Soldier Bee
Artwork Wednesday

Artwork Wednesday: Amanda Knox and Soldier Bee

Another strong Artwork Wednesday this week, with a favourite poster of mine I’ve been meaning to include for weeks, probably months, and a poster for the Netflix documentary Amanda Knox, bringing imagery with a challenging stance.

1. Amanda Knox
Amanda Knox

© Netflix

I just, love the tightness. It’s an odd thing to like, but the close crop brings intensity and draws you to study every detail of the image, analysing the person you see, which, if I’m not mistaken, it a good representation for the documentary itself.

2. Soldier Bee
Soldier Bee

© Sky Blue Films

I saw this poster such a long time ago now it seems, but I just keep forgetting to include it in an Artwork Wednesday! It has such delicacy and elegance, in the art style, the colours, and even the tiny labels, which are such a simple and enticing touch. It really intrigues me.

Thank you for reading 🙂

Trailer Tuesday

Trailer Tuesday vol. 46: Annabelle 2, Billie Joe Armstrong, Flock of Dudes + more!

Two films that did well at the box office return this week in the form of their sequels: Fifty Shades Darker and Annabelle 2. Clearly two quite different films but both with a sense of darkness (no, I’m not just talking about fifty shades getting darker!). The word dark has lost all meaning. Let’s move on!

1. Fifty Shades Darker
When it is released? 10th Feb 2017 (UK and USA)
What is it about? While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.
Immediate thoughts? I wonder if this will have more substance than the first one seemed to have.. (sorry for judging without seeing but..)

2. Trolls
When it is released? 21st Oct 2016 (UK), 4th Nov 2016 (USA)
What is it about? From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks’ Trolls. This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake, and soon-to-be classic mash-ups of songs from other popular artists, the film stars the voice talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Gwen Stefani, and many more. DreamWorks’ TROLLS is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. In November of 2016, nothing can prepare you for our new Troll world.
Immediate thoughts? Ouch! My emotions ;(

3. Annabelle 2
When it is released? 26th May 2017 (UK), 19th May 2017 (USA)
What is it about? Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.
Immediate thoughts? oooooowwwww. I haven’t seen the first one, but of course this looks creepy!

4. The Caretaker
When it is released? 30th Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A young woman returns home to care for her gravely ill grandmother, only to begin sleepwalking and envisioning spirits.

5. Christine
When it is released? 14th Oct 2016 (USA)
What is it about? The story of 1970s TV reporter Christine Chubbuck.
Immediate thoughts? Things just got interesting.

6. Ordinary World
When it is released? 14th Oct 2016 (USA)
What is it about? An aging punk rocker copes with life after rock.
Immediate thoughts? Erm, Billie Joe Armstrong!!

7. Nocturnal Animals
When it is released? 4th Nov 2016 (UK), 9th Dec 2016 (USA)
What is it about? An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.
Immediate thoughts? Myyyyystery! Also I’m totally nocturnal soo..

8. Flock of Dudes
When it is released? 30th Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A 30-something year old decides to “break up” with his best buds in order to finally grow up.
Immediate thoughts? Heh, I like the idea of a break-up film between friends, in the style of a couple!

9. Harry and Snowman
When it is released? 30th Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? Dutch immigrant, Harry deLeyer, journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry & Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nations blue bloods and they became famous and traveled around the world together. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Eighty-six year old Harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today’s show jumping circuit.
Immediate thoughts? While I don’t necessarily agree with show jumping or horse racing, the connection between animals and humans always gets me, and Harry and Snowman seems to be no exception!

What did you think of the trailers this week? Anything take your fancy?

Collateral Beauty
Trailer Tuesday

Trailer Tuesday vol. 45: Free Fire, The White Helmets, Supersonic + more!

I love this week of Trailer Tuesday simply because it includes the man himself, Will Smith. Isn’t that reason enough to keep reading? It’s not? Oh. Well I think it is… but if you really need more than Will Smith, you can also have a Netflix documentary in Syria, a hilarious shoot-out, the secrets of Oasis and John Lennon, and a thief who steals a river… or something like that.

1. Collateral Beauty
When it is released? 30th Dec 2016 (UK), 16th Dec 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A tragic event sends a New York ad man on a downward spiral.
Immediate thoughts? I have my suspicions about how this will end… but I won’t tell you just in case it’s true ;P It could be reaaaal cheesy, but I love Will Smith and it made me emosh so I’m including it!

2. The White Helmets
When it is released? 16th Sep 2016 (Netflix)
What is it about? As daily airstrikes pound civilian targets in Syria, a group of indomitable first responders risk their lives to rescue victims from the rubble.
Immediate thoughts? Hundreds of bombs, every day?

3. Free Fire
When it is released? 31st Mar 2017 (UK), 2017 (USA)
What is it about? Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.
Immediate thoughts? An injection of comedy in an otherwise serious and violent scene gives Free Fire a lot of promise!

4. Supersonic
When it is released? 14th Oct 2016 (UK)
What is it about? An in-depth look at the life and music of Manchester-based rock band, Oasis.
Immediate thoughts? Not knowing much about Oasis, this would definitely be interesting to watch… All I know is that they are one of the biggest British bands, I had no idea they rose to fame in just 3 years!

5. The Lennon Report
When it is released? 7th Oct 2016 (USA)
What is it about? The unheard true story of the moments after John Lennon was shot as seen through the eyes of those who lived it. Alan Weiss, an ambitious young news producer, finds himself in a position to break the biggest story of the year following a violent motorcycle accident. The emergency department at Roosevelt Hospital discovers a John Doe shooting victim is the worlds biggest rock star and struggles to keep the news quiet while working to save his life.
Immediate thoughts? The truth is always so interesting, isn’t it?

6. The River Thief
When it is released? 14th Oct 2016 (USA, internet)
What is it about? Diz (Joel Courtney) is a reckless teenage drifter living life on the run. Abandoned by his parents as a child, he looks out for himself and doesn’t accept handouts. He takes whatever he wants and runs. Jaded and determined to answer to no one, Diz lives a life marked by thievery and abandonment. Things change for Diz when he floats into a small town on the Snake River. There he is confronted by an unflappable old man named Marty and falls for Marty’s guarded granddaughter, Selah. When Diz robs a local drug-dealing crazy, he becomes the owner of a giant pile of cash and the target of two vicious killers. With more money than he knows what to do with, and criminals at his heels, Diz puts the people he’s learned to care about in danger, still trying to win Selah. But some things can’t be stolen or bought. The River Thief is a film about guilt, self-sacrifice, and accepting life as a gift.
Immediate thoughts? While I’m not sure about it, I’m sort of intrigued by The River Thief… But I can’t put my finger on why.

Thank you for reading 🙂 Let me know if you have a favourite trailer this week!

Artwork Wednesday

Artwork Wednesday: Phantasm, Buster’s Mal Heart, A Dog’s Purpose + more!

A big dog face, lots of beads and buttons, and a little bit of creepiness is what you’ll find in this somewhat sizeable edition of Artwork Wednesday! Six glorious film and television posters await your eyes below!

1. Food Choices
Food Choices

© Gravitas Ventures

The trailer for Food Choices just missed the cut for this week’s Trailer Tuesday, as the film came out on the 2nd of September, but I have no problem including this cheeky poster in Artwork Wednesday! I love editing photographs, and I did a whole project editing images of animals at uni. The quote in the table cloth is clever, and I love the stare of the cow…

2. A Dog’s Purpose
A Dog's Purpose

© Universal Pictures / Entertainment One

This is like a super close up version of the cow in the Food Choices poster… except it’s a dog! How can anyone who loves dogs and animals not love this poster? It’s so fluffy!! *shakes unicorn soft toy*

3. The Last Man on Earth
The Last Man on Earth

© Fox Network

A bit of a different inclusion here, as The Last Man on Earth is a TV programme rather than a film, but I couldn’t resist the beautiful detail of this poster! Look at all those buttons and beads! I like the opening of space for the title too, but it’s mostly the buttons. All the buttons!

4. Certain Women
Certain Women

© IFC Films

It’s so delicate. Lovely negative space. Beautifully soft, muted colours. It’s everything I love.

5. Buster’s Mal Heart
Buster's Mal Heart

© Everything Is Everything / Gamechanger Films / Snowfort Pictures

It’s the upside-down clock, and Rami Malek’s look over the counter there that got me on this one. The colour palette is warming, but there is a distance and abstraction that contrasts this warmth, simultaneously raising a lot of questions.

6. Phantasm

© Embassy Pictures / Well Go USA

The composition and art style, the white border and colours, the positioning and size of the text and its font, it’s all very well done, and there’s more detail at every glance you take.

If nothing else, I hope this week’s Artwork Wednesday cheered you up with a big ol’ fluffy puppay face! 🙂

Cardboard Boxer
Trailer Tuesday

Trailer Tuesday vol. 44: Spock, Matchbreaker, the first A.I.-made trailer + more!

This week features a rather ground-breaking trailer, if you ask me. IBM are the first to commission an A.I. to create a film trailer. They asked their A.I. to analyse the film Morgan along with some existing horror film trailers. Once it was done, it selected the parts of the film it thought would work well in a trailer, and I’ve got to say it did a great job. While the trailer feels like a horror trailer, it has a unique style that is unlike common cliche horror trailers we see all too often.

Anyway, if a step towards the scary, amazing future isn’t your cup of tea, then maybe an anime, the heart-wrenching Cardboard Boxer, or a bunch of interesting women would be?

1. For the Love of Spock
When it is released? 9th Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? An examination of the enduring appeal of Leonard Nimoy and his portrayal of Spock in Star Trek (1966).
Immediate thoughts? For the Love of Spock indeed!! Any Star Trek fan, any Leonard Nimoy fan, will join me in wanting to see this. ❤

2. The Matchbreaker
When it is released? 2016 (USA)
What is it about? When an idealistic romantic gets fired from his day job, he is offered a “one-time gig” to break up a girl’s relationship for her disapproving parents. This “one-time” gig spreads through word-of-mouth and he ends up becoming a professional match-breaker. However, he ends up falling for one of his clients and must figure out how to balance his secret job with his love-life.
Immediate thoughts? Christina Grimmie should be heard!

3. Cardboard Boxer
When it is released? Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A homeless man is recruited by a bunch of rich kids to fight other impoverished people.
Immediate thoughts? Oww this looks so nice, and humbling. Ow my heart.

4. Morgan
When it is released? 2nd Sep 2016 (UK and USA)
What is it about? A corporate risk-management consultant must decide whether or not to terminate an artificially created humanoid being.
Immediate thoughts? A trailer for a film about an A.I., with clips chosen by an A.I. Blooooell that’s pretty cool. I was expecting the trailer to be edited entirely by the A.I., but it’s still so interesting to see what clips they picked!

5. Shut In
When it is released? 11th Nov 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A heart-pounding thriller about a widowed child psychologist who lives in an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.
Immediate thoughts? I loved Naomi Watts in The Ring, it’s definitely one of my favourite horror films and it’s likely she has something to do with that, so I’m excited to see her do her horror thang in Shut In.

6. Max Steel
When it is released? 25th Oct 2016 (UK), 14th Oct 2016 (USA)
What is it about? The adventures of teenager Max McGrath and alien companion Steel, who must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the turbo-charged superhero Max Steel.
Immediate thoughts? This film looks like just another Spider-Man. It looks like it is tailored more towards to younger generation, and I’m not keen on the little Steel character so far… But the ‘is my mum dangerous?!’ line got me, and I’m loving the metal work with all the lines and stuff (much technical, so sense)

7. Certain Women
When it is released? 9th Oct 2016 (London Film Festival, UK), 14th Oct 2016 (USA)
What is it about? The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.
Immediate thoughts? Oddly peaceful, this trailer for Certain Women intrigues me more than I would expect it to. I’ve also just realised that this is one of the films which will have a poster featured in this week’s Artwork Wednesday!

8. Miss Hokusai
When it is released? 5th Feb 2016 (UK), 14th Oct 2016 (USA)
What is it about? The life and works of Japanese artist and ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai, as seen from the eyes of his daughter, Katsushika O-Ei.
Immediate thoughts? I’m including this trailer for Miss Hokusai more so because of the style, which I enjoy, but the story certainly has weighty substance too.

What do you think of the A.I.-made Morgan trailer? Yay or nay?

Trailer Tuesday

Trailer Triday vol. 42: Robots watching robots! Morgan, Do Not Resist, Guardians + more!

We’re starting this week’s cheeky Trailer Tuesday-on-a-Friday with the same film I started last week’s TT with, Arrival! That’s got to be a good sign for the film, right? The stunningly beautiful Voyage of Time and Guardians are also making a reappearance with new footage, so if you’re into seeing nice looking things (…) then you’ll be happy with these! Enjoy 🙂

1. Arrival
When it is released? 11 Nov 2016 (UK and USA)
What is it about? Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.
Immediate thoughts? I am loving all the imagery and the style of Arrival. I love the focus on the communication between the parties. Rather exciting indeed.

2. Generation Startup
When it is released? 23rd Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? Generation Startup takes us to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. Shot over 17 months, it’s an honest, in-the-trenches look at what it takes to launch a startup. Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser, the film celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity while delivering a vital call-to-action-with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country’s economic future is at stake.
Immediate thoughts? Inspiration!

3. Do Not Resist
When it is released? 30th Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, DO NOT RESIST – the directorial debut of DETROPIA cinematographer Craig Atkinson – offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action – from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments – before exploring where controversial new technologies including predictive policing algorithms could lead the field next.
Immediate thoughts? I’m impressed with this trailer, it is chilling. It has a very succinct tone right from the start, so it’s likely the film itself will be clearly defined too.

4. Kidnap
When it is released? 2nd Dec 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.
Immediate thoughts? Yes Halle Berry! I kinda wanna see what happens, I got a bit into it, I’m surprised!

5. Voyage of Time
When it is released? 7th Oct 2016 (USA)
What is it about? An examination of the birth and death of the known universe.
Immediate thoughts? More succulent footage. It’s a pleasure to watch even just the trailer.

6. Sully
When it is released? 2nd Dec 2016 (UK), 9th Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? The story of Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of the airplane flights 155 crew and passengers.
Immediate thoughts? Focusing more on the incident itself, this trailer for Sully as put tears in my eyes. Oooo. (not from sadness, from tension!!)

7. Audrie & Daisy
When it is released? 23rd Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A look at the effects that online bullying has on the lives of teenagers and their community.
Immediate thoughts? I never really thought about the power that social media has to destroy someone’s life… The world is scary. Humans are…

8. The Dressmaker
When it is released? 20th Nov 2015 (UK), 23rd Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.
Immediate thoughts? For some reason I have a lot of hope for this film. I love every little quirk it has. (I realise it has been out in the UK for a while, but I haven’t watched it yet!)

9. Guardians (Zashchitniki)
When it is released? 23rd Feb 2017 (Russia)
What is it about? During the Cold War, an organization called “Patriot” created a super-hero squad, which includes members of multiple soviet republics. For years, the heroes had to hide their identities, but in hard times they must show themselves again.
Immediate thoughts? Ahhh this reminds me of the X-Men: Apocalypse trailers (which are some of my favourites this year). Some of the effects could do with some more work, but I truly appreciate the longer cuts and stunning visuals this Guardians trailer has to offer.

10. Rings
When it is released? 4th Nov 2016 (UK), 28th Oct 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A young woman finds herself on the receiving end of a terrifying curse that threatens to take her life in seven days.
Immediate thoughts? Oh for goodness sake. I’ve only just started the trailer, and I have to include this because it’s The Ring. I loooooove The Ring, the American version, but this looks like a very cliche instalment. I’ll still watch it. But please, there is too much horror crap in this. I don’t think it will be as good as the first… But ooooh I just got to the end of the trailer and the plane bit looks interesting.

11. Morgan
When it is released? 2nd Sep 2016 (UK and USA)
What is it about? A corporate risk-management consultant must decide whether or not to terminate an artificially created humanoid being.
Immediate thoughts? Not a trailer, COMPLETELY BLOODY AMAZING!!!

12. The Disappointments Room
When it is released? 9th Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A mother and her young son release unimaginable horrors from the attic of their rural dream home.

13. Blair Witch
When it is released? 15th Sep 2016 (UK), 16th Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his sister’s experiences in the demonic woods of the Blair Witch, James and a group of friends head to the forest in search of his lost sibling.
Immediate thoughts? I don’t know how I feel about this film. I think it’s like the Rings trailer from earlier – it’s gonna be full of horror crap. (Oh I just realised how stupid that sounds… it’s a horror/thriller film so of course it will be full of horror crap!! You know what I mean) but I think this trailer was allllllmost really good. Showing the extended version of the scene where the girl gets stuck in a hole was a good move I think. But the main reason I am including this trailer is because I really liked the title cards and end card, and the logo for the film 😀

14. Boys in the Trees
When it is released? 9th Sep 2016 (Venice Film Festival, Italy)
What is it about? On Halloween 1997, two estranged teen skaters embark on a surreal journey through their memories, dreams and fears.
Immediate thoughts? You have my attention.

15. Lion
When it is released? 12th Oct 2016 (London Film Festival, UK), 25th Nov 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Immediate thoughts? Owww I wanna see that journey.

Thanks for reading! 🙂 Which is your favourite trailer this week?

Trailer Tuesday

Trailer Tuesday vol. 41: Top-notch editing! Resident Evil, Dancer, Hidden Figures + more!

It feels good to be getting back in to Trailer Tuesday! This week we’re revisiting two films I’ve been keen to investigate in previous TT’s, in the form of When the Bough Breaks and Don’t Breathe. They’ve both come out with tightly edited trailers that give the other eight trailers featured this week a solid run for their money. That being said, this week’s trailers have all upped their E(diting)-game! 

See what you think!

1. Arrival
When it is released? 11 Nov 2016 (UK and USA)
What is it about? Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.
Immediate thoughts? I love teaser trailers so much more than trailers. So much intrigue!

2. The Good Neighbor
When it is released? 16th Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A pair of high school kids try to trick a neighbor into thinking a house is haunted, but their intended victim turns out to be far more dangerous than they imagined.
Immediate thoughts? Films like this always get me! I want to know all the mysteries!

3. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
When it is released? 24th Feb 2017 (UK), 27th Jan 2017 (USA)
What is it about? Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs in Washington D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began – Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. In a race against time Alice will join forces with old friends, and an unlikely ally, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between regaining her superhuman abilities at Wesker’s hand and Umbrella’s impending attack, this will be Alice’s most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.
Immediate thoughts? This looks really ridiculous (in a mostly good way!), and I like the editing and the music choice.

4. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (International teaser)
When it is released and what is it about? Same as above!
Immediate thoughts? Ooooh I love this one too. It’s the end!!

5. Don’t Breathe
When it is released? 9th Sep 2016 (UK), 26th Aug 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong.
Immediate thoughts? This is some neat editing.

6. Complete Unknown
When it is released? 26th Aug 2016 (USA)
What is it about? As a man contemplates moving to a new state with his wife for her graduate program, an old flame – a woman who often changes identities – reenters his life at a birthday dinner party.
Immediate thoughts? Another complete (eh!?) mystery that I’d love to uncover.

7. When Two Worlds Collide
When it is released? 17th Aug 2016 (USA)
What is it about? An indigenous environmental activist takes on the large businesses that are destroying the Amazon.
Immediate thoughts? Destroying something as beautiful and as breath-taking as the Amazon… how is that even imaginable? It’s all for nothing in the end. Important.

8. Dancer
When it is released? 16th Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? Sergei Polunin is a breathtaking ballet talent who questions his existence and his commitment to dance just as he is about to become a legend.
Immediate thoughts? I needn’t watch much of this trailer to know I need to watch the film (but of course I watched it all!). Stunnn

9. When the Bough Breaks
When it is released? 9th Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A surrogate mom for a couple becomes dangerously obsessed with the soon-to-be father.
Immediate thoughts? I love this trailer! It’s a trailer, but it is edited like a teaser, and we all know how much i love teasers. Plus, in this one we get to see a lot more action compared to previous trailers for When the Bough Breaks.

10. Hidden Figures
When it is released? 24th Feb 2017 (UK), 13th Jan 2017 (USA)
What is it about? A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.
Immediate thoughts? This looks like a strong message from many accounts, wrapped up in a bit of a giggle!

Seeing as I’m such a fan of the editing this week, my question for you is: Which trailer do you reckon has the best editing?