This week's crop of trailers is pretty underwhelming. None are relatively bad -- okay, maybe the one for Grown Ups is bad, but it's still the perfect kind of advertising for the kind of movie it is and the kind of audience it's targeting -- but for the most part they're extraordinarily ordinary. And that's fitting since the only trailer I could even imagine making my top choice this week is for a film called The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of Jose Gonzalez. Part of my reason for liking this international trailer is that it doesn't seem to be for a documentary. Is that deceiving? I mean, it's not selling the film, about the titular Argentine-Swedish folk singer, as if it were a superhero blockbuster or a romantic comedy. It still appears to a bleak foreign film that appeals to a limited audience.
I guess I'm just glad it doesn't come across as another depressing musician bio-doc like The Devil and Daniel Johnston and You're Going to Miss Me. Instead it comes across as another depressing Swedish film -- with animated sequences. I'm sure that if it ever makes it to the states, a new trailer will be more forthcoming in what this film is and about (especially for those of us not familiar with the real-life singer-songwriter). Regardless, I'm already intrigued and hooked by this one. Check it out, as well as my list of the best trailers of the week and the usual poll for you to vote on your favorite, after the jump.
1. The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of Jose Gonzalez - Second week in a row where my top trailer choice also turned me onto a musical artist.
2. Enter the Void (French trailer) - Sure, why not another trippy foreign trailer for Gaspar Noe's latest, which won't be distributed in the U.S. til September? Love that glockenspiel rendition of Bach, too.
3. Ondine - You know those trailer mash-ups where someone re-edits a film to seem like another genre? This is kind of what a Splash-as-thriller example would be like. Except John Candy is a little girl in a wheelchair and Eugene Levy is now as mysterious as he is creepy.
4. The Oath - Yet another documentary involving a terrorist suspect incarcerated at Guantanamo. But it's directed by Oscar-nominee Laura Poitras (My Country, My Country). And it won an award for cinematography at Sundance. Most importantly, though, if you don't know the story of Salim Hamdan, this looks like a great way to get caught up.
5. The Human Centipede (First Sequence) - Seems to give a little too much away, especially since it starts out selling the movie as your typical torture porn horror flick. Given how much it's dividing critics, I'd love to see some positive and negative blurbs in there, and not just from the usual horror review sites. Treat it like a Noe or von Trier sort of must-see shocker rather than another Saw kind of shocker.
6. Malice in Wonderland - For Maggie Grace fans who don't think Lost is blatant enough in its Alice in Wonderland references (plus she left the show before the Alice love really began), here's a movie that's like the Freeway version of Lewis Carroll's literary classic. Unfortunately, it looks like this movie had a lower budget than the video for Tom Petty's "Don't Come Around Here No More." But if you're interested, Magnolia has just released this to theaters and VOD.
7. Unthinkable - Obvioulsy this appears to be nothing new after one season -- let alone eight -- of 24. But if you'd asked me even before that how to deal with this "ticking time-bomb" scenario, I'd have told you to just swap faces with the terrorist in an attempt to get his brother to tell you where the bomb is. We've known that for 13 years now.
8. Ong Bak 3 (Thai trailer) - I recall the trailer for the first Ong Bak having some pretty amazing stunts in it. I'm not much of a martial arts fan, but I was impressed. This third one seems to be more about some creepy living dead guy and flashy Mummy-like special effects. Answering Alison's question from earlier in the week, I doubt this is going to convert anyone who hasn't been into Tony Jaa and Thai action since the original.
9. Paper Man - This may be the reason Ryan Reynolds' costume in The Green Lantern will be computer-generated. Tights aren't as flattering on him as you'd expect. And the imaginary friend thing hasn't been interesting since Drop Dead Fred.
10. Grown Ups - I'm not sure what's worse, the assembly of actors or the assembly of familiar slapstick and mild gross-out gags. I guess they're saving the obligatory skunk bit for the second trailer?