Where is The Last Jedi trailer?

Two years ago, we were treated to a teaser for Episode VII: The Force Awakens a full year before the release of the film.  And yes, while I understood that they needed to reignite the fire of Star Wars for the general public, they also wet our appetite for what was to come.  

Then four months out, we were treated to a proper trailer featuring iconic music and shots of the characters we had come to know and love.  

This begs the questions “Where is the trailer for The Last Jedi?”  Some months ago, we were treated to a teaser which seemed promising, but did not give us any real story details.  As of today, we are officially only three months away from the release of the film and still, no trailer.  There could be multiple reasons for this:  One, Disney knows they have a bonafide hit on their hands and do not want to go the rout of DC and spoil too much too early, leaving a surprise from the audience.  Two, Disney may already know that they are set to make over a billion on this film, so there is no need to waste money on media this early.  Three, Rian Johnson may want to play this one much closer to the vest and make people wait and wait to build anticipation.

Either way you look at it, we still do not have a trailer and no one seems to know when it is coming.  It’s safe to say that when it arrives, the internet will lose its collective mind.  Hopefully, it will all be worth it.

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Ready Player One (the trailer)

Steven Spielberg has a habit of making films that stick with us.  This next entry from him seems to be another film with that potential.  Based on the short story of the same name Ready, Player One seems to be as timely as it is epic.  

Set in the near future in an America which is facing a massive problem of over-population, young people are escaping to a virtual reality world called the Oasis.  As explained in the trailer, one can be anyone they wish in this virtual world.  The trailer boasts some eye-popping visuals and some Easter eggs of some famous characters (look closely for Harley Quinn, Deathstroke and the Iron Giant).  

I am going to go on record and say that this film not only perform well at the box office, but be critically well accepted at the same time.  After all, we live in a world where people want to spend more and more time in a virtual world and less time among the living.  You can view the trailer for yourself below:

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The Defenders, Thor: Ragnorok, and Justice League- Trailers Galore!

With Comic-Con coming to a close, we have been blessed with three more trailers.

First off, The Defenders.  The four Marvel/Netflix shows have been building toward something greater: a mini Avengers, if you will.  It is almost here.   Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist will be facing off against a greater foe, played by the beautiful, incredible, and talented Sigourney Weaver.  Judging by the trailer, it looks as if they are back on track after a slight misstep with Iron Fist.  But I’ll let you decide when you watch below.

When the first Thor:Ragnorok trailer premiered, it raised a lot of eyebrows.  It definitely marked a tonal shift from the previous Thor entries.  It has been billed as a buddy comedy of sorts, with Thor having been kicked out of Asgard, and his hammer (Mjolnir) having been destroyed by the Norse goddess of the underworld, Hela.  He is captured, forced to face off with the Hulk and shenanigans ensue as they try to take back Thor’s home.  The film looks to be fun ride that may  breathe some much needed life into the franchise.

Of course the trailer that I have been looking forward to the most is that of Justice League.  Yes, I know I am somewhat biased because I am first and foremost a DC fan (and yes I enjoyed Man of Steel and B vs S).  That being said, this movie looks like it has captured the best parts of the DC films that have come out (especially Wonder Woman), as well as establishing the humor of the Flash and the Bad assness of Cyborg.  All in all, this looks to be a strong step forward for DC.

UPDATE: I neglected to mention that we seem to have our first reference to the return of Superman near the end of the trailer.  Enjoy!

You can view all of the trailers below:

 

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Stranger Things Season 2 (the official trailer)

After months of teasing us with teasers, the Duffer brothers and Netflix have finally unveiled a proper trailer for the second season of their unexpected but runaway hit Stranger Things.  In the trailer, we are once again transported back to the fictional town of Harkins, where all should have been fixed, but clearly is not.  Will Byers seems to be still trapped between worlds and sees a monster that, dare I say it, seems Lovecraftian in its size and danger.

The second half of the trailer (which is set incredibly to both Vincent Price’s voice over from “Thriller” and Michael Jackson’s timeless vocals) shows us different glimpses of what to expect from the upcoming season, including the return of Eleven.  If this season can match the intensity and intrigue of the first, the Duffer brothers will have another hit on their hands.  The snag here is that now that people are expecting greatness, can it live up to the hype?  We will see on October 27th.  View the trailer for yourself below:

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A Wrinkle in Time (the trailer)

Every once and awhile a trailer comes out that immediately makes you feel like a kid again.  A Wrinkle in Time ‘s trailer did just that for me.  Based upon the incredibly popular (and one of my favorites) tween book of the same name, the novel tells the story of Meg, her friend Calvin, and her younger brother Charles Wallace (who is a genius) and their adventures through time and space to rescue Meg’s father.  Along the way she is helped by Ms. Whatsit, Ms. Which, and Ms. Who, three celestial beings.

The book expertly finds a way to combine the incredibly complicated science of space and time and lessons such as the value of family and oneself all in a way which is accessible to young people.

The movie which boasts an all-star cast of Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galafanakis, Mindy Kaling, and the incredible Oprah Winfrey looks to have captured the weird and the wonderful of the novel.  Not to mention the trailer makes use of some incredible music as well.  Looks like Disney may have made a faithful adaptation.  We will see on March 9th.  View the trailer for yourself below:

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (the review)

(NO SPOILERS)

To say Marvel has had an impressive run thus far with their MCU would be a great understatement; their careful plotting and planning of their universe will stand as a blueprint to others attempting the same feat (take note DC!).  So, when it was announced that they would be adding their most famous face to the MCU lineup, of course I was excited, but cautious.  After all, this would be the third incarnation of a character who all but ushered in the current era of superhero films.  Yet all of my worries were quickly brushed aside, the moment Spider-Man entered the fight in Captain America: Civil War.  It seemed that Marvel had been able to fully capture what Sony had not been able to do on their own.  So when Spider-Man: Homecoming was announced, I was pretty sure that they had a hit on their hands.  I was not disappointed.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a rare find, a movie that works well on two fronts: both as a teen coming of age comedy and a superhero story.  The film (which is the first Marvel introduction to a character which does not contain an origin story) actually starts off right after the first Avengers movie (for reasons which will become quite obvious) and then shoots eight years forward to the events of Civil War before settling down and giving us the main story.

We are introduced formally to Peter Parker, who is having withdrawal from his experience with The Avengers.  He is waiting for his chance to join the group as a full-fledged member.  While he is  waiting, he is doing his best to help out his neighborhood and be the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man that we all are accustomed to, all the while adjusting to normal high school life and problems.   Eventually, he stumbles upon a bigger conspiracy at play, and attempts to stop it, whether advisable or not.  In the interest of no spoilers, I will say that the rest of the film deals with Spider-Man coming to grips with the responsibility of trying to protect his city and those he loves, while not losing who is at his core.

Hands down, this is one of Marvel’s best films to date.  It is easily as funny if not funnier than Guardians, while at the same time deftly balancing great action sequences.  Tom Holland captures Peter Parker’s curiosity and ambition perfectly.  Marissa Tomei is quite strong as a much younger incarnation of Aunt May that everyone seems to be attracted to.  While Michael Keaton is incredibly effective as the Vulture (not that they ever call him that in the film) and shines, especially in his scenes towards the end. The supporting cast is quite good as well, Laura Harrier does well as the love interest Liz, while Zendaya plays the sarcastic “Michelle” in convincing fashion.  One of the real standouts of the supporting cast is Jacob Batalon as Peter Parker’s best friend Ned, who provides much of the comic relief throughout the film, as well as serving as Peter’s right hand man.

Spider-Man: Homecoming does something that the earlier incarnations do not.  It finally captures the difficulty of fitting in.  Peter Parker is attempting to find his place in the world.  Whether that is with the girl of his dreams or with the Avengers remains to be seen, but having him as a high school sophomore as opposed to an adult seems far more accessible.  The movie is aptly named, because it seems like Spider-Man has finally found its home in the MCU.

And yes, there are two credit stingers.  The first is setting something up, and the second, well, I’ll let the second speak for itself; just be patient.

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Death Note (the trailer)

Netflix has released the much anticipated trailer for adaptation of the quite popular Japanese manga, Death Note.  The story follows a high school student who is mysteriously gifted a notebook in which whomever’s name is written dies.  This newfound power begins to corrupt the student as time goes on.  Eventually authorities attempt to zero in on how these killings are occurring and a bit of a cat and mouse game ensues.

Based off the trailer, we can see that the production has been Americanized, but still seems to stay true to the theme and mood of its source material.  All in all, it looks like Netflix may have done a good job adapting this. At the least hopefully it will be a better adaptation than the Ghost in the Shell film.  View the trailer for yourself below:

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