Friday, March 16, 2012

Watchin' Trailerz with Doug (March 16)

Here's the second trailer for Men in Black III. Here's the third trailer for American Reunion. And here is the 17TH(!) trailer for The Avengers. Remember when films only had one preview? Me neither. And as much as I want to/could easily rip on these movies, I'm totally down to watch all three of them. See you at the picture show!

On the Road
Release date: TBA calls Jack Kerouac's semi-autobiographical novel, On the Road, "not only the soul of the Beat movement and literature, but one of the most important novels of the century." Wow! High praise from a corporate, for-profit website! A film adaptation has been in the works for years, with director Walter Salles finally succeeding where that failure Francis Ford Coppola (#fail) miserably failed (what a failure!). Salles has made a few movies, but I've only seen Motorcycle Diaries, which I like well enough. If I didn't know better (and no, I probably don't), it seems like Motorcycle Diaries "borrows" quite a bit from the implied aesthetic in Kerouac's book. Then again, most "road" movies all kinda look the same to me. Except Road Trip. Because topless Amy Smart.

4:44 Last Day on Earth
Release date: March 23, 2012

This was made just for me.

Release date: TBA

At first, I was all like, "WHUUUT?" The sound is off and the editing is weird. And where's the green MPAA introductory screen? I mean, how do we know it's a film preview without the MPAA TELLING US SO? But then Heather Graham shows up, and, despite her being a sex alien from the planet Acting? (yes, the question mark is in the planet's name), I became all like, "HMMMM." Probably because I'm still on a Swingers high. But then the female lead, Ashley Hinshaw, starts to get all slutty on camera (with encouragement from Graham), and I'm all like "YESSSSS!" Cherry is a coming of age tale set in San Francisco, costarring James Franco and directed by Stephen Elliott (the Chicago-based writer). It's also about pornography.


Neighborhood Watch
Release date: July 27, 2012

Le sigh. And just like that, the positive energy I gleaned from Swingers is gone, replaced by Vince Vaughn's bee-stung carcass. While I could hurl myriad insults at this utterly generic, lazy, waste of a movie, I won't. I'll let you! #dodougsjobforhim


  1. I'm sorry, Doug. I can't diss the "Neighborhood Watch" trailer. Any film that has Richard Ayoade(The IT Crowd) in it is going the right direction.

    1. I will totally see NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH. But I will also totally roll my eyes at everything Jonah Hill says. Can Ayoade alone save this movie?

  2. Holy shit, James Franco really is in every other movie ever made. Good for him though, he really seems to be in it for the love of acting and not to be famous/rich (most of his roles outside Hollywood blockbusters are clearly done for scale pay or less money than he'd make endorsing some hack product). That said, I think "Boogie Nights" has said everything about the CA pornography business I'd ever want to know in a lifetime. "Cherry" seems to center around the lead character's life though, so you know where things are headed. It would have to get crazy positive reviews for me to even think about seeing it.

    I love most Abel Ferrara movies (his "Body Snatchers" remake for Warner sucked though) so "4:44" has me intrigued. After "Melancholia" and "Another Earth" last year though I think the indie movie scene shouldn't start doing so many apocalypse movies just because they've been shown how it can be done on the cheap (i.e. without "ID4"-caliber fireworks). "On the Road" looks like a cross between "Motorcycle Diaries," "Into the Wild" and "Revolutionary Road" but I like that the two pricipal leads are unknown. Like a blank page it's better when movies about writers aren't already colored in the audience's mind by casting a well-known actor in the lead role. Lots of stars in supporting roles (Mortensen, Howard, etc.) so you know they came in for a day or two of work and then went back to their better-paying gigs.

    Nice trailers Doug. Of course I wouldn't dream of suffering through the 'Neighborhood Watch' trailer because "Zoolander" taught me better. :-)

    1. Don't forget about SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD. Not indie, but apocalyptic nonetheless.