Weekly Round-Up: 23rd July, 2018

It was SDCC this weekend and with that came a SHOCKING amount of trailers, news and posters (which is so ideal for this weekly blog post). Whilst I’m planning a trip there with my buddy Charlie (HELLO) checking out all of the goings on of the 4 day event online is about as good as it’s going to get for now.

Lots and lots, this time with Marvel out of the way Warner Bros took to the stage to show off a bunch on new trailers including a couple for DC, Fantastic Beasts and Godzilla: The King of Monsters. Anyway check out all of the new things we were treated to this week below.

Trailers and Posters

A Simple Favor

A Simple Favor (spelt incorrectly) gets a simple new poster which stars Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. Just as the pair strike up a friendship, Emily (Lively) disappears with Stephanie (Kendrick) trying to find out what happened. Oooooo…

 

Aquaman

A new trailer and poster for Aquaman surfaced this week. Whilst the poster looks fun and shows is powers as he summons all of the fish and some mammals, the trailer is typical DC CGI fuck fest. It looks so poor and it makes me lose even more faith that this universe will be okay. What a shame.

 

On the Basis of Sex

Felicity Jones stars in On the Basis of Sex as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a new biopic by Mimi Leder. Telling the story of the daily struggles she faced with equal rights and trying to make it as a US Supreme Court Justice.

 

Disenchantment

A drunk princess, a crazy horse, a little elf and a dark spirit. Matt Groening’s new Netflix show is probably going to be quite different to The Simpsons, here’s a new poster for Disenchantment which is out in August

 

Stranger Things

This honestly made me think of Eerie Indiana at first but no, this is a different show in which weird things happen to teenagers in a small town…. Here’s an extremely odd teaser for Stranger Things Season 3

 

Bohemian Rhapsody

Blending more Queen songs and showing even more Freddie, it’s the second trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody. *STOMP STOMP CLAP! STOMP STOMP CLAP!*

 

Welcome to Marwen

A bunch of dolls from the art installation in Welcome to Marwen get character posters. Starring Steve Carrell, Leslie Mann, Janelle Monáe and Eiza González, this tells the story of a man who comes up with a unique way to deal with a brutal attack.

 

Boy Erased

Lucas Hedges plays Jared who is sent to gay conversion therapy by his Baptist parents after finding out about his sexuality. Starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Joel Edgerton, this looks to be a powerful film about being happy with who you are.

 

Overlord

This is a trailer for Overlord the non-Cloverfield film which we all thought was a Cloverfield film but absolutely isn’t a Cloverfield film… PHEW! Although Producer JJ Abrams might be lying… Directed by Julius Avery, starring Wyatt Russell, Bokeem Woodbine, Pilou Asbæk this war film is about two American soldiers behind enemy lines on D Day

 

The Nun

A new poster for nun other than The Nun! I’ll let myself out…

 

Doctor Who

A new trailer for the eleventh series of Doctor Who fronted by Jodie Whitaker. The Doctor has a brand new sonic screwdriver, check it out below. Hopefully one day I’ll watch this show…

 

Godzilla: The King of Monsters

The second Godzilla film in the movie monster franchise which will eventually see him and King Kong do battle (can’t freaking wait!) shows world ending events as the human race relies on monsters to save them. Take a look at the trailer and a couple of posters here.

 

Patient Zero

Starring Stanley Tucci, Natalie Dormer and Matt Smith, Patient Zero is the new film by director Stefan Ruzowitzky. Written by Mike Le, the story involves a global pandemic in which humans are subjected to infections which cause them to act out violently. Those who have not been infected are trying to find a cure in the form of patient zero. Check out the trailer and more about the film here.

 

The Predator

Coming straight out of SDCC it’s a brand new and frankly terrifying new poster for The Predator. Anyone else frightened for their life??

 

Titans

Here’s the utterly brutal trailer for Titans, the new DC show about a team of young superheroes being lead by the former Robin (fuck Batman), Nightwing

 

Glass

A trailer for Glass has arrived. Starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson and James McAvoy, the M Night Shyamalan movie combines Unbreakable and Split to continue the story of a man who can never be hurt, one who has multiple personalities and another who breaks like glass. There’s also a smashing new poster…

 

The Walking Dead

Whenever a new Walking Dead trailer is released it always looks excellent. The story seems to be moving ahead with new challenges for the group. It’s exciting. Well until the series actually plays out into a dull bunch of episodes until the mid season finale. Let’s hope this time is different…

 

First Man

A fantastically simple poster for Damien Chazelle’s next film, First Man. Starring Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke and Kyle Chandler, this takes a look at the life of Neil Armstrong and leads up to him becoming the first man on the moon.

 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

This new poster for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald looks a bit like the back of a fancy playing card and frankly I like it! Shame about Johnny Depp though… Also a new trailer which debuted as SDCC. Continuing the adventures of Newt Scamander, he sets out to bring down Grindelwald with the assistance of Dumbeldore.

 

Homecoming

Julia Roberts’ first ever TV show, Homecoming, has it’s first trailer showing her as a therapist for government agents who want to re-enter civilian life.

 

Star Trek: Discovery

Confirming the appearance of Spock in its 2nd series, it’s Star Trek: Discovery. I wonder what they will discover this time… coming to a Netflix subscription near you in 2019

 

Bumblebee

A specially designed poster at SDCC for the upcoming Transformer prequel Bumblebee. Starring Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Justin Theroux and Angela Bassett. Yes it might be as terrible as the other films but I’m keeping the dream alive that these can be good! Come on! Who’s with me?

 

Shazam

We go from Aquaman to the utterly ridiculous and self aware Shazam which might be the film DC needs to turn things around. It genuinely looks so funny and like they are finally not taking themselves as seriously.

 

News

Zombieland 2

A sequel to Zombieland is in production with its original cast of Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin and Woody Harrelson. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Zombieland 2 will be out in 2019.

 

The Crown

Check out Olivia Colman starring as Queen Elizabeth in the third series of The Crown. Now would be a perfect time to use the rather stupid term “Yas Queen” but I’m not going to to that… Dammit!

 

Les Misérables

A few first looks at the upcoming  Les Misérables TV series with Lily Collins as Fantine, Dominic West as Jean Valjean and David Oyelowo as Javert.

 

Girl in the Spider’s Web

Claire Foy looks ready for business as Lisbeth Salander in these new images for Girl in the Spider’s Web. I think I will need to check out the previous films, I hear good things (and yes I know that they aren’t linked to this one…)

 

Industry News

Marvel Studios 10 Year Anniversary Book

Revealing its 10 year anniversary book at SDCC, Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years will be out in Spring 2019. It’ll set you back £115 for UK customers and $150 for those of you in the States. But look how beautiful it is! Plenty of time for you to save up and buy it for me… yes? Please…

 

Reviews

Mini Review: First Reformed

Starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer

A priest who works in a small church which is about to have its 250 anniversary is grappling with personal loss when he is asked to speak to someone whose husband question whether it’s right to bring a child into this world

An excellent character study into a man who starts to question himself and his own beliefs. Ethan Hawke gives an incredible performance as to the rest of the cast. His physical emotions have been suppressed by the fact that he cannot move forward with his life and that he is a priest who is unable to pray. Whilst it’s being compared to Taxi Driver in some respects, it doesn’t quite live up to this due in part to its indecisive ending.

3 out of 5

Mini Review: Pin Cushion

Starring Lily Newmark, Joanna Scanlan, Loris Scarpa

A mother and daughter with a very close relationship move to a new area in which both are immediately bullied in very different ways.

A superb film showing how you can be bullied in different ways as those around you take advantage of your situation. Lily Newmark and Joanna Scanlan give exceptional performances as mother and daughter. Whilst the mother painfully struggles with life outside her own home, the daughter is put under extreme peer pressure by a trio of girls who just want her around to make themselves feel better. With some very modern ways in which teenagers are exposed to the harshness of adult life, this is certainly one to look out for.

4 out of 5

 

Keep. it. Reel.

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