Because the last edition of Trailer Watch focussed on the mega-budget blockbusters out this year that were premiered at the Super Bowl, I thought I’d bring things down to Earth with a look at some smaller independent films.
Sound of Noise
Director: Ola Simonsson, Johannes Stjarne Nilsson
Cast: Bengt Nilsson, Sanna Persson Halapi, Magnus Borjeson, Johannes Bjork
I saw a clip of this a couple of years ago when it showed at Cannes and thought it looked interesting. This new trailer makes me desperate for it to reach British shores. It’s a Swedish police thriller with a difference as the criminals are a group of performance artist percussionists who are wreaking havoc across the city, turning bank heists and police chases into catchy rhythms. It looks incredibly original and a lot of fun. I can’t wait to see it.
Last Days Here
Director: Don Argott, Demian Fenton
Cast: Bobby Liebling, Sean “Pellet” Pelletier
Last Days Here is a documentary about Bobby Liebling, lead singer of Pentagram, a cult metal band from the 70’s that had a chance to go huge but blew it. Now living with his parents and addicted to a number of hard drugs, Bobby is a troubled individual who has given up on his dreams from years ago. A dedicated fan wants to turn this around though and does everything in his power to get Bobby and Pentagram back on stage to gain the respect they deserve.
This looks a little self-righteous at times, but interesting. Bobby seems to be a character who could be fascinating to watch in a documentary and his story a poignant one, despite it being quite a classic fate for many a musician. With all the awards it’s been picking up too (according to the trailer at least) this should be worth a watch.
Director: Peter Mackenzie
Cast: John Schneider, Ernie Hudson, Jenn Gotzon, Robert Davi, Joe Estevez
Oh dear, we were doing so well. The story of a mysterious drifter who comes to a small town and makes a lot of friends but also a lot of enemies, Doonby looks cheap, unoriginal and pretty embarrassing for all involved. Ernie (Ghostbusters) Hudson and Robert (Die Hard, The Goonies, License to Kill etc.) Davi have clearly hit rock bottom since the 80’s. The least talented Estevez member Joe shows up too to let us know we’re in a really low rate film. Filled with cheesy lines and uninspiring sequences, this doesn’t look like its going to be worth your time and is clearly not going to get much a of a release – thank God. There’s a priceless shot in the trailer though – check out the ‘convincing’ doll in place of the kid in the trolley when the truck approaches!
Director: Takashi Shimzu
Cast: Ryan Kwanten, Leslie Bibb, Nicky Whelan, Jerry Ferrera, Christian Serratos, Jamie Chung, Amy Smart
The director of The Grudge brings us another dose of (hopefully) pant-soiling horror. This time we’re on a haunted airplane on a flight between LA and Tokyo. I’m not sure about this, it looks quite silly and the performances a bit cringe-worthy, but horror films can get away with that if the scares are well-executed. It certainly doesn’t look like a masterpiece, but it could be a fun shocker. I’m not holding my breath though.