Howdy folks! Welcome to this week’s edition of The Trailer Round Up! I’m still working on a logo for this thing. If anyone would like to help, it would be greatly appreciated! Bunch of new stuff this week…
MUSIC AND LYRICS
Starring: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Brad Garrett
Summary: Alex Fletcher is a washed-up 80s pop star who’s been reduced to working the nostalgia circuit at county fairs and amusement parks. He has a chance at a comeback with a pop diva wants to do a duet with him. Too bad he’s no good at writing songs. Enter Sophie Fisher, whose flair for words strikes a chord with the struggling songwriter. Sophie is reluctant to collaborate with anyone, especially commitment-phobe Alex. As their chemistry heats up at the piano and under it, Alex and Sophie will have to face their fears—and the music—if they want to find the love and success they both deserve.
Prognosis: I have no idea. I couldn’t get the trailer to load for me, but maybe you guys will have better luck. I’m sure it’s cute and mushy and will make the girls go “Awwww.” The link to the trailer is on the right hand side of that page, under iVillage videos.
Starring: Gaspard Ulliel, Gong Li, Rhys Ifans, Richard Brake, Kevin McKidd
Summary: This is the story of Hannibal Lector’s upbringing, which leads to him being the monster that he is today.
Prognosis: Well, here’s the thing. This is an International teaser. I wish I were able to read whatever the hell language it’s in so I can understand it a bit more. Even if it was in English, it doesn’t look like that compelling of a trailer to begin with. I’m not really a fan of a ton of text that cuts to a quick clip. It was kind of cool to see him put on a mask similar to his “I’m crazy and bite people” one in The Silence Of The Lambs. But that was only about 3 of the 15 seconds of video we do get in this clip. Here’s hoping the trailer is more interesting.
Starring: Dominic Purcell, Orlando Jones, Brooke Langton
Summary: In one of the most remote places on earth, a bloodthirsty serial killer has claimed over 300 victims, and is still at large to this day. Now, inspired by the true story of the world’s most prolific killer, comes "Primeval," a nail-biting horror-thriller that follows an American news crew determined to capture this terrifying murderer alive.
Prognosis: This seemed like it’s going to be one of those movies that obviously doesn’t take itself too seriously. You know the type…you go see it with your friends at a packed late show, and everyone laughs and yells at the screen, having a good time. This movie does look like it’s going to be a lot of fun, as long as you don’t walk in expecting Citizen Kane. The trailer is a bit of a mess at times, but it gets across the point that this is going to be a gory good time.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Starring: Turtles. And a giant talking Rat
Summary: Something about every 10,000 years, a group of monsters tries to take over the world. Obviously, the Turtles have to stop them.
Prognosis: First of all, fuck MTV Overdrive. What a pain in the ass to watch something on that site. I wasn’t sold on the film on the teaser trailer a few weeks back. This swayed me a bit. I’m a bit fan of the Turtles. I read the comics when I was a kid. I evened enjoyed the first two movies. I refuse to believe that the third one happened, in my mind. Doing an all CGI film allows the turtles to do all those crazy ninja flips/jumps/kicks/things that were restricted from doing in the live action films. It does seem to be a littler darker than the original films, but I can definitely see this movie turning into a Saturday morning cartoon show in a few years. That, and it just looks cool.
BALLS OF FURY
Starring: Dan Fogler, George Lopez, Maggie Q, Christopher Walken
Summary: Down-and-out former professional Ping-Pong phenom Randy Daytona is sucked into a plot when FBI Agent Rodriguez recruits him for a secret mission. Randy is determined to bounce back and win, and to smoke out his father’s killer – archfiend Feng.
Prognosis: The plot sounded cool when I first heard it awhile back. Now that I’m seeing the trailer, I’m sort of on the fence. Maybe they decided to show some of their unfunny clips for the trailer, surprising the audience when they go see the actual film. Anything Walken genuinely cracks me up, but not so much here. Hopefully the film is a little better.
Starring: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham
Summary: Based on the epic graphic novel by Frank Miller, "300" is the story of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army.
Prognosis: This movie is going to kick ass. Do I really need to say more?