This Week in Trailers: Sept. 17th

I started to get into a good habit of keeping you all up to date on the trailer madness going on through web releases. However, this is something that will also be affected by my move to Trinidad. My solution to this problem is a once a week pooled blog post where I post all the relevant trailer updates of the week here for you to enjoy. So here’s the first of this new series of posts:

THE BEST OF THE WEEK

Synopsis: Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.

Cameron Crowe is a filmaker who has positives and negatives against his name. He gave us Almost Famous and Vanilla Sky and at the same time gave us Elizabethtown, but in all honesty I don’t think he’s made a film that I’ve truly hated. While the trailer for this movie feels like it may be delving into a very heartfelt core I trust Crowe to keep the film grounded and let the relationships feel real as this slightly out of the ordinary thing of a man moving his family onto this zoo. It definitely doesn’t hurt to have talent such as: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johanssen, Thomas Hayden Church and Elle Fanning in the movie to help make me ready to enjoy.

Synopsis: When there’s nowhere left to run or hide… you fight or die.

I love action movies. In the last few years I’ve come to realise that the best action films are coming out of Thailand, South Korea and the rest of the Eastern section of the world. Now here’s a film from Indonesia. In this movie it seems that the police are performing a raid on a apartment building and pretty much everyone is an amazingly badass bad guy. Added to that there’re a good amount of the police who are amazingly badass good guys. When you put these two together we’re going to get a lot of unexpected stand out action sequences, and after reading all the coverage from TIFF 2011 (yes I’m still crying that I didn’t go) it seems this is the movie to see.

THE INTERESTING

Synopsis: With the help of three fans, the Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon.

Well I’ve been on board from day one. But this is just another great spoof trailer that’s doing it’s best to follow the great style of Fincher‘s first teaser trailer for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo that was released a month or so ago. Both are amazing trailers and I don’t know how I’m not tired of seeing spoof Muppet trailers yet. They’ve done about four and I’m sure that if they do one more I’ll be questioning why. But hey. It worked so I’m good.

Synopsis: Labelled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.

I don’t watch Hockey. I’ve never watched Hockey. I don’t actually consider it a sport somehow. Whenever people show Hockey in film it’s always glorifying the fact that it allows (randomly) people to have fist fights and they’re still allowed to play after sitting in a box for a few minutes. I’m sure there’s some real rules that make sense in the real sport, but that’s what I get. This film however, for some reason I thought was being directed by Kevin Smith, looks like it can be enjoyable. No promises, but it might be okay. So that’s something.

THE WORST

Synopsis: The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven.

I don’t like Twilight. I’ve never liked Twilight. I’ve enjoyed laughing at Twilight. Somehow however the more films I see being released is the less and less funny it’s become. I know the fanbase is out there, just like (I think) they know that I’m here baffled at why they like it. At this point I’m just counting down until the story has run it’s course and the films are done and I won’t have to hear about it anymore or see anymore trailers when I head to the movie theatre and listen to groan women scream for barely legal teenage boys. The only problem with that is I’m going to have to put up with post-Twilight Taylor Lautner career. Yes Abduction looks like it’s going to suck horribly and I doubt he’s going to do any movies better than that ever.

Synopsis: In Manhattan, a bike messenger (Gordon-Levitt) picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop (Shannon), who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.

I love Joseph Gordon-Levitt. His movies, even when they suck, have this element to it that I can’t evaluate but just make me have fun. This movie however, seems to just be so blah. It’s parkour bicycle riding in NY with Michael Shannon being a bad guy that he does so well and it’s just so boring looking. Who bets towards the end they play a trick on the cops by having this letter going from rider to rider randomly so that they can’t keep track of it and they need to keep Levitt alive.
This movie looks like a generic thriller film placed with  window dressing of messenger bikes. I’d rather revisit Quicksilver.

 

What was your favourite trailer of the week?