Nothing like a good trailer to get people excited… or wary. I tend to not form my opinions of a movie until I’ve seen the whole thing; nevertheless, theme music combined with new footage and crazy taglines seem to be good indicators of how well a film will be received—as well as what audience it’s aiming for.
EDGE OF TOMORROW
Having recently finished Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, my excitement for this adaptation has been kickstarted, especially because it seems to keep the tone and spirit of the book intact despite the change of setting and nature of the protagonist (Tom Cruise is a good actor, but I don’t think he could pull off an 18 year old Japanese kid). I advise that those who believe EDGE OF TOMORROW to be a “Sci-Fi Groundhog Day” read the book it’s based on, because the story goes much further than that.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Aaaand on the other end of the spectrum, you have the not-so-hotly-anticipated remake of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES starring Megan Fox and a bunch of CGI (sound familiar)? The first trailer debuted today, and it’s… not terrible. I’ll still be over here clutching my Turtles VHS tapes from 1991, though.
I’m not sure if I buy Mila Kunis in the ‘Earth Messiah’ role, or even Channing Tatum as her hunter-protector-whatever, but at the very least this one—courtesy of the Wachowskis of MATRIX fame—looks like a visual feast. Let it make up for what it lacks in originality with lots of crazy world-building and flying monsters (always a plus).
For cult fans of the oh-my-god-how-many-are-there-now franchise PHANTASM and the ever-foreboding Spheres, creator Don Coscarelli announced the completion of filming the fifth (and supposedly final) entry, and the announcement comes with a teaser trailer—which actually looks pretty badass for a low-budget indie horror sequel.
And finally, for those of us who can’t get enough silly SyFy-esque schlock with terrible acting and any variation on shark-octopus-dinosaur monsters (raising my hand), POSEIDON REX will be a welcome entry into our “midnight movie with a beer” catalogue.