear for Best Actress. It also played at the Los Angeles, Melbourne, Zurich, New York and London Film Festivals. “Art imitates life in this quietly devastating masterpiece” about an actress who wanders around a seaside town, thinking about her relationship with a married man. The film stars Kim Min-hee, Seo Younghwa, Jung Jaeyoung, and Moon Sungkeun. Hong Sang-soo is beloved by critics, but he’s kind of an acquired taste, making slow moving but deeply contemplative films. His latest might be worth your time to discover. ›››
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“Thank you for what you did. Not a lot of people would do that nowadays…” Vertical Entertainment has released an official trailer for a post-apocalyptic survival thriller titled Here Alone, which is pretty much just another zombie horror survival movie continuing the zombie trend. This one stars Lucy Walters as a woman surviving on her own, who encounters two other survivors that mess things up. Yes, this sounds way too similar to Z for Zachariah, which is probably why this hasn’t picked up any extra buzz over the last year. The full cast includes Gina Piersanti, Adam David Thompson and Shane West. We initially posted a teaser trailer for this film last year, but then we forgot all about it until now. Still only looks okay. Fire it up. ›››
This Week In Trailers: Burning Sands, Phoenix Forgotten, Here Alone, Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes Of Apollo
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 rush a frat, get the straight dope from NASA, use a possibly/maybe/probably real UFO event as a springboard for something fun, and raise the undead once more for an interesting yarn.
Burning Sands Trailer
First time director Gerard McMurray looks like he’s coming hard out of the gate with a serious drama about fraternity life, specifically Hell Week. While it does share many elements from last year’s Goat there doesn’t feel like any gratuitous sensationalism although it does share in the more violent aspects of both films. Somehow in the 21st century even after we’ve moved past many of the antiquated behaviors that define social groups like this with all the crackdowns on hazing, underage drinking, take your pick of vice, there still exists this idea that these barbaric initiations are still happening. That they are one of the last vestiges of urban legend, or urban fact, makes stories like this so alluring.
Here Alone Trailer
Look, most of us are all burnt out on zombies. What director Rod Blackhurst, who last gave us the Amanda Knox documentary that came out last year, is doing here helps to move past the typical zombie fare and into something a little more substantive. The trailer does a solid job in establishing why we’re here and what the stakes are. While there are some common tropes being played out (not knowing who to trust, being one) there’s a freshness here that I enjoyed immensely. While I don’t know if the sum of its parts will make for a satisfying whole, this trailer is one way to get at what makes the undead such a great subject to mine.
Mission Control Trailer
Grandad would love this.
As a history buff there is no substitute for well-polished or well-made movies like Hidden Figures or Apollo 13. Sure, they’re there and they inspire an entire legion of a populace with their stories but to hear it from the old son of a gun’s who managed the operations or were a part of them there is just that certain fascination and reverence we should have in listening to their stories. Director David Fairhead does exactly as he should in presenting these talking heads as they reflect on what it was like to be within mission control’s nerve center. It’s damn riveting to see these guys talk and reflect and, to me, has more impact than a fictional recreation no matter how close it hews to reality.
Phoenix Forgotten Trailer
Nowlin is currently the guy credited for crafting the script for Pacific Rim: Uprising and the screenplays for all the Maze Runner installments. This movie, directed by Justin Barber, who worked as a producer on an utterly not-seen-by-enough-people favorite of mine, The Myth of the American Sleepover, has his own share of producing help by the folks who gave us The Martian and 300. The net-net of this seems to be right in line with a smaller production joint that looks to leverage the jump scares more than wanton evisceration and gore. I’m not sure how far this will get with audiences but it looks like it’s good enough to get people to submit to its premise. The Phoenix Lights was all people could talk about when it happened in my backyard 20 years ago (ugh, I’m so old) so it’s a fascinating ripped-from-the-headlines approach to a story that may have some legs. Or antennae.
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In case you missed them, here are the other trailers we covered at /Film this week:
- Mine Trailer – High concept, looks like something I wouldn’t be completely against if that helps.
- Silicon Valley Season Four Trailer – Aviato.
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Trailer – I’d rather read the book.
- Brain on Fire Trailer – My needle is not moved one way or the other.
- Carrie Pilby Trailer – Never has a protagonist been so off-putting than this insufferable twit who seems completely unable to navigate normal human relationships.
- The Discovery Trailer – I would like this to be as good as the trailers, please.
- Rock and a Hard Place Trailer – Always down to see stories about people getting their proverbial s- together.
- The Finest Trailer – This trailer, tonally, is all over the road.
- My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea Trailer – Sure.
- The Fate of the Furious Trailer – Hahaha
- Power Rangers International Trailer – This will play well on Nickelodeon.
- Shadow of Truth Trailer – Eh, not really sure this is my thing.
“Do you live happily?” A short teaser trailer has arrived online for the next film from Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo, titled On the Beach at Night Alone. The film is set to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February this year, which is why this trailer is being released now. Not much is known about the plot yet, but On the Beach at Night Alone is supposedly about an actress who wanders around a seaside town, thinking about her relationship with a married man. The film stars Kim Min-hee, Seo Younghwa, Jung Jaeyoung, and Moon Sungkeun. There isn’t much to this first trailer, but it is alluring to watch. ›››
Shared universes are all the rage these days, but did you know that both Friends and Home Alone were years ahead of the curve, meticulously building a single wacky comedy world that contains both the shenanigans of Kevin McCallister and the hijinks of Rachel Green and her buddies?
Eh. Not really. But as a new video points out, there is an amusing connection between the beloved 1990 film and the popular NBC sitcom that could convince a delirious mind otherwise.
In the final season of Friends (which aired in 2004), Monica and Chandler decide to move out of New York City and into the suburbs to start a family. And while you probably didn’t notice it, they’re moving into a neighborhood that will be familiar to anyone who has seen Chris Columbus’ seasonal slapstick classic. Yep, they’re moving into the McCallister house, which was surely too large for John Heard’s Peter and Catherine O’Hara’s Kate since their brood has presumably grown up and moved on in the 14 years since Kevin’s first burglar-mutilating misadventure.
This sounds insane, but the video below provides all of the evidence. It’s all about what you can see through the windows.
The video’s final conclusion is the only possible option: the producers of friends needed a seasonally appropriate, attractive suburban neighborhood and licensed footage from Home Alone to fill the windows of Monica and Chandler’s new home. Anyone who takes it as anything other than that is reading too far into it.
But this is the internet! It’s our job to read too far into things! Since the producers of Friends accidentally established that their show takes place in the same universe as the Home Alone series, we can start assuming other things. For example, Friends began its 10-year run in 1994, two years after Home Alone 2: Lost in New York‘s 1992 debut. Since the pilot of Friends establishes that much of the cast has known each other for some time and have already laid roots in New York City, we can assume that the early days of Phoebe, Ross and the rest of the gang were transpiring as Kevin was wreaking havoc upon the Plaza Hotel and assaulting two dim-witted criminals with booby traps. Heck, for all we know, Joey encountered the Pigeon Woman in Central Park and learned a valuable lesson or two. The possibilities for fan fiction are endless. Endless!
Since Friends concludes with Monica and Chandler moving into their new home with their adopted twins, we can only imagine a future where those kids grew up to violently defend their home against criminals. The circle is complete.
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