August 19th-25th

Trailers reaction

 

The Politician

By Christiana

From the creative mind of Ryan Murphy comes a brand-new Netflix TV show involving corrupted politicians and their attempt to get glory. 


The cast includes Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect 2), Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody), Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoey Deutch, Bob Balaban, Bette Midler, Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story) … and Jessica Lange!!! The `American Horror Story` Queen is back and ready to steal the show.


I'm so excited for Janet Mock and Ryan Murphy's second collaboration (after writing and directing 'Pose' together).

Click here to read my review for Pose: Season 1.

 

Underwater

By Alexandra

A team of deep underwater American researchers is drilling seven miles below the ocean floor when, suddenly, something happens (or awakes). What they might have thought it was a large rock or some earthquake seems to be more of a deep sea creature.


Kristen Stewart (Norah), Jessica Henwick (Emily) and Gunner Wright (Lee) lead this adventure thriller.


Playing on everyone's claustrophobia and fear of drowning, the sound design is the cherry on top in the trailer, for what we hope will be an exciting and thrilling picture.

 

The Morning Show

By Alexandra

From writer Kery Ehrin (in collaboration with Brian Stelter) comes The Morning Show, an American TV series exploring the struggle of presenter Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) to keep her job after her co-host of 15 years, Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) is fired.


She has to adapt not only to hosting the show by herself, but also to keep journalist Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon) from taking her job.

The series has been announced two years ago, and had a couple of hiccups, including Jay Carson leaving the crew as a writer, due to creative differences.

The series will premiere on Apple TV+ in the autumn of 2019.

 

Marriage Story

By Alexandra

A man (Adam Driver) tells everyone what he loves about his wife: she's a great dancer, she's a mum who "really plays"  and she knows how to behave with him.


Behind the narration there is an almost palpable feeling of broken hearts and imminent sadness, as if the woman he speaks so fondly of is a thing of the past.


Cut to a court, the couple on separate sides behind benches.


A woman (Scarlett Johansson) tells everyone what she loves about her husband: he loves being a dad (so much it's annoying, apparently), he is competitive and he knows how to behave with her.


Cut back to the same court.
A gorgeous trailer with a soundtrack that tugs at your heartstrings.


Let's see how their marriage story ends.

 

Antlers

By Alexandra

From a horror film produced by Guillermo del Toro we can expect only one thing: a haunting supernatural story.

Lucas Weaver (Jeremy Thomas) is a student with a dark secret, who is shown in the trailer spinning the story of that secret. His teacher (Keri Russel, The Americans) and the sheriff (Jesse Plemons, Black Mirror) discover Lucas' secret.

Judging from the trailer they seem to confront with an antler-sporting creature reminiscent of the Nova Scotia "wendigo", an evil being with some human-like traits that eats human flesh.

I don't know about you, but I already have nightmares just from watching the trailer, although I am 100% going to be watching the film (directed by Scott Cooper)- it's the kind of scary that draws you in and captivates, just like a mermaid's song.

 

Rambo: Last Blood

By Christiana

37 years ago they drew first blood. This September 19th, Rambo returns to the big screens to draw last. 


With Sylvester Stallone reprising his iconic role from the 5-film franchise, John Rambo must confront his past enemies once again and complete one last mission.


Get ready for revenge in this explosive trailer filled with good old-fashioned action that's all powered by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus' 'Old Town Road'.

 

Bombshell

By Alexandra

Bombshell dropped a fantastic trailer on us: three women take an elevator together, cutting the thick tension with sideways glances and encasing it in a deafening silence. Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) breaks the silence with "it's hot in here", a simple sentence that somehow scratches the four walls of the elevator.


Two of the three women in the elevator are real-life people: Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron), while the third is the fictional Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie), all united against Roger Ailes, former chairman and CEO at Fox New, and media consultant of three American presidents. It's a real life story centred around the multiple sexual harassment allegations against the chairman (which were denied by him).

 

Ad Astra

By Alexandra

Directed by James Gray, the film aims to be "the most realistic depiction of space travel that's been put in a movie". Astronaut Roy McBride, portrayed by Brad Pitt, travels to space with the purpose of finding his missing father and later, figuring out how to stop an experiment that threatens the solar system.


The film's title, "Ad astra", means "to the starts" and could be coming from the Latin phrase "per aspera ad astra"- "through hardship to the stars". Hardship indeed seems to be in store for Roy, who is shown going through  difficult training and thorough tests and finding out secrets about his father.

 

The Report

By Alexandra

Adam Driver continues his acting ascension in The Report, where he plays a US Senate Staffer (Daniel Jones) who finds evidence of CIA using torture in its interrogations. "Enhanced interrogation techniques", as they were called, were used between 2001 and 2006 by the CIA and are the focus of the real-life  Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program.

Written, directed and co-produced by Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum, Contagion), the film will be released by Amazon Studios on the 15th of November 2019 and available on Amazon Prime from the 29th of November.

With a heavy tone and icy look deserving of the gravity of the story described, The Report looks like a serious intelligent drama.

 

Motherless Brooklyn

By Christiana

From writer and director Edward Norton and based on the novel by Jonathan Lethem comes what looks like one of the best films of the year so far- 'Motherless Brooklyn'.


Set in New York in the 1950s, Norton plays Lionel Essrog, a private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome whose mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis) was murdered.


Follow Norton in this beautifully crafted tale of violence, revenge and self-discovery as he leads an astonishing cast featuring Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror), Leslie Mann,Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin, Michael Kenneth Williams (12 Years a Slave) and Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man, Blue Jasmine).

 

Jexi

By Christiana

If you were to purchase a brand-new phone with a vocal assistant on it, nothing bad could possibly happen to you, right? 


Unfortunately, this is not the case for Phil (Adam Devine) who is maybe too attached to his phone Jexi- voiced by Rose Byrne. Right after getting used to Jexi's presence in his life, everything changes.


To me, the trailer looks rather weak and the so-called jokes from the film are pretty immature. Let's see how this one turns out.

 

Villains

By Christiana

What happens when you and your partner in crime break into the wrong house? Well, that's truly up to the owners. What if they turn out to be a couple of deranged people with mad secrets? Then I guess it's too late for Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe to run now… 


Kyra Sedgwick (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Jeffrey Donovan complete the cast of this frightening story written and directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen.

 

Lady and the Tramp

By Christiana

2019 seems to be a great year for Disney's live action projects, but since 'The Lion King' generated various reactions at its premiere, 'Lady and the Tramp' might have a bit of a hard time getting past all the potential criticism.


Warm, promising and highly pleasing, the trailer brings us the most adorable pair of dogs.


Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok, Men In Black: International) and Justin Theroux (Maniac, American Psycho) star as Lady and the Tramp in Disney+' remake of the timeless classic. 

 

The Mandalorian

By Alexandra

Disney Channel...  Disney Corps...  Disney+ brings us an actually exciting Star Wars story, inspired from Jango and Boba Fett, the most famous bounty hunters in the Galaxy. As Julia Alexander from The Verge puts it, "the first Mandalorian trailer brings a little Mad Max to Star Wars".


The trailer is full of "hell yeah" moments, from The Mandalorian winning a Mexican stand-off, to spaceship battles and droid fights, it brings back memories of the original Star Wars trilogy, raw and fresh-looking.


Under the Mandalorian helment is Pedro Pascal, (Oberyn "The Viper" Martell in Game of Thrones, Javier Peña in Narcos, is used to), who travels the Galaxy in the time before the emergence of The First Order.


The series looks like a serious and humble Star Wars gig, with all the hefty gravity of the franchise behind, but none of the "commercial Christmas family film" vibe

 

Noelle

By Christiana

This November 12th Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader and Billy Eichner will star in what looks like a very warm family film about Christmas with an actually good script behind it.


 At first, hearing about Disney+' new festive film did not make me excited at all, already knowing how many of these movies have proven to be flops. But all of this changed when I got to read about the plot.


 Noelle (Anna Kendrick) is Santa's daughter and she must help her immature brother, Nick- played by Bill Hader- carry on with their family tradition. 

 

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

By Alexandra

It's Skinny Pete, yo! The teaser for Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul)'s movie is here  and it's harrowing. It looks like Skinny Pete is being interrogated to find out where Jesse Pinkman is, after the latter escaped into the distance at the end of Breaking Bad.


The title, "El Camino", could be a reference to Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route in Spain- suggesting catharsis and hard work to reach an end. As Netflix' plot description goes, "Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future."

 

Bonus news of the week

 

Bond 25 news

By Christiana

The 25th Bond film has an official name- `No Time To Die`.


It will be Daniel Craig`s last Bond movie and it will premiere next year on February 13th. The cast includes Academy Award winner Rami Malek as the newest series villain.

 

Spider-Man: "Homeless"

By Christiana

As fans began to call it, Spider-Man`s split from the MCU was officially announced earlier this week.

Following a public feud between Sony and Disney+, it was decided that Spider-Man will no longer be included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

 

David Bowie film news

By Christiana

`Stardust` won`t be a biopic (as producers insist) it will be "an unauthorised look at David Bowie`s early life" as he goes on tour in America.

It will be a bit challenging to produce this film since Bowie`s son, Duncan Jones, said it won`t have neither the family`s blessing nor his dad`s music featured in it.

Yikes! To me, it seems like a bad idea to go on with the filming process. Let`s see how they do... until then, here is the first look at Johnny Flynn (Genius, Lovesick) as the legendary performer.

 
 

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