Teaser: Blade Runner 2049

Eschewing the cyberpunk rain and clutter, the first teaser trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner sequel is all arid and spacious. It gets the job done however, showing Ryan Gosling as the title character leaving the cluttered metropolis, accompanied by a key line of dialogue from the original film, to a desert wasteland, where he encounters a piano, and an aged Harrison Ford; hopefully not a Replicant.

The first key dialogue, “Things were simpler then” — As if the first film was anything but simple. With Villeneuve, the superb above-the-line team including Ridley Scott, Roger Deakins, Hampton Fancher and Jóhann Jóhannsson and the budget of two major studios (Warners and Sony/Columbia), we have a potential FURY ROAD situation. This is a damn fine thing.

Friday One Sheet: Alien Covenant

One simply cannot argue with the simplicity of the teaser poster for the latest (8th?) entry in the Alien franchise.

Lots of negative space, the Alien hiding so close in the dark, this could be an image taken directly from the first, and still classic, film. When Ridley Scott went the prequel route with Prometheus, the marketing was very coy about whether or not the film was connected to the franchise, and in this prequel-sequel (second prequel?) they are being as clear as possible. The Xenomorph outside of perhaps Frankenstein, Dracula, and Godzilla, is the one of the most iconic creatures in popular culture, and it certainly makes a lot of sense to maximize its use at this point.

Also, most succinct tagline ever: “Run.”

Trailer: Skull Island

It appears that Kings of Summer director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, has crafted a good old-fashioned monster mash with the ongoing effort to establish a US-Kaiju franchise. The film is listed oddly enough as a sequel to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 remake of Godzilla, Not Peter Jackson’s wonderful 2005 version of King Kong. However you wish to parse studio franchise building, here we have Helicopters, dinosaurs, white-painted aborigines, explosions, and the big ape himself, King Kong – although judging from the one-liners, it is John C. Reilly that is going be the most fun. He joins Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Shea Whigham, and John Ortiz in a pretty solid character-actor kind of cast.

It looks fun and rather inconsequential, what a good summer blockbuster should be.

Friday One Sheet: Trainspotting Then And Now

Thus far the advertising and trailer for the 20 years later follow-up to Danny Boyle’s classic Trainspotting (adapted wonderfully from Irvine Welsh’s novel) have been copying the look and feel of the original film to the point of almost repetition. I know this is how you get butts in seats, but I hope the film is more than just a ‘reunion tour’ of aging Scottish junkies. I like UK Quad posters, a lot, so I’m showing you these.

For comparison sake, here is the iconic poster from the 1996 original.

Teaser: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Joachim Rønning, the Norwegian director of Kon-Tiki and Max Manus has been brought in to make another Pirates of The Caribbean movie for Disney, of which you can find the teaser trailer below. As noted in the recent episode of Mamo!, there is no actual Johnny Depp in the trailer, even though the actor remains top billed in the venerable franchise. Instead you are treated to a black blood spewing Javier Bardem, monologue-ing effectively to a very good Orlando Bloom look-alike.

Trailer: Blair Witch 2016

I really like indie director Adam Wingard, who gave us a nice mix of films in the past 10 years, Pop Skull, You’re Next and The Guest. But this all-fury-with-no-silence trailer for his entry in the now-official Blair Witch franchise makes it look like just another shitty Blumhouse picture. I hope, like the Ghostbusters comeback, the trailer is mis-representative of the tone of the film. Please, internet and horror community, get the #JumpScareWithCare hashtag going so that the message gets out that horror isn’t just about a quick edit and loud ringing noise. Sheesh.

Trailer: Trainspotting 2

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From now on, when I say “T2”, I’m not talking about shapeshifting robots and time traveling assassins. I’m talking Sick Boy and Danny Boyle.

There really isn’t much to go on here other than an announcement, but it’s nice to see the four guys back together again. I’m really hoping Kelly Macdonald makes an appearance as well. Normally I’d be skeptical about something like this – and there have been a lot of “something like this” as of late – but for me, Danny Boyle is a go to screenwriter/director that can do (almost) no wrong. So I have faith in this cast and crew to make T2 something special.

I sort of wonder if Boyle and co. can go back and capture the gritty, independent spirit that the first film had to make it somewhat of a cult classic. Afterall, Boyle has been pretty glossy ever since then and something this dark hasn’t been part of his repertoire for some time. But hey, like I said, I have faith. Anyone else excited for this?

Friday One Sheet: Wiener-Dog

Todd Solondz has been rather quiet in the past few years. Cinephiles in the 1990s immediately warmed to the tone of his awkward-by-design black comedy, Welcome To The Dollhouse, which featured a shy tween girl, Dawn Wiener (aka Wiener-Dog), getting into unpleasant situations. Now, 20 Years later, Solondz has made this sort-of sequel cum anthology film. Dawn Weiner (now played by Greta Gerwig, not Heather Matarazzo) is in one of the parts, but the film is not named after her. The wiener dog is quite literally present here, not just a nasty nick-name, and is the one element that binds the four stories together. The eponymous canine, or at least its hind quarters, are featured on the rather minimalist poster for the film,

The quite funny, and talent loaded trailer is also tucked under the seat, for the curious.

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