Want To See At Least Two Slew of Trailers From San Diego Comic-Con? Then Hit The DMM Facebook Page

ww1Yep, it’s that time of year again – San Diego Comic-Con, when all of the studios are fighting to get new trailers and previews to an appreciative audience in order to generate some positive buzz about all of the genre-related (and not just comic-book) films and TV shows they have coming out.

This year, instead of continuously posting the new trailers here, though, I’m putting them up on the Durnmoose Movie Musings Facebook page. So if you want to  see things like the (surprisingly better than I expected) new Wonder Woman trailer or footage from the upcoming Justice League movie, or the Lego Batman movie, or Kong: Skull Island, or the new Dr. Strange trailer, or previews for the upcoming Marvel/Netflix collaborations, or Guy Ritchie’s intriguing take on King Arthur, or… well, let’s just say “a whole bunch of other stuff”, then head over there and take a look.

Also, while you’re there, go ahead and give the page a like or a share… it really is the easiest way to keep up with everything that’s going on with the Moose, and is also where I sometimes post things that I might not feel deserve a full post here. Oh, and for that matter I may as well go ahead and mention the Durnmoose twitter feed, which you can find a link to in the sidebar, and which I also use for getting the word out when there is a new post here. You can find the link to that over in the sidebar.

 

Let’s Just Go Ahead And Declare Today Trailer Day – Here’s A Whole Crop Of New Ones

It’s always interesting to just let yourself fall down the rabbit hole of the interwebs and see where you wind up. This time, the first link was a note that I got about The Founder, an upcoming movie starring Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the guy who… well, he didn’t exactly start McDonalds, but he was responsible for it becoming the fast food behemoth that it is today.

At the same time, I noticed that a new trailer had also been released for the Independence Day sequel. Yeah, te original is problematic and full of plot holes, and the ending makes no sense whatsoever, but it remains just a fun turn your mind off and go with it movie, and if Independence Day: Resurgence can at least come up to that standard, I’ll be happy enough with it.

From there, it was on to another upcoming supposed summer blockbuster, the return of Matt Damon as the titular character in Jason Bourne.

Lights Out is one of those horror movies that looks like it could either be completely terrifying or completely crap. The trailer definitely shows some promise, though, so I think I’m willing to give it a shot.

New Woody Allen movies, it seems, have become an annual tradition, This year’s offering, represented by this international trailer (complete with, for some reason, French subtitles) is Cafe Society.

I’m not sure how Nine Lives snuck in here, except possibly for my love of Kevin Spacey, but here ya go anyway.

The next few caught my eye mostly because of the talent involved with them. First up, The Girl on the Train with Emily Blunt, whose work I’ve really liked lately

Next, The Infiltrator with Byan Cranston and John Lguizamo

And though I don’t like the term modern noir much, that’s the vibe I get from Manhattan Nights with Adrian Brody and Yvonne Strahovsky

I don’t know much about Chevalier, but the premise looks like it could have some promise.

The Last Heist is another one of those movies that seems like it could really go either way. The trailer doesn’t excite me that much, but the premise of one of the gang members actually being a serial killer seems as though it could add at least another level of intensity if it’s played right

Next, a couple of trailers that have me hoping we might see some smart science fiction movies coming out this year. First up, Equals with Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult. I’m not completely sold on this one, because the trailer mostly makes it look like another romance just covered in SF trappings, but maybe.

Then there’s this little oddity called Ickerman

Next, there’s this odd looking gem which features Liam Neeson: A Monster Calls

And to wrap things up, here’s one that, like the Russian movie Guardians which I featured here earlier in the week, shows that America isn’t the only country that can make superhero movies. It’s from Finland as is titled Rendel.

So those are just some of the trailers that have caught my eye recently. If you’ve got some that you want to share, please do so either in the comments section below or over on the Facebook page. I’d love to see what has you guys (and gals) intrigued or excited.

 

I’m Glad She Knows Why We’re Here – Here’s The Trailer For Star Trek Beyond (2016)

st1I’ve already seen a lot of chatter online saying that this trailer “doesn’t look like Star Trek” and other variations on that theme.

I’m not sure I agree with that.

Look, I’ll be the first to admit, as a fan of the original series, as someone who grew up with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, etc. as the only Star Trek that no, from this trailer, the upcoming Star Trek Beyond  isn’t what I would expect from a movie built around the original franchise. But that’s kind of the point, isn’t it? This isn’t the original franchise. We’ve known ever since the first J.J. Abrams “it’s not a reboot” movie that we were no longer going to be dealing with the original characters/framework – or at least not in the way we were used to.

In a lot of ways, the clue is right there in the title. This isn’t Star Trek. This is Star Trek Beyond. This is a new Star Trek, for a new generation. (No “Next Generation” pun intended there.) At the same time, let’s take a look at what we do have here. We’ve got the Enterprise (at least for a little while, though it does look like dire things may be happening to it.). We’ve got a new world, a new civilization. We’ve got strong, at times comedic interactions between the main characters (including a completely in-character line from Karl Urban’s McCoy who in my mind is the one actor who has really gotten the heart of his predecessor). We’ve got action that yes, I’ll admit looks more like any other space movie than I’d like, but I’ll defend that by saying it’s what’s necessary to draw in today’s crowd beyond just the die-hard fans. The only thing we’re missing really is Kirk macking on the alien chick, but hey, they’ve got to save something for the film, right?

Plus, there’s one other thing you have to keep in mind. This is just the first trailer. There are sure to be plenty more to come before the actual film comes out. And as such, it does what it’s supposed to. It sets the tone and looks to get people excited about the movie. Does it succeed? Is it an accurate portrayal of what the final movie will look like? Well, we won’t really be able to answer that until the movie opens next year.

So no, it doesn’t look like an Old School Star Trek trailer like some of us might have been hoping for. But for now at least, I’m still willing to climb on board this new Enterprise and see where she takes me.

Just A Little Off The Top, Please – Here’s The New Trailer For Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

bs1For those of you who don’t know me personally, I’ll let you in on a secret that really isn’t a secret. I’m a white guy who shaves his own head at home. Yep, I regularly just pull out the same kind of razor that most guys use for their beards and take it to the top of my head. I started doing this a while back when I noticed that my hair was starting to thin some and I decided it was time to go with a different look. And while there is a part of me that misses the dark wavy locks that I used to sport, I do think the new look works in a different way.

Of course, I probably could have left most of that out and just said “I’m a white guy” and most of you would have made the assumption that the kind of African-American barbershop experience that is depicted in the Barbershop movies is completely alien to me. After all, for most white guys nowadays “getting a haircut” consists of exactly that. Going into some place like a Supercuts or Sportclips and just getting a cut and getting out. The barbershop is not a place where we hang out, or that we invest a lot of time or thought into.

bs2And for the most part, that’s true. Though I do remember back in the day going with my dad to a place called “Wayne’s Barbershop” on a regular basis. Now I have no idea why my dad started going there, but back then we were regulars, and while it may not have really been a neighborhood hangout, it was the kind of place that people would go into and spend some time not just getting a quick impersonal cut, but interacting with Wayne, sharing neighborhood gossip and talk and just catching up.

Anyway, all of that is just my long-winded way to say that though I may not be able to directly relate to the kind of African-American barbershop cultural experience that is depicted in the Barbershop films, I really have enjoyed the first two movies in the series and am looking forward to the upcoming third film, Barbershop: The Next Cut.

Once again, the movie looks like it has a lot of the same smart, character-driven comedy, along with the heart and love for neighborhood that drove the first two films, and that it;s going to feature some of the best comedians out there today.

Also, and this is one of the things that has really made the first two movies stand out from the pack for me, it looks like the writing is as sharp as ever, utilizing and employing actual comedy instead of simply taking the easy way out and relying on foul language and cheap sex gags to draw in an audience.

So yeah, I’m definitely looking forward to this third installment in the series and hoping that it’s going to live up to the promise shown in this new trailer:

Now if you’ll excuse me, my head’s feeling a bit stubbly this morning, so I guess it’s time to go pull out the razor and take care of that.

At This Point I’m Just Hoping The Movie Doesn’t Turn Out Too Monstrous – Here’s The Trailer For Victor Frankenstein (2015)

vfConsidering Fox’s growing reputation for really farking up properties like this, while I’d like to believe that they’re going to give us a good interpretation of this with their Thanksgiving release of Victor Frankenstein, I’m finding it harder and harder to buy into.

Of course, considering what we’ve heard so far from Universal and their plan to turn their versions of the classic monsters into some kind of Avengers-style mashup, I can’t say I’m particularly excited to see that either… Sigh…

Hey, nuHammer! You did some really good work with these characters in the past. Wanna take you’re own swing at ’em again? I figure you can’t screw it up any worse than the others, and so far your recent output’s been pretty respectable…

Yeah, And That’s Exactly What Appears To Be The Problem – Here’s the New “Final” Trailer for Fantastic Four (2015)

Go ahead – watch the trailer first.

“There’s strength in Numbers.”

Of course, it’s just a catchy (if cliche) tagline playing off the emphasis on the “Four” in the title rather than the “Fantastic”, which is actually where the emphasis should be, but once again, Fox proves that they’re afraid to fully embrace the comic book nature of the properties they have optioned. (Again leaving us with the question of why option them in the first place? Is it really solely for the name recognition?)

ffa3And then there’s the part where any fan of the classic characters would tell you that the line should be “There’s strength in Family”, since one of the most the most interesting aspects of the book from its inception and especially in the ensuing years was the development of Reed Richards et al. into Marvel’s “First Family” amongst the hero set.

But, of course, the desired demographic can’t possibly (at least in studio think) deal with that, so…

Eh, we’re gonna get what we’re gonna get. And yeah, like everyone else, I’ll go see it. (Fortunately, I’m in a position where I can do that without plunking more dollars into the studio’s coffers.) And I’ll try to do that with a relatively open mind and remind myself that no matter how the movie at the end of the day turns out I’ll still have the classic characters and stories that I grew up with.

(And if I’m being honest, it’s not like Marvel’s publishing arm has exactly been treating the property much better for the past few years anyway, so I can’t lay all of the blame at Fox’s feet. Heck, they’re not even publishing a comic named The Fantastic Four at the moment.)

Thoughts, gang? Hit me with ’em in the comments. And while you’re at it, get those kids off my lawn, willya?!

“Chewie, We’re Home.” – Here’s The New Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Trailer

sw1I’m still in wait and see mode, and will be until the movie comes out, but damn, from the opening image to the music to Harrison Ford’s delivery of that line, this really looks like it could be classic in all the right ways. And this is coming from the old-school guy who waited in line multiple times to see the original (back before all that “A New Hope” jazz) and was at the Belle Meade Theater on opening day for The Empire Strikes Back.

Really, please… you’ve got one shot here (at least with us old fogeys) and we’re not asking much. Mostly we’re all just saying “Don’t Fk It Up.”

A Couple of Trailers I’m Excited About – Why Don’t You Play In Hell? (2014) and A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)

I finally got around to seeing Birdman at Nashville’s Belcourt Theater yesterday, and in front of it were a couple of trailers for films that will soon be showing there (and if you’re lucky enough, theaters near you also) that really caught my eye.

hell1First up is the film Why Don’t You Play In Hell?. Here’s the description, from the Belcourt’s website:

Filmmaker Sion Sono (LOVE EXPOSURE) describes his frenzied, gleeful new work as “an action film about the love of 35mm.” There’s a war going on. Ten years ago, yakuza mid-boss Ikegami led an assault against rival don Muto. Now, on the eve of his revenge, all Muto wants to do is complete his masterpiece, a feature film with his daughter in the starring role, before his wife is released from prison. And an inexperienced but eager wannabe film crew are standing by with the chance of a lifetime: to film a real, live yakuza battle to the death…on 35mm! Endlessly irreverent and wildly, hilariously visceral, this Tarantino-esque ode to the yakuza films of yore features an over-the-top, blood-soaked finale for the ages.

And here’s that trailer:

girlThe second trailer that really intrigued me is for A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. Again, the description from the Belcourt’s website:

Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom…blood red.

And the trailer:

The film has been described as the first-ever Iranian Vampire Western. Yeah, I think I’m gonna be going to see that.

So what do you think? Do either of these trailers intrigue you?

New Trailer Round-Up – Tak3n, John Wick, Interstellar, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Pride, Whiplash, The Imitation Game, And The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby

It;s been a big week for trailers as the studios begin to hit high gear pimping their fall/winter releases. Rather than individual posts for each of these, I thought I’d just do a quick round-up with short comments on some of the ones that have hit my desk recently:

First up, Liam Neeson returns with the third iteration of his popular Taken series. Honestly, I’m hoping this is the last one, as I’d much rather see him reprise his role as Matt Scudder from A Walk Among the Tombstones, which I liked much more than i have these movies. (And do we really have to do the whole number-instead-of-letter thing? Not only is it incredibly annoying, I’m not even sure how I’m supposed to pronounce Tak3n. But that’s how it is on the poster, too.)

Like many other people, I’ve pretty much given up on Keanu Reeves ever showing much acting range, but his performance in the upcoming John Wick is getting some pretty good buzz. I suppose as long as he’s not called upon to do much more than glower and point a gun, and the actual acting is left to those around him, it might turn out pretty well.

Of course, coming from Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey -who is, and rightfully so, having an incredible year and is Hollywood’s and everyone else’s darling right now – the nearly 3 hour long Interstellar is on pretty much everyone’s most anticipated list. Here’s the new and “final” trailer for it

The people behind the upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings say they “aren’t trying to out Heston [Charles] Heston”, referring, of course, to the star’s lead turn in the 1956 biblical epic The Ten Commandments, which is probably a good thing, because no matter how you may  feel about the man himself or the older flick, there is really no denying that the role of Moses is one that completely belongs to him. Nonetheless, I am actually looking forward to seeing this movie, if only to see how well they pull off the plagues with today’s new computer effects. Which, of course, is exactly the reaction the studio is hoping for.

Among the smaller upcoming releases that I’m looking forward to is Pride, a comedy based (extremely loosely, I’m sure) on a true story of the culture clash that occurs when a group of “gays and lesbians” – as the trailer repeatedly calls them – from London decide to support the workers of a small mining town in Wales in their struggle for better working conditions. Hilarity (at least according to the trailer) ensues.

J.K. Simmons unleashing torrents of the shouty upon Miles Teller is reason enough for me to be looking forward to Whiplash.

I’ve written before about how much I’m anticipating the upcoming Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing flick The Imitation Game. It got a new UK trailer this week.

And finally, for those of you who are planning to wait about seeing this week’s huge box office draw Gone Girl, or who find yourself looking for something else to see when ou show up at the theater only to find that it’s sold out, I’m going to suggest The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, which also opens this weekend.

Okay, that’s it for now. There are a couple of others that I’ve not included since they really just don’t interest me, and I’m sure I’ll be back with more soon as the marketing machine gears up after this summer’s doldrums, but hopefully there’s at least a couple here that will interest you as well. Let me know what you’re looking forward to and what trailers have caught your eyes in the comments.

Update: My friend Zach Hurst commented on the Facebook page that this trailer for Clint Eastwood’s upcoming movie American Sniper is “up there with one of my favorite trailers of all time.” I may not go that far, but it is a damned effective trailer:

http://youtu.be/MItGoIxoVGk

 

Benedict’s Turing Is As Much An Enigma As The Code – Here’s The First Trailer For The Imitation Game (2014)

atI’ve always been a fan of stories about codes and code breakers, especially during wartime, and the lengths that both sides will go to to figure out what messages the other is sending. Whether it’s films based on a particular machine, or simply those who were able to crack what were supposed to be “unbreakable” codes, there’s something about these stories that I simply find fascinating.

One of the most famous coding machines was the so-called Enigma coder which was used by the Nazis during World War II and which was finally cracked (well, that’s simplifying things a lot, but let’s go with it for now) by Alan Turing and a group of cryptologists working at Bletchley Park, Britain’s code breaking center.

It’s that story which is at the heart of Morten Tyldum’s upcoming movie The Imitation Game. And of course once you add in the fact that the movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing alongside Keira Knightly, well, you know this is going to rank highly on my list of fall movies to look forward to.

Here’s the first trailer for the film:

Of course, there are other aspects of Turing’s life, such as the fact that after the war Turing was convicted of “gross indecency” under Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 – basically of practicing homosexuality at a time when that was illegal in the UK – and chose to undergo what was known as “chemical castration” rather than imprisonment, which the film may or may not focus on or spend any real time on. I suppose we’ll have to wait until more info is available to know for sure.

Still, I have feeling this one’s gonna be a winner.