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Film Trailer Fridays is a new bi-weekly feature for The Monolith (Check out the first part here. Check out the second part here.). It’s designed to wrap up and showcase all the new trailers that have been released in the last week and put them in one place for you to discover and enjoy. Because this is the first edition, I decided to go back and look at the last few weeks worth of new trailers. Check it out and be sure to tell us your favourites in the comments!

+1


+1 poster

Genre:

Science Fiction/Thriller

Directed by

Dennis Iliadis

Written by

Bill Gullo

Starring:

Rhys Wakefield, Ashley Hinshaw & Natalie Hall

Synopsis

Three college friends hit the biggest party of the year, where a mysterious phenomenon disrupts the night, quickly descending into a chaos that challenges their friendships — and whether they can stay alive.

The Monolith Predicts

In a world where everyone complains about the lack of originality in Hollywood, this may just be the project for you. The difficult to search for “+1″ has an intriguing concept that’ll likely attract a decent cult following. It’s filled to the brim with young talent and looks to be an intelligent, if slightly perplexing science fiction thriller. The trailer doesn’t quite make the plot very clear, so it remains to be seen exactly how it will play out.

300: Rise of an Empire


300 Rise of an Empire

Genre:

Action/Drama

Directed by

Noam Murro

Written by

Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad

Starring:

Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O’Connell & Sullivan Stapleton

Synopsis

The Greek general Themistocles battles an invading army of Persians under the mortal-turned-god, Xerxes.

The Monolith Predicts

Is there anyone that doesn’t think this looks like a cheap knock off of the original? This just looks to be a really tacky continuation made with a fraction of the style and finesse present in the first film. A real shame.

A.C.O.D

A.C.O.D
Genre:

Comedy

Directed by

Stu Zicherman

Written by

Ben Karlin & Stu Zicherman

Starring:

Adam Scott, Jessica Alba, Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Amy Poehler

Synopsis

A grown man is still caught in the crossfire of his parents 15 year divorce. He discovers he was unknowingly part of a study on divorced children and is enlisted in a follow-up years later, which wreaks new havoc on his family.

The Monolith Predicts

This is a pretty interesting and unique idea for an independent comedy, and it certainly has legs. Richard Jenkins and Jane Lynch are fantastic additions to any cast, and will likely steal a lot of the scenes in this film. I think a lot of people may be able to relate to this film.

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane


All The Boys Love Mandy Lane poster

Genre:

Horror

Directed by

Jonathan Levine

Written by

Jacob Forman

Starring:

Amber Heard, Anson Mount & Whitney Able

Synopsis

A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, a good girl who became quite hot over the summer, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop quite mysteriously.

The Monolith Predicts

This is a seven year old horror movie that is actually quite good, but never got a theatrical release in America outside of film festivals. The Weinstein Company originally picked it up, but then dropped it after the Grindhouse movies failed, before picking it up again some six years later. Madness. Anyway, Americans finally get to get in on the action!

Blue Caprice

Blue Caprice
Genre:

Crime/Drama

Directed by

Alexandre Moors

Written by

R.F.I Porto

Starring:

Joey Lauren Adams, Isiah Washington, Tim Blake Nelson & Tequan Richmond

Synopsis

A narrative feature film inspired by the events known as the Beltway sniper attacks.

The Monolith Predicts

It’s rare to find a film that’s willing to give us an unflinching look at insanity from the perspective of a famous serial killer, but this story about the Beltway sniper attacks looks to do just that. It looks really interesting and will likely be extremely memorable if it chooses to focus on the real psychological trauma that the main character is put through. Compelling stuff.

The Book Thief


The Book Thief poster

Genre:

Drama

Directed by

Brian Percival

Written by

Michael Petroni

Starring:

Sophie Nelisse, Geoffrey Rush & Emily Watson

Synopsis

While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

The Monolith Predicts

World War 2 happens to be my favourite period of history, and Geoffrey Rush happens to also be one of my favourite actors, so the combination of the two is tantalizing indeed. I haven’t read the novel on which this is based, but from the trailer this has the potential to be a powerful drama.

Bounty Killer


Bounty Killer poster

Genre:

Action/Grindhouse

Directed by

Henry Saine

Written by

Jason Dodson, Colin Ebeling & Henry Saine

Starring:

Matthew Marsden, Kristanna Loken, Christina Pitre & Gary Busey

Synopsis

In a dystopian future the corporations rule the world and have their own private wars. A nerdy thief steals a metal stage coach carrying a dangerous prisoner called Bounty Killer. They team up and head to a small desert town.

The Monolith Predicts

A low budget independent variant of Machete i.e. a real grindhouse film. This looks refreshingly wacky and outlandish and actually rather fun. Word from festivals is that it’s actually really well made, and look out for the pearly whites of Gary Busey at the end there.

C.O.G

C.O.G
Genre:

Comedy/Drama

Directed by

Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Written by

Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Starring:

Troian Bellisario, Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Casey Wilson & Dean Stockwell

Synopsis

A cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Out of his element, he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path.

The Monolith Predicts

Child Of God is a film based on the young life of widely acclaimed American writer David Sedaris. While I personally don’t know anything about the man, I’m told with reliable authority that it’s pretty accurate to his life and that fans of his will be happy. I don’t know whether it’s because I’m British and come from a culture where religion plays a far lesser focus, but the film immediately puts me off with the “finding yourself via religion” angle. Of course, it’ll appeal to an American crowd though.

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