Hollywood being the enclosed universe that it is, it's pretty easy to spot patterns developing as one film seems connected to the next . This week on Trailer Park: yet another five degrees of trailer separation

Drillbit Taylor
Seeking to avoid the daily humiliations that come with being a dork, three high school nerds hire a homeless man named Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson) to act as their bodyguard.. The idea has some merit and Wilson seems to carry the role well, but the kids in this movie just have no on-screen appeal. Knocked Up star Seth Rogen was one of the screenwriters, and the trailer pushes the fact that this is from "the guys who made Knocked Up and Superbad." I can't see rushing out to see this one, but I'll probably catch it on DVD. Martha Fischer first posted about this film here about a year ago. Check out the trailer yourself:



...and speaking of Owen Wilson.
The Darjeeling Limited
Wilson plays one of three brothers who are attempting to rekindle the family bond by taking a train trip across India. The other two brothers are played by Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman (who also co-wrote the screenplay), which gives this sibling trio a fascinating mix, and the film is directed by Wes Anderson of The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore. Favorite line: "I love you too, but I'm gonna mace you in the face." This looks awesome and I'll be checking it out when it hits theaters on September 29. Here's Erik's take on the trailer.
...and speaking of brothers.
Gone Baby Gone
In his first time helming a feature, Ben Affleck directs his brother Casey in this film based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, the author of Mystic River. The younger Affleck plays a private investigator who looks into the tragic disappearance of a 4-year-old girl. The story looks fascinating and much of the cast is top notch including Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to buy Casey Affleck in this type of role. The final film might change my mind, but I'm not seeing anything in this trailer that convinces me he's got what it takes. Here's what Erik thought of the trailer.

...and while there are few things more frightening than a child going missing, here's another kind of scare:
Trick 'r Treat
There's no official release date yet for this Halloween-themed horror flick, and apparently it was bumped from its proposed October slot. The film consists of four inter-related stories about All Hallow's Eve, which just happens to be my favorite holiday. The trailer is a little vague on details, but there's lots of spooky Halloween imagery here, and Anna Paquin has sort of a Little Red Riding Hood moment, as opposed to the green hood she wore in X-Men. I love how the trailer opens with a trick or treating safety film from the 1950s, and here's hoping we get to see this in theaters this Halloween. Here's Scott's take on it.

...and speaking of scary monsters:
Beowulf
There's been much anticipation about this all CGI/motion capture version of the classic tale, but now that I've seen the trailer I find myself repeating what I said after seeing Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within: realistically rendered human CGI characters don't work for me. Sure, the process has come a long way since Final Fantasy, and at least in the trailer it seems to work more often than not, particularly when characters are shown in low lighting, but every now and then a shot just screams "computer game," and I'm pulled out of it. I'm still curious enough to probably check out the film, though, and there are others who have raved about the trailer (check out Erik's take).

Here are this week''s new trailers on AOL Moviefone:

  • Death at a Funeral: Frank Oz directed this comedy about a dysfunctional family gathered to bury their patriarch.
  • In The Valley of Elah: A soldier recently returned from Iraq goes missing and his parents set out to find him.
  • Michael Clayton: George Clooney plays a lawyer who handles his law firms dirtiest cases.
  • If I Didn't Care: A Hitchcockian thriller set in The Hamptons.
  • Death Sentence: Kevin Bacon plays a man bent on revenge against the people who murdered his son.
  • Drillbit Taylor: Owen Wilson plays a homeless man hired to protect nerdy teenagers from bullies.
  • Get Smart: Steve Carell stars in this adaptation of the classic sitcom. Check it out:

  • The Last Legion: A fantasy action-adventure set against the fall of Rome
  • The Devil Came on Horseback: A documentary about U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle who traveled to Darfur, Sudan with the African Union peacekeeping force to observe a cease-fire.