Category Archives: Movie Trailer Reviews

What I think of the trailers I saw at the theater.

Movie Trailer Review; Episode 28

We went to see 500 Days of Summer last night. Beautiful, magical, transplendent and other adjectives to describe how much I loved loved loved that movie.  Saw 3 new trailers.

The Step Father

I am going to use fewer word to say the same thing… terrible.

Love Happens

Aaron Eckhart stars opposite Jennifer Aniston in this romantic comedy.  The trailer shows us Eckhart as a best selling motivational speaker romancing Aniston’s flower shop owning/unlucky in love character.  It seems trite… but it’s a RomCom… and probably not the worst RomCom ever made.

Adam

Adam is a much less than average Romantic Comedy about nerdy introverted Adam who suffers from Ausbergers syndrome and his unlikely relationship with Beth.  The trailer is lovable and oh so indie.  I’ve always been fascinated by Ausbergers syndrome and I’m surprised that it hasn’t been explored more in film.

That’s all I’ve got to say.

Movie Trailer Review; Episode 27

The Brothers Bloom is a delightful romp… I’m not 100% on it, but I liked it well enough.  My favorite thing about going to Uptown to see a film is getting to see a bunch of trailers for movies that you’ve never heard of.

The Girl From Monaco

This film seems to be one of the millions of films that are made abroad every year that is in every way superior to the movies that come out of Hollywood.  The film looks sexy, with beautiful photography, the trailer had deceit and adventure and a sympathetic protagonist.  Only a small handful of those millions of foreign films make it to America at all, and every year only one of those films becomes a movie that average people might actually see, I don’t think this is that film.  This is the film that you see and it sticks with you but nobody else you ever meet will have even heard of the movie.  /commentary.  The Girl From Monaco is written and directed by Anne Fontaine who has several credits to her name in the vane of films that as an American I have never heard of.  The trailer introduces us to Bertrand, a lawyer who is defending someone in a murder case, and his bodyguard and his bodyguards former lover, The Girl From Monaco.  Soon it seems apparent that Bertrand is being played as a pawn in a greater scheme, but what could it be?

The Hurt Locker

In 1991 Katherine Bigelow made Point Break and for that I hate her for giving Keanu Reeves work.  I kid, I kid.  Point Break is a move that I dislike because it is dumb and bad, but a lot of people like it because they think it’s dumb and bad and awesome.  The Hurt Locker is Bigelows latest film which based on the trailer is smart, and awesome and awesome.  Set in the modern Iraq war, The Hurt Locker follows a bomb squad around in their work, it stars Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce and Ralph Fiennes.  The trailer is action packed, fun and gives you just a hint of what the movie is about and really makes me want to see it.  This was a grade A trailer.

Rudo y Cursi

In my write up of The Girl From Monaco I ranted about foreign films that Americans never see, I do think Rudo Y Cursi is a foreign film that Americans might see. Rudo y Cursi is the story of two brothers from a small town that get the chance to follow their dream and play professional soccer.  The film is directed and written by Carlos Cuaron and produced by Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men).  The trailer is a lot of fun and I really think it will be bigger than most foreign films get.

Away We Go

Enter Garden State, or Napoleon Dynamite, or JunoAway We Go is the indi darling film of the year.  Written by David Eggers (the master behind McSweeney’s) and directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty), Away We Go is the story of an unmarried couple expecting a child and how their relationship grows as the pregnancy progresses.  It stars John Krasinski (The Office) and Maya Rudolph (SNL).  The trailer is fun and funny and it has a lot of good gags.  This is a stretch for me to think about Sam Mendes doing this light material (his last film, Revolutionary Road, was one of the heaviest unwatchable painful movies ever) but I’m excited to see what he does with the material.

Food Inc

A couple weeks ago I finally got around to seeing the documentary King Corn which attempts to take a look at the industrialization of corn farming in America.  The film analyzes how we got to this point and where all the corn goes and it does so with a pretty even hand, you can tell that they just want to shout that High Fructose Corn Syrup is evil, but they don’t do that, they just explain the pro’s and con’s of it.  Food Inc on the other hand seems to be dusting off the soap box (the one that is mostly crushed by Michael Moore) to take on food industry head on.  This film I will be approaching with the same delicate gloves that I use when I watch a Michael Moore film.  Food Inc is directed by Robert Kenner.

I feel like I’m missing one, but I can’t remember what it is.

-Josh

Movie Trailer Review, Episode 26

Just saw the movie Taken and it was grade “A” awesome!  Four new trailers to review.

Terminator Salvation

This film is being directed by Mcg (who the hell calls them self Mcg?) and is being produced outside of the typical Terminator cannon because it is being produced without James Cameron on board in any way shape or form.  We all know that ill tempered Christian Bale is playing John Conner which is kinda cool and the film was written by Paul Haggis who has written some of the best screenplays in Hollywood in the last decade (Casino Royal, In the Valley of Elah, Crash, and Flags of our Fathers).  The trailer was cool… showed a tank rolling over some skulls, Christian Bale sounding like a Batman who is done trying and it pretty much tells us the entire plot of the movie.  I’ve never rated trailers on a number scale, but if one was terrible, ten was awesome and five was mediocre then I would give this trailer a four.

Haunting in Connecticut

Co-written by a guy who wrote Carnosaur and another guy who wrote Kalifornia (left and right punch, watch for the uppercut!) and directed by a first time feature directory (OOOOH!  There it is!  This film is gonna suck!).  The trailer is just awful and clearly draws on some of the most typical cliché is modern horror including a quick reflection in a television and strange markings tattooed all over a body.  I’m a little bit surprised that the trailer didn’t just give the end of the movie away because it sure didn’t hold anything else back.  The trailer seems to say to the audience “I think you’re too stupid to understand the images on the screen so I am going to walk you through each one step by step so that you’ll understand it an want to see the film”.  Of course it ends up having the inverse reaction and makes me want to destroy the print before I or anyone else has the misfortune of seeing it.

Angels & Demons

I only hope that Ron Howard learned what he did wrong in the first movie.  I liked how short this trailer was and I hope that the movie delivers.

12 Rounds

John Cenas daughter gets kidnapped by an escaped convict that he put behind bars.  Trailer suffers from the same thing the trailer for Haunting in Connecticut does.  The convict makes Cena do a bunch of errands like Die Hard; With a Vengeance.  This was a terrible trailer and looks like a terrible movie… so I guess it fits.

Verdict; movie was way better than the trailers.

-Josh

Movie Trailer Review, Episode 25

Just saw Quantum of Solace and it kicked ass.  Saw five trailers to report on (and I saw one of them twice which was kinda lame).

Seven Pounds

This is another Will Smith movie.  Directed by Gabriele Muccino who also directed Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness.  This movie looks very good in much the same way that The Pursuit of Happyness looks very good and I’m not going to see it in much the same way I didn’t see The Pursuit of Happyness.

The Day The Earth Stood Still

Who’s bright idea was it to remake this movie?  They should not be allowed within five miles of authority to green light a film.  This is a modern remake of the 1951 classic “B’” movie of the same name.  For the record the trailer is just the worst…. the absolute worst.  How does anyone expect to take a schlocky sci-fi film and turn it into something that might have box office draw?  Or at least street cred?  Theory – it can’t be done.  2nd Theory – it shouldn’t be attempted again least Hollywood dies with a remake of Manos: Hands of Fate.

Fast & Furious

What what what?!?!?!  I don’t know what it is about this franchise, but they put out the best movie trailers.  In this one (number 4 for those who are counting) Paul Walker teams back up with Vin Diesel for… um… crime? Maybe not crime?  Who cares?  The trailer rocks.  Fast & Furious is directed by Justin Lin who also directed The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift which I did not see, but many people said they liked.  Game on.

Bedtime Stories

Adam Sandler stars in this Disney film where the bedtime stories that his niece and nephew help him make up end up coming true.  The trailer is very cute and if I had a niece in the area I would very willingly bring her to see this film.  It’s directed by Adam Shankman who has built a pretty solid career turning out crappy Hollywood films (read as: The Pacifier, Bringing Down The House, Cheaper By The Dozen 2, and my favorite A Walk To Remember).

Valkyrie

Maybe it’s the scientology thing but I don’t really care to see Tom Cruise in movies anymore unless he is unrecognizableValkyrie is the ‘true’ story of an attempted assassination of Adolph Hilter by some members of the SS.  See?  Tom Cruise tries to kill Hilter so Tom Cruise can’t be all bad!  Incidentally the film is directed by Bryan Singer so it has a lot of buzz and it’s written by Christopher McQuarrie who also wrote Singers breakout flick The Usual Suspects.  I think I have digressed too much.  The trailer gives away almost the entire plot of the movie, while it did make me interested to see the film I believe that these sort of trailers ought to be banned.

-Josh

Movie Trailer Review, Episode 24

Tropic Thunder is awesome.  Ben Stiller has not yet made a bad movie, am I right or am I right?

Eagle Eye

Directed by Shia Laboufs live in boyfriend D.J. Caruso who also directed him Disturbia.  This trailer is pretty great, they cut it together in a way that makes me forget it stars Labouf and it is directed by Caruso.  The trailer starts with Shia getting a call from an anonymous voice telling him to escape from the feds who are out to get him.  It all seems very Matrix-y and it’s got a cool vibe.  But the movie is going to be terrible, I have already decided, and I’m sure people are going tell me months from now “It’s actually pretty good” and then I’ll be disappointed in them.

Blindness

Did you see City of God?  Did you see The Constant Gardner?  Are you like me and think they are amazing?  Me too!!!  The trailer for Blindness has a crazy dystopian Children of Men kind of feel.  A disease sweeps the world that causes people to go blind, and the infected get swept away into quarantine colonies.  Julianne Moore stays with the blind for some reason and becomes some kind of leader of the infected.  The trailer is amazing.  Ah-freaking-mazing.

Movie Trailer Review, Episode 23

I saw Pineapple Express last night.  I was very disappointed.  Three new trailers to talk about.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Michael Cera is back as a musician snob who has one crazy night with a beautiful girl while trying to avoid his ex-girlfriend.  One thing can be said about this trailer, it sucks.  It did not make me want to see the movie, and that’s pretty significant because normally all you need to say is Michael Cera and I’m on board.  The trailer suffers from the popular syndrome of talking too much about the films plot and failing to show us why we would actually want to see the movie.  The film is directed by Peter Sollett and it’s based on a novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan and adapted for the screen by Lorene Scafaria.  Despite this trailer, Michael Cera is still enough to get me to see this film.

Death Race

Written and directed by the arch-nemesis of quality, Paul W.S. Anderson, who also brought us Alien vs. Predator, Resident Evil and Mortal Kombat (I guess I could soften the blow by mentioning that he also made Event Horizon).  Death Race is a remake of the ’70s era cult classic Death Race 2000 and it stars Jason Statham and a few other people.  The trailing was crappy and totally not interesting and I’m making an early judgement call that this film is going to be equally crappy and uninteresting.

Hamlet 2

Wow.  Just plain wow.  Hamlet 2 looks like a brilliant mixture of Family Guy and Waiting for Guffman.  There is an obvious heavy influence from a particular episode of Family Guy in which Peter directs a stage version of the King and I which turns out schlocky and terrible and people love it.  But I digress.  Hamlet 2 is about a high school theater teacher, played by Steve Coogan, who needs to put on the best production of his life in order to save his schools theater department.  So he comes up with a sequel to Hamlet in which Hamlet uses a time machine to meet Jesus (which leads to the hit single “Rock Me, Sexy Jesus”).  I really think that this film will be both brilliant and terrible at the same time.  The trailer for the film does a nice job of hitting key points and giving some good laughs, it’s not the best trailer, but it’ll do.  The film is directed by Andrew Fleming who directed an episode of Arrested Development and one of my favorite films Dick.  Fleming co-wrote the film with Pam Brady who I have mentioned before as being brilliant, she created the show The Loop (which I loved the first season of) and the film Hot Rod as well as working with the South Park guys on the features they have made.  Did I really just write this much about this film?

 

-Josh