‘You Were Never Really Here’ Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix Has His Own Particular Set of Skills

You Were Never Really Here trailer

After a six year break from features, director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) is back with You Were Never Really Here, a film that looks to be a cross between Taken and Taxi Driver. This violent drama debuted at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and earned high praise from those who caught it, and it’s easy to see why: this movie looks like it rules. Check out a new UK trailer for the film below.

You Were Never Really Here trailer

Based on a 2013 novella from Bored to Death creator Jonathan Ames (side note: this movie could not look more different than Bored to Death), the story follows a veteran (Phoenix) who uses his own particular set of skills to find girls who have gone missing. As the violence and intensity ratchets up, things start to spin out of control for him.

If that stylish trailer – with its Taken-esque foray into the sex trade and an overt nod to Robert De Niro’s Travis Bickle during the mirror interaction at the end – isn’t enough to get you fully on board, maybe you’ll be interested to hear from those who have seen the full film already. The Guardian says it “teeters perpetually on the verge of hallucination, with hideous images and horrible moments looming suddenly through the fog,” Vulture says that “visually and stylistically, Ramsay has never been more assured,” and The Film Stage calls it “one of the most ferocious indictments of systematic abuse of power and gender violence ever projected on a screen.”

The movie’s score from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood is getting some high praise, too, with Birth.Movies.Death referring to it as “possibly [his] best score to date” and “a real scorcher.” That’s especially impressive, considering Greenwood provided the scores for movies like There Will Be Blood, The Master, and Phantom Thread. Ekaterina SamsonovAlex ManetteJohn Doman, and Judith Roberts co-star.

And if all that somehow still isn’t enough to sway you, Ramsay won the Best Screenplay award and Phoenix won the Best Actor award at Cannes for his haunted, physical performance, so it seems like there’s actually some real meat to this movie beyond just a well-cut trailer.

You Were Never Really Here plays at the Sundance Film Festival later this month (where I’m hoping to catch a screening and report back to you all), and Amazon Studios will release it wider on April 6, 2018.

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David Mamet’s Dramatic Writing MasterClass: ‘You Gotta Stand Being Bad if You Wanna Be a Writer’

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter and director shares his advice on how to write great stories.

Glengarry Glen Ross. The Untouchables. American Buffalo. The Verdict. Wag the Dog. Oleanna. Many writers can create great dialogue, but only one inspired the adjective “Mametesque.” And yet, to focus only on David Mamet’s brilliant dialogue in his plays and screenplays is to miss the much bigger picture that Mamet is a master at crafting intricate tales that don’t waste a beat.

Now, Mamet wants to share his perspective on writing stories with his own MasterClass for only $ 90, joining previous MasterClass teachers Steve Martin, Aaron Sorkin, and Shonda Rhimes.

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‘I Am Another You’: How SXSW Award-Winner Nanfu Wang Finds the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Nanfu Wang follows up her highly acclaimed ‘Hooligan Sparrow’ with a deceptively complex take on contemporary American life.

In Nanfu Wang’s SXSW award-winning doc I Am Another You, what seems like a fairly straightforward portrait of a disarmingly charming “homeless by choice” young man ends up leaving you questioning the very meaning of freedom. The film’s artfully constructed three-act structure begins with Wang joining her protagonist, Dylan, in an Americana adventure that recalls the boxcar freighthopping days of yore. The cameras revisit Dylan over several years and much more becomes revealed about both his inner demons, and those of the United States at large.

Wang’s own story is almost as compelling as her subject’s. She came to the US from China, where she had never even experimented with filmmaking. After discovering a love for documentary films, she enrolled as a Masters student at NYU Film School, and started shooting I Am Another You in her first semester.

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Graham Rogers Stars in Romantic Sports Drama ‘1 Mile To You’ Trailer

1 Mile To You Trailer

“I run because I have to. I feel something when I run.” Gravitas Ventures has released an official trailer for a romantic sports drama titled 1 Mile To You, about a runner struggling with loss. Graham Rogers (from “Quantico”, Love & Mercy) stars, along with Stefanie Scott, Liana Liberato, Billy Crudup, and Tim Roth. The film is about a young man who loses his girlfriend in an accident, and runs to keep connected to her. That is until he meets a new woman, who helps him through his pain. It’s described as an “uplifting, emotional, and visceral” story “about the power of our fondest memories to sustain us through our worst traumas – and when it is time to let the memories go and face an uncertain future.” Doesn’t that sound fun? ›››

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‘You Can’t Write This Sh*t’: The Evolution of the Doping Doc ‘ICARUS’

Everything changed when the filmmakers found themselves at the nexus of a breaking international sports scandal.

Jake Swantko, the DP of ICARUS, and Jon Bertain, the film’s editor, appeared in a Sundance panel discussion at the Canon Creative Studio to discuss their collaborative work on this explosive documentary. ICARUS began as a film chronicling director Bryan Fogel’s own journey as he attempted to improve on his 16th place finish in the 2015 Haute Route, a world-renowned bike race through the Alps. Fogel took a very unorthodox approach, however, spending the next year in the same blood-doping regimen as Lance Armstrong and then searching for someone to coach him through evading detection during his post-race urine test for performance-enhancing drugs.

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