Trailer Tuesday: Araki Flys Again

2010’s ‘Kaboom’ was a riot but director Gregg Araki has been on the down-low since. Therefore, fans of the indie auteur’s movies will snuggle up tightly to the new trailer for ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’, which promises a return to the moody and possibly award-baiting drama he delivered with ‘Mysterious Skin’.

Shailene Woodley stars as an ’80s teen whose mother (Eva Green, in what promises to be another bewilderingly magnetic turn) suddenly disappears. Soundtrack may be one to add to the wishlist, too.

Check out the trailer below:

Trailer Tuesday: Maps Movie

New Cronenberg alert! And if ‘A Dangerous Method’ left you cold and ‘Cosmopolis’ had you scratching your head, maybe the creepy intrigue of the new ‘Maps to the Stars’ trailer will have you on board.

With a stellar cast, headed by the one-two girl power punch of Julianne Moore and Mia Wasikowska, and rave reviews already from critics, this could be real star quality. What do you think, guyz girlz ‘n geekz?

Post-Comic Con Recon

So, now the geek dust has settled and San Diego costume shops have had their supply of superhero capes returned, it’s (perhaps past) time to reflect on the year’s biggest annual genre convention.

While there was nothing quite as awesome as last year’s impromptu Loki cosplay from Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, there were some rather exciting announcements. Because I love lists – damn you, Buzzfeed! – here are the 15 things to emerge from SDCC ’14 that your McGeek is most excited about:

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1. The new ‘Age of Ultron’ info, headed up by the insane poster above, is super news for fans of those super-sorts, The Avengers. Whedon, Downey, exciting new baddies – is it April 2015 yet?

2. Next year’s other Bigger-than-Big superhero team-up, ‘Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice’ revealed its feminine charms with shots of Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman cozzy. Wouldn’t it be funny if she kicks both their asses?!

3. The ‘Warcraft’ trailer. Never played it, doubt I ever will – but looks pretty epic!

4. Following its glowing reviews and major box office, it was announced that ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is getting a sequel. Not too bad for a Marvel-lous gamble featuring a talking tree, huh?

5. Speaking of sequels, Gareth Edwards gets to play with his monster toybox some more with a second ‘Godzilla’ movie. After the somewhat muted reception to this year’s San Francisco-set rampage, maybe Edwards will deliver the monster movie to rule – and smash – all other monster movies with his second Godzilla outing.

6. Here’s some more sequel news for you – or sorta-sequel prequel news, anyway. King Kong’s prehistoric island home will be a destination for summer cinema audiences soon with a newly announced trip back to ‘Skull Island’. Joe Cornish is in the frame to direct.

7. Oh, and Christopher Nolan unveiled a new trailer for ‘Interstellar’. Thinkings, space travellers?

8. Summer means an impending new season of TV, so many of our favourites were in the frame. ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ happily gets a second season despite a tail-off in viewership, so with that we get rumours of new characters like super agent Mockingbird as well as new cast members, including Lucy Lawless and ‘Dollhouse’s Reed Diamond.

9. Keeping it Marvel, an interesting expansion of the property’s TV portfolio comes with a rebooted ‘Daredevil’ for can-do-no-wrong Netflix. Will the platform’s creative freedom allow for the edgy, dark incarnation that the Ben Affleck vehicle so sadly wasn’t??

10. Didn’t think Homer would ever meet Peter Griffin? Erm…

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11. Still reeling from the second season finale of ‘Hannibal?’ The third course will be set a year after that shocking bloodbath – and, as a Bryan Fuller buff and avid fan of the show, I can’t wait to see who lives, who dies and what the cannibal concocts next. The Red Dragon himself, Francis Dolarhyde, is set to make an appearance. Nightmares at the ready.

12. TV/game crossovers can be tricky to get right (‘Defiance’ anyone?) but the news that the cast of ‘Firefly’ are reuniting for a new online game is just, well, SHINY. She keeps on flying… *happy sigh*

13. Sam Raimi, in attendance to announce ‘The Last of Us’ film adap, also teased a possible new ‘Evil Dead’ series with Bruce Campbell also possibly involved. Can post-watershed handle this?

14. Horror buffs can also look forward to a return-to-form Guillermo del Toro, who takes a pause from pitting robots against giant monsters to deliver in ‘Crimson Peak’ the type of elegant, scary-as-hell pic with which he first made his name. Jeepers creepers.

15. Finally, Christmas soon which means mince pies, Santa and one big ol’ present in the final (for now) trip to Middle-earth for Peter Jackson’s ‘Hobbit’ trilogy. Sniff.

Until next year! Someone buy me a ticket??

Trailer Tuesday: Horny Harry

Props to Danny Radcliffe. His post-‘Potter’ career has already been quite prolific, featuring turns as a haunted father, iconic Beat poet and drug-addled doctor. What next? Well, Harry’s feeling horny.

Based on the creepily good book by Joe Hill, aka Stephen King Jr., ‘Horns’ is due out this Halloween and hopefully the early horror cred of director Alexandre Aja (he of ‘Switchblade Romance’ who then went on to helm, erm, ‘Piranha 3D’) will shine through.

The trailer looks like it could very well lead into a successful adaptation, balancing some dark humour alongside the murder, snakes and downright devilishness.

Trailer Tuesday: Ready For Love?

Hmm, this one could go either way. Could it be the next clever indie mind-meddler or a ponderous exercise in aimless pretension?

I’m holding out hope that ‘The One I Love’ is a movie to fall hard for. The pull quotes in the trailer reference Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman, which is no small praise, and the presence of mumblecore maverick Mark Duplass and ‘Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss (so good in last year’s hypnotic ‘Top of the Lake’) continue to suggest quality.

However, the promo is not giving anything away – which, in this world of setpiece-ruining clips, is a rare treat but one that we’re no longer used to. What the hell are they doing in that weekend retreat? Are they really alone? Will they just talk at each other with their quirky faces in close-up for the whole movie or will something bizarre, as the off-kilter tone implies, actually happen? Find out and get loved-up later this year.

Trailer Tuesday: Zombie Girlfriend Alert

It was 2004 when ‘Shaun of the Dead’ expertly took on zombie movie tropes with good-hearted British humour, and in the years since the zombie genre has taken a bite out of pop culture in a big way. ‘The Walking Dead’ may take top honours with its grim, post-apocalyptic world populated with rounded characters – but where’s the funnies gone?

The recent ‘Warm Bodies’ showed zombie tongue could be put firmly in rotting cheek if the undead in question just happened to be able to fall in love. It looks like new zom-rom-com ‘Life After Beath’ may be next in line, pairing indie-cred faves Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan as the couple separated by death. Throw in a great ensemble cast and a tone that suggests a balance between sweetness, jokes and boy-eating, and we may have a comedy that may not be DOA come its pre-Halloween UK release.

Trailer Tuesday: Hungry For More?

So far, Snow good. Or not so good.

This week’s Tuesday trailer (more of a tease, to be fair) is dedicated to the adaptation of the third book in Suzanne Collins’s bestselling trilogy of books, which will be the third of four films that Jennifer Lawrence is no doubt very glad she signed up for.

In the ingenious ‘Mockingjay’ promo clip below, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) addresses the Districts of Panem from his Capitol throne. But what’s this? Katniss’s sorta-honey Peeta, last seen before she ripped The Hunger Games a new one and woke up on a hovercraft Peeta-less, is at the dastardly dictator’s side. Has he gone rogue? Was he always the bad boy when she thought he was the good guy? Has anyone in the world actually not read the books to not know the answers?

Whether you’re a newcomer to the Games or a hardened survivalist, this playful approach to the trailer is enough to suggest that we’ll all be pleased with the third entry in one of the best big-screen blockbusters of the century so far. #OnePanem indeed.