After being delayed by the COVID pandemic, King Richard is finally coming out later this year. King Richard is a film about Richard Williams, the father and coach of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams. Richard Williams will be played by Will Smith and that seems like such perfect casting that a lot of forecasters are already predicting that this role might land Will Smith his third Oscar nomination.
There’s some trailer that really can’t be described and the trailer for the Icelandic drama Lamb is one of them. I’ll just say that Noomi Rapace is the only girl with the dragon tattoo who matters. Now, check out the trailer for Lamb.
I’m a little bit worried about the fate of the cat that appears in this trailer but I’ll still definitely be watching this film.
The new trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife dropped today and you can watch it below.
Someone on twitter commented that the bad thing about a new Ghostbusters movie coming out is that we’re now going to have to spend a few months “relitigating” the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters, the existence of which Afterlife appears to ignore. I can’t remember who it was who tweeted it but whoever it was is very much correct. So, I’ll say this about the 2016 Ghostbusters …. it wasn’t very good. At the time, a lot of people (like me) tried really hard to focus on the positive when we reviewed the film, largely because the online backlash against the reboot was so deeply misogynistic, obnoxious, and stupid. But, when taken on its own terms and separated from both the controversy and also what we all wished the movie could be, the 2016 Ghostbusters was rather forgettable. I mean, I honestly don’t remember a damn thing about it other than Melissa McCarthy going on and on about wontons and the finale feeling as if it was lifted from Pixels.
(The fact that an Adam Sandler-starring tribute to old video games was more memorable than the reboot of pop cultural milestone should tell you all you need to know about the 2016 version of Ghostbusters.)
The trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife doesn’t really look that memorable, either. If anything, it looks like it’s trying a bit too hard to mix sentiment with comedy. The little Marshmallow Man is cute, though I suspect that the main reason he’s in the film is because of the popularity of Baby Yoda. Anyway, we’ll see how it goes. Jason Reitman has been struggling a bit lately, with both audiences and critics. After the initial successes of ThankYou For Smoking, Juno, Up In The Air, and YoungAdult, there’s been a bit of a backlash against him and his style of storytelling. In other words, he could use a hit or, at the very least, a film that’s not considered to be a complete disaster. If nothing else, Ghostbusters: Afterlife will probably make more money than The Front Runner.
The film, which is set in 2040, is about what happens when an A.I. is reprogrammed to kidnap the Vice President’s son and to potentially execute him on live TV. At least, that’s what the imdb plot description says. The reviews that have been posted to the site insist that there’s actually more to the film than just this. Maybe so. I guess I’ll find out when I watch the movie later because there’s no way that I’m not going to watch something that looks this potentially ridiculous!
Having now watched the trailer for Dune, I have to say that “The House Atreides accepts!” might replace “I declare him to be an outlawwwwwwwww!” as my favorite over the top Oscar Isaac line reading. Seriously, Isaac is just one of those actors who can take a slightly silly line and deliver it with just enough gusto to make it memorable.
As for the trailer itself, it appears to have a little bit for everyone. There’s humor. There’s explosions. There’s sand. There’s Zendaya. There’s Timothee Chalamet. There’s Duncan Idaho! I know that a lot of folks here at the Shattered Lens will be excited about that.
Warner Bros. is pouring a lot of their hopes into this film, which will be available both on HBOMax and, hopefully, in theaters. The trailer attempts to keep both Dune readers and Timothee cultists happy and I imagine that it probably succeeded.
Neill Blomkamp, the director behind District 9 and a few films that were not District 9 and have since been kind of forgotten, has a new movie coming out! It’s called Demonic and it’s about a mother and a daughter and demonic forces and the Vatican apparently funding a black ops team. That sounds like a lot! Actually, it sounds likes it could almost be too much. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel has been a project that has had several projected release dates. It was originally expected to be a 2020 Oscar contender but, like many highly anticipated films, it kept getting moved back due to the Coronavirus pandemic. That was unfortunately, though I am ultimately glad that the film waited for the theaters as opposed to going the streaming route. One thing that all Ridley Scott films, good or bad, have in common is that they’re best viewed on a big screen.
This October, we should finally get to see The Last Duel. The film tells a a true story and features such Oscar-friendly actors as Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Adam Driver. Though Gladiator may have won best picture, Ridley Scott is still in the hunt for his first directing win. This year, he not only has The Last Duel in the hunt but he’s also going to have House ofGucci, featuring Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, and, once again, Adam Driver.
The trailer for TheLast Duel was released today. From what I saw on social media, the reaction was a bit mixed, with many pointing out that the visuals had a bit of a washed-out look to them. Indeed, watching the trailer, one wonders if it ever stopped snowing in 14th century France. Personally, though, I’m a little bit more concerned with Ben Affleck’s hair. Adam Driver and Matt Damon are usually well-cast in period films but, in the past, Ben Affleck has always come across like he can’t wait to catch the next train back to Boston. That said, there was a lot about the trailer that I did like. The sets look impressive and it really does seem like the type of story that usually brings out the best in Ridley Scott as a director.
Plus, I have to say that I really like the film’s poster, which has something of a Ken Russell feel to it. If anything, the poster actually has me more excited about seeing the film than the trailer does.
With all of that said and in mind, here’s the trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel!
As I said when Titane’s victory at Cannes was announced, I loved Julia Ducournau’s previous film, Raw. I can’t wait to see Titane, even though I get the feeling that I’ll be watching it through my fingers as I hold my hands in front of my face.
The previous Palme d’Or winner, Parasite, went on to become the first non-English language film to win the Oscar for Best Picture. To be honest, I don’t expect the same from Titane, which looks like it might be a bit too extreme to win over the Oscar voters. Though the Academy has recently shown more of a willingness to consider the unconventional, they still probably aren’t quite ready for Titane. In fact, there’s even some speculation that the film might be considered too extreme for the French to even submit it for the Best International Film Oscar. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since the French also never submitted anything from Jean Rollin either. And before you scoff at the idea of Jean Rollin getting nominated for an Oscar, allow me to suggest that you watch The Grapes of Death, Two Orphan Vampires, Nightofthe Hunted, and The Living Dead Girl. Jean-Luc Godard wishes he could direct a vampire film as memorable as Two OrphanVampires! Anyway….
Ultimately, awards are forgotten but art is immortal. While the film, based on the trailer, seems to be obviously influenced by Cronenberg, it also promises a unique experience, which is something that I think we’re all craving, even if some people don’t realize it yet. Sometimes, you see a trailer and you think to yourself, “Well, that’s a film that’ll never appear on Disney Plus and the characters will probably not appear in Space Jam 3” and that’s enough to get you excited about the prospect of viewing it. I can’t wait to watch Titane and review it.
Earlier this week, Blue Bayou made quite a splash at the Cannes Film Festival, with many critics predicting that it might not only be a contender for the Palme d’Or but also an Oscar contender as well.
We’ll find out about the Palme d’Or tomorrow. For now, though, check out the trailer!
Tilda Swinton has several films coming out this year. Here’s the trailer for one of them!
In Memoria, Swinton plays a Scottish woman who has some strange sensory experiences while in the jungles of Colombia. The trailer does a very good job of keeping things vague. The title, itself, refers to memory so I’m going to guess that …. well, I’m not going to guess anything. It’s an intriguing trailer and I look forward to watching the film and discovering its secrets for myself.
Memoria will be premiering the Cannes Film Festival on the 15th.