More Trailer ‘Trash*’: Thoughts on the Latest “X-Men Apocalypse” Preview

So yeah – another day, another super intense, action-packed trailer for a superhero cinematic extravaganza! This time the entertainment comes by way of 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios‘ X-Men.

Here is my instant take (again from simply watching the trailer ONE time).

  1. Lots of ‘splosions: whether they be rockets flying into the sky, or stuff crashing to Earth unleashing unspeakable damage, there was a lot of s*** blowing up in this trailer. Will probably be quite awesome to see on the big screen.
  2. Sansa, is that you? Yeah, yeah I know that she (Sophie Turner) is not playing Sansa but rather a young Jean Grey. However, I cannot tell a lie and so when I first saw the trailer a fleeting thought passed through my head and included the words Sansa and mutant cosplay. Silly me. I must be psyched that Game of Thrones is coming back in a little over a month or something.
  3. I do try … I really try not to fangirl on this blog and keep it 100% legit about the art of cinema — but yeah, Magneto
* Original gif not mine

* Original gif not mine

  1. Maybe I kinda sorta know what is going on(?) ‘splosions aside, I THINK I have an approximate understanding of the plot (which is intriguing); guess that is the point of a trailer after all, innit?
  2. How many mutants are too many mutants? Now, I do not mean this in a Stryker way, but rather I saw a lot of folks on parade in the relatively succinct 2:30 clip. It looks like an awful lot of folks (and screen time to be shared) is all I am saying.
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE arrives in theaters everywhere May 27, 2016. Let me know your thoughts in the Comments below.

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* Trash in the affectionate meaning of the word.

“Captain America Civil War”: 5 Takeaways

A little late to the party, but I have FINALLY caught the trailer for the highly anticipated Captain America: Civil War. In case you have been buried under a rock like me and have yet to see it, here it is!



And now for ILC’s 5 Takeaways from watching the trailer; please note this is an instant take based on viewing the trailer one time. For a detailed analysis, I defer to the plethora of sites out there who have likely taken to the painstaking task of breaking this trailer down frame by frame. So without further ado ….

1. Not so much about Cap. The interesting, perhaps awesome thing about this film from what I can tell is that while it is headlined by Captain America, with its cast of characters, this film for my money, is essentially an ensemble piece and not a standalone.


2. Black Panther. Looking pretty cool….


3. Maybe I know a little more than I wanted to honestly. A couple of frames are leaving me to speculate that I now indeed know a few more plot details than is necessary, in fact I feel slightly spoiled. I kinda hope I am wrong.

4. How hype are you for …..


5. So yeah – I have already purchased the ticket in my head ….

Marvel/Disney, take my coins.


What are your immediate thoughts?


Trailer Trash (Talking) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

So yeah I watched this trailer. My initial thoughts?

  1. Well, I did not laugh this time – that is definitely a plus. When I saw the teaser that was released earlier this year before a film I do not even recall now (maybe Age of Ultron?), was left in tears. The trailer was dark, the voices were mumbled and I had not a clue what was going on.
  2. At least I know what the story is about vaguely. Yeah I know teasers are just that – their objective is to tantalize you enough that you want to know more. But as I stated in item #1 the teaser did not do anything for me.  In fact it initially left me confused. I was like, Where is Lex Luthor? Thankfully this fuller trailer answered that for me.
  3. Why so dark? Again, fully aware that DC’s comic universe is definitely a little bleaker than Marvel-land. Seems like that trend of contrasting styles is continuing in each respective cinematic universe. Side note: kind of funny these dissimilar styles especially when one considers that on television/Netflix the reverse is true with Marvel seemingly going shades darker with programming such as Jessica Jones and Daredevil while DC has gone the CW route with family-friendly Arrow and The Flash.
  4. Wonder … Wonder Woman. Have not been following this production schedule so don’t really know how big a role Wonder Woman actually has in film. There seems to be a lot of ground that needs to be covered in the whole Superman v Batman squaring off, and that says nothing about the insertion of Mr LOOTOUR into the fray.
  5. What is Batman thinking? I get it. You are mad at the damage caused by Superman vs General Zod. But really? Squaring off against an alien? Am curious to see how that works out for him. But it does seem like, according to the trailer, Alfred (Jeremy Irons) is telling him he needs to stop and think for a precious moment.

Ultimately still up in the air about whether or not I am going to see it in the theater …


Who am I fooling? Sure I am gonna catch this, even if I am bracing for disappointment.

So what are your thoughts?

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Trailer

Hot off the press, here is the trailer for Bryan Singer’s latest installment to the X-Men franchise:

My initial thoughts? Well, I really have not been following the revelation of plot points, etc, so my knowledge was pretty much restricted to the casting.

However after watching the trailer, I am kind of going with the juxtaposition of the past and present(future) colliding, as well as the return of some of our favorite characters. Can’t wait to see some of the new ones too!

Your reaction? You know the routine.

Things Don’t Look Good for ‘The Counselor’ (Official Trailer)

Happy Friday folks! Yeah I am a little late to the party but check out the latest trailer for the Ridley Scott-directed, Cormac MacCarthy-penned thriller, The Counselor:


Here is the film’s synopsis (as per the film’s website):
Legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott and Pulitzer Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) have joined forces in the motion picture thriller THE COUNSELOR, starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt. McCarthy, making his screenwriting debut and Scott interweave the author’s characteristic wit and dark humor with a nightmarish scenario, in which a respected lawyer’s one-time dalliance with an illegal business deal spirals out of control.

Compared to the previous teaser, this one (obviously) has a little more exposition and provides a little more context as to what Fassbender, Bardem, Pitt and company are up to. Well, we will find out on October 25th when The Counselor is scheduled to drop into a cinema near you.

Trailer Check: American Hustle (2013)

Check out the trailer for the latest David O. Russell picture, American Hustle, whose cast includes Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner and Robert De Niro.

The story? Well it is loosely based on the true events surrounding the F.B.I. Abscam operation of the 1970’s.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

American Hustle is scheduled for release in December.

First Trailer for Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave”

Check out the trailer for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave:

The film is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup, an African American born free and through extraordinary circumstances, sold into slavery. The cast includes Chiwetel Eijofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt, whose Plan B production company backed the project. 12 Years a Slave is scheduled for release in October.

New Elysium Trailer: Whaddya Think?

Thoughts? Hit the comments section below.

It’s a Trailer-polooza!

I have not written about this for a while, because frankly I have not given much mind to trailers as of late. But that it over here and now. Below are a series of posters (mostly for blockbusters) and my take on them.


Man of Steel (June 14)

ILC’s Take: I dunno, don’t get me wrong … this looks fabulous and be certain Henry Cavill is definitely an ILC favorite (I am detecting a pattern here) but I am no way near as hyped for this one as my gut tells me I should be. I guess we will have to wait and see.


The Hangover 3 (May 24th)

ILC’s Take: Could only manage seeing the first once, never saw the second one so chances are the third will be a miss for me. Clearly I missed the meaning on this film series.


Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17th)

ILC’s Take: Geez. There are so many I just picked the last one. Good thing too – features ILC favorite #BenedictCumberbatch. As for the trailer, looks epic, just hope it is not too earnest; part of what made the 1st installment such a joy was that in the midst of the heavy space stuff going on, there was a wink and a nod to the original television series.


Iron Man 3 (May 3rd)

ILC’s Take: Did I really need to watch this trailer? I was going to see this no matter what. I will not use the term epic (learned my lesson in 2012 – Prometheus anyone?). So I will just sit back and enjoy the view.


Kick Ass 2 (August 16th)

ILC’s Take: I can probably take it or leave it but it looks like it has some funny moments.


Carrie (October 18th)

ILC’s Take: The done gone and messed with the wrong chick. Maybe will catch this one on video.


The Great Gatsby (May 10th)

ILC’s Take: I AM HERE FOR ALL OF IT. Good or bad, I am seeing this bad boy in the cinema!

Share your thoughts about these (or any other ones) below in the Comments section.



What Do You Think? (Man of Steel Trailer)

Echoing the words at the end of this trailer for the Christopher Nolan – produced / Zack Snyder directed Man of Steel – what do YOU think?

ILC’s take: Every effort is to make the viewer feel like this is going to be EPIC. My question is does it really have to be so epic? I fully appreciate an earnest treatment of the DC Comic, but the overall sense I get from this (well-made) trailer is that it borders on being too earnest. Of course we do not need to wait too much longer to see the end product – the film is scheduled for released on June 14, 2013.
(On a side note, Cavill does make quite a fetching Kal-El/Superman/Clark Kent).
Share your sentiments about the trailer below.