It’s just one quick line, but it’s all I need to be completely sold on Mark Hamill as Chucky in the new Child’s Play trailer. With The Curse of La Llorona and Under the Silver Lake (finally) opening, there’s plenty to talk about in Trailers by Brandon this week.
Opening this week:
The Curse of La Llorona
I want this to be good, I really do, but I’m not very — shall we say, optimistic on the manner? The trailers have been fine and all, and I’m really hoping they lean into that idea of Mexican culture here, but the early buzz and low-budget feel have me worried. Please, please of please let is just be better than The Nun, at least.
Here’s a movie that I have no interest in whatsoever, but will probably still find a steady audience from the religious crowd nonetheless. Have at it, ladies and gentlemen.
Here’s another movie I have no interest in whatsoever, but will also probably find a steady audience from the teenage crowd nonetheless. Have at it, boys and girls.
Finally! Something that’ll be great! Disneynature films might not be game-changers in the world of cinema or documentaries or anything like that, but I doubt you could ever sit through one without a smile on your face. And penguins??? Who doesn’t want to watch penguins walk around and be cute for 90 minutes???
Under the Silver Lake
If memory serves, Under the Silver Lake was supposed to come out over a year ago now. With it being released A24, that almost seems to suggest they’re trying to hide this movie — then again, A24 gave Climax a theatrical release and there’s not a day goes by that I don’t regret seeing that movie. It’s a shame, though, because I actually really liked the trailers and also really enjoy what David Robert Mitchell did with It Follows.
Child’s Play (June 21, 2019)
Look, I was hesitant about a Child’s Play reboot at first. Granted, I haven’t seen most of the Child’s Play movies (planning to watch them all in the coming two months, which will then be followed with a list ranking them all as we did when leading up to Halloween), but I know they still have a pretty wide fan-base. Yet, this trailer is pretty cool — actually, it’s really cool. There’s a Gremlins kind of vibe that’s then met with that really creepy last line, all of which just has me wanting to see more.
Hobbs & Shaw (Aug. 2, 2019)
Not sure if we really need four-minute long trailers for a movie like this, but I don’t even care because this thing looks like a blast and a half. That’s coming from someone who was pretty much over this franchise after Fate of the Furious, too. Yes, even I can’t admit how ridiculously fun this looks — especially that bit where Dwayne Johnson basically trains an army of medieval soldiers to go to war against Idris Elba.
The Perfection (May 24, 2019)
Getting the Get Out jokes out of the way, it’s cool seeing Netflix going down a rabbit-hole of making weird, experimental horror movies like this (see The Ritual if you haven’t). A few more trailers building up some hype around The Perfection wouldn’t hurt — which is something Netflix won’t do because that’s really not their style — but I like what I see here.
Grass is Greener (April 20, 2019)
Taking things in a different direction, Netflix also released a trailer for a documentary about marijuana this week. Given everyone involved and the rich history this film looks like it’s going to dive into, I got to say that this one also looks pretty dang good.
Skin (July 26, 2019)
I remember hearing about the short film that Skin is based off during last year’s Oscars. I know that it caused a whole lot of mixed reactions, and I doubt that turning it into a future-film is going to change the minds of anyone who didn’t like it, but I’m curious to see it for myself now, at least.
Girl of the Sun (April 12, 2019)
I’m kind of have two different minds on this one. On one hand, it’s great to see films that bring up the kind of issues of women’s rights and extremist that we see in this trailer. On the other hand, it always makes me kind of uncomfortable when movies then take those topics and turn them into some kind of action thriller. Those two tones don’t really mix, like, at all, and I’m worried Girl of the Sun is going to kind of drop the ball in that regard.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (May 17, 2019)
They’re trying to be a Beguild meets Conjuring kind of thing, and I just don’t really care. I mean, cool to see Taissa Farmiga and Sebastian Stan getting work, at least, but this one kind of looks like a snooze-fest.
A Violent Separation (May 17, 2019)
Nothing like a movie that not only doesn’t look good, but it also spoils the entire plot in the trailer. Yeah, I think I’ll pass on this one.
Playmobil: the Movie (Nov. 22, 2019)
There’s no denying that these trailers have just been….awful. They’re trying SO hard to be The Lego Movie or The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part or The Lego Batman Movie or anything that’s related to Legos even a little bit, even though they clearly have no idea what makes those movies good in the first place.
Disneynature's Bears (2014)
Look, I wasn’t lying about these Disneynature things — they’re a hoot. From what I’ve seen (and I’ve seen just about all of them), Bears stands out as a personal favorite of mine just because of how adorable it is to see those little cubs learn to survive out there by themselves.