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"There she is, guys - the most godforsaken castle in all of Mexico." RLJE Films has released a new official US trailer for the indie horror comedy DeadTectives, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Tony West. This first premiered at the Sitges Film Festival in 2018, and it also played at Mexico's Morbido Film Fest, Fantasporto, and the Seattle Film Festival. A team of reality TV ghost hunters experience true paranormal activity for the first time while filming a make-or-break episode in the most haunted mansion in Mexico. Facing cancellation on the one hand and supernatural entities on the other, the team must figure out a way to bust the ghosts, deliver the episode of a lifetime, and escape with their lives intact. Starring Chris Geere, David Newman, José María de Tavira, and Tina Ivlev. Cool concept, but this looks so impressively bad. And why is this trailer so dark? Is the whole film like that? This one looks worth skipping.
"It's gonna be a beautiful wedding." Hulu has released an official trailer for the amazing time loop romantic comedy titled Palm Springs, the latest creation from the Lonely Island comedy crew. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and it was one of my favorites of the fest. It's SO good. Palm Springs is about a lazy slacker, Andy Samberg, stuck in a time loop at his friend's wedding. He unwittingly gets another guest caught in his same loop, and they're forced to figure out whether romance is worth it. Co-starring Cristin Milioti, with J.K. Simmons, Meredith Hagner, Camila Mendes, Tyler Hoechlin, and Peter Gallagher. Ahhhh I love this film! Just like that quote in the trailer, I want to watch this over and over again. It's soo much fun, and it's a refreshing reinvention of romcoms and the time loop subgenre.
Love, lust, and social distance. Squeegee is a comedy short made by LA-based filmmaker Morgan Krantz. A high-powered female executive has an erotic rendezvous with a high-rise window-washer on opposite sides of her office window. Inspired by Krantz's chance meeting with an actual Scottish window washer ("a cool guy, a real daredevil") who he then cast in the film as, uh, himself. "Funny and poignant, Squeegee is an apt portrait of intimacy in the time of social distancing." This stars Amy Rutherford and Blair McKenzie. Featuring a superb score by Emmy-winning composer Ali Helnwein. This short is hilarious!! You'll laugh and giggle and blush. The performances themselves are what make it so good, the quirky mannerisms from each of them. And the old timey romantic score tops it off in just the perfect way. Another must watch short.
"Maybe the time spent there chasing your dreams is better off spent here, chasing a paycheck." Lionsgate has released a trailer for a comedy titled 2 Minutes of Fame, formerly known as #TwoMinutesofFame (oh do I hate hashtag film titles and I'm glad they changed this one). The film is about a wannabe comedian who becomes internet famous after making impressions of another comedian. He heads to LA to try and achieve greater fame, but ends up in the cross-hairs of the veteran stand-up comic who "plots a rude—and hilarious—awakening for Deandre." Jay Pharaoh stars as Deandre, with Keke Palmer as his girlfriend, and a cast including Katt Williams, RonReaco Lee, Kimrie Lewis, and Valery M. Ortiz. This looks solid, with good humor, but also some key lessons to learn about family, life, success, and fame. Might be worth a look.
"Missy is not who I thought she was… She's free, she's fun." Netflix has released the first official trailer for a comedy titled The Wrong Missy, the latest film from comedian / director Tyler Spindel. This is one of those ridiculous Hollywood-esque comedies with a concept that will either make you roll your eyes or laugh already. Tim has been texting a lady that might be the woman of his dreams. When things escalate fast, he invites her to a work retreat on Hawaii, realizing too late he mistakenly texted someone from a nightmare blind date - the "Wrong Missy". David Spade stars, with Lauren Lapkus as Missy, and a cast including Nick Swardson, Geoff Pierson, Jackie Sandler, Molly Sims, Sarah Chalke, Chris Witaske, and Rob Schneider. I thought they stopped making these absurd comedies! But there's always room for more.
"Why did you do that?!" Orion Pictures has debuted the second trailer, another raucous red band trailer, for the road trip prank comedy Bad Trip, which was delayed from releasing last fall, now opening in theaters coming up in April. This all-out comedy feature is written by the same guy who wrote Bad Grandpa, to give you an idea of what to expect, and has an actual plot about two friends who go on a cross-country road trip pulling pranks. "Real actors pranking real people." The pranks in this are pretty ridiculous, but it is cool to see them play into the plot. This stars Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, Charles Green, Adam Meir, and Tiffany Haddish. It's hard not to chuckle at this, even if it's not your kind of humor, these guys pull it off.
"He's gunna kill everybody if we take him anywhere!" "Not unless I tell him to." What happens when you accidentally summon an ancient alien overlord? You trick it into doing your bidding, of course! There's a teaser trailer for a wacky new film titled Psycho Goreman that we have to share with everyone. This is the latest film from Canadian filmmaker / SFX artist Steven Kostanski (who most recently made The Void) and it was originally set to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival this month (which is no longer happening). PG, or Psycho Goreman, is about two kids who, using a magical amulet, force the monster to obey their childish whims, and accidentally attract a rogues' gallery of intergalactic assassins to small-town suburbia. Starring Nita-Josée Hanna, Owen Myre, Adam Brooks, Alexis Hancey, and Matthew Ninaber as PG. This looks hilarious! Like something you'd find in the back of a little VHS rental shop and never forget.
"Don't let his huge belly fool you… Ten men can't defeat the chubby hero." Well Go USA has released an official US trailer for the Chinese comedy Enter the Fat Dragon, which is opening in US theaters later this month after first opening in China / Hong Kong recently. Yes, as the title indicates, this is a parody of Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon, but about a fat martial arts hero instead of a super skinny one. Oh boy. A new action-comedy movie from martial arts superstar Donnie Yen. A police officer's suspect suffers a mysterious death, now he must team up with an undercover inspector and wok-wielding restaurant owner to solve the murder mystery. Donnie Yen stars as Officer Zhu, with a cast including Teresa Mo, Niki Chow, Wong Jing, Jessica Jann, and Philip Ng. I guess China is catching up with the fat suit comedy trope, because this looks like it's straight from the 1990s and belongs there. Why oh why did Donnie Yen decide to do this?
"I'm gunna give you lovebirds a choice." Paramount has debuted the first official trailer for a comedy called The Lovebirds, starring Kumail Nanjiani & Issa Rae. This young couple is unintentionally pulled into a bizarre (and hilarious) murder mystery. Working to clear their names and solve the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night. It doesn't surprise me that Hollywood has already come up with a comedic spoof of Queen & Slim, as that's pretty much what this is, with some other twists. Like the weird mask scene at the end? In addition to Nanjiani & Rae, the cast includes Paul Sparks, Anna Camp, Kyle Bornheimer, and Moses Storm. This just looks painfully bad, comedy in the worst of ways trying to mock another good film. How are they still making comedies like this? Who laughs at this?
"You wanna be a business woman? You're going to have to act like a boss." Paramount Pics has debuted a second official trailer for the comedy Like a Boss, the latest from director Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids, Beatriz at Dinner, and Duck Butter). This goofy entrepreneur comedy is about two best friends with very different ideals who decide to start a beauty company together. But when they run into financial trouble and sell to a big name corporation, it puts their friendship at risk as they battle about how to proceed under new ownership. "The world of beauty is about to get ugly." Of course it is. Starring Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne as best friends, plus Salma Hayek, Billy Porter, Jennifer Coolidge, Ari Graynor, Natasha Rothwell, Jessica St. Clair, and Karan Soni. This looks excruciatingly bad, and not even laughably bad.
"Are you experiencing increased appetite?" Warner Bros & DirecTV have debuted an official trailer for a wild indie coming-of-age comedy titled Good Girls Get High, the second feature film made by filmmaker Laura Terruso (following Fits and Starts previously). This is pretty much a riff on Booksmart (and Eighth Grade), about two high school girls who are "good girls" just about to finish up and graduate. The decide to become "bad girls" and get stoned on their last night of senior year, only learning that being bad really ain't so good after all. Surprise, surprise. The film stars Abby Quinn and Stefanie Scott, along with Lauren Lapkus, Matt Besser, Isabelle Fuhrman, Chanté Adams, Cole Carter, and Danny Pudi. This looks a bit too cheap, and a bit too cheesy for my tastes, but maybe I'm not the target audience. Still - light one up.
"You can buy a thousand new phones and I follow you onto every single one of them." That's not creepy at all. Lionsgate has released the first official trailer for Jexi, a new modern tech comedy from the directors of 21 & Over and Bad Moms. Jexi is a riff on Her, the title being a portmanteau mix of Alexa and Siri, about a guy who is addicted to his cell phone. His new phone includes a service called Jexi, voiced by Rose Byrne, which becomes his life coach and personal assistant. But when he finally learns to move on to a life without his phone, Jexi freaks out and tries to keep him all to herself. Adam Devine stars, with Alexandra Shipp, Ron Funches, Charlyne Yi, Wanda Sykes, Justin Hartley, Kid Cudi, and Michael Peña. This starts out pretty fun, but it gets really dumb by the end with bad jokes. Some of it is amusing, but some of it is not.