The music, the melody, the tunes if you will. Music is, of course, a vital part of cinema, and it is particularly significant to the trailers we're looking at today. It's all about the music here on Trailer Park.
Shine a Light
I'm sure you've heard of this band called The Rolling Stones, right? They're the ones who played the Super Bowl half-time show last year to the delight of older fans and the befuddlement of teenage viewers (at least that's how it was at the party I attended). Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film presents interviews with the band both new and historic, with the majority of the film detailing a 2006 performance at the Beacon Theater in New York City. Scorsese himself figures prominently in the trailer, so apparently at least part of the film is about the making of the film. I'm not a big fan of concert movies, although one of the few I did like was the Stones' Gimme Shelter, which covered a notorious 1969 performance at Altamont Speedway, so I'm mildly curious about Shine a Light.
The music here is more of a metaphor, though the preview makes good use of lates 60s/early 70s pop tunes to set the period. Ron Livingston plays a gifted public speaker who, after the loss of his hearing in the Vietnam war, becomes a champion for the disabled and one of the primary activists behind the American's With Disabilities Act. Looks like an interesting little historical drama, and I've always liked Livingston, so this looks like one worth checking out.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
I can see where the idea of parodying biopics like Walk the Line might sound like a good idea, but if this trailer is any indication, the practice should stop here. Director Jake Kasdan seems to be drawing his humor from the fact that the film takes itself so seriously, but it's not working for me. The film follows the life of Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) in his Johnny Cash-like rise from obscurity to stardom. Inclusion of Elvis and the Beatles (I think that's Paul Rudd as John Lennon) make for a few funny moments, but it's not enough. I'll pass on this one. Here's Monika's take on the trailer.
I'm a sucker for black and white films. I love the dream-like quality a film takes on when it uses shades of gray rather than color. This is a black and white biopic about Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division, who committed suicide in 1980 at the age of 23. The trailer moves pretty fast, and the British accents mixed with the less than pristine streaming audio make some of the dialogue hard to decipher. Still, this looks like it could be an interesting tale of the post-punk movement. Joy Division is one of those bands whose music I enjoy but I've never actually bought one of their disks. This trailer makes me think I need to remedy that. James Rocchi reviewed the film here and had some good things to say about it.
A strikingly simple looking movie that just screams INDIE! The music here has more to do with the two main characters making beautiful music together (a dopey expression, I grant you, but I had to tie this in somehow). Jamie has come to New York City to visit her friend Samantha who is nowhere to be found. Jamie asks directions from a young man named Charlie, and the two spend the next twenty-four hours together, wandering from diner to diner to find Samantha. This summer's big budget extravaganzas have left me with a longing for a film like this: characters, dialogue, and not a special effect in sight.
New trailers this week on Moviefone:
The Bubble: Three young Isrealis share an apartment in Tel Aviv and conspire to keep another friend in the country illegally.
Underground: A drama about 12 competitors vying for the title in an underground ultimate fighting championship.
Exiled: A Chinese crime drama set against the background of the 1998 reintegration of the Portuguese colony of Macau with mainland China.
The Comebacks: A spoof of inspirational sports movies.
Hannah Takes the Stairs: A recent college graduate spends one long, unsatisfying summer in the Windy City attempting to achieve romantic fulfillment in a seemingly endless series of relationships. Here's the trailer right here:
Closing Escrow: Mockumentary about the business of real estate.
Ira and Abby: A sweet, hilarious and slightly subversive romantic comedy.
Sydney White: Amanda Bynes stars in a modern retelling of Snow White set in a sorority.
The Kingdom: - Trailer No. 3: Jamie Foxx leads a team of U.S. counter-terrorism investigators.
The Darjeeling Limited: Three brother rekindle the familial bond during a tour of India. Have a look: