Friday, June 21, 2013

TRAILER ROUND-UP: HERD 112



Last week our first look at "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" landed to a roar of fanboys across the internet, I consider myself one such one. The adventure continues right where we left off and shows us glimpses of every eventful moment from Beorn's to the Lonely Mountain itself. Along the way we see the likes of Orlando Bloom reprising his role of Legolas from the original trilogy. Why do the visual effects here fair worse than the films that came a decade ago? I still can't wrap my mind around that, but that's not going to stop me from being there opening weekend. This is after all the continued adaptation of my most beloved story. For a more in-depth look at this trailer check out the MOVIECLIPS Instant Trailer Review that I was a part of. Smaug's Desolation can be felt around the world come December 13th.



"Desperate Acts of Magic" received a limited release last month in NY and LA. This low-budget comedy follows Jason who recently fired from his office job begins his magician career. Funny how we've been getting a lot of magic-related movies lately, but not funny how hard this one tries to amuse. The trailer has some moments, maybe even more than "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," but there's nothing here to draw in anyone other than someone who'll see almost anything (like me).



There's a lot of disdain for fat people in this country," says one of the subjects in "All of Me," an upcoming documentary about a support group for overweight women, some of whom decide upon receiving a weight loss operation. Yeah, probably not a popcorn flick, emotions look to be running pretty high. This will be playing at the LA Film Festival, no word on when/where else.




"Caroline and Jackie" is the story of two sisters and a group of friends who get together for a weekend of socializing, though it's really a ruse to stage an intervention for one of the sister's eating disorders. Temperaments escalate to what can only be a breaking point. I find these kind of pot-boiler character casseroles fascinating. "Caroline and Jackie" received a limited release earlier this year, but keep an eye out for when it goes in stores or online later this year.



What's "Blue Jasmine"? It's the latest film from writer/director Woody Allen, who I just confirmed by checking his filmography, has put out a film every single year since 1975. Damn. Here Jasmine (Cate Blanchette) heads to San Francisco after a life crisis and winds up reconnecting with her sister. As a trailer it fails to involve us much, but just let the names and talent involved do the selling. Second only to spousal relationships (i.e. "Husbands and Wifes") perhaps sister-relationships (i.e. "Hannah and Her Sisters") are what Allen has dealt with most. "Blue Jasmine" hits theaters on July 26th.



A Mafia family is relocated to Normandy by the witness protection family in the "The Family." Mob movie patriarch Robert De Niro is the dad in a family full of petty crooks and arsons. The trailer is ripe with scenarios for their havoc. It's mildly entertaining if not completely satisfying. Martin Scorsese and Luc Besson are producing this crime comedy that hits theaters on September 20th.



Vince Vaughn is the biological father of 533 people due to an anonymous donation he made at a fertiliity clinic over 20 years ago in "Delivery Man." This is just a teaser trailer and works quite well by just showing two snippets of scenes from the film. The start is just filler that could almost begin any trailer, but it especially resonates when you learn the synopsis. Chris Platt plays Vaughn's lawyer who has a heck of problem on his hands when over a hundred of these "lost" children sue to know the identity of their sperm lord. Sounds a lot like "Starbuck," an indie Canadian comedy which only recieved a limited release in the States. Well, thanks to the stars involved this version of the story will be getting a wide release come November 22nd.


Kristen Wiig plays the "Girl Most Likely." Most likely to what? Move in with her mother played by Annette Benning after her young career as a playwright has failed to blossomed. Mother and daughter are both on the dating prowl, Matt Dillon and Darren Criss (from "Glee") playing their counterparts. Dillon's in a wacky and comedic role is the highlight of the trailer for me. We'll see if this girl (and this movie) ever get back on their own two feet. Will you be likely to see this on July 19th.


A second trailer for Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" also hit the web last week, proving to be longer and better than the first. This distopic/utopic sci-fi parable action promises to provide as much social and political commentary as "District 9," the writer/director's freshman effort. But that shouldn't make genre fans fear for a second that this won't deliver in the action and spectacle department. Matt Damon, in arguably his most combat-heavy role to date, faces off against the security enforcers on that elitest "Halo"-like space station (Speaking of which there's plentiful comparison to be made to video games, from "Half-Life 2" to "Mass Effect," fitting when you consider Blomkamp was originally and continually interested in adapting "Halo" to the big screen). The details you can scrap from this trailer are almost without end, the believable world we are going to be able to experience may be my favorite part advertised. For a more in-depth look at this trailer check out the MOVIECLIPS Instant Trailer Review that I was a part of. I know where I'll be on August 9th.

Fox-trot to the next spot Miss Jane, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards!


STRANGE STEER


It's "The Breakfast Club" meets "Dawn of the Dead" in "Detention of the Dead." There's a joke about how no student would be caught dead (or undead as it were) in the library. Meh, I'm about as excited as the joke is funny. This gets a very limited release come June 28th.



LASSO OF THE WEEK

The trailer for "Prisoners" has completely sold me on its story of a desperate father who will do anything to locate his kidnapped daughter, even if it means taking the law into his own hands. Hugh Jackman is the central focus, Jake Gyllenhaal plays the detective assigned to the case, and Paul Dano ("There Will Be Blood" and "Ruby Sparks") is the pitiful/pitiless fellow who may have done it. Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard and Melissa Leo round up the emotionally-powered cast. It begins on bleak autumn day and ends even bleaker, "Prisoners" demands to be seen come September 20th.

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