Coming Soon-Ish: Joss Whedon, Cancer Romances, and Danish Westerns

In Your Eyes

Here at My Geek Blasphemy, we’re legally obligated to mention basically anything Joss Whedon has ever had a hand in, so I present to you this trailer for a quirky, telekinetic romantic dramedy written by Mr. Whedon and starring Zoe Kazan. I generally prefer that my romantic dramedies have a hefty dose of quirk, and a splash of telekinesis doesn’t hurt, either, although lines like, “The best thing, the only thing I like about me is you,” damage my very soul, and I can only hope the follow-up line is, “Well, grow some self-esteem, honey, because healthy relationships don’t spring from words like that.”

Also, I feel like if I developed a psychic connection that could, at any point, throw me across the room if the other person in said psychic connection were to get in a bar fight . . . well, I’d fly out to meet that person post-haste and try to figure this thing out, or at least tell them to knock that shit off. Cause that’s the kind of thing that can lead to food-splattered clothes and busted tailbones and really, would be awfully hard to explain to your loved ones, after a while.

Anna

Eh. Parts of this look creepy, and I like Mark Strong a lot, but this kind of story — where a guy who’s the shit at his job has to deal with a new case/client who makes him question everything he knows and might be evil or worse, supernaturally evil, or twist! not evil at all — yeah, it’s not my cup of tea. At all. Which is too bad because Strong actually appears to be playing a good guy for once, and that alone almost makes it worth watching. (Although I’m not entirely convinced. Depending on how the movie goes, Mark Strong could totally have been evil and crazy all along. Either way, I’m unlikely to see it.)

What We Do in the Shadows

This, on the other hand, I could probably watch. Brought to you by the people who made Flight of the Conchords and Eagle vs Shark, neither of which I’ve seen (yes, I know, revoke my film critic cred status, blah blah), this is a mockumentary vampire comedy, and the trailer made me smile. I will allow the continued existence of mockumentary and/or found footage style films if they continue to expand outside of the straight horror genre.

The Fault in Our Stars

I’ve been semi-interested in reading this book — especially lately, as I’m strangely drawn to the possibility of writing YA right now — but I honestly didn’t have much interest in seeing the movie because, you know. Cancer romance. SO not my genre of choice. (With 50/50 being the only exception I can think of, and let’s be honest here: that one starred JGL.) But I will admit to really liking this trailer, and I’d be willing to check it out.

You know, for as big of an It girl as Shailene Woodley is right now, I don’t think I’ve seen a damn thing with her in it. Clearly, I need to find The Secret Life of the American Teenager on Netflix.

And finally . . . The Salvation

Dude. It’s a Danish western starring Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Who wouldn’t want to watch it, right? Totally right.

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4 Responses to Coming Soon-Ish: Joss Whedon, Cancer Romances, and Danish Westerns

  1. Teacups says:

    I think I’ll have to watch In Your Eyes because it was written by Joss Whedon, if nothing else. It’s weird though, how different this looks to everything else he’s done.

    The memory-detective-horror-film premise of Anna seems like it should be really interesting to me, but somehow the trailer manages to make it look bland. But then again, I do like Mark Strong and Taissa Farmiga. So this is probably a “maybe,” depending on whether it gets good reviews and what I hear about it.

    I’m not entirely sure about the What We Do In The Shadows trailer, but Taika Watiti’s previous film Boy was lovely, so I think I’ll have to watch it on the strength of that and it being a mockumentary vampire comedy. The only other mocko horror-comedy I’ve seen is The Rise Of Leslie Vernon. Boy was significantly more emotional than this looks to be, though. This looks closer to Flight Of The Concords. I liked the two or three episodes I’ve seen of that, just not enough that I’ve ever gotten around to actually watching more of it. I should get on that.

    Eagle Vs. Shark is okay. Basically my big issue with it is that the male lead is too much of an asshole and the female lead too much of a doormat for me to be rooting for that relationship. That is the way the characters are meant to be perceived and there’s *some* character development towards the end, but it was so bad for most of the film that I remain unconvinced that these changes would last (especially regarding the male lead) and they would have anything resembling a healthy or rootable relationship. Apart from that it was pretty decent, in a quiet Napoleon Dynamite-ish way.

    I’m totally into Hannibal, and it’s the only thing I’ve seen Mads Mikkelsen in. I need more and this looks cool, so sign me up.

    • I’m guessing In Your Eyes looks different because Whedon wrote the story but didn’t direct it.

      Yeah, the asshole/doormat relationship is generally something of a problem for me as well, so I’m concerned I would struggle a lot with Eagle vs Shark. Also, I’m probably the only person in the world who never saw Napoleon Dynamite. Everyone said it was supposed to be funny, but I couldn’t seem to get past the trailers, which did nothing for me at all.

      The first thing I recognized Mads Mikkelsen from was Clash of the Titans, which was not good, but HE was a lot of fun in it. Anyone who yells at Sam Worthington gets a star in my book. I seem to remember liking him well enough in Casino Royale as well. I haven’t gotten around to watching Hannibal yet — I was not excited about the idea of the show, at first — but I’ve heard pretty good things so far.

      • Teacups says:

        Do not take my comment as a recommendation for Napoleon Dynamite. It was okay, but not good enough I’d go around recommending it to people either. I mostly remember it because it had Tina Majorino from Veronica Mars in it.

        I saw Clash Of The Titans in theatres, for some reason, but I never realised he was in it. Cool.

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