Trailer: If Beale Street Could Talk


Yesterday was James Baldwin’s birthday so it was also the perfect day to release the trailer for Barry Jenkins’s upcoming film, If Beale Street Could Talk.  If Beale Street Could Talk is based on a 1974 novel by Baldwin.

Jenkins, of course, previously directed Moonlight, which won the Oscar for best picture.  Interestingly enough, Moonlight defeated Damien Chazelle’s La La Land for the prize.  This year, not only is Jenkins back but so is Chazelle with First Man.

So, could we be looking at another Jenkins vs Chazelle Oscar race?  Maybe.  Who knows, to be honest?  That is what a lot of people are hoping for, of course.  Jenkins vs. Chazelle: The Rematch!

Check out the trailer and try to guess what will happen for yourself!

Weekly Trailer Round-Up: Glass, Aquaman, Shazam, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gridenwald, Patient Zero, I Still See You, Second Act, On The Basis of Sex, The Walking Dead


First, in 2000, there was Unbreakable.  Then, 16 years later, there was Split.  This January, M. Night Shyamalan brings us the third part of his Eastrail 177 trilogy, Glass.  The first trailer for Glass was dropped at SDCC this weekend and it leads off this week’s trailer round-up.

Also dropping at SDCC was the first trailer for Aquaman.  The DC hero that everyone loves to ridicule is finally get a movie of his very own.  The trailer hints at the origins of Arthur Curry, features the expected underwater action, and features enough ironic line readings that it could almost pass for the latest entry in the MCU.

If Glass and Aquaman are not heroic enough for you, there is always Shazam.  Back in the 1940s, Shazam was known as Captain Marvel and his adventures were published by Fawcett.  Claiming that Captain Marvel was clear rip-off of Superman, DC attempted to sue Fawcett out of business and then purchased the character, renaming him Shazam.  Now, Shazam is coming to theaters.  Shazam’s appeal has always been retro so, naturally, the trailer is full of references to Game of Thrones and self-reflexive humor.

Following the 2014 Godzilla reboot and Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the third chapter in Legendary’s Monsterverse.  This one will see Godzilla meeting Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah.  Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be released on May 31st, 2019.

Also released at SDCC was the latest trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gridenwald.  Fantastic Beasts will be released on November 16th.

In Patient Zero, Matt Smith and Natalie Dormer try to find a cure for a virus that is transforming humanity into zombies.  The film is scheduled to be released through video-on-demand on 14 August 2018, before a limited theatrical release on 14 September 2018.

I Still See You is the latest B-movie to feature Bella Thorne getting stalked.  Will you see I Still See You when it’s released on October 12th?

In the upcoming comedy, Second Act, Jennifer Lopez plays an ambitious woman who is mistaken for a high-level business consultant.  With a plot like that, Second Act sounds like it could be the funniest film of 2004.  Second Act will be released on November 21st, 2018.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has already been the subject of one of the year’s most successful documentaries.  She gets the biopic treatment with On The Basis of Sex.  Felicity Jones plays Ginsburg while Mimi Leder returns from her cinematic exile to handle directing duties.  On The Basis of Sex will be released on December 25th.

Finally, the trailer for the 9th season of The Walking Dead dropped at SDCC and promised a new world with new rules.  Season 9 premieres on October 7th.

 

Here’s The Trailer For Zoe!


When this trailer started, I was excited because I was thinking it was going to turn into a horror movie.

Then I saw that it was from the director of Like Crazy and I was like, “Oh, never mind.”  I would probably be more enthusiastic about this particular trailer if I hadn’t already recently seen about a hundred movies and television shows that all deal with the exact same premise.

I did enjoy Like Crazy, though.

Here’s The Super Dangerous Red Band Trailer For The Predator!


When it comes to Shane Black’s The Predator, we’ve had a family friendly trailer and an action trailer.  Today, we got a Red Band Trailer!

That’s right, it’s red band!  That mean that it has cursing and blood and the middle finger and everything and it can only be shown before R-rated films.  There’s nothing more dangerous than a Red Band Trailer!

So, here’s the Super Dangerous Red Band Trailer for The Predator, which will probably be really good because it was directed by Shane Black:

 

Here’s The Trailer For Leave No Trace!


This trailer dropped last week but, somehow, I missed it until today.

Leave No Trace appears to be yet another film about an irresponsible and/or unconventional father raising his daughter in the woods.  On the negative side, this is literally my least favorite genre of film.  After sitting through both Captain Fantastic and The Glass Castle, I’ve pretty much reached my limit as far as screwed-up cinematic fathers are concerned.

On the plus side, however, is the fact that the father is played by Ben Foster and he seems like the type of actor who could actually do something interesting with the role.  Also, the film is directed by Debra Granik, who did such a great job with Winter’s Bone.

So, perhaps against my better judgment, I will give this one a shot.

Here’s the trailer:

Here’s The Trailer For The Night Eats The World!


Somehow, I failed to share this trailer for The Night Eats The World when it was released earlier this week.

So, I’m sharing it now!

Now, this does look like it’s yet another zombie movie.  I love zombies but I’m afraid the whole living dead genre is getting a bit over exposed.  I mean, everyone is making zombie jokes now.  Even insurance companies make jokes about zombie apocalypse insurance.  Zombies were never supposed to go mainstream.

That said, this trailer is actually pretty effective.  So, who knows?  Maybe The Night Eats The World will live up to all of that potentially deadly hype.

We’ll see!

Here’s The Trailer For Welcome To Marwen!


When it comes to Robert Zemeckis, there seems to be two different types of film lovers.

There are those who feels that, as a director, Zemeckis makes films where relatively thin and sentimental stories are used as an excuse to show what he can do with CGI.

And then there are those of us who love Zemeckis’s brand of sincere, effects-driven storytelling.  I was in tears by the end of The Walk and, as much as I tried to resist, the trailer for Welcome to Marwen brought tears to my mismatched eyes as well.

Of course, it helps to know something about the true story that this film is based on.  Welcome to Marwen was inspired by a documentary called Marwencol.  Here’s the description of Marwencol‘s plot, which I lifted from Wikipedia because I’m lazy:

On April 8, 2000, Mark Hogancamp was attacked outside of a bar by five men who beat him nearly to death. After nine days in a coma and forty days in the hospital, Mark was discharged with brain damage that left him little memory of his previous life. Unable to afford therapy, Mark creates his own by building a 1/6-scale World War II-era Belgian town in his yard and populating it with dolls representing himself, his friends, and even his attackers. He calls that town “Marwencol,” a portmanteau of the names “Mark,” “Wendy” and “Colleen.”

Mark was initially discovered by photographer David Naugle, who documented and shared his story with Esopus magazine and then his work was shown in a New York art gallery. But having the label of “art” applied to his intensely personal work forces Mark to make a choice between the safety of his fictional town and the real world he’s avoided since his attack.

It’s hard to think of any actor that embodies wounded humanity quite as well as Steve Carell.  (You even felt kinda sorry for him in Foxcatcher.)  Welcome to Marwen (which was originally announced as The Women of Marwen) has been mentioned as one of two Oscar contenders featuring Steve Carell, the other being Beautiful Boy.

Here’s the trailer: