This week's poll should be a little less interesting, yet no more predictable. There weren't really any monumental debuts, so it's anyone's guess what trailer you guys will choose as your favorite. Perhaps the buddy comedy or the zombie franchise sequel? As for my own top ten, I'm giving the #1 spot to a trailer that tells me nothing about what its film is about and the last spot to a trailer that appears to give everything away. Let's focus on my choice for winner, I Am Love, which is like has functioned on multiple levels for me. One, it really makes me intrigued about the gorgeous-looking film, an Italian production starring Tilda Swinton that wowed critics at Toronto and Sundance film fests -- and that's about all I know or need to know about it. Two, it worked as an ad for composer John Adams, whose music I've been listening to all week, since first seeing the trailer. And three, it's a trailer for itself, because I've re-watched the spot over and over again, almost as many times as I've seen that Pixels short.
You won't find the latecomer trailer for The Other Guys on my list, mostly because it didn't make me laugh once. But I'm letting you guys vote on it anyway, since I'm sure some of our readers will be turned on by it.
Check out that trailer and the rest of my trailer picks, as well as this week's poll for your favorite, after the jump.
1. I Am Love - Tilda Swinton speaking Italian, gorgeous cinematography, John Adams score. No clue as to what this is about, but the trailer alone is so different from most that I'm willing to go into the film cold in order to find out.
2. Resident Evil: Afterlife - This trailer is all business in the front, party in the back. First, for the serious 3D fans, it really wants you to know this was shot with the Avatar cameras. But then, for the simpler moviegoers, it gives you some gimmicky 3D-as-spectacle shots of people and things flying toward the camera. Cinemullet!
3. Casino Jack and the United States of Money - If prolific documentarian Alex Gibney helped you understand the Enron scandal, it seems he could do the same for you on the topic of Jack Abramoff. Also: fancy graphics and rock music, how modern docs are done.
4. Dinner for Schmucks - Basically a funnier Dogfight with idiots instead of ugly girls. As an unapologetic fan of moron comedy, I was immediately sold at Steve Carell's Brick Tamland-like scream of "he's eating paper!"
5. Kooky (international) - This week's pick for weirdest-looking movie is this stop-motion fantasy from Oscar-winning filmmaker Jan Sverak (Kolya). It's kinda like if fellow Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer met Spike Jonze's Maurice Sendak adaptations. I'm not a 100% sold, but as far as strange children's movies go, I'd see this before that weird CG owl movie, Legend of the Guardians.
6. The Kids Are All Right - Lisa Cholodenko's latest may have received great reviews at Sundance, but this trailer makes it look like a sitcom pilot disguised as an indie dysfunctional family drama. That wouldn't be so bad except the idea of Julianne Moore in a sitcom leaves a bad taste in my mouth after her irritating guest appearances on 30 Rock.
7. 18.104.22.168 - Thanks go out to Movieline for not only pointing me to the second trailer for this British film starring Emma Roberts that's like Guy Ritchie remaking Sugar and Spice, but also for highlighting the now-ironic cameo from Kevin Smith in a scene on a plane. Even without that, however, this trailer is a whole lot better than the other featuring Roberts, for Joel Schumacher's Twelve.
8. Holy Rollers - At first I thought this was going to be a comedy. Maybe it's the title. Or maybe it's just seeing familiar, oftentimes comedic actors with bushy beards, payot and large fedoras. Thankfully there were no Sabbath day shots of Justin Bartha in a silky robe and stockings. You might as well throw Zach Galiafinakis in there, too. Honestly, this true story-based indie drama, which seems like a mix of Maria Full of Grace, Little Odessa and A Stranger Among Us, would probably be taken more seriously had it been cast with unknowns. Of course, how many of you will be seeing it -- and possibly laughing at the unintentional goofiness -- just because Jesse Eisenberg, Ari Graynor and Q-Tip are in it?
9. The Rebound (international) - Despite all the times "the nanny" is uttered in the trailer, that is not the title of this Catherine Zeta-Jones rom-com (also starring Justin Bartha), even though it's just a gender-reversed adaptation of the Fran Drescher sitcom. Hopefully the movie also has dialogue like this: "you're too young for me, because you like the sound of music performed by Justin Bieber."
10. Sex and the City 2 (trailer #2) - I bet they included the "not in Kansas anymore" line because it will remind guys of Avatar. Seriously, though, shouldn't this movie take place in "the City" rather than the Middle East? Especially given that it opens with the new NYC theme song?