As the gift giving season approaches, I've decided to give myself a present and indulge in a handful of trailers for movies whose only connection to each other is that I've been looking forward to them. This week on Trailer Park, it's all about me.
The Poughkeepsie Tapes
I've seen some grumbling online about how this pseudo documentary has similarities to The Blair Witch Project which in turn owed a debt to Cannibal Holocaust and The Last Broadcast. No, there's nothing new under the sun, but what matters is the execution (an unfortunate choice of words in this case). The film is built around footage supposedly shot by a serial killer who wanted to record his crimes for posterity. There are two trailers floating around, the one at Youtube which you can link to at the top of this paragraph, and this one. Both show news reports of the murders, documentary style interviews, and grainy VHS quality footage of the crimes. It looks pretty disturbing, and I hope to see this when it releases sometime in 2008. Ryan Stewart reviewed the film when it played Tribeca and you can read that here.
I have to qualify this one by saying I was looking forward to it before seeing the trailer, but now I'm not so sure. Will Ferrell plays Jackie Moon, a coach/basketball player in the 1970s. The league he plays in is about to be absorbed by the NBA, and Moon is determined that his team will survive the transition. Not sure if Ferrell is running out of steam or if I am, but I'm left feeling lukewarm about this one. We've seen him do 70s schtick in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and this is his third sports themed film (fourth if you count the kid oriented Kicking and Screaming), so I guess I'm a little tired of him repeating himself. Stranger Than Fiction was a nice change of pace for Ferrell, and I'd like to see more of that. Still the bit in Semi Pro with the bear is pretty good. Here's Christopher Campbell's take on the trailer.
I am not a fan of the original Speed Racer cartoon, in fact, I genuinely dislike it. I know Speed and company have their supporters, but the stiff animation and bizarrely stilted dialogue turn me off. That's why I was so surprised that I liked this trailer so much. It's trippy as hell, which should be no surprise as the Wachowski Brothers who gave us the Matrix films are at the helm. They seem to have struck a balance between the classic anime look and the aesthetic of modern computer games. The character's from the series are all here, including Racer X and (God help me) Chim Chim the chimpanzee. The classic theme song is there briefly, though I was kind of hoping they'd use the cover version that Sponge recorded a few years ago. This looks like it's going to be awesome. Erik broke the news about this trailer yesterday, and his posting has a pretty cool gallery of images from the film.
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
While a relatively short period has passed since the events of 2005's The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the main characters return to the magical land of Narnia to find that 1,300 years have gone by. This installment seems to be taking the series down a darker path. As one might expect this looks to be a visually striking film with gobs of special effects, medieval armies, and magical beasties. I liked the original, and this looks to be more of the same.
Youth Without Youth - Trailer No. 2
This is the second trailer for the new film from Francis Ford Coppola. I first mentioned this in a Trailer Park back in September and took issue with the non-sensical preview. A Coppola film must have something going for it, but you certainly couldn't tell that from the first trailer. This new one has a bit more meat on its bones and my interest in the film has been renewed. Tim Roth stars as a 70 year old scholar who, after being struck by lightning, begins to age in reverse. Check out the trailer right here:
The Perfect Holiday - A little girl asks Santa to find a boyfriend for her single mom.
Cloverfield - J.J. Abrams' latest feature involves a giant monster attacking New York City.
The Accidental Husband - A fireman finds himself falling for the radio advice show host that ended his relationship with his fiancée.
Rambo - Trailer No. 2 - Sly Stallone returns as John Rambo.
Persepolis - Trailer No. 2 - Animated feature based on a graphic novel about a young girl's experiences growing up in Iran. Check out the trailer here:
Untraceable - An FBI agent strives to bring in a highly skilled cyber terrorist.
Outlaw - A British soldier returning from a tour of duty in Iraq finds that things have changed for the worse in his absence.
In Bruges - Two hit men try to lay low in Belgium after a London assassination, but culture clashes emerge.
How She Move - Financial set backs force a teenage girl to return to public school, but a dance competition may provide the necessary funds for her to continue her education.
College Road Trip - Martin Lawrence accompanies his daughter on a trip to the college she hopes to attend.
Planet B-Boy - Documentary about the global comeback of break dancing.
The Eye - Trailer No. 2 - Second trailer for the J-horror remake starring Jessica Alba.
Sex and the City - Big screen adaptation of the hit HBO series.