Today we overanalyze and under-inform on a trio of trailers for upcoming TV shows and movies. What movies/shows are you looking forward to? Feel free to leave a comment!
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Game of Thrones: Season 4 “Vengeance” (April 6th)
Winner of shitloads of Emmys, SAG Awards and BAFTAs, and even one Golden Globe, George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” leaps off the page and onto your TV screens (which is better because there’s far less reading) for the start of its 4th season, returning to HBO on Sunday, April 6th. Featuring such talented cast members as Golden Globe Winner Peter Dinklage (Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, where I could assume he played a dwarf, but I’ll be the bigger man and assume he was the titular Prince), Lena Headey (the 301st Spartan from 300), Jack Gleeson (has everyone been in a damn Batman film?!) and Sean Bean’s severed head, presumably still on a pike somewhere.
Audiences haven’t been this hyped to watch a show full of British people obsessing over a chair since the Antiques Roadshow reached the height of its popularity.
Brick Mansions (April 25th)
An Americanized version of the French action hit “District B13,” featuring lots of guns, explosions, car chases and even parkour. This appears to be a dumb, but fun, stylized action flick that should entertain adolescent males from age 10 all the way up to adolescent males of age 110. Expect the kind of stunts and fast paced action, mixed with colorful characters, that writer Luc Besson is well known for from his earlier works, such as the Takens, the Transporterses and the various TV and film incarnations of the La Femme Nikitas.
The Action/Thriller stars Paul Walker (most of the Fast and Furiouses), The Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA (The Man with the Iron Fists), Robert Maillet (best know as the WWE’s Kurrgan) and professional fun-runner David Belle (the actual inventor of parkour and star of the original French version of this film) and is the feature film debut of editor turned director Camille Delmarre.
Walker seems in his element, shooting guns, driving fast cars and kicking ass as an undercover cop fighting against a city’s underworld, in what seems like it could be the first in a string of posthumous hits for the late actor whose charisma will only don our cinema screens for a few more brief months. I suggest you take advantage of as many of those few remaining opportunities as possible.
Locke (April 25th)
Tom Hardy (from, you guessed it, another Batman movie) stars as a man on a phone call, driving his car on the wrong side of the road (or in a European country, I was never very good with subtext) in this taut thriller from Academy Award nominated writer/director Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things).
From the trailer, it appears that the entire movie will consist of Tom Hardy fielding life changing, emotional phone calls while driving home from work with a beard. There is no indication that any of the action will take place outside the car, sort of like Joel Schumacher’s Phone Booth, but less stationary. It’s as though the writer saw the 2010 thriller Buried and said, “hmm, what if Ryan Reynolds had been DRIVING the coffin the whole time?” Rounding out the rest of the cast, whom I assume, based on the fact that no one else was visible in Tom Hardy’s car, are all either voices on the phone or stuffed into the trunk, are Ruth Wilson (Disney’s and Gore Verbinski’s Tonto, starring Johnny Depp and featuring The Lone Ranger), Andrew Scott (Moriarty from Sherlock, TV’s BEST version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories EVER!) and Olivia Colman (Hot Fuzz, Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look).
The trailer looks great, the cast is solid, the writer has some major credentials… I’d say, despite the obvious and embarrassing typo in the film’s title, Locke is definitely worth a look.
What new trailers have you seen lately? Anything look good or is it all just the same old Hollywood bullshit? Leave a note in the comments below… Best answer wins a free, “yup, I guess that’s the best answer,” reply from me!