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Monday April 28, 2014

Trailer of the Day: Gone Girl

I saw this trailer before seeing “The Other Woman” on Friday, so it was obviously the best thing I saw that night. (Well, other than Stephen Colbert's masterful takedown of Sean Hannity in the Cliven Bundy fiasco. That's one of the best things that's EVER been on television.)

Warning: There's an ad after the trailer. There may be an ad before the trailer. But the trailer itself (which is an ad) is really well done. It presents the central dilemma of the film without giving away too much.

Do I have to read the book before the movie opens on Oct. 3rd? Is it worth it? And who produced the trailer? Anyone know? Because good work. 

The song, by the way, is Richard Butler singing Elvis Costello's “She.” The director, of course, is David Fincher, who never seems to make a bad movie: “Se7en,” “Fight Club,” “Zodiac,” “The Social Network,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Well, he did do “Benjamin Button,” which was a bit of a waste. His first Academy Award nomination. So it goes.  

Posted at 05:48 AM on Apr 28, 2014 in category Trailers
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Saturday April 12, 2014

Trailer: Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

This is playing at the Seven Gables in Seattle. Might go see it this weekend if I get over to that side:

Hadn't even heard about it until this weekend. And you know me: I try to keep up.

Posted at 07:51 AM on Apr 12, 2014 in category Trailers
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Friday March 07, 2014

Trailer of the Day: The Last of the Unjust

I could do without the American trailer narration. It's just wrong for this documentary.

Anthony Lane's review here.

Anyone know when it might play Seattle?

Posted at 03:56 PM on Mar 07, 2014 in category Trailers
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Thursday December 05, 2013

Thoughts on 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Trailer

  • Good open. When he's falling silently? I like that. 
  • “The more people I try to save, the more enemies I will make.” Is that true? Maybe if an organized group was after him, but ...
  • Is there any chemistry between Garfield and Stone? I don't sense it. It's like they're on a first date.
  • Dane DeHaan looks AMAZING at 0:58. Who does he sound like here? Brad Pitt?
  • So more on Richard Parker. I guess we'll get this stuff bit by bit, in movie after movie, like Don Draper probing his past. The movies really are episodic now.
  • “I made a choice, this is my path...” Ick. And that's for the trailer?
  • Electro: “Soon everyone in the city will know how it feels to live in a world without power, without mercy ...” Sounds like the GOP platform.
  • Hey, has Spider-Man caught the Burglar yet? Is he gonna?

Great action scenes anyway but overall ho-hum. But it's gotta be better than the first one, right? Right?

Posted at 07:50 AM on Dec 05, 2013 in category Trailers
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Tuesday October 29, 2013

Thoughts on the 'Captain America' Trailer

Thoughts:

  • Instead of “Was he wearing a parachute?” shouldn't the line have been something like, “Was that a parachute on his back?” Also, the guy who answers should be less smug. Also, barbershop quartet? Steve Rogers became Cap in the 1940s not the 1900s. 
  • Holy shit! Robert Redford!
  • “I thought the punishment usually came after the crime.” Interesting.
  • “This isn't freedom; this is fear.” Wow. Even more interesting. Oh please, let this play out. Let it be smart. Let Cap not be on the “not fear” side until he's played and then comes over to the S.H.I.E.L.D. “fear” side.  The side that has to punish before the crime.
  • “You've shaped the century.” Uhh ... what century? Dude was on ice, literally, from 1945 to 2010.

All in all, though, this is my Captain America. I collected comic books from 1973 to 1978 and that Cap, mostly written by Steve Englehart and drawn by Sal Buscema, was not only a man lost in time but a man without a country. He was not a superpatriot. He was to the left of the superpatriots. He didn't trust superpatriotism. In one of the best storylines of the Marvel age, Englehart retconned the Captain America of the 1950s into a completely different Cap (since our Cap was on ice, remember?). Englehart made him a McCarthy-loving, Red-baiting, paranoid nut who winds up being freed after Nixon goes to China and then goes after our Captain America, the original Captain America.

The whole storyline was great commentary upon America of the 1950s. Maybe this movie will be great commentary on America of the 2000s. Doubtful but maybe.

Final thought: Three years ago, I thought Chris Evans, the hotshot Human Torch, was all wrong to play Captain America. Apologies.

Posted at 07:22 AM on Oct 29, 2013 in category Trailers
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