Once again using my own take on the classic Seven Degrees of Kevin Bacon, I'm bouncing from one trailer to the next via connections both insignificant and profound. Let's start with...
Pink Panther 2
When I first heard about the 2006 Pink Panther remake I, like many, cried "blasphemers!" Who could possibly fill Peter Sellers' shoes as the endearingly idiotic Inspector Clouseau? Well, if anyone could do, it it would be Steve Martin, and even if the film wasn't a total success Martin brought some inspired silliness to the role, and now he's back for more. This teaser trailer is kind of funny, though I don't care for the more up-tempo version of the classic Pink Panther theme (was that in the last film? I don't remember). The good inspector sneaks into a sold out movie, and while I won't give away the joke, I will say that it will definitely work better in theaters than online. Eugene posted about the trailer here.
And speaking of remakes...
It's unfortunate that this one starts with one of the worst cliches of all time. "The rules are simple," says one character, "there are no rules." Gag me. I've always liked Death Race 2000 from 1975, and while this new version apparently strays pretty far from the original, it looks to be a fun bit of brainless action. Jason Statham is a former NASCAR champion who has been framed for his wife's murder so he can participate in a three day auto race for convicted felons. In its few years of existence Death Race has garnered a bigger audience than the Super Bowl. Cars are armor plated and armed with a potpourri of exotic weapons. The trailer is non-stop action and if the film is the same I'll be willing to overlook that godawful cliche. Here's Erik's take.
And speaking of Jason Statham...
Yes, Jason Statham's back for a third shot at the Transporter franchise. I'm probably not the best person to judge this one having not seen either of the previous films, but an action film directed by a guy named Olivier Megaton must have something going for it (and you can be equally sure if the film bombs someone will pick up on the name for that as well). This French trailer shows Statham's character Frank Martin engaging in various acts of daring do including martial arts, high speed chases and round house kicking a crash helmet presumably into someone's face, and he's also got some kind of explosive strapped to his wrist. There's also a pretty good cover of Iggy Pop's "I Wanna Be Your Dog" playing through it all. I suspect seeing The Transporter and Transporter 2 is not a requirement for understanding this one, but I have to say this has got me thinking about adding the previous films to my Netflix queue. Here's what Eugene thought.
And speaking of action...
The original teaser for this one was just infuriating. Quick chaotic cuts with no hint of what it's all about. This full trailer has a lot more eye candy to offer. Set in the future, Vin Diesel plays a gun for hire who has to transport a woman from Russia to the U.S. The woman is host to an organism that a cult wishes to harvest in order to make a genetically modified messiah. Sounds like a straightforward action plot with science fiction trappings, but it looks like an exciting flick. Here's William's take.
And speaking of acronyms in the title...
Well no, there's no acronym in this title, but there was one in M*A*S*H, which was an awesome movie, but for our purposes we're talking about the TV show which starred Alan Alda. In Diminished Capacity, Matthew Broderick stars as an amnesiac cartoonist who embarks on a road trip with his Alzheimer's afflicted uncle (Alda) and his high school sweetheart (Virginia Madsen) to sell a classic baseball card at a memorabilia show. This looks like a sweet and funny examination of family and friendship. Here's Erik's post about the film which, incidentally, is quoted in the trailer, which you can see right here:
New trailers this week on AOL Moviefone:
- The Longshots - The true story of Jasmine Plummer, the first female quarterback in the history of Pop Warner Football.
- Encounters At the End of the World - Werner Herzog's documentary on Antarctica focusing on McMurdo Station, the headquarters of The National Science Foundation.
- Hancock - Second trailer for Will Smith's super hero flick.
- Choke - Sam Rockwell plays a womanizing man with the hots for his mother's doctor.
- Wanted - Third trailer for the comic book based thriller starring Angelina Jolie.
- Religulous - Bill Maher hosts this humorous documentary looking at the state of religion in the world today.
- Gonzo - Documentary examining the life of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Here's the trailer:
- The Stone Angel - Ellen Burstyn plays an aging but lively woman looking back on a life lived on her own terms.
- CSNY Deja Vu - Follows legendary rock band Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young on their Freedom of Speech 2006 tour.
- Marley & Me - Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston star as a couple dealing with a precocious Labrador retriever.
- X-Files 2: I Want To Believe - Second trailer for the return of Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.