The trailer for Ben Affleck’s newest project, The Town, premiered this week setting the blogosphere aflutter with speculation that the film may bolster the thesp’s floundering career. The Town, set to bow in September, could be the shot in the arm that Affleck needs after years of films that are best enjoyed mid-sleep on an airplane. It’s a strange way to talk about an actor who exploded onto the scene with an Oscar winning script (Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting) and cult classics like Dazed and Confused, Mallrats, and Dogma.
If you haven’t already watched the new Red Band movie trailer for Thirst, watch it now. The movie looks amazingly good, and as f**ked up as it looks, you know it’s going to be even more f**ked up than it looks. Why? Beacuse it’s from Park Chan-wook, the director of the incredibly cool but disturbing Oldboy.
It’s funny that since Twilight pushed vampires back into popularity, every single vampire movie has eclipsed that franchise with something better (Let the Right One In comes to mind).
Has anyone watched the teaser movie trailer for the Twilight sequel New Moon? The teaser trailer is garbage. Absolute garbage. It looks like some kind of commercial for a TV movie, with the sappy romantic stuff at the beginning and the cheesy werewolf at the end.
Paramount just released a new movie trailer for G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra this week, but thankfully I was spared a viewing while at X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I don’t think I could have handled both this trailer and that movie; adamantium bullets may have been necessary.
G.I. Joe is from Stephen Sommers, the guy behind The Mummy as Paramount wants to make perfectly clear. Unfortunately, Sommers is also responsible for The Mummy Returns, which was horrific – and not in a good way. G.I. Joe looks more along the lines of the latter film, as it’s full of cheesy special effects, awkward action and crappy acting. It’s hard to tell whether this film will be a flop due to its massive brand awareness, but it could easily be this year’s Speed Racer.
I just watched the new, full-length Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie trailer, and it’s a bit of a letdown. After an absolutely stunning teaser trailer, this new movie trailer lacks the setup and thrill-factor expected. Shia LaBeouf, who was absolutely annoying in the first one, gets more screen time, the Transformers get less, and all around it’s starting to look like a pretty dumb, glossy Michael Bay film.
That’s OK, but at least make it look like something more.
You can watch the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie trailer here:
A newThe Ugly Truth movie trailer debuted today, and I have to admit: this is one romantic comedy I actually want to see. Sure, it looks pretty routine in general (who bets that Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler don’t hook up in the end), but the fact that Butler plays a chauvinistic talk show host who teaches Heigl’s character how to flirt and be “slutty without being too slutty” looks like it could evoke some laughs.
Sam Rockwell is a good, underrated actor, and he’s going to have a chance to flex his acting muscles in Moon, where he effectively plays the only real character in the entire movie. Rockwell plays an astronaut who has been living alone on the moon for three years. Only weeks from returning home, however, he is forced to rescue a man from a crashed aircraft – and that man turns out to be himself.
Is he going crazy, or is something more dangerous at work?
Columbia Pictures has released a new movie trailer for the upcoming Tony Scott film, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, which stars Denzel Washington and John Travolta. The movie doesn’t really feel like an event film, but this new movie trailer makes large gains. The first trailer was OK but a little cluttered; this new one emphasizes the action and the basic premise with improved focus.
A movie trailer for the new Michael Keaton movie,The Merry Gentleman, is now online, and it looks… meh. It’s good to see Keaton back at it, but the trailer reveals little as to what kind of movie this is going to be. A hit man film? I doubt it. A drama? Maybe, but not a very dramatic one. A comedy? I didn’t laugh.
See for yourself:
The Merry Gentleman tells the story of Kate Frazier, a young woman running away from a troubled marriage in the hopes to find anonymity with a new home and a new job in Chicago. When Kate meets Frank Logan, the two discover unexpected satisfaction in their mutual shared silence. Â Haunted by the troubling choices he has made, Frank finds a kindred spirit in the younger Kate, and, for a moment, the two seem destined to redeem and remake each other. Â As the holidays and New Year pass against an urban landscape that seems both breathtakingly beautiful and starkly quiet, Kate and Frankâ€™s friendship becomes one of necessity and survival. But, neither lonely soul can escape the lives they have left behind. As events unfold and the painful truth slowly emerges, Frank is forced to face the man he truly is, while Kate struggles to become the woman she needs to be.
Watch the funny new movie trailer for Away We Go, from director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Revolutionary Road). The film is a notable change from Mendes’ other bodies of work as it is, in fact, a comedy and presumably doesn’t include one of the main characters dying at the end.
The latest Star Trek movie trailer is online, and you can watch it right here. This reimagining of the franchise definitely looks more serious and dramatic than past incarnations, but also looks to up the ante on the action as well. This movie trailer didn’t completely blow me away, but Star Trek remains one of my most anticipated movies of 2009.
The movie trailer for Pandorumis now online. The Dennis Quaid-starring movie comes to theaters on September 4 (you know it must be good!), and is described as:
From theÂ creatorsÂ of the Resident Evil filmÂ franchiseÂ comes Pandorum, a terrifying thriller in which two crew members wake up on an abandoned spacecraft with no idea who they are, how long they’ve been asleep, or what their mission is. Â The two soon discover they’re actually not alone — and the reality of their situation is more horrifying than they could have imagined.
Okay, to compare Battle for Terra to Delgo, the biggest box office flop of all time, is unfair. Unlike Delgo, Battle for Terra has a major distributor (Lionsgate), has pretty good special effects and, most importantly, a marketing campaign. I just received my first marketing pitch today.
Unfortunately, the Battle for Terra movie trailer leaves little to be desired. You can watch it here:
The movie is about an alien race that finds themselves the target of another race that wants to inhabit their planet: humans. The humans, who have been reduced to Battlestar Galactica-type numbers, are running out of options and, being the technologically advanced civilization, decide to invade. However, their invasion will amount to genocide – and not all of the humans are on board with the plan.
Battle for Terra does not look like a very good movie. The trailer is boring and lacks the life and enthusiasm that one would expect from a film like this. It’s an animated film, which it’s problematic: the movie seems way too serious to have the look and feel of a cartoon. If this had the visual effects of Final Fantasy, it would make more sense, but instead it appears to have family friendly graphics with a serious, adult plot. What parent would want to take their kid to this when they could wait until November to see Planet 51, a movie with a similar but much lighter premise (humans land on an alien planet).
Furthermore, it isn’t clear who the good guys here. The humans are on the verge of committing genocide, and from the trailer it looks like they carry through with their attack. While the aliens appear to be the protagonists, there are also humans that question the invasion. Basically, who do we root for?
On a basic level, the Battle for Terra movie trailer lacks the entertainment value that animated movies need to draw audiences into theaters. On a deeper level, the premise itself is problematic. Lionsgate doesn’t have any experience distributing a movie such as this, and one wonders why the film is being released wide on May 1st. Just wait a week for Star Trek, people.
I just watched the two-and-a-half-minute movie trailer for The Great Buck Howard, which stars Colin Hanks and John Malkovich, with a guest appearance by Colin’s father, the little-known actor named Tom Hanks. The movie is about a washed-up performer who is still living in his glory years until his new, youthful manager helps get him back on the fast track.
The movie looks entertaining enough, and Malkovich appears to be in his element here as the overly enthusiastic and seemingly fake title character. Unfortunately, the movie trailer itself is not that good. It’s about 45 seconds too long, not very well structured and altogether just a little bland. Worse is that it establishes no sense of conflict – things just seem to get better and better for Howard – so now that I’ve seen this trailer, what’s the point of seeing the movie?
Watch The Great Buck Howard movie trailer yourself: