Wednesday, 16 December 2015


This past week have seen an onslaught of trailers released, many of them being sequels to the big budget action flicks of the last few years. First up we have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which looks goddamn mental. Beebop and Rocksteady make an appearance, which is welcome, as hopefully this shows that Out of the Shadows will reference more of the surrealness that the 90s cartoons inhabited. We'll have to wait and see though if Krang makes an appearance. To be honest, my favourite part of this trailer is hearing RUN-DMC's "It's Tricky", and the overwhelming presence of Michael Bay still makes me feel uneasy. Director David Green's name isn't even shown in the trailer. Released 3 June 2016.

You know, I remember enjoying Independance Day as a young child, but when exactly did it become a thing? 2016 see's the release of the sequel, Indepdence Day: Resurgance, 20 years after the release of the original. Yes, the special effects do look good, but why does this exist? Was there really that big a fandom for it, or are Hollywood just eating themselves again? The trailer even shows them plagiarising the speech from the first Independance Day film (or is it just a nostalgic sound clip?). Either way, its got a pretty interesting piece of advertising in its War of 1996 website, which pretends that the events of the first film actually happened. Released 24 June in the UK.

Considering that Star Trek is set about 300 years in the future, Kirk's love of the Beastie Boys is the equivalent of me rocking out to Bach. That is a future I want to live in. We also learn in the Star Trek Beyond trailer that Spock is a jerk. From Justin Lin, the director of Fast & Furious, lets hope that this sequel keeps up with the humour that the trailer suggests, because I always found the Star Trek movies rather dry. Released 22 July.

After sneakily changing the time line in Days of Future Past, we get to see the latest X-Men: Apocalypse carry on with its excellent cast. So, I don't know, is this set in the 80s now? Oscar Issac stars as the powerful deity-like villain Apocalypse, who is currently causing a stir with Hindu's, as Apocalypse says that people have called him Krishna, with Hindu leaders stating that “Lord Krishna was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines, not for pushing movies for the mercantile greed of filmmakers.” We'll have to wait and see though if Hollywood changes the line. But what really annoys me about this trailer is that it continues to sabotage Hans Zimmer's music for Inception, which has been pillaged by nearly every action film out there. Come up with some different music, trailer makers! Released 19 May in the UK.

Yeah, I know this is the film you all actually have been waiting for. Not a sequel in anyway, but based on the real life triumphs and non-triumphs of Eddie the Eagle, the UK's first entrance to the Olympic ski jumping in 1988, and who ended up placing last in the 70 and 90 meter events. Directed by Dexter Fletcher, and starring Taron Egerton of Kingsman, Eddie the Eagle looks like a fun, feel good film, akin to Cool Runnings maybe, of an amusing but inspiring moment in sports history. Released April 1st in the UK.

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