[Trailer Talk] Summer Edition (2015)

I’ve compiled in this entry several trailers for movies set to be released this summer, along with my thoughts and whether or not I’d see them personally.  This is in no way a comprehensive list; there are plenty of other movies releasing this summer that can be found using other sources.  I’ve separated the trailers listed in this entry by month and then by date.

June 2015

June 19th

Title: Inside Out
Basic Info: PG  |  94 min   Animation, Comedy, Drama
Summary: After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
Comments: Next week couldn’t come soon enough!  I am excited to see this movie.  Animated movies can be a hit-or-miss sometimes, but I think this one shows promise.

June 26th

Title: Ted 2
Basic Info: R  |  Comedy
Summary: Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law.
Comments: I barely remember the first one, and I doubt I’ll watch this one.  I typically don’t enjoy this type of humor.

July 2015

July 1st

Title: Terminator Genysis
Basic Info: 125 min  |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Summary: After finding himself in a new time-line, Kyle Reese teams up with John Connor’s mother Sarah and an aging terminator to try and stop the one thing that the future fears, “Judgement Day”.
Comments: This looks interesting enough, though it’s debatable whether I’ll watch it in theaters or wait for it to become available on rental.  I haven’t really followed the Terminator franchise closely, so I’m in no particular hurry to see it.

Title: Magic Mike XXL
Basic Info: R  |  115 min  |  Comedy, Drama, Music
Summary: Three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, he and the remaining Kings of Tampa hit the road to Myrtle Beach to put on one last blow-out performance.
Comments: I admit to watching the first one out of sheer curiosity, and I remember it doing absolutely nothing for me.  I imagine this second movie to be no different, and so I will be skipping this one.

July 3rd

Title: Amy
Basic Info: R  |  128 min  Documentary, Biography, Music
Summary: A documentary on the late singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011.
Comments: This looks like it would be interesting to see, although I may just wait for it to be available on rental.  I don’t particularly watch documentaries on the big screen.  I will say that it looks well-made though.

July 10th

Title: Minions
Basic Info: PG  |  104 min  Animation, Comedy, Family
Summary: Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.
Comments: I sort of wish they wouldn’t post so many different trailers for this film, because I’m afraid they’ve revealed the entire movie.  Still, I plan to watch this in theaters.  I’m glad that they made a minions-centric movie, as I am one of those people who mainly went to see the two Despicable Me movies because of them.  This one is definitely at the top of my list for this summer.

Title: Self/Less
Basic Info: PG-13  |  Sci-Fi, Thriller
Summary: An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.
Comments: This looks interesting, but the plot also seems to remind me of the Dollhouse (2009-2010) TV series by Joss Whedon.  It also gives me a sense of déjà vu, like I’ve seen the story in some other movie before, but I can’t really place a finger on which one off the top of my head.  Though I’m not a huge fan of thrillers, I will most likely be seeing this one in theaters, because I am curious to see how this one pans out.

July 17th

Title: Ant-Man
Basic Info: Action, Sci-Fi
Summary: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Comments: I’m not particularly inclined to see this movie, and I’m kind of skeptical of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man.  That said, actors who I consider to be miscast in certain roles have surprised me before, so if I do end up seeing this, I’d try to keep an open mind about it.  Unless a group of my friends want to see it, however, I’ll most likely be taking a pass on this one.  Not even sure if I’d even place this on the list as a rainy-day rental.  Nothing in the trailer particularly stood out or grabbed my interest, though never say never, I suppose.  Time will tell.

Title: Trainwreck
Basic Info: R  |  122 min  |  Comedy
Summary: Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.
Comments: I have absolutely no desire to see this movie.  I see nothing appealing about the story and I question the chemistry between the leading actors.  Not even considering this for the rental pile, and while I am sure there will be people interested in seeing this movie, you can definitely count me out of those numbers.

Title: Mr. Holmes
Basic Info: PG  |  104 min  Crime, Drama, Mystery
Summary: An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman.
Comments: I love pretty much anything Sherlock Holmes, so I’ll more than likely go to see this film.  Not entirely sure what to expect from the story, but I look forward to finding out when it releases.

July 24th

Title: Pixels
Basic Info: PG-13  |  Action, Comedy
Summary: When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games.
Comments: Whether or not I’ll see this one is debatable.  I’m kind of wary of the premise, and the fact that Adam Sandler is in this movie—I feel like I haven’t seen anything funny by him in a while.  Some of the trailer did make me laugh, but it also wouldn’t surprise me if those were all the best parts of this movie.  I may consider this as a rental, but I don’t think I’ll feel too bad about it if I never get around to it.

Title: Paper Towns
Basic Info: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Summary: A young man and his friends embark upon the road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door.
Comments: Another movie I may or may not see.  Perhaps if I have a lot of free time.  I’m not particularly a huge fan of John Green’s novels (I’ll probably get around to ranting about that in another entry at some point), though this movie looks more promising than the book.  I’m hoping that the characters are more endearing and you know, if they change the ending to something less disappointing, I think I could accept the story.  More than likely this will end up as something in my rental queue, if only to satisfy my curiosity regarding the ending.

July 31st

Title: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Basic Info: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Summary: Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.
Comments: Another staple franchise that I haven’t particularly followed.  I think the first of these movies came out when I was still in elementary school, and I barely remember the ones I’ve seen.  I’ll probably watch this if a group of friends is up for going.  If not, it may end up as something I’d rent later on.

Title: A Lego Brickumentary
Basic Info: G  |  Documentary
Summary: A look at the global culture and appeal of the LEGO building-block toys.
Comments: This is something I expect more on one of those educational TV channels, like History Channel or Discovery.  Definitely not something I’m interested in watching whatsoever, though I’m sure fans of Lego will appreciate this documentary.

August 2015

August 7th

Title: The Fantastic Four
Basic Info: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Summary: Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
Comments: Another superhero movie I’m not too inclined on seeing.  I liked The Fantastic Four cartoons when I was growing up, and that’s pretty much it.  I think the problem might be I never really found myself wanting to have any of their powers when I was a kid, and so I never got too attached to this franchise.  I may see it at some point, if my friends want to watch it as part of a group outing, but more than likely it’ll end up being a rental.

Title: The Gift
Basic Info: Mystery, Thriller
Summary: A young married couple’s lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.
Comments: Again, I’m not huge on thrillers, so it’s debatable whether or not I’ll end up seeing this one in theaters, but the story looks interesting.  The trailer kind of gave me the feeling like I was watching a book’s descriptions come to life.  At the very least, I’d be interested in finding out the ending.  More than likely it’ll end up as a rental, but at the same time, if I never get around to it, I’m totally okay with just finding out how the movie ends from someone and just leave it at that.

August 14th

Title: Underdogs
Basic Info: 106 min  |  Animation, Adventure, Family
Summary: A young man named Amadeo sets off on an unexpected adventure with the players of his beloved Foosball game.
Comments: This has got to be one of the stranger animated movies I have ever seen.  As much as I like animated movies, there are some I absolutely have no desire to watch, and this looks to be one of them.  That’s not to say, of course, that I think kids wouldn’t enjoy this movie.  Who knows, right?  They might.

Title: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Basic Info: PG-13  |  Action, Adventure, Comedy
Summary: In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.
Comments: Henry Cavill looks like he’s having a lot of fun here, and I’ll more than likely see this if only for that.  Some of my favorite movies are ones where actors look like they were having the time of their lives while filming them (though whether or not that’s actually true is a different story, of course, but I’m okay with being none the wiser).

August 21st

Title: Max
Basic Info: PG  |  111 min  |  Adventure, Family
Summary: A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience.
Comments: Probably predictable, and probably cliché, but that isn’t going to stop me from going to see this movie.  I do have a soft spot for animal movies, and I love dogs, so I look forward to seeing this when it comes out.  Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that this movie stars Robbie Amell (I love the Amell cousins and their work on The Flash and Arrow), even if it’s only briefly.

So that’s it!  I’ve seen a few interesting trailers for movies that are supposed to come out later this year, in the fall, but I’ll write a separate entry on all that some other time.  Stay tuned!

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