Berlinale 2018: ‘Shut Up and Play the Piano’ is a Brilliantly Clever Doc

Step into the mind of this musical genius for just a moment, and be inspired by his ingenuity and originality. Shut Up and Play the Piano is a documentary about the musician known as "Chilly Gonzales", who is actually a Canadian man named Jason Beck. Beck is a virtuoso, a one-of-a-kind musician and this film is a befittingly unique profile of him and his life. It's a massively creative, clever film about a massively creative, clever musician and … [Read more...]

Mackenzie Davis in Official Trailer for ‘Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town’

"Nothing's over until I say it is." Shout Studios has unveiled the official trailer for an indie comedy titled Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town, which premiered last year at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It's a bold title and I'm impressed they didn't change out the F word in it, as most studios would be afraid to use that. But F yes! The incredibly talented Mackenzie Davis stars in Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town as a rocker girl maniac who … [Read more...]

Adorable Full-Length Trailer for WB’s New Panda IMAX Movie ‘Pandas’

"Qian Qian was born in captivity, so learning to thrive in the wild won't be easy." Aw, aren't they so cute and cuddly?! Warner Bros has debuted another new full-length trailer for the IMAX documentary titled Pandas, a nature documentary about everyone's favorite black & white bears. Filmed with IMAX cameras and being presented in IMAX & IMAX 3D, this takes place mostly around Chengdu Panda Base in China. It follows a few researchers … [Read more...]

Geoffrey Rush & Armie Hammer in Official US Trailer for ‘Final Portrait’

"Your whole life can be swallowed up…" Sony Pictures Classics has debuted a new official US trailer for the film Final Portrait, which was one of my favorites from last year's Berlin Film Festival. Glad it's finally hitting US theaters soon. The film stars Geoffrey Rush as accomplished Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti, an eccentric painter and sculptor who lived in Paris for the the last years of his life. The story is all about his … [Read more...]

Official US Trailer for ‘Ismael’s Ghosts’ Starring Cotillard & Gainsbourg

"You no longer exist." Magnolia Pictures has debuted a new US trailer for the upcoming theatrical release of Arnaud Desplechin's Ismael's Ghost, which was the opening night film at last year's Cannes Film Festival. Despite this honor, the film received mostly mediocre reviews and it's nothing special. It stars Mathieu Amalric as a filmmaker named Ismael, who is just about to begin shooting his next feature. However, his long lost former lover … [Read more...]

Halle Berry & Daniel Craig in First Official Trailer for L.A. Drama ‘Kings’

"Best thing to do in any situation - is do what you want to do." The Orchard has debuted the first official trailer for an indie drama titled Kings, the latest feature from acclaimed Turkish filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven (of the film Mustang previously - which you should watch ASAP if you haven't seen it yet). Set in Los Angeles in 1992 right before the infamous L.A. riots erupted, the film is about a family in South Central. Halle Berry stars as … [Read more...]

Berlinale 2018: Bekmambetov’s ‘Profile’ is a Cautionary Internet Tale

There's another new film this year telling a thrilling story told entirely through computer screens. This one is titled Profile, and it's directed by Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted, Ben-Hur), who also produced the other computer screen film Search (which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and I wrote a glowing review of here). Profile tells a completely different story than Search - it's about a journalist … [Read more...]

‘The Force of Sound’ Doc Trailer About the Sound Design in ‘Star Wars’

"Sound is not just a layer we put on top of the storytelling, it is the storytelling." ABC News has unveiled a trailer for a new short documentary titled The Force of Sound, a behind-the-scenes look at sound design in Star Wars - specifically focusing on Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is nominated for Sound Mixing and Sound Editing at the Academy Awards. The film takes viewers inside Skywalker Ranch to learn about how they craft … [Read more...]

First International Trailer for Christian Petzold’s ‘Transit’ from Berlinale

Hot on the heels of its premiere in-competition at the Berlin Film Festival this weekend, a trailer has arrived for the new film by German filmmaker Christian Petzold (Jerichow, Barbara, Phoenix) titled Transit. This film is set in modern times even though the story is actually based in WWII, with various people trying to escape from France on ships to America or Mexico. Franz Rogowski stars a man fleeing Germany, who ends up stuck in Marseille, … [Read more...]

Toni Collette & Matthew Goode in First Trailer for Indie ‘Birthmarked’

"You can't raise kids like caged animals!" Vertical Entertainment has debuted an official trailer for an indie comedy titled Birthmarked, about the trials and tribulations and craziness of parenting. From Canadian director Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, this stars Toni Collette and Matthew Goode as two scientists who decided to give up their work and become parents (for research). The main concept is that, being scientists, they set out to raise three … [Read more...]

Berlinale 2018: Norway’s ‘Utøya 22 July’ Film is Harrowing, Horrifying

One of the darkest days in Norway's modern history is July 22nd, 2011. On this day, a lone-wolf, ring-wing extremist terrorist attacked government buildings in Oslo with bombs and then went to an island near the city and shot over 200 children and teens camping there, killing 68 of them. The film Utøya 22 July, also titled simply U: July 22, is a cinematic recreation of this day on the island and it's utterly harrowing. I sat through the film's … [Read more...]

The First Word Podcast – ‘Black Panther’ + Marvel, feat Amon Warmann

"The world is changing. Soon there will only be the conquered and the conquerors. You are a good man, with a good heart. And it's hard for a good man to be a King." Our fourth episode of The First Word podcast is a recap and analysis of Marvel's Black Panther, directed by the very talented Ryan Coogler. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, … [Read more...]

Smashing New Japanese ‘Rampage’ Trailer Featuring Dwayne Johnson

"This movie will excite more than just the kaiju fans." Warner Bros Japan has released an official Japanese trailer for the upcoming video game adaptation Rampage, starring the always-badass Dwayne Johnson. We recently posted the second official US trailer for this action movie just last week, but it's cool to see the new Japanese trailer, which comes with a fun intro from Johnson talking about kaiju (seriously). The title in Japanese is actually … [Read more...]