Originally, when I planned on doing these articles monthly, I was only going to include new trailers for movies we haven't seen footage from yet, but as many of you know by now, there were a ton of great trailers that came out this last month.
What I'm going to do, going forward, is just include my favorite trailers, despite whether or not we've seen footage from them yet or not. Also note that all of my trailers that I provide come from MOVIECLIPS Trailers on YouTube as I feel they keep everything organized and neat.
The movies will be listed in the order that I've seen them so just because one trailer may be first or last does not mean that I am more or less excited for the movie more than any others.
Alright, now that I've gotten that out of the way, let's begin shall we?
1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (June 12, 2015)
These types of movies have become a little bit...what's the word? "Overrated?" No, that feels wrong to say. But it basically, it feels like there's always a quirky dramady (drama/comedy) coming out and it seems like it focus on only one thing: cancer.
How many movies have we seen in the last couple of years that have had that psuedo indie-film feel that have been cancer focused? Let's list a few:
- The Fault in Our Stars
- My Sister's Keeper
The list could really go on.
With all that being said, I am actually really wanting to see this movie, maybe not in theaters, it looks more like the kind I watch with my wife on date night at home, but it looks very well acted. The atmosphere of the film seems to dance somewhere between ' Days of Summer' and 'Juno', with the added bonus of cancer (that might have been worded badly).
But it looks good, there are actors in this movie that are very likable like Olivia Cooke who I know and love from 'Bates Motel'. And of course, there is Nick Offerman from 'Parks and Recreation'. I don't know why, but it seems like when you get these kind of likable actors and put them in a story where there's tragedy and loss, it really pulls on the heart strings of the audience.
I can't wait to see this film. I hope it makes me laugh and cry (it's manly to cry). Will it be good? I think it very well might.
2. Ant-Man (July 17, 2015)
I can't at this very moment say that I think Ant-Man looks "good"; however, I will say that I am very intrigued to see this film. I like keeping up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the only thing that I've been slacking on with that is ' [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469)' but Joss Whedon is saying that it's not really canon to everything else that's been released, so I'm not too disappointed.
But Marvel Studios have been on a huge winning streak lately, especially coming out of a very successful year in 2014 which gave us 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and ' Guardians of the Galaxy'. Now, they've just released their big 'Avengers' sequel, 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' which is surely to break a few records.
But that's not to say that Marvel Studios have always been knocking it out of the park, many of their films have left people (internet trolls) divided on the quality of the films such as 'The Incredible Hulk', 'Iron Man 2', 'Thor', etc. Despite how people feel though, I find those movies enjoyable (some more than others). I've literally liked everything they've done so far so I feel obliged to see Ant-Man.
Plus, it'll be interesting to see where Ant-Man fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was Kevin Feige who stated that Ant-Man is like the true closing to the Phase 2 of the MCU. So I want to know how things that have happened before in the MCU affect Ant-Man and how the things that happen in Ant-Man affect the future of the MCU. Obviously if it flops, they'll sweep it under the rug.
But I do honestly think that this movie looks, at the very least, fun. Paul Rudd is great, Michael Douglas is great, Evangeline Lilly is great, those are three big actors that I enjoy watching on screen.
Only time will tell if this movie makes the big Marvel bucks and I am surely hoping for the best.
3. [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) (December 18, 2015)
Are there were words even to describe this? I mean seriously!? Whether you are a long-time Star Wars fan or someone new just being introduced to this amazing universe for the first time, this trailer definitely promises something big, fun, and special.
Who would have thought that this movie would ever happen? I remember years ago whenever George Lucas was saying that there were no plans for an Episode VII film, which saddened me.
Then 2012 came along and Disney bought the Star Wars franchise and started putting Star Wars back on the map in books, television, comics, and most importantly: movies. Anticipation was high when it was announced that an Episode VII was going to be put out and there was no containing it. How would we wait for so long? We all wanted to see it right away!
Well now we're in the year of release and we've seen one teaser and one trailer and although the teaser was a great 80 seconds of Star Wars awesomeness being teased, the trailer that was released at last month's Star Wars Celebration was unfiltered perfection. We got to see a lot of great imagery from a fallen Star Destroyer, to a twisted and contorted Darth Vader helmet, to new characters like Rey, Fin, and Kylo Renn. But the greatest of all was the very end where we see two of the original trilogies' classic heroes, Han Solo and Chewbacca!
You can tell that this movie is being made, lovingly, by a fan of the Star Wars series and I feel that the start to this new chapter of Star Wars is safe in the hands of J.J. Abrams.
4. [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) (March 25, 2016)
I know there were a lot of internet flame-wars going on last month as both Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailers were released in the same two-day span of time. Lots of people compared the movies, compared the trailers, and some seem to have even blended old Star Wars/Star Trek rivalries with the very current Marvel/DC rivalries as the bashing of one film or the other ensued.
I'll say this first, that's stupid to even compare the two films to each other as they are inherently completely different types of films sharing very little similarities, if any. People need to take a break for their flame war and maybe take a break from the internet if it gets them so riled up.
With that being said, I'm going to be 100% honest here, I think that Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens had a much better trailer and will overall, be a much better film than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, I am still more excited about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice because I am, and always will be, a superhero fan first more than anything. It's very reminiscent of 2013 as I was more excited about Man of Steel even though Star Trek Into Darkness was a better movie overall.
The chills that I got seeing this movie trailer cannot even describe my excitement for this movie. I was one of those "crazy" fans that decided to drive to the theaters just to see the same trailer we all saw on the internet, plus a few seconds of additional footage. It paid off though as I received two of each IMAX poster featuring Batman and Superman, as well as two vouchers to see the film a week before its official release date next year.
NOTE TO MoviePilot Staff: If you guys decide to send someone to the LA premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, keep me in my mind. ;)
But this is perhaps my most anticipated film of all time (yes, even more so than Justice League) as it has my two favorite DC superheroes featured as the main characters. I know they are probably considered "overrated" or it might be "unoriginal" for me to have them as my two faves in the DCU, but I like what I like and that I get to see them come to blows on screen for the first time is mind-blowing. I think Ben Affleck is going to kill it as Batman and of course, Henry Cavill is the perfect Superman.
March 25th (or 18th for me) couldn't get here soon enough!
5. Jurassic World (June 12, 2015)
When I was a kid, I really wanted to be a paleontologist because at the time, all I thought they ever studied was dinosaurs. I didn't care about anything else, I was just obsessed with these huge reptilian animals/monsters.
My fascination came after watching the first Jurassic Park movie at the age of 4. I remember the scene where the T-Rex makes its first appearance and ate the lawyer as he sat on the toilet. I had one of those classic kid moments where I covered my eyes but spread a gap in fingers to see (why do we do that?).
Since then, I enjoyed the The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III which I know were both not as well received by audiences, some even saying that they were awful movies. I don't agree, I love them all, but my bias may be based on my love for the large dinosaurs featured in the films.
Now 2015 is here, I'm 25 years old, and I can guaruntee you that I am not ever going to be a paleontologist and I'm okay with that. I've moved on to other and more important things in life but that doesn't mean my dinosaur love has passed from me, no. The new Jurassic World trailer that was released last month has renewed my inner child and has got me more excited about some dino-awesomeness than I have been in a very long time.
I feel like there's even more excitement than I had before because now it is more than just my love for dinosaurs, it's my love and better understanding of movies that has be excited. I have a great admiration for actors involved such as Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation), Vincent D'Onforio (Daredevil), and Bryce Dallas-Howard (Spider-Man 3).
The newest trailer features plenty of footage showing dinosaurs run rampant through the whole park which is now populated by thousands of people and some of the dinosaurs look amazing as there are obviously new additions and better effects thanks to the era of film making we live in now.
6. The Fantastic Four (August 7, 2015)
I am still very cautious about my emotions towards this movie. There is a lot of elements of the film that I am not entirely happy with, I feel a little bit like FF should just go to Marvel Studios, but I am becoming more and more impressed with the looks of the film as time goes on. Obviously, they have great visual effects and it's very cool to that they're going into the N-Zone for the first time.
I was not entirely thrilled when they first announced the cast members of this film (particularly Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm aka Human Torch) but I as I've seen more and more footage, I am becoming accustomed to most of the actors in their respective roles than I had previously (especially Michael B. Jordan).
I think it helps too, that this exists in the X-Men universe, as that may be the driving force for a lot of fans of the X-Men series to see the film. It's fortunate that X-Men: Days of Future Past was so good and convenient so that they can use it for marketing purposes on the trailers of this film by putting:
From the studio that created "X-Men: Days of Future Past"
But the trailer last month was very exciting to watch and very well may change the mind of many people who were skeptical or even critical about the direction this film is taking.
Did the newest trailer inspire me to see the film in theaters, it very well might have.
7. Black Mass (September 18, 2015)
I like it when there is a trailer that's released that blows me away, especially when I never even knew about the film's existence, and even MORE especially when it involves several actors whom I'm very fond of. That's what Black Mass is to me, it was like a shot out of the dark and has me sold just from that very first trailer.
I'm a fan of Johnny Depp and it irks me that so many people, who were once fans of his performance as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates franchise, now seem to turn their back on him and typecast him because of those movies. He's underrated in my opinion. Has he had a few misses in Hollywood lately? Absolutely. Is he still a good actor? Absolutely! The man has talent and unfortunately hasn't been given the right movies recently.
But this movie is going to change that, I feel, it's going to put him in on the map and I hope, land him an Oscar-nomination (should the prove to be a knockout and his performance as great as it seems in the trailer). But I'm excited to see this movie it's got a great cast of actors besides just Johnny Depp like, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, etc.
This is a film that I am not going to want to miss.
8. The Last Witch Hunter (October 23, 2015)
Last up is The Last Witch Huner starring Vin Diesel. I've been hearing about this movie a little and seeing some pictures of Vin Diesel sporting an epic medieval style, but I haven't looked too much into it.
Now, I will say this, the trailer isn't the kind that just blew me away right away. I'm more "interested" at this point than I would say "excited". I think the reason that is, is because in a market that used up all sorts of horror-monster-inspired movies that became all the rage to young adults by having these monsters or characters turned into something more sexy and hip, it's nice to see a more darker, uglier side of the horror.
Now, witches are witches and they've been in all sorts of films before, but I like that this is an original idea that looks to delve into a nice mixture of horror and action, similar to Underworld which was an amazing take on vampires and werewolves (called Lycans in the films).
Could The Last Witch Hunter renew the market for a darker take on characters and monsters that are inherently darker already? I sure hope so.
There is my list of trailers and teasers that look to be pretty awesome or at the very least, interesting to see this year. What do you guys think? Which movie are you most excited for and why? Be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below. And don't forget to vote in the poll!