Macbeth – Trailer

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Michael Fassbender as Macbeth?  I was never a huge Shakespeare fan though I always had a special place in my heart for Macbeth (“Double, double, toil and trouble…”).  So, despite the fact that there are no spaceships, monsters (at least none not of the human variety) or superheroes, this is a movie that I’d consider catching.

Concussion – Trailer

I have to admit that Will Smith portraying a character with an accent (which I can’t place.  It sounded vaguely Jamaican or Haitian, though not quite) in Peter Landesman’s Concussion caught me off-guard (as did Albert Brooks being virtually bald).

That being said, I heard during Joe Rogan’s podcast that perhaps football players should consider using leather helmets like they did when the sport was first created, with the logic that since a player’s head wouldn’t be nearly as well-protected as they currently are, they would avoid head impacts.

I am not a huge football fan, but it’s certainly a story worth telling.

The Perfect Guy – Trailer 2

I don’t tend to catch thrillers in theaters (if it isn’t horror, science fiction or Marvel Studios I don’t tend to be too interested, truth be told) though when I saw the trailer for The Perfect Guy I was surprised at how effective the first trailer was.  I appreciate a slow burn, and the portrayal of Carter (Michael Ealy) as kind and considerate for at least half the trailer before he went full on Fatal Attraction.

The second trailer plays the same, with the addition of Screaming Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You” (speaking of which, I don’t know who sings the song. but Nina Simone would have been awesome).

The Perfect Guy probably going to make a bundle, if only because it seems geared at the African-American audience and probably has a relatively small budget (though Ealy isn’t exactly hard on the eyes).

Lego DC Comics Superheroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom – Trailer

I am not a big fan of DC superheroes, though I am a huge fan of Legos (though to be fair I was weaned on Batman; as I got older my comic preferences shifted).

That being said, I enjoyed the somewhat goofy adventures of the Justice League from the cartoon, though I had soft spot for the villains, particularly Black Manta.

Though the base apparently modeled on Darth Vader’s head?  Priceless.

And speaking of Black Manta, his name was always a bit odd for me in that Manta Rays are black (with a white underside), so calling him Black Manta is sort of like a superhero named Brown Cougar or Gray Shark) though that was before I learned that he’s an African-American under that odd mask, and his story is a lot more interesting than you’d think.

And Aqua-Baby? Seriously (on top of Aquaman being the lamest of superheroes)?  No wonder I moved on to Marvel Comics.

Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse – Red Band Trailer

Christopher Landon’s Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse on the face of it looks like fun, and while I was a boy scout when I was younger, there’s something that has always felt a bit off-putting to me about people who don’t outgrow it.

That being said, the movie looks like there’s some potential for hilarity among the viscera.

And this is the Red Band Trailer, so it goes without saying that there’s copious amounts of the red stuff because, wasn’t it Clive Barker who said something to the effect that people are just like books, in that when we’re opened, we’re red.

Victor Frankenstein – Trailer

I don’t know about this.  Notice the title.  It’s not “Frankenstein,” but “Victor Frankenstein,” the point being that they seem to be moving away somewhat from Frankenstein’s Monster, to the man that assembled Frankenstein’s Monster.

That’s an important difference, and one I am not sure I like.  Then again, I’ve always been more of a werewolf/Wolfman sort of guy, but what interested me about Frankenstein’s Monster was the idea of a being that, while of our world, doesn’t quite fit in or even know how to navigate it.

Besides, looking at the trailer, I am not entirely sure what tone they’re aiming for.  It feels less like a horror movie than an adventure movie with horror overtones (it may sound like I’m picking nits, but there is a difference).  And sure, I like the line from James McAvoy (Victor Frankenstein) that seems like it came straight from Mel Brooks’ remarkable Young Frankenstein, but–while Young Frankenstein is incredible and well worth seeing if you haven’t–I am not sure if it’s the template they should be working from.

Unless they commit to the horror of the character, comedy or any semblance to Brooks’ movie will be wasted.

It’s worth mentioning that, for some reason, unlike werewolves and vampires, it’s been difficult to approach Frankenstein, especially if 2014’s I, Frankenstein or 1994’s Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein are any indication.

The Hateful Eight – Trailer

“One of these fellows is not who he says he is.”  says John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth (Kurt Russell), which is sort of ironic coming from Russell, seeing that he he also starred in John Carpenter’s The Thing.

The Hateful Eight is the latest from Quentin Tarantino, who’s last movie was Django Unchained, in some ways a very odd movie in that it played a lot more cartoony that I assumed it would.