Trailers by Brandon: Superheroes and scares, oh my


Lots of superhero goodness with Captain Marvel and Shazam!, some creepy scares with Midsommar and The Wind trailers and the perfect combination of the two, BrightBurn, in this week’s Trailers by Brandon.

Opening this week:

Captain Marvel

We’ve been waiting and waiting since Avengers: Infinity War and now, finally, it’s here. To be honest, I don’t care in the slightest what the reviews have said up until this point. I haven’t read any and I don’t plan to until after I see the film. I’m not re-watching any of the trailers before then, either — I just want to be able to experience Captain Marvel for what it is and go from there. And, so far from what I’ve seen, what it is appears to be a pretty badass ride.

Gloria Bell

While poor Gloria Bell isn’t going to fare to well at the box-office this weekend, I actually liked the trailers for this one and hope to check it out at some point. I mean, if you put Juliane Moore and John Turturoo in a movie and give it a snazzy soundtrack, then it’s enough to make me at least somewhat interested.

The Kid

The first trailers may have only been released, like, two weeks ago, but Vincent D’Onofrio’s The Kid is also making its way into theaters. The only one who appears to be missing from this Magnificent Seven reunion is Denzel Washington, even though this still practically looks like the exact same movie regardless.

New trailers:

BrightBurn (May 24, 2019)

I don’t think I’ll ever get over how cool of a concept BrightBurn has. It’s Man of Steel — down to the point where they’re using the same font in their credits — only, instead of doing good, the alien from outer-space is evil and wants to bring harm to people. The first trailers showed us just hints of that but, here, we get a brand new, terrifying view that looks pretty incredible. The look of that kid when he puts the mask on and his eyes start glowing? Chills. Straight up chills.

Midsommar (August 9, 2019)

Are you guys scared? Because I’m certainly scared. It didn’t take Ari Aster that long to come up with a follow-up to Hereditary, but he’s back in all his glory. This one looks like it has a bit of a Wicker Man or The Ritual vibe, even though Aster almost certainly has something completely original and unpredictable up his sleeve that’s totally going to throw us for all kinds of surprises.

Late Night (June 7, 2019)

They had me from the moment they brought up The Big Sick. With Mindy Kaling’s writing and Nisha Ganatra’s directing, Late Night has all the potential in the world t be just as great, too, and this trailer is making me think that it just might be.

Shazam! (April 5, 2019)

If there was any doubt what kind of tone Shazam! was going for in the previous trailers, this new promo clears it all up. Luckily, that tone — a light-hearted, comedic one — looks like it could be fun. Yes, just about every comic-book movie seems to be taking a comedic tone lately and sometimes the film can get carried away with that (Thor: Ragnarok), but it seems to fit this story and the jokes actually made me laugh, meaning that I’m all here for this.

Native Son (April 6, 2019)

While the HBO release gives me slight pause (they often release some great looking trailers for their movies which then don’t amount to much), this footage is just too good to not start getting excited about Native Son.

The Wind (April 5, 2019)

There’s a The Witch or Bone Tomahawk kind of vibe I’m digging with this trailer in The Wind that I hope is played up even more in the film. Of course, I’ve been let down by IFC Midnight films before — the less said about The Devil’s Doorway, the better — but I’ve got a good feeling about this one.

Someone Great (April 19, 2019)

Netflix sure does love their romantic comedies, don’t they? This isn’t necessarily a movie that’s made directly for me, per-say (still haven’t seen To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before or Set It Up or any of the other rom-coms that Netflix has released), but it’s got a fun, carefree kind of vibe that reminds me a bit of Girls Trip. Throw in some LaKeith Stanfield and Gina Rodriguez in there and this looks interesting enough.

Framing John Delorean (2019)

This….is confusing. Is this a documentary? A feature film? Some weird mix of both? Why does it say Alec Baldwin playing both John DeLorean and himself? Why are they acting like this is the most important true story of all time when it definitely isn’t? Does anyone have any of these answers? No?

Tolkien (May 10, 2019)

I’ve said it with the previous trailers and I’ll say it again here — I just don’t think Tolkien looks all that good. They want you to buy into the Lord of the Rings fandom of it all, but I’ve just seen so many biopics about authors that have done nothing for me and I’m seeing nothing that suggest this one will be any different.

Red Joan (2019)

This reminds me of The Imitation Game, in which it looks like yet another biopic that might be well-intentioned but will be utterly forgotten by everyone who sees it within hours of walking out of the theater. Sorry, Judi Dench, I truly am.

Tell it to the Bees (May 3, 2019)

I mean — it looks socially relevant and all, but come on. Cutting a bunch of sex scenes with footage of BEES?! They’re not serious, are they? Hell, maybe I’ll watch it just to see if they really are serious or not.

The Public (April 5, 2019)

The biggest question I have, really, is how they were able to get so many recognizable faces in such a mediocre looking movie. Christian Slater, Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Wright, Emilio Estevez (who’s also directing), Taylor Schilling, Jena Malone and Michael Kenneth Williams? How?? And yet??? This movie still doesn’t even look that good????


Short Term 12 (2013)

Now that Brie Larson is a mega-superstar who’s headlining Marvel movies, I’m going to point you back to one of her breakout performances that a lot of people might have missed: Short Term 12. Without going into too much detail as to what the plot is actually about, this is a really moving and pointed film about a couple of social workers trapped in a really difficult situation. Along with Larson, Rami Malek, LaKeith Stanfield and Stephanie Beatriz all show up in there too, meaning this indie gem is just packed to the brim with talent.

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Brandon Schreur

The fella over there with the hella good hair. Movies and TV are my jam, and the fact that I get to write about them on a regular basis is the bees knees.

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