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"Ready to have some fun?" Netflix has revealed an official trailer for the next horror comedy from writer / director Christopher Landon, best known as the creator of Happy Death Day and Freaky. His latest is titled We Have a Ghost, launching on Netflix this February. Finding a ghost named Ernest haunting their new home turns Kevin's family into overnight social media sensations. But when Kevin and Ernest go rogue to investigate the mystery of Ernest's past, they become a target of the CIA. The best part about this is that David Harbour (from "Stranger Things", Hellboy, and Violent Night) stars as the titular ghost, Ernest, based on a short story by Geoff Manaugh. The cast also includes Jahi Winston, Tig Notaro, Erica Ash, Jennifer Coolidge, and Anthony Mackie, plus Faith Ford, Niles Fitch, Isabella Russo, and Steve Coulter. This does look funny! Landon keeps delivering with his funky fresh horror comedy ideas. I'm in.
"We all know that Chris is very big in getting everything on camera and doing things as real as possible." One of our most anticipated 2023 movies is Christopher Nolan's latest titled Oppenheimer, telling the story of the creation of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos in the 1940s. By now, most movie fans have heard the real news that Nolan created shots showing the nuclear explosion without using any CGI. Which is just a bit crazy? But also awesome. Nolan is famous for doing everything for real on set, with practical FX and set pieces and stunts. Last year someone made a joke about how he probably thought about detonating a real nuke just to get the perfect shot. Taking that joke even further: "I can't believe they released the footage of Christopher Nolan dropping a real nuke!" Filmmaker Stephen Ford created this entirely fake, entirely fan-made featurette to riff on that "rumor" and it's a must watch. It's so perfectly edited, I'm in awe! I cackled when Hoyte Van Hoytema mutters "shit, how are we gonna do this?" I have to post it for everyone to enjoy.
"Trust your instincts! You think up there, you're dead." Lock 'n load, Mav, it's time to deliver the presents! Nerdist made a fun mashup video called Top Gun: Yuletide - The Christmas Mission for the holidays. Inspired by a tweet from actor Glen Powell, they took footage from Top Gun: Maverick and combined it with footage from the Santa Clause movies to create this "Yuletide" special. It features Maverick taking on the great challenge of wrangling the reindeer and "flying" the Santa sleigh to help deliver all of the presents on Christmas Eve. I was hoping for more full-on CGI footage of Maverick flying the Sleigh, but it's just some creative editing to make it all work. Nonetheless this is super entertaining and funny and really captures the ridiculous vibe of the "What if Maverick but reindeer instead of fighter jets?" pitch. By now, everyone knows that Top Gun: Maverick is the biggest Hollywood hit of the year and will likely land Oscar noms, too. Enjoy.
"Some things you can’t take back… like dropping your friend's baby." Hulu has revealed the official trailer for a romantic comedy mishap movie titled The Drop, which originally premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The film will land on Hulu for streaming in January after playing at festivals this year. In this cringe comedy, a married couple face a marriage test when one of them drops a baby during a tropical island wedding. "Paradise becomes purgatory for our couple as recriminations, passive-aggression and old wounds begin to permeate the island reunion and throw Mani & Lex's future into deep uncertainty." Anna Konkle & Jermaine Fowler star as Lex & Mani, with Jillian Bell, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Robin Thede, Aparna Nancherla, Joshua Leonard, Jennifer Lafleur, and Elisha Henig. Exec produced by the Duplass Brothers. This looks remarkably unfunny and forced, an awkward cringe fest because the writing and performances are so bad. Avoid this one at all costs (no wonder it's being dumped in January).
"What do you two really think of each other?" Trinity Creative has revealed the official US trailer for the dark comedy film Decrypted, a wacky crypto film made by filmmaker Tom Sands. After debuting last year in the UK, the film is now available to watch on VOD in the US if anyone is curious - "the feature film that is taking the crypto community by storm." An outrageous and provocative film about a mismatched NSA team who kidnap Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin, to get the info they need to destroy cryptocurrencies. The botched interrogation forces together a group of people who then get into all kinds of trouble. The cast includes Talisa Garcia, Sophia Myles, David Hoflin, Amanda Abbington, Kevin McNally, Clive Francis, Aki Kotabe, Don Gilet, and Sophie Barker. This looks too dumb and kooky to be any good. But I'm glad someone is willing to make jokes about this eccentric group of people, and laugh about crypto.
"He is a new kind of hero for a new age. His name is Andor." This is where that ol' phrase "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" makes sense - a long time ago in 1975, a Star Wars series aired on television. Ha ha. A YouTube channel created this glorious fan-made TV intro for the Andor series replicating the 70s TV intro style. It's kind of amazing! Set five years before the events of Rogue One, the series follows rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion. It's showrun and created by writer Tony Gilroy. Diego Luna returns as Andor, with a cast featuring Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, as well as Genevieve O'Reilly as Mon Mothma; plus Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera. "It's 1975. A New Hope won't be released for another two years, and George Lucas is mostly known as the American Graffiti guy. You just finished watching the latest episode of Barney Miller." "And now, we bring you tonight's TV movie premiere. Get ready to travel to a far away galaxy that existed a long, long time ago. It's the science fiction spectacular…ANDOR. Every Thursday night, only on ABC." Ha.
"The Bingers are taking over, man, we're taking over." Hulu has unveiled the trailer for a comedy sequel titled It's A Wonderful Binge, arriving for streaming in early December on Hulu. This sequel to the Hulu original film The Binge from 2020 continuing the spoof comedy riffing on The Purge, but with drugs. Set in a time where all drugs and alcohol are illegal, the only day anyone can participate in the "fun" is on Binge day. In The Binge 2: It's A Wonderful Binge, "The Binge" happens miraculously on Christmas – unleashing a new holiday adventure featuring magical storybooks, catchy songs, claymation, and more. 'Tis the season… to get shitfaced! The ensemble comedy features a big cast including Eduardo Franco, Dexter Darden, Zainne Saleh, Marta Piekarz, Danny Trejo, Tony Cavalero, Nick Swardson, Kaitlin Olson, Tim Meadows, Paul Scheer, and more. Surprise, surprise, it looks pretty terrible. You might want to skip this.
"G is for Get to the choppa!!" Time for something fun today!! Need a laugh? Fire them up. These videos have been floating around the internet for a few years, but we've only recently stumbled across them (thanks to Twitter, which seems to be barely hanging on for dear life these days). The original alphabet videos come from a YouTube creator known as "TwinkieMan", who is actually a Danish video editor named Benjamin Olesen. His most popular video is called "Learn the Alphabet with Arnold Schwarzenegger," initially debuted in 2018 on YouTube. It's a fun 2-minute mashup featuring various Arnold clips that start with every letter of the alphabet. Yes, it's as glorious and funny as it sounds, and it will make you smile (and hopefully laugh). A few other videos like this have shown up online after - TwinkieMan also made one with Sylvester Stallone clips, and other users made videos from Samuel L. Jackson and Jim Carrey clips. View below.
Whether as an audience member or a critic, the viewer's mindset is almost never addressed in conversations about any type of entertainment. However, it's a factor with as much impact on the overall enjoyment of the work as any other. In the same way that a fun, light, inspirational film can transform a crestfallen face into a happy smile, a heavy, slower, contemplative movie is also capable of leaving the public seriously thinking about their own lives. Bros belongs to the former group, being even more satisfying after an emotionally draining previous viewing at the 2022 London Film Festival (Aronofsky's The Whale - read my review here).
"Have you seen how out of control this party!?" Warner Bros has revealed the official trailer for House Party, the 2022 updated on the 90s comdy classic of the same name. Actually this is a 2023 update - as the new release date is in January after the New Year. The original film by director Reginald Hudlin opened in March of 1990 and starred Christopher Reid, Robin Harris, Martin Lawrence, and Tisha Campbell. From New Line Cinema comes your VIP ticket into the hottest event of the year: House Party, the remix to the fan-favorite ‘90s classic. Like all party movies before it, the premise is simple: a high school student decides to host a house party while his parents are away. "After all, a night like this doesn’t come around more than once." The full cast of this update features: Tosin Cole, Jacob Latimore, Karen Obilom, D.C. Young Fly, and Scott Mescudi. It is produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter. This does look hilarious!! I'm always down for an epic "this party has gone too crazy" movie, especially with a stoned Koala. Have fun.
In this latest edition of What If, video editor Luís Azevedo wonders: What If Wes Anderson Directed a Tarantino Movie?. Created for Little White Lies, this fun 5-minute YouTube mashup edits together clips from all of Quentin Tarantino's movies in the style of a Wes Anderson movie. Yes, it's that simple, but it's also such a whimsical, amusing, quirky video that nicely replicates the filmmaking aesthetics of Anderson's films. There's clips from almost every Tarantino movie from Jackie Brown to Django Unchained, from Kill Bill to The Hateful Eight. Don't even think twice about it, just click play and enjoy!! This isn't even the first "if directed by Wes Anderson" video, we've also posted about: The Grand Overlook Hotel - Wes Anderson's The Shining and The Uncanny X-Men - Wes Anderson's X-Men. Now it's time for The Royal Tarantinos.
"Not even a little bit curious??" Apple has revealed the first look teaser trailer for Spirited, one of two new Scrooge movies due out this holiday season. (The other is the animated Scrooge: A Christmas Carol - still waiting for a trailer for this one, too.) Spirited is a musical version of Charles Dickens' story of the miserly misanthrope who is taken on a magical journey - from the director of Horrible Bosses 2, Daddy's Home 1 & 2, and Instant Family. This one has a twist – Clint Briggs turns the tables on his ghostly host until "Present" finds himself reexamining his own past, present, future. For the first time, A Christmas Carol is told from the perspective of the ghosts in this hilarious musical twist on the classic Dickens tale. Ryan Reynolds stars as Scrooge, with Will Ferrell as "Present", plus Joe Tippett, Octavia Spencer, Aimee Carrero, Marlow Barkley, Jen Tullock, Sunita Mani, and P.J. Byrne. With songs written by the La La Land writers, and choreography by Chloe Arnold, this "modern retelling is a sweet and spicy holiday treat." This looks like a BIG movie with huge set pieces, tons of CG, trips back in time, massive musical numbers. Enjoy.