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Trailers that Excite the Shit of me vol. 2

So it’s been awhile, but let’s get down to business. The serious little films of Fall are upon us.

The Spirit

So this first one I couldn’t find a video to embed, so you’ll have to click this link, instead. It’s the newest trailer that I just found this morning… It doesn’t have the bitchin’ shot of the guy climbing down Scarlett Johannssen’s lips (I think it’s her. I’d like to think it’s her), but it gives us a lot more setup to what seems like will be a strange and wonderful film…

Max Payne

when I was younger, I played these games on my computer–I even beat both of them by cheating. It was super exciting and had some intense drug-induced dream sequences that you had to maneuver through that were nearly impossible. Now, Max Payne is Mark Wahlberg. Hopefully this movie doesn’t suck. I have my doubts, though.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald story, David Fincher’s new movie is about a guy who ages backwards. It looks like it’ll be super weird but also really good. Fincher has a solid knack for harnessing Brad Pitt unlike some directors, and this could definitely be one of the best films this year.


I don’t want to see this movie because I don’t like GW. I want to see it because I like Josh Brolin. And because the whole movie looks like Oliver Stone’s lost his goddam mind. Plus, check out this trailer–Same it ever was!


A movie starring Sean Penn about the first openly gay politician running for office: Harvey Milk. A new Gus Van Sant film, a director I want to see more of. This movie looks like it’ll be pretty good and poignant for today’s times. Vote No on Prop Eight, by the way.

Synecdoche, New York

Charlie Kauffman’s directorial debut starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. It promises to be ambling, stumbling, and neurotic–just like Kauffman himself. This guy’s fucking weird. PS Hoffman directs a play in what looks like an old airplane hangar that never gets finished. At one point in the trailer they mention that he’s been planning it for 17 years. What the hell is going on? I have no idea but I’d love to find out.

Alright, that should do it for this week’s edition. If it seems a bit frenetically written, I’ve been watching Transformers.

Trailers that excite the shit out of me vol. 1

This is a semi-regular column devoted to showing off the trailers of movies that look promising. The posting of this feature will solely depend on my subjective opinion and my definition of “exciting.”

I probably should have started this feature before the summer began because, then, I could have shown trailers for the Incredible Hulk (let down), Step Brothers (let down), the Dark Knight (let down), or Wall-E (best movie this summer).

My Winnipeg

So I guess this one isn’t the newest film or one that hasn’t even come out yet. But it’s also one that’s being self-distributed by Guy Maddin because it played in LA for a week at the Nuart and it’s playing until Thursday in Berkeley and San Francisco and then it’s disappearing for two weeks and returning in some podunk town in Delaware called Wilmington (actually the largest town in the state even though it has a population about half that of the suburb I grew up in) for a four day run.

So I’m showing you this trailer so that you get excited as fuck about this film in the hopes it comes within six of hours of my residence so I can see it finally–I missed it in L.A. because I had to work all goddam week. I was pissed. And you will be too if you miss it.

Also, if you find a full schedule of release cities and dates for this film, send me a comment or an email. Thank you!

pineapple express

Coming out in August is the next big comedy from the Apatow clan. This movie excites me because I have a hard-on for Seth Rogen and his smoked-too-much gruffy laugh.

In theaters, you’ve probably seen the clean trailer for this movie before most any big summer film (Iron Man, Step Brothers, but not the Dark Knight), but the Red Band Trailer is much more satisfying. I think it’s the fact that Pineapple Express can be stated as being weed. And because they don’t use the radio edit of M.I.A.’s song “Paper Planes” so she said “weed” instead of “seeds,” giving it much more poignancy to its being in the trailer.

Hamlet 2

Next up is Hamlet 2 which comes out in Late August… Now, before I re-watched the trailer while trying to remind myself about trailers, I thought that Eric Idle was the flamboyant Drama Teacher. But after watching the trailer again, and hearing Mr. Moviefone say “Steve Coogan” and not “Eric Idle” I realized that Idle is much older than that.

That’s no deterrent though since anyone who can pull a trick like that is still gonna get my ticket. This movie looks to be fucking ridiculous in all the right ways.


So I don’t know why this movie excites me. Maybe it started with the irony of having this trailer premiere before the Dark Knight while having its action dubbed over with a B-side (for this song) written for Batman & Robin.

But frankly I’m a bit sick of superhero films. Ever since the decade began with the X-Men movie, then two years later with the enormous grosses of the first Spiderman film, we’ve been inundated with adaptations from comic books and graphic novels. Most, though not all, are based around superheroes. And this is another one based on the “most celebrated graphic novel of all time.” (My waxing on about this has got my juices flowing, expect an article concerning this topic later)

Burn After Reading

Next up is what appears to be a return to typical form for the Coen Bros.

After they made No Country for Old Men, they’ve decided to return to their roots of heists and sales and deals all gone awry. I’ve seen every movie in their oeuvre save Intolerable Cruelty–which I probably will never see; I’m a completist not a masochist–and all of their movies revolve around a fish out of water surrounded by things going horribly wrong.

The fish out of water this time are Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand (in her first Coen film since The Man Who Wasn’t There) who–well, you’ll see in the trailer.

Again, this is a red band trailer for Restricted Audiences. I like these trailers because they give a better idea of the tone of the film–especially for R-Rated films like this one and the aforementioned Pineapple Express.

For this film, a lot of the red-band comes from the dialog, which is important to a Coen Bros. film since they kick ass at writing such things.

Miracle at St. Anna

Spike Lee has made a fucking WAR MOVIE.

Terminator Salvation

The fourth title in this series that will start off the final trilogy about Skynet and about John Connor saving the world.

I enjoyed the first two, and only watched the third because the villainess was a total babe. They didn’t let the audience enjoy her naked time jump enough though. Just sayin’.

Alright. That should do it for this installment. When I find more movies to get excited about, or movies I forgot to include, or the Terminator Salvation trailer in full is released, you’ll see this article again.