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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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)
At first glance, Interview looks like a vehicle for Sienna Miller to prove whether she is actually an actress, with Steve Buscemi along for the ride. I was on the fence about Interview until I learned that it was directed and adapted by Buscemi.
Interview is the tale of a political journalist (Buscemi) sent to interview a movie star (Miller). After he is slightly injured in a car accident that she indirectly caused, they end up in her loft for a booze-filled night. That’s when things get interesting.
Part of the Triple Theo project, Interview honors the legacy of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh. After van Gogh was murdered in 2004, his producing partners approached New York filmmakers about remaking three of his Dutch-language films in English. Blind Date, directed by Stanley Tucci, is next in the project, followed by a film helmed by John Turturro. All three films will use van Gogh’s crew, cameras, and methods.
I am intrigued by this character drama and the Triple Theo project, so I will definitely RENT IT. Interview is rated R and opens in limited release on July 13. (official site)
Ah, Lindsay, Lindsay, Lindsay, why do you keep making movies that look like they stink? Why? Unlike your (ex?) buddy Paris, you can’t get away with making crappy movies because people know you’re actually talented.
I mean, come on, who didn’t like Mean Girls? Freaky Friday was a gem of a remake. The best part of A Prairie Home Companion was your song at the end. Aside from those movies, you’ve taken some awful career advice lately. It turns out that you cannotopen a movie on your own unless it actually has a good script. People can smell “Lindsay Lohan” vehicles coming from a mile away. And boy does I Know Who Killed Me reek. (That is, unless your fans just want to see you as a stripper. That’s right folks, Lilo goes pole dancing in I Know Who Killed Me.)
So, please, Linds, hole yourself up in Vancouver and make an independent ensemble movie for no money. Or star in a big-budget musical adaptation of a Broadway smash. (If Spring Awakening gets made in the next two years, you’ll still be young enough to play the female lead.) You could still become your generation’s Jodie Foster if you play the cards right.
I Know Who Killed Me is rated R and opens on July 27. SKIP IT. (Official site)
Russell Crowe + Denzel Washington + Ridley Scott = Oscar Bait. Like The Departed, American Gangster is a gritty mob movie with a shot at Oscar gold and big bucks at the box office. This trailer was just released, and boy am I excited.
Denzel Washington has made a career playing good guys, but as the trailer proves, he’s at his best when he’s playing the bad guy. Washington and Russell Crowe are working together for the first time since Virtuosity in 1995, when Crowe was a virtual unknown in the States. Crowe is reuniting with Gladiator director Ridley Scott. Throw in Brian Grazer, who produced A Beautiful Mind among others, and it’s one big happy Oscar-winning family.
Sometimes Oscar bait can be horribly disappointing, but if this trailer is any indication, we’re in for one damn good movie. The song at the end is a perfect example of how much music can add to a trailer. (See the comments for details about the song in the trailer for American Gangster. I asked, and you answered. )
SEE IT because American Gangster could go down as one of the great crime dramas.
American Gangster is rated R and opens on November 2. Thanks to Ben for the tip. (official site)