Here’s The Trailer For Smile

To be absolutely honest, I would probably be dismissive of the trailer for Smile if not for the effort that Paramount Pictures has put into promoting this damn thing.  Apparently, this weekend, they sent people out to sporting events and had them sit motionlessly in the stands and smile for the entire game.  Not only did it look creepy but it probably ruined the experience of everyone who was sitting near them.  Of course, the people sitting near them actually paid money to get good seats for the game.  Imagine spending a few hundred dollars, just to have to deal with this:

Or this:

I mean, seriously, that’s a bold move!  I thought re-releasing Morbius just because people on twitter were making fun of it was going to be the boldest studio move of 2022 but Paramount might take the title.  Now that we’ve annoyed you, come see our movie.  That’s an interesting gimmick.

Anyway, here’s the final trailer for Smile.  The movie comes out on the 30th.

HBO showcases The Last of Us Teaser Trailer!

Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us was one of the first modern videogames to gain my younger cousin’s interest in playing. Although I finished it the normal difficulty, she was able to complete it on its hardest settings and went on to continue with the sequel. So, we’ve been looking forward to HBO’s Live Action adaptation. What I didn’t realize was that Craig Mazin was involved in this, whose work on Chernobyl was amazing. Mazin is handling the writing along with the original author, Neil Druckman.

The Last of Us takes place in a world torn apart, where Joel & Ellie (Pedro Pascal & Bella Ramsey, both featured in Game of Thrones) have a difficult mission to accomplish. The show looks as if it’s keeping most of the elements from the game. The Fireflies and the Clickers, they’re all there. The cast listing even includes some of the voice cast from the game. I’m curious to see how they’ll incorporate that into this.

The Last of Us is set to premiere next year, on HBO and HBO Max.

Here’s The Trailer For Hellraiser

Oh hey, they’re rebooting Hellraiser because of course they are.

Here’s the trailer.  It looks like they really want to make sure that we understand how the box works.  The best horror films don’t overexplain.  Anyway, this comes out in October so I guess look forward to the review.

Here’s The Trailer for Babylon!

Finally!  We have a trailer for Damien Chazelle’s Babylon!

Who would have thought that 2022 would have been the year that would have produced three flamboyant films about the decadence of the entertainment industry?  Elvis has already been released.  Blonde will be available by the end of the month.  And Babylon will coming out just as the year ends.  Judging from this trailer, it appears to be a film that will either be brilliant or a total disaster.  I’m hoping for the former.  America could use a really good movie about cocaine and pool parties.

Here’s The Trailer For Walter Hill’s Dead For A Dollar

Dead For A Dollar is director Walter Hill’s first film in six years and Christoph Waltz’s first western since his Oscar-winning turn in Django Unchained.  The film will bring Waltz together with Willem Dafoe, as they play two rivals in the old west.  Waltz is playing a bounty hunter who is hired to track down the runaway wife of a prominent politician.  Dafoe plays a gambler and an outlaw who apparently has a score to settle with Waltz.  Rachel Brosnahan (star of the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) plays the woman for whom Waltz is searching.  The film is scheduled to premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 6th.

Here’s the trailer!

Pooh and Piglet go on a rampage in the Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey Trailer

I didn’t realize that Winnie the Pooh fell into the public domain. As such, anyone with a story could publish something, and sure enough, here we are. Thanks to writer/director Rhys Frake-Waterfield, Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey takes A.A. Milne’s classic characters and makes them feral. Pooh Bear and Piglet are on a rampage, seemingly slaughtering anyone in their path. Will anyone survive? We’ll have to see. No date is given for a release.

Also, this opens up new doors. I can’t wait for Charlotte’s Web: Wilbur’s Requiem (a title I just came up with), where Charlotte’s other children return to Zuckerman’s Farm to avenge their mother under the belief that Wilbur forced her to write for him. Can the Cavatica sisters (Joy, Aranea and Nellie) defend the farm? That’s a story for another universe, I suppose.

Here’s The Trailer For The Son!

Look back on the 2020 Oscars, it now seems pretty obvious to me that, of the nominated films, The Father was the one that should have won Best Picture.  Of course, as far as I was concerned, The Father was actually a 2021 film but, due to the extended eligibility window, The Father was nominated for the 2020 Oscars.  Regardless of how one feels about all of that nonsense with the extended eligibility window, The Father was the best film out of the nominees and Anthony Hopkins fully deserved his second Oscar.  There are moments from The Father that were so powerful and heart-breaking that I feel as if I just watched them yesterday.  On the other hand, I can’t remember a thing about Nomadland, the film that actually won.

The Son has been described as being director Florian Zeller’s follow-up to The Father.  However, despite the return of screenwriter Christopher Hampton and the presence of Anthony Hopkins in both films (and despite the fact that Hopkins is playing a character named Anthony in both films), The Son is apparently more of a “spiritual sequel” to The Father than a direct sequel.

Well, no matter!  Sequel or not, The Son is expected to be an Oscar contender.  The teaser below doesn’t reveal too much, beyond Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern struggling to connect with their son.  Hopkins makes a brief appearance.  To be honest, the trailer feels a bit tense.  One gets the feeling that this is a movie about people who could explode at any minute.

Here’s the trailer:

Daniel Radcliffe & Evan Rachel Wood dare to be stupid in the Weird trailer!

That might sound like a rude title, but it’s not.

Most people who know Weird Al Yankovic’s music are aware of Dare to be Stupid, off The Transformers: The Movie soundtrack. If not that, then songs like Eat it! or the equally epic Trapped at the Drive Thru quickly come to mind. Though I don’t own a Roku (yet!), I’m kind of excited for this. The movie covers Weird Al’s humble beginnings and rise to accordion superstar. Daniel Radcliffe (Horns, Swiss Army Man) and Evan Rachel Wood (HBO’s Westworld, Kajillionaire) seem perfectly cast as Weird Al and Madonna here.

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story will be available on November 4 on The Roku Channel.

Here’s The Trailer for A Jazzman’s Blues

To be honest, the trailer for A Jazzman’s Blues looks a bit better than the average Tyler Perry film but…. well, it’s still a Tyler Perry film.  Perry seems like a genuinely nice man and he’s given valuable opportunities to a lot of actors and technicians.  But, as both a writer and a director, he has a tendency towards being more than a little heavy-handed.  He’s one of those filmmakers who, because of his personal qualities, you always hope will eventually make a great film but it’s debatable whether he’s even made a good one yet.

We’ll see how he did with A Jazzman’s Blues when it drops on Netflix in September.

Here’s The Trailer for White Noise!

Earlier today, the trailer for Noah Baumbach’s upcoming White Noise dropped.  This film, which is an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel, is expected to receive a major awards season push from Netflix.  It’s a film that not only reunited Baumbach with Marriage Story‘s Adam Driver but which also co-stars Greta Gerwig, who has yet to receive an acting nomination despite directing two films that have been nominated for Best Picture.  It’ll be curious to see how Baumbach does with White Noise.  DeLillo is one of our most acclaimed novelists but other filmmakers have often struggled to capture the essence of his prose on film.

Here’s the trailer.  Judge it for yourself.