Monday, May 22, 2006

Trailers Galore

by Nick
Superman Returns - Don't know if Brian is still in 'shutdown-mode' a la Batman Begins, but for those of you still harbouring doubts over whether this will be watchable, well, watch this. A much better (edited, at least) trailer than the last one.

District B13 - Saw this film last year. If you don't want the entire plot spoiled, don't watch this trailer. Not that there is much plot to spoil, and it's unimportant really, since the real enjoyment to be had here is in its amazingly choreographed parkour-inspired action- and martial arts-sequences. Some of the best since Ong-Bak. But I'd still recommmend waiting for the DVD. This one goes down best with beer, friends and popcorn.

The Devil Wears Prada - Why don't they do trailers like this more often? Just take a scene, maybe two, that say all you need to know about the picture (which should be easier than it apparently is), make it around two minutes long.. ta-da. Also, this is a pretty amusing scene. Film looks fun, in a Legally Blonde kind of way (surprisingly enough, even to myself, one of my favorite guilty pleasures).

Dead Man's Shoes - Don't think I've talked about this one, but it's a small gem. A Brit low-budget thriller from the master of Brit low-budget, Shane Meadows, this is a thriller done as thrillers should be done, closer to horror than action. With a ferocious turn from Paddy Considine - who does his best so far here (trivia: him and Meadows are old pals from school) - this is a film that's slowly grown on me, grander and grander each step of the way. A down-and-dirty revenge flick that starts crawling under your skin.

Trailer's a bit crap, though. Don't recommend watching it.

Pan's Labyrinth - Okay, this looks friggin' great. What I can see, at least. It's in this really maximized Flash-format. But looks like Del Toro just progresses after Hellboy. Oh, and it's in Spanish. But maybe that's a good thing. It is to me.

The Lake House - Or 'What's the Frequency, Keanu?' Seriously, is this a remake? Old radios, old postboxes.. Ah, yes... but wait, of a Korean movie? Both released in the same year. Very spooky.

This reminds me of the title of a Philip K. Dick novel; "Now Wait For Last Year." I bet some production assistant will think of just that, and then buy the property so that they can remake it into a rom-com about lately arrived mobile text-messages (practically time travel as well) when they make the direct-to-dvd sequel to this remake.

Sometimes it's hard to say what is most confusing. The paradoxes of time travel, or what was going on in all those studio-executive heads when they greenlighted all these fucking remakes.


Blogger Brian said...

Nah, not really in shutdown mode for Superman, because I'm just not all that excited about it. I was, but then the Kevin Spacey Factor kicked in, and now I'm just hoping it's not a total mess.

5/22/2006 04:19:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Spacey has been in a lot of overbearing crap since his last Oscar. So much that I've started re-evaluate his earlier stuff. Saw Edison a couple of months ago, and that might have been a new low.

Remember those parodies of Walken that he used to do? Someone should start doing Spacey.

But he'll probably stick around for quite some time. After all, if the career should get stuck in a rut, he might just jump out and 'surprise' us all. From a closet, say.

5/22/2006 04:54:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

I've never thought that Kevin Spacey was a good actor. Right from the start I had him pegged as a careless showboater, and the last few years he's been truly terrible.

Twenty years from now people will laugh at us for ever thinking he was good.

5/22/2006 06:08:00 PM  
Blogger jaydro said...

Wow, I thought Spacey was great in his ongoing guest-starring role on the TV series Wiseguy. It's been up and down since then, though I'm not really any kind of a fan because it seems like I hardly see any of his films lately.... But L.A. Confidential, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and The Negotiator was a good run. American Beauty was okay, and I was never enamored of The Usual Suspects.

There's an actor getting a lot of parts on TV the last few years who seems like the alternate Kevin Spacey: Currie Graham.

5/22/2006 10:34:00 PM  
Blogger Jackrabbit Slim said...

I agree Jaydro. I thought Spacey was brilliant in L.A. Confidential. I also thought he was great in the Usual Suspects. Yes, it was over the top, but the part called for it. However, I do think he didn't deserve the Oscar for American Beauty. Spacey as typical American dad? Don't buy it for a second.

5/23/2006 07:03:00 AM  

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