As promised, Sony Pictures released the long-awaited first trailer for Venom this morning and, while it does a pretty good job of showcasing Tom Hardy in the role of Eddie Brock and some cool shots courtesy of cinematographer Matthew Libatique, the titular antihero is seemingly nowhere to be found in this trailer.
Throughout the trailer, we see some scientists working in a lab, an aerial shot of the Golden Gate Bridge, several shots of Tom Hardy walking away from the camera, Michelle Williams looking very concerned, Tom Hardy waking up in a CT scanner, scientists searching for something in the woods, Tom Hardy running through the woods, Riz Ahmed in a lab, Tom Hardy riding on a motorcycle, and Tom Hardy yelling and convulsing in a CT scanner. You’d think they’d be able to squeeze in a quick shot of Venom, right?
That being said, this isn’t a bad piece of marketing by any means—it’s impressive that Sony managed to put together a trailer nearly eight months out from its release date—and I still have plenty of faith in director Ruben Fleischer, but to not include Venom in the Venom trailer is a huge misstep and it should be interesting to see whether this trailer’s poor reception will force the studio to step up their game significantly with the next one.
By the way, did you notice the simple “V” logo at the end of the trailer? Although the online version of the trailer has the bumper at the beginning of it to let people know that they’re about to watch a Venom trailer, those are not typically included with the theatrical versions of trailers. Does the studio really think average moviegoers are going to know what movie this is without a logo that shows the movie title? Come on, Sony. Do better.
Netflix releases a stunning first trailer for Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white family drama ‘Roma’
Ahead of the film’s debut at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, Netflix has released the stunning first trailer for Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white drama Roma, which is also set to play at the New York Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival in the coming months.
Roma is set in Mexico City in the early 1970s and follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst the political turmoil of the 1970s.
“Ninety percent of the scenes represented in the film are scenes taken out of my memory,” Cuarón told IndieWire last month. “Sometimes directly, sometimes a bit more obliquely. It’s about a moment of time that shaped me, but also a moment of time that shaped a country. It was the beginning of a long transition in Mexico.”
After its run on the festival circuit later this year, Netflix will release Roma in theaters and on its streaming service in December. You can check out the trailer for the film below.
Viola Davis leads Steve McQueen’s female-centric heist thriller in a riveting new ‘Widows’ trailer
Regency Enterprises and 20th Century Fox have released the trailer for Widows, the star-studded thriller from director Steve McQueen which features an ensemble cast that includes the likes of Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Ervio, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, and Daniel Kaluuya, among others.
Described as a “blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion, and corruption,” Widows follows four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Davis), Linda (Rodriguez), Alice (Debicki) and Belle (Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
“Steve was interested in doing his own version of a gangster film,” New Regency president and CEO Brad Weston told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2014 when the film was still in development. “It felt fresh to him to combine a contemporary, hard-hitting, very grounded gangster movie with four strong female characters. We loved it because that’s who Steve is. He sees things differently.”
Co-written by McQueen along with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, Widows also stars Garrett Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson. The film will open in theaters just in time for awards season on November 16.
‘Climax’ trailer watches a troupe of young hip-hop dancers experience a psychedelic meltdown
A24 has released the first trailer for Climax, the newest film from Franco-Argentine filmmaker Gaspar Noé, which premiered to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, boasting an 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film also won the Art Cinema Award at Cannes’ 2018 Directors’ Fortnight.
According to the official synopsis, Climax follows a troupe of young dancers as they gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse. However, the troupe’s rehearsal turns nightmarish as the dancers discover they’ve been drinking sangria laced with potent LSD.
“Tracking their journey from jubilation to chaos and full-fledged anarchy, Noé observes crushes, rivalries, and violence amid a collective psychedelic meltdown,” the synopsis reads. “Starring Sofia Boutella and a cast of professional dancers, Climax is Noé’s most brazen and visionary statement yet.”
Climax will have its North American debut in the Midnight Madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival next month before opening in France on September 19. A24 has yet to announce when they plan on opening the film in the U.S.