As I approach 30, I've come to accept the fact I will most likely live out the rest of my life without ever truly understanding women. Also, how is it one sock always manages to disappear after doing laundry? To me, those two are life's greatest mysteries. I don't care where we came from or whether or not God actually exists. Women and missing socks -- that's all I need to understand. Explain them and I'm set for life.
The following films all examine the unique relationships shared between men and women. Boys and girls. Him and her. The dude and his lady. Sometimes a woman can enter a man's life and completely ruin things, turn it upside down and shatter his foundation. However, the presence of a women, so delicate and warm, can also turn into life's most precious reward ... until a sock goes missing. Then it's war. Welcome to this week's Trailer Park:
- Based on James Ellroy's (L.A. Confidential) bestselling novel, one of this year's most anticipated films finally has a trailer. In The Black Dahlia, two L.A. cops (Josh Hartnett and Aaron Eckhart) are sent to investigate the brutal murder of Hollywood actress Betty Ann Short (aka The Black Dahlia). Obsession, love, greed, corruption and a mysterious woman who may hold the clues to what really happened all wrap themselves around an all-star cast that also includes Hilary Swank and Scarlett Johansson, with the great Brian De Palma directing.
- After watching the trailer, I'm really looking forward to Stranger Than Fiction. In what appears to be a mix between The Truman Show and Adaptation, Will Ferrell plays Harold Crick, a man who finds his life completely out of whack when he suddenly hears a woman's voice narrating his every move. What he doesn't know is the woman is an author and he's the main character in her new novel. Directed by Marc Forster, pic also stars Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
- All I've heard so far about Half Nelson is that, supposedly, Ryan Gosling is outstanding in his role as an inner-city teacher battling a heavy drug addiction. Based on its trailer, I think people are right. ThinkFilm acquired Ryan Fleck's first feature on the last day of the Sundance Film Festival for, reportedly, just under a million dollars. Pic tells of the unique relationship forged between a drug-addicted teacher and the female student who learns of his addiction.
- In Lucky You, Eric Bana is Huck Cheever, a hotshot poker player who is great at gambling but horrible when it comes to relationships. When his father (Robert Duvall), a veteran poker player, strolls back into town and a dangerous, yet seductive woman (Drew Barrymore) enters his life, our hero's world is thrown into disarray. Struggling to remove himself away from his father's shadow, Huck must confront his old man in a major poker game in order to find some sort of redemption.
- After it was universally praised at Cannes, Shortbus is getting set to debut here in the States. John Cameron Mitchell's follow-up to Hedwig and the Angry Itch follows a group of New Yorkers as they all converge upon some sort of underground sex festival called Shortbus. While the film is said to be full of sex, sex, sex, our own James Rocchi feels it "also leaves you more than a little impressed by how funny and loose and, yes, emotionally engaging the film is."