Before I get too into this, just to let you know this will be the last Trailer for your Weekend post. I will still definitely post trailers from time to time when something takes my fancy, but I am finding the process of picking one each and every week to be a bit laborious really.
Enough of that though, this week’s trailer is for the drama Selma (2015) which has been garnering a fair bit of hype recently. Any film featuring a historical figure as beloved as Martin Luther King Jr opens itself up to stinging criticism if it gets it wrong, or a fair amount of adulation if they nail it. The trailer looks promising and looks to depict on film a super important part of American history, that when you think about it has not actually been seen on screen all that often. As always with this type of film, the test will be if it can balance historical accuracy yet still make the film enjoyable enough and also not feel like it is a sugarcoated version of true events.
Sort of like bashing Benedict Cumberbatch, accusing the Marvel films of all being the same has become something that all the cool kids are doing on twitter recently. I can see some merit in aspects of that argument. But in a year when the studio has released the spy-thriller Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and sci-fi Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), it is a pretty hard argument to maintain. A lot of this griping came about when the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) came out a few weeks ago. The more rcent, extended trailer is below. What do you guys think of it? I don’t love The Avengers (2012) as much as some people and it’s not my absolute favourite Marvel film. But I am still super excited by this trailer. And I think that is the thing. If you are in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe like me, this trailer will get you really excited. If you don’t care for the films, then there is probably nothing here to change your mind.
Shout-out to Ryan from Rhino’s Horror for this one. Have just been reading a few articles he has put up about Cub (2014), an indie horror I had not really heard about, but am now pretty keen for it. The film looks to be riffing on slasher conventions by having those in peril in the woods being young scouts rather than promiscuous teens. Having it be young kids in trouble always makes the stakes jump up a fair bit, so hopefully this delivers something gnarly. There is a whole lot of energy in the trailer that is hopefully also present in the final film. What do you guys think of this one?
Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) fits into that realm of film where even though I liked (well didn’t hate) the first film, I’m still not particularly fussed about their being a sequel. The first one felt like it had done just enough to be ok, assuming you were in the mood for it. But this trailer suggests they have gone for a The Hangover II (2011) style sequel where they change the bare minimum from the first film. Just enough to actually differentiate from the first film, but no more. Hey last time we did murder, this time it’s kidnapping! Not too much enthusiasm for this one over here.
Related beermovie.net articles for you to check out: Trailer for your Weekend: Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Worth Watching October 2011 (includes a review of Horrible Bosses).
In just a few days, The ABCs of Death 2 (2014) will be available online, followed by a limited cinema release in some markets. I didn’t love the first film. A few inspired segments were overwhelmed by a barrage of average ones and a couple that were pretty offensive. But apparently this sequel got a really good reception when it premiered at Fantastic Fest recently and the concept is so rad I will probably check this one out. Trailers for anthology films are often a waste of time. I like this one though. The delightfully absurd start which left me wondering if I had opened the right video gives way to a smattering of different grabs from the film that left me wanting to know and see a bunch more. What do you guys think of this one?
I was all set to search around for a big name, classy trailer for this week’s post. But then I came across the trailer for Monster Brawl (2014) and I knew nothing else could compare. Starring people like Kevin Nash, Herb Dean and Jimmy Hart, this looks like it could be exceptional B grade fun. Especially if like me, you were a fan of pro wrestling as a child. Sure it could be terrible, but I have my fingers crossed for exceptional, so bad it’s good, monster and wrestling crossover action. Check out the really fun trailer below.
I read about Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) the other day, having not really been aware it was coming. The terrible title aside, I am pretty excited for the potential. I am a big fan of some of Matthew Vaughn’s films and it has Colin Firth as an asskicking spy, which I think we all need to see. As for the trailer, I just dunno. It looks like it could go either way, especially with the teen ‘delinquent’ character being a trope that is often bland. That said though, I still believe that a combination of Vaughn and Firth gives this a fair chance to be a heap of fun. And the elevated spy film stuff looks great. I loved that secret room of weapons and plenty of the stuff that followed it. If there is plenty of that over the top, James Bondish stuff, I am so on board with this. What do you guys think?
As you know I am currently experiencing the Sydney Underground Film Festival for the first time. Rather than my standard weekend trailer, I thought I would share trailers for five of the 35 or so films that are playing at this year’s fest. The program is pretty incredible and hopefully these trailers give a sense of the variety of films on offer. Let us know if you are particularly keen (or not) for any of these.
The opening night film for this year is the Kiwi horror film Housebound (2014). Unfortunately a Thursday opening night was not doable for me this year, but I will luckily be able to see the film during its second screening on the Saturday. Looks like pretty frickin fun low budget horror comedy to me.
Another horror-comedy effort, though this one more polished looking, is Suburban Gothic (2014) starring Kat Dennings among others. I’ll be interested to see how this one goes really. On paper I love the concept, but the trailer gives me some cause for concern. A little too much sheen.
Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno (2013) is probably the highest profile film playing at SUFF 2014. I am pretty sure that it is the film’s Aussie premiere actually, but I could be wrong. I am keen to see the film eventually, but have elected to leave it for another time. I sort of suspect I will need some time to process the it and I probably won’t get that in the hectic film fest environment.
As well as features and shorts, the fest has a great looking selection of docos programmed as well. Freeload (2014) examines the experience of modern day transients. As a fan of narratives that romanticised traditional versions of this lifestyle, such as those by Guthrie and Kerouac, I am interested to see what the reality is like these days.
The closing night film of the fest is the controversial and divisive Wetlands (2013). I have tried not to read too much about the film, knowing I would be seeing it at SUFF. But I know it did garner a fair bit of hate following its screenings at MIFF recently, including from some feminist critics. I am interested to see exactly what the film is all about and importantly what it is trying to say.
I have caught a couple of films in cinemas over the past week and on both occasions I have been subjected to horror that is the trailer for Dracula Untold (2014). Not horror as in an exceptionally crafted trailer for a film that looks terrifying. Rather a trailer that appears to be promoting the most utterly terrible film of the year. It looks like it could even be the worst Dracula film ever which is no mean feat. The concept is moderately interesting. Dracula actually seeks out his transformation into a vampire to help protect his family. But it looks to be rendered in the most bland and cliche and unimpressive manner imaginable. You can check out the horror for yourself below. Does anyone out there hold any hope for this?
Buzz has been building around Horns (2013) for a fair while now, and it only increased after this trailer dropped at last month’s Comic Con. I love the very real grounding that the trailer starts with. Young love, the pain of it taken away and the suspicion immediately falling on the victim’s partner. So far so crime fiction. But then it flips and all of a sudden Harry Potter has devil horns growing out of his head and is understandably wondering what in the hell is going on. The film leaves it relatively unclear where the film will go from there and I am cool with that. I will definitely be avoiding spoilers before seeing this one, which I am ultra keen to do.