Trailer: John Wick 3


Hi, everyone!

I have a theory about movies, specifically about the people who go to see the movies.  My theory is that audiences really like to watch Keanu Reeves kill people.

I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that Keanu seems to be pretty centered in real life.  He’s one of the few celebs about whom you never seem to hear anything negative.  Whenever Keanu’s in the news, he’s either volunteering at a homeless shelter or he’s in the park feeding ducks.  You never hear about Keanu acting obnoxious and pulling a star trip on anyone.  He seems to be at peace with both the world and his place in it.  While all the other celebs are on twitter being grumpy, Keanu seems like he should be hanging out on a ranch and having a beer with Kurt Russell and Jeff Bridges.

In short, real world Keanu seems to have reached a state of perfect zen.  So, it’s kind of fun to watch him tear through these action movies, battling either computer viruses or international mobsters.  The man who once known as Neo is now best known as John Wick.  When we first met John Wick, he won our hearts by avenging a dog.  Judging by the just released trailer of John Wick 3, he’s still a friend to animals.

He’s also still got people looking to kill him, of course.  Judging from the trailer, John Wick 3 looks like it will be an action spectacular.  You have to wonder about the mercenaries and killers who keep getting sent after Wick.  I imagine that, when they find out what they’re expected to do, a lot of them quit on the spot.  No one can kill John Wick.

And if you need proof, just check out the trailer below!

Here’s A Teaser For Something That Might Be Ghostbusters 3


So, earlier today, Twitter was all abuzz because of a minute-long teaser for a film that won’t be coming out until 2020.  That title of that film …. well, actually, it doesn’t have an “official” title yet but, for now, people are just calling it Ghostbusters 3.

That’s right.  After all the controversy and drama that we went through with the last attempt to revive (or reboot, depending on which side you were on) the Ghostbusters franchise, it is happening again.  Except this time, according to Entertainment Weekly, it appears that the new film is going to be a “direct sequel” to the first two Ghostbusters films and it’s going to be directed by Jason Reitman.  Jason Reitman, of course, is the son of Ivan Reitman.  He’s also a director who, after his last few films, could really use another hit.

(Apparently, audiences in 2018 really weren’t interested in watching a movie about a forgotten 1988 presidential campaign.  Who would have guessed?)

The teaser itself is pretty simple.  There’s a storm.  There’s a barn.  There’s an old vehicle with a Ghostbusters logo.  Here’s what is not in the teaser.  First off, there’s no sign of the cast of the 2016 reboot, which I guess will make the YouTube commentariat happy.  There’s also no sign of Bill Murray, Dan Ayrkroyd, or even Ernie Hudson.  In the past, Bill Murray has said that he wasn’t interested in doing a third Ghostbusters films and, considering that Bill Murray pretty much does whatever he wants, you have to kind of wonder if he’ll actually come back or if maybe Ghostbusters 3 is just going to be Dan Aykroyd teaching his grandson (probably played by Pete Davidson) how to hunt and trap ghosts.

One of the many theories on twitter is that the film will bring the two sets of Ghostbusters together, which I assume means that we’ll get hilarious scenes of Aykroyd and Melissa McCarthy teaming up to complain about Chinese food.  To be honest, though, a crossover is not really that bad of an idea and it certainly would be fun to watch people’s heads explode as a result.  In fact, if this new Ghostbusters film is anything like the last Ghostbusters film, watching people’s heads explode will probably be more fun than actually watching the film itself.

(For his part, Ivan Reitman told EW that this film would be a “passing of the torch,” which could either refer to a new group of Ghostbusters or maybe just the fact that Ivan’s giving his son a job.)

In other words, who knows!?

But here’s the teaser.

Here’s That Teaser for Season 8 of Game of Thrones!


Tonight, before the premier of the 3rd season of True Detective, HBO aired the teaser for eighth and final season of Game of Thrones.

Now, I’m not even going to try to pretend like I have some sort of special insight into what this teaser means.  To be honest, I always struggle a bit when it comes to keeping up with who is plotting against who on Game of Thrones.  Whenever I try to speculate about what’s happening on the show, I’m always proven wrong.  Back during the first season, I even used to get Robb Stark confused with Jon Snow.  Just try living that down….

Here’s what I will say.  The trailer has a lot of atmosphere and it’s all appropriately ominous.  If anyone’s still alive by the end of the show, I’ll be surprised.  And, really, that’s the way it should be.  The teaser takes place in a crypt and features a lot of death statues so even the teaser seems to be warning us that nobody’s going to get out of this season untouched.

Here’s the teaser:

In the past, HBO show have occasionally struggled during their final seasons.  I’m never going to get over what happened to True Blood during its final season.  Hopefully, Game of Thrones will be the exception to that rule.

As always, we’ll see what happens!

Trailer: Velvet Buzzsaw


A few years ago, Dan Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Rene Russo excited film viewers everywhere when they collaborated on Nightcrawler, a portrait of a psychologically damaged man who proves to be quite adept at playing the media game.  The combination of Gillroy’s atmospheric direction and satirical script with Gyllenhaal’s wonderfully unhinged lead performance made for an incendiary and prophetic film.  Just why exactly Nightcrawler was totally snubbed by the Academy continues to be one of the most perplexing mysteries in recent Oscar history.  Despite strong support from the critics, not even Gyllenhaal picked up a nomination.

Dan Gilroy followed Nightcrawler up with Roman Israel, Esq., which was as forgettable as Nightcrawler was memorable but which still managed to accomplish what Nightcrawler didn’t.  It received an Oscar nomination for its leading man.  One gets the feeling that nomination had more to do with Denzel Washington’s reputation for award-worthy work than for anything that actually happened in the movie.  Gyllenhaal went on to give award-worthy performances in films like Southpaw and Stronger but the Academy has continued to snub him.  As for Russo, she’s only appeared in three films post-Nightcrawler and none of them were worthy of her talents.

Well, this year, Gyllenhaal, Russo, Gilroy, and Nightcrawler‘s cinematographer, Robert Elswit, have reunited for Velvet Buzzsaw!  That’s right, they’ve got the band together again!  The film appears to be a mix of horror film and an art world satire.  As the film’s plot description puts it: After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.  The trailer would seem to suggest that paintings themselves are coming to life to enact revenge on sell-outs, everywhere.  The idea of haunted paintings has been explored by everyone from Oscar Wilde to H.P. Lovecraft to Lucio Fulci and I look forward to seeing what type of spin Gilroy puts on it.

Along with Russo and Gyllenhaal, this film also features John Malkovich.  Honestly, I don’t think you can do an art world satire without finding a role for Malkovich.  Much as how Bill Paxton simply belonged in Nightcrawler, it seems that Malkovich would just belong in Velvet Buzzsaw.

Velvet Buzzsaw will be playing at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and it will be officially released by Netflix on February 1st!  I get the feeling that we’re either going to love it or we’re going to hate it.  I don’t think there’s going to be much in-between.

Check out the trailer below!

Here’s The Trailer For Greta!


So, the trailer below is a pretty good example of why people like me sometimes complain that some trailers give away way too much information.

The trailer starts out with Chloe Grace Moretz finding a bag on the subway and taking it back to its owner, who turns out to be Isabelle Huppert.  So far, so good.  Isabelle Huppert is a brilliant actress and Chloe Grace Moretz can be great when she has the right material to work with.

In the trailer, it appears that Moretz and Huppert quickly become friends.  However, a minute into the trailer, there’s a big twist.  And really, that’s where the trailer should have ended.  Instead, it goes on for another minute and a half and it reveals way too much.  To be honest, I felt as if I had pretty much seen the whole film by the time the trailer ended.

Oh well.  I’ll still see the movie.

Here’s the trailer!  You might want to stop at the one minute mark.

Here’s The New Captain Marvel TV Spot!


What could inspire the entire world to obsess over 30 seconds of video?

Why, it must be the latest installment in the MCU!

A new 30-second TV spot for Captain Marvel was released earlier today.  It’s …. well, to be honest, it’s pretty much more of the same.  Hopefully, Captain Marvel will be as powerful as everyone says she is because 50% of the universe was wiped out at the end of the last two MCU films.  Seriously, someone needs to do something about that.

Anyway, here’s the new Captain Marvel TV spot, Born Free!

Here’s The Trailer From I’m Not Here


There are a few things about the trailer for I’m Not Here that cause me to feel cautiously optimistic about this film.

First off, the film stars two super talented actors, J.K. Simmons and Sebastian Stan.  Simmons deservedly won an Oscar for Whiplash and he’s one of our best-known and most recognizable character actors.  That said, it’s rare that he ever gets a starring role, even though he certainly has the talent to handle them.  Meanwhile, Sebastian Stan is a good actor who always seems to be at risk of getting overshadowed by all of the other big stars in the MCU.

Secondly, the trailer’s song made me cry.

Now, here’s what I’m cautious in my optimism.  After spending two years on the festival circuit, I’m Not Here will finally be getting released in March of next year.  In the past, it was rare that good films were ever released in March.  That said, both Get Out and Grand Budapest Hotel were March releases so maybe it’s time to leave that superstition behind.

Here’s the trailer!