Sunday, June 9, 2013

TRAILER ROUND-UP: HERD 111





After an excellent fourth trailer (AKA Fate of Your Planet trailer), which was an easy choice for Lasso of the Week last Herd, we get another stellar look at "Man of Steel." This will be the last trailer before the film's release next Friday. There's a lot to take in visually, but the wisely set it to a good two-minutes of that new and stupendous Hans Zimmer score. While I'm afraid we've seen far too much of this latest stab at Superman in all these previews, they have absolutely worked to get me there on Day 1. (By the way, check out what MOVIECLIPS has done as part of a viral campain for the film.)


Three teenage friends run away from home and live in the woods in "The Kings of Summer." Nick Offerman is playing his usually stich as one of the dad's, perfect for alienating parent and high-school aged child. This doesn't feel all that new- But oh, here is the red-band trailer, which I found to be put together much more uniquely and thus, a better advertisement. With the use of dubstep and slo-mo I couldn't help but think of "Spring Breakers," which is undoubtedly what they were going for. Not a bad card to play as the art-house circuit was rather welcoming of that film. "The Kings of Summer" was hit at Sundance and is currently playing in select theaters. 


I was slightly confused by the trailer for "Broken" but apparently a young girl in North London is affected by an act of violence she sees in what is an otherwise relatable coming of age tale. It has the flourishes of an indie darling, "Submarine" by way of "Fish Tank" methought, which make for a very fine directorial debut. It already released overseas and gets a limited run here on July 19th.


Why not make this an unofficial trilogy of coming of age films? "The Way, Way Back" focuses on a teen who's mother is dating an all-around jerk in Steve Carell's character. However, his summer job at a water park provides him with a much more relatable paternal, if not just a friend, figure in Owen (played by Sam Rockwell). It's been around the festivals and gets a release just in time for the summer on July 5th.


There's not a lot to say about the trailer for "Forty Years From Yesterday" (though I do love the logo for Four Thirty Three Pictures). I've read it's an exploration of grief, love and loss when a man loses his wife of over 40 years. Him running down the street to a woman's mournful singing is hardly a sell, but I won't be forgetting it anytime either. "Forty Years From Yesterday" will be playing at the LA Film Festival, but don't count of finding it elsewhere until it's released on the home/rental market.


The signs of the end of the world are among us in "Rapture-Palooza," a disaster comedy that pokes fun at Holy Writ's prophecies and what today's denizens make of things. Anna Kendrick is our protagonist in the apocalypse while Craig Robinson (Darrel from "The Office" and having a pretty prolific year on the big screen) plays the Devil. As far as I can see he may be the only reason to see this disaster of a comedy. It's currently wallowing in a limited release.


Speaking of co-stars from "The Office" making it into movies, Creed Bratton plays a prominent role in "The Ghastly Love of Johnny X." This quirky black & white sci-fi musical joint looks to be a tribute to B-movies of yesteryear. The film can currently be seen at special screenings in select cities.

I just milked my last cow for the season, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards!


SICK COW

Aubrey Plaza stars as a sheltered goodie-goodie who realizes she needs a lot of sexual experience before going to college in "The To Do List." The red-band trailer is nothing but sexual dialogue (in the planning) and promiscuity (in the action). The most remarkable thing about it is that Plaza's character remains adorably naive throughout. Though for a sex comedy  I found it to be a virgin to laughter. Will this heat up or ruin your summer plans on July 26th?


STRANGE STEER



I never bothered with the first "Machete" as it just seemed an unnecessary feature-length extension of the silly "Grindhouse" trailer it was first conceived as. I was surprised it came out then and apparently did well enough to surprise me again with a sequel, "Machete Kills." Danny Trejo, who makes Tommy Lee Jones' face seem like that of a newborn babe by comparison, reprises his role as the titular bounty hunter who this time around is hired by the U.S. government to stop a dangerous arms dealer in Mexico. Filling in the cast is everyone from Mel Gibson to Lady Gaga... Charlie Sheen uses his real name of Carlos Etevez and plays the President of the United States. This international trailer is primarily in Spanish but sells this cultural B-Movie for what is, spliced together like an MTV acid trip. It's a great trailer for what surely can't be a great movie, can it? Some of us will find out come September 13th.


LASSO OF THE WEEK


Two of the greatest documentarians that ever were (and still are), Werner Herzog and Errol Morris, have produced what many are calling the best documentary of the year, "The Act of Killing." This film looks to stab at the difference between violence in real life and that surreal version crafted in the fires of cinema. Former Indonesian death squad leaders, responsible for the genocide of over a million souls, are challenged to recreate their accomplishments in a cinematic genre of their choice. Through contrapuntal music this trailers gives us a small sampling of the feature-length horror that awaits audiences. I felt nauseous watching this trailer and I may never look at violence in movies the same again. That is tremendous achievement for the minds behind "The Act of Killing," in select theater on July 19th.

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