First Glance: “The Green Knight”

This morning the loooong awaited full trailer for A24’s upcoming film “The Green Knight” finally dropped. It was around a year ago that a well made teaser gave us our first look at this medieval fantasy from writer-director David Lowery (“Pete’s Dragon”, “A Ghost Story”). Now we have an even better taste of what Lowery and company and cooking up. And knowing the film is only a couple of months away amps up the excitement and anticipation.

Adding to the allure is the cast led by Dev Patel who plays Sir Gawain, the reckless and strong-willed nephew of the legendary King Arthur. Joining him is Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, and Barry Keoghan among others. The story follows Gawain as he sets out to confront the Green Knight, contending with all sorts of obstacles (both man and beast) along the way. Oh, and I forgot to mention the talking fox! Lowery has established himself as a filmmaker with a bold vision and that once again looks to be on full display. I can’t wait.

“The Green Knight” releases July 30th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

First Glance: “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”

Several months ago we got an incredible cool teaser for “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”, the follow-up to 2018’s critically panned but big box office success “Venom”. The film is part of the strange symbiotic (see what I did there) relationship between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios. The Venom movies are not part of the MCU although there are vague connections that leave room for future possibilities. Still, director Andy Serkis (yep, THAT Andy Serkis) tells IGN that this Venom story is very much as its own world….for now.

Tom Hardy returns as Eddie Brock and from the comical opening moments of the new trailer it doesn’t look like he and his alien alter-ego Venom have worked out all the kinks in their symbiotic relationship. But of course get more serious when we see Woody Harrelson who plays psychotic serial killer Cletus Kasady. Fans of the comic storylines Carnage in 1992 and Maximum Carnage in 1993 have a good idea of how dark and violent things are liable to become. I’m hoping Sony goes that route rather than making this a light comical jaunt. If so, this could be really good.

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” opens in theaters September 24th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

First Glance: “The Misfits”

I’m always up for more Pierce Brosnan, but I’m not sure what to think of his new film “The Misfits”. It comes from director Renny Harlin who’s perhaps best none as the director of “Die Hard 2”. The film is built around a very familiar premise – a ragtag group of (you guessed it) misfits team up to pull off the ultimate heist. While nothing new, these movies can still be fun with the right people in place. After seeing the first trailer it’s hard to tell if “The Misifts” has the right people or not.

Brosnan plays a brilliant architect and international thief who is persuaded by a group of young Robin Hoods to help them swipe a ton of gold from a ruthless businessman (Tim Roth) known for funding terrorists. And it just so happens the architect and the businessman happen to have a history. The film co-stars Nick Cannon, Jamie Chung, Rami Jaber, Hermoine Corfield, and Mike Angelo. The trailer doesn’t leave the best first impression, showing a movie that seems content to mimic numerous other films. Hopefully I’m wrong.

“The Misifits” releases June 11th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

First Glance: “Awake”

Netflix’s upcoming apocalyptic thriller “Awake” sees Gina Rodriguez playing a mother protecting her two children after society plunges into chaos following a mysterious end-world event. The film is directed by Mark Raso whose last film was the 2017 road-trip drama “Kodachrome”. Along with Rodriguez, “Awake” stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barry Pepper, Finn Jones, and Shamier Anderson.

The first trailer dropped earlier today and opens things up quite a bit. It looks like Rodriguez and her kids wake up in a world where all access to technology has been wiped out. To make matters even worse, no one is able to sleep. As scientists frantically look for a cure, humanity quickly begins falling apart. Without question it’s an interesting concept with a lot of potentially fun and fertile ground to cover. At the same time it needs to have some kind of reasonable explanation. Hopefully Raso and company can pull it off.

“Awake” premieres June 9th on Netflix. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

First Glance: “The Last Letter From Your Lover”

Good news for those movie fans itching for a love story. Yesterday Netflix dropped the first trailer for it’s time-hopping romantic drama “The Last Letter From Your Lover”. The film is based on a 2008 Jojo Moyes romance novel and features two interwoven stories, one set in the 1960’s on the French Riviera and the other in present day London. It’s helmed by Augustine Frizzell and stars Felicity Jones, Shailene Woodley, Callum Turner, and Nabhaan Rizwan.

Jones plays an enthusiastic London journalist who discovers a collection of love letters from 1965. They chronicle an intense forbidden love affair between the wife of a wealthy businessman (Woodley) and a journalist (Turner) assigned to cover her husband. It looks like Frizzell’s movie will bounce back-and-forth between present day and the past as two different romances unfold. The film looks beautiful but it’s hard to get a read on it. Will it be a sweet and heartbreaking or sappy and schmaltzy? I’m anxious to see.

“The Last Letter From Your Lover” premieres on Netflix July 23rd. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

It’s Star Wars Day!!!!

It’s May 4th which means it’s Star Wars Day. Sadly I dropped the ball this year. Due to the load of movie screeners I STILL need to watch, I wasn’t able to put together a big post celebrating that galaxy far, far away. But that couldn’t stop from at least geeking out a little. After all, that’s what this day is all about and as an unashamed Star Wars geek, I feel it’s my duty.

This year’s highlight is the premiere of a new Disney+ animated show “The Bad Batch”, a spiritual successor of sorts to the acclaimed “The Clone Wars” series. I had the privilege of seeing the first two episodes early and let me just say the series gets off to a stellar start. The 72-minute pilot is available now on Disney’s streaming service and you don’t want to miss it.

So how can I pay tribute to this franchise that has meant so much to me over the years? How about with a simple gallery of some of the greatest, most unique, and utterly unforgettable characters who have populated this incredible universe over the years? Enjoy them, let me know which are your favorites, and share some of your favorite Star Wars memories. Oh, and of course, May the 4th be with you….always.