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For today’s Trailers Part Quatro (number four in Portuguese), we are going to look at some movie trailers of upcoming films. I’ll tell you exactly what I think as to whether I think it’s worth my time, but you never know it could be worth yours. Trailers can be misleading like the one to The Witch, but sometimes they are accurate. Let’s check out some trailers:

Hairmetal Shotgun Zombie Massacre– That is not a typo my friends, that is the name of the film. I love b-movie/low budget horror films that mix in my favorite genre of music and let me tell you I am super excited for this one. It says it’s the bastard child of Evil Dead and Heavy Metal Parking Lot and it looks good from the soundtrack to the film itself. The film even features cameos from heavy metal titans like Slayer’s Tom Araya, Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe, and Morbid Angel’s David Vincent. Check it out for yourself below and check out their Facebook page here:

Sadako Vs Kayako– Are you a fan of The Ring or The Grudge franchises? Then I may have the movie for you right now. Did you ever wonder what it would be like if the ghosts from both films fought each other? The teaser trailer that is out there doesn’t show you much other than what the two ghosts do, but this should be interesting. In theaters June 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane– The first trailer didn’t really tell us much about the film other than the fact that they are in a bomb shelter and John Goodman does not want them to leave. In the second trailer, we find out that she (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) was in a car accident and he supposedly saved her from a chemical disaster of some sort. She starts to question why they are there and it could be that Goodman is the monster. J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is attached to this film which means my butt will be in a seat seeing this. In theaters March 10, 2016

Pete’s Dragon– On the lighter side of things, we have the new Disney film Pete’s Dragon which is about a boy who claims he was never alone in the woods for the six years he spent out there alone. The film also stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford. To be honest, probably not a film I will go to the theaters to watch even though it looks good.

Alice Through The Looking Glass– I have never seen the first film and it was because of the fact that I hated the way Johnny Depp looked and was convinced Tim Burton was ruining classics. Now I may have to give that film a shot just so I know what is going on in this one because it looks visually stunning to say the least. In theaters this summer.

Star_Wars_The_Force_AwakensI have been waiting a very long time for a film to absolutely blow me away and J.J. Abrams just did that for me with his new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film is the seventh episode in the series and is the first since 2005’s Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith. The film takes place 30 years after the events of The Return Of The Jedi and The First Order of the Galactic Empire is on the rise as it fearless leader Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) are on the hunt for the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamil) which are with a a resistance fighter pilot named Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his droid BB-8. During a mission to abtrieve the two of them, a stormtrooper eventually named Finn (John Boyega) sees the wrong doings of the First Order and decides to fight back along with a courageous girl named Rey (Daisy Ridley). The film also stars Harrison Ford (Star Wars) as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher (Star Wars) as General Leia, Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave) as Maz Kanata, Andy Serkis (Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes) as Supreme Leader Snook, Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina) as General Hux, Anthony Daniels (Star Wars) as C-3PO, Peter Mayhew (Star Wars) as Chewbacca, and Gwendoline Christie (Game Of Thrones) as Captain Phasma.

star warsI am trying my best not to spoil any major details for anyone, but for here on out I am going to give you a spoiler alert just in case I do. There are details in this film that are going to blow your mind like who are Han and Leia’s kid(s), what connection does Kylo Ren have to Darth Vader (considering he is obsessed with him), and where is Luke Skywalker? Most of these are answered in the film and there are some tough moments especially if you are a fan of any original characters. Kylo Ren’s character is an amazing study because he struggles with the light and the dark side, but the real show stealer in my opinion is Rey (Ridley). In my opinion, she is an absolute bad ass and she is such an amazing character, but I am not going to give away any major details about her. All I can say is that she is a true bad ass. One of the biggest concerns that I had about the film was whether or not it would live up to the original three released and that hopefully it was way better than the prequels. J.J. Abrams achieved all of that with this masterpiece as he did the series justice. He gave you everything from comedic moments, action packed moments, to the very dramatic moments all in one film. Kudos go to the special effects team on a job well done. The only thing I could have wished for a little more was more Captain Phasma who we only see in brief moments, but hopefully we’ll see more of her in the future. This is a definite must see film for any fan of Sci-Fi or Star Wars in general. I am going to give the film an A+ for a final grade.

joy ride 3 unratedFor today’s film we wanted to try a new straight to video film and I picked from a franchise that I actually enjoyed watching. You know I didn’t realize that J.J. Abrams, the man helming the new Star Wars movie actually was a writer for the original Joy Ride. Our crazy serial killer trucker Rusty Nail (Ken Kirzinger) is back for more in the third film in the Joy Ride series called Joy Ride 3: Road Kill. A racing team is getting ready to head up to Canada for a big race when one of them decides to be stupid and almost runs Rusty and his rigg of the road. Well, Rusty takes offense and decides to stalk Jordan (Jesse Hutch) and his friends as he picks them off one by one while throwing demands at Jordan. The film also stars Ben Hollingsworth (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules) as Mickey, Gianpaolo Venuta (The Words) as Austin, Jake Manley (Hemlock Grove) as Bobby, Kirsten Prout (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Jewel, Leela Savasta (Black Christmas 2006) as Alisa, Sara Mitich (Prick) as Candy, Dean Armstrong (Saw 3D: The Final Chapter) as Officer Williams, and the film was directed by Declan O’Brien (Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines).

joy ride 3Like all horror films before it, it starts with the pop which is supposed to be the opening sequence that is supposed to hook you into the film and it was a good one in this film’s case. Some of the kill scenes in the film were actually pretty darn good even though the tire jack crushing the human head kill reminded me a lot of the head in the vice kill in the film Casino. Ken Kirzinger is a legendary stuntman that has been in some amazing movies and he even took the role of Jason Voorhees in the Freddy Vs Jason film. He is definitely the MVP of the film and during one of the scenes when he is choking someone out, you can see Jason Voorhees from that film in this one. The scene in the diner with that waitress was a little awkward and Jake Manley was right that she resembled Large Marge from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure just without acting chops. If I was to describe this film, I would say that it was a cross of Need For Speed with Duel (the 70’s film) which had the man constantly being chased by the crazy trucker. Overall, I really enjoyed watching the film for what it is and I think it’s worth giving a watch if you are a fan of slasher films. I am going to give this film a C+ only because it does have it’s faults.

justin linApparently, the saga of the new Star Trek movie which has already lost two directors with Robert Orci being the latest to quit the project while J.J. Abrams was forced to quit due to his commitment to the Star Wars franchise. Paramount Pictures announced that Justin Lin, the man behind four sequels in the Fast And Furious franchise (He directed parts three through six) is taking the helm on the USS Enterprise. The only question at hand is how are fans of the franchise (they are diehards) going to react to the hiring of Lin. David Ellison and Skyline Prods will be producing the film alongside Abrams and Orci, but Paramount has not yet established a release date for Star Trek 3. Stay tuned here for more info as it becomes available to us.

aaApparently, some information may have been released through the recent Sony hacking incident, but it looks like Marvel Comics and Sony Pictures have come to an agreement over the use of Spider-Man in the future. While Marvel is being successful and deep in phase 2 of their Marvel Cinematic Universe, one character was a key factor in the next installment of Captain America and how they want to explore the Civil War story. Spider-Man is a very key figure in that storyline to the point that the two companies have agreed to some terms according to a source of mine. Here is what the two companies agreed to according to, “Sony had negotiated a deal with Marvel to produce the Spider-Man movies and STILL retains the production rights to the Spider-Man films and merchandise that come from it (i.e. Sony keeps profits from the black guy, blue-glowy Electro, but Marvel can keep all the profits from the white guy, yellow and green Electro). But Sony had been stingy with releasing the rights because, well, Sony wants all the money (same goes for 20th Century Fox’s ownership of the X-franchise, but that’s another article).” If this is true we could see something very special in the film so let me explain. Spider-Man apparently is one of the guys that agrees with the act where the public has a right to know the secret identities of the superheroes and he reveals himself to the public and in turn he gets a new modernized suit thanks to Iron Man. I am super excited over this news more than anything else.

Check out this trailer below to a film that is actually going to see the light of day that stars James Franco and Jonah Hill in True Story:

Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson recently shared an image of Benedict Cumberpatch in what appears to be a poster of some sort as Doctor Strange. Check it out below:

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Bebop-Rocksteady-TMNT-Movie-Ninja-TurtlesFor fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise received great news that they were hoping was going to be in the first remake. That’s right, some fans were a little disappointed when they found out that Bebop and Rocksteady were not going to be in the first film when it was reported that it was a possibility. Now, the fans can expect to see the duo in the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film according to an interview with a Brazilian show that Producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form did. Here is what they said, “We can say that Bebop and Rocksteady are in the film, and Casey Jones is a character that we love and we’re trying to fit him in as well.” We also know that Earth To Echo director Dave Green is in talks to direct TMNT 2 since it was reported that Jonathan Liebesman would not be back to direct. There is no actual word if Casey Jones or Krang will make it to the film, but the producers have expressed an interest in exploring the dimension x story line. Stay tuned here for more info as it becomes available.

I just heard through the grapevine that Star Trek 3 lost yet another director as Roberto Orci who co wrote the first two films has dropped out. The studio was looking for a director since J.J. Abrams left to direct the Star Wars sequels and now they’ve once again ran into a brick wall. There’s no word yet on why Orci decided to leave, but rumor has it that Edgar Wright could be a possibility to direct Star Trek 3.

markActor Mark Wahlberg is looking to have a blemish on his record erased for good as he applied for a pardon in the state of Massachusetts. When Mark was 16 years old, he attempted to rob someone and left the man blind in one eye after he failed in 1988. According to NECN, Mark Wahlberg stated on his application that he has dedicated his life to becoming a better person and also stated, “I am deeply sorry for the actions that I took on the night of April 8, 1988, as well as for any lasting damage that I may have caused the victims.” Wahlberg applied for the pardon due to the fact that he wants to obtain a concessionaire’s license for a restuarant he wants to open and to help the police mentor troubled kids. Mark states, “My hope is that, if I receive a pardon, troubled youths will see this as an inspiration and motivation that they too can turn their lives around.” We’ll have to see what happens and if Massachusetts grants him this request.

If you are lucky enough to be at some of the 30 theaters nationwide that are showing the brand new 88 second teaser trailer from J.J. Abrams Star Wars: Episode 7- The Force Awakens then you were in for a treat on the big screen. Otherwise, you are like me and you had to wait for it to be released online for our viewing pleasure at home. The trailer doesn’t give you a huge look into the series, but it does enough to tease you so that you crave more. We get a look at the villain (from behind) and his cool new light saber. The millennium falcon makes an appearance in the trailer as well as some other images. There are two films that I am super excited to see next year in the theaters and one is The Avengers 2 and the second one is this film. Check out the trailer below: