Each week I lay out the most intriguing or necessary trailers you may not have noticed yet – from wannabe blockbusters to budding indies, documentary to drama, the western nations to the East I will try and capture a quick snapshot of what you need to see!
NB: These are not ranked, and the number of trailers will vary week-to week.
Trailers! Trailers! Get your fresh, piping hot trailers here! Free with every share! Well…you don’t have to share it, but it would encourage me to continue for my beloved fans (I know you’re out there!). It’s been a fun week; a few second trailers have been released (It, Everything Everything and Dunkirk) and a couple weaker ones have arrived too. But I’m going to focus on a few of the other, better ones. Spoilers for what’s ahead: I’ve included a couple of trailers I would consider in “blockbuster territory, but each for a good reason. Let’s begin!
Right, I have to admit: I am a sucker for a good horror trailer. I think it’s because I struggle to sit through the full feature without passing out, but a couple minutes and I’m thoroughly entertained. This took me to a small film named Applecart, and This. Trailer. Looks. Dope. Its also got “seasoned” horror actors attached, a first-time director with a clear vision, creepy families, setting and hallways. I’m sold, are you? When do we get it? Doesn’t have a release date for any country yet. This will be shopped around unless it can get some festival traction…but the fact it didn’t make Overlook could be a worry.
2. The Limehouse Golem
I like this trailer. And to be honest, I would never normally go and see a movie like this in the cinema…but something about this just catches me. Its an interesting thriller premise, that doesn’t feel paint-by-numbers like most movies of this ilk. Bill Nighy plus mystery plus strong British supporting cast equals a really interesting film. When do we get it? September 1st
3. Blade Runner 2049
Okay, I know this movie has mad hype and I don’t need to mention it, but three things: Firstly, does it have a lot of hype? The first one didn’t make money, and its been approx. 30 years, so just in case I thought I’d mention it. Secondly, this trailer is great, it shows you enough but also very little. Jared Leto’s exposition informs you of everything and nothing, and I didn’t know Batista was in this! Thirdly and finally, Roger freakin’ Deakins. Look how beautiful this movie looks! Roger Deakins is the Cinematographer/DP on this, he’s worked on such movies as the Shawshank Redemption, The Big Lebowski and has worked with this director (the fabulous Denis Villeneuve) on all of his english language films. This could be his Oscar-winning turn and break his duck (he’s been nominated 13 times). When do we get it? 6th October
4. Game Over, Man!
Workaholics meets Seth Rogen for this upcoming movie. This teaser doesn’t show us anything, and we don’t know any plot details, but we know the Rogen/Goldberg team (Pineapple Express and Superbad) will produce and maybe help write. Anders Holm writes with Kyle Newacheck (Karl the drug dealer in Workaholics) will direct, the same way the TV show works. This has all the pieces to be a phenomenally funny movie…I hope it comes together! When do we get it? US gets it on 4/20 next year (20th April to the layman)…if we don’t get it on the same date I riot.
Okay so I just had to include this one because it looks arthouse-y AF. Written and directed by the costume designers of Black Swan, Woodshock tells a tale of a woman (Dunst) falling into paranoia after taking a deadly drug. I don’t know, this could be pretentious as all hell, or could wind up being simply outstanding…all we know is that everyone will be dressed fittingly. Whatever happens the writer/directors Kate and Laura Mulleavy have their successful fashion label (Rodarte) to fall back on, so we’ll see. I’m positive on Woodshock, simply because A24 purchased it and they are on a hot streak at the minute (Check back to last week’s article with It Comes At Night). When do we get it? No dates on any countries yet…this trailer is festival-bait for sure.
6. The Dark Tower
Oooooeeee! Another Stephen King adaptation coming to the big screen! And I am….underwhelmed. This trailer doesn’t do justice to the epic scale of the books it portrays. McConaughey doesn’t seem engaged with the premise and its hard to lose Idris Elba in a character. Also, of all the movies listed here, this is the one we get first. This is the only footage we have of this film. It has me worried about how finished or how well edited this will end up being, I mean we’ve had more of Dunkirk, Atomic Blonde and Valerian than this (all the week before in the US with new premises attempting to make around the same money), but I hope I’m wrong…for Idris’ movie career’s sake. When do we get it? 18th August, the depths of the month that can make or break a movie (honestly nothing released in the UK in August made any money other than Suicide Squad and Finding Dory last year, and they had waaay more trailers and waaay more fanboys/children going for them)
So that’s this week’s list!
Do you think I missed anything out?
Did I neglect some movies from this week?
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