Film, Trailer Roundup

Trailer Roundup: 7/11/12

– Nathan


Is it just me or does Shia LaBeouf desperately want to be the new James Franco? Sorry kid, that baby-face-and-hair-grease combo didn’t work for Leonardo DiCaprio, and it won’t work for you.


I don’t know about you, but it really bugs me in trailers when they cut clips together to make it look like characters are commenting on what happens to other characters. But this movie could be good, with Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and all. And wait, that naked Goat Man character looks sorta like Robin Williams, and the main character is going to a prep school, so-o-o-o  is this finally the Dead Poets Society sequel we’ve all been waiting for?

Gangster Squad

This movie, as far as I can tell, looks exactly the same as the trailer for The Great Gastby, and I say this for several reasons. First, both use music that doesn’t suit the era the film is set in. Secondly, both these films have selected an odd color palette, one that makes heavy use of greens, blues, and yellows, colors that are almost similar to Hugo in their shades and values. Similarly, both also make use of CGI, which I find incredibly distasteful when it comes to making period pieces. The makers of both of these films, instead of attempting to create a realistic tone that depicts the eras factually, have rather opted to bring to life the memories we have of these eras- with exaggerated colors, typefaces, set-pieces, etc. Nostalgia colors our perception of the past, as these filmmakers are attempting to do. Everything is placed in order to evoke a perfect yearning for the past that it’s not history we’re seeing, it’s a strange world that is more similar to the retro-futurism of Tomorrowland than anything that actually ever existed. While this film may seem violent or action-packed, it’s more whimsical than anything else and might as well have been directed by Baz Luhrmann.

Oz: The Great and Powerful

This isn’t a trailer, but I decided to throw it up here anyway as it’s our first look at this film. James Franco bugs me, and also what looks like the extensive use of CGI bothers me as well, because animated backgrounds and set-pieces don’t compare at all to the original beauty of The Wizard Of Oz. From this first glimpse, it looks like it will just end up being another Mirror Mirror or Alice in Wonderland, but let’s hope not.


As I mentioned earlier with Shia LaBeouf, Robert Pattinson needs to lay off the gel. Why does it seem that every actor who started out young but now desperately wants to be taken seriously loads up on the grease? LaBeouf, Pattinson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Radcliffe, they’ve all done it, and I still don’t buy it. The trailer calls the film a masterwork, but the consensus from Cannes seems to be that it’s a little dull.

Sleepwalk with Me

Okay, here it is- the trailer I’m most excited for this week. Mike Birbiglia is one of my favorite comedians, and not just because he used to do cable commercials in my hometown. He’s a warm, honest, and earnest comedian, and this movie definitely looks great. He’s assembled a fantastic cast- one that includes Wyatt Cenac, Loudon Wainwright III, and MARC MARON- and the film is produced by none other than Ira Glass, so I’m definite that it will be good. I’m glad to see that someone is giving Marc Maron roles, because he’s one of my favorite comedians as well and has definitely been under-appreciated and underused in the film world. I also want to go see this because I identify with comics like Birbiglia and Maron- even though I’m young, I feel like my problems are middle-age problems, I don’t know why. I already worry about things like skintags and going bald and I don’t know, I feel like that’s not a young thing to worry about. So Birbiglia and I probably have some common ground. And I’m a comedy nerd too, so why would I not go see this movie?

Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa

Okay- I know I said I was most excited for Sleepwalk with Me, but that was the trailer I was most excited for, and this isn’t really a trailer. Announced yesterday, this stop-motion project from CHARLIE KAUFMAN of, well, you should know Charlie Kaufman, DAN HARMON of Community, and DINO STAMATOPOULOS of Mr. Show and also Community, is going to be great. I just know it. Forget the lack of plot details, it’s already hit half its Kickstarter goal despite just being announced yesterday, and well, look at those names again. Process those names. Think about just how much you love those names. And according to the video, if this project goes well, we’ll get more stop-motion films from names like DAN HARMON!!!! and LOUIS CK!!! LOUIS CK!!! Think about how much you love Louie!! Just think about it!! Think about how much you hate it when I use exclamation marks and then remove that nasty thought from your mind by thinking about how much you are already in love with this project!! Seriously, guys. It’s going to be great.

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