As expected, Logan topped the weekend box office with just over 88M$, knocking Get Out down one slot (however, it still outdid The Shack — 28M$ and 16M$ respectively). The LEGO Batman Movie (pulling in just under 12M$) and John Wick: Chapter 2 (just under 5M$) are slowly fading and I'm not sure there is any hope for a rebound. We will see if Kong: Skull Island topples Logan this weekend.
Moving away from theatrical releases, tonight I am focusing on a few Netflix original movies and series being released throughout the year. They all look pretty decent, some very intriguing. They keep pumping out some great stuff and there appears to be no end in sight!
13 Reasons Why (3/31/2017):
At first I was worried that this trailer was giving a lot away in terms of major plot points, but I think that the very nature of the movie means that there will be multiple plot twists and surprises involved. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself.
This series looks good and the trailer gives us a decent look at the handful of characters surrounding the death of a young woman. The cinematography/style is appealing. I'm unfamiliar with almost the entire cast, but that's certainly not a strike against it, the acting seems good. This is apparently based off of a best selling novel, which I'm unfamiliar with, so hopefully they deliver for those who are.
13 Reasons Why stars Katherine Langford (Daughter), Dylan Minnette (Don't Breathe, Goosebumps), Christian Navarro (Vinyl, Run It), Michael Sadler, and Justin Prentice (Malibu Country, Me Again).
War Machine - Teaser Trailer (5/26/2017):
I'm not exactly sure what to make of this teaser, but I like a handful of the cast. In fact, nothing in particular makes me excited about this project beyond that. Being satire, I'd like to laugh at least once throughout the trailer. I will wait to see what the full trailer release has to offer before deciding
Brad Pitt (Allied, By the Sea) stars, along with Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange, Hail, Caesar!), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out, Snowden), Anthony Michael Hall (Live by Night, Foxcatcher), Ben Kingsley (Collide, Shutter Island), and Topher Grace (America Ultra, Mona Lisa Smile).
OKJA - Teaser Trailer (6/28/2017):
This is another trailer that I'm not entirely sure what to make of it, but it looks a lot more interesting than War Machine. It does a way better job at grabbing your attention and pulling you into it. This is likely because Joon-ho Bong (Snowpiercer, Mother) is behind this project. If you haven't ever seen The Host, I highly recommend it. I myself still have to see both Mother and Snowpiercer. Either way, the cinematography looks great and the story unique. Can't wait for the full trailer to drop!
Tilda Swinton also stars in this Netflix original, along with Jake Gyllenhall (Life, Nocturnal Animals), Lily Collins (Rules Don't Apply, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), and Paul Dano (Swiss Army Man, Prisoners).
Mindhunter - Teaser Trailer (October 2017):
A fairly simple teaser trailer, using various dialogue from the series. I really like the blood droplets forming a Rorschach image. Given the series is about the F.B.I. and hunting serial killers, it's very fitting. Obviously, not a whole lot is knwon beyond that, but it sounds like it could be a fairly intense thriller.
Mindhunter stars Jonathan Groff (Looking, Glee), Holt McCallany (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Sully), and Anna Torv (The Daughter, Finge).
Bright - Teaser Trailer (December 2017):
Out of the teasers highlighted today, Bright is the the one I am most excited about (with OKJA coming in a close second). It's also the first of the bunch I happened across. I can't lie, I was actually surprised seeing Will Smith (Collateral Beauty, Winter's Tale) in a Netflix original. Then I noticed Brad Pitt's project (it appears Pitt is the executive producer for multiple Netflix originals) and all of the people involved. Netflix is going heavy on star power!
Back to Bright! This just looks awesome to me! I'm not 100% sure what's going on, but it looks like a definite cross between modern and fantasy. Seeing Will Smith with a sword in hand, however, was overkill, as I was already sold! At first I was thinking Angels and Demons and that maybe there was a whole religious end-of-days storyline. Then I thought vampires? Then... then... then... So yeah, I'm pretty hyped to see this. The teaser trailer is great and I can't wait to learn more about the project!
Noomi Rapace (Child 44, Dead Man Down) and Joel Edgerton (Loving, Black Mass) also star.
Did any of the featured movies and/or shows interest you?