We’re in a golden age of nerdy media. Every time I think we’ve hit the pinnacle of high-budget media adapting or embracing something once only for the nerdiest of the nerds, another trailer comes out.
Category: Science Fiction
The Tomorrow War has a fantastic premise, talented actors, and stellar effects, yet it never comes together properly. The enthusiasm for its own appeal wanes, and it becomes a shell of a movie, running on formula and tropes.
Trailers are their own unique pieces of art. Sometimes better than the movies/shows they go with. The time restraint forces creativity and efficiency. These five are some of the best I’ve seen lately.
40+ is a novella with a powerful hook but is hampered by a few things, including how short it is. It would be easy to imagine it expanded into a larger novel, detailing both the world as it was and how the change affected it.
The Hollow is a decent enough show mired by gimmick issues. The biggest one is its reliance on the “Mystery Box” model.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is the type of movie that could only exist in this new media environment. The draw is the spectacle of connecting reboots and pulling in actors to reprise long-gone roles.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife has several excellent moments, a great protagonist, and a heartfelt core, yet is underwhelming in a lot of ways. Those who watch it will remember it mainly for its fan service, and though that’s kind of the point—it’s not great we have a lot of movies made with that in mind.
For those that don’t know, genre functions mostly as a marketing vehicle. It’s there to help sell it to the right customer base. That’s not to diminish your favorite genre, or any genre: that’s simply their base function.
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