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Wednesday March 06, 2013

Trailer of the Day: The World According to Dick Cheney

Unfortunately, we don't get ShowTime, where it premieres on March 15, so we'll have to seek it out some other way. That's assuming I want to spend 90 minutes listening to Dick Cheney.

But the director is R.J. Culter, who directed “The September Issue,” and who produced “The War Room” back in 1992. Good sign.

Posted at 12:58 PM on Mar 06, 2013 in category Trailers
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Monday March 04, 2013

Star Wars VII by Michael Haneke

Initially I was very impressed. I also wondered who this might appeal to? Who knows both “Amour” and “Star Wars”? Not many in the states, that's for sure.

Turns out it was shown at the 2013 Cesars, so there's our answer. Unfortunately, this fact made me less impressed with the final product. If it's shown at the Cesars, instead of just on YouTube, shouldn't this be better? Funnier? It's still good. I also like that you can swear at the Cesars and apparently not get bleeped.

I'm curious. Did they do more faux trailers for the new “Star Wars”? Directed by other famous European directors?

And a show of hands: Who's seen both “Star Wars” and “Amour”?

Posted at 06:49 AM on Mar 04, 2013 in category Trailers
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Saturday February 16, 2013

Trailer of the Day: 'Midway' by Chris Jordan

WARNING: If you're like Patricia and have trouble viewing the death of animals, don't watch past 1:00 ...

I don't need “ocean of grief.” That's unworthy of the images. Otherwise this looks powerful and necessary. There's almost a Terrence Malick vibe. The filmmaker, Chris Jordan, is from Seattle, by the way.

Posted at 08:01 AM on Feb 16, 2013 in category Trailers
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Monday January 28, 2013

Movie Trailers: Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

The Coen Bros.' latest, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” starring Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan (troubled husband and wife in “Drive,” more troubled here), is apparently screening for L.A. insiders this week, according to this New York Times article by Michael Cieply. Cieply writes:

If the film has had a slight air of mystery in recent months, that is partly because the Coens, working with the producer Scott Rudin, their collaborator on both “True Grit” and “No Country for Old Men,” made the film with backing from the French company Studio Canal but with no predetermined American distributor.

After shooting in New York City and elsewhere last year, Mr. Coen said, the brothers finished the movie at their own pace. They could have rushed it into the Oscar season but didn’t. Instead a public debut at the Cannes film festival in May is possible, he said. And by then, assuming that buyers like it as much as Mr. Wald did,“Inside Llewyn Davis” may have an American distributor, an army of publicists and a release date.

But it's the closing line that makes me smile:

“How good you are doesn’t always matter,” he added. “That’s what the movie is about.”

Here's the trailer that's making the rounds:

If that left you hanging, as it's designed to, you can hear Mr. Isaac singing live at Caffe Vivaldi here.

By the way: Would anyone but the Coens get away with “Llewyn” in the title?

Posted at 05:55 PM on Jan 28, 2013 in category Trailers
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Tuesday December 11, 2012

'Man of Steel' Trailer #2

I'm not a fan of Zack Snyder (“Sucker Punch,” etc.) so I'm a bit worried that he's at the helm of the first true cinematic reboot of Superman since 1978. But this trailer? Looks pretty damn good.

Start with young Clark saying, “The world's too big, Mom,” and her asking him to focus on just her. Perfect. Imagine if you could hear the entire world? How would you focus? I actually wrote a bit about this, about Superman's dilemma, in 2010:

We're interested in him because he's all-powerful but being all-powerful is dramatically uninteresting. So we need to either push toward or pull away from his power: weaken him to create a feasible drama, or keep him as is and make his all-powerfulness the drama. I'm inclined toward the latter.

The trailer indicates that Snyder has done the latter.

I also like Pa Kent's advice. How, maybe, he should let people die. How, no matter what, he shouldn't let people know what he can do. I think it's bad advice but no one ever said Pa Kent couldn't give bad advice. Fathers do it all the time.

All in all, Superman's dilemmas seem four-fold:

  1. How to handle his powers.
  2. What to do with his powers.
  3. The frightful reaction from humans.
  4. General Zod.

I'm there.

Posted at 09:50 AM on Dec 11, 2012 in category Trailers
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