Trailer Round-up: Komic Khan

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Normally the Trailer Round-up takes place over the weekend as a way to gather up all the big movie trailers for the previous week. But because there was a comic convention or something last weekend, I held off in case anything big dropped. Good thing I did, because a new Hunger Games trailer went up. Also, I don’t like doing more than one task at a time. 

The biggest trailer is obviously 12 Years a Slave. That film is going to win so many Oscars it’s not even funny anymore. Other notables include Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (with Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela), the second trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (which includes plenty of good looking people doing good looking things), Unforgiven, and Karmic Kong trailers for Riddick and Kick-Ass 2. 

This week Trailer Round-up is also changing it’s format. I combined the “Comments” and “Verdict” into one since they basically amounted to the same thing. Hit the jump for the notable trailers released last week. 

12 Years A Slave Official Trailer

12 Years a Slave (October 18th)

Starring: Michael Masspenis, Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, and Dwight Henry

Synopsis: Solomon Northup was a freeman who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. He really doesn’t like slavery. 

Verdict: Looks as good as a less bloody and more emotional Django Unchained should.  

International Trailer for Luc Besson's The Family/Malavita starring Robert DeNiro

The Family (Malavita) (September 13th)

Starring: Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dianna Agron (!)

Synopsis: The Manzonis are a mafia family who relocates to Normandy under the witness protection program.

Verdict: Looks interesting enough for a rental. Of course I’ll just be there for Dianna Agron. She’s so pretty. 

THE FIFTH ESTATE Official Trailer

The Fifth Estate (October 18th)

Starring: Benedict Cumber-Blonde

Synopsis: Cumberbatch stars as Julian Assange, the dude who Wikileaked American secrets and then ran away. 

Verdict: Why hello there interesting, but unsatisfying movie. 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22nd)

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, and other beautiful people. 

Synopsis: Beautiful people do beautiful things like murder each other in an arena in order to entertain rich people. 

Verdict: Liar liar, pants on fire. 

Kick-Ass 2: Extended NSFW Trailer

Kick-Ass 2 (August 16th)

Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Grace-Moretz, and Jim Carrey

Synopsis: Since Kick-Ass did things in the first movie, things are happening in the second. 

Verdict: Sure looks like a sequel to Kick-Ass. Also what’s up with these 4 minute trailers? 

Last Vegas (November 1st)

Starring: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline

Synopsis: Old guys do old things in Las Vegas.

Verdict: May be good for an Early Bird Special.


Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (November 29th)

Starring: Idris Elba and Naomie Harris

Synopsis: A biopic following Nelson Mandela’s life from childhood until his election as South African president. 

Verdict: It may be Oscar bait, but it seems that it’s a movie that’ll finally convince me Idris Elba’s a good actor.

RIDDICK Restricted Comic-Con Trailer

Riddick (September 6th)

Starring: Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Katee Sackhoff, and lots of monster things

Synopsis: Riddick now finds himself against more monsters and mercenaries. 

Verdict: I was little worried due to the low budget look of its trailers, but the extra scene here has lots of welcome and cool looking personality. 

Unforgiven (Yurusarezaru mono) Trailer - Japanese remake starring Ken Watanabe

Unforgiven (Yurusarezaru mono) (September 13th in Japan)

Starring: Ken Watanabe

Synopsis: A Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven in which a samurai becomes a bounty hunter. 

Verdict: Uh…I don’t know Japanese but stuff looks good. 

The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu)

Starring: Talented Japanese actors

Synopsis: A “biopic” of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the Zero fighter plane in WWII plus awesome visuals. 

Verdict: Once again it’s in Japanese, but it does indeed look several kinds of gorgeous.