Here’s The Latest Trailer for West Side Story!

Here’s the latest trailer for Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story!

I still don’t know how I feel about this. This is either going to be brilliant or it’s going to be an act of extreme hubris. I don’t see it as being a disaster because Spielberg usually does okay the bigger the project is. (It’s usually only when he attempts to do something low-key or personal that he loses his touch.) But is he going to bring anything new to the material, anything that wasn’t present in the first film? Every Spielberg film arrives with high expectations. Will West Side Story live up to them or will this be another film like The Post or Lincoln, two films that were nominated for Best Picture but which no one would consider to be classic Spielberg?

I guess we’ll find out when the film is finally released in December!

Here’s The Teaser for Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley!

Here’s the first teaser for one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Nightmare Alley!

Guillermo del Toro’s previous film, Shape of the Water, won the Oscar for Best Picture. Could Nightmare Alley pull off the same feat? I have no idea but the trailer looks good and I’ll watch Bradley Cooper, Willem DaFoe, and Cate Blanchett in anything. Nightmare Alley is scheduled to be released on December 17th.

Incidentally, Nightmare Alley is based on a novel, which was previously adapted into a film way back in 1947. That version, which is considered to be a noir classic, was directed by Edmund Goulding and starred Tyrone Power, Jr in the lead role.

*Sigh* Here’s The Trailer for Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up

Adam McKay has a new movie coming out.  It’s called Don’t Look Up and the cast is packed with stars.  It’s apparently a comedy about two astronomers who discover that a comet is about to collide with Earth, potentially ending all life as we know it.

Here’s the teaser:

I’m not really a big Adam McKay fan.  In fact, I think the last Adam McKay film that I really liked was AnchormanThe Big Short was overrated and smug.  Vice was an attempt to destroy Dick Cheney that, instead, rehabilitated the former vice president’s image in the eyes of many.  (I mean, seriously, it takes a certain amount of effort to screw up a film that’s only reason for existing was to portray Dick Cheney as being a sinister figure.)  Both Vice and The Big Short were victims of McKay’s tendency to try too hard to prove that he’s capable of more than just Anchorman.  (Let’s be honest, though.  If you had to pick between Anchorman and either of McKay’s Oscar-nominated films, which one are you going for?)

McKay is not a particularly good or clever political satirist but there are people who love his work, largely because they already agree with him.  His films are like the progressive, secular version of God’s Not Dead, heavy-handed, predictable, and beloved by people who exist in a very specific social and cultural bubble.  Of course, both The Big Short and Vice received several Oscar nominations but that due more to Hollywood agreeing with the film’s politics than the films themselves.

Anyway, the teaser features Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Meryl Streep, and Jennifer Lawrence, all acting up a storm.  (These are four talented actors, all of whom really need a director who is willing to say, “Okay, let’s dial it back a little.”  Subtlety, of course, is not really a McKay specialty.)  I’m not looking forward to this film but I’ll still watch it when it shows up on Netflix.  Who knows?  Maybe it’ll feel more like Anchorman than Vice.  One can only hope!

Here’s The Trailer For Belfast!

Belfast, the latest film from Kenneth Branagh, has been getting rapturous reviews at both the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals.  I’ve seen more than one critic say that it’s the first film that they’ve seen over the past few months that they could imagine winning best picture when the Oscars are handed out next year.

And really, I can see their point, even though I have yet to watch the film.

Consider the following:

  1. It’s British.
  2. It’s in black-and-white.
  3. It’s directed by Kenneth Branagh, who some would say is overdue for some Oscar recognition.
  4. It’s a personal film from one of the world’s leading Shakespeareans.
  5. Even though it’s a personal film, it’s also a film about the troubles in Northern Ireland in the 70s and therefore, it’s a film that can probably be interpreted as commenting upon the divisions of the present.
  6. It’s got an amazing cast.
  7. It’s a period film.
  8. Did I mention it’s in black-and-white?

As I said, I haven’t seen the film yet.  But the trailer looks amazing so I can’t wait until I do!

Here’s The Final Trailer for No Time To Die!

In a little over a month, No Time To Die is finally going to be released!

Can you believe it?  A part of me feels like we’ve been waiting for this film for close to a 100 years.  No Time To Die was first announced in 2016 and, like a lot of people, I was surprised and excited to hear that it would be directed by Danny Boyle.  Boyle, however, left the film due to creative differences and was replaced by an equally intriguing choice, Cary Joji Fukunaga.  All of the behind-the-scene turmoil and the constant rumors of Daniel Craig being tired of playing Bond gave the impression that No Time To Die was a trouble production and the frequent changing of the film’s release date didn’t help.  Of course, the truth of the matter is that No Time To Die was one of the many big films that was delayed by the pandemic.  Still, it has been six years since James Bond was last seen on a movie screen.

No Time To Die is going to be Daniel Craig’s last outing as Bond.  There have been rumors of Craig’s Bond dying and someone else stepping up to assume both his name and his rank.  I think it’s more probable that Bond either retires or fakes his own death like Bruce Wayne did at the end of The Dark Knight trilogy.  The Craig Bond films have borrowed more from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films than most critics have acknowledged.

The final trailer for No Time To Die dropped yesterday.  It seems to promise a lot of typical Bond stuff — glamorous locales, elaborate action scenes, and Ben Whishaw.  It also features Craig’s rather angsty interpretation of Bond.  (I’ve always felt that Craig tends to get a little bit too angsty as Bond, to the extent that he actually crossed the line from troubled to whiny in SPECTRE.)  Lea Seydoux reprises her SPECTRE love interest role and Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld also makes an appearance in the trailer and it would appear that we’re still doing the whole, “Every Craig film is a part of a bigger story” thing.

Rami Malek is also prominently featured, playing a villain.  Hopefully, this villain won’t be another lost relative of Bond’s.  That was a narrative decision that made absolutely no sense in SPECTRE….

You may have, at this point, guessed that I’m hoping this film will be more like Casino Royale and Skyfall than like Quantum of Silence and SPECTRE.  My feelings on the Craig films have been mixed but I’m an unapologetic fan of the Bond franchise so I can’t wait to finally see the new movie.

No Time To Die will be released on October 8th!  I’ll be there!

Here’s The Amazing Trailer For The Power of the Dog

The trailer for Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog is here and I couldn’t be more excited!

Having recently read the Tomas Savage-authored novel that this film is based on, I have to say that the trailer perfectly captures the story’s ominous atmosphere.  Kirsten Dunst appears to be the perfect choice for Rose and, though I had some doubts when the casting was announced, Benedict Cumberbatch appears to be properly menacing and charismatic in the role of Phil.

Jesse Plemons isn’t really highlighted in this trailer but I think he might be the actor who walks away with the most acclaim.  The role of George Burbank feels like it was written for Plemons.  I can’t wait to see what he does with it.

The Power of the Dog will soon premiere on Netflix!  Judging by the trailer, it may be one worth seeing on the big screen.

Here’s The Trailer for Mayday!

Mayday is due to be released on October 1st.  Personally, I would have held off until next May but what do I know?  The film is about Anna, who is transported to a fantasy world where she becomes a part of an all-girl army, just to discover that she’s not really into killing and war.

Will pacifism win the day?  I guess we’ll find out in October!

Here’s The Official Trailer For Spider-Man: No Way Home!

A few days ago, the trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home supposedly leaked online.  I say “supposedly” because I would honestly be shocked at the idea of anything in the world of entertainment happening without Disney somehow knowing about it beforehand.

Anyway, I held off on sharing the leaked trailer because I have integrity or something.  Or maybe I was just scared I would get sued or the site would be taken down.  I don’t know.  I held off for some reason.  But now that the trailer has been officially released …. well, here it is:

Apparently, Peter’s life has gotten difficult now that the world knows that he’s Spider-Man.  Since Tony Stark is dead and Robert Downey, Jr. would probably demand too much money to play Tony’s hitherto unknown twin brother, Peter decides to get a new bearded mentor but, in typical Peter fashion, he screws up Dr. Strange’s spell by talking too much and soon, universes are literally colliding.

If I sound like I’m being snarky, that’s just the way I always sound.  I love these movies in all of their occasionally silly glory and I’m really looking forward to Spider-Man: No Way Home.  I really enjoyed the previous two movies and this trailer is certainly more entertaining than the one that dropped for The Eternals.  I actually think that Tom Holland and Benedict Cumberbatch have the potential to be a pretty good team.  Plus, I know a lot of our readers are probably really excited about Alfred Molina showing up there at the end.  Will the other Spider-Men make an appearance?  We’ll find out soon.

Here’s The Trailer For The Survivalist!

You know, everyone, the truth of the matter is that you just never know where John Malkovich is going to pop up nowadays.  He’s done the serious actor bit and now, he’s enjoying the career of a prestige actor who appears in action and direct-to-video films.  And you now what?  Good for him!

Seriously, the man deserves to make some of that Christopher Walken/Bruce Willis money.

Here’s John Malkovich in the trailer for The Survivalist!

Here’s The Trailer for Afterlife of the Party

Cassie’s dead but she still has a chance to do right in her life …. actually this sounds familiar.  Oh well, no matter!  We all love Victoria Justice around here.

The party comes to Netflix on September 2nd.  Try not to die while watching.