The Trailer Report – 5/9/14

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 angry apes, Danish cowboys, crazy dinner parties, and a young Jim Gordon.

Let’s get started:



On the night of an astrological anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events.

Does it look good? Possibly. It certainly looks like a twisty, mind-bending type of movie where you have no idea what’s going on until the final moments, and not even then. These types of films rarely work for me personally, as the payoff does not often stack up to the events leading to it. Still, if this does have a really solid narrative payoff then I’m all for a bunch of confusion for the first ninety minutes.


Dawn Of The Plant Of The Apes

Survivors of the simian plague trigger an all-out war between humanity and Caesar’s growing forces.

Does it look good? It absolutely does. I was as surprised as anyone when Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes came out and turned out to be a great movie instead of a half-assed cash grab. It had a solid story, and a great character in the ape revolutionary known as Caesar. This film looks to be following closely in quality and style, presenting us with a rather green looking post-apocalyptic landscape rife with intense political tensions and violent tension. I am looking forward to how they advance the story of the series, but I’m even more excited to see the progression of Caesar as a character.


The Immigrant

On the mean streets of Manhattan, a beautiful Polish immigrant falls prey to a charming but wicked man who takes her in.

Does it look good? Hmmm, maybe. These period melodramas very often seem a little stuffy for my taste, forcing style and heavy handed emotion down our throats without providing characters that we really care about. That said, the movie does indeed look gorgeous, and there is a lot of acting talent in this one. I’ve seen one other film of director James Gray‘s, We Own The Night, but I liked that one enough and thought it had a neat style to it. This one is a big question mark in my book.


The Salvation

In 1870s America, a peaceful settler kills his family’s murderer which unleashes the fury of a notorious gang leader.

Does it look good? It certainly does. Rarely does a movie come around that I’ve never even heard of and immediately sell me, but this is definitely one of those. I’ve loved a lot of the contemporary westerns of recent years (3:10 To Yuma and True Grit being at the top of that list) so I’m certainly on board for more in that vein. Plus, I’ve been a big fan of Mads Mikkelsen since his breakout in Casino Royale; he’s got a very expressive, pained face that seems like it will fit this genre to a tee.



After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother.

Does it look good? Could be. I think it depends a lot on your previous enjoyment of Melissa McCarthy as a comedian. Personally, I find her pretty funny, though I’m not a big fan. I liked her quite a bit in The Heat but felt she was only so-so in Bridesmaids, and pretty bad in Identity Thief. At a glance this one looks to be somewhere between Bridesmaids and Identity Thief on that scale, so I can’t say I’m too terribly excited.


What We Do In The Shadows

Three flatmates try to get by and overcome life’s obstacles – like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood.

Does it look good? I think so, yeah. Once again, I think this will depend on your inclinations toward the comedic talent involved; and I personally find Jemaine Clement, both in and out of Flight of the Conchords, really funny. Considering he both co-wrote, co-directed, and is starring in this, it’s fair to assume he’ll be a major influence on it humor. And while it’s not the first time vampires have been used in comedy, I do enjoy that this one seems to be playing off the logistics of actually living as a vampire in the current Twilight-esque vampire culture.




The origin story behind Commissioner James Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival.

Does it look good? Damn, it does. I’m genuinely surprised, because when I first heard about this show, I thought the idea was borderline ludicrous. It reminded me a lot of that half-baked Birds of Prey show, and I was expecting similar quality. But alas, this looks to be something different. They look to be going straight crime drama, just with Gotham as a setting, and the iconic characters as a backdrop. To be fair, we have a few dozen too many cop shows on tv right now as it is, but this one might be able to use it’s superhero genesis concept to turn into something more.

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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