Netflix Released A New Trailer For The Movie "Bright"
It actually looks REALLY good.
Netflix is known for producing a lot of great original content for its viewers, and it looks like another will be joining the lineup. Expect plenty of action in this new urban fantasy film, titled Bright.
Starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, the movie seems to take place in a world where humans and fantasy creatures coexist. Smith, a human, and Edgerton, an orc, play a pair of police officers who come across an elfin girl with an incredibly powerful magic wand. Not much else could be gathered from the trailer, but presumably some dark force will try to take the wand, forcing the duo to keep it safe.
The trailer promises lots of action and bits of humor, but also hints at some other, more serious issues, such as race relations, addressed in the form of the various species. It'll definitely be interesting to see how all of that comes together in this movie.
It's directed by David Ayer, who also directed Suicide Squad. While Suicide Squad was somewhat of a disappointment, it seems like this Netflix original will a big improvement. At the San Diego Comic Con, on the subject of working with Netflix, Ayer said, "This ain't no PG-13 studio movie. This is real sh*t... Netflix let me have my voice and they gave the actors space... Netflix gave me all the tools, the resources to make this movie." Hopefully due to the increased creative freedom, this movie will be a lot better than Ayer's last film.
Bright will be available on Netflix on December 22. Until then, check out the trailer below!
This New Netflix Movie Is Getting Real About Eating Disorders
Let's end the glamorizing.
Netflix's latest movie, To The Bone, has a star studded cast which includes Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, and Liana Liberato, but the cast isn't the best part of this movie, it's the premise.
The movie revolves around a young woman battling with anorexia -- one of many eating disorders that affects over 30 million Americans a year -- and her relationships with the people around her: the awkwardness between her and her stepmother, the distance between her and her sister, her rebelliousness towards her doctor, and her camaraderie with other young adults struggling with the same issues.
From what we can see of the film from its trailer, it seems to be rooted in reality. There's no glamorizing of the ED, which happens often in the media -- just look at Cassie from Skins, Blair from Gossip Girl, or a variety of characters from Degrassi. For once a film will be showing the harsh realities of an ED -- It isn't about looking like a model or forcing yourself to fit into last summer's skinny jeans, an eating disorder can take over your entire life and potentially end it.
Lily Collin's character isn't portrayed as a gorgeous waif who looks good in anything, instead her eyes are sunken, her bones jut out in uncomfortable angles, and she lacks the energy food would give her. A realistic portrayal of what would actually happen to someone with a severe eating disorder.
The trailer shows the very real progression of certain ED's -- yes, there are varieties -- with the main character obsessively counting her calories, something a lot of people can identify with (including myself). Her meals get smaller and smaller, shifting from an unfinished plate of veggies and potatoes, to nothing but a protein bar and eventually just water. As the trailer montages its way through these dishes there's a constant narration, "I've got it under control", but when the character faints you can tell that she does not.
We can assume things get better for her character as the trailer shows her progression from a cynical woman with a death wish to someone with a bit more hope, but we won't know for sure until we watch it ourselves. The film had its premiere back in January at the Sundance Film Festival, but it'll be widely available for the general public on July 14 on Netflix.
Jackie Chan. A man who no one on the face of this damn earth hates even a little bit. He is an angel, and one of the few American sweethearts not born in this country (get to the choppa!).
Personally, I loved all of the Rush Hour movies and thought they were masterpieces. Way ahead of their time. (P.S. Last time I saw anything of Chris Tucker was while rewatching Kanye's finest moment.)
My childhood was also improved greatly with the cartoon show Jackie Chan Adventures. Again, Jackie Chan makes my life better.
I thought the most recent Karate Kid movie would be trash. I was really stern on this, thinking no one could replace Mr. Miyagi. The Jaden Smith addition had me shook, not gonna lie, but Jackie Chan restored my hope.
Aside from the Karate Kid, Jackie Chan has mostly done action comedies of some sort, at least from my memory. But this new trailer... WHOA.
There are some action stars who can't adapt well to the new ages of movie action, but this human treasure of a man did it. And boy, did he do it so well. From action comedy to action thriller, this trailer got me so hype.
I love so very much that the storyline to get him to spring into action is not forced at all. The transition over time from secret agent to caring father works seamlessly. If you weren't already on Jackie Chan's side, the role of a father, whose daughter just died at the hands of a tragedy, who is looking for justice... come on, bruhhh, I need to see this happy ending.
Some people are calling this the Asian John Wick, and need I say "take my money" again? The comparison comes from the similar revenge and justice plot, but the action looks impeccable, and certainly can live up to the critically-loved John Wick movies.
Despite the fact that the director's work includes The Legend of Zorro and the last Green Lantern movie, we have no reason to be worried. It actually comes out in October later this year, and will be here in no time.
Although years have passed and Jackie Chan has gotten older, one fact has remained the same: criminals and Jackie Chan in a room with furniture are a bad combo.
The Main 3 Problems I Have With The New Death Note Trailer
This probably won't end well.
I've been a fan of anime and manga since sixth grade, when I saw a friend reading Fruits Basket during homeroom. Since then, I've read and watched things both popular and more obscure.
One of my all-time favorites is Death Note, a manga and anime that tells the story of Light Yagami, a high school student who finds the notebook of a shinigami (death god) that allows him to kill anyone by writing their name in the notebook.
It was a fascinating story, full of unexpected twists and turns and a bittersweet ending. It's no surprise that Death Note became so popular.
With its popularity came many adaptions. There's been a live-action TV show, a musical and at least four live-action movies. Those adaptations aren't what this article is about. This article is about the trailer for the Netflix adaptation.
The newly released trailer offers us our first glimpse of the Netflix adaptation starring Nat Wolff. I, like many other fans, am not very impressed. I have a three main issues with it, which you can check out below:
1. Whitewashing Death Note takes place in Japan. While there were a few characters in the anime who were American, the rest of the characters were Japanese. The actors seen in the trailer are not Japanese, and while L is played by Keith Stanfield, who is black, that still doesn't excuse the whitewashing that's evident from this trailer alone.
The setting has been changed to American, and a quick glance at the cast list on IMDb shows that some of the names have been changed and Americanized, such as Misa's name being changed to "Mia." It's the little things like this that irk me and make we wonder if this could cause another controversy like Ghost in the Shell's.
2. Misa/Mia Aside from changing Misa's name, it seems as though her role in this movie has changed. In the anime, Light uses Misa mostly as a pawn in his plans, while in the trailer it seems as though she's his sidekick/partner, and, more surprising than that, he seems to genuinely care for her, which really isn't true to the source material at all. While this change might make Light seem less like a heartless manipulator, it'll also change some other elements of the plot, so it'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
3. The Action I'm talking about the ferris wheel from the trailer. This trailer seems to show off a lot of action that really wasn't there in the anime or manga. While yes, there were some car chases, fights, hostage situations and, of course, ton of death, a lot of the anime involved cautious moves, consideration and planning. A notable scene from the anime involves Light eating a potato chip.
It's because of the occasional slow pace of the anime and manga that really make me wonder where all of this daring, dangerous action comes from. Clearly, it's to draw in viewers with drama and danger.
Despite my issues with the trailer, I'll still give the movie a chance when it comes out. Maybe it'll surprise me by being a different, yet still interesting adaptation of one of my favorite series. If not, it'll probably give me something to laugh at.
You can check out the trailer for yourself below. The movie will be available on Netflix on August 25.
They're Making A Movie About The Making Of The Worst Film Ever
Oh, hi Mark.
If you've never seen The Room, written and directed by Tommy Wiseau, then first of all, you need to get on that. It is a beautiful disaster of a movie that you absolutely need to see at least once about a man named Tommy and his relationships with the people around him.
It's so bad that it hurts, but in the best way possible. Imagine every actor reading the script for the first time, a script that doesn't even make sense in terms of both plot and unintelligibility.
Here's one of my favorite interactions in the movie:
Johnny: I cannot tell you, it's confidential.
Mark: Aw, c'mon, why not?
Johnny: No, I can't! Anyway, how's your sex life?
This isn't even the tip of the iceberg with the movie's plethora of quotable dialogue. Honestly, just watch it in anticipation of The Disaster Artist. You'll be disappointed, but not totally disappointed.
I don't really know if I'll see The Disaster Artist personally, but I did laugh at the teaser trailer, and I'm certainly digging the concept.
There's A Trailer For "The Shape Of Water" And It Looks Wonderfully Bizarre
Guillermo del Toro is at it again.
The trailer for the upcoming movie The Shape of Water has finally been released, and it looks... interesting, to say the very least.
The Shape of Water is a fantasy romance film, which is about a mute woman who has a cleaning job at a lab. There, she encounters the intelligent aquatic, humanoid creature kept hidden at the lab. Over time, she falls in love with the creature and wishes to free it.
The film looks refreshingly original in a time where it seems like the same plot tropes are used over and over again in every movie. At the same time, it also looks incredibly bizarre, but maybe that's just what we need to see this fall. After all, how many trans-species romance movies have you see in theaters recently?
The movie is directed by Guillermo del Toro, who's best known for directing Pan's Labyrinth, an equally bizarre Spanish fantasy film. It stars Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Doug Jones. If you haven't seen Pan's Labyrinth, you should definitely what it before this one, so that you can have an idea of the sort of enchanting dark fantasy elements you might see.
The movie will come out on December 8. In the meantime, check out the trailer below!