I want this week's trailer park to be a celebration of the strange, a bash of the bizarre. Once again, we are the weird, and where better to start than:
You gotta love that title, and the tagline "the road to salvation is paved with burned out hippies," is pretty cool too. Dexter and Royce need to pay off their drug dealer and dispose of a body quick, but run into trouble when the abandoned drive-in theater they chose for a grave site is being used for a satanic ritual. We've got midgets in medieval armor, gnomes and talking mice too. Nice. I have high hopes for this one, and it goes into limited U.S. release on October 5.. Monika Bartyzel saw Weirdsville at the Toronto International Film Festival and you can read her review here.
Future cult classic or the next Ishtar? Judging from the trailer it could go either way, but I'm dying to see this. I stumbled across Richard Kelly's previous film Donnie Darko when it hit DVD and absolutely loved it, and like many others I've been waiting for his followup project for some time. Cinematical's James Rocchi reviewed the film in May 2006 after it played at Cannes, but apparently the release version represents a very different cut of the film. Synopsizing Southland Tales is quite a challenge, especially since I've only seen this preview, but apparently Kelly is expanding upon his apocalyptic visions from Donnie Darko. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays an action film star and Sarah Michelle Gellar is his porn star girlfriend who has the best line in the trailer when she says "Scientists are saying that the future is going to be far more futuristic than they originally predicted." There appears to be some kind of paranoid conspiracy at work, and I'm getting flashbacks of Terry Gilliam's Brazil and the works of David Lynch.
Put on a mask and costume and fight crime? Yeah, that's pretty weird too, but that doesn't stop the onslaught of big budget super hero movies. This latest Marvel adaptation features Robert Downey Jr. as industrialist and weapons manufacturer Tony Stark. A first hand taste of what military weapons can do inspires a change of heart, and Stark becomes the armored hero Iron Man. The trailer has all kinds of cool going for it, including a good long look at Stark's original clunky gray armor, a peek at his streamlined red and gold number, as well as fleeting glimpses at least one other armored character. I was an Iron Man fan back in the 70s and early 80s, and it looks like they're doing justice to the character. Here's Christopher Campbell's take on the trailer. Check it out right here:
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A grieving widow played by Hillary Swank starts receiving letters from her late husband. Pretty weird, huh? Well, not as weird as you might think. Departed hubby (Gerard Butler) made arrangements before his death to have letters sent to his widow after his passing to inspire her to get on with her life. I'm sure this sounded clever on paper, but the trailer just comes across as sappy. Perhaps I'm just an unromantic clod, but I give this one a hearty no thank you. Monika's take on the trailer is more favorable, and you can read that here.
Fitting this one into today's theme is a stretch (I guess the main character seems a little weird), but it's downright endearing and it grabbed my attention right away. Juno (X-Men: The Last Stand's Ellen Page) is a teenage girl who suddenly finds herself pregnant, so she looks in the local Penny Saver for a couple to adopt her baby and comes up with a husband and wife played by Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner. A great cast (which also includes Rainn Wilson and J.K. Simmons) playing some fascinating characters have me itching to see this. You can read Scott Weinberg's review of the film here, and here's the trailer:
New trailers this week on AOL Moviefone:
- Atonement - A young girl seeks atonement for the lie that ruined a man's life.
- Angels In The Dust - Documentary about a home for orphan children in South Africa.
- Resident Evil: Extinction - Trailer No. 2 - Milla Jovovich is back to kick more zombie butt.
- Youth Without Youth - Francis Ford Coppola's first directorial effort in eight years.
- Shine a Light - Martin Scorsese directs this Rolling Stones concert film which focuses on a pair of 2006 shows in New York.