Trailer Reviews 7/13/13- “The Counselor” and others

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Good afternoon, everyone.  I think I’ve seen more trailers in the past week than in any similar time period before.  That’s fantastic, and some of them were even good.  Let’s see what’s coming, and if it’s attractive.  🙂

“Burn”–  If there ever were a documentary about firefighters, the one city I’d like to see involved would be Detroit, considering that some citizens of that fair city seem to enjoy setting it ablaze from time to time.  As the trailer points out, the city’s dwindling population leaves many abandoned houses and buildings, which can only invite crimes like arson.  Besides concentrating on a city in decay, the trailer tells us that we’ll see the real struggles behind a city’s firefighting force.  It takes a specific kind of person to do the job firefighters do,  and I’ll venture a guess and say it’s tougher to do that job in Detroit.  Those interested in what real struggles firefighters have may be interested in this one, which was technically released in April of 2012.  If there are any concerns, it’s that director Tom Putnam was responsible for the travesty that was “The Hottie and the Nottie”.  For real.

“Passion”– Brian DePalma’s latest features Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace in starring roles, with the former playing a domineering boss, and the latter her seemingly naive understudy.  “Passion” appears to be a remake of the French film “Crime d’amour”; watching this trailer certainly brought to mind other films, like “Single White Female”, “Fatal Attraction”, and even “The Devil Wears Prada”.  It’s not a great trailer, and it may not be a good movie, considering DePalma’s track record of the past 15 years.  However, it’s possible that the ‘standout’ scene of the trailer- Rapace and McAdams getting fresh- may be the one thing that draws anyone to see this.  It’s already been delayed once, but we’ll finally have our chance to see it August 30th.  I’d normally pass on something like this, but Noomi Rapace is on my ‘must see’ list right now.

“Third Contact”–  It doesn’t get any more ‘indie’ than this.  Filmmaker Simon Horrocks made this in 2011, but just recently (yesterday) completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to get this into theaters.  Each contributor was promised a digital copy of the film to watch, which I found was a very unique way to get people to help make a film.  The question is- will the film be worth it?  If the trailer is any indication, this might actually be pretty good.  A good rule of thumb in my world is that if you have a black and white, stylish, mind-bending, sci-fi thriller that talks about ‘opening up a hole in the universe’, you may have a winner.  It’s also a great title.  There is currently no word on when the theatrical release will be, or where, but  if you really want to see it after watching the trailer, follow the director on Twitter- he’s quite prolific with his tweets.

“Diana”– German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (“The Invasion”) and Aussie actress Naomi Watts bring us a biopic on an English princess whose story is quite familiar to most people, just not on the silver screen.  This movie will apparently cover the final two years of Diana’s life, and promises to give us additional insight.  To be honest, I’m not sure what new ground this film will cover, especially with the English, whose infatuation with all things ‘Diana’ contributed, some have opined, to her demise.  It’s also possible that it has been just long enough (16 years) since her death that the filmmakers thought it was necessary to bring the past to light.  I find it interesting, although she does slightly resemble Diana, that Naomi Watts was cast.  Just as Queen Elizabeth I and II have been played by Brits, Diana seems like the type of real life figure that a Brit would seem obligated to play.  Perhaps Diana was so loved, and her death recent enough that a Brit wasn’t willing to tackle it (even American Jessica Chastain was previously cast in the role).  Either way, I don’t know if there will be anything revelatory about the film, or if it’s even necessary considering how well she was (supposedly) known.  It’s possible that a strong performance from Naomi Watts will garner enough attention to get myself or a broader audience interested.  “Diana” opens September 30th in the U.K., but no release date is currently listed for the U.S.  I’ll assume that within the following two months the U.S. will see a release.

“The Counselor”–  Some teaser trailers do just that- tease.  The teaser for “The Counselor” certainly falls into that category.  I’m going to see this no matter how this or subsequent trailers intrigue me, and for very good reasons.  Ridley Scott, a personal favorite, is behind the camera.  Cormac McCarthy, the gifted author of The Road, and No Country For Old Men, wrote the script.  Michael Fassbender is involved.  Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem add intrigue, but I only needed those first three names to get my attention and a paid ticket.  I sincerely have no idea what this movie is about other than the short blurb on IMDB, but I don’t care about that.  With these people involved, it could be about teddy bears and I’d see it.  This is the perfect blend of creative souls- the stylistic (Scott) and substantive (McCarthy).  Count me in on October 25, 2013.

“Kick-Ass 2”– Prolific comic writer Mark Millar is an odd duck.  I’m ‘not a fan’.  However, the first “Kick-Ass”, the film equivalent of his creation, if nothing else, was very interesting.  I assumed it would be funnier than what it actually was, a hyper-violent, ‘realistic’ hero movie, directed by Matthew Vaughn, someone who has crafted some really good films, like “X-Men: First Class” and “Layer Cake”.  This time around, there’s no Vaughn, replaced by “Never Back Down” helmer Jeff Wadlow.  (sigh) The red-band trailer I saw promises to deliver on more violence and realistic ‘heroes’, and I’m guessing the renamed Red Mist character should cause plenty of controversy.  Once again, the ‘main character’ (in this case Kick-Ass) takes a backseat to more colorful supporting characters.  I’m really only interested in seeing this because of Chloe Grace Moretz (really talented young actress- think Dakota Fanning but less morose) and Jim Carrey’s Colonel Stars & Stripes.  Carrey recently made some noise decrying the violence in this movie (apparently he didn’t read a script, nor was he aware of his surroundings during filming).  Kick-Ass 2 opens August 16, 2013.

“Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2”–  Despite a couple of cute moments, the first film was forgettable, and this one likely will be as well.  The movie bore no resemblance to the book I adored as a child, and have enjoyed reading to my child now.  I wish it would have, because the heart of that involves a lot of wonder and images of love from grandparents.  The first movie involved nothing incredibly inspiring, and the trailer shows science being defied once again with ‘food hybrids’. Alrighty.  See for yourself September 27,2013.

The next trailer review will include “How To Train Your Dragon 2”, “Lovelace”, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, and others.  Thank you for reading. 🙂


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