This week we have a decent number of lesser known releases. Some have 2015 dates, but they must have been running the festival circuits and are now finally getting theatrical releases. However, they still appear to have limited promotion and screening.
Complete Unknown (8/26/2016):
I tried posting this trailer last week, but there was oddly no trailer to be found. So here it is! Plus it fits great into this week's theme. I think this looks like a very interesting movie. I'm not exactly sure how easy it is to continually change one's identity (I'd say it isn't as easy as in the movies), but the idea of moving away and starting fresh has always appealed to me. I'm sure it does to many. Perhaps if I wasn't so close to family.
In Complete Unknown, Rachel Weisz (Constantine, The Mummy) is a woman who constantly moves around, creating new identities, once she begins to feel trapped in the current one she's living. In a possibly not so coincidental scenario, she reenters a man's life, played by Michael Shannon (Midnight Special, Man of Steel). I say this, because I've no doubt that if someone is so particular about continually rebooting their life, avoiding anyone and everyone they've previously shared any relations with, they sure as hell know some semblance of what they are getting into. I'm very curious to see what the woman's true intent is revealed as.
The trailer is really well done and teases just enough of the plot to keep us guessing as to what may actually be taking place. The film also features the talents of Kathy Bates (Fried Green Tomatoes, Misery) and Danny Glover (Dirty Grandpa, 2012).
Hands of Stone (8/26/2016):
I was a little surprised that I hadn't heard more about this movie, considering it's starring Robert De Niro (Heist, The Intern). Originally I wasn't sure this was associated with Grudge Match or not, another boxing movie he was recently in. This is largely in part to not knowing Roberto Duran, played by Edgar Ramirez (Joy, Point Break), was a real person and that this was based on a true story. Or true enough...
I used to like boxing movies, especially the Rocky franchise, but over time I've become indifferent. However, given this is a biography and it looks like it may be really good, I'd be interested in seeing this. I'm going to be honest, I'm really intrigued to see Usher Raymond (Muppets Most Wanted, Scary Movie 5) involved in the project, cast as Sugar Ray Leonard. I wasn't even aware he did any acting. Hands of Stone should be full of some great choreographed boxing — at least it better be — which I'm looking forward to. Though, I'm assuming a lot of emphasis will be focused on Duran's life outside of the ring and the build up to his comeback.
John Turturro (Fading Gigolo, Transformers) and Ellen Barkin (The Cobbler, Ocean's Thirteen) also star.
The Intervention (8/26/2016):
I just randomly stumbled upon this trailer and was pleasantly surprised. This looks like a cute, heartwarming film and marks Clea DuVall's (Argo, The Faculty) directorial debut. It looks like a very promising start!
The premise of the dramedy is surely a scenario many of us wish we could embrace. We all seem to know and/or be involved with a couple that just seems to constantly be on dire straights, but are unwilling to just call it quits. I've been there myself. I like most of the cast, which includes Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men, Heavenly Creatures), Jason Ritter (The Event, Freddy Vs. Jason), Ben Schwartz (House of Lies, Parks and Recreation), Alia Shawkat (Green Room, Arrested Development), Cobie Smulders (The Avengers, How I Met Your Mother) and DuVall herself. I feel the success of this movie is going to rely heavily on the chemistry between these actors, who are all involved as couples within the story. It seems sound from the trailer, so it's likely a safe bet that this is going to be a great Indy flick!
The Sea of Trees (8/26/2016):
I believe that out of all of today's trailers, this one is my favorite. It's beautifully crafted. It probably helps that the movie appears to have great cinematography and a very emotionally driven plot and atmosphere. I also love how the trailer doesn't really delve into the Suicide Forest aspect of the film and I am really curious to see how everything unfolds. As much as the lore surrounding the very real location intrigues me and I want to visit, I find it to be too creepy and doubt I'd ever venture into the area. Not even the locals like to do so.
Anyhow, I love all of the actors involved with the project, Matthew McConaughey (Reign of Fire, Frailty), Ken Watanabe (Letters from Iwo Jima, The Last Samurai), and Naomi Watts (King Kong, The Ring). The chemistry between McConaughey and Watts looks great. And I'm sure it will be the same with Watanabe, on the more philosophical grounds between the characters. I can't wait to see this movie and I hope it does well! I don't believe The Forest, a horror movie based on the same legendary location, did too hot.
The 9th Life of Louis Drax (9/2/2016):
Aaron Paul (Central Intelligence, Smashed) has been in a handful of movies, but none of them seem to really gain any traction, which is really unfortunate for the Breaking Bad star. I've yet to see The Path, so maybe that's another really good series for him. It'd be great to see him break out on the big screen. This movie looks really interesting, blending in some fantasy, sci-fi elements, but this was another trailer I just stumbled upon. I'm not sure that's a good sign, especially if the trailer is touting it as being based off of an international best seller? That actually worries me.
The trailer was good, however, and very intriguing in what was revealed for the plot. It looks like it could possibly be an engaging psychological thriller. The 9th Life of Louis Drax also stars Oliver Platt (The Oranges, The Ice Harvest), Sarah Gadon (The Nut Job, Enemy), and Jamie Dornan (Anthropoid, Flying Home). As wary as I am about the lack of marketing for this film, I can't help but be curious about the plot. I will definitely be looking for this on Redbox/Netflix.
Did any of the featured movies interest you? Have you ever wanted to just move away and start a new life? How easy do you think it really is to change your identity? Do you enjoy boxing as a sport? If so, do you have a favorite boxer? Have you ever known a couple you thought should throw in the towel? Did they eventually work things out, or did they finally break up/get a divorce? Have you heard of the Suicide Forest? Would you ever explore the area? Are you familiar with the source material for The 9th Life of Louis Drax? Does the movie look intriguing to you at all?