Previews: Pet Sematary Clip, Long Shot, More!

Plenty of film-related goodness in this preview of coming attractions, including a new Pet Sematary clip, Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood, Thunder Road and more…

Pet Sematary Clip

Here is a new Pet Sematary clip. The upcoming film is an adaption of the Stephen King novel, which was previously brought to the silver screen in 1989. This new adaptation stars Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz who relocate to rural Maine with their young children. Pet Sematary hits the big screen on 4th April 2019.

Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood Poster

Here is the brand new poster for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood. The film is set in 1969, and focuses on a television star and his stunt double around the time of the Manson murders. The film features an enviable ensemble cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Al Pacino. One Upon a Time in… Hollywood is set for release on 14th August 2019.

Thunder Road Trailer

Thunder Road, which has been a critical hit at festivals so far, gets a UK release. The film is written and directed by and stars Jim Cummings. Thunder Road is a dark comedy about a police officer who suffers a breakdown following his divorce. The film will be released in UK cinemas on 31st May 2019.

Long Shot Trailer

Long Shot is the latest film from director Jonathan Levine (The Night Before, 50/50). The film is about a journalist who is reunited with his first crush, an accomplished diplomat who is making a run for the presidency. Starring Charlize Theron, Seth Rogan, and O’Shea Jackson Jr., Long Shot hits UK screens on 3rd May 2019.

Spy Cat Trailer

What is this? A film about a special agent cat certainly ticks the boxes! Spy Cat is an adventure comedy about a house cat who must team up with a band of drifters when she is abandoned at a rural petrol station. Spy Cat will exclusively be screened at Vue Cinemas from 26th April 2019.

Film Review: Upstream Colour

Upstream Color

Upstream Colour is an experimental film which offers a meditative experience.

A graphic designer is drugged and infected with a parasite. This affects her life and behaviour. She connects with a man, and together they try to piece together their fragmented lives…

After a tentative start, Shane Carruth’s Upstream Colour gets going. The writer-director gives the audience a hook which is intriguing. The film does not spoon feed viewers, but offers a connection between different elements allowing them to piece together what they wish.

Upstream Colour does not follow a traditional narrative format. There are strands that flow throughout the film, but standard storytelling is absent. Upstream Colour is abstract at times, but never entirely surreal.

The film is successful in engaging the imagination, prompting viewers to consider the meaning of things on screen. Some minds will wonder, but this seems an acceptable outcome of proceedings. Others will be engaged in considering the overall meaning of the film.

There are several themes at play in Upstream Colour. Prominent of these is the relationship between the experienced and the imagined, which permeates the film. Elsewhere, there is an emphasis on the spherical, an idea that grows as the film progresses.

Sound is used to good effect in Carruth’s film. Cinematography is also a strong point, particularly the early close-up shots. Casting is good in Upstream Colour. Amy Seimetz offers a decent performance; her expressions work well. Other depictions, including Shane Carruth’s Jeff, are fitting.

Upstream Colour will not appeal to a wide audience, given its lack of narrative structure and reflective style. Those that give the film a chance should find Upstream Colour to be a pensive and worthwhile experience.