Director Gillian Robespierre takes us back to the halcyon days of the mid-90s in the new movie Landline. Jenny Slate, … Continue reading Landline – Marketing Recap
War for the Planet of the Apes (directed by Matt Reeves) is the third installment in the current Planet of the Apes series, … Continue reading Slanted Review: War for the Planet of the Apes
Director Luc Besson is back in the world of fantastical science fiction with this week’s new release Valerian and the … Continue reading Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – Marketing Recap
When I reviewed the marketing of Moana back in November of last year, I focused a lot on the way brand name stars like Lin-Manuel Miranda and The Rock were positioned as big selling points for the audience. That was a heavy focus of Disney’s campaign at the time, along with nods to the story of Moana’s journey to embrace her destiny and save her island.
That storyline, though, forms the crux of the movie. Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho), is the daughter of the chief of a small Polynesian island. Despite her parents’ insistence that the island is enough for everyone, she yearns to explore the vast sea. When a threat to everyone’s peaceful life emerges she strikes out to enlist the help of the demi-god Maui (The Rock) to help restore balance to nature. The two have to go through various trials and dangers to do so but ultimately find what she’s looking for and it all works out.
While the campaign sold a fun and funny movie about the odd pairing of the inexperienced but headstrong Moana and the cocky Maui, there’s so much more to it than that.
The first teaser trailer for The Disaster Artist, a story about the making of the infamously bad movie The Room, … Continue reading The Disaster Artist Trailer (Quick Reaction)
The story behind the evacuation of Dunkirk during World War II is an incredible one. British and other Allied troops had been essentially backed into a corner, stranded on a beach with no route home and the German Army cutting off all land routes. That story is being told once again in Dunkirk, the new movie from director Christopher Nolan.
The movie tells the story of what happened to those on the beach with nowhere to go and no way back to friendly territory from three perspectives. On the land, there are the hundreds of thousands of troops who are waiting for rescue while trying to survive regular bombardment from the Luftwaffe. In the air there’s the Luftwaffe, who are the only German force harassing the troops and the Royal Air Force meeting them for battle. On the sea there’s the story of the makeshift navy made up of British fisherman and other civilians who were called upon to cross the English Channel and actually rescue the troops stranded in Dunkirk.
The first trailer for A Wrinkle In Time is here and I have some thoughts: Chris Pine in a beard … Continue reading A Wrinkle In Time (Quick Reaction)
Later this week the entertainment press and countless fans will descend upon the San Diego Convention Center for this year’s … Continue reading The Winners and Losers in the Last 10 Years of Movie Marketing at San Diego Comic-Con (Part 2)
The new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 is out and I have some thoughts: Thank you to the person who … Continue reading Blade Runner 2049 Trailer 2 (Quick Reaction)
We’ve seen groups of female friends learn How To Be Single. We’ve seen them embrace the dark side and become Bad Moms. We’ve seen them have a Rough Night. Now we’re going to see them take a Girls Trip. This latest installment in the “ladies behaving badly” genre follows four longtime friends as they travel to New Orleans for Essence Festival, a weekend of music, eating and inspirational speakers hosted by the magazine of the same name.
The four friends in question are Ryan (Regina Hall), Sasha (Queen Latifah), Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Dina (Tiffany Haddish), all of who are, of course, at different places in their lives. They all agree to get together for a long-overdue road trip, though. Despite the reservations of some of the group, they all wind up getting loose once in town as they enjoy all the spirits and men New Orleans has to offer.