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.