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January 17, 2018

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Video Essay of the Day: Like Stories of Old looks at the archetype of the warrior in movies and how they’re used to empower us all:   Mashup of the Day: After watching this reworking of a Bruce Lee fight scene you’ll be wishing Star Wars had lightsaber nunchucks (via Geekologie):   Cosplay of the Day: Speaking of Star Wars, we’re still waiting for that Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer, so let’s ease our patience with this adorable Han Solo and Chewbacca cosplay: “Han Solo and Chewbacca cosplay” pic.twitter.com/HT0V9TPaFK — Fluff Society (@FluffSociety) January 16, 2018   VFX Breakdowns of the…Read More

“Sometimes I feel like you’re the only one who gets me.” Cinedigm has released the trailer for an amusing indie comedy titled Dear Dictator, which has a goofy, perhaps ridiculous premise. Michael Caine plays a British-Caribbean dictator who is forced to leave his island nation. He decides to move in and hide out with his “pen pal” (is this the 90s?), a young rebellious teenage girl, as played by Odeya Rush (from The Giver, Goosebumps, Almost Friends, Lady Bird). Somehow they make this work in a weird way, and of course he helps teach her how to “start a revolution and overthrow the ‘mean girls’ in her high school.” It’s not as bad as it sounds, but it also doesn’t look that good either. But, Michael Caine! He’s always great, right? The cast includes Jason Biggs, Katie Holmes, Seth Green, and Jordyn Cavros. Check it out if you’re intrigued. Here’s the first official trailer for Lisa Addario & Joe Syracuse’s Dear …

“This has happened before… History is repeating itself.” IFC Midnight has released an official trailer for a Vietnamese horror thriller titled The Housemaid, from director Derek Nguyen. Not to be confused with the Korean romantic thriller The Housemaid, this The Housemaid is about a ghost who haunts a mansion in Vietnam in the 1950s where a housemaid works. Kate Nhung stars as Linh, and she works at a crumbling rubber plantation run by a French officer. There’s some eroticism, and similarities to the other Housemaid (which is a remake anyway) but this looks much scarier. The film’s cast includes Jean-Michel Richaud, Rosie Fellner, Kim Xuan, and Svitlana Kovalenko. Aside from being a supernatural horror, this film also “confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past.” This trailer definitely is freaky, so watch out. Here’s the official US trailer (+ poster) for Derek Nguyen’s The Housemaid, direct from YouTube: A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic …

“Are you going to let me die alone?” The official French trailer has debuted for the latest horror film from French director Pascal Laugier (Martyrs), titled Ghostland or also Incident in a Ghost Land. The story is about a house where a woman had to fend off intruders to save her daughters. Years later, the two of them grow up with completely different personalities, still traumatized by the events. When they all reunite at the house once again, strange events began to occur. I like the tagline on the second poster: “you really thought you’ve been scared before?” Oh damn. The horror film stars Crystal Reed, Taylor Hickson, Rob Archer, Emilia Jones, Adam Hurtig, Anastasia Phillips, Mylène Farmer, and Alicia Johnston. The film opens first in France, then should hit US theaters sometime in the spring. Take a peek if you dare. Here’s the first international trailer for Pascal Laugier’s Ghostland, direct from YouTube (via TMB): Following the death of her aunt, …

“We’ve had a lot of wonderful trips in this ole rust bucket.” A new official international trailer from the UK has debuted for the indie roadtrip comedy The Leisure Seeker. This film actually premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals last fall, mostly because it’s directed by a veteran Italian filmmaker named Paolo Virzì. The Leisure Seeker stars two great actors – Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland – who go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call “The Leisure Seeker” as a runaway couple. The film’s cast includes Christian McKay, Janel Moloney, and Kirsty Mitchell. The emotional side of the story is that Sutherland’s character is losing his memory as they get older, and this may be the last vacation they’ll remember together. It received mostly bad reviews at festivals, but looks like it might appeal to a few folks. Here’s the official UK trailer for Paolo Virzì’s The Leisure Seeker, direct from YouTube (via TMB): And …

On the January 17, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman and /Film managing editor Jacob Hall for a brand new segment of the podcast called The Great Debate (in this edition: the ending of Star Wars: The Last Jedi), and Peter files the /Film team’s first 2018 Sundance …