ENJOY THE MOVIES
"The unknown and the unbelievable meet." It's time for the US release of Dune this week! To celebrate the opening, Nerdist has launched a fun "remix" trailer that recreates this new Dune movie in the style of David Lynch's infamous 80s flop. Everyone knows that Lynch also brought Dune to the big screen in 1984, but the movie kind of sucks and it has been mostly forgotten (until now). Set in the distant future, the story in Dune about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy - the planet Arrakis, the only place in the galaxy where they can find "the spice". This new adaptation of the epic sci-fi stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, with Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, plus Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. I love how perfectly they captured the vibe of the Lynch Dune movie, and the style of trailers from the 80s. This makes me want to go watch Dune again! And again!
"This equipment is far superior to ours!" There's an object that appears in many sci-fi films from the 70s and 80s that really has no use, and just "looks cool" - it's known as "Blinking Tubes Without Function". (Read more about it here.) A YouTube channel has created a series of supercut videos with all the footage of these blinking red tubes from every TV show & film it appears in. The funniest thing about this is noticing how the exact same prop appears over and over, almost like they just wheel the thing around to different sets and some guy plugs it in and everyone goes "oh, wow." It's in everything from Star Trek (of course) to V to Knight Rider to Trancers to Airplane II, even in one Austin Powers. I'm glad it doesn't appear anymore, but I wonder if it's in the background of some sci-fi show? Maybe. All three of the videos can be seen below.
"You can't hold me responsible for what the spirits say." Munro Films has debuted a new official UK trailer for an indie comedy titled Sideshow, from filmmaker Adam Oldroyd. The film follows two criminals who after breaking into the home of a washed-up psychic, get much more than they bargained for, because "The All-Seeing Stupendo" is a genuine master of the dark mystic arts – at least that's what it says on his poster. "It's a hilarious, perfectly-pitched and thoroughly silly way to spend 90 mins." With hilarious performances from British legends Les Dennis and Anthony Head, as well as April Pearson and Nathan Clarke. Oldroyd states: "Sideshow is my modern take on the black humour of the old Ealing comedies. Les was the perfect pick to play ageing psychic Stuart Pendrick, his years of experience as one of the nation's best-loved entertainers was the ideal material to draw from." It looks like it might actually be funny enough to watch.
"They knew the nipples were to blame…" Why do men have nipples, what are they used for? It is a question that has plagued mankind for centuries. The History of Nipples is a strange, awkward dark comedy short made by filmmaker Bailey Tom Bailey. It premiered at festivals in 2019 and hit the web last year, but we're only catching up with it now. A perfect intro from Short of the Week: "At some point in our life, we've probably all looked in the mirror and thought 'why?'. For Ron, the perplexed lead in Bailey Tom Bailey's truly distinct short The History of Nipples, it isn't so much 'why do they look like that', but more 'why are they even there?'. He's become obsessed with his nipples and this new fascination is going to lead him on a dark journey of self-reflection and existentialism." The short stars Joseph Macnab and Lily Wood, with Ronan Cullen, Vile Loikkanen, and Travis Booth-Millard. If you need a good laugh, give this a look.
"How did this all go so wrong…?" Whodunnit? Or did he dun it to himself…? Apple TV+ has debuted the first teaser trailer for a new murder mystery comedy mini-series arriving in January 2022. After the success of Knives Out (and with a Netflix series on the way), it looks like Apple wants their own murder mystery to offer viewers. Executive produced by, co-written by, and with some episodes directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller, this will be an 8-episode offering, with each new episode a retelling of the same night told through a different character's perspective. Miller introduces it on Twitter stating: "So excited to finally share the first sneak peek teaser of The Afterparty, the 8-episode comedy murder mystery we made for Apple TV+. It's a project I’ve been working on for a decade." The line-up includes: Sam Richardson, Dave Franco, Ben Schwartz, Ilana Glazer, Ike Barinholtz, Zoe Chao, and Jamie Demetriou, plus Tiffany Haddish as Detective Danner. Looks like it's going to be a very, very good time. I'm already wondering who… it was?
"We used to hate each other." Gravitas Ventures has unveiled an official trailer for a road trip documentary comedy called Joy Ride, not to be confused with the Paul Walker action thriller also titled Joy Ride from 2001. This film is actually a "concert documentary" TV special, not a full feature, coming in at just around 70 minutes. Frenemies and veteran comedians Dana Gould and Bobcat Goldthwait, having learned very little from their near-fatal car accident, get back on the road and journey throughout the American South. The documentary captures the duo as they carefully navigate highways and their decades-old contentious friendship; reflecting upon their careers and relationship with comedy. Buckle up. A comedy tour unlike any other full of laughs and danger. This looks like a good time, with plenty of wacky fun comedy to chuckle at.
"Did you just come into my room to fart?" What a line. Lionsgate has released an official trailer for a kooky comedy titled Lady of the Manor, written and directed by brothers Christian Long & Justin Long, making their feature directorial debut together. The film follows a stoner who, after getting a gig as a tour guide in a historic manor, befriends the ghost of the former lady of the residence. "We really love buddy comedies from the '80s and '90s… We realized it was such a good opportunity for that type of buddy comedy, but with two women, and we just felt like we hadn't seen that in that way." Melanie Lynskey and Judy Greer star in this offbeat buddy comedy creation, with a full cast including Justin Long, Luis Guzmán, Patrick Duffy, Nick Morgulis, and Ryan Phillippe. This doesn't look like the most interesting or humorous take on this concept, rather lackluster and generic overall. But the Lynskey & Greer comedy duo makes up for it.
"We met these two animals down in Mexico." 20th Century Studios has released the first official trailer for a raunchy studio comedy called Vacation Friends, a very generic title for a movie about, well, friends from a vacation. This is being dumped directly to Hulu streaming at the end of August, skipping theaters entirely which isn't a good sign either. A couple meets up with another couple while on vacation in Mexico, but their friendship takes an awkward turn when they get back home and their new friends surprisingly crash their wedding - "proving that what happens on vacation, doesn't necessarily stay on vacation." Yvonne Orji and Lil Rel Howery star as one couple, with Meredith Hagner and John Cena as the extra wild couple; also with Lynn Whitfield, Robert Wisdom, Tawny Newsome, and Kamal Bolden. Drugs everywhere, what could go wrong? This looks crazy absurd, not necessarily in a crazy good way, but in a crazy kooky way.
"As good as the original, maybe even better?" It can't be! This is some of the best 30-seconds of nostalgia bliss you will enjoy this entire year. Many try, but few succeed, in making great commercials based on our favorite movies. But this one perfectly pulls it off and goes even further to make us wonder who that other little Gremlin is. Mountain Dew released this fun new TV spot for their "Mtn Dew Zero Sugar" flavor, which comes with that "as good as the original" tagline. So they went back to the original Gremlins, brought back Gizmo and his co-star Zach Galligan (who played Billy in the 1984 film), and put together a cute 'lil story. We highly recommend watching this TV spot even though it is just shameless nostalgia-mining advertising.
"No one can ever know about this money." Vertical Entertainment has released an official trailer for White People Money, a hilarious new satire from filmmaker Mark Harris (, House Behind The Tracks, Everyday But Christmas). The film stars Barton Fitzpatrick as Kareem, and Drew Sidora as his wife Nora. They end up winning a surprise contest giving away 15 billion dollars to 15 winners. But Kareem insists that they must keep their big time winnings a secret from everyone - including their own families and friends. Also starring Aaron D. Spears, Dawn Noel, Nicole Arbour, and Sarah Cigan. This looks amusing, but the trailer seems like it's only showing the setup. What happens next? Are they successful? Or is it a big scam…?
"The kind of genre cinema we dream of." RLJE Films has debuted a new official trailer for the upcoming VOD release of a wacky horror sci-fi comedy titled Psycho Goreman. We featured a teaser trailer earlier in the year before the film's originally planned premiere at SXSW (before the fest was cancelled). This is the latest film from Canadian filmmaker / SFX artist Steven Kostanski (who most recently made The Void) and it instead premiered at Monster Fest and the Sitges Film Festival this year. PG, or Psycho Goreman, is about two kids who, using a magical amulet, force the evil monster who showed up 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 ridiculously awesome and totally kooky and I am so looking forward to it. She will enslave the galaxy.
"Why you?" "You're literally the most average person on Earth." Warner Bros has unveiled the trailer for a comedy titled Superintelligence, the latest creation of actress Melissa Mccarthy and her director husband Ben Falcone (following Tammy, The Boss, Life of the Party). This is skipping theaters and debuting directly on HBO Max at the end of the month - which is probably for the best considering this looks awful. When an all-powerful Superintelligence (voiced by James Corden) chooses to study the most average person on Earth, the fate of the world hangs in the balance. As the A.I. decides to enslave, save or destroy humanity, it's up to Carol to prove that people are worth saving. This stars Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, Brian Tyree Henry, and Jean Smart. It looks like a dumb comedy ripoff of Her without any laughs. Ugh.