A second and longer trailer has been released for "The Lone Ranger" this week, though it was overshadowed by two bigger trailers ("Pacific Rim" and "Man of Steel"). Tell me, is it an unpardonable sin to be showing our title character without his mask for the first act of this film? Like "Cowboys & Aliens" and even "John Carter" it appears our hero is going to wake up alone in the desert and he'll have to figure out what brought him there, though the Native American with the dead bird fastened atop his head should be able to fill him in on some things. It's a big and loud trailer, I just hope they've left some of the set pieces a surprise for when I definitely go see it on July 3rd, 2013.
Jet Li and a plethora of sexy serpent-like women star in "The Sorcerer and the White Snake." It's got some crazy (if not cheesy) visual effects going on, but the film goes big instead of going home. Li sees the "women" as the danger they are and battles them to the very end in this martial arts fantasy version of a Chineses legend. Available on iTunes come January 3rd, 2013 and in select theaters on February 8th.
Roman Coppola directs the very Wes Anderson-esque "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan the III." Coppola (son of the great director, brother of the fine director) has worked with Anderson as a co-writer in recent years, but has not directed a feature of his own for over a decade. Anderson regulars Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray are supporting a surprising lead performance by Charlie Sheen (so this is where he's been!). Sheen plays Charles Swan who is distraught after his girlfriend leaves him. Look for a likely limited release on February 8th, 2013.
"Sound City" is a documentary about the recording studio of the same name in Van Nuys, California. It was the pit stop for many rock legends over the years and developed a legendary status in such circles, but (like the film medium itself) things have been changing with the digital revolution. If the topic interests you seek this out next year.
Guillermo Del Toro, who once almost was responsible for this week's epic theatrical release ("The Hobbit") is now responsible for one of this week's epic trailer releases: "Pacific Rim." It's "Cloverfield" meets "Transformers" as a big monster from a portal to another dimension strikes an undistinct metropolis and it is up to soldiers who man giant mechs to save the day. Fans of the video game "Portal" will no doubt recognize the voice of GLaDOS at one point in this trailer. This action in this film looks colossal, I'm psyched for July 12th, 2013.
Bark up the right tree, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards!
I do like me some James Wood, but I probably have not seen him since 2005's "Be Cool." Still, he's not enough to bring me to see "Officer Down." This trailer is desperate to be cool and the flashy editing and uninspired voiceover provide this "bad cop" with a bad movie to be in. The worst part is when it actually tries to be emotional moving when we have nothing invested whatsoever. You'll probably have to look very hard for a theater playing this one come January 18th, but why bother?
A family living in the country takes in an orphan boy but the translated title of "A Werewolf Boy" tells us all we need to know. This movie had to prove to me that it wasn't just South Korea's version of "New Moon" and it didn't really do that. On top of that, this looks like it was made 30 years ago. If that wasn't intentional I am all the more worried.
LASSO OF THE WEEK
It was almost like a quiet hush fell over film circles on Tuesday when the "Man of Steel" trailer debuted. We got a teaser before "The Dark Knight Rises" this summer where many were jokingly throwing around Terrence Malick's sensibilities to describe it. That's actually not a bad comparison. I have never seen a superhero film look so realistic and artsy. The first half looks like a small-ville drama while the special elements appear in the second half, bridge by our savior taking flight. Zack Snyder directs like never before, wonder how much producer Christopher Nolan had to do with the change. June 14th, 2013... See you there!