THE BATMAN (2022): New Trailer Starring Zoë Kravitz, Robert Pattinson, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano…

The Batman (2022), Robert Pattinson, Warner Bros. Pictures
The Batman (2022), Robert Pattinson, Warner Bros. Pictures

From director Matt Reeves; the trailer for The Batman, Robert Pattinson’s first film where he’s suited up as the caped crusader is out – and I have semi-unexpected thoughts.

This trailer does have some highlights. However, the best I can say after watching it is that I’m hopeful the movie turns out great. I say this because right now, this specific trailer edit just isn’t giving me close to the levels of excitement that Christopher Nolans’s Batman trailers did – not that a great trailer is the guarantee of a fantastic film, of course.

Also, I must admit, it’s definitely not lost on me that I wasn’t initially in love with the first trailer for this very movie when it was released in October 2021 either, but it did eventually grow on me, mostly. As such, who knows how I’ll feel in a week or so when I rewatch this edit with new eyes.

Maybe then I’ll change my mind about Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman being the key feature of this trailer that has most effectively commanded my attention.

Are you still excited about The Batman movie after seeing this trailer? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Peter Sarsgaard, John Turturro, Con O’Neill, Max Carver, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis, Charlie Carver, Alex Ferns, Amy Clare Beales, Jimmy Star and Mark Killeen also star.

The Batman Release Dates: March 4th, 2022 (US)…

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SCREAM (2022): New Trailer From Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Jenna Ortega, Marley Shelton…

Director Wes Craven’s 1996 horror movie hit Scream has a new instalment.

Directed this time by Matt Bettinelli-Olpinand Tyler Gillett, Scream 2022 sees the return of Courtney Cox, Neve Campbell and David Arquette, along with new faces including Jenna Ortega and Marley Shelton.

This new story has Sidney Prescott (Campbell), one of the survivors of the original Scream movies returning to her home town; a place where a masked killer has been committing a fresh batch of vicious crimes.

Scream is one of the movies that made me realise that slasher horror films are the kind of scary movies that don’t give me nightmares. As such, I’m watching this, in part for the nostalgia and to find out if this too feels as ‘made for me‘ as the original.

I plan to get happily lost in the story, and hopefully not end up missing all the great characters in the first film. Especially those played by Matthew Lillard, Skeet Ulrich and of course, Drew Barrymore, in th eperfect blond bob.

Will you be watching this new Scream movie, rewatching the 1996 Scream or both?

Melissa Barrera, Dylan Minnette, Jack Quaid, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sonia Ammar, Mikey Madison, Mason Gooding and Kyle Gallner also star.

Scream Release Dates: January 14th, 2022 (US & UK)…

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TED LASSO – SEASON 2 (2021): The Things I Liked…

As some of you may remember, comedy/drama Ted Lasso – season one; the story of a US American Football coach, who arrives in the UK to manage a struggling English Premier League soccer team is, without a doubt, one of the best things that happened to me in 2020. 

Fast forward to now, when season two has both started and finished; let’s put it this way, I’ll make time for season three in 2022; however, I’ll be sure to calm myself right down should I find myself getting too excited about the third instalment.

Yes, season two of Jason Sudeikis and Hannah Waddingham’s Emmy Award-winning series did at times move me to laughter and tears. The problem is that it also made me cringe because some of what I adored about season one, such as the positive attitude and heartwarming kindness, in parts of season two, it’s written in a way that often felt forced. The most irritating example of this, for me, is the Christmas episode.

Ted Lasso (2021), Hannah Waddingham, Jason Sudeikis, Apple TV+
Ted Lasso (2021), Hannah Waddingham, Jason Sudeikis, Apple TV+

Another way that season two disappointed me is how it handled delving more into the lives of the less central characters. Rather than finding myself engrossed in some of these secondary stories, I was annoyed that I wasn’t learning more about Lasso himself. Additionally, during these departures from the main focus, when Lasso did feature, the writing leant into his eccentricities in a fashion that, for me, cheapened his character.

As creative and somewhat well-edited as the episode that focuses on coach Beard is, thematically, it just felt out of place with the rest of the season. Then there’s the fact that I did not believe the direction of Beard’s love story with the mysterious Jane.

Speaking of not believing, where Nate’s all-important character journey is concerned, I sadly neither liked nor did I buy it.

All in all, I’m sad to say that season two of Ted Lasso annoyed me more than it pleased me. Even though I was glad to learn more about Lasso’s history and struggles, the season is more reminiscent of the short-lived Sex and the City movie franchise than I’d hoped. Meaning, I loved the first movie, but my goodness was it abundantly clear that the second film was hugely rushed, resulting in a less than pleasing result.

There are actually no specific episodes that stand out as my favourite in season two. But almost all episodes of season one do. Luckily, I do have a favourite season two moment, and that is how Jamie Tartt’s all-important walk on to the pitch is captured and presented.

What do you think of Season two of Ted Lasso? Have I been too harsh? Let me know in the comments below.

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DOPESICK (2021): New Trailer Starring Michael Keaton, Rosario Dawson, Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter, Peter Sarsgaard…

Dopesick (2021), Will Poulter, Hulu
Dopesick (2021), Will Poulter, Hulu

, New 14-part Hulu series Dopesick is set at the epicentre of America’s struggle with opioid addiction.

Starring Michael Keaton, Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter, Rosario Dawson and Peter Skarsgaard; the story goes from the boardrooms of Purdue Pharma, to a distressed Virginia mining community and the hallways of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The topic of Dopesick is undoubtedly more than timely. The cast is fantastic and I rather this well edited trailer; the kind with just the right type of music. Nevertheless, ultimately, in this case it’s really the inclusion of Poulter, Dawson, Sarsgaard and Keaton that will be the strongest drivers for wether I’ll end up watching

I’m sure 2020 has something to do with it, but, the movies and shows I’m drawn to more strongly these days aren’t necessarily the ones that focus primarily on the capacity of the human for actions/decisions that are devoid of empathy. Especially when it comes to stories based on very real events.

Even with the above said, my curiosity and the right mood could hit at anytime – and before you know it, I’m deep into this story dark, important story.

How curious are you about Dopesick?

John Hoogenakker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jake McDorman, Arischa Conner, Will Chase and Phillipa Soo also star.

Dopesick Rel;ease Dates: October 13th, 2021, Hulu

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HE’S ALL THAT (2021): The Thing I Liked…

As a fan of the 1999 comedy/romance, She’s All That, I decided to watch director Mark Waters’s/Netflix 2021 remake He’s All That.

Starring Addison Rae, Tanner Buchanan, Rachael Leigh Cook, Peyton Meyer and Matthew Lillard, He’s All That is a movie about cool high schoolers and their bet to give an ‘uncool’ fellow pupil the ultimate makeover.

I knew that the chances of finding myself impressed by the end of the movie weren’t great. Yet, I tuned in anyway because the first film was fun, and I was curious about TikTok star Addison Rae’s acting skills.

The 1999 movie wasn’t perfect, but it’s arguably better. I say this because there were cringe-worthy moments, thanks to some questionable acting, plus cheesy and highly cliché dialogue.

As for the things I did like, I enjoyed all the colour, Matthew Lillard’s stage moves at the very end; probably the most, if not the only engaging and exciting dancing in the entire film, sadly. All the other moves and music in the redo of the classic dance battle scene from the first film just weren’t as exciting. 

All in all, He’s All That is something you watch, only if you absolutely must. And I do mean ABSOLUTELY MUST.

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TURNING RED (2022): New Trailer From Domee Shi and Starring Sandra Oh, Rosalie Chiang…

From writer/director Domee Shi (Bao 2018); starring Sandra Oh and Rosalie Chiang, Turning Red is Disney Pixar’s latest animation/adventure/comedy. The story of a thirteen year-old girl. Specifically what happens whenever she…

Isn’t this a pleasant surprise of a trailer? The super cuteness; the sound of Sandra Oh’s distinctive voice, then even more cuteness and a thoroughly intriguing premise.

Bring on the colour-rich fun that’s coming our way! I’m ready!

Turning Red Release Dates: March 11th, 2022 (US & UK)…

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THE SHRINK NEXT DOOR (2021): New Trailer From Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Kathryn Hahn…

The Shrink Next Door is a new Apple TV+ series starring Paul Rudd, Kathryn Hahn and Will Ferrell. One that’s focused on the peculiar relationship between a psychiatrist and his longtime patient.

It’s definitely going to be strange for me, watching Rudd and Ferrell in roles that aren’t strictly comedy.

Also, the idea of Rudd as a seemingly dark character might take some getting used to. Particularly considering how generally likeable he tends to be in most films. Nevertheless, as a big fan of both actors, I can’t wait to see this play out.

Lastly, I chose the above photo of Rudd’s character for the post header because that expression puts a smile on my face each time I look at it.

Casey Wilson, Kesia Brooke, Bob Glouberman, Sarayu Blue and Gable Swanlund also star.

The Shrink Next Door Release Dates: November 12th, 2021, (US & UK)…

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BLACK WIDOW (2021): The Things I Liked…

Focused on the story of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, we get to learn plenty about the avenger’s complicated past in an engaging tale that features unhealthy family dynamics, secrets, lies and some impressive action/fight sequences.

The main stars, Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour and Rachel Weisz are great. And unsurprisingly, as is the case with most, if not all Marvel movies, the musical score is impressive.

In addition to the action and music, my favourite thing about Black Widow is the sisterly dynamic between Pugh and Johansson’s characters. So much so that I’m ready for more Johansson/Pugh movies.

In terms of where Black Widow sits in my list of favourite Marvel movies, the understandably seemingly abrupt ending aside, I can say that I liked this movie more than I do Captain Marvel (2019). Which of the two films ranks higher for you? 

Your thoughts are very welcome in the comments below.

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