Monday, November 5, 2012

TRAILER ROUND-UP: HERD 89






"Alex Cross" hit theaters last month where it was widely ignored by audiences and largely panned by critics, in some circles it has even achieved infamous "so bad it's good status." Honestly I do not see any of that from this middling trailer. Tyler Perry stars (and doesn't direct!) as the title character, a detective you ought not mess with (or someone you "do not cross") based on the James Patterson's books. Morgan Freeman played this character in "Along Came a Spider" and "Kiss the Girls." Matthew Fox (Jack from "Lost") plays the the smooth serial killer that he's keen to catch. Some over-the-top action and dialogue seem like it could be an enjoyable thriller.



No American filmmaker has been as busy as Steven Soderbergh over the last couple of years: "Contagion," "Haywire," "Magic Mike," and now "Side Effects" are among the final films of career (apparently the HBO bio-pic "Behind the Candelabra" is his last hurrah before retiring... I seriously hope not). This is thriller about a woman (Rooney Mara) who whose prescription medication winds up messing with her mind as she in turn bewilders two men (Channing Tatum and Jude Law). After the trailer I could not really tell you more, as I am confused but still interested in seeing it come February 8, 2013.

Spit-shine the church's steeple, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards!


SICK COW

"Movie 43" is an ensemble comedy that crosses the line again and again in its desperate attempts to get a laugh through the crudest ways imaginable. That means a lot of people will probably find this funny. The trailer warns us to cover our eyes and ears. Folks, that's probably good advice. The most shocking thing about "Movie 43" was the sheer amount of wasted talent, from Emma Stone to Hugh Jackman. It also appears to be somewhat of an anthology with different directors taking on the various stories. January 25, 2013 is a good time for trash like this to appear on the horizon.



QUEER STEER

Hey! Remember "G.I. Joe Retaliation"? Well, after it was postponed this year it is now slated for a March 29, 2013 release and there's a new trailer trying to prove it. I say "new," but this looks a lot like the last one I covered all those months ago... The Bruce Willis cameo is the best part and I have the sinking feeling that we see all this film has to offer in its trailer.


LASSO OF THE WEEK

Gael Garcia Bernal (a personal favorite) and Hani Furtsenberg play a couple who find themselves backpacking through the mountainous plains of Georgia (the country, not the state) in "The Loneliest Planet." Based on a short story by Tom Bissell, there is clearly something more than meets the observant eye going on in their relationship. Reactions are wildly split regarding this film that is apparently slow and methodical even though the trailer is fairly paced and mysterious. Look for it on DVD/Blu-ray unless you can find it in an indy theater near you.

1 comment:

Galyn said...

Jack can be so mean! Who knew? I guess that is the tell tell signs of a good actor. Why does he remind me of Todd Taylor?