In all my life, I have never met anyone that has had the perfect relationship. Whether it be a relationship with themselves, their country, their friends, family or significant others -- nothing is ever perfect. The closer you are, the more vulnerable. And we don't like to be vulnerable. Or do we? Nah, I'm just joking -- any word that begins with the letter 'V' is off limits to me. Well, expect for one word ... but we won't get into that. Literally.
So, if perfection doesn't exist, then what types of relationships should we strive for? A satisfying one? A stable one? More comfort than conflict? On the subject of relationships, a good friend of mine always says, "You must be challenged." It's way too easy to slide through life un-phased and un-attached. A solid relationship is one that always keeps you on your toes. It takes work. It takes commitment. And, at the end of the day, you're a better person because of it. Is it perfect? Never. But you don't want it to be.
While the following films are completely different from one another, they all explore different kinds of relationships we have throughout life. Sure, some are a bit more, well, mature than others, but that's what makes this whole journey interesting, right? Welcome to this week's Trailer Park:
- Every year, there's always a few high-concept flicks that leave you wondering, "How has no one touched that idea yet?" With My Super-Ex Girlfriend, we have a great idea that, if executed well, could turn out damn funny. Could you even imagine breaking up with a girl, then finding out she's a superhero hell-bent on making you pay for hurting her? Some folks have been ripping on this one, but I'm giving it a chance and feel it may surprise a lot of people.
- With the final installment in Alejandro González Iñárritu's trilogy (Amores Perros, 21 Grams), Babel tells the story of how one bullet turns upside down the lives of four seperate groups of people. In turn, culture and language play a big role throughout the relationships in the film. As James puts it in his review from Cannes, "The chance to see great, natural acting in the service of careful, engaged screenwriting is a rare one, but Babel offers exactly that pleasure to audiences." (Note: These are an assortment of film clips, not the trailel.)
- Just when you thought the world had gotten over the stupidity that was Jackass: The Movie, the boys are back for a sequel. There's not much to say about Jackass 2. Expect a bunch of moronic male bonding as all the same characters return to disgust, destroy and humiliate one another. C'mon Johnny Knoxville -- what happened to taking on some better roles?
- After surprising everyone (including Martha) and taking home the coveted Palme d'Or at Cannes, a trailer for The Wind That Shakes the Barley has now showed up online. Directed by Ken Loach, pic tells of one man's relationship with himself and his country, set against the brutal day-to-day life of the IRA in 1920s. Cillian Murphy stars in a film that suddenly has everyone's attention. Let's see where it goes from here.
- With two high-profile 9/11 films (United 93, WTC) touching down this summer, The Great New Wonderful takes a different route, tones down the intensity and focuses on relationships in a post 9/11 society. Set one year after 9/11, pic weaves five stories together to show how, and in what way, the disastrous event was still affecting the lives of so many.