Tuesday, March 12, 2013

TRAILER ROUND-UP: HERD 103





Here's the second full trailer for "Iron Man 3." As the recent posters have been demonstrating, this is the film where crap gets real. Tony Stark (RDJ) shows Pepper Potts (Paltrow) how important the relationships between them is while Mandarin (Kingsley) implores wether he wants to live as a nobody or die as a hero. The stakes have never been higher and clearly neither has the budget. From the looks of things they could have called this one "Iron Men." May 3rd is going to be a big day for the world. 


Neil Jordan's "Byzantium" is the story of a mother and daughter vampire duo (played by Gemma Arterton and Saorise Ronan respectively - two uniquely beautiful women) over some many years. It is based on the play by Moria Buffini who also adapted it to the screen. It's difficult to get a scope, but this horror drama looks to be the best of its kind since perhaps "Interview with a Vampire." No release date for the United States yet, but expected to fall this year.



Two graffiti artist friends aspire to tag the New York Mets' Home Run Apple in "Gimme the Loot." This critical darling shows their relationship with each other and other young adults who are all making their own marks on the Big Apple that be. "Gimme the Loot" gets a limited release on March 22nd.



Here's the teaser for "Planes," a spin-off of Pixar's uber-successful "Cars" franchise only it's being made by Disney Animation itself. The a rocking trailer the shares some of its winged cast of characters but delivers absolutely nothing that we can invest in... Will you fly into theaters come August 9th?



Aaron Eckhart is an ex-CIA agent who gets "Erased" in an upcoming thriller from Philipp Stölzl. He must protect himself and his bewildered daughter as they escape the plot to terminate to the both of them. We'll have to see if we can figure out why when the film comes out. "Erased" is available on Demand April 5th and in theaters on May 10th.


It looks like it's going to be "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2." Flint Lockwood and gang return when it's discovered that his incredible invention from the first film is creating animal-food hybrids... It's a bizarre concept that you probably best not think too much about (though we got some similar material in last year's "Wreck-It Ralph"). I found it pretty amusing and like the first film I couldn't turn my eyes away. The food will fall on September 27... in 3D no less.






It's the epic conclusion to the trilogy that never began as a trilogy, "The Hangover Part III." The friends are returning to Vegas after their formulaic (or so I hear) trip to Bangkok. Will this one switch up the story? There's some surprisingly big set pieces and equally big laughs on display here. Let's hope it's not just a case of showing us everything in the trailer. Can you stay sober until May 24th?




A second trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth" has landed. This one offers a glimpse of life before their crash landing on (surprise/spoiler) Earth. It looks like they were inhabiting Mars, no? The father-son team (played by real father-son team Will and Jaden Smith) were commander-trainee, it looks like both roles are going to be needed on their efforts on the hostile planet. "After Earth" comes out on June 7th. Will this be the film that gets people back on the Shyamalan train? Let it be know that I never got off.



Out of all the offerings this Herd "Beyond the Hills" easily looks the best. Still, this feature is strictly about trailers and you'll see below what was selected to wear Lasso of the Week around it neck. This comes from Romanian writer/director Cristian Mungui who won the coveted Palme d'Or at Cannes with "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days." This time he depicts the friendship of two young woman at an Orthodox covent and the two paths their lives took. It sounds dreadfully dull on paper, but let the trailer itself impress you with its artistry and compelling characters. "Beyond the Hills" gets a limited release this weekend.

Quit cussin' at my cousin, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards!


STRANGE STEER

Yet to see a Pedro Almodóvar film, but if/when I do I likely won't be making "I'm So Excited" the first. Set entirely on a plane (though we get cameos of Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, two Almodóvar alum, working the landing strip) it follows the quirky passengers and nutty male flight attendants on a vibrantly colored flight to Mexico City. Hardly a single joke landed for me, but such can be difficult to attain in a foreign trailer. Look out for this in select theaters on June 28th.


LASSO OF THE WEEK

I've not seen a trailer for a horror movie quite as good as that for "The Conjuring" in recent memory. I'm always longing for previews to show us a scenario over an entire synopsis and this one does precisely that. It's the late 1960s, we see a family settling into an farmhouse in New England. A song from the era ("Time of the Season") sets the mood before a game of hide and seek (and clap) drastically alters it. A second scene at night seals the deal. We know their not alone in the old house (a concept used time and time again), but letting it breathe has worked wonderfully. I just hope against odds we don't get a bare all trailer next. Also, I love the HUGE title we cut to at the end. This is movie marketing at its best. Move in on July 19th.

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