It’s late this week, I know, but better late than never, right? Given that we have plenty to talk about with Doctor Sleep (!!!!!) and Frozen II, we better jump right into this week’s Trailers by Brandon.
Opening this week:
Men in Black: International
Well, I certainly haven’t been hearing good things about this over the weekend, but I think I’m going to check it out regardless. The trailers have been fine, I guess? It’s not like I’m expecting great things or anything, I’m just hoping for some fun, Thor: Ragnarok-like chemistry between Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. As long as this is better than Men in Black II, I’ll be satisfied enough.
The trailers for Shaft have all looked funny — thing is, there’s been four or fix Shaft movies released at this point and I haven’t seen a single one of them. Someday, I should probably go back and start at the beginning, but today is not that day.
The Dead Don’t Die
You really have to stand back and applaud the cast they got for The Dead Don’t Die (the way Adam Driver delivers that “ghouls” line delivery makes me laugh every time), you’ve just got to wonder if Jim Jarmusch can take it home. I’m a little skeptical given he a vampire “story” called Only Lovers Left Alive in 2013 (that movie has its fanbase, of which I am not apart of), but I’ll wait to cast my final judgment until I see what he does with the undead.
Doctor Sleep (Nov. 8, 2019)
Step aside all other trailers, Doctor Sleep is the movie to beat this week. As a die-hard fan of The Shining (both the novel and the movie) and the recent “Doctor Sleep” book, you really can’t ask for a better trailer than this. Granted, I said the same thing when Pet Sematary started putting out trailers, too, and I didn’t love this movie, but with The Haunting Of Hill House’s Mike Flanagan directing I have a very, very good feeling about this one.
Frozen II (Nov. 22, 2019)
We’re really going with this darker theme, huh? I can dig it. I mean, Frozen II still isn’t going to be one of my anticipated films for the rest of the year or anything but, hey, so far the trailers have done exactly what they’ve set out to do in making me more interested than I would have initially been.
3 From Hell (Sept. 2019)
Cool that Rob Zombie is completing his trilogy and all of that, but having not seen House of 1,000 Corpses or The Devil’s Rejects, this trailer doesn’t do much for me. Granted, I’ll probably watch them in time for this despite the fact that I typically don’t care for Zombie (his Halloween movies are so, so bad), but this one still isn’t too high on the excitement meter for now.
Official Secrets (Aug. 23, 2019)
Official Secrets starring Keira Knightley and not Natalie Portman (hey guys, remember how WEIRD Vox Lux was?), as I had thought through the entirety of this trailer. This looks part Fifth Estate with Benedict Cumberbatch, which wasn’t good, and part Eye in the Sky with Helen Mirren, which was good — so who knows, I guess, where this film will actually fall? Could go either way at this point.
Above the Shadows (July 19, 2019)
A weird Twilight Zone type premise thrown into a trailer that clearly has no idea what it’s doing. Ask me what this movie is trying to be about or what genre it’s going for and I genuinely don’t think I could tell you. It’s Russian Doll for a minute, until suddenly it’s Rocky? And Megan Fox is in there, for some reason? Da hell?
Jarmusch followed Only Lovers Left Alive up with something that, I think, is much, much better in 2016 — Paterson. The story is remarkably simple and might sound like a joke upon describing it, but Paterson is literally just about a bus driver, played by Adam Driver, who likes poetry. That’s it. His bus breaks down at one point, but that’s really the only action you’re going to find in here. Yet, the story is so simple that it’s really kind of beautiful and a really well-told ode to a certain kind of lifestyle. Not for everyone, definitely, but great for a certain target demographic.