Weekly Round-Up #10
The past couple weeks have been filled with news from the film industry, as new trailers were dropped, January horror films hit the theatres, and Netflix released new shows and films. In this Weekly Round-Up, I’m looking at a few of the recent trends.
Starting Out 2019 With More of the Same…
It may have felt like 2018 was a year of sequels, but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. As the new year rolled around, a bunch of new trailers were released. This article from Scoopwhoop shows off a few of these selections. The one problem? Every one of the 15 films on this list is either a sequel or a remake, from new, live-action versions of Aladdin and The Lion King, to Avengers 4, Wonder Woman 2, and Toy Story 4.
Bird Box (2018)
Bird Box broke the internet this week after Buzzfeed reported that over 45 million viewers had streamed the film on Netflix within a week. Bird Box follows in the vein of films like A Quiet Place (2018)––the presence of mysterious monsters in a post-apocalyptic age requires a new relationship with our senses. Bird Box features Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, Rosa Salazar, and a handful of other stars. Still, as this review from The Guardian reveals, Bird Box has some issues getting off the ground.
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)
Netflix ‘s release of a new Black Mirror episode this week turned heads with its interactive feature. The show works like a “choose your own adventure” book, where users click to seamlessly change the course of the episode. Wired’s Peter Rubin explains how the overall arc works: “There are five main endings, with multiple variants of each—though upon reaching an ending, Netflix will also helpfully bring you back to pivotal decision points so that you can ease your FOMO and try the path not traveled.” It may be difficult to incorporate this sort of feature into full-length feature films, but I do expect to see this type of integrated videogame/film experience in the future.