FIRST LOOK: The Hunt

Remember the movie in September 2019 that horrifically timed real events and President Trump seemingly squashed with a tweet?

It’s back on Friday the 13th in March, I guess because it was all just satire, the production money was spent, and it’s from Blumhouse that seems to have earned a lot of wide release movies by its box office track record.

The film — a satiric thriller that follows a group of liberal elites who try to track down and kill “red state” conservatives for sport — sparked controversy and was shelved in August following the Dayton and El Paso mass shootings. It also drew the ire of President Donald Trump, who (though he did not name the film) insinuated via Twitter that “the movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos.”

‘The Hunt’ Producer on the Film’s Release: – Variety

This is a recent drop-in title from Universal that was lingering in TBA status after being pulled last year. It was put back on the screening schedule Thursday, February 13 for a month later. A new trailer was added as well, embedded below.

The Hunt official trailer

Haven’t seen the original trailer?

The original extended trailer

Political controversy aside, we’ll soon find out if this movie is worth all the fuss it received last year. Clearly in the promotion blurbs the marketing team is pushing the controversy as even more reason to go see it.

The story of a bunch of people waking up to find out they’re being hunted could be interesting, but I’m hopeful it doesn’t try to be too political in its message and just focuses on telling an entertaining story. I’ve liked some of what Blumhouse has produced. I think they’re at their best when they are doing something original vs. remaking/rebooting films and this is an original.

The Hunt opens wide in theaters on March 13, 2020 — Friday the 13th!

FIRST LOOK: The Lovebirds (2020)

Rated R. Romantic comedy.

This film has been showing in previews at the theater for the last month. The title alone makes it worthwhile profiling on Valentine’s Day.

A couple (Issa Rae & Kumail Nanjiani) experiences a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery. As their journey to clear their names takes them from one extreme — and hilarious — circumstance to the next, they must figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

The Lovebirds movie info via Rotten Tomatoes
The Lovebirds official trailer

Random Trailer Thoughts

  • Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is” to running over a person in a car is quite the contrast
  • “We have im-post-ers! Everybody unmask yourselves!”
  • Not sure what’s up with the Phantom of the Opera masks, but that looks funny
  • “Take … the grease!”
  • From the trailer I’m not sensing much romantic chemistry between the characters, but tough to show that in two minutes
  • They do seem like a decent comedy duo
  • Issa Rae starred in another romance, The Photograph⭐️⭐️½ released on Valentine’s Day, so she’s getting prominent acting roles in new wide release films. She strikes me more as a dramatic actress than fit for comedies, but we’ll see what chops she has here. Trailer doesn’t really tell me enough. Looks like she might be playing the straight comic role

The Lovebirds opens wide in theaters April 3, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: My Boyfriend's Meds (Las Pildoras de mi Novio)

Gotta love the kitty on the poster art alert!

Happy Valentine’s Day 2020 all romantic types everywhere!

On FIRST LOOK Friday let’s give some love to an odd, interesting foreign film — and romantic comedy — which opens next weekend showing what happens when a man goes without his meds.

The film follows Jess (Sandra Echeverria), a talented, high-powered marketing executive at an upscale tequila company who falls for Hank (Jaime Camil), a charismatic mattress store owner. However, Hank hasn’t been completely open with Jess – Hank suffers from a variety of issues for which he takes an endless assortment of medications. What is supposed to be a tropical “business and pleasure” trip begins to spiral out of control when Hank discovers that he left his meds behind and is no longer able hide his various symptoms, going from handsome charmer to an erratic loudmouth

My Boyfriend’s Meds Movie Info via Movie Insider
Las Pildoras De Mi Novio (My Boyfriend’s Meds) opens LIMITED in theaters 2/21/2020

Trailer thoughts:

  • Does Hank seem just a little bit creepy in the mattress store?
  • Is that Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander? (Yes!)
  • Kitty, kitty! Nice close-up on the pill bottle rolling under the bed … uh oh.
  • LOL on the hotel with “Shhh!” in the name

This movie looks funny. No idea when or even if we’ll get to see it in the theater. I checked local theaters for coming soon movies and it’s nowhere to be found. This close to the release date suggests a possibility of moving the date, but I can’t find anything that says the date is being moved. Even the independent theaters are coming up blank in the search.

There are very few foreign films that I look forward to seeing, but this is definitely one of them. It looks wild and wacky and the kind of rom-com that is perfect for the red heart month.

My Boyfriend’s Meds (Las Pildoras De Mi Novio) opens LIMITED in theaters 2/21/2020

FIRST LOOK: Morbius

Marvel’s Morbius is sinking its vampiric jaws into theaters Summer 2020

Summer 2020 a new Marvel movie is coming featuring Jared Leto as Morbius.

Was not familiar with this comic book character (is he a deep cut?), so had to do some research for this post. Turns out his full name is Morbius The Living Vampire, and originally an antihero of Spider-Man’s.

Despite his initial status as one of Spider-Man’s horror-based rogues, he went on to become a brooding and gritty, albeit heroic and tragically flawed antihero in his own series and other titles. His true identity was former award-winning biochemist named Michael Morbius imbued with pseudo-vampiric superhuman abilities and physical traits stemming from a failed biochemical experiment which was intended to cure his rare blood disorder, as opposed to supernatural means. The rest of his appearances feature his struggles with his non-human vampiric persona, his insatiable lust for human blood and his subsequent efforts to cure his horrific condition, along with his eventual stint as a brutal and nightmarish vigilante.

Wikipedia entry for Morbius

Ok, Morbius now has me very interested. There is a teaser trailer which makes me want to see it even more.

Teaser trailer for Marvel’s Morbius released 1/13/2020

One interesting side benefit of these comic character movies that is not often discussed is that it can lead people to greater research into past art. I consider myself a light comic fan, not a diehard reader by any stretch, but I am unfamiliar with Morbius.

Until earlier this year, I didn’t know about Harley Quinn either. Maybe I’d heard her name mentioned before but having not seen Suicide Squad, I missed Margot Robbie’s portrayal. Now that she will be appearing in Birds of Prey, I took a closer look into the character, going back to the comics and her new adult animated TV series on DC Universe. This has opened my eyes to a wealth of creative works involving the character.

Unless a movie is based on a novel or some other work, there isn’t this degree of depth beyond the movie. These comic book characters have a lot more depth than some are giving credit for, just because comic books may seem like a juvenile activity. They are not. These movies offer an exciting experience that goes beyond the two hours or so they are realized on screen.

Morbius opens in theaters on July 31, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: The Way Back

Rated R. Ben Affleck.

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen any movie with Ben Affleck in it. For a few years it seemed like he was channeling Nicolas Cage and in everything. I checked his Wikipedia filmography and he wasn’t in any movies in 2018 and missed his two movies in 2019.

Affleck as an alcoholic basketball coach? Yes, that’s what we seem to have here …

Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck) once had a life filled with promise. In high school, he was a basketball phenom with a full university scholarship, when suddenly, for reasons unknown, he walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Now years later, Jack is spiraling down, triggered by an unspeakable loss, and drowning in the alcoholism that cost him his marriage and any hope for a better life. When he is asked to coach the basketball team at his alma mater, which has fallen far since his glory days, he reluctantly accepts, surprising no one more than himself. As the boys start to come together as a team and win, Jack may have finally found a reason to confront the demons that have derailed him. But will it be enough to fill the void, heal the deep wounds of his past, and set him on the road to redemption?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Info
The Way Back official trailer

Official trailer #2:

Not sure how I feel about Affleck in this role. Sure, he can play the alcoholic, but I don’t see him as a basketball star, much less coach. Maybe that’s a good thing, will find out soon. This one is a month away from hitting the screen.

The trailers look … OK. Nothing that is really jumping out at me.

The Way Back opens wide in theaters on March 6, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: Onward

Pixar.

Looks like the first high quality animated wide release film of the year. I don’t know what it is but Pixar films just have a certain sharpness to their animation that is almost immediately recognizable. A signature sound like many music artists have only graphically.

Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney-Pixar’s “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Info
Onward first official trailer

Here is trailer #2:

Onward official trailer #2

The plot for this one seems different enough to draw me in. The quest to get the other half of their father has comedic value. Looking forward to this one. Who else is looking forward to seeing this?

Onward opens wide in theaters on March 6, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: Black Widow

Scar Jo (that’s meant affectionately) will soon be suiting up as Black Widow again, this time for an origin tale.

Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow in Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow”–the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour as Alexei aka The Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina. Directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige

Rotten Tomatoes movie info

When Natasha walked in and captured Tony Stark’s eye in Iron Man 2⭐️⭐️⭐️½ it was clear that Scar Jo was perfectly cast as Black Widow.

I see a fair amount of mostly positive buzz around Florence Pugh who is in this movie as Yelena.

Teaser trailer below:

Scar Jo gets her own origin film a la Joker, how will she do in the spotlight?

Random Teaser Trailer Thoughts

  • Double-gunning Black Widow in black is smoking
  • The sisters like to violently tangle (cool!)
  • LOL on the big bearded guy squeezing on the mask “It fits!”
  • Flying through the debris-filled air is a wicked site to behold
  • Why isn’t time travel possible so I can see this film NOW?!?!

Black Widow opens in theaters on May 1, 2020.