You know, I love the 2009 horror comedy film Zombieland. It ranks right up there with Shaun Of The Dead as one of my favorite zombie movies. I liked it so much, in fact, that when it was in theaters, I went to see it three times. In one week. And it never gets unfunny to me.
So of course I’m going to be hyped when the trailer for a sequel drops.
Zombieland: Double Tap reunites us with Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Witchita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) as they make their way to the White House during the zombie apocalypse. Eventually, Little Rock runs away with a guy called Berkeley (Avan Jorgia), which prompts the other three to head off in search of her.
Along the way, they meet up with the ditzy Madison (Zoey Deutsch) and the tough-as-nails Nevada (Rosario Dawson), as well as doppelgangers of Tallahassee and Columbus played by Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleton.
It also features Woody Harrelson dressed as both Santa and Elvis, which is legitimately hilarious to me.
The film is directed by Ruben Fleischer and written by Dave Callaham and Rhett Reese, who also wrote and directed the first film (which makes sense). It’s set to arrive in theaters on October 18 of this year. This is definitely one that I want to see in theaters when it comes out.
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.