Although I generally prefer my wings with hot sauce and blue cheese, we're looking at a different type of wing here. This week we're looking at movies that are joined together by the common theme of winged creatures, so one might say we're Just Winging It.
I'm not sure if the Valkyrie's of Norse mythology had wings of any kind, but whenever I hear the name I always picture the Marvel Comics character Valkyrie who was known for riding a winged horse. Anyway, this new flick from Bryan Singer (director of the first two X-Men movies and Superman Returns) looks awesome. Tom Cruise stars as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, a German officer at the heart of a conspiracy to overthrow Hitler's regime and assassinate the dictator. Knowing that the plot is doomed to fail adds a sense of tragedy to the whole thing, as does the fact that this based on a true story. Kenneth Branaugh and Terrence Stamp also star. Here's Erik's take on the trailer.
Alvin and the Chipmunks
I know, Chipmunks aren't winged creatures, but flying squirrels sort of are and it's not a huge leap to... Oh come on, work with me, people. After the absolutely dreadful teaser trailer (click here to share my pain) that dropped a few months ago (you have only moments to sell us on your film and you give us a poop eating joke?) this full length trailer looks surprisingly less awful. I'm not saying it looks great, but it made me laugh a few times and yeah the little buggers are kind of cute. Jason Lee plays Dave Seville, a down on his luck songwriter who happens upon three talking squirrels whose singing voices make his otherwise crappy songs palatable. This one is coming out right before Christmas, so I'm betting we'll be hearing the classic Chipmunks Christmas song along with the covers of pop tunes you can hear them sing in the trailer.
Generally, my exposure to Japanese cinema is limited to giant monster flicks or the occasional anime. This thriller from Japan about a former war photographer who is searching for a downed U.S. stealth jet that is carrying a nuclear warhead looks like it may have potential. Based on a novel by Tetsuo Takashima, this one is hitting theaters stateside before it even gets released in Japan. The plot seems like a classic American action flick scenario, so Universal is apparently banking on audiences thinking so as well. I'm not sure if the film is dubbed or subtitled, though the trailer uses the latter. Given Hollywood's penchant for remaking Japanese horror flicks, it wouldn't be a huge stretch to believe the trend might jump genres and, for good or ill, I wouldn't be surprised if there was a U.S. remake at some point.
Major Movie Star
Say what you will about Jessica Simpson, but she has the face of an angel (winged creature, don't you know). Ironically she also has the onscreen appeal of a rusted out Chevy Vega, and this new flick of hers doesn't look like it will change my opinion anytime soon. Simpson plays a movie star who, after being swindled out of her fortune and publicly humiliated decides to get her life together by joining the army but still remaining cutesy. Erik Davis first mentioned this one back in June. I don't see any indication of an official connection to the 1980 film Private Benjamin which starred Goldie Hawn, but remake or rip-off I plan to avoid this like the proverbial plague.
Jessica Alba, who once starred in the series Dark Angel (Angel. Winged creature. See how it all fits together?), stars opposite former Jedi Knight and Sith Lord Hayden Christensen. Christensen plays a man who, while undergoing a crucial heart operation that he may not survive finds himself in the unenviable position of being conscious but paralyzed after being anesthetized. As the panic sets in he hears his two doctors, one of whom is a close friend, discuss how they are plotting to murder him and make it look like the result of complications during surgery. I'm fuzzy on how this premise will work at feature length, but the idea is pretty damn disturbing. If I were to bet on the success of a Hayden Christensen movie in the near future it would be Jumper, but this may have something going for it as well. Here's what Jessica Barnes thought of the trailer, and you can scope out the trailer for yourself right here:
New trailers on AOL Moviefone:
- Badland - Based on true events, Badland is the story of a veteran of the war in Iraq who finds it impossible to return to civilian life.
- Mad Money - Three employees of the Federal Reserve conspire to make off with a quantity of cash scheduled to be shredded.
- I'm Not There - A handful of actors portray Bob Dylan in this biopic.
- Love in the Time of Cholera - A tale of a love triangle in turn of the century South America based on the classic novel.
- Stop-Loss - After completing his tour of duty in Iraq a young soldier is ordered back to the front lines but decides to go AWOL instead.
- Be Kind Rewind - Two video store clerks reenact and record classic movies to replace their destroyed stock.
- Wanted - A young man suddenly learns that the father he never knew was one of the world's greatest assassins and he is called on to follow in his footsteps. Check it out right here:
- Cassandra's Dream - Woody Allen's latest film about two brothers whose attempts to better their lives leads them into a sinister situation.
- The Band's Visit - A police band gets lost on the way to a gig in Israel.
- Rambo to Hell and Back - It's Rambo. Do you really need me to tell you more than that?
- Somebody Help Me! - Ten friends gather at a cabin in the woods, but every time someone ventures into town somebody dies.
- I Am Legend - Trailer No. 2 - Will Smith is the last man on earth after a global plague mutates the rest of the population.
- WrestleManiac - A masked Mexican wrestler picks off the a group of people shooting an amateur porn video.
- War/Dance - A documentary about Ugandan school children taking part in a music festival to demonstrate their skill at traditional dance.