It appears a number of Zac Efron fans took over last week's Traler Park poll, given that Charlie St. Cloud won by a landslide with 62% of the votes. Second place goes to my least favorite of the week, the animated film Rio, which garnered 12% of the votes.
This week I was sure that I'd be putting another Cannes title at the top of my trailer rankings, because the international spot for Palme d'Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives make the film look very much to my liking. It certainly won't look as appealing to most of you, though. You really can tell from the trailer that it's quite slow in pace, and otherwise inaccessible to most Western audiences. But, I bet the film I did choose for the top slot, Shanghai, will interest a wide variety of movie lovers, from those who like foreign World War II dramas to fans of Chow Yun-Fat to those of us who'll watch John Cusack in just about anything. He seems pretty out of place in this film, which was directed by Mikhael Hafstrom (1408) and shot two years ago, but he's surrounded by an amazing ensemble cast -- including Franka Potente, David Morse, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Ken Watanabe and Gong Li.
The trailer for Shanghai is also foreign, because unfortunately it has no release date in the U.S., despite the fact that it has a distributor, The Weinstein Co. Are they sitting on it because it's no good? Well, it can't be worse than Nine. And even if it is, enough people on the web this week have offered excitement for the film based on this trailer alone, so we should at least be given the choice to check it out. You can watch the video after the jump, as part of this week's trailer chart (there's a tie for #10!), and then vote for your favorite trailer of the week in the latest poll.
1. Shanghai (international) - Who's going to start the Facebook campaign to get this released asap?
2. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (international) - Reminds me of all the things I love about Taiwanese cinema, particularly the ghost-filled Goodbye, Dragon Inn and the memory films of Hou Hsiao-Hsien. I'm not as familiar with Thai movies (though I do love Last Life in the Universe), and I don't mean to equate them generally with another Asian cinema, but the connection was honestly my first impression. I was also at least reminded that I need to finally see Weerasethakul's previous Cannes winners Tropical Malady and Blissfully Yours.
3. GasLand - This Sundance-winning documentary seems like a domestic (and therefore more appealing to Americans) version of Joe Berlinger's Crude, in topic and quality. That flaming kitchen sink faucet is ridiculous. I can't wait to see what else the film's got.
4. Morning Glory - Broadcast News meets Anchorman by the company that brought you LOST. But REALLY the appeal is seeing Annie Hall vs. Han Solo, am I right, fans of 1977? All we need is a cameo from John Travolta in a white suit.
5. We Are What We Are - This is one of the creepiest trailers I've seen in awhile, mainly due to the screeching violin and the lack of exposition to tell me what kind of a world this is (like, "in a world, where Mexicans show off thumbs in glass tubes"). I probably won't see it, but this got my attention better than most horror trailers.
6. The Divide - Decent teaser for a film that's still being made, but there is the obvious Cloverfield similarity. If you didn't know the real threat is a nuclear bomb, you might think there was another monster outside that building.
7. Skateland - Reminds me a little too much of Adventureland with the amusement park switched out for a roller rink. But you make an '80s movie and put "Age of Consent" on the trailer's soundtrack, and you'll at least get my attention.
8. Restrepo - I have been looking forward to this documentary since it won Sundance -- actually since before that, when it was getting rave reviews from the fest. But this trailer does not indicate a film that is any more worth our time than the other billion war docs of the last decade. National Geographic really needs to learn how to sell a must-see documentary.
9. Burning Bright - It's kind of like if you crossed Cujo with the pets-lost-during-Katrina doc MINE, but you amped up the stakes by having the pet be a killer tiger.
10. (tie) Alpha and Omega - If only the forced-together wolves in this 3D animated film had a cub to look after -- then it'd have the same plot as Life as We Know It:
Life as We Know It - Baby Boom meets Knocked Up meets, well, Alpha and Omega I guess. Which of these two movies seems more realistic? Which seems to have more dimension (aside from the theatrical presentation format)? Which one has too many jokes about going to the bathroom? The answer to the last question is both do.