Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we remember what it was like to be 11, enjoy the pop hit “True” in a completely unironic way, create good TV, leave this earth behind, and understand our economy before falling asleep.
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So Katherine Heigl and Patrick Wilson star in Home Sweet Hell, a vision of a very messy marriage. Wilson plays the former used-car salesman husband, and Heigl the woman who has smoothed him out over the years. But he’s having an affair, with Jordana Brewster, and when she claims to be pregnant, Heigl’s character responds with murderous intent. Heigl is actually in a sort of Lisa Kudrow mode here as she orders murder in the most peppy, up-beat manner. (Shades of Serial Mom come to mind, too.) This Home Sweet Hell red-band trailer is somewhat cute and not safe for work. Read More »
Here’s the first trailer for American Sniper, in which Bradley Cooper plays murdered Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. Clint Eastwood directs the film, which was adapted from Kyle’s autobiography. Bradley Cooper is also a producer on the film, and it is perhaps thanks to his dedication to the project that American Sniper looks like Eastwood’s best film in several years. Below, watch an intense American Sniper trailer. We see flashes of Kyle’s life, but the nail biting trailer is organized around one very specific wartime engagement that illustrates the moral dilemma inherent in the job Kyle did so well. Read More »
If movies have taught us anything, it’s that money drives people mad. Movie after movie depicts people doing terrible things for money. Killing, kidnapping, and worse. Now take that tension between people desperate for money, shove it into a super-confined space, and push the container deep under the ocean. The result is Black Sea.
Directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), Black Sea stars Jude Law as a submarine captain who is let go from his job. Desperate to make a buck, he agrees to lead a rouge mission into the depths where one of Adolf Hitler’s World War II submarines is sitting at the bottom of the ocean, reportedly filled with gold.
Black Sea, which co-stars Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn and David Threlfall, opens January 23. Check out the Black Sea trailer below. Read More »
We’ve all seen or heard the story of a drug mule presented as dark drama or thriller. This Australian film The Mule takes a different approach, presenting the story of a man detained with drugs in his stomach as a very dark comedy. Nabbed by federal police in Australia upon a return from Thailand, a young man can only be detained for seven days… and so he decides to wait out the cops rather than reveal what’s in his body.
In other words, this is a film about a guy trying to avoid going to the bathroom for seven days. Why? Because there are cops who want what might come out, and gangsters who really want what’s in there. With Hugo Weaving as a particularly mean-spirited cop and a cast that also includes Leigh Whannell (Saw), Ewen Leslie, Geoff Morrell, Georgina Haig, Noni Hazlehurst and John Noble, this looks like a weird and funny film. Check out The Mule trailer below.
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At festivals in September, Benedict Cumberbatch won praise for his portrayal of mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game and the film won the Toronto festival’s all-important Audience Award. Directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), the film follows Turing as he is recruited to work at Bletchley Park, wherein the UK’s Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) was housed. There, during World War II, teams worked to break Axis codes. The most difficult code system to break was run through the Enigma machine, and Alan Turing was at the forefront of the team working to smash Enigma. A new Imitation Game UK trailer has landed, and you can have a look below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by Angie Han
The summer 2014 movie season is only a few weeks behind us, but Pixar has offered us one big reason to look forward to the 2015 movie season. The revered animation studio has just revealed the first trailer for Inside Out, Pete Docter‘s fanciful exploration into the mind of an 11-year-old girl.
Like all people, this kid is guided by her emotions. But unlike most normal, real-life folk, hers are personified by colorful figures voiced by Amy Poehler (Joy), Bill Hader (Fear), Lewis Black (Anger), Mindy Kaling (Disgust), and Phyllis Smith (Sadness). Watch the Inside Out trailer after the jump.
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With The Water Diviner, Russell Crowe steps behind the camera to direct his first feature. He also stars in the film, which is set in the dats after World War I, as a man whose sons are missing after the battle of Gallipoli. He goes to Istanbul in search of the young men. Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Cem Yilmaz and Yilmaz Erdogan all co-star in the film written by Andrew Anastasios and Andrew Knight. The Weinstein Company will release the film in the US at some point; you can see The Water Diviner trailer below. Read More »