"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" received another expected trailer this Wednesday. This time we get to see more scenes play themselves out, include the iconic "riddles in the dark" sequence with the anticipated Andy Serkis reprising his role as Gollum. We also get to see those stone-flinging giants referenced to in the original text. There are lots of interesting characters, creatures, and Middle Earth itself to drool over here. Still, I'm stuck at the decision to split up the movie, let alone make it a trilogy. Speaking of which, any guesses as to where this first installment will take us through? My estimate is a fade out after the eagles rescue them from the goblins and wargs (we see glimpses of that moment with its fiery trees and, correct me if I'm wrong, nothing past it). In any case we will all know come December 14th.
In "Butter" denizens of small-town Iowa compete in the yearly butter sculpture contest, but that is only the high-fat centerpiece that involves all walks of lives. It's a raunchy comedy with some big names (Jennifer Gardner, Hugh Jackman, and Olivia Wilde). "Butter" slides into theaters on October 5th.
In "This Must Be the Place" Sean Penn plays a retired rock star who returns to New York City (from Dublin) after his father's passing. For one reason or another he ends up looking for a Nazi criminal and embarks on a road trip across the States... in his slow-moving way. It's a bizarre performance in what looks to be a pretty fun time. Look for this in select theaters come November 2nd.
Nicolas Winding Refn made the cult classic "Pusher" trilogy before he came to Los Angeles and delivered last year's "Drive." Now the UK is going to get a taste of the drug dealer madness in this Refn-produced remake cleverly named "Pusher." The film follows Richard Coyle during the worst week of his life as he desperately tries to make back money money to pay off his dept to a drug lord. This hits iTunes on September 28th and select theaters on October 26th.
Christopher Walken, Al Pacino and Alan Arkin are "Stand Up Guys," well, actually they are con-men. They take their orders from the talented Mark Margolis (he played Uncle Tio in "Breaking Bad"). Despite their age they still do what they do, but when one is ordered to take out one of the three partners the plot thickens. It's "In Bruges" with senior citizens... This looks both humorous and intense. A nice surprise for this week in trailers. This testosterone fest hits theaters on January 11, 2013.
Ethan Hawke is still working on his big book when he moves his small family into a suburban house with a twisted past in "Sinister." Not unlike "V/H/S," another much-discussed horror film this year, he stumbles upon some home movies documenting the stuff nightmares are made of. A reliance on "jump scares" is a red flag, but I'm willing to give this trope-laden scare a try. This comes to us from Scott Derrickson, the writer/director of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." Look for "Sinister" or avoid it (depending on your preference for horror) in theaters on October 12th.
From the animation studio behind "Ice Age" cometh "Epic." A teenager is transported to a small magical world within our own. There are plant people, talking slugs, and now that she's the size of forest critters, they're terrifying. It's "Gulliver's Travels" by way of "Redwall." It's not entirely unique, but at least we're seeing a new IP this time. Look for "Epic" on May 24, 2013.
"Beautiful Creatures" is no doubt being adapted to capitalize on the success of the "Twilight" franchise. We've seen others try and fail (i.e. "Beastly") but this some known talent involved to give it more of a chance. Noticeably the roles have been reversed, this time it boy meets supernatural girl and her creepy family. Fans of the book might want to look for "Beautiful Creatures" on February 13, 2013.
Quit shinin' that there star sheriff, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards!
"Silent Hill Revelation 3D" is the sequel to "Silent Hill," a film from several years back that put the awe in awful. This one looks to hit all the same scares (from Pyramid Head to the statue nurses) only this time with an added dimension. Overly wrought with obvious CGI, bad dialogue and confounding Not even the great Sean Bean can possibly save yet another video game that should have stayed a video game. "Prepare for a 3D ride through hell," sounds about right, on October 26th.
"Texas Chainsaw 3D" is yet another unnecessary remake and (with an added surcharge no less). Tobe Hooper's 1974 original is a masterpiece of the horror genre, relying on implying instead of showing. This technique seems absolutely lost on the cast and crew involved. A giant chainsaw come out of the screen is the last thing I want to see in a feature film. All this said, I do like the music choice for the first half of this trailer. January 4, 2013.
LASSO OF THE WEEK
We go from head-shaking horror to a heavy drama fit for the art house in "Wuthering Heights." Based on the novel of the same name by Emily Bronte, this is the story of forbidden love and the troubles it caused for the two intertwined and those around them. The desolate landscapes are mirrors to the emotions and are quite breathtaking to behold. We've been too long without a refreshing romance film. "Wuthering Heights" has a limited release in the United States starting on October 5th.