Nothing else really had a chance in last week's Trailer Park poll, as Inception took about 72% of the votes. I guess you guys are looking forward to that one? Coming way behind in second and third places were Machete and The American.
This week a lot of the best and worst looks at movies have come in the form of scenes and viral videos. The scenes are mainly clips from Cannes selections, such as Doug Liman's Valerie Plame movie, Fair Game, and the new works from Stephen Frears and Mike Leigh (thanks to The Playlist for finding those). And the viral was a staged bit from "behind the scenes" of Knight and Day, which doesn't need linking to, as it pretty much eliminates all appeal that movie still had going for it.
As for new trailers, there are two trends this week. One is that a lot are for films coming out of the Tribeca Film Festival (most of them Sundance leftovers) and the other is, as noted in the title, related to three of the most successful rock bands in history. Actually, the Tribeca-winning Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage fits both trends. And, well, Easy A kinda fits the title, at least, because it stars Emma Stone. Maybe even Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work fits both trends because Rivers has kind of a stoneface. Now I'm wondering if I should have included the trailer for the recently released Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo and wish there had been another new spot for Legend of the Guardians, since it features the voice of Geoffrey Rush. Yeah, that would all have been too much.
My top choice this week is for the Joan Rivers doc, and the reason is simple. I haven't been so intrigued about a documentary subject in a long time. The film looks funny and candid and heartfelt and basically all you could want from a non-fiction film portrait of a famous figure. Check it out, along with my weekly trailer chart and poll, after the jump.
1. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work - "It's bacon, you idiot." That should be the film's tagline, or even subtitle, if you ask me.
2. The Killer Inside Me - Sometimes I accidentally don't or intentionally don't include certain big deal trailers in my chart. For example, last week I meant to exclude the trailer for You Again, which (unlike SNL) can't even be saved by Betty White, while somehow I plum forgot to showcase this terrific spot for The Killer Inside Me. I didn't exactly love the movie, but this trailer has me wanting to see it again. It really makes the film out to be a modern day Badlands. And although it seems to make Casey Affleck out to be a semi-likable antihero type, I see nothing wrong with that since the actual film will change viewers' minds right away.
3. Super 8 (Teaser) - Finally available to officially share on here, I can now say that I'm mostly in love with this teaser. I love that the beginning is all an homage to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, I love that it's so mysterious. But I do wonder, can a pickup truck really cause so much damage to a freight train?
4. Easy A - Seems like a rehash of Saved! meets Sydney White meets, obviously, The Scarlet Letter, and it's weird that Amanda Bynes is now on the other side of the popular hot girl vs. unpopular hot girl concept. And it's also hard to believe Emma Stone as a girl nobody notices. But once Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson showed up as Stone's parents, I was sold.
5. Nowhere Boy - In case you didn't catch who this movie is about, maybe because you had the sound muted, it's John Lennon. John Lennon. John Lennon.
6. Stones in Exile - If you prefer the Rolling Stones to the Beatles, or documentaries to biopics, you might be more interested in this film, which I think is somewhere around the millionth doc made about the band. But most of those previous efforts have been great, and this comes from Stephen Kijak, who made Cinemania and Scott Walker: 30 Century Man. If anything, this straight-to-DVD release, which is also screening at Cannes this week, should satisfy my Stones love until Johnny Depp's more anticipated doc about Keith Richards. [via The Playlist]
7. The Adjustment Bureau - For a moment I thought this was going to be more interesting. I mean, there's Roger Sterling magically messing with Jason Bourne, right? But ultimately it comes off as a simple romantic yarn, with slight sci-fi elements, about choosing love over career. It looks like it could be for Philip K. Dick-brand metaphysics what The Time Traveler's Wife was for time travel movies. No thanks.
8. Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage - Having just won the Audience Award at Tribeca, this is on my to-see list, but the trailer doesn't make it seem like more than a by-the-books episode of Behind the Music. Interestingly enough, I had no idea that Rush was third after the Beatles and the Stones in terms of consecutive gold or platinum albums. Fitting that their trailer is behind the Beatles and the Stones too, I guess.
9. Open House - Top-billing in this trailer goes to Anna Paquin, complete with her Academy Award-winning status, despite the fact she's only in the movie for a few minutes. Otherwise, I must give Lionsgate credit for making this thriller look more thrilling than it actually is, and not in an entirely deceptive way. It just pretty much shows you all the kills in the trailer, that's all.
10. Kites: The Remix - So Brett Ratner re-edited this Bollywood film so that it would be more accessible to international audiences, and this is what it looks like? Bad dubbing and hot air balloons? Never mind the fact that Bollywood films are already huge internationally thanks to the Indian diaspora, and so there doesn't need to be a "remix" in the first place. I'd rather have the original version, if any.