This Week in Trailers: Sept 24th

It’s another week of a number and trailers and I’m starting to think as to whether I should posting them all or just the ones with talking points. Anyways for now check out the round up below:

THE BEST

Synopsis: The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet – the heart and soul of Elmo – Kevin Clash.

What is it about movie geeks and documentaries. I used to avoid them, but ever since I got more and more into movies I’ve become more and more enthralled by documentaries. It’s the one genre of filmmaking that almost never get to see theatrically and at the same time I tend to enjoy it so much.

Maybe it’s because it’s storytelling at its core. Someone has caught onto a story of something and feels the need to tell me, but rather than putting together a hundred million dollar budget and casting Franco and Hathaway to play the leads they just have the real people sit there, and all the other people involved, and tell me what’s going on. When done right with the right story it can be, at times, more interesting than any big budget narrative.

Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker.

I was a big fan of the original Swedish adaptation of the book why wouldn’t I be happy with a version that I don’t have to spend the runtime reading and is directed by David Fincher, one of the best working directors today. While this trailer suffers from the problem of showing way too much I personally push that aside since I already know the whole story already (from watching the Swedish film) so it’s more me able to revel in all the elements that are Fincher and hearing bits and pieces of what I can only assume will be another great score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Otherwise not much more to say about this one.

Synopsis: The world fell in love with Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová when their songwriting collaboration in the film Once culminated in a jubilant Oscar win. But behind the scenes, where Glen and Mar’s on-screen romance became reality, a grueling two-year world tour threatens to fracture their fated bond. Gorgeously filmed in black and white, this music-filled documentary is an intimate look at the exhilaration and turmoil created by both love and fame.

Ever since Once I’ve been in love with these two brilliant musicians and I can never seem to get enough of them. I love their music and from the film, which was very loosely scripted, it’s very obvious that they have a dynamic with each other that is wonderous. I know little about their relationship and I’m curious to find out more and watch them on the road eventually becoming the stars they are today.

 

THE INTERESTING

Synopsis: As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.

I think it’s just that this trailer reeks a little too much of Oscar Bait for my taste. It could turn out to be one of the best dramas of the year, but I just see it as that. Every year there’re a set of “Academy Focused Films” that exist not so much for an interesting plot but as an exercise for certain actors to put their talents on show, which is great but a great story is what makes it even better.

DiCaprio is a talent worth every dollar, but will he be able to carry the entire movie? And does Eastwood have it in him for another great film? Recent trends may dictate otherwise, but we’ll see.

Synopsis: An ex-cop framed turned con threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop. The nearest New York Police officer immediately responds to a screaming women and calls dispatch. More Officers arrive with swat and tactical command along with FDNY. The NYPD then dispatches a female police psychologist personally requested to talk him down from the ledge. However, unbeknownst to the NYPD on the scene, the suicide attempt is a cover up for the biggest diamond heist ever pulled. Be ready to journey on a roller coaster ride of many twists and turns and see what happens!

Ok so this is that run of the mill looking movie which could turn out to be okay just because of it’s actors. Elizabeth Banks, Sam Worthington, Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Edward Burns and Anthony Mackie. It could work. I don’t know.

THE WORST

Synopsis: After his wife is assaulted, a husband enlists the services of a vigilante group to help him settle the score.

Is it weird that I was waiting for the moment where the film quotes Memento and Cage screams “I want my fucking life back“? Yes? Ok.

This movie doesn’t look good. Add to the fact that you have Nicolas Cage and January Jones (one of the least talented actresses of the last few years) in the leading roles and you’re begging for a disaster of a film. Guy Pearce gives the film some acting talent on paper, but everyone takes a shitty movie from time to time while you’re waiting for that great film to get funding or something. The film is directed by Roger Donaldson, the man who brought you: The Bank Job, The Recruit, Cocktail and No Way Out. I don’t have any hopes. Do you?

Synopsis: Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin’s bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.

Didn’t we see this movie a couple years ago? It had Gerrard Butler and Jennifer Aniston. The guy was the bounty hunter and the woman was the one on the run from the law. It was funny, or so the IMDB page claimed, and it sucked horribly. Do you think this will be any different? I doubt it.

Katherine Heigl is the new Jennifer Aniston and I think this movie is proof. She’s the female lead that people think is gorgeous and stands there and allows people to laugh at her and all. She’s played the romantic interest and all the time the girl who falls in love by the end of the movie. If a film Heigl stars in that isn’t a romantic comedy I’d like for you to speak up, because I need proof that she can do something else.

What’s your favourite trailer of the week?

  • Gavin

    One For The Money isnt really a rom com althoguh there is some romance in it. Its more of a crime movie. But of course Heigl can do something else she has done about 30 movies in her career and probably only the last 4 or 5 have been rom coms. She has done everything from horror movies to thrillers. You only have to see her in something like Grey’s to see she is actually a very good dramatic actress.