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The Trailer Report – 5/2/14

Hello, all you movie watchers out there! Welcome to The Trailer Report, where we’ll break down all of the week’s biggest movie and TV trailers, and try our best to answer the ultimate question for all trailers: Does it look good?

This week we’ve got psychic detectives, haunted cripples, a bevy of Batman villains, and a full on rapture.

Let’s get started:

MOVIES

Anna


A man with the ability to enter peoples’ memories takes on the case of a brilliant, troubled, and potentially dangerous sixteen-year-old girl.

Does it look good?  Potentially, yeah. This looks like an interesting sort of psychological thriller, and while I’m not familiar enough with Taissa Farmiga, I do know Mark Strong is an always… strong… presence (I hate myself for that). While I’m not a fan of how much of the plot seems to be given away in this trailer, I do like the idea of a psychic of sorts going into the mind of someone to determine if they’re crazy or not. A lot of the quality here will depend on what the inevitable twists are, either clever or shoehorned.

 

Batman: Assault on Arkham


Batman must find a bomb planted by the Joker while dealing with a mysterious team of villains called The Suicide Squad.

Does it look good?  Sure. These DC animated films are always fun, if nothing else for the well done action they seem packed with. This one is based off the “Arkham” series of games, which could be confusing to some watching these animated movies and trying to form some kind of connective canon (so far, there is none), but that series does boast a solid framework. What’s surprising here is how much this seems like it will focus on the Suicide Squad over Batman himself, which could be very interesting.

 

Boyhood


A boy grapples with growing up from the ages of 5 to 18.

Does it look good?  Definitely. Boyhood is a fascinating project from Richard Linklater. He filmed this over 12 years, so that one actor could play the boy from age 5 to 18 while he really went through those ages. So what we’ll be watching is an actual (well, fictionalized) account of a boy growing up condensed into a two hour film, and that sounds absolutely fascinating. Plus, the film just looks good in general, heartfelt and endearing.

 

Jessabelle


Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit.

Does it look good?  Eh, maybe. This looks to have every trope and cliche available to horror movies filling it out. The setting looks novel (though not original), but that seems to be only thing that even seems to be trying to set it apart. Really, when it comes down to horror, and especially ghost movies, the crux of it comes down to the execution well over the concepts and story. Even the best horror story can be sidelined by a poor execution of its scares (it happened just this weekend with The Quiet Ones), and this doesn’t immediately strike me as having much to offer in either category.

 

They Came Together


A couple recounts how they first met in a farcical take on romantic comedy tropes and cliches.

Does it look good?  It does. This is same crew that made Wet Hot American Summer back in the day, and it certainly has the same sort of sarcastic goofball tone going for it. There is an extremely fine line between satirizing genre tropes and finding yourself indulging in them, and while I do trust the makers here of keeping that in mind, the danger of it crossing over that line is always a possibility.

 

Trust Me


A struggling agent for child actors attempts to represent a talented young girl while keeping her away from his slick arch-nemesis.

Does it look good?  Not Really. I’m as much of a fan of Clark Gregg and his particular brand of earnest charm as anyone, and this movie doubles down on that with him both starring and directing. The result, though, looks to be a thoroughly generic drama about yet another down on his luck professional presented with one last shot at greatness. It’s also got Sam Rockwell in it, and he’s always entertaining, but I doubt even he can raise this above the level of Saturday afternoon Redbox rental.

 

TELEVISION

The Leftovers


The suburban community of Mapleton must begin to rebuild their lives after the sudden and mysterious disappearance of more than 100 people.

Does it look good? Intriguingly so. I knew a story about people left on Earth after the rapture would probably be dark, and this is the writer of Lost behind it, so probably a little weird too. That being said, this looks way darker and bleaker than I imagined. It looks to be rooted less in the reality of living in a world that’s lost so many, and instead seems to be focusing on the psychology of loss itself, and the moral breakdown of society itself. Might end up being a bummer to watch, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be good, probably quite the contrary.

 

That’s it for this week. Let me know in the comments which of these you’re most excited about, and which ones you want nothing to do with.

Until next week!



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