This Week's Trailer Park Round-Up

Greetings and welcome to a new week, Threedonia! In this week’s trailers, we’ve got a Marvel supervillain (and a returning superheroine), a thief matching wits with a serial killer, some uppity robotic cowboys and cowgirls, and a genetically-engineered alien monster on the rampage. In other words, just another typical Monday. Click the jump to see them all.

1. Venom

After giving all their major heroes movies, Marvel is doing something genuinely different: giving a villain his own origin story. Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, the man who eventually morphs into Spider-Man’s monstrous nemesis, Venom. Also stars Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson, and Tom Holland is rumored to make a cameo as Spidey. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) directs. Should be interesting.

And speaking of Marvel…

2. Jessica Jones Season 2

Netflix’s superheroine private eye show is back for a second season, with Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) investigating a series of murders that tie in to her own past and the experimentation that was done to her to give her superpowers. She also says “shit” alot and calls a guy “rapey”, so you know she’s edgy or whatever. I just hope they bring Kilgrave back, he was a great villain.

3. Bad Samaritan

When a petty crook breaks into a man’s house, he is shocked to discover a young woman being held captive there. After realizing that he has run afoul of a serial killer, he is targeted and pursued by the house’s demented owner. Stars David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Kerry Condon (Better Call Saul). Blockbuster filmmaker Dean Devlin (Independence Day, The Patriot) directs; after his last big-budget film (Geostorm) fizzled, he seems to be trying his hand at smaller projects like this. Looks like it might make for a solid psychological thriller.

4. Westworld Season 2

In the second season of HBO’s twisted sci-fi/western series, the robots have become self-aware and are plotting a revolt against humanity. Hey, maybe this is how we all ended up in the Matrix? Anyway, check out that robotic cattle stampede!

5. The Titan

In a near future in which Earth’s resources are running out, a soldier (Sam Worthington) agrees to undergo a series of experiments in order to make humans capable of surviving on Titan. Unsurprisingly, the experiments do not go well. This sci-fi thriller/horror appears to be a mashup of Avatar and Frankenstein; it might be worth a DVD rental, if it gets decent reviews, but based on the trailer, it looks very derivative. Also stars Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black) and Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins).

13 comments to This Week’s Trailer Park Round-Up

  • Scott M.

    Be a marvel if anyone made movies about anything but comic book and Sci-Fi characters.No offense,Jimmy.

    • #3 on the list is one, but I get what you’re saying, Scott. Like I’ve said before, though, the franchises are where the money is right now, and Hollywood will always follow the money. Once franchise fatigue sets in (I give it about 10 years) and we get more Chris Nolans in there who are willing to make high-quality original films that make money, things will change.

  • I see the comic book movies as a genre… Hollywood has made dozens (hundreds?) of good to great Westerns (rom-coms; sci-fi, etc, etc.) over the decades and plenty of serviceable ones to boot. These are no different than that.

    Speaking of… Westworld Season 1 was amazing… Season 2 looks like the cold open to Battlestar Galactica except with cows. That’s not a bad thing.

    • Good comparison, although to be fair, some people can get tired of Westerns or have no interest in them as a genre. (I know…I’ve looked into it, and we can’t deport them for it.)

  • Rufus

    Comparing comic book movies to Westerns may be an apt analogy (I’m sincerely unsure. I don’t know enough about either genre.). However, it all just seems beyond tiresome. In my teen years there was a spate of disaster films. I think it started with “Airport.” They were “blockbusters” and featured cutting edge special effects and almost always featured a big name or five, but the fad quickly ran its course. It’s been superhero movies for almost 40 years now. I don’t include the original, Christopher Reeves “Superman” movies, but didn’t “Batman” come out in the ’80s?

    While there were a lot of “B” westerns that didn’t have great scripts, the big budget Westerns that were made almost always centered on adult themes, no? We’ve had at least 3 “Spiderman” boots and reboots that all center on the theme of, “being a teen-ager is awkward.” I saw one of the “Avengers” films. It was fun, but it revolved around a throwaway plot about some space crystal or cube or something.

    This too shall pass, and it was inevitable the movies would decline in relevance as entertainment options increased but there seems to be a trend in my generation to not let things end. “Star Wars” was the biggest f**king thing of my 13 year old life and I’m in my 50s and it’s still supposed to be a huge, mega, super-important deal. I don’t recall any generation prior insisting the things that gave them joy in their pre-adolescence continue to be relevant in their dotage. It would be like my 50 year old father sitting on a floor playing marbles in the 1980s. Or him and his buddies getting out their decoder rings and camping out in front of the Cineplex for “Flash Gordon XIVIXXLLL – the Search for More Profits.”

    I don’t think it’s odd to see these films; nothing wrong with being entertained. But one can’t deny there’s something unprecedented and odd about the duration of these franchises.

    • For the record, if they made a new Flash Gordon movie with The Rock, I would be lining up to see that.

    • Outlaw13

      Superman has been around since the 30’s in one form or another, same with Batman.

      As to why things like Star Wars are hanging around longer, DVD, VCR etc have to have a lot to do with that. But I would ask if you watched the Three Stooges or the Little Rascals when you were young? At that time they were going on 30-40 years old, if Hollywood could have made more they would…for some reason most likely because some people don’t deem them adult enough Comic Book movies are being reviled as being too much of the same thing.

      Airport which you referenced was released in 1970 throuought that decade there were as many or more of these kind of films than Comic Book movies during the last ten years.

      I would say that there are different kinds of Comic Book films, some are comedies and others are dark, and others are something else entirely. Iron Man is entirely different in tone and story than The Dark Knight or Deadpool…like anything else educate yourself and make appropriate choices based on your person preferences.

      • Rufus

        Even better examples of your point might be Dracula, Frankenstein or Sherlock Holmes. Almost since the invention of the motion picture camera films featuring those three were made, and continue to be made about every 10 years, or so.

        My point wasn’t that it’s odd certain stories and characters endure. It’s odd that the “Blockbuster” films have centered on the same genre for so long. As we both wrote, there was about a decade where disaster films were the annual blockbuster “must see” super-hyped movies. There were disaster films prior, and they still make them today, but the characters and themes change to match current trends. Instead of Earthquakes destroying L.A., tidal waves caused by global warming are the culprit (and I’m O.K. with either, as long as L.A. is in the cross hairs). And, even more significant, the characters and protagonists and antagonists change. And, the genre itself isn’t in the cultural zeitgeist.

        Luke Skywalker, Spiderman and Batman haven’t gone away or diminished. It’s over 40 years for Luke, 30 for Batman and about 25 for Spiderman. I doubt there’s been a year in the past 25 where one of those three wasn’t a central character in one of the year’s most hyped films. That’s different than saying Westerns were an epic genre for decades. It would be like saying Shane or Rooster Cogburn were epic for decades. Every year. Year after year.

        And, as I wrote, I’ve seen about 10 superhero movies in the last few decades and liked most all of them. I felt like I got my money’s worth. Just as I enjoyed the two Sherlock Holmes films I saw featuring Robert Downey, Jr. It’s just odd our culture is stuck in this superhero cycle. The culture used to evolve (devolve?) with trends; hardboiled detective movies, horror movies, disaster movies, westerns, rom-coms… But it’s been superheros for decades now. It’s odd that the culture is stuck on this fad.

        I blame the baby boomers.

        • Outlaw13

          Well, I disagree that it has been decades that Superhero films have dominated, they were around yes, but being the dominant film no. The success of Ironman ten years ago started the current trend.

          • Rufus

            Coincidentally, John Podhoretz has a piece up that hits on this topic.


            After reading it I think he hits on the true nature of what I’m sensing; it’s not a particular generation’s reluctance to grow up, it’s due to a shift in the business. The whole piece is well worth a read. He gives some good historical background about special effects and CGI (I had never heard of the knight in the stained glass window) and backs up his thesis with data. The paragraphs breaking down top grossing films and their plots vs. top grossing films adjusted for inflation and their plots, is particularly interesting. However, for those of you who won’t read the whole thing, here’s a snippet of his theory (emphasis mine):

            The breakup of the studio system half a century ago and the subsequent takeover of the entertainment business by corporations that sought to impose a rational financial framework on a creative medium that is – due to its reliance on crazy people – irrational by definition, changed the moviemaking game. It became a wiser and more prudent play to swing for the fences and strike out than make a decent pile of cash over a long period of time. There was a time that a relatively small, relatively realistic, even relatively downbeat movie could catch a cultural wave and become an object of intense discussion and interest. I think of late 1960s fare like Midnight Cowboy, or Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, or Easy Rider. Each of these movies became a cultural sensation and, relatively speaking, made a huge amount of money. What each of these movies had in common was that they dipped into controversial subject matter and were made for adults. Controversy does nothing for a movie now. In fact, controversy probably hurts. And movies aren’t made for adults, because the ideal movie viewer is a kid between 12 and 30 who might be induced to see the thing again and again.

          • Rufus

            Also, he reinforces your theory that, “Iron Man” was the real game changer.

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