Friday 23 July 2010

SLACKER trailer review

Trailers are an important tool in building buzz and anticipation for films. A good trailer can sell a bad movie, a bad trailer can kill a good movie. Here we try and tell the difference between the two and pick out the most anticipated new films.

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So here we have the trailer for Ben Affleck's second outing as a director, and this time around he's in front of the camera as well. It's interesting to note that they mention this film is from 'the acclaimed director of Gone Baby Gone' without mentioning that it's Affleck himself. Do they think people would be put off with his name attached? I think that speaks to some of the work he's done in the past, but Affleck's definitely turned his career around a bit, and Gone Baby Gone was an impressive film. It's not the best trailer I've ever seen (the reveal towards the end of the trailer was obvious), but I'm intrigued to see what Jeremy Renner and Jon Hamm will bring to this film. Affleck likes his Bostonian crime films so I'll definitely give this a watch.
Due September 2010
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I think I managed to learn nothing from this trailer. Apart from The Rock is in it. And Billy Bob. It's an early teaser so we'll find out more as we go along but from what I can gather Dwayne Johnson gets out of prison and goes after revenge. It's a basic enough premise and if they stick with that simple idea and go with it it might end up entertaining. I'm not really into 'car movies' but The Rock's an interesting leading man, but it doesn't look like he'll be bringing any of his usual humour to this role.
Due November 2010
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This is the most recent documentary from Jeffrey Blitz, the director of Spellbound. He managed to make to really entertaining story out of a children's spelling bee, so I'm interested to see what he can do with this story of ordinary folk who suddenly find themselves to be lottery winners. Have they changed as people? How have they spent their millions? I was a fan of Spellbound, and Blitz has put some good work in as one of the directors of the US version of The Office. It's been bought by HBO so I imagine we'll see it on BBC 2 or More 4 at some point.
Due (probably on TV by the end of the year)
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This really has a dynamite concept. Man wakes up buried alive in a coffin, and all he's got is a mobile phone that's low on battery. Ryan Reynolds is that man, and it's his voice that's the star of this trailer, we really don't get anything else. This fleshes out of the basic idea that was introduced in the teaser trailer a couple of months back, and it's a pretty stylish trailer. There's no footage, just snaps of Reynolds in his coffin and his phone call voice over, but it's quite graphically stylistic, using a Saul Bass theme to add to the Hitchcock comparisons. I suppose when you're making a thriller you want as many Hitchcock links as possible.
Due September 2010
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Yeah, I'm definitely over this now. I've not seen the last two installments out of sheer disinterest, and this doesn't seem like it's going to pull me back to the franchise. The first film was a great low budget, high concept film, but it's snowballed into this bloated mess now. The make reference to this being the final installment, and I imagine that's complete bollocks. This series will definitely carry on, it just might be going straight to DVD in the future. Maybe if they ditched the Jigsaw character (Spoiler, he's been dead since the third film) they could introduce something new and exciting. The addition of 3D will not be the saviour of the franchise.
Due Halloween 2010
Anticipation Level


This looks pretty amazing. I really do need to revisit the original film, something I will definitely do before this hits the cinemas. The original was known for its ground-breaking special effects and this sequel looks like it's following suit. The CGI rendering of a younger Jeff Bridges still needs a bit of work when he's delivering dialogue, but there's time for all that to be fixed. It's the world that looks truly outstanding. 3D always works best with CGI backgrounds too, so I'm actually quite looking forward to seeing how they can use that technique for this film. Hell, I think I'm going to have to book a trip to the IMAX too. This looks epic.
Due Christmas 2010
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1 comment:

  1. Ben Affleck married Jennifer Garner. Matt Damon married a waitress with a kid......
    these are facts.