There are trailers for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Lucy in the Sky this week but, honestly, you’re going to need to set aside a good three days just to recover from your first viewing of Us after you see it.
Opening this week:
I saw Us approximately twelve hours ago and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. There’s a lot to take in with this one — like, a lot — and the thing people need to know right away is that this isn’t the same as Get Out. There might be similar themes and whatnot, but they’re very different movies.
That being said, there’s no denying that Us is pretty spectacular and I’m pretty sure this movie is only going to get better and better as it ages. I’m dying to go see it a second, third and fourth time and Jordan Peele continues to prove he’s a master of the horror genre.
With Us coming out this weekend, Hotel Mumbai is likely going to get trampled at the box office (if it’s even getting a wide release, which I’d imagine it isn’t), which is too bad. I mean, the trailers were nothing better than average, but it has a pretty talented cast, at least.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (July 26, 2019)
It’s a short, quick glimpse into Tarantino’s newest film that’s sure to be followed my more trailers and whatnot, but this look at Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is enough to get me excited. Of course, I still have all kinds of questions as to how they’re going to handle some of the subject matter in the film, but you can’t see that clip of Leonardo Dicaprio doing that little dance and not get excited.
Lucy in the Sky (2019)
Natalie Portman is a weird, tripped-out astronaut who can’t make sense out of reality sounds like a pretty good premise to me. We still don’t know much about Lucy in the Sky based on this footage alone, but it’s a good start in their promotional campaign that’s sure to include several more trailers to come.
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (June 14, 2019)
There’s a Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk kind of vibe with this trailer for The Last Black Man in San Francisco and I’m into it. I’m obligated to point out that longboarding down those hills in San Francisco as one of the characters is seen doing at the end of the trailer would almost surely result in death, but it
Toy Story 4 (June 21, 2019)
Like, we’ve seen this all before, right? I can’t be the only one who feels this way, yes? I’m not even talking about in other trailers or movies, I mean this literally looks like the exact same storyline as both the first Toy Story (Woody and Sporky learning to bond when they find themselves away from their owner) and Toy Story 3 (the toys finding some toy “paradise” that’s actually run by some madman, which will almost certainly be Bo Peep this time around). I’m trying my best here with Toy Story 4, I really am, but I still don’t see any justified reason as to why we need this movie.
Deadwood (May 31, 2019)
As someone who hasn’t seen HBO’s Deadwood (I know, I know, I’ve been meaning to get around to it), this doesn’t do a whole lot for me. Maybe they’ll release more trailers and I’ll get more excited about the film but, right now, this just serves as a reminder that I haven’t yet watched the show.
The thumbnail for Family may suggest an Eli Roth-like film when the trailers really point towards something along the lines of Tully or The Kids are All Right, but this looks fine, I guess. I mean, it’s nothing breathtaking or completely original, but it’s not offensively bad, either.
Savage Youth (2019)
The weird, hypnotic quality in this trailer is kind of intriguing, but I’m also worried about this being another case of style over substance, so we’re just going to hit this one with a ‘meh’ for now.
Body at Brighton Rock (April 26, 2019)
Cool premise, but the production budget and acting doesn’t look quite up to par. Maybe they’ll come around and prove me wrong, but if you told me that this was a student-made film, I’d be pretty easily convinced.
With Jordan Peele’s Us being a huge success on multiple fronts, it’s time to start getting excited about his next project — a Candyman reboot (he’s technically only producing but, if Blackkklansman is an indicator, that’ll still be a hands-on role). That means the time is now to start revisiting the original Candyman with Tony Todd, which still holds up pretty well in this day and age.