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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.

Watchmen

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.

Wall-E

I first saw this film the Sunday of its opening weekend. There was something “full shine and full of sparkle” that I couldn’t quite put my finger on.

The next night, I saw it again. My head was filled and crammed with bits and notes of words that I was going to write down.

But, still, after seeing it twice, I didn’t feel like I had the correct perception about the film–that what I felt about it was succinct.

I finally saw it a third time this afternoon and I think I’ve figured out why I love this film geared towards children about an easily synergized robot.

It’s not the silent humor that takes over the first half of the film, even though it’s spot-on hilarious.

It’s not this song that starts the film and is a piece of music that is used as a motif along with another song from Hello Dolly. It’s not the fact that this song, and the portion used, is one that I find absolutely hilarious.

It’s the work that Roger Deakins did when he came in as a cinematographic consultant. See, unlike most CGI animated films, the guys at Pixar brought in the Director of Photography for most Coen Bros. films post-Sonnenfeld (Barton Fink, The Man who Wasn’t There and No Country for Old Men to name a couple) as well as the beautiful Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford that came out last year.

I’m about to wax technical, so you can skip this part if you want. What his work does is give the movie a sense of photo-realism. When you pay close attention to the depth of field and the focus on certain shots compared to similar shots in, say, the torturous trailer for Bolt that seems to play before every goddam movie I see, you see that every shot is meticulous angled and setup to look as if a camera filmed it and not someone at a computer playing with numbers and pictures and wireframes.

A prime example of the beauty brought to this film is a scene that was in the final trailer where Wall-E is getting chased by a bunch of carts in a broken down Buy N Large store. And I want you to observe a little quirk about this scene that I found absolutely wonderful: at one point during the shot, the camera falls out of focus as it tries to zoom and correct itself within the shot.

Now, you could say, “Why the hell would they want to fuck up a shot by blurring a portion of it?” Well, I have the answer: See, when you’re doing a tracking shot, especially one from such a distance, you’re going to have to refocus as the object leaves the field of focus. And you just might fuck it up. We’ve seen this in countless live-action films.

And it’s a little piece of extra effort put into this film that I found absolutely fantastic. Shit, this whole movie is fantastic. I was laughing the whole way through, I was in awe of the visions that they were putting on celluloid.

But it was my dad who made the most succinct comment. That is that the movie is about computers taking over for what humans do (Leon Trout from Galapagos would blame our stupid big brains for such a thing) and yet it’s a film done on computers showing how far they’ve come in such a field as animation. Obviously, this is something that Pixar has acknowledged and is probably the reason why they’re dipping into the live-action well of films in the future.

This film, unlike the Dark Knight, I can safely say that you should see. If you haven’t, drop everything and go to the cinema. Right fucking now. Cut work early, gather up your spawn, and take them to see this jawdropping and hilarious film.