It was a crazy good week for movie trailers. Check a few out
Big Hero 6, Disney’s first original Marvel cartoon. It’s from a fairly obscure comic series that surprisingly still remains obscure, though I assume a collected edition will make its way to stores around the end of summer. The teaser trailer seems to be some sort of homage to 3D printing and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee season three, now with 20% more non-white male comedians! The new season will feature George Wallace, Aziz Ansari, Robert Klein, Jon Stewart and the noted comedienne Sarah Jessica Parker riding around in fancy cars.
Woody Allen dips back into Alice territory in Magic in the Moonlight, a yarn about a Fu Manchu magician trying to debunk a pretty flapper spiritualist, which stars Colin Firth and Emma “Doesn’t Smell Like Cat Piss” Stone.
Clouds Of Sils Maria, straight from Cannes, directed by Olivier Ossayas, staring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz… looks goddamn amazing. Even Kristin Stewart, so holy shit.
Life Itself, the feature length documentary that is loosely based on Roger Ebert’s autobiography but seems to be more based around the people he loved talking to and about talking about how much they loved him.
Asia Argento’s Incompressa (Misunderstood), about a nine-year-old girl trying survive her mess of a family, featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg and newcomer Guilia Solerno. (No subtitles)
Respire is Melanie Laurent’s debut film, a coming of age story about “a female-led French-language adolescence tale with a lesbian slant” that manages to distance itself from Blue is the Warmest Color, according to IndieWire’s review.
Life of Crime, the alternate dimension prequel to Jackie Brown that stars Mos Def and John Hawkes as Ordell and Louis during their early days, kidnapping a rich man’s wife (Tim Robbins and Jennifer Aniston as the couple) for ransom — the only problem is that he doesn’t want the wife back, because he’s shacked up with Melanie (Isla Fisher) in Miami. Looks somewhat better than the last handful of Elmore Leonard movies were, but doesn’t look like it’ll come anywhere close to meeting the standard set by Tarantino in Jackie Brown.
Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas, with Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey (using her real New Zealand accent, even) and Lena Dunham. Looks ehh. I thought Swanberg would begin to grow in ambition after All of the Light in the Sky and Drinking Buddies, so we’ll see.
Michael Hazanavicius’s The Search, about the Russian war with Chechneya, with Berenice Bejo and Anette Benning. It’s getting some rough buzz from Cannes, but you have to see the next film from the guy who won Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars, right?
Finally, is a IndieGoGo appeal trailer for Once I Was: The Hal Ashby Story headed by John C. Reilly, Jane Fonda and the director, Amy Scott. It’s a fully authorized film, and the Hal Ashby estate has put up some nice stuff for the big spending donors.