Trailerthon – October 15th 2010

Movie Trailer-poster It’s been a long, long time since I’ve posted one of these. Around Christmas last year in fact. But ThereWolf kindly requested I make them a little more frequent than once every 10 months, so I will endeavour to do so. There’s some good stuff on here, but there’s also some garbage, and some totally unnecessary remakes. Enjoy.

All Good Things

December 3rd 2010

All Good Things Poster Directed by Andrew Jarecki and starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella, this film was scheduled for release nearly a whopping year and half ago. I have no idea why, or what that means for the finished product, but judging from the trailer it looks alright. Ryan Gosling really needs to star in something high profile soon though. He’s a decent actor that is very quickly fading into obscurity. Fuck that cretin Bradley Cooper, cast him as The Flash.

 

And Soon The Darkness

December 17th 2010

And Soon The Darkness Poster This remake of the 1970 British film, directed by Marcos Efron, stars the jean tightening duo of Amber Heard and Odette Yustman as travellers in South America getting into trouble with the locals. Can the mysterious stranger played by Karl Urban be trusted? I’m leaning towards… no.

 

127 Hours

November 5th 2010

127 Hours Poster I wasn’t too keen on this film initially, but after seeing the second trailer for Danny Boyles telling of the real life exploits of Aron Ralston in the Utah wilderness I’m beginning to come around. James Franco looks to put in a brilliant performance as the nutbag Ralston who gets his arm stuck under a boulder and must amputate said arm with a swiss army knife.

 

The Warriors Way

December 3rd 2010

The Warriors Way Poster This looks ridiculous, but in a good way. Directed by Sngmoo Lee (try to pronounce that after a few beers), and starring “International superstar” Jang Dong-Gun (never heard of him), along with Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston and the awesome Geoffrey Rush, this looks like a very entertaining Western/Kung-Fu mash-up.

 

Faster

November 24, 2010

Faster Poster Directed by George Tillman, Jr and starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton and Carla Gugino, this film tells the story of… Oh, who gives a shit? It looks like crap on a stick.

 

The Next Three Days

November 19th 2010

The Next Three Days Poster This looks like a carbon copy remake of the excellent 2008 French thriller Pour Elle. I like Russell Crowe, but I really hate Paul Haggis. Pointless.

 

The Debt

December 29th 2010

The Debt Poster A great cast led by Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, Ciaran Hinds, Sam Worthington and Martin Csokas and an interesting story about Mossad agents and their mission to capture and kill a Nazi war criminal make this a must see. But, it is a remake of a 2007 Israeli film. Why all the remakes!?

 

Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchett

Available Now

Blood Night Poster This looks fairly dodgy, but I know someone that might watch it as an entry in the esteemable schlock vault.

 

The Dark Lurking

Available Now

The Dark Lurking PosterThis is one of the most irritating trailers I’ve seen in a long time. Another possible schlock vault entry I dare say!

 

Cherry Tree Lane

It’s been screened in the UK. Not sure when it’s available elsewhere.

Cherry Tree Lane Poster Since we recently had a discussion on ‘Funny Games’, I thought you’d enjoy another entry in the “home invasion” genre. This time from Paul Andrew Williams, the director of London to Brighton and The Cottage, both unseen by me. It seems to have gotten positive reviews, but then again, so did Funny Games.

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26 responses to “Trailerthon – October 15th 2010”

  1. Jarv says :

    The cottage is obnoxious wank.

    That’s a terrible list, although I do feel strangely drawn to that blood night one

  2. MORBIUS says :

    Agreed on the 127 Hours clip.

    For me it looks to be the best of the bunch.

    The Dark Lurking started giving me a headache about 15 seconds in…

    Wolf was right, you need to do these more often.

    Keep ’em coming Droid.

  3. Continentalop says :

    God I hate fucking trailers. The majority of these make my head hurt.

    Not to bitch and moan, but fuck, I’ve been in this business for over a dozen years and they hire and let these guys make movies?

    Either Hollywood has no idea who has any talent and hires the dumbest/worst hacks, or I’m really deluding myself how good I am. Either way, I’m not going to like the answer.

    Time to drink.

    • Jarv says :

      Aren’t you an editor?

      I always believed there was an art form to Trailers, but nowadays I can’t honestly think of the last one I saw that made me think “fuck, got to see that”.

      • Continentalop says :

        Yep. I’m an editor. But it isn’t like that is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

        As for trailers, I am sure there have been good trailers since, but the last one to blow my mind that I can instantly think of is this old gem:

      • Droid says :

        I can’t really remember the last time I saw a trailer where I said “Wow. I’ve gotta see that!” because I know too much about the films that are coming out. A WOW response would require me being surprised by a film I didn’t know anything about.

        But, as I said in the article, the 127 Hours trailer is strong and it has changed my opinion on the film from not interested to interested. That’s the power of a good trailer for me. I don’t think I’m ever going to be “Wow’d!” by a trailer anymore.

      • Jarv says :

        Sorry that’s not what I meant- didn’t mean to sound rude.

        I just thought of all of us, you’d be the best placed to criticise Trailers, due to expertise.

      • Continentalop says :

        Actually, I’ll give credit to a couple of recent trailers:

        Taken, despite being a pretty predictable movie, had a trailer that gave nothing away. Sure, the film follows a very cliched route, but the trailer just basically shows the setup – Neeson is a former CIA SAD agent and bad ass who wants his daughter back. That was a pretty good trailer.

        Inception – it was just a mumbled series of images that had no context. Perfect trailer for a movie about dreams.

        Devil’s Rejects was a pretty kick ass trailer for a pretty poor movie.

      • Droid says :

        But did they WOW you, or just make you interested in seeing the movie?

      • Droid says :

        And the Taken trailer was a much better set up than that actual movie. If I were to do a “fanedit” I’d chop out all the singer crap at the start, and any specific reference to his expertise. The strength of the Taken trailer is that revelation at the end where its clear they’ve messed with the wrong bloke.

      • Droid says :

        Actually, I can remember the last time I was WOW’d at a trailer. It was Starship Troopers and theres a shot of Ironside looking over the wall at the endless mass of bugs. I was 18 and I felt like that movie was made specifically for me.

      • Jarv says :

        Yes- I go with that. The trailers were really good for that film.

      • Continentalop says :

        Don’t worry, it didn’t sound rude. I never even thought you were saying anything remotely bad. I’m just in a shitty mood.

      • Jarv says :

        Rejects trailer WAS good, actually and tricked me into watching the piece of shit that I’d already dismissed as unspeakable crap.

        Should have gone with my first instinct.

      • Continentalop says :

        Inception kind of wowed me, partly because it was an original script so there was nothing I could reference for the images. I mean, why the fuck are they fighting on a ceiling? Why is the city folding on itself? It gave it a sense of urgency and wonder.

        Devil’s Rejects WOWED me and made me not want to see it. I knew no way in hell was Rob Zombie going to make as cool as movie as the idea that got implanted in my head after watching that trailer. And I was right.

      • Droid says :

        I haven’t seen the Devils Rejects trailer. Nor the film. And I’m very happy with that situation.

      • kloipy says :

        trailers can be their own form of art. One of my favorites is the trailer for the Shining. It’s so minimalistic and yet BAM it just sticks with you

      • koutchboom says :

        Yeah kloipy Danny and I came up with this theory that the only true art in movies these days is the trailer. Movies only exsit to make a trailer.

  4. Continentalop says :

    Droid, I thought this was the last trailer that WOWed you and made you think it was made specifically for you:

  5. Tom_Bando says :

    I always liked this one.

  6. kloipy says :

    Conti- i don’t mean to sound like a kiss-ass but I also think that Editing is a much underappreciated art as well. A director can film a whole bunch of shit, but without good editing it’s nothing. Example: The Brown Bunny is a director getting off on himself

  7. ThereWolf says :

    I rarely WOW my arse off at a trailer, I tend to watch them just to get an idea of what the film is about. Most times I stop ’em halfway through, whether I like what I’m seeing or not.

    Of the above – 127 Hours, Warrior’s Way & The Debt interest me the most.

    Good trailers – Alien (and Aliens, for that matter) for doing just that sound & image thing. Carpenter’s The Thing as well.

    One of the worst I’ve seen is Carpenter’s Prince Of Darkness which manages to show you everything that happens in the film, including not only the finale, but the epilogue as well. Shameful.

    Anyway, cheers for bringing these back, Droid. You don’t have to be super-regular with the column – just try a bit less than 10 months between each one. Dig?

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