Daily Indie Trailer Insights – As I Open My Eyes Official Trailer 1 (2016)

Fandango Movieclip Channel describe it as

Tunis, summer 2010, a few months before the Revolution: Farah, 18 years-old, has just graduated, and her family already sees her as a future doctor. But she doesn’t think the same way. She sings in a political rock band. She has a passion for life, gets drunk, discovers love and her city by night against the will of her mother Hayet, who knows Tunisia and its dangers too well.

What the trailer tells us

A compelling trailer that shows a rebel within the family. A question that is always posed is how much should you try and direct a child’s life? Teaching a child morals and principles will serve a benefit but encouraging them to become something they are not so they avoid an undesirable life is probably one of the chief problems for the of parents.

This film was originally released in other mediums in 2015, and now it looks to be getting a theatrical release. The trailer is compelling because it entwines almost dark scenes with dramatic music. The film gives you the impressive that the narrative will be on a constant knife edge. The issue that the main character faces is not just that she is a rebel but that she is part of a political band that is a movement within the Arab Spring.

The trailer highlights this is intended to be released in 2016, but no exact date was given but keep an eye out for this one as I predict it will serve many surprises.

General Information

Starring: Baya Medhaffer, Ghalia Benali, and Montassar Ayari
Director: Leyla Bouzid

Excitement rating: 3 stars out of 5

By Dan Hart

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Daily Indie Trailer Insights – Better Off Single Official Trailer 1 (2016)

Fandango Movieclip Channel describe it as

“Better Off Single” is the NYC dating comedy that follows one man’s hallucination-fueled, post-breakup quest to find new love… and himself. When Charlie Carroll (Aaron Tveit) quits his job and his girlfriend (Abby Elliott) on the same day, it seems as though he’s finally found freedom. But after a quick dip in the dark waters of the NYC dating pool, Charlie begins to wonder if he’s made a mistake. He’s not equipped for single life. In fact, Charlie might not be equipped for life in general. With no job and no love, Charlie is forced to go on a journey of self-discovery so intense that he begins to suffer from surreal hallucinations, flashbacks, and sex fantasies. Will he find “the one?” Or did that ship sail, taking with it his only hope for relationship sanity?

What the trailer tells us

Romantic comedies, if you can call this romantic comedy. They are usually predictable about two people who for whatever reasons go down two different narrative paths which usually ends with both of those paths joining up. The result equals love, and that is usually the sole premise of ‘romcoms’. The romcom formula uses successful ingredients for the use of spurting out regurgitated, recycled films that we’ve all seen before. Gets boring doesn’t it?

Better Off Single looks to present a narrative uniquely different to the norm. The plot summary above and the trailer provides hope that we will be watching a quirky, funny film about human failure when it comes to the single life. Single life is often a missed criterion when it comes to romantic and romantic comedy movies. Single life is rarely celebrated as we live in a world modified by expectations that everyone should find their partner and settle down, but there are many cases where people find a solution for the single life. The plot summary mentions how single life allows the main character achieve self-discovery which another aspect that I feel is lost in romantic films at times. I do not think this movie will overkill this angle. It will probably allow us to witness a bumbling young man failing to find someone who wants to partner with, and it will predictably end in some romantic gesture.

The good thing is that the trailer is not predictable. The trailer itself is quite tentative with music and comedy. It is not in your face but quite ordinary looking to how it is presented to the audience. You get the sense that the full-length feature will provide more cringe moments than actual full belly laughs, but some comedies work by approaching it that way.

This film will try to achieve a witty, honest date movie with nothing held back.

General Information

Starring: Aaron Tveit, Lauren Miller, and Annaleigh Ashford
Director: Benjamin Cox

Excitement rating: 3 stars out of 5

By Dan Hart

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Daily Indie Trailer Insights – Moonlight Official Trailer 1 (2016)

Fandango Movieclip Channel describe it as

The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

What the trailer tells us

Identity crisis, drugs, falling in love – this film looks to encapsulate a painful ‘coming of age’ story. What a creepy sound track surrounding this trailer but it works.

The era of this film is during the “War on Drugs” in Miami and you can see that during the trailer the boy is going through a lot of trial and tribulations in order for him to grow. You get the sense that the young man has a lot of undesirable influences in his life and as Fandango describe it the film will be split up into 3 acts: ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love. Surrounding all these chapters will be the young man grappling with his own sexuality.

The start of the trailer starts so lightly to then suddenly becoming dark. This will not be for the light hearted. This will be a ‘coming of age’ story that at times will be uncomfortable to watch it. You do wonder from the trailer if there will be moments of elation and triumph as the young man looks pretty much depressed throughout the two minutes. This drama may serve an engaging perspective of a dysfunctional young man’s life.

General Information

Starring: Naomie Harris and André Holland
Director: Barry Jenkins

Excitement rating: 4 stars out of 5

By Dan Hart

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Daily Indie Trailer Insights – Swallows and Amazons Official Trailer 1 (2016)

Fandango Movieclip Channel describe it as

Swallows and Amazons is an upcoming British adventure film directed by Philippa Lowthorpe and written by Andrea Gibb, based on the children’s novel Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome.

What the trailer tells us

It looks like a fun adventure film. It gives the feeling of a never ending journey and shows the innocence of a child. That’s until it turns slightly dark. The darkness is not too overpowering because it is mixed with humour as well. The secret that lies in that boat is still a mystery after it ends and you get the sense the children will be part of an adventure that provides danger and courage.

Whatever the danger is I am sure it will not be too harmful but you can expect moments of tension and drama.

The music is quite jolly and it constantly moves in a hurried way right until the end. It manages to go low key when it gets dark so it will be interesting to see if there is a decent soundtrack behind this. Anyway, let’s hope that the adventure in this trailer is just as much fun in the film and as good as the book.

General Information

Starring: Kelly MacDonald, Andrew Scott, and Rafe Spall
Director: Philippa Lowthorpe

Excitement rating: 3 stars out of 5

By Dan Hart

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Daily Indie Trailer Insights – I’m Not Ashamed Official Trailer 1 (2016)

Fandango Movieclip Channel describe it as

“I’ve always been drawn to hands. I think it’s because it’s the way we touch people,” wrote Rachel Joy Scott in her journal. “If one person could go out of their way to show compassion, it could start a chain reaction.” After praying, “Father, use my life to touch the world and let your light shine through me,” Rachel’s renewed commitment to Jesus played out compassionately and powerfully at her high school and around the world. Pure Flix presents I’M NOT ASHAMED, the inspiring true story of Rachel Joy Scott at Columbine High School. When her hopes and dreams seemed to end, God was just getting started.

What the trailer tells us

Principles, morals, and compassion. Young Rachel Joy Scott is a religious person who feels devoted to God, however, the many challenges that face her lies in high school where her faith is tested.

The trailer shows many scenes that present bullying right in front of her face and you get the sense that a consistent theme is how she handles the bullying of other people using her faith in God. Showing compassion is the core of the narrative it seems.

One of the main quotes from the trailer that I pointed out is “I am not like other people”. Faith tends to be very challenged in the modern world today but I could only assume it is even more challenging amongst teenagers at High School especially when a majority of teens try to fit in so they merge within the community of the school and if you do not fit in then you are undoubtedly bullied. The trailer itself is a little too light for its subject matter but I guess it depends on who the audience is intended for. The music is the typical guitar you hear in a high school flick.

For the premise of the story, the trailer did not feel serious enough for me and it looked like another High School story set in America however it is based on an inspiring true story so time will only tell if it delivers.

General Information

Starring: Masey McLain, Sadie Robertson, Ben Davies
Director: Brian Baugh

Excitement rating: 2 stars out of 5

By Dan Hart

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