Ex Machina: Trailer #3

On the eve of its US release, A24 put out one more trailer for Alex Garland’s artificial intelligence thriller starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander. This one emphasizes the connection to actual science and social theory regarding the subject. Along with additional images and scenes from the film, quotes on the subject matter from 21st century thinkers, scientists and businessmen are interspersed instead of the usual critics blurbs.

My favourite is from Dr. Scott Phoenix: “If you invent artificial intelligence, that is the last invention you will ever have to invent.” Sounds either ominous or optimistic. Possibly, paradoxically, both.

A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.

Jurassic World: Trailer #3

The premise looks to be pretty much the same as all of these things: “ooh and aah, that’s how it all starts,” once said Dr. Malcom, “but later there’s running and screaming.” That’s pretty much the staple of a Jurassic Park movie. But this one has a couple of things going for it that I find intriguing at the moment.

First, the idea of a fully functional theme park, complete with thousands of guests, thrill rides and park personnel that include dinosaur trainers. I’ve always liked that idea and have wanted to see it realized ever since John Hammond thought it up. And here it is. Secondly, all out warfare is gonna be awesome. If it goes as over-the-top as it could, this is humans with rocket launchers vs. every manner of genetically engineered dinosaurs.

If the spectacle of these things interest you, I suspect Jurassic World might be the summer blockbuster you’re looking for. I wouldn’t say I’m over the moon about this, but it certainly can’t be any worse that was the snoozefest of Jurassic Park III can it?

Star Wars VII: A New Trailer

I was absolutely head over heels for the first trailer Disney released for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It was simple, minimal and looked exactly like the original trilogy look – it even had the same feel. JJ Abrams was making something classic without his signature lens flares and hand held space action. It was like coming home.

Despite this trailer claiming to “be home,” the tone feels much more what I think the haters came to expect from this sequel of sequels: Glossier, busier and pandering. Am I still excited? Of course! Only with the caveat that this looks very much like an Abrams joint.

There is some great imagery of a fallen Empire in here.

 

 

Trailer: Results

A low-key Sundance-y romantic comedy starring Cobie Smulders, Guy Pearce and Kevin Corrigan? Sure, Why Not! Writer and Director Andrew Bujalski makes a significant shift from his micro-indie hit Computer Chess by moving into the under-serviced (quality-wise) Rom-Com genre, with, Results. The fact that it is difficult to completely convey what the film is, seemly as distant from Bujalki’s Funny Ha Ha mumblecore roots as it is from a Studio picture, gives me hope that the film will be good. Plus, Kevin Corrigan is one of those character actors who is a sniper for finding greatness in seedy characters. And oh, lookie there, Giovanni Ribsi is also hiding in the cast.

Recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Kevin Corrigan) would seem to be the perfect test subject for a definitive look at the relationship between money and happiness. Danny’s well-funded ennui is interrupted by a momentous trip to the local gym, where he meets self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Guy Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Cobie Smulders). Soon, their three lives are inextricably knotted, both professionally and personally.

Ant-Man Trailer #2

A Marvel movie in which the hero battles a slightly bigger, badder version of himself in the climax. But they’re both tiny.

I like Paul Rudd and I like Michael Douglas. But I’m not much of an Adam McKay fan and this is why. Ant-Man (judging from the first two trailers) looks lazy and unfunny.

Monty Python And The Holy Grail @ 40.

What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? These absurdities and more formed the basis of the first narrative theatrical feature from famous Monty Python comedy troupe. It was released today 40 years ago, and not a line of dialogue has gone stale.

I’m sure they would wholeheartedly approve of this ‘modern’ trailer cut for the film which is hilariously mis-representative of the film, and utterly appropriate in terms of self-awareness. The appropriate parties responsible for this have been sacked.

The “Anals” of Film History – “Human Centipede III” Trailer

Taking the franchise to new lows; not just in subject matter, but apparently in deliberate production value as well, the producers of The Human Centipede III seem to be making an intentional attempt at making one of the most disgusting franchises in film history look more like a Grindhouse picture devoid of suspense or creativity or purpose – but rather just an attempt at laughable stupidity.

Part II (The Full Sequence) was almost literally a piece of shit already, but at least it had some interesting meta-moments and well thought-out characters. This looks like a romp of shithole proportions. Congratulations Dieter Laser, you’re back – and you get to work with Eric Roberts.

 

Trailer: Burying The Ex

Yes it has been 6 Years since Joe Dante released a feature film. The Hole is a so-so picture, with surprisingly good (and restrained) 3D, that very few folks in Canada or the US got a chance to see due to poor distribution, so more or less, it has been 12 years since Mr. Dante has had a theatrical feature in the multiplex (Looney Tunes Back in Action). As much as I quite adore his Trailers from Hell website (Seriously, spend some time there, it’s great!) and his occasional TV work, I’d really like to see a return to form.

By all accounts, Burying The Ax is not going to be that thing, and a muddled, often obvious trailer (cut rather artlessly considering trailer editing was Dante’s Truck & Trade for years under Roger Corman) seems to confirm this.

However.

Most Joe Dante pictures have a way of aging rather magnificently, from The Howling to The Burbs to Gremlins 2. So I look forward to being wrong on this.

Max (Anton Yelchin) is a nice guy. Evelyn (Ashley Greene) is his overbearing but incredibly beautiful girlfriend. Max knows it’s time to call it quits, but there’s just one problem: he’s terrified of breaking up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is involved in a freak accident and dies. Evelyn returns in zombie form and is determined to take her boyfriend back from her nicer, cuter, possible soul-mate replacement, Olivia (Alexandra Daddario).

Burying The Ex comes to VOD in June (with very limited theatrical.) To that I say, sorry folks, despite the success of both Warm Bodies and the Evil Dead remake (note image above, and how it resembles the original Evil Dead poster) Joe Dante’s multiplex days appear to be over. I remain hopeful that this is not the case, but we will always have Trailers from Hell.