It looks like they’ve saved the best for last. Just a few days before the end of the year, trailer maestro Nick Bosworth has launched his retrospective look back at the year in movies with Final Cut 2017 – A Movie Trailer Mashup. Nick has been making these mashups foryears, though he didn’t post one last year, but he’s finally back with one just in time to look back at 2017. We’ve featured a number of these retrospective videos already, but one more to honor all the great films from this year is fine by us. Between Logan, Atomic Blonde, Mother!, Split, Get Out, and The Post, all the finest movies are featured in this “Final Cut” mashup. ›››
Tonight brings the end of 2017, and it couldn’t come soon enough. This year has been a nightmare for a variety of reasons, whether it’s because of hurricanes, mass shootings, or the disaster that’s currently living in the White House. Thankfully, we got some relief from this year thanks to the movies.
Nick Bosworth, an editor for JoBlo, has created Final Cut 2017, an entertaining assembly of footage from hundreds of movies released over the past year. The movies all blend into each other with the perfect soundtrack fueling the edit, including the surprising prominence of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” which was featured in several movies this year. This is the perfect way for cinephiles to finish 2017 and get ready for the new year.
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Here’s what Bosworth had to say after looking back at 2017:
“It’s been a long and challenging year to say the least with a vast amount of twists and turns along the way. A year of bad decisions, good decisions and growth in ways I couldn’t possibly imagine. I couldn’t have gotten through it however without the support of my amazing girlfriend Lynn, my family, our leader JoBlo and the amazing site crew, my close friends and of course…the power of amazing cinema.
If I’ve learned anything in this past year, it’s that time, honesty, friendship and clear-thoughts are precious things that one must take great care with or you risk going down the wrong path. With that I present my return to the year-end movie mashup with Final Cut 2017 and wish everyone a brilliant and wonderful 2018.”
Indeed, the power of cinema and the strength of our relationships will be what gets us through the hardest of times. While this year was undoubtedly full of challenges, with plenty more on the horizon, we’ll get through them by protecting what we love. So in 2018, let’s continue to love movies and each other. That might seem a little saccharine, but we can all use a little sentimentality every now and then.
“I don’t have any money…” “Get it from your father-in-law – he has all the money in the world.” Sony has dropped one final trailer for Ridley Scott’s movie All the Money in the World, which has been making headlines recently with the last minute Christopher Plummer update. The movie hits theaters Christmas Day, so this is truly a last minute trailer in hopes it will drum up buzz and get people into theaters to watch it (I guess the reshoots cost a lot of money). The film is about the true story from the 1970s of a massive kidnapping plot arranged by a left-wing paramilitary organization in Italy. Plummer plays the “richest man in the world” oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. All the Money in the World also co-stars Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, Timothy Hutton, Charlie Plummer, Andrew Buchan, Olivia Grant, Teresa Mahoney, Romain Duris, and Charlie Shotwell. This is an intense trailer, and should make you excited to see this. ›››
The year is almost over, there’s only a few more movies to open in these final few weeks, but that means it’s time to start looking back and appreciating the year in movies. 2017 gave us some incredible movies, big and small, weird and crazy, entertaining and emotional. This final video recap is made by the “Movie Nerds” YouTube channel, and is called (by them) the “2017 Movie Mashup Supercut“. It packs in footage from pretty much all of the big movies this year, including Blade Runner 2049, Detroit, Wonder Woman, Blade of the Immortal, Wind River, Raw, Dunkirk, Get Out, Coco, Wonder, Logan, Free Fire, and many others. These end of the year videos are great to watch now, not only to remind you of all the good times in the cinema, but give you a few hints at some movies you might’ve missed and still need to catch up with. Enjoy. ›››
Yesterday morning, the 2017 Black List was released to the public. Here is the list ranked per the number of mentions each script received along with loglines:
RUIN by Matthew Firpo and Ryan Firpo (68) A nameless ex-Nazi captain must navigate the ruins of post-WWII Germany to atone for his crimes during the war by hunting down and killing the surviving members of his former SS death squad.
LET HER SPEAK by Mario Correa (42) The true story of Senator Wendy Davis and her 24-hour filibuster to save 75% of abortion clinics in Texas.
DADDIO by Christy Hall (40) A passenger and her cab driver reminisce about their relationships on the way from the airport to her New York apartment.
KEEPER OF THE DIARY by Evan Kilgore and Samuel Franco (32) Chronicles Otto Frank’s journey, with the help of a junio editor at Doubleday Press, to find a publisher for the diary his daughter Anne wrote during the Holocaust.
WHERE I END by Imran Zaidi (22) In a world where your life can be saved, uploaded to a computer, and restarted in the case of your untimely death, a husband returns from the dead to suspect his wife may have been involved in his death.
WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES by Anna J. Klassen (20) The true story of 25-year-old Joanne Rowling as she weathers first loves, unexpected pregnancy, lost jobs, and depression on her journey to create Harry Potter.
BREAKING NEWS IN YUBA COUNTY by Amanda Idoko (19) After catching her husband in bed with a hooker, which causes him to die of a heart attack, Sue Bottom burying the body and takes advantage of the local celebrity status that comes from having a missing husband.
SLEEP WELL TONIGHT by Freddie Skov (18) Behind the walls of a maximum security prison, a naive teenage inmate and a rookie correctional officer are forced into a drug smuggling operation while a looming conflict between rival gang members threatens to boil over.
THE GREAT NOTHING by Cesar Vitale (17) A grieving 13-year-old girl hires a terminally-ill, acerbic philosophy professor to prevent flunking the seventh grade. What begins as a homework assignment blossoms into an unlikely friendship and a new appreciation for life that neither will forget.
TRAPLINE by Brett Treacy and Dan Woodward (16) A captive boy’s lifestyle is upended when his captor asks for his help kidnapping a second child.
WHEN IN DOUBT, SEDUCE by Allie Hagan (16) A true story about the relationship between Elaine Mae and Mike Nichols.
NEWSFLASH by Ben Jacoby (15) On November 22, 1963, Walter Cronkite put everything on the line to get the story right as the president was killed, a nation wept, and television came of age.
THE EXPANSION PROJECT by Leo Sardarian (15) A rookie marine gets stranded on a hostile planet during humanity’s space colonization, with nothing but her exo-suit that’s running out of fusion power.
V.I.N. by Chiara Towne (14) As Alex Haley struggles to write the biography of Malcolm X, his editor at Playboy assigns him a new interview, George Lincoln Rothwell, head of the American Nazi Party.
COME AS YOU ARE by Zach Baylin (13) An idealistic young woman’s life begins to unravel when her job in social media exposes her to the darkest corners of humanity sending her on a violent mission to take down not just the web’s vicious content but its creators as well.
ONE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES by Ben Bolea (13) The incredible and true story of Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl living in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb goes off. Years later when she gets leukemia, she hears about the legend that if someone folds one thousand paper cranes, a wish will be granted. At the same time, aspiring writer Eleanor Coerr learns of Sadako’s story and becomes determined to bring her message of hope and peace to the world.
THE MOTHER by Misha Green (13) A female assassin comes out of hiding to protect the pre-teen daughter she gave up years before.
HUGHES by Andrew Rothschild (13) The story of writer/director John Hughes, whose emotionally honest high school movies helped to define American culture in the 1980s — but who, at the very height of his success, abruptly abandoned filmmaking, for reasons that have never been fully explained.
RUTHLESS by John Swetnam (13) After she is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, a former assassin must carry out one last assignment in order to ensure her daughter’s future.
MAD, BAD, AND DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Jade Bartlett (12) Based on the trilogy, an underdog identical twin accidentally kills her too perfect sister only to discover murder suits her and she becomes embroiled in the life of a mafia assassin.
VALEDICTORIAN by Cosmo Carlson (12) Follows an obsessive, type-A student as they vow to secure the valedictorian title by any means necessary.
JELLYFISH SUMMER by Sarah Jane Inwards (12) The story of what happens when a young black girl’s family in 1960’s Mississippi decides to harbor two human-looking refugees who have mysteriously fallen from the sky.
BROSIO by Mattson Tomlin (11) Inspired by the work of John Brosio. When a man begins to lose all the people close to him in a series of increasingly absurd natural disasters he must try to find the source of why his world has been turned upside down.
POWER by Mattson Tomlin (11) A young drug dealer is kidnapped by a man hellbent on finding his missing daughter they must to get to the bottom of the mystery of the intense street drug known as Power.
KATE by Umair Aleem (10) A veteran hitwoman is mysteriously poisoned on her last assignment in Tokyo and she has 24 hours to find her killer before she herself dies.
THE MAN FROM TOMORROW by Jordan Barel (10) The true story of entrepreneur Elon Musk who, after being ousted from PayPal, went on to create SpaceX and guides it through their turbulent early years while simultaneously building Tesla.
KILL SHELTER by Eric Beu and Greg Martin (10) A darkly comic crime thriller, concerning three groups of people dealing with blackmail that goes very, very wrong.
ARC OF JUSTICE by Max Borenstein and Rodney Barnes (10) Based on the book by Kevin Boyle. Chronicles the landmark civil rights trial of Dr. Ossian Sweet after he was charged with the murder of a white man in self-defense.
DON’T BE EVIL by Gabe Diani, Etta Devine, and Evan Bates (10) A kinetic and elevated comedy about the rise of Google as Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmitt struggle with their corporate model, “Don’t Be Evil”, in the face of their meteoric rise to a multi-billion dollar valuation and a major Chinese hacking incident.
FUBAR by Brent Hyman (10) The story of an inept, CIA psychologist who is embedded on a globe-trotting mission with the agency’s most valuable operative who suffers from an extreme case of multiple personality disorder.
ESCAPE FROM THE NORTH POLE by Paul Laudiero & Ben Baker (10) The tale of a young girl who must partner up with an elf, a Russian explorer, and a reindeer to rescue Santa Claus from a band of evil elves and save the North Pole.
KEY OF GENIUS by Daniel Persitz and Devon Kliger (10) The story of Derek Paravicini, a blind and autistic boy who needed an incredible teacher to help realize his world-class, musical ability.
MOXIE by Heather Quinn (10) To combat crime in a near-future Los Angeles, the FBI creates supercops based on specific genetic sequences and to their shock and surprise their best candidate is a vulgar stripper named Moxie.
INFINITE by Ian Shorr (10) Based on the novel The Reincarnationist Papers, the hallucinations from a schizophrenic are revealed to be memories from past lives where he obtained talents that he still has to this day.
HEART OF THE BEAST by Cameron Alexander (9) About a former Navy SEAL and his retired combat dog, who attempt to reenter civilization after suffering a catastrophic incident deep in the Alaskan wilderness.
THE KINGBREAKER by Andrew Bozalis and Derek Mether (9) The story of a CIA operative, experienced in taking down kings and installing their replacements who is brought in to take down a dictator he installed a few years prior.
GADABOUT by Ross Evans (9) About a manufacturing company in 1951 that stirs up curiosity when they publish a user’s manual to a time machine called TM-1050.
BALLERINA by Shay Hatten (9) After her family is murdered, an assassin seeks revenge on the killers.
LIBERATION by Darby Kealey (9) The true story of Nancy Wake, the most decorated servicewoman in WWII, who led resistance fighters in a series of dangerous missions in Nazi-occupied France.
THIS IS JANE by Daniel Loflin (9) Based on the book The Story of Jane, and it is the story of an ordinary group of women who did something extraordinary in completing 11,000 safe abortions in Chicago from 1968–1973.
WYLER and Michael Moskowitz (9) With Hitler laying waste to Europe and the United States refusing to answer the call to war, Jewish filmmaker William Wyler risks his career to make Mrs. Miniver, the most effective propaganda movie of all time.
THE OTHER LAMB by Catherine McMullen (9) A young, female, coming-of-age tale set in alternative religion.
ESCAPE by JD Payne & Patrick McKay (9) Between 1788 and 1868, the British Empire shipped more than 150,000 convicts to penal colonies in Australia and the notoriously brutal Tazmania. No distinction was made between first time and repeat offenders. This is the story of one of those prisoners. A wrongly accused man who is taken from his home and sent across the world to serve a five-year prison term. He quickly realizes his only chance of seeing his family again is to escape the prison with a gang of cohorts and play the odds of surviving the deadly terrain that waits on the outside.
INNOCENT MONSTERS by Elaina Perpelitt (9) A writer trying to crack her second novel starts to lose her sense of reality as the book bleeds into her life and her life bleeds back.
LIONHUNTERS by Will Beall (8) A rogue cop suffers a gunshot wound in 1987 and wakes from a coma thirty years later when he partners with a mild-manned, progressive detective who happens to be his son.
THE SAVIORS by Travis Betz and Kevin Hamedani (8) A seemingly progressive suburban husband and wife rent their garage through Airbnb but soon become suspicious of their Muslim guests. As they investigate these visitors, they unwittingly trigger events that will forever change the course of human history.
GEORGE by Jeremy Michael Cohen (8) The true story about the Grays, a husband and wife team who fall in love and create Curious George together and escape from WWII Europe.
THE BOXER by Justine Juel Gillmer (8) After being separated from his true love, a young Polish man escapes from a concentration camp, one in which he was forced by SS officers to fight other Jews, and travels to American to begin a successful career as a professional boxer and to reunite with the woman he lost.
STRONGMAN by Nicholas Jacobson-Larson & Dalton Leeb (8) Based on the confusing, sometimes offensive, borderline insane memories of David Prowse, the irascible Englishman behind Darth Vader’s mask.
HACK by Mike Schneider (8) A horrifying look at the DNC hack and the Russian manipulation in the 2016 election, based on actual reports.
THE PROSPECT by Ben Epstein (7) The story of how Michael Jordan used a year as a baseball prospect to find himself after his father’s death.
SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR by Emma Fletcher & Brett Weiner (7) Harper Penzey, a liberal white college sophomore, who knows exactly how to fix society. When she accuses her equally liberally professor, Susan Broadbeck, of hate speech, it throws the campus and both their lives into chaos as they wage war over the right way to stop discrimination.
THE LODGE by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (7) About a supernatural evil that haunts a woman and her stepchildren in a cabin on Christmas.
RODNEY & SHERYL by Ian MacAllister-McDonald (7) Based on the unbelievable true story of Rodney Alcala’s life and appearance on the popular 1970’s game show The Dating Game. Despite being in the midst of a murdering spree at the time, Rodney went on to win the show and a date with a contestant. Detectives have estimated Rodney’s body count to be north of 130 victims.
MEAT by Logan Martin (7) A misanthropic man notices bizarre changes in himself, his wife, and the animals inhabiting the territory around their homestead as they attempt to survive self-imposed isolation.
DOROTHY & ALICE by Justin Merz (7) Dorothy Gale and Alice meet in a home for those having nightmares and embark on a journey to save the imaginations of the world.
THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH by Molly Smith Metzler (7) After her friend dies in a drowning accident, a seventh-grade girl is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must’ve been a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination she crafts a plan to prove her theory.
THE POISON SQUAD by Dreux Moreland and Joey DePaolo (7) The true story of an eccentric chemist named Harvey Wiley who did the first human experiments in history, testing our limits to poison, which then triggered a movement which resulted in the founding of the FDA.
JIHOTTIES by Molly Prather (7) The story of two girls who, in an effort to fund their start-up, end up cat-fishing ISIS and wind up with more than they bargained for when the CIA attempts to recruit them as spies.
CALL JANE by Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi (7) In 1960 Chicago, before Roe V. Wade, a pregnant woman becomes a member of an underground group of women who provide abortions in a safe environment.
GREENLAND by Chris Sparling (7) A disgraced father is determined to get his family to the place which, in four days, will be the only safe place left on Earth.
SKYWARD by Joe Ballarini (6) The true story of two families who attempt to escape over the Berlin Wall using a hot air balloon in 1979.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS by Joe Epstein (6) About a sociopath obsessed with health improvement and claws her way to the top of the fitness world, leaving a trail of broken bodies in her wake.
QUEEN ELIZABETH by Shatara Michelle Ford (6) The story of an uptight, high-achieving, black post-grad who becomes increasingly irreverent and slightly destructive when she realizes that the life she’s living isn’t the life she wants.
THE WHITE DEVILS by Leon Hendrix III (6) Cassius raises his sons, Malcolm and Mandela, isolated and alone in the woods. They’ve never met another person in their lives. The boys have learned to survive and to protect their family at all costs. When they find a mysterious white girl, June, alone and lost in the woods prejudice, lies, and loves set them on a collision course with the real world that puts all of their lives at risk.
THE FIFTH NIXON by Sharon Hoffman (6) Watergate as experienced through the eyes of Richard Nixons personal secretary, Rosemary Woods.
PANOPTICON by Emily Jerome (6) A look at the criminal justice and private prison system, told from the perspectives of a new inmate, a correctional officer, and a Wall Street hotshot.
ON by Ryan Jennifer Jones (6) In a slightly futuristic, hyper-efficient Manhattan, a newly single book editor purchases a customizable sex android to assuage her broken heart. When her toy’s closed feedback loop starts to alter her personality, she must reevaluate the merits of a perfectly compatible partner.
THE GROWNUP by Natalie Krinsky (6) Story of a con woman who pretends to read auras and is hired by a wealthy woman to banish an evil spirit from her house. It soon becomes clear that the fake exorcist is over her head.
BIOS by Craig Luck and Ivor Powell (6) Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Bios tells the story of a man who spends his dying days with a robot he created to take care of his dog.
CANCER INC by Marc Macaluso (6) The true story of corporatization of cancer in the US told through the eyes of a British, Wall Street analyst who uncovers the corruption behind the approval of a drug intended to treat prostate cancer.
AMERICAN TABLOID by Adam Morrison (6) The story of Generosa Pope Jr. took the New York mob and used it to turn a small local paper into the National Enquirer, creating tabloid journalism as we know it today.
ALL MY LIFE by Todd Rosenberg (6) The story of a man who discovers he has liver cancer and so the couple moves up their wedding date so they can get married before he passes away.
THE SLEEPOVER by Sarah Rothschild (6) When bad guys break into their home and kidnap their parents, siblings Kevin and Clancy are forced to confront the fact that there may be more to their stay-at-home mom than meets the eye.
THE LITTLE BOY by Hayley Schore & Roshan Sethi (6) The true story of the man who dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima and his unexpected journey back to ground zero.
GREEN RUSH by Matt Tente (6) A paroled ex-con agrees to help his daughter steal money from medical marijuana taxes from City Hall.
I will have stats and analysis of this year’s Black List later on this week, but what trends do YOU see? It’s an interesting way to interpret what Hollywood movers and shakers are interested at present.
Also this: It’s the return of the Black List Word Cloud Logline Challenge! Be on the lookout for that — with prizes!
You may download the official 2017 Annual Black List here.
“People need to be the center of our foreign policy thinking.” Magnolia Pictures has unveiled an official trailer for Greg Barker’s new documentary The Final Year, which profiles the last year of Obama’s two-term presidency. The documentary team follows Obama’s foreign policy team as thy coordinate and discuss global politics with the President, attempting to achieve some major goals in the last year (before it all gets undone ugh). This is an outstanding documentary (in many ways) that I recently saw at the IDFA Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, and I kind of loved it. There’s some great editing and music, but it’s also just a refreshing look at extremely passionate, determined, hard-working people who just want to make the world a more peaceful, better, safer, healthier place and gave everything to do that. Don’t skip this. ›››
“I’m not like the rest of my family…” Disney-Pixar have revealed one final, official trailer for Pixar’s Coco, the first musical and next animated movie from the beloved animation studio. The story involves a young boy named Miguel who gets lost in the world of the dead while searching for his great-great grandfather. This already opened in Mexico to rave reviews. The voices include newcomer Anthony Gonzalez playing Miguel, along with Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Renee Victor. We’ve already seen threetrailers previously, but this final one gives us a colorful look at the world that awaits us. I’m very excited to see this, I’m in need of another Pixar tearjerker. This looks charming and heartfelt, as expected from Pixar. ›››
Family Guy is still going strong with their 16th season currently airing on FOX. However, the show lost one of their regular guest stars late last year when screen icon Carrie Fisher passed away. The actress had already recorded dialogue for episodes that had yet to air, and one of those episodes is airing tonight on FOX. This one is particularly special since in addition to featuring some of Fisher’s final work, it also serves as a tribute to directors Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino and Michael Bay.
The Family Guy episode in question, titled “Three Directors,” finds Peter Griffin fired from his job at the Pawtucket Patriot Brewery. Since Carrie Fisher voiced Peter’s boss Angela, we’ll get to see this scenario played out in three different ways, all in the style of the three aforementioned directors. Watch a couple clips from one of the final Carrie Fisher Family Guy episodes below.
Here’s the first clip from the “Three Directors” episode, presented in the style of Quentin Tarantino:
As you can see the extreme violence and soundtrack we’ve come to expect from Quentin Tarantino movies is there. This clip in particular seems to be taking cues from Reservoir Dogs, including what appears to be a reference to all the colorful character names in the form of different colored cars in the parking lot.
Here’s a second clip that ventures into more Reservoir Dogs territory, as well as Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill Vol. 1:
Cleveland Brown works as a stand-in for Samuel L. Jackson’s character Jules from Pulp Fiction while Peter is a makeshift Bride from Kill Bill Vol. 1. Peter appears to be out for revenge for getting fired from his job, but Angela (as O-Ren Ishii) calls upon her Tricia Takanawa 88s to dispatch with Peter, who is dressed as Ronald McDonald for some reason.
For those who might be more interested in seeing what the Wes Anderson tribute is like, check this clip out:
In addition to having voiceover provided by Stewie Griffin, there’s the obligatory diorama shot of the primary setting: a house inside an army tent inside of a submarine inside of an old airplane hangar. Yeah, that sounds like Wes Anderson to me.
Unfortunately, there’s no glimpse at the Michael Bay portion of the episode, though it will likely feature plenty of explosions. Hell, we’ve basically seen Michael Bay-style sequences whenever Peter fights his chicken nemesis.
Don’t worry if you’re not particularly fond of these directors, because executive producer Steve Callaghan tells TV Line, “We tried to write it in a way where even a casual movie viewer would still get a lot of the jokes and references. You don’t have to be a hardcore aficionado of any of these directors to understand it.”
As for Carrie Fisher, she still has some more appearances on Family Guy to come, including the next Christmas episode on December 10. Otherwise, her character’s fate is said to be revealed in another episode sometime this fall.
Watch the entire episode tonight, November 5, at 9pm ET/8pm CT on FOX.
The release of Justice League is fast approaching, tickets are on sale now, and there’s a final international trailer loaded with new footage, including our first good look at the film’s big bad, Steppenwolf. So come together below and watch the final Justice League trailer.
It’s hard to believe Justice League is finally about to hit theaters. It feels like we’ve all been talking about this movie for the longest time, and now the big team-up of the DCEU heroes is mere weeks away. We’ve already had multiple trailers to give us a sense of what to expect, but a brand new final Justice League trailer has even more action-packed footage.
Justice League Trailer
Not only does this final international Justice League trailer give us new footage, it also gives us our first real look at the film’s villain Steppenwolf, played by Ciarán Hinds. Steppenwolf is an intergalactic threat to the Justice League, leading an army of Parademons (those winged creatures you glimpsed in the lengthy desert dream sequence in Batman v. Superman), who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth. A deleted scene from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice gave us the briefest of glimpses of the character, and previous trailers included quick shots and a few voice overs. Here, however, we see Steppenwolf in action, growling, “This world will fall, like all the others!”
The trailer also puts Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman front and center, which makes sense, since Wonder Woman was the only DCEU film almost everyone seemed to like. On top of all that, we get more Aquaman drinking and more Batman making jokes. But if you were hoping for some shots of Henry Cavill‘s Superman in action, you’re out of luck. All the trailers for Justice League have been low on plot and big on action, and this one is no exception. That’s not a criticism; it just shows that Warner Brothers and DC are working hard to keep most of the plot details secretive so they’ll feel fresh when audiences get their first look at the film.
Here’s the official synopsis, which is also vague enough to keep spoilers to a minimum:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Anton Yelchin was one of the most promising actors of his generation, and seemed like he was only getting started when his tragic death shocked the film world. The Green Room star was only 27 when an accident took his life, and a few of his projects had yet to be released at the time of his death. Now, one of his final performances can be seen in Porto.
In Gabe Klinger‘s Porto, Yelchin plays an American in the Portuguese city of Porto who finds himself drawn to a young French woman (Lucie Lucas). The two embark on a romantic night together, which soon turns into something more serious. There are shades of Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy here, albeit with an apparently darker edge. The first trailer for the film is below.
In addition to Yelchin and Lucas, Porto also stars Paulo Calatré and Françoise Lebrun, with Jim Jarmusch serving as Executive Producer. Here’s the official synopsis:
Jake (Anton Yelchin) and Mati (Lucie Lucas) are two expats who experience a brief but intimate connection in the ancient Portuguese city of Porto. He’s an American loner exiled from his family. She’s a student from France embroiled in an affair with one of her professors. After spotting each other from a distance at an archeological site and then again at a train station and a café, Jake works up the courage to approach Mati and they embark on a night of carefree intimacy.
This romantic encounter is viewed from years later, both characters still haunted by the powerful connection they shared. Using a mix of film stocks and art direction that evokes a bygone era of European cinema, PORTO, shot by renowned cinematographer Wyatt Garfield (Gabriel Beatriz at Dinner, Mediterranea), delivers a cinematic form of saudade – a Portuguese word that describes an emotional state of nostalgic longing for a person or place that one has loved.
In making the film, director Klinger’s intentionally played around with an unconventional narrative structure, which the filmmaker said was done to reflect people look back upon past relationships:
When I’ve been in romantic relationships and they’ve run their course, I think there’s still a little bit that you can salvage from whatever’s left. You always ask the person, “don’t you remember the good moments?” But more often than not, the bad things cloud those things. And it works the other way around, too. The irrational side of us always wants things to stay as they are, but if you’re not in love anymore, you can take the rational posture, which is also kind of irrational, because love isn’t a coherent thing. So the person who wants to stay in the relationship becomes the crazy person and the person who wants to leave the relationship because it’s “for the best” becomes the rational one, but actually you’re both irrational. There’s no clear-headed way to summarize what happened to you.
Yelchin still has one more film to be released, Cory Finley’s Thoroughbreds, which has no wide release date yet. Porto opens in New York on November 11 and Los Angeles on November 24.