Everybody loves a good fight! At least, we do in our movies because they usually make for great drama on the big screen, whether it’s a literal conflict between two opposing forces, an inner struggle against social pressures, or the little guy against the big bad government. The following trailers are for upcoming films that promise to give moviegoers a satisfying on-screen battle.
‘The Birth of a Nation’ (2016)
Much hyped and endlessly talked about during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the historical drama from actor-turned-filmmaker Nate Parker has finally been given a release date for early October. With that comes a very dramatic and powerful preview set to Nina Simone’s poignant and intensely moving version of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” a heartbreakingly haunting song about lynchings. From the trailer (and from reports of those who saw it at Sundance), the film looks like a stirring portrayal of the infamous slave rebellion of 1831 led by Nat Turner. What really catches my attention is Parker’s chosen title for his movie, which appears to be a direct jab at D.W.Griffith’s silent classic that recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.
‘The Neon Demon’
I don’t consider myself a Nicolas Winding Refn fan, but I have to admit that the Danish filmmaker has a unique visionary style that makes his films interesting. His latest creation starring Elle Fanning and Keanu Reeves promises another great technical achievement that’s probably average in terms of plot and storytelling. If nothing else, the director of ‘Bronson’ and ‘Drive’ at least knows how make a film visually pleasing, enough to garner a devoted following. In this case, I’m curious to see how he’ll transform the materialistic world of modeling into a horror thriller that takes cues and influences from the Italian giallo genre.
Other than the fact that Oliver Stone is attached to this production, which I guess is not all that surprising considering the director’s repertoire, the most interesting aspect of this preview is seeing how the treason scandal might play as an effective political thriller. Equally impressive is Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the title character, looking and sounding very much like the real Edward Snowden. That makes me want to see this all the more. On another interesting note, I’m reminded of John Oliver’s interview with Snowden last year. Will Stone’s take on the subject be able to make Snowden’s sacrifice as relevant and important to the American public as that?
‘Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants’
Here’s what looks like a fun, diverting family flick that mixes intentionally cartoony CGI with live-action footage for an epic war movie that should entertain the whole family.
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