Saturday, May 14, 2016

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and The Phenom Trailers

Academy Award winning filmmaker, Ang Lee (Life of Pi & Brokeback Mountain) returns this fall with another presumed Oscar contender, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. Based on Ben Fountain's best-selling novel, the film follows a 19 year old soldier named Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) who becomes a national hero after a traumatic battle in Iraq. The audience witnesses the details of this tragic event through flashback as Private Lynn is honored during and NFL halftime ceremony. Ang Lee has a knack for the dramatics and I'm sure we can expect more of the same with this November release. Check out the debut trailer for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk below.

Arriving this summer in a limited capacity is Noah Buschel's gritty sports drama, The Phenom. The film's initial trailer gives off a tone similar to former Best Picture nominee, Whiplash, in an effort to examine the controversial methods in which adults use to push young athletes and performers. When a highly touted MLB prospect (Johnny Simmons) struggles during his rookie season, the team sends him back down to the minor leagues and forces him to meet with a sports psychologist (Paul Giamatti) who learns about the boy's overbearing father (Ethan Hawke). As a lover of baseball I'm all in on The Phenom, and you can catch its trailer below.

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