Friday, July 1, 2011

Watchin' Trailerz with Doug (Week of June 27)

Happy birthday, America! Hope you like shitty trailers!

Captain America: The First Avenger
Release date: July 22, 2011

This is the second official full-length trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger (I briefly highlighted the first preview here). Or, as I'm sure it will be called in overseas' markets, The First Avenger. World be hatin' the United States, yo! I thought it apropos to post this right before Independence Day (Because America [fuck yeah]). LISTEN: I'm not the biggest comic book fan out there (nearly everyone else associated with F This Movie! could school my ass on the differences between Marvel and DC), and when I first heard that they were making Captain America into a movie, I really thought it was the final nail in the played-out superhero movie genre coffin (the best metaphor?). Which, honestly, it still may be. This summer has been LOUSY with comic book adaptations. Some good, some not so good (I've been told). I do love WWII, however (even revisionist history [see: Inglourious Basterds]), and I honestly look forward to checking this thing out. "Good luck, Nazis!" -me. Final thought -- Chris Evans' real body looks more CGI (the "G" stands for "GROSS") than the emaciated shell he walks around in for the first half of the trailer. "Somebody's been juicing his pecks!" -also me (ew).

Release date: Sept. 23, 2011

Brad Pitt IS Robert Redford IS Billy Beane! I actually really like sports movies. And let's face it -- baseball movies are WAY better than actual baseball, which is boring and insufferable. The worst thing about For Love of the Game is the fact that they removed a definite article (i.e., the word "the," duh) in order to shorten the title (I'm kidding -- there a few bad things about that movie, but I still like it! Yay Sam Raimi!). I even like Summer Catch, but I think that has more to do with Jessica Biel in a bikini than with an elite summer baseball program in Cape Cod. THE POINT IS THIS: despite the widespread use of sabermetrics by smaller ball clubs since the late 80s, the Oakland A's are still a HARRIBLE baseball team. Just one more reason why this MOVIE will be better than watching an ACTUAL BASEBALL GAME. Ugh baseball.

Release date: Aug. 5, 2011

This movie looks just like the movie I never wrote but wanted to write and also produce, direct and star in, but, you know, life gets in the way, so I never ended up doing any of those things, but still! It looks very interesting and dark and funny and exactly like what I envisioned a movie I would've made would look like! Can I sue the filmmakers for stealing my half-formed passing idea that never had a chance of actually being made?

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