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 🙂

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!

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?