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Trailer Tuesday (08-10-10)

August 10, 2010


It’s trailer time again! Let’s take a random look at what we can expect in theaters in both the near and far future. None of these really stand-out but let’s just put them up on out cine-radar, shall we?
Sucker Punch
There was some talk about the footage for writer/director Zack Snyder’s (“300” & “The Watchmen”) hyperactive new film at SDCC but that’s all it was. The first trailer was released soon after. Set in the 1950’s the story follows a girl who is confined to a mental institution by her stepfather, intending to have her lobotomized in five days. During her stay, she imagines an alternative reality to hide from the pain, and in that world, she begins planning her escape, needing to steal five objects to help get her out before she is deflowered by a vile man. Sounds pretty heavy but it looks like outrageous crazy fun. The film stars: Emily Browning, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jaime Chung, Abby Cornish, and Carla Gugino. Count on this to come out on March 25, 2011.
Here’s a film that premiered at Sundance this year and it looks like one of those where the less you know the better. It’s about a New York photographer named Nev who became friends with a family from Michigan (via social networking) when their youngest daughter painted a photo that he took. Nev became friends with the mother, dated the sister and was so impressed with the youngest daughter’s paintings that his brother Ariel and friend Henry Joost decided to film the whole thing. It looks to be an unsettling and heart-wrenching, fake documentary. Is reality thriller a new genre? The film stars: Nev Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost. Look for it in limited release on September 17, 2010



Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Here’s the teaser trailer that was shown at SDCC for a movie produced by Guillermo del Toro starring Katie Holmes. It doesn’t give you much to go on (hence the word: teaser) and with it being a January release, some may not give it a thought. But keep this in mind, del Toro also co-wrote it and it’s based on a 1973 ABC made-for-television horror film of the same name. It’s the debut of first time director and del Toro protegé Troy Nixey. The film also stars: Bailey Madison (the best part of last year’s “Brothers”), Guy Pearce and Alan Dale (last seen as Charles Widmore in ABC’s Lost). Be afraid of its release date: January 21, 2011.



The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Although, I’ve developed an aversion over the years to movies with anthropomorphized animals I do still have an interest in this series based on the C.S. Lewis books. But, I have to say, this trailer does little to pique my interest.  They need to give me more than just “Its magical” or tell me why I need to return. Ben Barnes returns as Prince Caspian, so does Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan. Also starring: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Will Poulter and Tilda Swinton. Expect this latest chapter to open in 3D (of course) on December 10, 2010.



Yogi Bear

 Dan Akroyd is Yogi Bear and Justin Timeberlake is Boo Boo. Just think about that for a moment. Okay? Okay.  I’m gonna guess since both “Garfield” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks” warranted sequels, then seeing a live-action adaptation of Hanna-Barbara’s picnic basket-stealing bear was inevitable. It remains to be seen if this film is “smarter than the average” talking animal cartoon adaptation, in 3D no less. It’s directed by Eric Brevig (“Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D”) and stars Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, and T.J. Miller. Visit Jellystone Park on December 17, 2010, because a summer State Park movie is soooo Christmas.  

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