Monday, April 8, 2013

TRAILER ROUND-UP: ISSUE 105




We got a second and now red-banded trailer for "Pain and Gain," the latest gift for humanity by Michael Bay. We spend more time with several scenes from the first trailer which I feel did a much better job selling this Miami-based action comedy. Get your crew together if it sound like your kind of flick come April  26th.



This summer you'll be able to see Whalberg again opposite Denzel Washington in "2 Guns." One is DEA, the other is Naval Intelligence. They've been investigating each other only to find out each other's identities. They must join forces to bring down the mob that's been behind the whole charade from the beginning. Yeah, it's basically a wrinkle in the tired buddy cop formula. Will audiences be too exhausted for another one of these on August 2nd? Whalberg and Washington can both hold their own when it comes to comedic material, that's the strongest draw for me.



It's impressive they managed to cut together a green-band trailer for "This Is the End." James Franco, Seth Gordon and friends all play themselves as partygoers who's good times are interrupted when the world as we know it decides to come to a fiery and brimstone-y end. Fromt he writers of "Pineapple Express" and "Superbad" this uber-meta experiment promises on big laughs and absurd action (earlier trailers and clips have demonstrated how raunchy it is going to be as well). And hey, Emma Watson shows up at the end of this trailer for a nice cameo. June 12th very well may be the end... of something.



"Aroused" is a documentary that takes us behind the scenes of the pornography industry, but maybe not in the way you'd think. It's a sit-down conversation with several of its stars and their thoughts on what they do for a living. It's an eye-opening account and works to humanize a group that many objectify; granted, they've asked for it. This film had a limited release earlier this year.


"Is there anyone else alive?" He asks. "Define 'alive'," the creepy survivor replies in the trailer for "The Colony." One day it never stopped snowing, setting the world in a post-apocalyptic ice age. Some of the survivors have holed up underground in one of several colonies. One day they receive a distress call from another colony and they leave their own to investigate. Yeah, I'm betting that's the mistake that gets all but a few of them killed by the end... Yet again another example of two similar films coming out in a single year. I'm referring of course to Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer," which I will living to see even when I go see "The Colony" on April 12th.



We've received the first full trailer for the "Carrie" re-make which had a very fine teaser months ago. This one looks to follow in the original's footsteps fairly closely as the most iconic scenes (from the girls' locker room to the bucket of blood at prom) are showcased. Julianne Moore is completely unhinged as the religious nut of a mother, she eerily lullabies "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy" during the beginning. For those unfamiliar with the story this is one spoiler-ific trailer. Many feel this is looking to be one unnecessary film. Will you be seeing it this Halloween season (October 18th)? In an intriguing marketing move they invite audiences to call Carrie in a closing title card: (207) 404-2604. I did.


Remember how the first trailer for "The Great Gatsby" blew nearly all of us away last year? Well the latest (third) trailer pulls off the same feat. An incredible feast of sound and music set to a some of the most hyper and hypnagogic set-pieces I have ever, ever seen. This is clearly the force behind "Moulin Rouge!" and "Romeo + Juliet" which helped put Leo (Gatsby) on the map back in the '90s. This looks like one to see in 3D on May 10th.



"The Purge" asks audiences to swallow a most preposterous premise. In a (utopic?!) future unemployment is at 1% and crime is at an all-time low in America. The reason? Because of the Purge, one night each year wherein anything goes. Steal, kill, piss on a panda... whatever wets your whistle! One family foolishly allows a highly targeted man to enter their home and they become a hotspot for psychotic killers. "The Purge" is on May 31st.

Flash your star Sheriff, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards!


SICK COW

Without fail Adam Sandler continues his downward spiral with "Grown Ups 2," though Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade also deserve some ridicule. More crude but clever-free jokes abound in this trailer leading up to a climatic scene where the "grown ups" are pressured into doing a cliff dive in the nude. Maybe "The Purge" ain't such a bad idea after all. Can I suggest July 12th for the date? In the very least this looks to be an improvement over the debauchery of "That's My Boy."



STRANGE STEER

"Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony" may go away with my Best Title of the Year award... This documentary provides a much needed explanation and exploration of the alarmingly large demographic of men, MEN!, who are obsessed with the rebooted "My Little Pony" series. I don't understand it friends, I don't understand it one bit, which is why I look forward to learning more when I see this documentary (wherever it becomes available). Perhaps most unexpected is how tender an examination this looks to be. Maybe I just need to see "My Little Pony" for myself?


LASSO OF THE WEEK


Compare Baz Luhrman's vision with that of Nicholas Winding Refn. His films also bear a strong sheen and style that feels out of this world while still keeping a foot in realism. The trailer for "Drive" and the film itself were the same way. As was his highly acclaimed "Bronson." Refn teams up with "Drive"-star Ryan Gosling once again for "Only God Forgives." This Thailand tale revolves around a police officer and a gangster boss who settle their differences in the boxing ring, but there appears to be much more going on. Refn has brought a beautiful brutality to the art-house and I can't wait to see this one as I made clear in my ten most anticipated films of 2013. The Thai titles flickering to English is also a nice touch. Still no U.S. release date...

1 comment:

Bryson and Tara said...

Bizarre! That whole Bronies thing kind of creeps me out...

And - I'm confused about "The Great Gatsby". I read that in high school and certainly don't remember it being cool and sexy...