‘Leprechaun: Origins’ Trailer

Unlike this trailer, I am not sure that I would ever call the character from the Leprechaun movies ‘iconic.’  

Sure, there were there were a few films based him, but he was never in the league of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers.

Anyway, this version looks a bit more serious (and significantly less campy) than prior entries in the series.  The producers were also wise to realize that this probably wouldn’t do well in theaters, which probably has a little to do with it being direct to video.

‘The Book Of Life’ Trailer 1 & 2

Guillermo del Toro, coming off the success of How To Train Your Dragon 2 (it’s earned over $535 million worldwide) has also produced the upcoming The Book of Life.  Judging from the trailer it looks like it could be fun but I have a few caveats:  First, it’s a cartoon that revolves around the Mexican Day of the Dead, yet there’s only one main actor–Diego Luna–who’s Spanish (Zoe Saldana doesn’t count.  She was born in New Jersey and and later, when she was 10, moved to the Dominican Republic with her family).

Looking at the credits on IMDB that’s actually not the case, but I hope they don’t end up window-dressing in a movie that’s about an aspect of their culture.

‘Exodus: Gods And Kings’ Trailer

This is why I avoid “historical” movies.  First off, however Moses and Ramses looked, they weren’t white.  This is because white people (as in:  people that look like Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton) aren’t native to that region.

Now there were conquests made by Europeans, primarily Alexander the Great, but that was significantly after Moses would had been on the scene.

For instance, Egypt geographically neighbors Nubia.  The two countries were often in conflict–which is why some hieroglyphs contain figures that are darker-pigmented than others.

There was a period though, when Nubia conquered Egypt, and the Nubian rulers adopted the mores of Egypt, ruling that country for a period of time.

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‘Silent Hills’ Trailer

Typically when horror-maestro Guillermo Del Toro creates something I am one of the first to acknowledge the sheer awesomeness of his work because few directors, in my experience, have such an eye for the small details that make a movie, be it science fiction, horror, or whatever, particularly memorable.

His most recent project, a videogame that expands the universe of Silent Hill, called Silent Hills, I am not sure what to think about.  I should also mention that it didn’t help that the first time that I saw the trailer that someone was playing the game and talking over it as well.

Minus the additional soundtrack, the PT (playable trailer) appears pretty atmospheric, though only mildly creepy, which considering that it comes from Del Toro and Hideo Kojima, considered to be one of the most influential game designers, concerns me a bit.

Though seeing is not the same as playing, though the game may indeed be terrifying, in the tradition of Silent Hill.  Being that I don’t own a Playstation, here are Brian Altano and John Ryan of IGN playing it, and offering a running commentary.

‘Drive Hard’ Trailer

Wen I first heard of this trailer, the first thing that came to mine was the Nick Cage vehicle, Drive Angry.

Though this actually looks pretty interesting.  And sure, you can tell virtually the entire movie from the trailer (guy gets ends up driving for criminal, criminal robs mob (or some such organization), guy reluctantly participates and becomes an accessory before he goes along with the criminal for reasons of his own.

But do you know what?  John Cusack and Thomas Jane appear to actually bring enough chemistry to their roles that it makes what is a particularly tired canard seem pretty interesting.

The Flash – ‘My Name Is…’ Trailer

I don’t know what it is about Warner Bros superheroes.  For some reason, if the movies are any indicator, Metropolis and Gotham City are where dreams and hope go to die.  Overall, everything is dark (more so, at least in a physical sense, in Gotham) and gloomy, as if the inhabitants carried invisible weights upon their shoulders.

And this gloominess is apparently contagious, because their superheroes are the same.  And the thing is, I actually get it in the case of Batman.  He’s not called ‘the Dark Knight’ for nothing, though Superman?  Not so much.

It’s what I have come to call ‘Nolanitis,’ because it’s a way of visualizing superheroes that became popular with Christopher Nolan’s Batman films (Tim Burton’s Batman lived in a gothic, dark Gotham as well, but his version was way more pulpy and very much like the comics writ large while Nolan’s films–which are just as cartoony as Burton’s and Schumacher’s; don’t let anyone tell you different–there’s a nihilism that I am not quite sure works, considering the subject matter.

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‘Into The Woods’ Trailer

When I saw this trailer, I wasn’t terrible impressed.  That being said, Meryl Streep is part of the cast, and she’s awesome.  I want to say that this movie isn’t going to do all that well, except that I said the same thing about another Disney film, Maleficent, which I got pretty wrong.

So while I am not particularly into Into The Woods, I have don’t have a real feel how it’s going to do either.

I should also mention that Johnny Depp is in this movie, and while you never see his face in the trailer, I am willing to bet that he’s hidden beneath layers of makeup.

‘Housebound’ Trailer

The last movie I reviewed, Calvary, was a pretty good film, despite a lack of balance between dramatic and comedy elements.  I mention it because I think that I found a movie that gets it right.  Gerald Johnstone‘s Housebound revolves around a woman (the aptly named Morgana O’Reilly) as Kylie Bucknell, the partner of a not-too-competent criminal who’s caught while failing to rob an ATM.

I assume that she’s considered to be be just an accomplice, a first offender, or perhaps she’s underage because instead of going to prison she has to stay with her mother in the boonies, and wear one of those electronic anklets that inform the police if she leaves the residence.

And Kylie hates living with her mum, who appears a bit daft, though it appears that that’s the least of her problems.  The house seems to be haunted (her parents, for whatever reason, didn’t pick up on the signs, such as lights that go on and off for no apparent reason, doors that open without the presence of a draft or a person on the other side, etc) by a ghost with murderous intent.

As I said, it looks like fun because it’s all about balancing the humor with the horror.

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Comic-Con Trailer

Originally I was going to open things up with the trailer for 50 Shades of Gray, but let’s be honest:  I don’t care about that movie, and if you’re reading this blog you probably don’t either.  And not that anyone asked, but–since I am being honest–the best thing that could have happened to Charlie Hunnam was leaving what looks to me potentially like a train wreck.

Based on his answers to the interviewer’s questions Hunnam should be in politics because few actors are so effortlessly self-effacting and diplomatic.

So, instead here’s the trailer for George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” from Comic-Con 2014, where the bondage is less about eroticism and more about…bondage.

‘Tusk’ Trailer

Tusk comes courtesy of Kevin Smith, a director that I find more interesting as a media personality than as a director.  The last film of his I saw, Red State, I recall being disappointed over because it advertised itself as one thing–a horror film–when it was actually quite another–essentially a thriller about religious zealots.

His most recent effort appears to be vaguely similar to Stephen King’s Misery, in that someone (Justin Long) is held captive by a nutcase, though in this case it seems that the protagonist is less interested in breaking bones than changing the very form of his captive.

Into a walrus, by surgical means, if the trailer is at all accurate.

Looks like fun.