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The Trailer Report – 1/17/14
Hello, all you movie watchers out there, and welcome to the inaugural edition of The Trailer Report, where we’ll break down all of the week’s biggest movie and TV trailers, and try our best to answer the ultimate question for all trailers: Does it look good?
This week we have a possession, a failed movie, two variations on identity theft, more Game of Thrones, and new television that is doing its best to make history exciting.
So without any further delay, let’s get started:
The Quiet Ones
A group of university students and their professor investigate a young woman afflicted with some combination of possession and/or haunting.
Does it look good? Kind of. A well done possession style horror film can be great when dealing with the division between saving the possessed and destroying the possessor, as long as they avoid the more cliche horror tropes. This one looks half and half; some of it looks interesting, and some of the aspects (Shaky camera footage! Bad CGI shooting out of her mouth!) look like they could be derivative horror.
The Unknown Known
Errol Morris, one of the foremost names in documentary filmmaking, returns and sets his sights on a hot button topic, Donald Rumsfeld, a man some consider a political genius and others consider a war criminal.
Does it look good? It does. Morris’ films are almost always fascinating, and they have a way of cutting to the heart of the matter without becoming too subjective in either direction. Here, with a man so controversial in American politics, it should be very interesting to see what that heart contains.
The Pretty One
A young woman finds herself impersonating her identical twin sister after an accident. I assume she has a journey of self-discovery and self-fulfillment and whatnot.
Does it look good? Yeah. I’ve been a bit enamored with Zoe Kazan since 2012’s excellent Ruby Sparks, and she looks to be bringing the same charm and personality to this film; though I am slightly concerned that she could wind up just repeating some variation on the “manic pixie dream girl” style roles over and over.
Any fans of “so bad it’s good” cinema should be fully aware of the failed attempt by the prolific schlock film maker Roger Corman to create a film of version of The Fantastic Four. The film was never released, and rumors abounded that it was never intended to be released, but was actually a convoluted method of wrangling the rights to the Fantastic Four characters themselves. This documentary features interviews with Corman and most of the cast about their experiences on it.
Does it look good? Maybe. It could be fun to hear stories from the making of this B movie, but it seems that the interviews are more focused on the release controversy, and the concept of making cheap film versions of properties just to extend rights ownership has become a bit of an old story in the current comic book movie culture.
The Face of Love
A widowed woman (Annette Bening) falls in love with a man who looks exactly like her dead husband (Ed Harris), causing her grasp on reality to falter.
Does it look good? Sure, I guess. I mean, listen, it’s an old person romantic drama, and there is a clear audience for these type of films, and I am certainly not it. Still, Bening and Harris are both very good actors, and the concept itself seems fairly original and seems to touch on some themes we don’t get to see a lot of.
Date and Switch
A teen sex comedy with a twist; one of the guys turns out to be gay. That’s about it, really.
Does it look good? Nope. I suppose the concept is novel, but this doesn’t look even remotely funny. Though I suppose any fans of 50 Shades of Grey could watch it to check out Dakota Johnson, who will be playing Anastasia in the film adaptation.
Game of Thrones – Season Four
Game of Thrones is back! This year promises bigger dragons, Jaime returning to form, Dany becoming more comfortable in the role of conqueror, Jon facing all out war, Tyrion in a bit of a pickle, and a new player in the game.
Does it look good? Hell yes. Though, to be fair, it doesn’t take a whole lot to get me excited about this one. Still, there are plenty of shots that call back to scenes from the books, and the trailer’s focus on Jaime bodes well for the excellent arc his character is going through.
Black Sails – Series Premiere
A new series some Starz, about pirates! Starz has been making a name for itself making intense, adult oriented shows, so expect plenty of blood and sex.
Does it look good? It does. The show-runner doesn’t have much of a pedigree (Human Target and Touch most recently), but the trailer looks just intense enough and with enough action to keep things moving, and hey, I’ll give anything pirate related at least one shot.
Turn – Series Premiere
A new series set in the infancy of the Revolutionary War, about a burgeoning group of amateur spies beginning to revolt against the British government.
Does it look good? Quite possibly. The story itself sounds really interesting, though judging from just this trailer the British might be played a bit one-note, as straight evil tyrants, which would be a bit simplistic for a spy thriller.
That’s it for this week. Let me know in the comments which of these you’re most excited about, and which ones you won’t be touching with a ten foot pole.
Until next week!