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Chronicles of Narnia Sequel: More Than a Lazy Sunday

Every once in a while, a trailer comes along that makes me giddy with delight. A huge grin spreads across my face as I clap like a four-year-old on Christmas morning. The trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is one of these trailers, a trailer that reminds me why I love going to the movies.

Prince Caspian, like its predecessor The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, is a faithful adaptation of the saga written by C.S. Lewis. I read The Chronicles of Narnia annually during my dorky childhood, and so far the movies are even better than I had ever imagined in the books. In this installment, the Pevensie kids return to Narnia one year later to find that an eon has passed and their kingdom is in turmoil. The battle scenes alone will be worth my $11.

Prince Caspian is unmissable. For everyone who loves an epic adventure on the big screen, SEE IT. For everyone who wishes there could be another installment of Lord of the Rings, SEE IT. For all you Harry Potter fans in withdrawal, SEE IT. For all the fellow dweebs who still hope to find Narnia waiting behind the next door, SEE IT.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is not yet rated and opens May 16. (official site)

27 Dresses: My Best Friend’s Wedding, All Over Again

Ok, I’ve watched the trailer for 27 Dresses four times now, and the only thing I can think of is “meh.” That’s not a good sign, but 27 Dresses looks better than the drivel that studios usually release in the depths of January.

Katherine Heigl (in her first attempt to open a movie on her own) plays a woman who has been a bridesmaid 27 times, and now she is about to watch her younger sister marry the man she’s in love with. Throw in Rupert Everett, and you’ve got the sequel to My Best Friend’s Wedding.

With a title like 27 Dresses, this couldn’t be more of a chick flick. But here I am, a member of the movie’s target demographic, and I’m on the fence. Why is that? Well, any woman who would subject herself to being a bridesmaid 27 times is just crazy, I tell you. And even though I loved Knocked Up, something about Katherine Heigl just rubs me the wrong way. (Sorry.) Then again, Edward Burns gets some screen time, and that’s never a bad thing. James Marsden isn’t so hard on the eyes either.

When January 11 rolls around, if I’m itching to get out of the house and there’s nothing else at the movies, I may just break down and see 27 Dresses. But somehow I highly doubt it. RENT IT.

Superbad: You’ll Be McLovin’ It

Superbad opens tomorrow; buy your tickets now before they sell out. Rachel said RENT IT based on the R-rated trailer, but after attending an advance screening, I’m saying run and SEE IT.

Crude laughs abound in this story of two uber-geeks who are trying to lose their virginity before heading to college. If this plot sounds familiar, don’t fret, Superbad is fresh and hilarious. Somehow this has become the summer of Jonah Hill (Knocked Up and Evan Almighty) and he is in top form as a swearing ball of hormones. I fell a little bit in love with Michael Cera (George-Michael Bluth from Arrested Development) who plays the straight man but gets the biggest laughs. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote this when they were 13 just to see if they could; now that Rogen is too old to play the lead, he gets some hilarious scenes as the world’s worst cop. But it’s Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fogell (a.k.a. McLovin!!!!) who steals the show.

Superbad is one of those movies (like Borat) that you’ll want to see as soon as possible before everyone ruins the jokes for you. Trust me, everyone will start quoting the movie immediately after the credits start rolling. (In fact, I’m tempted to see the movie again just to remember some of the better lines.) If you’re wondering why all your friends are screaming “McLovin!!”, blame Superbad.

National Treasure: Book of Sequels

For me, National Treasure was a pleasant surprise. Despite my reservations that it would be two hours of Nicolas Cage’s typical shlock, one night it was the best choice at our local cinema, so I saw it. National Treasure was total brain candy: action with a good dose of comedy. I loved every second of it.

Disney smells a franchise. Ed Harris and Helen Mirren join Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, and Harvey Keitel for the sequel. (This is Mirren‘s first post-Oscar role, and why not? At this point in her career, she can do whatever she wants.) The stakes are greater this time around; Cage must clear allegations that his ancestor was involved in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. My only gripe about this trailer is that it doesn’t show enough of the hilarious one-liners that made the first movie so enjoyable. Still, I am going to SEE IT with a big bucket of popcorn.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets is not yet rated and opens on December 21. (official site)

Beowulf: It Should Come With a Joystick

Video games sure have gotten better graphics since the days when I played Legend of Zelda on my 8-bit Nintendo. The trailer for the new Harry Potter video game made me want to run out and buy the game and a system to play it on. While movies make great video games, do I really want to see a movie that looks like it should come with a game controller?

Beowulf, the new movie from director Robert Zemeckis, is completely animated and it looks like a video game. Zemeckis is known for his work with special effects and animation (The Polar Express, Cast Away, Forrest Gump, Contact), but this time he may have gone too far. It’s obvious that Angelina Jolie is in the movie, but can you spot John Malkovich? Animation this realistic works in video games and in children’s movies such as The Polar Express, but here it is just too jarring. Plus, does anyone really want to see a movie based on a book that no one bothered reading in high school? SKIP IT.

Beowulf is not yet rated and opens on November 16. (official site)

Charlie Bartlett: Better Than Therapy

One of my favorite things about writing on TrailerSpy is the opportunity to give more attention to small but deserving movies that might otherwise pass you by. Charlie Bartlett is one of those movies, and I hope it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle of the summer blockbusters.

In the dog days of summer, I long for a movie with three-dimensional characters, witty dialogue, and an intelligent story. From the trailer, it looks like Charlie Bartlett will more than fill the void left by spiders, pirates, and robots.

See it for Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, and Anton Yelchin holding his own in the title role. See it for all the small, smart movies that fade into the background. SEE IT so that studios will realize that we’re still aching for good movies.

Charlie Bartlett is rated R and opens on August 3. (official site)

A Good Cause: the Adrienne Shelly Foundation

We here at TrailerSpy are big fans of the movie Waitress. It’s a great movie about a woman who realizes she is trapped in a miserable life and aches to get out. Unfortunately, Waitress will always be associated with the murder of its creator and co-star, Adrienne Shelly. Shortly after her death, Shelly’s husband Andy Ostroy created the Adrienne Shelly Foundation to provide grants and scholarships for female actors, writers, and directors.

Women are still under-represented in the Writers’ Guild and Directors’ Guild (just think of those categories at the Oscars–usually all men). The Adrienne Shelly Foundation is a great cause that will support female filmmakers while honoring the legacy of a talented artist.

Please visit their website to make a donation or learn more about their goal.

Gone, Baby, Gone: The Redemption of Ben Affleck

Did you look really closely at the end credits of the trailer for Gone, Baby, Gone? Blink and you’ll miss it, but the end screen says “directed by Ben Affleck.” Though Affleck is making his directorial debut, I’m pleasantly surprised by how good Gone, Baby, Gone looks.

Gone, Baby, Gone certainly has a great pedigree. It’s based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, who also wrote Mystic River. Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris consistently do good work, though it is strange to see Harris with hair. Casey Affleck may be benefiting from being the director’s brother, but it looks like he can carry this film.

I’m rooting for Ben Affleck to surprise everybody with rave reviews. I certainly can’t wait to SEE IT.

Gone, Baby, Gone is rated R and opens on October 19 in limited release. (IMDb page)

Transformers Comes With Mystery “Cloverfield” 1-18-08 Trailer

Update (11-19-07): A new, longer trailer just hit the internet. Check it out here.

Update (07-16-07): Since the debate still seems to be going strong, I thought I’d add this poll, just so that I can quantify exactly what you guys think this movie is really going to be about. Please take a second and place your vote.

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Update (07-09-07): It looks like Paramount is taking the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” approach, because they just officially released the trailer through Apple. I’ve embedded an HD version of it below. On the other hand, if you get nostalgic for the grainy cell-phone camera versions, you can still find them here.

Update (07-08-07): Check out our TrailerSpy exclusive: Comments from a Cloverfield Insider!!

Update (7-24-07): The movie has a title! And it’s lame!

Want to create a viral marketing campaign for your untitled movie? Run a trailer for it before a hot summer blockbuster, and only mention the new movie’s release date. That’s right, before showings of Transformers, a mysterious trailer says little except that it’s a J.J. Abrams film that will open on 1-18-08.

I have my own (very strong) opinions about this trailer, but I’d rather hear your opinions first. Thoughts? Let’s hear ‘em.

Untitled J.J. Abrams movie (with a fake working title of Cloverfield) is not yet rated and opens on 1-18-08. Thanks to Defamer for the tip. Also, check out the movie’s official site and IMDb page.

The Bronx Is Burning on ESPN

Here at TrailerSpy, we generally write about movies, but if there is a good trailer for a TV show, then we’ll post it. And the trailer for the ESPN miniseries The Bronx is Burning definitely qualifies.

Back in 1977, New York City was not quite the nice, safe place it is now. The city was battling a serial killer, bankruptcy, and mass looting during a summer blackout. The New York Yankees were one of the few bright spots that summer, but the team was in turmoil too. New owner George Steinbrenner had gotten to the World Series and lost, so he went out and did what he does best–he bought a star in Reggie Jackson. In addition to Jackson, the ’77 Yankees boasted Thurman Munson, Bucky F’in Dent, and managers Yogi Berra and Billy Martin. Together, their challenge was to bring the championship back to the Bronx for the first time in 16 years.

For every baseball fan, The Bronx is Burning is one big SEE IT. This bit of Yankee history happened before I was born, and I can’t wait to catch up. The Bronx is Burning is an eight-week miniseries starting July 9 on ESPN. (official site)