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There's A Whole Other World Out There: The Five Best Trailers You May Not Have Seen Yet

By TK | Trailers | December 6, 2012 | Comments ()


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The next year has a ton of interesting and fun-looking movies coming out, and generally speaking we've shown you most of their trailers. But if you dig around, there is a whole other universe of weird, scary, funny, interesting movies out there that you likely haven't even heard of yet, all coming out soon. Here are a few of them:

Upstream Color -- Written and directed by Shane Carruth (Primer), starring no one you've heard of, with this cryptic and utterly fascinating synopsis:

A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.

The trailer is intense and confusing and totally engaging.

Storage 24 -- Standard Aliens-style tin can movie, but with sinister government shenanigans and a British cast. Kudos for casting the black guy as the lead for once, something that is a rarity in horror. Monsters, warehouses, claustrophobia, bloodshed. I'm in.

Black Rock -- written and directed by Katie Aselton (Jenny from "The League"), with a co-writing credit from Mark Duplass. This one's got a weird, scary-ass vibe to it, and a funky cast -- Aselton, Kate Bosworth and Lake Bell star as three women who are camping on a remote island, and encounter a trio of hunters. Things... do not go well. I'm intrigued, though the trailer's a little iffy.

Luv -- The film on this list I'm most interested. Common stars as a uncle who takes his nephew along with him for the day, only for the boy to discover that his uncle's business isn't exactly legitimate. I'm endlessly fascinated by father-son (or uncle/nephew, as it were) dynamics in films these days, particularly those where there are serious flaws and conflicts, and this film? Looks pretty goddamn intense. Charles S. Dutton, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Meagan Good, Lonette McKee, and Michael Kenneth Williams co-star.

Dragon -- I thought about just saying "Donnie Yen," and then just dropping the mic and walking away from this thing. Because seriously, Donnie fucking Yen, people. He's a force of goddamn nature. But here's the plot for you anyway: A sinful martial arts expert wants to start a new tranquil life, only to be hunted by a determined detective and his former master. Whatever. Like I said, Donnie Yen.

Sort of unrelated: Dragon is directed by Peter Chan. The first film on his IMDB page's directing credits is a film called, I shit you not, Pickles Make Me Cry. This is my new favorite thing, for some reason.


There you go. Don't ever say I never gave you anything. And h/t to Movie List for continually having some righteous goddamn trailers available.




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  • gunnertec

    Would someone please cast Lake Bell and Brit Marling as sisters in some drama please? yowsers...separated at birth, I tell you!

  • From the trailer "Dragon" seems to pretty much be a martial arts take on "A History of Violence". Am I the only one getting that vibe?

  • AudioSuede

    Speaking of Primer, I've been trying to watch that movie for ages, and I looked it up the other day. You know what's annoying? It's not on Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Crackle, HBOGo, Amazon, or available for download anywhere that I can find except one: iTunes. Where a movie from 2004 that was produced for less than $7,000 to make currently costs $14.99 to watch.

    Talk about mind-fuckery. That business strategy boggles my fucking gourd.

  • denesteak

    Yes, Donnie Yen, but also! Takeshi Kaneshiro! (who will always and forever be in my personal Pajiba five. That man is finnnneeeee)

  • Wapshin

    What about Shining Phoenix Mountain Gou?

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Black Rock looks like Deliverance with chicks.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    "Dragon" has been out for ages. Is it only now coming to the US?

    I also advise anyone wanting to see that movie to neither watch the trailer nor read TK's synopsis, because it contains massive spoilers.

    Just go with Donnie Fucking Yen, and Takeshi Kaneshiro, who is fantastic in his role.

  • Drake

    You go, Mickey!

  • Guest

    All of these. But mainly the new Carruth.

  • Katylalala

    I'm all about Katie Aselton and Lake Bell, but that trailer was so cheesy. This will definitely be a late-night shitfaced Netflix watch, but it looks cheesy as hell without being the least bit campy, which is not a great sign.

  • Jezzer

    liek if pickels maeks u crie evrtim

  • Purplejebus

    The drummer?

  • Pretty sure that the relationship in Luv is between a boy and his uncle. Also, I am praying SO hard it comes to my backwater burg, because I very much want to see that film.

  • TK

    Yup, you're right. Good call.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Donnie fucking Yen indeed! Also Lake Bell.

  • Buckle your mindbelts, everyone! Shane Carruth is back to scrape your brain off the highway after the collision of awesome that was Primer and he's raring to fling it out through the windscreen again!

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    I liked Primer so much.

  • Indeed so did I. Being mindfucked never felt so good.

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