Most of you have already seen today’s new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer, but just in case you wanna watch it again, here it is.

Goddamn! I knew this was gonna look good, but I didn’t know it would look THIS good. I was lukewarm on the first trailer, mostly because some unfinished VFX made it look a little small. Now, three months away from release, this appears to have shaped up in a way I couldn’t have imagined. James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy will arrive in US theaters on August 1, and it is now one of my most anticipated films of the year.

Also released today was the first footage from Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, which will show at Cannes in a couple of days. Some people are calling this a trailer, but it’s really more of a clip. Check out Matt Smith’s muscles below.

If this clip gives us any indication of the film’s tone, then we’re in for one weird-ass experience. It could be riveting, it could be pretentious, it could be insufferable, or it could be a mélange of all three. We’ll need more footage to get a better idea of how this will end up, but reviews from Cannes will probably hit before we see any more.

Last on today’s news dump, CHUD pays its respects to the late Gordon Willis, the great cinematographer who crafted the looks of The Purple Rose of Cairo, ManhattanAnnie Hall, and Coppola’s Godfather trilogy.


I captured this wide shot of Radio City Music Hall from the Godfather Blu-Ray, and it has been my desktop background for several months now. I think it’s probably one of my favorite shots ever filmed in color. We can thank Gordon Willis for a career full of shots as beautiful as that one. He passed away yesterday at the age of 82.