Trailer: Hidden Figures

In my last trailer post, I said I was from now on only going to post ones which I really believe should be reposted and seen, this is one of those films. The actual quality of the film can’t be decided until the release date but with an inspirational story, it’s something that’s needed right now. Taking a look into three brilliant African-American women who worked for NASA: Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). These women who were the brains behind one of the greatest operations in the history of NASA, launching the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth. After recent events, portraying the story of these brilliant women is extremely pertinent, and with the particular women taking part, it should be a great film.

Directed by: Theodore Melfi and will be released 24th February.

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Trailer: 20th Century Women

As of late, most released trailers have been for such widely talked about films, each with ridiculous amounts of videos and clips advertising them, that it almost seems pointless to comment when you’ve practically seen half the film before you’ve even stepped into the cinema; so recently I am only posting trailers when they’re about films that genuinely interest me. This is one of those films, with a cast that includes Annette Benning, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning, it should be fascinating: Benning is a powerhouse actress, Gerwig is always fresh and unique whereas Fanning may have been around a good few years now but this is the time where she’s showing audiences what she’s really capable of, Neon Demon was certainly a turning point for her career. Written and directed by Mike Mills, who hasn’t directed a film since the utterly brilliant Beginners in 2010, it will be very interesting to see if he can live up to its success.

Trailer: Operator

The concept of falling for an operating system is surprisingly enough not new after the highly successful Spike Jonze film Her, but here to throw in another take on the subject is Operator. Directed by Logan Kibens in her feature directorial debut, starring Martin Starr, Mae Whitman, Nat Faxon, Retta, Cameron Esposito and Christine Lahti. A programmer and his wife, a budding comedy performer, work together to create the perfect call centre program but their relationship spirals out of control when he begins to replace her with an ideal computerised replica. At this point it’s not entirely a new idea but with these two leads (Starr and Whitman) they can really push this into being something very interesting, check out the trailer:

Trailer: Equals

Here it is, the official trailer for Equals brought to us by Drake Doremus (Breathe In, Like Crazy) who certainly has made his career on love, but in this case taking it into a drastically different environment. Silas (Nicholas Hoult) and Nia (Kristen Stewart) live in an emotionless society but when the two regain their feelings due to a mysterious disease they begin a forbidden affair which risks everything. A risk has also definitely been taken in giving us a trailer in which we can see the actors talking but the audio has been removed, leaving only the song of choice playing, does it add an air of mystery or is it simply annoying? That’s all entirely subjective but from what we can see, the harsh colours, fashion and behaviour, leaves all emotion sticking out like a sore thumb and increasing its strength tenfold, which should be perfect for Stewart but for Hoult this may be something very different. It’s interesting, it doesn’t give too much away and gives us a much stranger version of a utopian society.

Trailer: Free Fire

Full disclosure, I am the complete opposite of a fan of Ben Wheatley, I think he’s one of the most overrated English directors I’ve ever come across, so considering the cast is such a fantastic mix of people, I was pretty worried about this one. However, with what we can see here, it does give slight relief that this one might be a step up from some of his other work, yes his films have been revered by some critics but they can easily alienate an audience. The highest worry is not the quality but that this is (depending on Kong: Skull Island) the next Brie Larson film to hit screens after her brilliant Oscar winning performance in one of this year’s best films, Room, can she live up to that? Will the film give her a sufficient part with her being outnumbered to men approximately 15 to 1? There’s no way of knowing as of yet, but again what we can see looks like something to look forward to. Fingers crossed that this will live up to what it is appearing to be but these days it feels as though trailers are being used to trick people into cinemas before showing them a completely different type of film.

Hitting screens 31st March 2017.

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Trailer: Live By Night

Based on the book of the same name by Dennis Lehane, starring and directed by Ben Affleck, telling the story of Joe Coughlin’s rise as a gangster in the prohibition era. Also starring Scott Eastwood, Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller and Brendan Gleeson. From Gone Baby Gone (which was also written by Dennis Lehane) to The Town to Argo, Affleck has improved his directorial skills massively, so it will be interesting to see what he can offer with this one. Everyone may be keen to see his solo Batman film but we’ll have to wait a while for that, the same as this film which was in development for a couple of years before it started shooting, but Affleck has been a little busy. We should hopefully be seeing this one hit our screens early next year.

Trailer: Gold

The first feature film in 10 years from director Stephen Gaghan, starring Matthew McConnaughey, Bryce Dallas Howard, Toby Kebbell, Edgar Ramírez, Corey Stoll, Bruce Greenwood, Stacy Keach and Timothy Simmons. Two men (McConnaughey and Ramírez) search for gold in the Indonesian jungle but does this make them lucky or unlucky? There’s a great mix of actors here and with a plot that looks like it could be strong, McConnaughey certainly has the emotional range to pull it off with a bang, this could be one to keep an eye out for this December.

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Trailer: Collateral Beauty

Colleagues devise a drastic plan to help a New York advertising executive (Will Smith) recover from a personal tragedy that has taken away his joy for life. The film stars a long list of famous actors including: Kate Winslet, Keira Knightly, Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Naomie Harris and Michael Peña and could be an inspirational story about working together to help someone enjoy life and make the most of it, however it could also fall into the trap of having too many famous faces in one film and losing focus. From what we can see it does look rather sentimental, which when done correctly can make for a great film but when done with a more commercial aim of getting emotional viewers into cinemas, it tends to turn out as something akin to film fluff, along the lines of films like New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day, just not attached to its own holiday. Fingers can be crossed that this won’t follow that path but until release, it’s easy to be hesitant with this one.

Expected in cinemas 30th December.

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Trailer: A Monster Calls

You may have heard of this one but if not here’s what it involves, a young boy seeks the help of a tree monster, voiced by Liam Neeson, to help him cope with the fact that his mother (Felicity Jones) is terminally ill. Brought to you by J.A. Bayona of The Orphanage and The Impossible, a director who seemingly is verging on a career of jumping from genre to genre to inject some of his style, this time he’s tackling a serious subject but making it something that can be watched by all ages. Give the trailer a watch and you’ll see this fantastical story that he has brought to the big screen, it’s a strange idea but if this little taste is anything to go by, he looks to have created something extremely interesting. Also starring: Toby Kebbell, Sigourney Weaver and Geraldine Chaplin.