There are trailers for Spider-Man: Far From Home and High Life, as well as the release of Glass this week, sure, but let’s be honest — the John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum trailer is the thing that has us *really* excited.
Opening this week:
It’s been a long, long road to Glass. It all started back in 2000 with M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable, which was then continued with the secret-sequel Split in 2016. Now we’re getting the culmination of all of that with Glass. While the reviews haven’t been stellar so far, I still think the trailers look great and I'm oh so very ready to go check it out this weekend.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly
A film that my colleague Chris Davis would certainly know far more about than I would, Dragon Ball Super: Broly is a new anime that, apparently, is a huge deal. Again, I know next to nothing about anime whatsoever, but those of you who are into this thing would probably never forgive me if I didn’t at least mention the film’s release.
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (May 17, 2019)
He’s riding a horse. He throws an assault rifle at someone. He kills some guy with a book. Honestly, I don’t know what else you could possibly ask for in a movie. This trailer is awesome. I loved both John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 and, judging by what I see here, I’m about to love John Wick: Chapter 3 already. I don’t need any more trailers or anything. Just get me to May when this film is released.
High Life (April 12, 2019)
A strange, ambiguous horror movie set in space that stars Robert Pattinson and is being released under the A24 banner? Uh, yeah, I can get down with that. The trailer doesn’t give many details, but I’m expecting a weird, disturbing trip out of this one — a weird, disturbing trip that I can’t wait to take.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 5, 2019)
Putting aside all the backlash this movie is getting for showing that Spider-Man is going to survive Avengers: Endgame (did you people really think he wasn’t coming back? Really?), the Spider-Man: Far From Home footage is the very definition of a teaser — meaning we really don’t see a whole lot. It’s just enough to get us curious with questions that will be answered in future trailers, which I certainly am (especially in regards to Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio), even if it’s almost virtually impossible for this film to be able to top Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Paddleton (Feb. 22, 2019)
Yes, like the rest of you, I read the title and got super excited that they were making a Paddington 3. Sadly, this isn’t that (although that movie still better be coming), but the good news is that Paddleton looks pretty charming nonetheless. I’m all for the comeback of Ray Romano after seeing what he did in The Big Sick, and pairing him with Creep’s Mark Duplass in this nostalgic, sweet looking movie sounds like a good idea to me.
Little Woods (April 19, 2019)
Just go ahead and cast Tessa Thompson and Lily James in everything together, please and thank you. Apart from the fact that I might be just a tad in love with both of these actresses, Little Woods looks like a dark, atmospheric thriller that has all the potential in the world to be great. But really, let’s make the Thompson and James dream team happen in every movie, ever, from now on.
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot (2019)
The title alone is enough to sell me on The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot. Honestly, you don’t really need to even watch any trailers after hearing that title, even though it does establish that this movie will actually be taking itself seriously — which, I think, is a good thing.
The Hummingbird Project (March 15, 2019)
I’m not totally sure what tone they’re going for here, yet — it kind of seems like a weird mix of The Big Short, There Will be Blood and Office Space — but, hell, I still want to see more. At the very least, I got a pretty good chuckle out of the Alexander Skarsgard (who’s finally seems to not be playing a quiet, boring hero in this one!) dancing in the hallway scene.
Okay. I’ve got a lot of thoughts about this one and still haven’t quite figured out how I feel about it.
On one hand, it’s pretty cool that we're going to get a sequel to the original Ghostbusters. What’s even cooler is that they hired Jason Reitman to do it. Yeah, he his family has been attached to this property since it’s origins, but I think it’s exciting because Reitman is more of an indie filmmaker known for his work on Tully, Up in the Air and, most recently, The Front Runner. If he brings that same kind of energy and attention to character in a new Ghostbusters movie, sign me up.
On the other hand, it kind of sucks that we’re just dismissing the 2016 Ghostbusters so quickly. While that movie is far from a masterpiece (I had many, many problems with it), I give Paul Feig all the credit in the world for casting four females in the lead roles to shut all the man-babies up. Now, even if it’s not actually the case, all those man-babies are going to think their whining against that movie won as it’s now being completely retconned. I don’t blame Reitman or even the studio for that, but I really don’t like the narrative that’s now going to surround this movie.
So, I don’t know. Maybe it’ll be good or maybe it won’t be, but I’m going to need some actual trailers to decide.
High Flying Bird (Feb. 8, 2019)
I knew there was something strange about the filming in this trailer — and then I saw Steven Soderbergh’s name and immediately understood why. The Unsane and Logan Lucky director will always find ways to be different, no matter the cost, and, to his credit, High Flying Bird looks pretty different. The subject matter may not be something I, personally, am all too attracted to, but if you attach Soderbergh, André Holland and Zazie Beetz to a film then I’m naturally going to be at least somewhat curious.
Untogether (Feb. 8, 2019)
The trailer kind of takes a weird turn half-way through, but I still got a number of laughs out of this one. I mean, we’ve got Billy Crystal finally returning to the big screen and Ben Mendelsohn (who easily had the funniest moments of the trailer) trying this hand at comedy here. That’s got to be worth something, at least.
Lords of Chaos (Feb. 8, 2019)
An interesting concept, for sure, but I’m not quite sold if the necessary execution is there to match that concept. Given that the movie is already being released in February, I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
Fast Color (March 29, 2019)
I like the colors, at least. I like Gugu Mbatha-Raw as an actress, too, even despite The Cloverfield Paradox. I have, however, seen the whole ‘dangerous kid with superpowers teams up with the loving parent in teenage dystopian world’ movie a few too many times for Fast Color’s own good, though, and I really don’t see anything here that sets this one apart.
Glass is an unconventional comic-book movie that doesn’t fall under the Marvel or DC label so, this week, we’re pointing out another unconventional comic-book movie that fits the same criteria — Hellboy.
I LOVE Hellboy and would say that it’s the second best movie Guillermo del Toro has made, trailing just shortly behind Pan’s Labyrinth. It’s not just the creature design and overall level of fun there is to Hellboy, but del Toro’s his love and affection for these characters that make this film work so well. They might be monsters from hell, yes, but that doesn’t mean they have to act like it all the time.