12 Spoiler-Ridden Movie Trailers & One Useful Screenwriting Lesson

I came across this article on Twitter and really enjoyed it. It was a nice break from the work I was supposed to be doing. 😊

A few of the movies I’ve already seen (Shutter Island, Cast Away), a couple I’d heard about (Carrie, Chinatown), and others I’ve since put on my watch-list (The Terminator, Funny People).

In fact, I just finished watching the original Terminator for the first time – and the accompanying Cinemasins for added fun!

WARNING: spoilers included. (Duh). But that’s the whole point of the article. It includes trailers and a small summary on where each one goes wrong. It’s amazing how many of them so readily gave away all their major plot points and even the final reveal! A special shame-on-you for Cast Away and The Double. Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think.

See the link here.

Annihilation (2018)

4/2/2018

Starring: Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Genre: Based-on-a-book, Thriller, Fantasy, Science fiction

I saw this film at the behest of Twitter, touting it as “powerful” and “energetic”, the best new-release sci-fi/thriller of late. To the credit of these random tweets, it wasn’t all hot air. The film was indeed a nice ride – and a female driven cast to boot!

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Game Night (2018)

3/19/2018

Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons, Kylie Bunbury

Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Crime

Game Night was super fun!

I almost have no criticisms because it was such a good time watching the film in theaters, laughing with strangers, even on a Monday night after work.

Let me start off by saying it doesn’t need a sequel. I repeat, this movie does not need a sequel! With that said, it looks like it’s setting up for a sequel, le sigh. Why do filmmakers (producers?) have to ruin a good thing by repeating itself? Like the Oscar Wilde quote, “They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever.” Oh well, I’ll probably watch the sequel if it happens.

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The Grinch (2018)

“You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch…!”

When I first heard Benadryl Cabbagepatch was playing the Grinch I got super excited for him to be in another hooman movie, painted green, perhaps in a green skin-suit. But animated is just as good. This trailer takes your Ordinary Grinch and makes him.. current, and fun! I love Bandicoot Cookiesnatch. 😝

Tully (trailer #2) (2018)

The second released trailer and I’m still in love with this movie I haven’t seen. I’m not a mother, I’m not a nanny, but I am a human being that needs help from time to time. I want to see this in theatres but, ugh, not with a bunch of mothers and their offspring, lol.

Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

3/7/2018

When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I knew I wanted to see it. There was something refreshing about it, something different. I actively seek movies with Denzel because I enjoy watching him on screen, I trust his judgment in action. And though he gives a great performance in this film, it doesn’t absolve the story of its other sins (of which there are many). My expectations were high and soon dismissed.

Let’s start with the good,

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