Welcome back to the end of the week! Here’s a few more select previews that may come across as a more dour and morose yet can be powerful and original, starting with a look at Batman:
“Batman and Me,” well, is actually more about addition. But with the release of “The Batman” next week it seems poignant to explore the line between fandom and compulsion:
Directed by Michael Wayne and produced by Andrew Martyn and Michael Wayne, Freestyle Digital Media will release this direct-to-VOD on March 8th, 2022.
“Phoenix Rising,” is something I beg you to watch. Normalizing safety for women to communicate experienced abuse causes a wide variety of reactions from viewers, but abuse like this is still so underreported and if the work that those involved with this can truly affect the statute of limitations to help survivors… I personally just hope this brings some support for people who need it:
Directed by Amy Berg, and produced by Amy Berg, Grace Sin, Lesley Goldman, and Katie Doering, HBO will release this in two parts, streaming on March 15th, 2022.
“Black Crab” is Netflix’s next release. A swedish film, Noomi Rapace leads in a post-apocalyptic thriller with striking visuals:
Directed by Adam Berg, and written by Adam Berg and Pelle Rådström, Netflix will release this streaming on March 18th, 2022.
“Barbarians” is a different sort of thriller, in the vein of “Funny Games” with a bit of “Knock Knock” campiness. Iwan Rheon co-stars at a family dinner that turns into a twisted, violent game:
Written and directed by Charles Dorfman, and produced by Laurie Cook, Jason Newmark, and Charles Dorfman, IFC Films will release this in select US theaters and on VOD April 1st, 2022.
“Measure of Revenge” features unique visuals and an interesting choice of protagonist for an otherwise familiar, borderline formulic revenge thriller. What interests me is how the shift in perspective affects things when following a mother in this way:
Directed by Peyfa, Vertical Entertainment will release this in select US theaters and on VOD on March 18th, 2022.
“OFFSEASON” is being released through SHUDDER and explores an island town with dark secrets, which is a vibe I’m clamoring for after “Midnight Mass”:
Written and directed by Mickey Keating, Shudder and RLJE will release this in select US theaters and on VOD on March 11th, 2022.
And finally, there’s an exciting, original sci-fi project following “drifters” through a new “cinematic universe” as they scavenge through debris. Reminiscent of “Cowboy Bebop” and “Firefly,” “The Fringe” might be the project I’m most excited for in the near future:
Developed by Zeek Earl and Christopher Caldwell, they seem to be attempting to develop an independent cinematic franchise. You can find the film’s official website here and follow them on Twitter @fringedrifters.
I hope you’ve found something moving or exciting this week, and if not, next week there will be a whole new pool of glimpses into the near future. See you then!
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