Saturday, July 28, 2007

Trailer Park

Another favorite online passtime (after trolling for license plates) is checking out movie trailers. The trailers have always been one of the best things about going to the movies, and since I never go to the theater anymore, I gotta get my fix somehow. Apple's Quicktime Movie Trailers page is my go-to source. Here are a few that caught my attention:

BEOWULF Legendary story, good cast, should kick total ass, right? Except they've used motion capture CG to create it. Vastly improved since "Polar Express" yet it still has that slightly creepy not-quite-right look to it—especially eyes. 50-year-old Ray Winstone plays the lead and they used CG to make him a young, muscular motherfucker. And I'm not sure I can countenance this...

NO END IN SIGHT A devastating exposé on the war in Iraq. Big-time insiders from the reconstruction effort dish on the Bush Administration's multitude of fuck-ups that led us the the fucking quagmire we now face. Looks first-rate, and without the baggage of having been done by Michael Moore.

DEATH SENTENCE Don't fuck with Kevin Bacon's family. Super-intense update and upgrade on the "Deathwish"-style vigilante genre. SPOILER ALERT: This trailer might reveal a bit too much.

INTO THE WILD Based on the great book by Jon Krakauer. Fantastic looking cast for this epic nature/survival true story. I loved this book, though it was fairly documentary-style and the film appears more of a seamless drama, the adaptation looks great.

Promising Chick Flick Fare:
Parker Posey's breakout? I went to college with Posey and did the theater posters for her class, so I'm always pulling for her. This looks to be her best role yet.

MARGOT AT THE WEDDING From writer/director of the very good "The Squid and the Whale." Unusual role for Jack Black—and he seems perfect for it.


Toast said...

and without the baggage of having been done by Michael Moore.

You know, the only reason Michael Moore is considered "baggage" is because the right wing and the mainstream media decided to make him so. Every Moore film that comes out they go into fits, "debunking" this and "fact-checking" that. Truth is, the man gets it right, time and time again.

Mike said...

I went to college with Posey

Whoa! The thoughts that just entered my mind are unprintable.

S.W. Anderson said...

Toast said it for me as well.

The right has devoted much time and effort to portraying Moore and his work as radical, shoot-from-the-hip flakefare. Lies and distortions, as usual from them.

About a year and a half ago, watching C-SPAN, I happened to see Moore speaking to a Democrat-related group in Detroit. The group (sorry, I can't recall its name) had given him an award.

Moore spoke for 30 or 40 minutes. There was some humor and a bit of snark, of course. But mostly he was thoughtful, kindly, reflective and in moments downright inspiring. He's no buffoon, but rather a very smart, sensitive and articulate guy.

Moore's words that evening could easily have been those of a college professor, successful businessman or veteran member of Congress.

If the right wants to slap down a reckless, facts-be-damned, bomb-throwing clod, they should turn their attention to Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Coultergeist, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Neal Boortz, Matt Drudge, Newt Gingrich . . . the list goes on and on.