“Parallel” – The Poster and Trailer

Ok, ignore the cliche poster and check out the trailer for Parallel.  Despite the silly portal (and maybe the movie will explain it), but I like the trailer and look forward to checking out Parallel.

A group of friends stumble upon a mirror that serves as a portal to a “multiverse”, but soon discover that importing knowledge from the other side in order to better their lives brings increasingly dangerous consequences.

Starring Aml Ameen, Martin Wallström. Georgia King, Mark O’Brien, Alyssa Diaz with David Harewood and Kathleen Quinlan
Directed by Isaac Ezban

“Songbird” – The Poster, the Trailer and the Controversy

The poster and trailer for Songbird are here.  There has been quite a bit of discussion that using COVID as the cause of the plague was a bad move, was done too soon and at the very least was in bad taste.  I can see those points.

I also see a trailer that makes me want to watch the film.  If the movie is a good one, I hope that the concerns above don’t keep it from getting an audience.

Four years into quarantine the virus has changed and so have we…

In the terrifying thriller SONGBIRD, the COVID-23 virus has mutated and the world is in its fourth year of lockdown. Infected Americans are ripped from their homes and forced into quarantine camps known as Q-Zones, from which there is no escape, as a few brave souls fight back against the forces of oppression. Amid this dystopian landscape, a fearless courier, Nico (KJ Apa), who’s immune to the deadly pathogen,
finds hope and love with Sara (Sofia Carson), though her lockdown prohibits them from physical contact. When Sara is believed to have become infected, Nico races desperately across the barren streets of Los Angeles in search of the only thing that can save her from imprisonment … or worse.

The first feature film to be made during COVID-19 in Los Angeles, and about the pandemic itself, SONGBIRD also stars Bradley Whitford and Demi Moore as a wealthy couple who may hold the key to Nico’s mission; Alexandra Daddario as a singer enmeshed in a messy and forbidden affair; Paul Walter Hauser as a disabled veteran whose best friend – a drone named Max – is his eyes and ears to a world that has left him behind; Craig Robinson as Nico’s boss; and Peter Stormare as the corrupt head of the city’s “sanitation” department, which seizes those infected and transports them to the Q-Zone.

Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller
Cast: KJ Apa, Sofia Carson, Craig Robinson, Bradley Whitford, Peter Stormare, Alexandra Daddario, with Paul Walter Hauser and Demi Moore
Writers: Adam Mason & Simon Boyes
Director: Adam Mason
Producers: Michael Bay, Marcei A. Brown, Jason Clark, Jeanette Volturno, Adam Goodman, Andrew Sugerman, Eben Davidson

“Halloween Kills” – The Poster, the Trailer and a Few Thoughts

So the poster and trailer for Halloween Kills has premiered although we won’t see the movie until October 2021.  That is a LOT of lead time.

I am a fan of the original Halloween movie.  I watched the first couple of sequels but then lost interest.  I do plan to see the last Halloween film that Jamie Lee Curtis starred in and am surprisingly looking forward to Halloween Kills.  I wonder if that will change in the coming year.

Universal Monster Prints from Mondo!

Today Mondo is releasing the five Universal Monsters prints (as well as variant editions).  They are really nice and include…

It is worth a click over to see them in a larger size to enjoy their beauty!

Cool “Dreamland” Poster Turns Out to be Made by a Fan!

Last week I shared the poster and trailer for Dreamland.  At that time I said,

The poster shows some imagination and the trailer ain’t bad either.

I just received the following text message:

Hi, I saw you posted about the new Dreamland trailer on your site. The Dreamland poster was actually made by me and it’s just a fan-made poster! It’s not the official one, just thought you should know 😂 – @Nicole

How cool is that?  Regular readers here know how often we complain about the lack of originality of new movie posters.  Then we get one that shows a cool sense of design and breaks from the pack… and it turns out to be made by a fan!  I hope the company putting out the movie gets a look at what Nicole Baroudi has done and perhaps uses (and pays her for) her version!

If you’d like to see more from Nicole, here’s her website.

Thanks Nicole for letting us know.  Hopefully we’ll see more awesome poster designs from you in the future.

“Zappa” – The Poster and Trailer are Here!

Here we have the poster and trailer for Zappa.  I don’t really care for the poster, but the trailer has me interested in seeing the movie.  I was never a big fan of Frank Zappa’s music, but then again, I never was exposed to much of it.  I am interested in learning more, so this is one I’ll want to watch.

With unfettered access to the Zappa family trust and all archival footage, ZAPPA explores the private life behind the mammoth musical career that never shied away from the political turbulence of its time. Alex Winter’s assembly features appearances by Frank’s widow Gail Zappa and several of Frank’s musical collaborators including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and others.

Available everywhere Thanksgiving Week
Directed by Alex Winter

“Girl” starring Bella Thorne, Mickey Rourke and Chad Faust – The Trailer is Here!

The trailer for Girl starring Bella Thorne, Mickey Rourke and Chad Faust definitely looks like a drive-in movie feature.  As regular readers know, that’s not always a bad thing.  I do think the trailer gives away the story but that doesn’t mean I won’t tune in.

A young woman (Bella Thorne) heads back to her hometown, intent on exacting revenge on her abusive father, only to discover someone beat her to it. She soon finds herself prey to a sinister sheriff (Mickey Rourke) and his wicked brother (Chad Faust) as she slowly uncovers a family legacy more disturbing than she ever could have imagined.

George Clooney’s “Midnight Sky” – The Poster and Trailer are Here!

Here we have the poster and trailer for George Clooney’s Midnight Sky.  Although the poster is just ok, the trailer is interesting.  Sadly, I read in some online comments what may be the big twist to the story.  I hate when that happens.  Since Midnight Sky is on Netflix, I’ll definitely tune in.

Our humanity always endures.

This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine (George Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to Earth, where a mysterious global catastrophe has taken place. Clooney directs the adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton’s acclaimed novel Good Morning, Midnight, co-starring David Oyelowo, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir and Tiffany Boone. Coming to Netflix December 23rd.

“First Blood” and “Rambo” Board Games Now Available!

As I was looking through the latest Previews catalog, I came across two new games that I think readers of this site may like.  The first is…

Rambo: First Blood Board Game

  • The year is 1981, and you’re John Rambo, just returned home from Vietnam to a country you don’t recognize. You wander into the wrong town just looking for something to eat… and now you’re fighting for your life!
  • become Rambo and make all the critical choices and alter the outcomes of your favorite 80’s action movie, First Blood!
  • This is a solo narrative game experience unlike any you’ve ever played before!
  • This game is fully dice-less, so it’s all about the narrative story and your tactical choices in this “Choose your own adventure-like game”
  • 1 Player / 60-90 Minutes / Ages 14+

Next up we have…

Rambo the Board Game

  • They drew first blood, not him! No man, no law, no war can stop him! Sylvester Stallone is back as Rambo, and this time he’s got his team with him
  • You’ve seen the movies, now play the game! Become Rambo, Col. Trautman, Co Bao and others and return to the warzone
  • Includes 52 highly detailed minis, including 2 choppers, over 100 gear and tactics cards, tons of detailed map tiles and 10 epic heroes to become
  • Embark on 2 Story Campaigns of war with 20 unique , tactical & strategic missions in this diceless, stealth-based, guns-blazing, action-adventure thrill ride back to the 80s!
  • 1-4 Players / 60 minute Playtime / Ages: 14+

(If you order the games using either of the links I provided through Amazon, I will get a small commission that will not increase your purchase price. – Craig)


Clubber Lang vs Ivan Drago?

Brian Okert at El Tech O posted the drawing above with these questions:

Why do ya think Clubber Lang never stepped up to fight Drago?  And if they did fight… How do ya think that would have gone?

First question first: We don’t know that they never fought.  Perhaps they did but the result never made it into the follow-up Rocky/Creed films.

I like to think that after Lang lost to Rocky, he was devastated.  Lang had been destroying opponents and thought he was unbeatable.  After Rocky knocked him out, Clubber went into a period of isolation and self-reflection. He met a woman who worked with troubled youth.  She didn’t follow sports or know Clubber was a boxer.  They developed a relationship and Clubber began to work with the kids in an effort to help turn their lives around.  Lang had enough money from fighting to retire and he did so he could live a peaceful life with her. (Based somewhat on George Foreman’s life after boxing.)

Second question: If Lang and Drago had fought, how would it have gone?  The outcome would, of course, depend on how Sly wanted to move the story forward.  No matter who won, Clubber or Drago, then it makes sense he would have continued to fight and we would have heard more about him in the Balboa/Creed movies.   Since there was no mention of either fighting again, I think it is safe to assume they never fought.  But if they did fight, I’d give the edge to Drago… although Clubber would have always had a puncher’s chance.

Your thoughts?

Horror Movies to Amp Up Your Heart Rate! (“It’s the big one, Elizabeth!”)

Michele Debczak at Mental Floss posted the results of a survey to determine The 10 Horror Movies That Are Most Likely to Get Your Heart Racing.  I thought this was an interesting angle to look at horror movies.  Here’s how they got their list…

To compile their list of the most terrifying horror flicks, GIGACalculator.com showed movies to 150 first-time viewers while tracking their heart rates. The film selection was determined by a survey of 2500 self-proclaimed horror fanatics prior to the study.

Before you click over for the full story, here are the rankings of the top ten compared to how I would rate them.

Michele Debczak


1. Hereditary (2018)

1. The Descent (2005)

2. Saw (2004)

2. A Quiet Place (2018)

3. The Babadook (2014)

3. Us (2019)

4. Insidious (2010)

4. Saw (2004)

5. A Quiet Place (2018)

5. The Exorcist (1973)

6. The Descent (2005)

6. Insidious (2010)

7. Us (2019)

7. The Conjuring 2 (2016)

8. It (2017)

8. It (2017)

9. The Conjuring 2 (2016)

9. The Babadook (2014)

10. The Exorcist (1973)

*. Hereditary (2018)

* I haven’t seen Heredity so I didn’t include it in my list.

I’m surprised John Carpenter’s The Thing didn’t make the list.

“Dreamland” – The Poster and Trailer are Here!

Here are the poster and trailer for Dreamland.  The poster shows some imagination and the trailer ain’t bad either.  (Update – I just learned that the poster is not official and was made by a fan!  What an awesome job she did.  Her name is Nicole Baroudi and you can see more from her by clicking the link! – Craig 10/28/20)

Academy Award® nominee Margot Robbie (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) “is fantastic” (Indiewire) in this “dazzling” (Hollywood Reporter) love story set amidst America’s struggle during the Great Depression. Eugene Evans (Finn Cole, “Peaky Blinders”) dreams of escaping his small Texas town when he discovers a wounded, fugitive bank robber Allison Wells (Robbie) hiding closer than he could ever imagine. Torn between claiming the bounty for her capture and his growing attraction to the seductive criminal, nothing is as it seems, and Eugene must make a decision that will forever affect the lives of everyone he’s ever loved. Travis Fimmel (Warcraft), Kerry Condon (Avengers: Infinity War) and Lola Kirke (American Made) also star in this “beautifully shot coming-of-age story” (Indiewire).

Featuring: Margot Robbie, Finn Cole, Garrett Hedlund, Travis Fimmel, Kerry Condon, Darby Camp, Lola Kirke