“You have no idea what war does to men.” Entertainment Studios has unveiled a new full-length trailer for Scott Cooper’s wild west thriller Hostiles, which will hit theaters in December at the end of the year. Set in New Mexico in 1892, the film follows a legendary Army captain who reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne war chief and his family through dangerous territory. Christian Bale stars as Captain Joseph J. Blocker, and Wes Studi stars as Yellow Hawk. It’s described as a “heroic odyssey of survival” that “becomes a story not about the miles traveled nor the battles fought, but the journey towards respect, reconciliation, and forgiveness.” The cast includes Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster, Peter Mullan, Jesse Plemons, Stephen Lang, Q’orianka Kilcher, Timothée Chalamet, and Rory Cochrane. This premiered to great reviews in Telluride, and looks like a solid, dusty action thriller. This trailer actually makes me want to see this film. ›››
“Understand this – when we lay our heads down out here, we’re all prisoners…” To go along with the buzz out of the Telluride Film Festival, the first teaser trailer has arrived for Scott Cooper’s new wild west thriller Hostiles. Set in New Mexico in 1892, the film follows a legendary Army captain who reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne war chief and his family through dangerous territory. Christian Bale stars as Captain Joseph J. Blocker, and Wes Studi stars as Yellow Hawk. It’s described as a “heroic odyssey of survival” that “becomes a story not about the miles traveled nor the battles fought, but the journey towards respect, reconciliation, and forgiveness.” The cast includes Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster, Peter Mullan, Jesse Plemons, Stephen Lang, Q’orianka Kilcher, Timothée Chalamet, and Rory Cochrane. This did get quite a few great reviews at Telluride and plays at TIFF next, so keep an eye out for it if you’re intriuged. ›››
Arriving later this month will be a brand new sci-fi adventure from director Luc Besson, the filmmaker behind The Fifth Element, and some new clips from the film have just arrived to show off the lush, diverse alien universe from the movie.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based on an acclaimed, beloved graphic novel set in the 28th century, where a city called Alpha has a massive metropolis of species from across the universe. One of the new clips gives us a proper introduction Alpha and some of the unique aliens who inhabit the city while the rest offer up some of the exciting action we’ll see Dane De Haan (Chronicle) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad) partaking in.
Watch the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets clips down below.
The above clip is easily the most fascinating since it gives us a bunch of information about the city Alpha. There are almost 30 million beings in Alpha with 3,236 species accounted for. Since we only get to spend a couple hours in this world, we’ll probably barely see 1% of the aliens who live in Alpha. We’ll be able to find out more about this massive city when the opening scene from the movie, that details the creation of Alpha plays before Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Meanwhile, the rest of the clips you can find below showcase a couple of the more exciting sequences and a couple not-so-exciting sequence. You get to see Dane De Haan barreling through some interesting sci-fi landscapes, and he also makes a daring escape with Cara Delevingne from some kind of angry creature. Meanwhile, another clip shows the playful dynamic between De Haan and Delevingne’s characters while another has the latter interrogating a trio of aliens about Valerian’s whereabouts.
The world in which Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is set seems like the most interesting part of the movie. Our own Peter Sciretta said the first half of the movie is “visually stunning, gleefully inventive, unpredictable and bonkers insane” complete with a bunch of unique creatures and settings. Angie Han also noted the film’s “inventive world-building and some awesomely unique set pieces” so at least we know it will be visually pleasing, even if it sounds like the story leaves something to be desired.
In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha—an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will arrive in theaters on July 21.
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With some of the hottest Cantopop stars and actors the film was expected to be huge but audiences weren’t quite ready, yet, for the dreamy style that would make the director’s name.
“This could still be the best weekend of our lives!” Sony has released the first official red band trailer for Rough Night, a wild all-women comedy formerly known as Rock That Body, which is also the feature directorial debut of “Broad City” director Lucia Aniello. The film star five women who get together for a wild bachelorette party – Scarlett Johansson (as the bride) along with Zoë Kravitz, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Kate McKinnon. This is pretty much a mix between The Hangover and Bachelorette, where a bachelorette party leads to a male stripper ending up dead and they have to figure out how to clean up the mess they made. Four of the women in the cast make sense, they’re great comic actors, but I’m surprised Scarlett Johansson is in this. Nice way to mix up her action & indie roles with something fun. Take a look. ›››
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Gore Verbinsksi’s ‘A Cure for Wellness’ is so unique that the DP had to develop a brand new aspect ratio to shoot it.
That Hollywood produced the twisted and bizarre A Cure for Wellness is something of a modern miracle. Returning to horror 15 years after The Ring, Gore Verbinski presents a film that is part baroque fairytale, part deranged nightmare. Shifting between body horror, atmospheric mystery, and pure spectacle, Verbinski’s mesmerizing parable diagnoses the malady of the modern soul (namely, capitalism). But there is no cure to be had in A Cure for Wellness—only the slippery slope of insanity.
For the first time ever, a Legend of Zelda game is getting DLC.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch and Wii U will have an optional Expansion Pass that adds additional content to the game after its release, Nintendo said today. The Expansion Pass, available to pre-purchase for $ 20, will give access to two different sets of new content scheduled to release in summer 2017 and holidays 2017.
The first pack includes a Cave of Trials challenge, a new hard mode (which could be similar to Ocarina of Time‘s Master Quest) and a new feature for the in-game map. The second pack introduces a new dungeon, a new original story and “additional challenges.” Read more…
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 have hope for addicts making their way up a very big hill, we get the bands back together, get fired and try to murder the boss, speak with the guy who helped teens everywhere blow stuff up good, see the softer side of chefs, and kick our drug habit by walking up a big hill.
Wild Mouse Trailer
It doesn’t relent.
Huge fan of the opening salvo and everything about this narrative. Director Josef Hader has put together a deeply dark comedy that feels comfortably placed in the space just to the left of movies occupied by many kill-your-old-boss comedies like Horrible Bosses. This feels like the boss could be bumped off at any moment and that there are some deeper issues at play here. It’s meaty, hilarious, wickedly on point with its sensibility, and there is a lot to unpack with our protagonist as he struggles through his life. You can’t place this one neatly in a box and that’s a good thing.
Lost in France Trailer
Two disparate thoughts:
- I’m such a fan of bands coming back together now that were from the mid 90’s (read here: Belly, Lush, Letters to Cleo) and seeing one of them multiple times last year (Belly, who I’m hoping will take me on during their next tour as Chris Gorman’s gum tech) I can say without an ounce of irony they re-changed my life all over again. So, while I wait in agony for The Sundays to come back (seriously, someone get Harriet Wheeler on the horn to find out what’s up) I’m all in when it comes to bands around this time taking a victory lap.
- I really want T2 Trainspotting to be good. It showed me a different side of Scotland, it’s all about these characters reconnecting after 20 years and, besides, that accent is bananas.
Glasgow had quite the impact on music in the mid-90’s and Niall McCann’s documentary that explores these upstarts that made some waves looks like a gem. The trailer, instead of shoving the musical importance of these people in front of us, takes a different angle by doing what’s most interesting: letting these people talk and letting them put into context of what it means to come back and revisiting their passions now that they’re older. It’s not sad, it’s emboldening and it’s touching.
American Anarchist Trailer
Quite a departure from Finding Vivian Maier.
I’ve never cracked the cover of The Anarchist Cookbook but I remember hearing a lot about it as a suburban youth. Director Charlie Siskel seems to be taking an interesting look at the manual that launched the careers of many violent scofflaws. The trailer deftly bridges the gap between the kid who wrote the book and the man who now reflects on what that book’s existence did to the world it was unleashed into. There are moments of incredible clarity and moments you feel the emotional impact of what it means to have a straight line lead back to you for something that negatively impacted so many lives. Responsible or not, the net effect is effective here.
Chef’s Table Trailer
There’s just something about exploring the lives and stories of the people who create and appreciate food, its essence. An award winning series, it’s easy to see why this is the case as this trailer explores the lives of gourmands and delves into the stories of how they grew into this profession. There aren’t many ways to show how highfalutin food is produced but when you wrap their creations around their individual stories, contextualizing their obsessions, it becomes irresistibly tantalizing.
A New High Trailer
Addiction is a wretched thing.
There’s not much to director Samuel Miron and Stephen Scott Scarpulla’s story about personal redemption in the face of hardcore drug addiction but these are the kinds of stories that are inspiring in one of the most human ways possible. With the rise of opioid drug abuse, these are the narratives that will never go away and this documentary at least feels like it has something honest to say. The trailer doesn’t redefine the genre but it’s the stories of people grappling with their darkest demons that make this wildly engaging.
Nota bene: If you have any suggestions of trailers to possibly be included in this column, even have a trailer of your own to pitch, please let me know by sending me a note at Christopher_Stipp@yahoo.com or look me up via Twitter at @Stipp
In case you missed them, here are the other trailers we covered at /Film this week:
- Life Trailer – Just a bloated thrill ride that I’m completely OK with.
- Snatched Trailer – Not for me.
- The Dinner Trailer – Seems like it could be written as a play. I’m in.
- Aftermath Trailer – I’m intrigued, for sure.
- The Lego Ninjago Movie Trailer – Low expectations going in, wildly surprised coming out.
- Personal Shopper Trailer – I just can’t with all the listlessness and emoting.
- It Comes At Night Trailer – OK then.
- The Beguiled Trailer – Almost feels like a joke until the very last moments. Not sure I’m in or out on what it’s trying to sell here.
- Wish Upon Trailer – Just rent The Box or The Brass Teapot or, better yet, just read “Button, Button”.
- The Circle Trailer – Hopefully this is a Eggers and Hanks match-up that goes somewhere.
- Goon: Last of the Enforcers Red Band Trailer – Just not feeling anything about this.
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You’re never too young to be lit.
Zach Dean, a sports reporter for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, recently captured the incredible dance moves of a little boy during what appeared to be a high school basketball game. The unidentified kid had the crowd screaming and cheering as he danced along to a remix of “Bad and Boujee” by Migos.
We can only hope to reach his level of lit-ness in the future. Read more…
It’s tough to get people excited about the weather.
And it’s even tougher in tropical Singapore, where it’s pretty much only wet or dry every day.
So the country’s national newspaper appears to have taken it upon itself to spice up its weather updates, by slipping in the odd quip and pop-culture reference:
Weather update: Thundery showers mainly over northern, eastern and central Singapore in the afternoon. Stay dry! Unless you’re a fish.
— The Straits Times (@STcom) January 16, 2017