Friday, January 4, 2013
Watchin' Trailerz with Doug (Jan. 4)
This Is the End
Release date: June 14, 2013
This is a red-band trailer, so HEADPHONES UP. Interesting timing with this one -- kinda missed the boat, right? I mean, sure, while 2012 (the film) was a hot property in the months leading up to the end of 2012 (the year), you can now buy it on Amazon for only $5. And this movie ... well, I JUST missed featuring it two weeks ago in my roundup of end-of-world previews. Sometimes (all the time?) I'm the worst (just like the Mayans). But it looks good! Funny, right? Like, Danny McBride (who also [AHEM!] follows us on Twitter) is the best, as usual. And what a cast! While this trailer doesn't show us that much (even though it clocks in at a long 3:09), I look forward to laughing with some old friends next summer. PMA (positive mental attitude).
The Smurfs 2
Release date: July 31, 2013
Wait, are we ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE the world didn't end?
To the Wonder
Release date: April 12, 2013
I thought Terrence Malick's "thing" was waiting, like, a DECADE in between his movies, thereby whipping his legion of mouth-foaming fanboys into a frothy frenzy (ALLITERATION AGAIN!) as they eagerly anticipate the release of his next "masterpiece." Quickly checking his IMDb page, guy's got three movies (in addition to this film) in post-production for 2013. What gives, Monsieur Auteur? Listen (LISTEN) ... I still haven't seen The Tree of Life, despite it burning a hole in my DVR, so perhaps I'm ill-fit to judge this trailer. BUT ... this looks like the same movie. Like a Malick-obsessed film student aping his (or her) hero's aesthetic. Or an homage. Or a Lonely Island parody (just waiting for Andy Samberg to pop out with braces and start rapping [that's my boy!]). Don't get me wrong -- the man can shoot a movie. It looks -- as expected -- beautiful and artistic and compelling. Really pretty "Magic Hour" stuff going on here. Let's just hope it's short! And coherent. And sexy. Always sexy. Thinking good thoughts!
Pain & Gain
Release date: April 26, 2013
I'm not even sure where to begin with this one. On one hand, I like all the stars of the film, specifically, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Tony Shalhoub and Ed Harris (a nice supporting cast of comics helps as well). On the other hand, ugh. On one hand, heist/crime movies can be a lot of fun if they're done well, and the mid-1990s is a great (profitable?) period to revisit. On the other hand, yeesh. On one hand, some of the dialogue (beyond the HARRIBLE exposition early in the preview) is funny and fresh, especially with Dwayne Johnson's deadpan delivery. On the other hand, barf. FINAL POINT: this is supposedly Michael Bay's return to "smaller" movies (obviously this is all relative in the Bay-verse), and if you're a fan of Bad Boys, fast cars, a sexy location (Miami), etc., this is made for you. And that's OK!
Release date: TBA
Eli Roth is a bad actor. And a spotty director. But he's probably a great friend. And a good tipper! Saw this trailer before Django Unchained last week. I think everyone in my party laughed at the text, "The only thing more terrifying ... than Mother Nature ... is HUMAN NATURE!" But, OK, yeah -- sure. This is probably a perfectly serviceable horror/B/neo-grindhouse movie, and the genre definitely has its legions of fans. So, great! If you like green lighting, here you go!
Release date: TBA
Sam Worthington is a big, A-list Hollywood actor whether you like it or not! If you didn't get your fill of dreamy-accented surfer studs in Chasing Mavericks, then this is for you! You guys, I'm really trying to stay positive in 2013.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Release date: March 15, 2013
The Place Beyond the Pines
Release date: March 29, 2013
If the respected cinema trade publication Us Weekly says, "Ryan Gosling is electric," then I think it's safe to say ... HE IS ELECTRIC. Seriously, though, this looks great, all 2013 jokes aside. I said I was serious, you guys! Everyone should see this! Great cast, director, look, feel! Sold American!