Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s next feature film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has been released.  In typical Tarantino fashion, the film transports us 1969 Hollywood where we meet an aging actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stuntman (Brad Pitt) in Hollywood.  Along the way, we are introduced to Bruce Lee and of course Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie).  Against the backdrop of this seemingly zany story, we see the rise of Charles Manson and conceivably the tragic murder of Sharon Tate.  As always, the film seems to be stylized with that certain Tarantino magic.  View the trailer for yourself:

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It: Chapter Two

After an incredibly strong first effort, the eagerly-awaited sequel to the Stephen King novel It has released it’s (excuse the pun) first teaser, and believe me, it does not disappoint.  As many already know, the second part of It takes place when the Loser’s gang (the group of protagonists) have grown up and left Derry.  A string of familiar killings brings them all back to face off with Pennywise once again.

The movie looks strong and with a cast featuring the likes of Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and James McAvoy, hopefully it will be much better than the second half of the made for TV movie of It which started incredibly well and then fizzled towards the end.  Here’s to hoping this film will do the opposite.  From what has been said it seem that this film will stay closer to the mood and content of the novel than previous adaptations.  You can view the trailer for yourself below:

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Sonic the Hedgehog

So… this is now a thing apparently.  Whether we needed it or not, the Sonic the Hedgehog film is coming.  It seems as though Sonic may be an alien sent to somehow save our planet from the evil Doctor Robotnik (played here by Jim Carrey).  How this movie will fair remains to be seen, but hopefully the second trailer will be stronger.  View the trailer for yourself below:

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Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

After many strangely quiet months from the world of Star Wars, the good people at Disney finally gave us our first look at what is supposed to be the final entry into the Skywalker saga with the trailer/teaser for Episode IX of Star Wars.  The teaser doesn’t show us much, but it does give us some seemingly incredible information. We are treating to new lines spoken by Luke Skywalker, telling Rey that this is now her fight.  We also, see Rey perform some pretty spectacular acrobatics in dealing with Kylo Ren.

As cool as all of that is, the real surprise in the trailer is both the title The Rise of Skywalker, which is strange considering this film was supposed to mark the end of the Skywalker saga.  And of course, Luke Skywalker, saying “No one is ever gone” and then we hear a familiar evil laugh, which has to be Palpatine, which would be a major twist (albeit one that some have guessed).  It looks like the film is in good hands once again. View the trailer for yourself below:

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After releasing a screen test and releasing the one sheet yesterday,  the trailer for Todd Phillips’ mysterious Joker film has been released.  Instead of the usual comic book flair, we are treated to a story which some have compared more to Taxi Driver than your every day comic book.  One thing is for sure, DC is definitely taking a chance visually and tonally with this film.  Joaquin Phoenix seems to be going all in with this role as well.  We may have a winner on our hands.  View the trailer for yourself below:

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Stranger Things Season 3

The good people over at Netflix have released a trailer for their flagship show, Stranger Things.  This season, we return again to Hawkins.  The trailer, which is set to “Teenage Wasteland”, shows us Eleven, Mike and the rest of the gang growing up, establishing relationships, and of course battling the supernatural creatures that continue to plague Hawkins.

We are shown many quick glimpses of moments from the season including a shot of Jonathan and Nancy dressed up and sitting in a doctor’s office (I think).  Could this be a clue to the fact that Nancy is pregnant? We are also introduced to a new monster; what role it play this season?   We will find out along with the rest of the world when Stranger Things debuts July 4th.  View the trailer for yourself below:

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Toy Story 4 (official trailer)

After multiple teasers, the magicians at Pixar have debuted the official trailer for Toy Story 4.  This trailer finally gives us an idea of the plot.  The Woody and the gang are welcoming a new toy which Bonnie made in school.  Forky (who is a spork voiced by Tony Hale) seems to be struggling with his existence and his place in the world.  Much like Buzz in the first film he runs off, with Woody giving chase.  It seems that Woody will run into an old friend (Bo Peep voiced again by Anne Potts), and she challenges his world view in terms of his life of servitude to children.  The good people at Pixar seem to be on their A game, but can anything ever top the emotional impact of Toy Story 3?  We will find out this June.  You can view the trailer for yourself below:

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