500 days of summer

One of the many reasons I loved 500 Days of Summer is the clever screenwriting. And by clever writing I don’t mean overwritten dialogue ala Diablo Cody, but fantastic story beats that take full advantage of the film medium. Fox Searchlight has released a new clip which perfectly illustrates what I’m talking about. As you might already know, the film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tom, a hapless greeting card copywriter and hopeless romantic, who is blindsided after his girlfriend Summer (Zooey Deschanel) dumps him (this is how the movie begins), he shifts back and forth through various periods of their 500 days “together” (hence the title) to try to figure out where things went wrong.

The video clip after the jump takes place after Tom and Summer reconnect after the breakup, and Tom is invited to a party at his ex-girlfriend’s house. Tom, of course, thinks this is an opportunity to rekindle their relationship, but as you might expect, expectations and reality diverge. Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber have expertly crafted a scene that I believe is so brilliant, that it makes you wonder why no one had come up with this concept prior. Everyone has encountered this situation at one point in their life, and everyone knows how it feels – yet I’ve never seen a movie portray the feeling so accurately, visually, without employing a ton of exposition before hand. The scene in the movie goes on a bit longer, and has more of a dramatic effect on the story (as you might expect, reality gets worse). The sequence works better in the context of the film, but you’ll get the point. Watch the clip embedded after the jump.

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500 Days of Summer Clip: IKEA Trip

500 days of summer

Fox Searchlight has released a new clip from 500 Days of Summer. This is the film I really fell in love with this year at Sundance. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tom, a hapless greeting card copywriter and hopeless romantic, who is blindsided after his girlfriend Summer (Zooey Deschanel) dumps him, he shifts back and forth through various periods of their 500 days “together” to try to figure out where things went wrong.  This clip is from a sequence early on in their relationship as they visit an IKEA furniture store. Watch the clip after the jump.
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500 Days of Summer Movie Trailer

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Fox Searchlight has finally released a full length movie trailer for Marc Webb‘s indie post-modern romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer. The Sundance Film Festival sensation tells the story of a love story, in a way you’ve never seen it before. When a greeting card copywriter named Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is dumped by the love of his life, a magical girl named Summer (Zooey Deschanel), he takes a look back at their 500 days “together” to try to figure out where things went wrong. I gushed all over this movie at Sundance (read my review here).

The trailer begins much like the movie begins, with fairy tale like narration. You’ll get brief glimpse at some of the more non-traditional visual storytelling techniques that Webb employs (dream sequences, split screens, and even a dance number) and also gives you a brief listen to the film’s incredibly hip soundtrack (track listing here). The trailer comes off as a little cliche (which is strange since the film is the opposite of generic) and I still don’t think it plays up the aspect of the film that makes it so unique – the fact that the movie jumps between the past and the future to help explain how the couple fell in love and what, if anything, went wrong. Watch the trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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500 Days of Summer Teaser Trailer

Last week we posted two video clips from Mark Webb’s 500 Days of Summer, which premieres later tonight at the Sundance Film Festival (check back for our take). Fox Searchlight has now released an official teaser trailer, which you can watch after the jump.

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500 Days of Summer Video Clips

On my adventures today, I was also able to secure two video clips from Mark Webb‘s 500 Days of Summer.

In the first clip, Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) talks about how his failure in architectural design lead to a job writing greeting cards and we learn Summer’s (Zooey Deschanel) shocking college nickname. And the next clip features a conversation where Summer compares her relationship with Tom to Sid and Nancy.

A FirstShowing spy who saw an early test screening called the film the best movie he’s seen over the last year. That’s pretty high praise. 500 Days of Summer is one of my most anticipated films of this year’s Sundance film festival. Fox Searchlight is distributing the film, and it seems like any film that mini-major touches (most recently Slumdog Millionaire and The Wrestler) turns to gold. I’m screening the film on Sunday, so check back for my take. But for now, you can watch the two video clips after the jump.
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Yes Man Movie Trailer #2

Warner Bros has released the second full trailer for Jim Carrey‘s new comedy Yes Man. This seems like a comedy that would have been made ten years ago, and that’s not a compliment. It’s all high concept and not many laughs. And it doesn’t help that Jim Carrey hasn’t made a truly funny film in the last decade. At this point I’d rather see him make more movies like Eternal Sunshine, The Truman Show, Man on the Moon and even The Majestic. Zooey Deschanel is the main love interest but appears in the trailer for only a few seconds. Watch the trailer after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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I found a few new photos for the new Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man. More photos after the jump.

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Yes Man Movie Trailer

Warner Bros has released the first movie trailer for the new Jim Carrey Comedy Yes Man. I should probably insert a snarky comment about the trajectory of Jim Carrey’s comedy career here. But hey, at least he’s not making movies about the aliens inside Eddie Murphy’s head. I’ll skip this one thank you.

Carrey stars as Carl Allen, a man who signs up for a self-help program based on one simple principle: say yes to everything and anything. At first, unleashing the power of “yes” transforms Carl’s life in “amazing and unexpected ways, but he soon discovers that opening up his life to endless possibilities can have its drawbacks.” The movie also stars Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Darby, John Michael Higgins, Danny Masterson, and Terence Stamp.

Yes Man Poster

Warner Bros has released the first official teaser poster for the new Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man. Click on the poster below to see it in high resolution.

Carrey stars as Carl Allen, a man who signs up for a self-help program based on one simple principle: say yes to everything and anything. At first, unleashing the power of “yes” transforms Carl’s life in amazing and unexpected ways, but he soon discovers that opening up his life to endless possibilities can have its drawbacks. The movie also stars Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Darby, John Michael Higgins, Danny Masterson, and Terence Stamp. It’s also interesting to note that the film’s official website will be located at YesIsTheNewNo.com.

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