I was born at the very end of the '80s and never really cared to watch the decade's classic teen comedies and dramas when I was growing up. For the most part, that hasn't been a problem — it's just meant people being exasperated with me when I say I haven't seen such-and-such John Hughes movie or The Goonies or whatever.
But over the past year I've been catching up on a handful: I watched Dirty Dancing, which was okay, and I watched The Breakfast Club, which I guess was fine. And just this past weekend, I watched two more: Heathers and Stand By Me.
Stand By Me basically affirmed everything I've always believed about '80s movies and that I've been correct not to watch them — the melodrama, the goofiness. I know people love this movie (and there are some great things about it!), but I came away pretty indifferent.
Heathers, on the other hand, has basically redeemed the decade for me. It's hard to think of a weirder, edgier, or more unpredictable teen movie than this. More than anything, I love how the film refuses to establish rules for itself — even at the end, it feels like there's no limits to what can happen. Also, how is teenager Christian Slater already so weird?
I hope you've enjoyed my thoughts on 30-year-old movies. Check out 11 trailers from this week below.
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
I never read A Series of Unfortunate Events, so I can't say how well this teaser stands up to the material in the books. But as someone who has no idea what this series is supposed to be about, I think it looks pretty cool. I'm pretty much always down for characters breaking the fourth wall, and this teaser does that with confidence for a minute straight. The series comes to Netflix on January 13th.
Black Mirror's dark sci-fi stories have been getting more buzz than pretty much anything else on TV, and Netflix managed to get the series back for a third season. This new season includes an episode directed by Dan Trachtenberg, who was behind this year's incredible 10 Cloverfield Lane, and another directed by Joe Wright, who's 2005 Pride & Prejudice movie is so clearly better than the BBC adaption that honestly I don't understand how anyone can argue otherwise. This season's six episodes arrive October 21st. Correction: Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice is from 2005, not 2004, as initially stated; that doesn't change how good it is.
This seems like a movie we're going to end up hearing a lot about. Jackie has Natalie Portman playing Jackie Kennedy during the days after her husband's death. This first look at the film is at times wistful, haunting, and beautiful. It's supposed to come out on December 2nd.
Haters Back Off
Netflix seems to have made a brilliant decision taking Miranda Sings — the hit YouTube character created by Colleen Ballinger — and giving her a TV show. It even keeps the series' YouTube origins front and center: the series is about Sings creating her YouTube channel and searching for fame, through, of course, a lot of embarrassing videos. The whole series is out on October 14th.
There's no better plot for an action movie than "GIVE ME BACK MY _______," which in the case of Sleepless is the main character's son. It's basically just an open excuse to show Jamie Foxx wreaking havoc on a city's worth of criminals. And that sounds like the formula for a fairly successful movie. It's scheduled to come out on February 24th.
Director Peter Berg continues to dramatize real-life events with Mark Wahlberg, following up Lone Survivor, which came out in late 2013, and Deepwater Horizon, which came out literally days ago. Patriots Day is their look at the Boston bombing, with Wahlberg playing a local cop. John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan, and Kevin Bacon all co-star, making for a pretty great collective cast. It'll be out December 21st.
Jordan Peele (of Key &) is the writer and director behind Get Out, which already looks like it's going to be completely brilliant. It's a horror film about a small neighborhood where black men and women have been mysteriously vanishing, and the white parents of the protagonist's girlfriend seem to have something to do with it. It's scheduled to come out on February 24th.
It may not be totally clear from this tailer what Evolution is actually about, but it's dark and creepy and very clear how eerie watching it is going to be. From the brief details you do get: the film is about a village of women and young boys, who have been told they're sick and are having some strange experiments performed on them. It'll be out November 25th.
Can you guess what type of movie this is? Okay, really though, this first trailer for The Monster makes it look like it could be a scary and tense monster movie. It comes from Bryan Bertino, who has made a few movies to date including the 2008 horror film The Strangers, which my colleague Bryan Bishop described to me as "[expletive] GREAAAAAAAAT." It'll be out sometime before the end of the year.
YO, BRAD PITT AND MARION COTILLARD MAKE OUT IN A CAR IN A DESERT IN A SANDSTORM. In all seriousness though, this trailer gets pretty interesting halfway through after revealing a big twist; if the film can keep up that kind of tension the whole way, it should be pretty compelling. Allied will be out November 23rd.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
I really enjoyed the first Pirates of the Caribbean, but really, are we not all on the same page about five films being too many? This first teaser for Dead Men Tell No Tales sets a dark tone with a focus on Javier Bardem's villain — it doesn't show Johnny Depp at all, and Keira Knightley isn't even in this film so what's the point? I'm just gonna go watch Pride & Prejudice again. The new Pirates is scheduled for a release next year on May 26th.