Trailer: Cooties

“Oh look! Carnage.”

This is what happens when you let the Saw people play with the Glee people. It’s the teachers vs. the students in this latest iteration of the Zombie-Comedy-Siege film, Cooties. In 2015, when zombie comedies are done to death, this one against all odds, looks pretty darn good.

Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, and Jorgé Garcia star as the teachers who have to fight off their entire classrooms due to a fast-zombie outbreak which only affects humans who haven’t gone through puberty yet. Before you can mash Who Can Kill a Child together with The Faculty and Shaun of the Dead, some kid can yell, “Ewww, Cooties!”

Second Trailer for PAN

“Is this Canada?” Nope, it’s Neverland kiddo.

For whatever reason that I can’t quite put my finger on, I’ve never been a fan of the “Peter Pan” story or any of its iterations to the big screen. Something about it has just never interested me and always made me feel icky. On the other hand, ever since Pride and Prejudice, I’ve been a huge fan of Joe Wright. Alright so The Soloist was a bit of a misstep, but everything else he’s directed has a special visual flair and genuine emotional context to it that jaw drops me every time.

So here I am faced with a dilemma and really hoping that Joe Wight’s revisionist edition of Peter Pan will land that left hook to jaw drop me once again. I have to admit, the trailer starts off sluggish, but begins to wear me down in the middle and totally wins me over by the end.

Pan opens wide on October 9th and stars Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, Garrett Hedlund and Levi Miller as Peter Pan.

 

 

Trailer: The Midnight Swim

Sarah Adina Smith’s debut feature, The Midnight Swim, is about the psychological ecosystem of three sisters during a visit to the family house on the lake. It subtly flirts with both the supernatural and the interpretation of captured (and being captured on) video. The film made some waves (sorry! sorry!) on the Festival circuit in 2014, I adored it when I caught it at Fantasia last year.

When their mother goes missing in Spirit Lake, three half-sisters travel home to settle her affairs. The youngest sister, June, a documentary filmmaker, captures their bittersweet homecoming. But when the sisters jokingly summon a local ghost, their relationship begins to unravel and they find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the true mystery of the lake.

The Midnight Swim will be released both theatrical and VOD on June 26th. Have a look at the trailer below.

Friday One Sheet: The Silenced

I have always been a fan of South Korean posters. They take a simple still, color and buff the hell out of it, and do not clutter it up with much else beyond a title and a release date. Often there is no credit block.

Such is the case here, for the upcoming horror-mystery film The Silenced. Beautiful symmetry of women standing in file, with the lead character (played by Park Bo-Young) looking pleadingly at the camera and the head of the institution facing away at the end of the line. This kind of poster tells you everything you need to know, tonally, without giving anything away plot-wise, and it does it with grace.

Also, I have tucked the trailer, which features some pretty lush production design, under the seat.

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Second Trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak

Just in time for Halloween, Guillermo del Toro has got our backs. Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston star as some sort of budding romance is befuddled by their living environment; an old mansion with spooky secrets and haunted realms within the walls. Unfortunately every movie these days has to star Jessica Chastain, so she’s in here too.

The gorgeous cinematography and creative set design looks to be more than enough to offset any other superficial complaints I may have. It will be fun to have a truly, good ol’ fashioned haunted house story just as the leaves are beginning to drop and the cold wind is howling. In other words, October 16th. Have a look at the newest trailer for Crimson Peak.

 

 

Trailer: Jem And The Holograms

Less eighties cartoon, more YouTube and Katy Perry fame shenanigans. I’m not entirely sure what to make of this latest Hasbro re-invention of its me-decade intellectual property for the big screen. Somehow the trailer evokes the bitter-sweet joys of The Fault in Our Stars and seems as far as possible from the satirical jokiness of Josie and The Pussycats.

Admittedly, I am nowhere near the demographic of this film, but I implore you, completely without any sort of snark or snobbery, to please tell me if the execution of this idea is good or simply horrible. Juliette Lewis and Molly Ringwald (the two patron saints of good/horrible) make supporting role appearances in the trailer below.

The Muppets return to television!

“Are you kidding? We made, like, six movies together, three TV shows…”

It’s been a long time coming, but The Muppets are on their way back to television–this time with a 21st century update on ABC as a single-camera docu-interview style comedy (think The Office).

Even if I haven’t been crazy about the post-Jim Henson era of the Muppets (save for Muppets Tonight, which I think got a lot of things right), they’re still the Muppets, they still do it for me, and, like many parents my age, I’m looking forward to sharing a new Muppet TV experience with my son.

The Muppets airs Tuesdays on ABC this fall.

Trailer: Arabian Nights

Playing at Cannes in three separate 2 hour parts, Miguel Gomes (Tabu) examines contemporary Portugal with dozens of short stories in the structure of the classic Arabian Nights structure. Gorgeously shot, but I’m sure ponderously pace, this is certainly not going to be for everyone, but I also expect if you get the chance to watch all six hours of it together, it will probably be a very rewarding experience.

A film that asks “Where are stories born?” and answers, “They spring from the wishes and fears of man.”

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