Trailers Parked: Spring Breakers, Emperor, Mud and More

I’ve been neglecting my trailer love, but I’d like to think that it’s more that the internet has been neglecting me. There hasn’t been that many great trailers between this and the last Trailers Parked. This week however there have been a slew of great trailers released to get us hyped for 2013 films that I probably won’t see until the end of this year (knowing my theatre). However here there all are:


Spring Breakers - PosterSynopsis: Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.

Every once in a while a movie comes along that looks so insane that it might just work. This looks like one of those movies. The 90s was all about MTV and while when we look back we wonder why we cared that much about such a popular culture piece of garbage (and I’m sure we’ll say the same about a lot of what is popular culture now two decades after the fact), one of those big pop culture things (very related to MTV) was Spring Break. The lifestyle and party that is spring break seems to be beautifully encapsulated in this film along with a character that can rival his in Pineapple Express played by James Franco where he gets four young ladies, who’re armed robbers, to join up with him for his drug/party enterprise. It looks so good.

Mud - crop PosterSynopsis: Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trailer and to reunite him with his true love.

While I can’t say that I was the ideal fan of Take Shelter (Nichols last film) it did intrigue me, and that’s what this film does as well. Throw in a touch of Matthew McConaughey and a sprinkling of Michael Shannon and you’ve got a winner. It reminds me of films like Stand By Me where there’s a big child perspective element to it which can make it seem fable-like but at the same time with a little perspective we can add a sinister undertone.

Emperor - crop PosterSynopsis: As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.

If there was one thing Lincoln taught me it was not to doubt Tommy Lee Jones. No matter how big or small a role we put him (can I count Josh Brolin in Men in Black III as being played by TLJ?) he gives us something special to enjoy. I’m down for whatever performance he’s willing to give me at this point. So when I find a film which tells the story of the US General battling with what verdict to bestow upon the ruler of a nation that the General is currently occupying all wrapped around the ending of WWII I’m down.


the Brass Teapot - crop PosterSynopsis: When a couple discovers that a brass teapot makes them money whenever they hurt themselves, they must come to terms with how far they are willing to go.

Remember when I talked about movies which look crazy enough they might just work, this is another one of those. The difference between this and the aforementioned Spring Breakers is that as a story (and a trailer) it gives off the feeling that it has a great crazy idea, but runs out of things to do with that towards the later half. Regardless I heard a lot of great things from people who saw it at TIFF last year and back then it was a film shrouded in mystery (as they didn’t really want to say what it was about) and now I can see how this movie would give off that kind of feeling. It does look massively interesting though.


Red 2 - PosterSynopsis: Frank Moses and his motley crew of retired assassins return for a second outing.

When Helen Mirren has a sniper rifle pointed at you, you tend to do as she says. While RED wasn’t the greatest action comedy of 2010 it was an enjoyable ride. So when they return (with crabby John Malkovich begging to be let out of the cage) and a lot of new characters, including having Byung-hun Lee (the badass from The Man From Nowhere and the child from Mother) enter as the main bad guy this time around it seems like the ridiculous may have been ramped up to the correct level. I don’t expect this to be The Raid awesome, but if I get the same level of enjoyment that I got when I first saw RED I’ll be content.

Other Trailers: At Any Price, End of Love, The Call

What looks good to you?