Friday, January 27, 2012

Watchin' Trailerz with Doug (January 27)

Have you heard the news? We're TOTALLY HUGE! #fthismoviefest

Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Release date: March 16, 2012

You know how "indie" music isn't really "indie" at all? Poor sound quality/a mumbling lead singer/subversive lyrics and corporate independence are not mutually exclusive. Behind every seemingly under-the-radar band in heavy rotation on SiriusXMU is a rotund, cigar-smoking puppet master in a bolo tie greasing the wheels for a mega-conglomerate record label. The same thing could be said about movies (I concede, however, that there's a big difference in terms of scope and financial investment -- songs are fairly easy to crank out, while movies, for the most part, require a great deal of risk on behalf of the producers). For as much as Jeff, Who Lives at Home FEELS like an independent film (shaky camera, unsettling zooms, mumblecore performances), the fact is it stars A-list Hollywood celebrities (Jason Segel, Susan Sarandon, Ed Helms ... F'ing Rae Dawn Chong!) and it's being distributed by Paramount Vantage. You know, the "art house wing" of a major, century-old corporation. I like all the actors in this, and I enjoyed Cyrus enough (same directors, the Duplass brothers), I just wish it looked more ... interesting? When this is released in March, I just know I'll want to see Friends with Kids more. And I didn't rave about that preview, either! Jeff, Who Lives at Home feels like work.

Sassy Pants
Release date: TBD

This trailer just came on my radar this week. It doesn't even have a release date on IMDb, the preview was edited by (what I can only assume is) a monkey and I'm pretty sure you can watch the entire film on YouTube (if you're willing to sit through nine separate videos). The reason I'm posting it here? HALEY JOEL OSMENT! WTF? He looks like he was poisoned with dioxin during a Ukrainian presidential election! Or, to quote Patrick, he looks like a reflection in a car door. I see dead sassy pants!

Seeking Justice
Release date: March 16, 2012

Did I say I was going to see Friends with Kids in March instead of Jeff, Who Lives at Home? I'm sorry -- my mistake. I'm going to see THIS instead! Because PAHAHAHAHA! What an unbelievable premise. If January Jones was assaulted by a bunch of thugs, no one -- not even the great Nic Cage -- would "seek justice" to avenge her beating. January Jones = THE WORST.


Release date: Feb. 1, 2012

I personally know too many teachers to poke fun at this trailer. And, really, how many jokes can you make about Adrien Brody throwing school desks in a classroom? Or about Tim Blake Nelson emotively clutching a chain link fence? Or about rapid-fire cuts to nonsensical Tree of Life nature imagery? So please make YOUR jokes in the comment section! #dodougsjobforhim


  1. This trailers collection will be refered to as the "How much can a cast make a film?" collection.

    Nearly all of these films I would see based on their cast alone...but im not really sold beyond that on any of them.

  2. I completely agree.