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.
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.
Welcome back to The Trailer Park! Today, I’m looking at the trailers for two films about Christine Chubbuck. (Content warning: I am about to talk about suicide.)
Welcome back to the Trailer Park! This time, I’ll be taking a look at Passengers.
Passengers is a sci-fi film following a ship on a 120-year journey to a new colony, with the crew and passengers in stasis for the duration. The film begins when a writer (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and an engineer (Christ Pratt) are awakened 90 years ahead of schedule due to a malfunction with their pods. They quickly discover that that’s not the only thing wrong with the ship, and things go to hell fairly quickly.
The film (written by Jon Spaihts and directed by Morten Tyldum) had spent some time in development hell for about 9 years before finally being greenlit. Apparently it was originally supposed to star Keanu Reeves and Reese Witherspoon (kinda glad that they went with Chris Pratt, though), and was supposed to have been directed by Brian Kirk. Then Sony picked up the project, and here we are.
The opening of the trailer kind of makes it look like more of a romantic comedy in space, a concept that I would actually find interesting and would kind of like to see. However, as the trailer goes on, it seems that it’s a bit more standard, with something terrible happening on the ship that the characters then have to react to. That said, both Lawrence and Pratt are very talented and charismatic actors, and should be able to make this work. I also spotted Laurence Fishburne in the trailer, and he’s always a plus.
Also, does the scene with the robot bartender remind anyone else of The Shining, except less terrifying and more quirky? Because that’s the first thing I thought of.
Passengers hits theaters on December 21, in both standard and 3D formats (because all movies have to be released in 3D these days).
Update (12/20/2016): It’s recently come to my attention that the actual plot of the movie is really gross and rape culture-y. So, yeah, I think I’m gonna sit this one out.
It’s been a while since I last wrote about a trailer. Mostly this was because I hadn’t seen any film trailers that sparked my interest. Until I watched the trailer for Hidden Figures.
Hidden Figures, directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, tells the story of three women: Katherine Johnson (Taraji P Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), and is based on the non-fiction work by Margo Lee Shetterly. These three women were mathematicians who worked for NASA and were crucial to a number of projects. It looks like this one focuses on John Glenn’s orbit around the earth in 1962.
The movie looks like most of the focus is going to be on Johnson, but Vaughan and Jackson appear to be getting a good amount of screentime as well. I will admit, though, that I had no idea who these women were until I watched this trailer, but I did look them up on Wikipedia and they’re actually pretty interesting. Obviously, being women of color in a field dominated by white men, they experience that lovely intersection of racism and sexism, and the film doesn’t look like it’s going to gloss over that.
It also helps that it looks funnier than hell. I think my favorite part of the trailer is when the three meet John Glenn (Glen Powell), and Jackson checks him out as he walks away. Johnson asks her, “How can you be ogling those white men?” and Jackson replies, “It’s equal rights. I have the right to see fine in every color.”
Also, while I am admittedly unfamiliar with Taraji P Henson and Octavia Spencer’s work, I am excited to see Janelle Monáe here. I love her work as a singer, and she just seems to be a really awesome person all around.
The current release date for Hidden Figures is January 13, 2017. I will probably be seeing it, and I’m most likely going to be looking up the book in the near future as well.
So, yeah. Not sure how I’m going to be able to really write this post without devolving into complete and utter fangirlism.
Admittedly, I haven’t seen very much Wonder Woman-related media. I’ve watched episode of Justice League and do have some familiarity with the 70s TV show starring Lynda Carter. My oldest sister is actually a huge Wonder Woman fan (largely due the aforementioned TV show), but I’m still familiar enough with the character to be really excited about this.
See, while there have been a TV series as well as animated Wonder Woman movies, there have never been any live action, theatrical films about the character. Which is a shame, seeing as how she’s one of DC’s most popular heroes.
This film, simply titled Wonder Woman, stars Gal Gadot as the titular princess of Themiscyra. She had played the role previously in the Batman V Superman movie, but didn’t really get the spotlight there. Apparently, people are starting to realize that women-led action films can actually do well, so hopefully we will be getting more in the future.
I also like what they’ve done with the costume. I haven’t seen BvS, but in the trailers for that one her outfit seemed kind of dull. In Wonder Woman, it looks very colorful and like her most well-known costume form the comics. Also of interest is that it is also being directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins.
Judging from the trailer, it looks like it’s set during World War 2, which makes sense since Diana first appeared in comic form in 1941. Chris Pine is also in the film as Steve Trevor, who is frequently appears as a love interest for Diana.
The current release date for Wonder Woman is June 2, 2017. And I will definitely be seeing it.
So, this is apparently something that’s happening. Then again, they made a movie based on Battleship, so basing a movie on a board game isn’t that odd. What’s funny is that this is apparently a sequel to Ouija, a 2014 movie that I didn’t even know existed until now.
Ouija: Origin Of Evil follows a family in 1967, the widowed mother of which is a con artist who decides to use an Ouija board to further her séance scam. And then her daughter ends up possessed. You know, as you do.
While there are actually some pretty creepy moments to the trailer, the premise is actually pretty silly if you know how Ouija boards actually work. See, the planchette doesn’t move because of spirits, but rather something known as the ideomotor effect. Basically, the people using the board are expecting some kind of answer from it, so they subconsciously move the planchette around to arrive at an answer. Plus there’s the fact that the trademark for Ouija is currently owned by Hasbro and I could go down to the local Wal-Mart and buy one if I so desired. That also makes it rather difficult for me to take it seriously. Still, horror movies (movies in general, really) do require some suspension of disbelief.
Ouija: Origin of Evil is also set to be rated PG-13, which, along with the fact that Michael Bay is one of the producers, doesn’t really fill me with confidence. Still, at least Bay’s not directing it (that would be Mike Flanagan, who also wrote the movie with Jeff Howard). It’s set for release on October 21, which makes me wonder: if you’re releasing a horror movie in October, why not go for a Halloween release?
Well, it might still be good. As I said before, the trailer does have some pretty disturbing moments.
I feel like I should point out that this film doesn’t have anything to do with the 1915 silent movie of the same name. In fact, it’s sort of the opposite of that film.
This The Birth of A Nation (written, directed, produced, and starring Nate Parker), rather than being a love letter to the KKK, is actually about slave and Baptist preacher Nat Turner. In August of 1831, Nat Turner lead a slave rebellion in Virginia after seeing a solar eclipse the previous February that he took as a sign. I’m not going to go too much into the history of the rebellion here, but I’ve linked the Wikipedia article above if you would like to know more about it.
The trailer is simple, but effective. We see clips of the movie that help to illustrate what had happened to lead up to this rebellion. The music (especially the use of Andra Day’s “Rise Up”) also works to its advantage.
I would also like to say that this is a very important story about an important (and horrible) chapter in US history. In the grand scheme of things, the slave trade wasn’t really all that long ago (and in some respects is still happening), and it still affects the lives of African-American citizens to this day.
I also really enjoy that Mr. Parker took the title of one of the most racist films ever made and applied it to the story of a black man.
The Birth of A Nation premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, and will be getting a theatrical release on October 7.