Thursday, 26 August 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.
More after the jump...



LITTLE FOCKERS

Oh I geddit! Robert De Niro was in the Godfather Pt II in 1974, a film he won an Oscar for, and apparently he's got absolutely no scruples about pissing all over his own legacy. This franchise just lowered itself to De Niro in Rocky and Bullwinkle spouting 'You talking to me?' Obviously, this is an international trailer, hence the subtitles. There's loads of new footage in it though; it's just a shame it all looks terrible. It's interesting to note that despite this looking ready to go, they've still got to film all of Dustin Hoffman's scenes to bulk up the comedy. I love Dustin Hoffman, but he's only about as funny as Robert De Niro, so I don't hold out much hope for this.
Due December 2010
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GOING THE DISTANCE

Also known as 500 Days Of Summer pt 2. I'm pretty sure the plot's been lifted from an episode of How I Met Your Mother, but I'm a fan of that so I'll probably watch this. There's a trend in romantic comedies to leave the leads bland but make the supporting characters quite interesting, and there's some potential in the casting here. I suppose a lot will be read into Drew Barrymore and Justin Long's real relationship, and they're both likeable enough to earn my interest. This is directed by Nannette Burstein who made the great high school documentary American Teen, and I'm curious to see what she'll do with a fairly obvious and generic story.
Due September 2010
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127 HOURS

I hate it when trailers do that. Do they really think that this isn't an interesting enough story to stand on it's own merits? Why bother devoting the first 30 seconds to advertising Danny Boyle? I might have been a bit more on board if they'd have cross faded Franco in Trainspotting with James Franco. This is a really intriguing true story with a crucial plot point that I'm not going to reveal here. There's no way this will get to cinemas without every audience member knowing the hook (so to speak), but I'm not going to be the one to reveal it. James Franco will hopefully make a good lead, as I think we're going to be spending a lot of time alone with him.
Due November 2010
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FAIR GAME

Here's a perfect example of a bad trailer potentially killing a good movie. The music was loud and over the top and trailerman's voice seemed particularly gravelly today. The irony is that in taking a fairly standard story about government corruption, they've 'sexed up' the trailer far too much. I'm sure this will do fine when it gets released and Sean Penn will receive another Oscar nomination, but he seems to be going through the motions recently, relying on his greying temples to convey emotion. Let's see a better trailer please.
Due November 2010
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THE FREEBIE
And so we arrive back in the world of mumblecore. This film is directed by and stars Katie Aselton, co-star of The Puffy Chair and wife of Mark Duplass. The Duplass brothers are two of the leading figures in the mumblecore movement (essentially a indie movie sub-genre that sets its core theme early and is followed by a lot of conversations about that theme), and personally, I think of The Puffy Chair and the Mark Duplass starring Humpday as two of the best examples of the genre. There's been some talk of mumblecore going mainstream, with the Ben Stiller starring Greenberg fitting into the scene; but I'm more inclined to watch the smaller films with smaller stars. Dax Shepard is just about famous enough for me. Mumblecore has been somewhat dominated by its white males so far, so I'm curious as to what the female perspective will add. This was a bit of a hit at Sundance this year, and I hope it'll get a theatrical run over here, but I'm not counting any chickens yet.
Due probably on DVD in early 2011
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Thanks to Yahoo for the Freebie trailer. All other trailers appear courtesy of Trailer Addict and their affiliates. Head over there for more trailery goodness.

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