Trailer Tuesday: Jurassic Evolution

Oh, to be 7 years old and simultaneously wowed and scared shitless in the cinema all over again. Back in 1993, I was either too young (and, as we all were back then, internet-less) to have caught a trailer OR 1993 trailers simply kept the big surprises and money shots for the paying customer’s cinema experience; either way, and┬áI suspect it’s a mix of both, I had no idea of the wondrous experience that lay in wait at UCI cinema for my 7th birthday treat. The T-Rex flipping the car, the dilophosaurus offing the guy from ‘Seinfeld’, velociraptors in the kitchen. OH MY ALAN GRANT!

Thanks to Steven Spielberg, ‘Jurassic Park’ was to me what I imagine┬á‘Star Wars’ was to my older cousins. I enjoyed the sequels for what they were but┬áI can still remember those two hours in the multiplex, my Mom screaming all holy Hell when Laura Dern is confronted with Samuel Jackson’s, erm, loose limb – those nasty, brilliant surprises remain unforgettable.┬áSo, it is with some trepidation that we have the second ‘Jurassic World’ trailer, aired during the Superbowl,┬árevealing what seems to be so much so soon.

Still, Chris Pratt facing off with big beasties and┬áshots of flying dinos swooping down to pick off theme park tourists – the potential is right there! Tamed raptors, though? Hmm. Get them back in the kitchen with Tim and Lex!

Trailer Tuesday: Fancy Fantastic?

If you nodded at the question posed by this post’s title, then you’re in for a treat. Not only do you get one fantastic thing, but four – thanks to the new trailer for the imminent ‘The Fantastic Four’ reboot. Superhero nerds everywhere, do your Tuesday jive dance boogie!

I can’t say I’m the authority on the Storms and co., never having encountered the comics or caught the Alba/Evans-starring footnote and its sequel back in the noughties. Back in 2005 of course, not every superhero had to brood and act all taciturn in the shadows quite as much, and this trailer concerns me slightly in that it looks like just any other Nolan-indebted gloomy origin story.

However, with┬áits not-obvious cast choices and a director who has form in directing unusual superhero fodder (Josh Trank previously directed the shaky-cam ‘Chronicle’), this could be a smart move from Twentieth Century Fox, banking gold at the box office with a super collective to rival their ‘X-Men’ franchise. So confident are they, that a 2017 sequel is already in the works… wonder what Marvel Studios are thinking, hmm?

Trailer Tuesday: Apocalypse New

It’s not exactly festive unless you’re a massive horror fan (which I am, so ding dong merrily on high!) but this week’s slice of upcoming cinema is the final instalment to the bloody great ‘[REC]’ franchise.

Already a hit with gore hound critics at film fests this year, ‘REC 4: Apocalypse’ returns its focus to intrepid journalist ├üngela who is very likely regretting entering that doomed apartment building in the first movie. The last time we saw her, she was possessed by the film’s Big Bad and intent on inciting the titular apocalypse. As the clip below suggests, an attempt to quarantine the demonic source of the evil relocates the action to a boat, no doubt as doomed as the apartment block and the previous film’s wedding setup – but therein lies the fun, as the futile bid to stop the spread of the virus results in lots of claret hitting the fan.

And it’s out January 2nd – Happy Friggin’ New Year!!! ­čÖé

Trailer Tuesday: Burton’s Big Christmas

Forgive the Will-Ferrell-in-‘Elf’-like enthusiasm for Christmas that will likely takeover this blog in the next couple of weeks, but my sleigh bells are a-tinglin’ as we enter festive season. As well as turkey, trimmings, gifts and gooey family sentiment, movies are of course a staple of the holidays and so I’ll kickstart this Geek’s un-Grinchy approach to Xmas with a trailer of the new movie I’m most excited about this December.

Keep your hobbits. This Boxing Day, it’s all about Burton, Adams and Del Rey. It could only be more delish if smothered in cranberry sauce…

Trailer Tuesday: Anne Hathaway Feels Heavy Metal – or a Bit Folky

Riding into Trailer-land straight from a Broadway showing of ‘Once’, new indie rom-non-com ‘Song One’ has a few things going for it. Sure, the trailer suggests a bit of a grim set-up and we’re all used to Anne Hathaway looking glum for an hour and a half, but the girl can sing – and the musical nature of this folk-inflected drama may give her a chance to flex those Miserables vocals alongside her co-star, none other than Brit coulda-been Johnny Flynn.

Well, I say coulda-been. After witnessing his comrades Laura Marling, Mumford and Sons and Alt-J hit it big in music, the singer-songwriter looked like he was swapping guitars for innuendo as lead in Channel 4 sitcom ‘Scrotal Recall’. However, now he’s combining acting chops with credible choons, hooking up with the dependably fantastic Jenny Lewis to provide the songs for ‘Song One’. With Christmas outta the way and post-New Year blues setting in, the movie – and its soundtrack – could very well be the cinematic warm cuddle every hipster’s after in cold, dank January. Could ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ be given a fiddly bluegrass makeover? Waiting to see is part of the fun.

Trailer Tuesday: Scary Movie

With only a couple of weeks until Halloween, it’s time to dig out that copy of ‘Hocus Pocus’ for its annual viewing. Of course, ‘The Shining’ and ‘The Exorcist’ and all those canon-classic horrors will get a look-in too (although there will always be a slot for Thackery Binx), but wouldn’t it be nice if a terrifying new tale was waiting in the wings, ready to trick-or-treat us in time for the 31st?

Well, horror fans rejoice. Indie hit ‘The Babadook’, the Australian horror that has received rave reviews from critics, is finally set to scare UK audiences upon its cinema release this week. Set around a mother and child facing a storybook bogeyman come to life, it’s apparently the best screamer for some time. Catch it this weekend in case it changes your Halloween costume plans – or scares you enough to cancel Halloween.