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On purpose

I usually avoid movies about dogs because of the inevitable ending.

No matter how wonderful the story, the relationship, the plot — the dog is going to die, either of trauma or old age, and my heart simply can’t take it.

But I saw this trailer at the theater last night. And although it made me cry like a baby, I may have to see this one.

Feed your head

I didn’t see Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska’s first Alice in Wonderland movie, and doubt that I will see the sequel, although its trailers are lighting up movie theaters all over the country.

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But my doubt has doubt…for two reasons.

First, the late, great Alan Rickman voices the Blue Caterpillar in Alice Through the Looking Glass, and the chance to listen to his dulcet tones is reason enough to endure the rest of the film.

Secondly, the trailer has “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane as its soundtrack, and I could listen to that on a loop as well.

In fact, let’s do that now. Together.

Bloodline post-binge

I finished watching the 13th and final episode of season one of Bloodline, the new drama from Netflix, who just keeps churning out these excellent shows.
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I thought this might be a one-and-done, but they recently announced the show will be back for season two.

That explains a couple of things about the finale…which I won’t mention here.

I want you to watch it, of course, if you aren’t already. And here’s why.

  1. Ben Mendelsohn  — Apparently he is a leading actor in his native Australia, but even as much as I watch movies and TV, his face was new to me.  He is brilliant. Really. He quietly steals every scene on the strength of his character work alone.
  2. Water Torture — The show may take place at a hotel on the Florida Keys, but the layers of mystery that surround the family members are doled out in excruciatingly slow drips. And I love it. When you’re used to movie trailers giving away the entire film in less than two minutes, it’s nice to have a genuine surprise in every episode. This pacing fits the leisurely vacation location, too.
  3. Game of Thrones — Characters drop right and left; that’s why I thought the show was over in one season. The second year is going to be interesting, but I have faith in the strong–albeit bloodied–cast that remains.

So, add it to your Netflix queue.  You will thank me!

Moving pictures

The trailer for Words & Pictures, starring Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen, makes it look like a light romantic comedy.

Makes you wonder if the marketing folks even watched the film.
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The promo oversimplifies the story to its most basic elements: two teachers at a private high school clash on the relative importance of art and literature while falling in love.

Tragic.

Not the movie; it was lovely.  What is tragic is  everything the trailer leaves out.

I don’t expect it to reveal every detail  — I’d prefer it didn’t — but the love story in W&P is very specific to the two teachers’ ages, health issues, and work and family situations.  It’s complicated because their lives are more complicated, which makes it a more interesting and multi-layered story.

And it deserves a trailer that reflects that.

Oh well, I’m a happy camper — I got way more movie than I expected!

The noise, noise, noise

They began in movie theatres months ago, and now they’ve hit TV  —

Trailers for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

robert redford gatsbyI’ll admit — I didn’t think this movie needed to be remade.  It’s a classic in my mind, as is the book.

And Leonardo DiCaprio playing Gatsby in place of Robert Redford?

Uh, no.

gatsby newBut now that I’ve seen the trailers — many, many times — the casting isn’t even the issue. 

This Gatsby is unrecognizable.  Luhrmann has — well — Luhrmann-ized it; the glitz and glitter is a visual assault.  The soundtrack, too, is so brash and overwhelming, I have actually checked for blood in my ears in the theatre.   Imagine the damage after two hours.

I’m sure Luhrmann has included that, too — in gold…with a dance number.

hey Hey HEY

Did you hear?

Crazy Stupid Love opens today.

Of course you’ve heard.

We’ve been under a movie trailer attack for months! Surrounded.  Bombarded.

Taken prisoner even.

Don’t get me wrong — I’ve loved the Crazy Stupid Love trailer from the first time I saw it — was totally sold on the movie.

Ryan Gosling? Check.  Steve Carell?  Check.  Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei?  Check, check, check. Ryan Gosling nearly naked??

Too many checks to include here.

And I personally love movie trailers.  Love seeing them on television, love sitting through them at the theatre, love them for the art that they are.

But then I saw the Crazy Stupid Love trailer again.  And again.  And over and over and over again. On TV. In the theatre.  Online.  They were everywhere.

There was no escape.

Crazy Stupid Love’s marketing campaign has been crazy, stupid overwhelming.  Their attempts to generate audience excitement have been bloody exhausting.

You know what?  Just to show them how I feel, I may wait until mid-afternoon today before I go see it.

Yeah…that’ll send a message.

Note:  Saw Crazy Stupid Love at the 1:15pm showing (early mid-afternoon).  This is such a wonderful film worth every crazy, stupid overwhelming trailer…and then some! — Carla

After midnight

12:01am — The premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

I was there.

Yes, I could have waited until the crowds thinned…until the feverish mania around the conclusion of this epic movie franchise had died down a bit.

But what’s the fun in that?

Seeing the final film in an atmosphere of unbridled excitement and enthusiasm?  That’s how I want to remember Harry Potter.

People dressed in inspired costumes.  Spontaneous trivia contests breaking out in the aisles.  Chants of “Snape, Snape, Severus Snape” attempting to overpower a fervent rendition of “Neville Longbottom.”  And the particularly hilarious cries of hatred hurled at the trailers proceeding the movie.

But the film was so worth the wait.  Director David Yates’ vision is true to the book and yet so much more.

I’ll see it again, of course, at some deserted weekday matinee.  It will still be an incredible movie, but…

Nothing can touch midnight.

Shake it up, baby now

“Bueller.  Bueller.  Bueller.” — Ben Stein, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

As if I really needed to credit that quote….

Everyone seemingly knows Ferris Bueller and his idyllic day off with his friends in the city of Chicago.

But imagine you were really young — or had been living under a rock for the past 20 years — and saw this trailer for “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

What would you think the movie was about?

Isn’t that brilliant??

This new take on “Ferris Bueller” comes courtesy of Joseph Brett on Youtube.  Brett used some of the more artsy photographic shots from the movie and substituted a more angst-ridden soundtrack for his movie trailer.   The two combine to change the entire mood of Ferris’ day-away and give it an indie film air of menace.

In this context, you’re led to wonder:  did Ferris end it all?  Did Cameron really drown?  Was Ferris too late to save him ??

Brett even managed to dig up that wonky shot of Sloane, so even she appears depressed.

Not to repeat myself, but…it’s kinda brilliant.

Brett has inspired me as well.  I want to go back and pull trailers of my favorite comedies and edit them into edgy dramas — my favorite dramas into slapstick!

Whether you meant it as a challenge or not, Brett — I’m in!

Reelzies

Finally — truth in advertising!

That’s the unusual approach Reelz Channel is using to promote The Kennedys miniseries premiering April 3rd.

No promise of great performances or exacting historical detail.  Nothing about the content of the program at all, in fact.

Reelz strategy?

Simple exclamations of surprise that the darn thing is airing at all.

“The mini-series  you thought you’d never see on television…”

The most controversial mini-series of our time…”

Yep…that sounds about right.  After the miniseries was deemed “unfit for the History Channel brand,”  it looked like it might languish on a shelf somewhere sight unseen.  But Reelz, whose desire for new subscribers outweighs any pesky ideals, snatched it up.

And now their ads reflect what the audience is no doubt thinking…which is kinda brilliant really.

It makes me wonder:  what would some movie trailers sound like if they took the same tact — honestly over hyperbole?

Films like…

  • Red Riding Hood — “The director of Twilight brings you this shot-by-shot rip-off of Twilight…hoping that the fans of Twilight will come see this classic fairy tale be retold Twilight-style.  There is a wolf, after all.  And Gary Oldman.  He’s scary.”
  • Jane Eyre “Yet another version of the classic you’ve no doubt seen several times already.  Except these actors are even better looking, and we’ve made them look even plainer. Come see the makeup.”
  • The Adjustment Bureau — “Matt Damon.  Emily Blunt.  Men in cool hats.  Lots of running in New York City.  We don’t have to work too hard to sell this film because you’ll come anyway.  Did we mention the cool hats, right?”

I don’t know.  I just spent only a few moments on these tag lines, and I’m kinda liking them.

Can this the start of something honest??

Conspiracy

I saw a movie trailer at the theatre last night that looked so good, I didn’t want to see the feature anymore.

I’m serious.

Have you heard about The Conspirator?  Directed by Robert Redford, the film tells the story of Mary Surratt,  the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln, and the reluctant lawyer who agrees to defend her.

Based on that description, you may think, “Huh.  Historical drama.  Could be interesting, could be mind-numbing.”   But wait until you hear the lineup of actors Redford has assembled.

Robin Wright as Mary Surratt.  James McAvoy as her lawyer.  (It’s about time he returned to the screen.  I know he was a voice in Gnomeo & Juliet, but that doesn’t count.)  Tom Wilkinson.  Kevin Kline.  Evan Rachel Wood.  Jonathon Groff.  Stephen Root.  Danny Huston.  Justin Long.  Alexis Bledel.

Heck, it usually takes a lame movie like Valentine’s Day to get that much talent in one room.

But this film looks great — epic even.  I could hardly get through the trailer without cheering.  I was disappointed when it ended and I had to watch Unknown, the movie I had gone to see.  (Don’t get me wrong — it was actually pretty fun…lots of car chases and plot twists and turns.)

But McAvoy and Redford together?  Hell, that’s a movie event!

Come on, April 15th — tax day never looked so good!