Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you asked yourself, "How in the world did I get here? More importantly, is it at all possible to escape and still manage to live a somewhat normal life?" I shouldn't even need to ask this question because, at one point or another, I'm sure all of you have been in one of those uncomfortable places -- suffocated by the fear and intensity of the situation at hand. What do I do? Where do I go? How will I survive? Is the pizza place still open?
Yes, it sucks -- you're in over your head. Somewhere along the way, be it on purpose or by mistake, everything got away from you. Suddenly, life is caving in and all you're capable of is acknowledging the fact that, well, you're f*cked. Most of the time, it's our curiosity that gets the best of us. We wonder, we ponder, we use our imagination to invent the perfect scenario. Only problem is, there's no such thing as the perfect scenario -- just risk. And if you decide to take that risk, be prepared to battle. If not, you'll drown. That's life.
All of the following films feature characters who are in over their head, caught up in situations that felt right early on, but soon realized things would get a whole lot harder before that light at the end of the tunnel became visible. I've always said that life is like a game of poker -- the guy sitting next to you always wins. However, watching them win helps you to appreciate what matters most. Welcome to this week's Trailer Park:
- In Scoop , Woody Allen returns to London following the very successful Match Point, teaming up once again with Scarlett Johansson in what appears to be an updated British version of Manhattan Murder Mystery. While I adore Woody, doesn't it seem as if he's just digging up his old plots and re-casting them? What gives? Here, Scarlett plays a journalism student who falls in love with her story -- a man believed to be a serial killer.
- The Holiday asks one simple question: Does your entire life change by switching addresses? Pic centers around two women (Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet) who, in an attempt to escape their own failed relationships, meet online and decide to swap homes for a little while. However, once thrust into the other one's lifestyle, they soon find themselves in over their head and, well, head over heals as well.
- In the vein of such classic comedies like Animal House, Risky Business and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Accepted follows a group of kids who, after graduating high school and being rejected by every college imaginable, decide to create a fictitious school in order to fool their families. Only problem is, the prank goes a bit too far and, once word catches on, a slew of kids in the same position look to this fake school as their salvation. The trailer looks funny enough, let's see if Justin Long can carry a film by himself.
- This past winter, Quinceanera won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics and, now, as it gears up for release, a new trailer has popped up online. One of Kim's personal favorites from the fest, pic follows a Hispanic teenage girl who is kicked out of her home and forced to live with her Uncle and gay cousin after it's revealed that she is pregnant.
- Okay, after watching the trailer for The Night Listener, it's a bit hard to understand what in the world this film is about. Apparently, Robin Williams plays a radio show host who begins a friendly relationship with a young boy who is his biggest fan. However, as Williams becomes curious about the boy and his story, things begin to unravel and Toni Collette plays a blind woman. Yeah, that's about what I got out of the preview.