Friday, January 10, 2014

Watchin' Trailerz with Doug (Jan. 10)

This week, a long-lost trailer for Louis C.K.'s 1998 film Tomorrow Night, featuring a young Steve Carell and J.B. Smoove (among other comics), was posted on YouTube. Look, I'd be lying if I said the film didn't look like film school 101 baloney, but it's Louis C.K., so whatever. Believe it or not, this movie actually screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Next month, you'll have the opportunity to purchase it from Louie's website for only $5. If that's your thing. Again, looks crappy, but it's Louis C.K., so whatever.

Veronica Mars
Release date: March 14, 2014

In order to get this movie made, they needed OUR help! And by help, I mean duckets. Oh, Hollywood's Rob Thomas (it's 3 a.m. I must be lonely?) -- always begging for a handout from the common man. Thanks to Kickstarter, 91,585 "Backers" pledged $5,702,153 to make the film. And now it has a trailer! I don't know much about the show (never watched it), but I think my wife did, because season one is currently sitting on my BILLY bookcase full of DVDs. So, Shadia, if you're reading this, can you please talk about the preview in the comments below? Also, can you pick up that prescription for me at CVS tonight? GREATTHANKSBYE.

Release date: TBA

Not only a trailer, but also a bored plea from supporting cast member Samuel L. Jackson (from the set of another movie, Big Game)! He's not just a highly paid actor; he's also a big fan. The preview starts at 47 seconds. Based on an anime TV series known as A Kite in Japan, the film takes place in a dystopian future (aren't they all?), and follows a girl who tries to track down her father's killer with help from his ex-partner. Or something. It's hard to tell from the trailer. All I see is POPPING COLORS and BAD DIALOGUE. Will the filmmakers be able to pull this off, or do we have another Ultraviolet on our hands?

The Saratov Approach
Release date: TBA

The dramatization of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's The Book of Mormon?

Release date: April 18, 2014

You know, I'd be totally onboard with a movie like this if it didn't take itself so GODDAMN SERIOUSLY. As soon as Johnny Depp starts talking in his hushed voice, and the newscaster references the "radical anti-tech group known as 'Rift'," and the computer text asks IS ANYONE TH3RE?, I just about saw the back of my skull because MY EYES WERE ROLLING SO HARD. I know Johnny Depp is from the '80s, but this Max Headroom shtick is a bit much, no? This is cinematographer Wally Pfister's first time directing a film, but I think we may have seen his work before.

The Mask You Live In
Release date: TBA

Powerful documentary about American masculinity. Not sure if it's a single movie, or a film series (details are few on IMDb). Listen, as an AMERICAN MALE, I can surely identify with a lot of the themes explored in this trailer. For example, anger issues -- I have them! And I've never really thought about why that is. Guess I'm bad at being introspective, although my neuroses begs to differ. Regardless, I'll be sure to check this out when it's released. And, please, do me a favor -- don't read the YouTube comments below the video (unless you want to lose hope in humanity).

The Monkey King
Release date: Sept. 14, 2014

Totally normal film. #dodougsjobforhim



  2. Monkey: The Movie!