Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Movie Trailers

I thought for a change of pace from DVD reviews, in this post I'd share some upcoming Movie trailers, and give you my thoughts on them.

Flight 93

Now if you haven't heard about this film it's a movie based on the plane that crashed in the open field on 9/11. The movie's script will be based on the transcripts of the phone calls made to love ones before the plane crashed, also a lot of the movie will be improvisational. It's being directed by Paul Greengrass, who directed The Bourne Supremacy.

My gut feeling about this movie is that it's waaaaayyy too soon for a movie like this. I'm not exactly sure what the point is. I assume it has the blessings of the surviving family members. But I still don't think it's appropriate, it feels like a blatant attempt by the studio to cash in on the tragedy. It's sure to be powerful stuff, but I don't think there is going to be any new light shed on the incident. The idea that it's improvisational worries me also, I guess it makes sense in that we don't know exactly what happened up there. But will future generations look at the film as a historical reference to the events? It's tricky, tricky stuff. I'm just not sure this movie had to be made, when the memory of the event is still so fresh in our minds. I'm also sure the movie is going to be pushed for Awards consideration, which can be very distasteful. What if the movie is terrible? That's just going to make EVERYONE involved look bad. There's a lot of ways this whole idea could go bad and I honestly don't know how it can turn out good.

Clerks 2

I'm a fan of Kevin Smith's work. If one knows me well enough they know that I'm a sucker for toilet humor. Which I'm pretty sure this movie will have plenty of, so I'm excited. I know there's some criticism about him going back to the View Askew universe when he said that Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was going to be the last one with those characters. But the reality is that this material is what he does best, he's really just writing about what he knows. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. He's the first to admit that he's not William Shakespeare. I thought it was odd in the first place that he'd limit himself by closing the book on that universe. Would I like to see him do different work? Sure! I'd like to see him do a comic book movie or another Chasing Amy type drama. But I'm guessing that at this time, he's probably comfortable with who he is. I don't think he feels the need to stretch himself. I think he knows he has a talent for good, witty, dialogue, and he has a built in audience who appreciates him for what he does. More power to the guy.

Miami Vice

I'm looking forward to this one!!! I'm not a huge Colin Farrell or Jamie Foxx fan but I just think this movie is going to be awesome. For one it's a cool idea, if there's a t.v. show that deserves a remake it's this one. The show was cool, action packed, and funny. The fact that it's being directed by Michael Mann, one of my favorite directors, who also happens to be the creator of the original show insures that it's going to be a can't miss hit. I'm going to have to dig in my closet and bust out my white blazer and orange t-shirt for this movie.

The Fountain

This trailer looks pretty cool. It's directed by Darren Aronofsky of Requiem for a Dream fame. The movie was originally supposed to star Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. But I guess Pitt had some creative differences and he left the project which shut the film down, leaving a bunch of people without jobs. Which obviously pissed a lot of people off. Now it stars Hugh Jackman and one of my favorite leading ladies Rachel Weisz. It also has a smaller budget, but I can't tell judging from the trailer, it looks amazing.

Inside Man

I had a dream about this movie. Which probably means I really want to see it. In my dream I was trying to figure out the twist in the movie. I don't remember what I came up with in the dream, but I remember being blown away by it. The real movie is directed by Spike Lee, it has a great cast. It has Denzel Washington, Wilem Dafoe, Clive Owen, Jody Foster. I heard buzz that the script was amazing, which is probably why I dreamt about it.

Rescue Dawn

I love Werner Herzog. I think Christian Bale is doing amazing work right now. I think he's legitimately one of, if not the Best actor out there right now. He chooses his work carefully, he works with great directors and he's always good....always, even when the movie isn't. I'm hoping that Bale and Chris Nolan become the next Scorsese and Dicaprio. Watching this trailer I cringe thinking about what he's done to his body going from bone skinny to bulked up and back to bone skinny again. Gotta love the guy's commitment and respect for the art.

Superman Returns

I almost cried when I saw this trailer. Not because it was great or that I'm really looking forward to this movie. I got misty eyed because it was the first time that I REALLY realized Brando was gone. For whatever reason hearing his voice made me miss him. I think the trailer is done really well too. The classic Superman music, teaser images without giving away too much of the plot. the religious imagery is touching, but the kicker is Brando's voiceover. I know he had not done good work in a long time, but there was always that hope....that chance that he might do one last great performance.

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