Another week, another round of trailers. The week was dominated by stuff like The Hateful Eight and the new footage from Japan’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, but that’s definitely not the only thing we saw. Mere hours after Star Wars made us nerd out again, the first trailer for Warcraft arrived. Plus, Will Smith’s Concussion, Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa, and more.
The video game you spent so many hours on comes to life thanks to director Duncan Jones (Moon), a giant cast, and a whole lot of visual effects. Video game movies don’t have the greatest track record, but this looks like the closest we’ve come to a game coming to life on the big screen, so maybe it’ll work out this time.
Charlie Kaufman has already stretched the boundaries of movie storytelling with everything from Being John Malkovich to Adaptation, and now he’s trying something new yet again with a stop-motion film that he both wrote and co-directed. As you’ll see in the trailer, the critical response to this film has been absolutely dazzling, and I can’t wait to finally see it.
Michael Bay takes a break from robots and does a war movie focused on the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi. It’s easy to roll your eyes when it comes to Bay, but go watch Pain & Gain again, and you might actually look forward to something like this.
The latest Spike Lee joint is also the first Amazon original movie, which means there’s some interesting industry stuff riding on it. Story-wise, it’s a kind of fourth wall-breaking, comedy musical thing that seems to be about…a sex strike. We’ll have to wait for the whole thing to find out if it’s weird in a good way or just plain weird.
Will Smith takes on the NFL and its efforts to either cover up or outright ignore brain damage issues plaguing athletes. When Smith does drama right, he really nails it. We’ll find out next month if he nailed it this time.