5 Trailers That Have Me Freaking Out

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1) The Neon Demon

This has me intrigued and excited for a variety of reasons. I’m not particularly drawn to horror, but this seems to abandon the tired and predictable (in my opinion) tropes of the genre and move into something else. I’m also a sucker for incredibly aesthetically pleasing images as well as the world of fashion. My loyalty to the Fannings is also infinite.

2) Suicide Squad

I’m a firm believer that with so many superhero movies out there, it’s time the genre started mixing some things up a bit. And what’s more fun than an entire movie where the supervillains are the protagonists! I’m convinced Harley Quinn will become my new fashion inspiration, Will Smith is looking pretty fine, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller is prime casting. I’m a tad hesitant in regards to Jared Leto’s interpretation of the Joker, but we’ll see. We’ll see…

3) Swiss Army Man

What is this? But seriously, what is this? The only way I’m going to find out is by seeing the movie and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

4) Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Who’s obsessed with Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza? If you didn’t raise your hand, there’s something wrong with you. Finally, two of my favorite gals in a movie that looks like it’s going to be so much fun. I never go see comedies in theaters. Never. But this movie could possibly convince me to spend that $5000 on tickets, popcorn, and a soda to go check out this particular rendition of the battle of the sexes.

5) The LEGO Batman Movie

For all the grief given to us from Batman v. Superman (Superman v. Batman? Who knows, I didn’t even go see it), I’m ready for a good rendition of my favorite Dark Knight. The Lego Movie was so surprisingly hilarious to me, then I’m a definite yes for any further installments of the Lego Universe – especially this one featuring this narcissistic, wondrous version of Bruce Wayne.

What else am I excited about? Check out these trailers for Me Before You, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and of course Rogue One.

Featured Image via Heroic Hollywood.

High-Rise Review

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Last week, I went to a screening of the film High-Rise. Based on the novel by J.G. Ballard, written by Amy Jump, and directed by Ben Wheatley, this film has quite the star-studded cast featuring Tom Hiddleston as the protagonist, alongside Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, and Elisabeth Moss. Here’s the trailer:

I thought I understood what I was going to see when I went into the film. The succinct IMDB synopsis states “Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control” which is some parts accurate and for other parts, don’t even begin to summarize this movie at all.

Tom Hiddleston moves into this apartment building where rich people are on the higher floors and poorer people down below. The residents don’t seem to do much but party and when these parties result in an unequal distribution of power (literally, like water, electricity, etc.) things start to go awry. Well, more like absolutely insane, eventually devolving into crazy orgies, murder, and a style of grappling for power resembling Lord of the Flies.

What did I like about the movie?

For one, the cinematography is absolutely gorgeous. The color, the lighting, and some interesting shots: like one murder scene shot as if viewed through the lens of a kaleidoscope.

Another thing I adored were the performances put on by Elisabeth Moss and Sienna Miller. Their sometimes contrasting, sometimes equal portrayals of fragility, weakness, confidence, and motherhood interested me far more than many of the other “key” characters.

What didn’t I like?

The entire second half. Everything halfway on from the film felt chaotic and not in a fun, party-time way. Boring. Confusing. Stifling. At quite a few moments, I found myself continuing to wonder: when will this movie end? Why is this happening? What’s going on? When will this movie end?

But for all of my discomfort with the second half (mainly the third act), there are plenty of positives and thought-provoking moments in this film that bar me from dismissing it entirely. If you want a movie with a predictable plot point and a satisfying ending with loose ends neatly tied, this is not your movie.

If you want a movie that will please you visually and leave you wondering about it long after you’ve left the theater, then by all means, get to High-Rise.

Featured image via The Hollywood Reporter.

Back in Action

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So … I took a little break there.

Sorry about that.

But I’m back and that’s what is important. And with my momentous return to my (obviously well-visited and vastly popular) blog, I’d like to move into a few changes.

So far, this blog has been tasked with exploring various themes in various avenues here and there all of the place from books to social movements to fashion and so on and so forth.

No longer.

As I’ve become more and more drawn to the wondrous world of filmmaking, I have decided to use this existing blog as a means with which I can continue exploring my love of films. I want to use this as a vehicle to share the films I’ve seen, my thoughts on them, and other aspects of the industry.

There will still be a playlist suggestion or a fashion moment from time to time, but for the most part, I think it’s time to choose a focus.

And I’m going to focus on movies.