So, the trailer for the Amazon Prime series Good Omens dropped about a week and a half ago, and I finally got the chance to watch it. Behold!
For those who may be unfamiliar with the source material, Good Omens: The Nice And Accurate Prophecies Of Agness Nutter, Which is a novel written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, published in 1990. It follows Aziraphale and Crowley, a demon and angel respectively, who end up working together to try and prevent Armageddon. Along the way, we also meet the Four Horsepeople of the Apocalypse, a young woman who is the descendant of the witch in the title, and the Antichrist (who is actually quite nice and just wants to be a regular kid).
The series features Michael Sheen as Aziraphale and David Tennant as Crowley. I can’t comment too much on Sheen (as I am not familiar with his work), but I think that Tennant as Crowley is just absolutely perfect.
Also, going back to the trailer itself, I really love the use of Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend,” not only because the song fits, but because of a running gag in the book revolving around the band.
Neil Gaiman has been acting as showrunner for the six-part series, fulfilling one of the last wishes of Terry Pratchett, who passed away in 2015. Pratchett had always wanted to see the series adapted, one attempt even involving former Monty Python member Terry Jones, but was unable to get it off the ground.
And, as said in the title, I am totally here for it. Good Omens is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they manage to adapt it.
Good Omens is currently set for release next year, though I have yet to find a more specific release date. From what I’ve seen, it looks like it’s going to release onto Amazon Prime’s streaming service first, then is going to air on BBC 2 in the UK.
In the meantime, I highly recommend reading the book, and will most likely be re-reading it myself sometime before the series comes out.
Welcome to The Trailer Park! This time, I’ll be looking at the trailers for Baby Driver and Atomic Blonde.
First up is Baby Driver, the latest film from writer and director Edgar Wright.
So, when I first heard about this, I thought that they were just doing a straight remake of The Ring. I did a little research before viewing the trailer, and everything I saw said that this was meant to be a direct sequel.
Then I watched the trailer. And it looks like they’re remaking The Ring.
OK, maybe that’s not fair. There does seem to be a bit that’s different, and there’s the fact that it has an R-rating while the original film (which itself is a remake of a Japanese movie) was PG-13. There are a couple of scenes, though (particularly the one where the girl coughs up the clump of hair) that seem to be lifted from the 2002 film.
Rings (directed by F Javier Gutierrez) follows Julia (Matilda Lutz), who has to save her boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe) from the video’s curse. Along the way, they make a rather disturbing discovery about said video.
Now, I liked The Ring. I thought that it was quite effective for a PG-13 horror movie (not that all horror movies need to be rated R). I thought its 2005 sequel was kind of stupid, but I liked the first one. And it looks like they’ve updated the technology in the film as well, going from the video cassette of the first one to an Internet video. Judging from the scene on the plane, it also looks like the stakes are quite a bit higher.
I still think that it looks somewhat derivative from the first one, but I might still check it out.
Rings hits theaters on February 3.
Does The Mummy really need to be rebooted again? And why does this reboot look so fucking joyless?
This version, directed by Alex Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise, appears to take place in the modern day. The trailer begins on an aircraft that’s transporting an Egyptian sarcophagus for some unexplained reason, which apparently results in releasing the titular mummy (Sofia Boutella) upon an unsuspecting populace.
Admittedly, I haven’t seen any of the old Universal or Hammer Horror Mummy movies, but I did see the 1999 version in the theater and really enjoyed it. It was fun, actually quite colorful, and actually had a sense of humor.
I’m not really seeing any of this in this trailer. Between the dull color palette mostly consisting of grays, to the slow, solemn music of the trailer, there don’t seem like there’s going to be too many laughs here. There’s also the fact that it stars Tom Cruise. I’m sorry, I just don’t think he’s really that fantastic of an actor (plus Brendan Fraser is way more likable).
The trailer also doesn’t give us a whole lot of detail as to what the movie is about, other than a mummy. It’s interesting that the mummy is a woman this time, though she is still weirdly conventionally attractive. Although, in the 1999 movie, Imhotep isn’t too bad looking himself (when he’s Arnold Vosloo rather than a decaying CGI mummy), so I guess there’s some precedent for that.
And my question above still stands. Apparently, this movie marks the third time that this franchise has been rebooted. Meaning that this is the beginning of a fourth series of Mummy movies. Do we really need that many? Also, why did Universal decide they needed to pull a Marvel and have all of their monster movies in a shared universe?
The Mummy doesn’t have a specific release date, but should be hitting theaters sometime this summer.
And now we have another Trailer Park, where I will be looking at the teaser trailer for Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets.
Man, that title is a mouthful.
Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (which I’m just going to shorten to Valerian from now on) is an upcoming film based upon a French comic book entitled Valerian and Laureline. It takes place in the 28th century and follows two operatives of the human government (the aforementioned Valerian and Lareline).
The two (played by Dane DeHaan and Cara DeLevigne respectively) are charged by their commander (Clive Owen) to go to the city of Alpha, an immense city that’s home to thousands of different species. Of course, while there, they uncover a conspiracy that places the human race in danger.
The trailer doesn’t really tell us a whole lot about the plot; most of the above information came from the Wikipedia article for the movie and the comic. Then again, this is also a teaser, which is generally a shorter trailer that announces the movie. I think it’s likely that there would be another trailer that gives more details about the plot.
I would like to say that it certainly looks pretty. Certain aspects of its look remind me of Mass Effect (though it’s more likely ME took it’s visual cues from Valerian, since the comic ran from 1967 to 2010). The film being pretty is a given, considering that it’s being directed (and was written) by Luc Besson, who is best known for directing The Fifth Element. Whatever your opinion is on that movie, you have to agree that it’s extremely visually striking.
Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is set to release worldwide on July 21, 2017 by EuropaCorp with Lionsgate handling distribution in the UK and Ireland.
(Just as an aside: It’s election day in the US! Are you a citizen and over 18? Vote! Seriously, get out there and vote, you motherfuckers.)
I quite enjoy Mass Effect. It’s definitely one of my favorite game series (though I still need to finish the third game. There are a lot of games that I have that I need to finish, actually.) So naturally I was very excited when Mass Effect: Andromeda was announced last year.
And for N7 Day this year, Bioware gave us a new cinematic trailer for the game:
First off, I’d like to stay that looks very pretty.
It also does a good job of showing what we’re in for with this game, which takes place about 600 years after the original trilogy. Basically the player chooses between two siblings as the playable character as they navigate the dangers of the Andromeda galaxy. It also looks like it’s going to be completely open world.
The game doesn’t have a set release date yet, other than the vague spring 2017. Still, I’ll be looking forward to it whenever it comes out.