A24’s ‘Waves’ Trailer Hits The Internet

A24 dropped a first trailer for their future film ‘Waves’. Directed by Trey Edward Schults (It Comes at Night), the film has been getting rave reviews after premiering at Telluride Film Festival last month, and is about to screen at Toronto International Film Festival.

Waves tells the story of two young couples navigating through the emotional minefield of growing up and falling in love. It stars Alexa Demie (HBO’s Euphoria), Clifton Collins Jr. (The Mule), Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) and Lucas Hedges (Manchester By The Sea).

Waves has been given a November 1st release date for the USA. There’s no dates set yet for any international areas.

Netflix Debuts Trailer for ‘Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea.’

Chelsea Handler in her last Netflix-documentary series ‘Chelsea Does‘ (2016)

Ahead of her American comedy tour, riding the wave of her New York Times Bestselling-novel ‘Life Will Be the Death of Me‘, Chelsea Handler is ready to release a brand new Netflix-documentary.

Hello, Privilige. It’s Me, Chelsea.‘ follows comedian Chelsea Handler as she confronts and explores her personal and cultural impacts around white privilege. Handler travels around the country speaking with a wide range of people on the topic of race including fellow comedians Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, and W. Kamau Bell, anti-racism writer and activist Tim Wise, a Republican women’s group in Orange County, CA, college students at an open mic night, and her former high school boyfriend in New Jersey.

Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea. Only on Netflix September 13.

Holiday Horror In First ‘Black Christmas’ trailer

Universal Pictures and horror powerhouse Blumhouse released a plot revealing trailer for their holiday horror film ‘Black Christmas‘.

Imogen Poots (Green Room), Aleyse Shannon (Charmed) and Cary Elwes (Saw) star in the by Sophia Takal directed/written remake of the 1974 film, which sees a group of students getting stalked by a stranger during their Christmas break. The film was entirely shot in New Zealand.

Black Christmas will be released in the weeks leading up to Christmas. In American cinemas Friday 13th of December.

The Handmaid’s Tale gets a sequel – The Testaments

Deadline reports that a spinoff sequel to the ever popular The Handmaid’s Tale, is in the works at Hulu and MGM Television. Margaret Atwood‘s upcoming novel The Testaments is a follow-up to her bestselling The Handmaid’s Tale. Negotiations and discussions are taking place with showrunner Bruce Miller, on how this all could work within the same universe as the award winning The Handmaid’s Tale.

The Testaments will be published on September 10 and picks up more than fifteen years after Offred’s final scene in The Handmaid’s Tale novel.

The Handmaid’s Tale became the first streaming show to ever pick up a Best Series Primetime Emmy Award, amongst many other prestigious awards, such as the Golden Globe for Best Drama Series.

In Australia, season 1 and 2 are currently streaming on Stan. Season 3 is still available on the free on demand service SBS OnDemand.

Review – It Chapter Two

This meeting of the Losers Club has officially begun.” – Richie Tozier

Bill Hader and James McAvoy – sewer inspectors

The sequel to the 2017 box office success ‘It‘ starts exactly where it left off. Almost no explanatory flashbacks to the situations the Losers Club got themselves into, fighting the terrifying Pennywise. Only difference in ‘It Chapter Two‘ – they’re all grown up and ready to end It, once and for all.

27 years ago, a fear-indulging creature tried to feast on every teenager alive in small town Derry. A group of friends, defeated the being (disguised as a clown) and moved on with their lives. Or so we think.. After a brutal killing one evening, Mike (Isaiah Mustafa) decides to call every single one of his old friends, begging them to come back to their hometown. Barely remembering the events of almost three decades ago, they catch up over dinner and drinks and memories start to flow back. Sooner than they’d expect, It strikes again and the returning members of the Losers Club feel betrayed by Mike, luring them in knowing well enough they’d have to fight their common enemy once again. Mike did a whole lot of research to figure out It’s origin and also knows how to defeat this being. But our group of friends has to stick together to successfully finish this fight against evil.

Andy Muschietti is back to direct the second chapter to the well known Stephen King novel. It seems like he grew up, just like the Losers Club did. The jokes matured, as did certain subjects within the story (domestic abuse, sexual orientation..). Another impressive note is Benjamin Wallfisch‘s score. Simply eerie and unsettling. While I thought his score for ‘It’ was a bit bland and boring to listen to without the visuals, he decides to go bigger and bolder in this film and it really pays off.

The movie has a lot of inventive sequences, which sometimes will blow your mind in how well constructed they are. A few of them are re-used from the previous chapter, but in a different and more terrifying way. The production design is next level perfect. While I thought ‘It’ relied heavier on jump scares, Chapter Two uses them less. There are still quite a few of them that actually work, but they don’t seem as forced as the ones that came before. Whenever a new CGI-monster comes along, you simply ask yourself who designed these creatures. Some are straight up nightmare fuel.

For fans of the younger cast, don’t worry, they are still present through the use of flashbacks. But the focus is all on the adult versions this time. The true standout is by far Bill Hader, who plays grown up Richie – an alcoholic stand up comedian with a secret he can’t seem to express to the outside world. His acting and comedic timing breaks some of the horror-tension, but never in a way it becomes annoying. He’s genuinely enjoyable to watch and has an emotional arc to feel for. Other surprisingly great performances come from James Ransone (grown up Eddie) and Jessica Chastain (adult Beverly). James McAvoy (adult Bill) isn’t bad, but it seems like he’s playing one of his personalities from Split/Glass, with his accent being a bit too thick and an over-the-top lisp. While Mustafa, Jay Ryan (Ben) and Andy Bean (Stanley) just didn’t get enough screen time to be rememberable. Bill Skarsgard is back as Pennywise, and while I thought he was brilliant in ‘It’, I kept wondering how much CGI they used to put him in this film. It became quite distracting, especially in the second half.

It Chapter Two is the better half of the story, which explores the very interesting origin of this evolving menacing force and shows the devastating consequences of its wrongdoings towards a group of children. It not only shows that it’s okay to be a loser or someone that doesn’t entirely fit in to today’s society, it makes us think of what we are capable of by just believing in ourselves. A frightening yet touching story of forgotten friendship and lost opportunities.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

16th ANNUAL RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA

The Russian Resurrection Film Festival returns to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra this October and November for another sensational year of outstanding Russian cinema.

The Russian Resurrection Film Festival is one of the largest, oldest and most respected film festivals outside of Russia. The Festival aims to bring the freshest, most groundbreaking Russian cinema to Australian shores.

The festival arrives in: Perth at Event Cinemas Innaloo (Oct 25-30); Brisbane at Event Cinemas Myer Centre (Nov 5-13); Canberra at Capitol Cinemas Manuka (Nov 6-10); Sydney at Event Cinemas George Street and Event Cinemas Burwood (Nov 7-17); Melbourne at Capital Theatre (Nov 8-17); and Adelaide at GU House Adelaide (Nov 14-17).

“The 2019 Russian Resurrection Film Festival has a packed program of world-class cinema, offering a fascinating glimpse into Russian culture from around the globe,” said Russian Resurrection Film Festival Festival Director, Nicholas Maksymow.

Stay tuned for further announcements on the full program and international guests attending the Festival. Tickets go on sale late September 

2019 Russian Resurrection Film Festival screening dates:

Perth: Event Cinemas Innaloo from 25 to 30 October
Brisbane: Event Cinemas Myer Centre Brisbane from 5 to 13 November
Canberra: Capitol Cinemas Manuka from 6 to 10 November
Sydney: Event Cinemas George Street & Burwood from 7 to 17 November
Melbourne: Capitol Theatre from 8 to 17 November
Adelaide: GU House Adelaide from 14 to 17 November

Stay up to date with RRFF:

Website: www.russianresurrection.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RussianResurrectionFilmFest
Twitter: www.twitter.com/russiafilm
Instagram: www.instagram.com/russianfilmfest

Top 10: Stephen King

They’re all gonna laugh at you!” – Margaret White

To celebrate the release of It Chapter Two in cinemas this week, I’ll be revealing my top 10 of Stephen King-novels adapted to the big screen.

10. Dreamcatcher

Timothy Olyphant hunting down aliens in the snow

Friends on a camping trip discover that the town they’re vacationing in is being plagued in an unusual fashion by parasitic aliens from outer space.

Some parts are good. And some just aren’t..
Intriguing deep-woods thriller turns into unnecessary military counter-offensive.

9. Christine

These walls won’t stop her from getting to you.

A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.

8. The Mist

Thomas Jane hides from creatures in The Mist

A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.

7. The Green Mile

Michael Clarke Duncan

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

6. 1408

John Cusack is losing it

A man who specialises in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.

5. Pet Sematary (2019)

Kitty needs a bath

Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.

Pet Sematary is a scary adaptation that turns family tragedies into a sinister campfire horror tale. After directing somewhat smaller horror films, duo Kölsch and Widmyer prove they’re made for cinematic scare fests. Great acting, hauntingly soothing score and moody cinematography is what makes Pet Sematary worth checking out. Nightmares included.

4. Gerald’s Game

Carla Gugino doesn’t look too comfortable

While trying to spice up their marriage in their remote lake house, Jessie must fight to survive when her husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame.

Gerald’s Game is an excruciatingly suspenseful psychological thriller driven by a compelling lead performance by Carla Gugino. Not to forget: Bruce Greenwood delivering a first-rate performance.
Suspense, some scares and the right amount of gore. Pleasantly surprised by what at first looks like a claustrophobic “Fifty Shades of Grey”, but quickly turns into something far more than that little bit of foreplay.

3. It (2017)

Beep beep Ritchie

In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.

2. The Shining

Hello, I’m Shelley Duvall

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

  1. Carrie (1976)

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

What are your favourite Stephen King-adaptations? Are you checking out It Chapter Two, this week? Let me know in the comments!

Netflix releases Between Two Ferns: The Movie Trailer

There’s nowhere he won’t go.

Zach Galifianakis and his ferns

Zach Galifianakis dreamed of becoming a star. But when Will Ferrell discovered his public access TV show “Between Two Ferns” and uploaded it to Funny Or Die, Zach became a viral laughing stock. Now Zach and his crew are taking a road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews and restore his reputation. Directed by Scott Aukerman, and produced by Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Caitlin Daley, and Aukerman and Galifianakis, Between Two Ferns: The Movie is a laugh-out-loud comedy that gives new insight into the curmudgeonly, beloved outsider Zach Galifianakis has created over the years.

Between Two Ferns: The Movie, September 20, 2019, only on Netflix.

For more information, check out http://www.netflix.com

Review – Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Can YOU say ‘extreme neurotoxicity’? – Dora

Madeleine Madden, Isabela Moner, Jeff Wahlberg and Nicholas Coombe channeling The Goonies on their quest to Parapata.

Everyone knows Dora The Explorer! Dora is a young Hispanic girl, exploring the wilderness and fantasy-like destinations with her monkey Boots, who wears… red boots. With her bottomless talking backpack and magical map, they sing and dance to get to their goals and break the fourth wall, teaching children another language, one word at a time. (In the USA, Dora helps children speak Spanish. But in Europe, she usually teaches children English, in a playful way.) This all sounds very much like a colourful educational way to keep your toddlers occupied for half an hour, but now there’s a full length live action-spectacle. And it’s not just for toddlers.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold starts off exactly as you would expect – an energetic musical opening number with a CGI-monkey and nephew Diego (Malachi Barton), cruising through the jungle yelling at Swiper the masked fox. To then show us this is all just playful banter. Six-year-old Dora (Madelyn Miranda) and her family of archeologists live in the jungle. One day, Diego and his parents decide to move to the city and Dora stays behind with her parents and best friend Boots.

10 years later, Dora (Isabela Moner) records her jungle quests with a GoPro strapped to her chest, interacting with dangerous animals, like a mini Dr. Dolittle. One of her quests leads to the final puzzle piece her parents (Eva Longoria and Michael Pena) were looking for in the search of Parapata – The Lost City of Gold – an ancient civilisation somewhere in the middle of the South-American jungle. Excited as she is, Dora gets ready to join her parents on the adventure of a lifetime, but her parents have another idea. Dora will have to stay with her cousin Diego (Jeff Wahlberg) in the big city, while mom and dad face the wilderness. This might be her biggest adventure yet, since she’s never had any teenage interactions and being home schooled by two professors, doesn’t prepare you for the threatening challenges of high school.

Embarrassed by his cousin’s constant positivity and lack of people skills, Diego forgot what it feels like to live a life without any worries or trying to fit in. Dora quickly meets two students she gets along with, the smartest kid in school Sammy (Madeleine Madden) and astrology-enthusiast Randy (Nicholas Coombe). When a school trip to the Natural History Museum goes wrong, our gang gets kidnapped by gangsters, who are also in search of Parapata, and need Dora to find it. This is where the adventure really begins..

Director James Bobin (Alice Through The Looking Glass) knows exactly how to shine a new light on this 19 year-old franchise, without losing its essence. He makes the film look playful, yet delivers a serious message about staying true to yourself. A handful of writers perfected the story, which seemed impossible to translate to the big screen. How do you change up a formula that has been around for almost two decades AND convince a new generation?! This is how you do it. By not taking yourself too serious and make fun of what seems too silly to translate from an animated kids-program to a live action family adventure. Dora talking to an imaginary audience doesn’t go unnoticed – seems like Phoebe Waller-Bridge‘s Fleabag found herself a soulmate.

Does it bring anything new to the table – no. Does it matter – no. Fart-jokes and Dora creating an instant classic song about pooing in the wilderness, aside, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is hella fun. In a The Goonies-kind-of-way, they explore jungle puzzles through amazing set pieces and clever forgotten Inca-rituals, while John Debney and Germaine Franco‘s impressive score plays in the background. The CGI-creatures, such as Boots and Swiper (voiced by Benicio Del Toro) are well crafted and true to their original looks. This could’ve easily turned into another early Sonic The Hedgehog-fiasco, but the visual effects team actually made something unique without going over the top with its design.

Moner IS Dora. Period. Once I saw her in Instant Family last year, holding her own next to Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg, I knew she could do this. She never loses her charisma and keeps Dora’s innocence intact. I can’t wait to see this young lady become the star she deserves to be. The supporting cast is very diverse and definitely gets a chance to shine.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a trippy experience, full of magnificent set pieces and inventive scenes that keep you guessing until the very end. Tomb Raider move aside, Dora has arrived!

⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Hustlers’ are taking over in new trailer

STX Entertainment just released a new trailer of their latest film Hustlers. Hyping the film even more, right before its American release next week.

The film stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhardt, Lizzo and Cardi B. Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

Let’s take a look:

After premiering at Toronto International Film Festival later this week, Hustlers will try and find an audience over the course of the next couple of months.

What did you think of the newest Hustlers trailer? Are you going to check it out? Let us know in the comments!