Friday, February 7, 2014

Watchin' Trailerz with Doug (Feb. 7)

Go Seahawks! What's that you say? You only watch the Super Bowl for the COMMERCIALS? Well then, get a load of Optimus Prime riding a Dinobot. Because with Transformers: Age of Extinction, Michael Bay has learned restraint. Anyone else miss Sam Witwicky? #RIP #TheBeef #WatchinTrailerzwithShia #Plagarism

Release date: March 14, 2014

Before digesting this trailer for Enemy, I was prepared to make a bunch of jokes about its film festival pedigree, its yellow/blue color scheme (so yellow! so blue!) and Jake Gyllenhaal's luxurious beard. Then it slid through my critical intestines and plopped out my analytical butt. And I had to look at it -- really LOOK at it (you know?) -- and what I saw intrigued me. Scratch that. I straight up liked it. I like the music (refreshing to hear something new/unique -- pretty tired of the often-aped Christopher Nolan BWWWAAAHMMs) and the approach and the ambiguity. So many trailers give SO MUCH AWAY; it's nice when one leaves me wanting more. Kudos to Denis Villeneuve (director of Prisoners, another well-made film featuring a kick-butt performance by Mr. Gyllenhaal) for doing something different.

Odd Thomas
Release date: TBA

So much CGI -- and not just the [poorly designed] monsters! Even Chekov flipping those pancakes is tainted by overzealous meddling. Based on Dean Koontz's novel of the same name, directed by Stephen Sommers (I guess Cobra has risen) and starring Anton Yelchin and Addison Timlin (check her out Californication [trust]), I really could go either way on this. On one hand, it seems playful (the casting of Patton Oswalt and an over-the-top [is there any other kind?] Willem Dafoe helps). On the other hand, it looks terrible. Sidebar: my California in-laws make fun of my accent, specifically when I say the word "Odd." I guess they find it funny how Chicagoans talk (what with the long A sound, and all), even though that's the RIGHT WAY to say it. Also, it's not soda -- it's pop. #PopThomas

Alan Partridge
Release date: Feb. 27, 2014

Steve Coogan's a pretty funny BLOKE. Transporter Chief Miles O'Brien? Less so. Regardless, both have FUNNY ACCENTS. So despite my lukewarm (at best) reaction to Hamlet 2, I'm willing to give this a go. In a lorry. With Wallace & Gromit. Because Bob's your uncle.

Puncture Wounds
Release date: March 11, 2014

Yeah, it's straight-to-video, but any movie that features chemical engineer Dolph Lundgren as the villain gets a pass here at Trailerz. Otherwise, YEESH.

La belle et la bĂȘte
Release date: TBA

Apologies in advance -- this trailer's all in FRENCH (this is the extent of my French education). Listen, Beauty and the Beast is a traditional fairytale that has been explored cinematically countless times, it's just ... DAT TITLE. Seems like a pretty straight adaptation, which separates it from the Cannon Group's 1987 live-action musical (a Golan-Globus Production) and, more recently, Beastly. Cocteau's 1946 original film is one of Patrick's all-time favorite movies. I wonder how he's going to respond to this. Patrick? #dodougsjobforhim


  1. Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy Hamlet 2. I feel it was under appreciated. Not a classic by any means but I had a few giant laughs. Great column! #BabadookNation

    1. Yup, I agree, Steve Coogan is very very funny in Hamlet 2. That's one, like The Other Guys, that gets better for me with multiple viewings.

  2. Im really interested to hear what everyone thinks of Alan Partridge. It was released in UK and Oz last year (under the name Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa) and I already have the Blu Ray. While I admit Im biased because I had a high familiarity and affection for the character before, I really think the movie is pretty bloody great. Its a little broad at times but its a real solid clever comedy.

    Im a bit surprised at the US trailer though, it comes off as quite flat especially when compared to the original trailer.