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August 2021 Trailers 01 September 2021

Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are to youtube. Opinions are thoroughly personal. I still hate everything.)

Together: more pretty white people problems, for once not in the USA.

Kate: Could be fun. I mean, it's clearly rubbish, with a big bottle of Japanese Cultural Cliché poured over everything, but fun rubbish, maybe.

Yakuza Princess: I guess bottles of Japanese Cultural Cliché were on sale. But might nonetheless work.

Copshop: ah, police/criminal action comedy, never gets old. Gerard Butler's in a lot of crap these days.

Cry Macho: Yeah, we know you got old, Clint, we remember you arguing with a chair. You don't have to work it out all over the screen, especially since Unforgiven has already happened. Well, maybe you do, but I don't have to watch it.

Worth: the events of 2001 are still not far enough in the past to be History rather than Nearly Current Affairs, so what we get is an ancillary story rather than the main thing (with what appears to be a very simplistic emotive message).

A Journal For Jordan (Teaser): well, I suppose you can make a good film out of glurge, but it sure doesn't look as though they've tried.

Prisoners of the Ghostland: I gather that Nic Cage is actually starting to do real acting again rather than just "smoulder" and "Cage Rage". This was presumably made before that.

The Nowhere Inn: looks as though it might actually be good, which is a bit unexpected.

Noah's Shark: Mark Polonia (director of, among others, Sharkenstein, Splatter Farm and Amityville Death House – did you know you can't trademark a place name!) does it again. May well be enjoyable.

The Voyeurs: maybe I feel that Rear Window has already been made, and seems to do a lot of the same urban juxtaposition versus isolation thing. Maybe I just think the "erotic thriller" is outdated. This says nothing to me at all.

If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power: so it's a music video? "The film will be screened exclusively for one night, in select IMAX cinema theatres."

Mayday: fine as far as it goes but it's too busy being pretty to give any idea of whether it means anything.

Spider-Man - No Way Home: this clearly isn't the place to start watching these things. But I suppose it's true to the character in that Parker is the primary author of his own misfortunes.

The Starling: women have mental problems too, yay. Still, at least it's a role for McCarthy that isn't Comic Relief Fat Chick.

Intrusion: wanders all over the place. Marital discord, suburban panic, city folks who don't belong rahnd heah… and none of it convincing even with all the fast cuts.

Spencer (Teaser): It appears that Saint Diana must be reestablished in spite of all the evidence.

The King's Man: still doesn't hold much appeal for me. But this was going to be a Christmas 2019 release; it had already been put on the shelf before the pandemic hit.

The Power of the Dog (Teaser): what does one call this genre, "lust in the dust"? If there's an appeal here it's missing me.

The Guilty (Teaser): well, that's a very generic teaser, which makes me think it'll be a very generic film. Still, at least it doesn't give away the entire plot. I hope there's more plot to it than that… I see it's directed and produced by Antoine Fuqua, but on the bright side it's a remake of a Danish thriller.

Survive the Game: this is all the cool actiony scenes and none of the plot. I suppose if cool actiony scenes is all you came for then that might be helpful.

  1. Posted by J Michael Cule at 06:34pm on 02 September 2021

    Well, on the one hand asking Dr Strange for a magical favour is smarter than selling your soul to some random devil...

    And on the other they're reusing the effects from INCEPTION.

    I don't feel it's a must see.

  2. Posted by Ashley R Pollard at 10:31am on 03 September 2021

    Dr Strange is one of my favourite Marvel character, and Benedict Cumberbatch is easy on the eyes.

    While Inception is visually cool, I don't think it's visual appropriation to use the ideas seen in it to enrich other movies.

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