Hello, everyone. This segment will now be a ‘weekly’ trailer review for two purposes. First, it makes sense to recap released reviews a week at a time instead of a month’s worth all at once. Also, it keeps me on task, as I haven’t been very prolific lately. This is part 1, as I watched a plethora of previews over the past few weeks; part 2 is forthcoming.
“Plus One”– I have to hand it to the trailer’s creators, as I was definitely floored by the complete change of tone midway through the trailer. Not only was I disinterested in seeing yet another “young people partying” movie, I nearly stopped watching until…somewhat interesting things began to happen. I have no idea why there are carbon copies of each person at the party, or why one set of doppelgängers are trying to kill the other, but congratulations to the marketing team, I’m now mildly interested in finding out more- the question is how? Apparently this was released in March of this year, and I can’t find a physical video release date for it. The only option thus far is Amazon instant video if that works for you.
“Divergent”– The obvious chase for the almighty dollar has caused this to be adapted from the novel of the same name. This movie, starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, other pretty people, and a plethora of other male steamroom synchophants (brooding models), seems like nothing more than a money grab, hell-bent on capitalizing on the “Hunger Games” vibe. If it weren’t for the two lead actresses, no one could pay me to see another “Logan’s Run”-type of movie. Blah. This opens on March 21, 2014.
“Escape From Tomorrow”– People who love Disney beware. Apparently filmed without permission at Disney World and Disneyland, this movie follows a fictional father who is about to lose his grip on reality through the prism of happiness that the famous theme parks show. He starts to see seriously disturbing things, etcetera, etcetera, will the children be ok, etcetera, etcetera. Somewhere in time a film exists that will dig deeper into the Disney-fied idea of being happy “all the time”, which this trailer gives us, and maybe the interplay between that idea and losing reality’s grip will fixate me. Unfortunately I don’t think this is the movie, if the trailer tells us anything. Having the actual Disney (allowed or not) as part of the film distracts me already, and seems to serve as nothing more than a facade to the (likely) underwhelming plot. If you’re really motivated, this may see daylight on October 11th, 2013, if Disney’s lawyers don’t sic it first.
“Unhung Hero”– The more I think about this trailer, the more annoyed I get. We’re presented with the idea that a poor man (the filmmaker) had his marriage proposal turned down (at a live basketball game). The reason his would-be fiance gives for stiffing him is that he isn’t “packing” down below. We’ll skip past the part where this gentleman should have figured out his partner’s preferences at that point, and the part where proposing at a college basketball game isn’t going to knock the panties off any girl, and get straight to the main idea of this ‘documentary’- does size really, REALLY matter? There’s a discussion (a serious one) to be had about genital girth as it relates to relationships, communication, and sexuality. Judging by the tone of this trailer, it won’t be discussed in this documentary.
* side note- if you look closely, you’ll recognize the ‘filmmaker’ as a prolific commercial actor, most notably as the “looks uncomfortably like quarterback Aaron Rodgers” pal in a Pizza Hut ad. The reason I’m annoyed is that we’re supposed to believe the marriage proposal actually happened, when in reality I’ve decided that this documentary exists purely for shock and attention purposes, and no thoughts of substance about love, sex, or relationships will be presented.
“Grand Piano”– One can only hope that Elijah Wood is intentionally counter-casting himself in everything these days, for I’m not sure that I can bear another “Frodo plays a creepy guy” movie. To be fair, this is a very strange, yet somehow effective trailer. Wood plays an exceptional pianist who receives a not-so-subliminal threat written on his music, saying “don’t mess up a note or you die” or something to that effect. The man behind it? Who else but John Cusack, losing his mind on and off-screen for our delight (chagrin). Also in this film is Alex Winter. Alex Winter of “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”. Yes, that’s strange, but it may be just strange enough to be an effectively creepy film. Spain has a release date of October 25th, 2013, but nothing is listed for the US. Director Eugenio Mira being a native Spaniard may have something to do with that.
“Nebraska”– Did you see “Sideways”? “The Descendants”? “About Schmidt”? “Election”? If you enjoyed any of those, this Alexander Payne yarn, filmed in black and white, is up your alley. I’ve seen all of those films, and I can’t help but mention how much fun it is to watch the characters. They’re always flawed, but interesting people still trying to figure out life. In “Nebraska”, Bruce Dern and Will Forte (yes, him) are a father/son duo that travels from Montana to Nebraska in hopes of claiming a multi-million dollar sweepstakes prize. Honestly, it wouldn’t matter to me if they were in search of a new way to cultivate corn, for Payne would find a way to make it interesting. This is a solid trailer that may appeal more to those already familiar with the quirks of Payne’s films, but solid nonetheless. Nebraska opens in theaters November 22nd, 2013.