Trailers are taking to the air this week as we discuss five previews that make me think of flying.
This is a real quick little teaser but it makes me smile every time I watch it, and I'm pretty certain that's Ed Asner voicing the single word used. I suspect this brief bit of film will not even end up in the final flick, but it's already sold me through its ability to be charming as hell. This is Pixar's tenth animated feature, though not having seen Wall-E yet I'm starting to fall behind. In addition to Asner the voice cast includes Christopher Plummer and Pixar mainstay John Ratzenberger, and is described as "a 'coming of old age' story," in which "a seventysomething hero, alongside his clueless wilderness ranger sidekick, travels the globe, fighting beasts and villains, and eating dinner at 3:30 in the afternoon."
Fireflies in the Garden
If Willem Defoe were my father and he was half as crazed as he looks here I'd be pretty screwed up too. This is a semi-autobiographical feature from director Dennis Lee and deals with a family trying to deal with an unexpected tragedy. Defoe plays the father and presumably the source of much of the dysfunction and Ryan Reynolds is the son publishing his memoirs and stirring up the muck. Julia Roberts is there too, along with Carrie-Anne Moss and Hayden Panetierre. The trailer comes off as fascinating but grim, so if you're looking for the feel good movie of the year you should probably look elsewhere. Here's what Eugene thought.
Jack Brooks - Monster Slayer
There are several monsters on display here, so I have to assume at least one of them can fly, right? Anyway, we've got a roller coaster ride of a monster flick here that appears to favor practical effects over digital ones, and I could almost see a young Bruce Campbell in the main role. Unfortunately Trevor Matthews who plays the title character doesn't wow me with his screen presence, but this still looks like it has a lot to offer. Jack Brooks has rage issues stemming from the monster-related slaying of his family years ago. Now when his night school professor (played by Robert Englund) transforms into a multi-tentacled beastie and starts zombifying the student body, Jack finally has a chance to be the hero. The film is currently in limited release, which means I'll have to wait for the DVD, but this looks like fun. Here's WIlliam's review of the film.
Fly Me to the Moon
Movies like this prove that making successful animated features isn't as easy as Pixar makes it look. The makers of this one not only saddle themselves with the difficult task of making appealing characters out of flies, but attempt the impossible by trying to make maggots cute. Three flies stow away aboard Apollo 11 so they can become the first insects on the moon and end up saving the mission by repairing a wiring problem. I imagine the 3-D effect may add some interest, but this has no appeal for me. Here's Jeffrey's review of the film.
A handful of people who survived a random shooting in a diner struggle to get their lives back on track. The cast, which features Forest Whitaker, Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Hudson, Dakota Fanning, Jackie Earle Haley, Guy Pearce, and Jeanne Tripplehorn, is the big selling point. We see the survivors dealing with the tragedy, most notably Whitaker's character parlays his luck for surviving into a gambling problem. This looks heavy, the kind of heavy that I would need to be in a particular mood for, but I suspect this one will be worth the effort. Here's what Monika had to say.
New this week on AOL Moviefone:
- A Secret: French language film dealing with a Jewish boy living in post World War II Paris coming to terms with a dark secret linking his family to the Holocaust. Check it out right here:
- Rocknrolla (HD): Guy Ritchie's latest crime dramedy.
- Flow: Documentary about the system by which drinking water is distributed.
- Beverly Hills Chihuahua: A pampered pooch from Hollywood must rely on the aid of talking Mexican chihuahuas to help her get home.
- Igor (HD): John Cusack stars in this animated feature about a mad scientist's assistant with dreams of becoming a scientist himself.
- The Tale of Despereaux (HD): Animated feature about the adventures of a small mouse with gigantic ears.
- Max Payne: Mark Wahlberg stars as a widowed cop hellbent on bringing justice to his city in this computer game adaptation.
- Ballet Shoes: Three orphaned girls strive to become a ballerina, an actress and an aviator in 1930s London. Here's the trailer:
- Appaloosa (HD): Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen star as lawmen trying to bring justice to a wild west town.
- Rachel Getting Married (HD): A family's estranged daughter returns home for her sister's wedding.
- Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway: The long running Broadway hit.
- The Haunting of Molly Hartley: Thriller about a teenage girl starting her senior year in the wake of a traumatic and violent family event.
- Mirrors (HD): Second trailer for the horror flick starring Kiefer Sutherland.
- Punisher War Zone - Trailer No. 2 (HD): Second trailer for Marvel's gun-toting vigilante.
- Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (HD): Two teens discover their affection for one another while trying to find the secret location of their favorite band's gig.
- The Order of Myths -Documentary exploring the racially segregated nature of Mardi Gras.
- Fireproof: A heroic firefighter struggles to save his failing marriage.