Until the teaser for Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic Dunkirk dropped yesterday, sadly without a Harry Styles appearance, I thought that this was going to be a really bad week for good movie trailers. But upon further review, it’s not fair to the art of film to call this a bad week. Instead, let’s call it a really weird week for movie trailers, because in lieu of mainstream previews, we have a rampaging dad feature, some offbeat horror films, one truly bizarre-looking foreign movie, and a Saturday Night Live cast party that looks like a tribute to the best of Chris Farley and John Candy.
Not exactly the best dishes I could bring to a party, but sometimes we have the most fun with the stuff we don’t ever imagine watching. Let’s start the action with Pierce Brosnan doing his best one-percenter Liam Neeson impression.
Directed by: John Moore
Starring: Anna Friel, Pierce Brosnan, Stefanie Scott
What’s it about?
Mike Regan has everything he could ever want, a beautiful family and a top of the line smart house. The company he owns is on the verge of changing flight leasing forever. That is, until the relationship with his closest advisor turns nasty, to the point where his teenage daughter is being stalked and his family is under attack through every technological facet of their lives. [IMDb]
This is great! Two of my favorite dumb action movie tropes in one film. We have the nerdy, lonely I.T. guy who is actually a vengeful psychopath and uses his intelligence to ruin someone’s life, and that someone is a dad who goes on a badass rampage to get his own revenge when his daughter is messed with. Throw in an unlikely sports hero returning to the game that he thought he abandoned over fear and/or family obligations years ago, and this might be the greatest movie ever made. I.T. hits VOD on Sept. 23.
Directed by: Christopher Louie
Starring: Sarah Hyland, Hayley Kiyoko, Ryan Hansen
What’s it about?
XOXO follows six strangers whose lives collide in one frenetic, dream-chasing, hopelessly romantic night. [IMDb]
I know I’m a 30-something dad because I watched this trailer and looked at my infant son and said, “No way, pal. No concerts for you.” It’s interesting to see Hyland step away from Modern Family and Domino’s Pizza ads to try something a little different. Then again, her role on MoFy has become so repetitive that she could star in anything right now and it would seem groundbreaking. XOXO chills with Netflix viewers on Aug. 26.