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Monday, March 14, 2005

DWNTACBW: Film Trailers 

The rating system I generally use works as follows: Films I'd Pay Full Price to See, Films I'd Add to the NetFlix Queue, and Films I Might Watch When They Come to Free Cable If I Was Stuck in Bed with a Rare Paralyzing Disease and the Remote Control was Out of Reach.

Full Price
Duma: A South African boy attempts to return his pet cheetah to the wild. Nothing ground-breaking here, but animal photography can usually make me go "oooh" at least. Besides, when you have young cousins, you sort of have to keep your eyes open for good family films to take them to when you have a turn to baby-sit, otherwise you end up taking them to see stuff like Robots

Old Boy: This is one of those nearly contentless trailers that only give you the vaguest notion of what the film's plot might be. But it looks very nice, and the structure of this type of action film usually appeals to me.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Oh, like there's any chance I'm not going to go see this the day it opens. The fact that it actually looks, you know, good and funny is only a bonus.

Kingdom of Heaven: I'm fairly certain I've talked about this before. Still, this is one of those movies with a trust-worthy enough cast, and pretty enough pictures, that I'll probably find the time to go see it, regardless of whether or not it turns out to be any good.

Masculine Feminine: A Godard film I haven't seen? In a beautiful new print? Starring Jean-Pierre Leaud and Chantal Goya? With songs by Chantal Goya? And it's a French sex comedy? I'm so there.

Sin City: I am tremendously amused by the fact that this film is coming out on April Fool's Day. I find it appropriate. (Oh, and I have to put the film in this category. Pete has decided that we Will Be seeing the film.)

High Tension: I like French suspense films. There's a certain aesthetic approach to the genre that the French have that appeals to me. Sort of like the Italian approach to slasher movies or the Spanish approach to zombie films. Granted, this does rather mean that every once in awhile you get a film like Crimson Rivers, but this film looks to add every "last girl" element of the slasher genre onto a suspense film, and that's a blending of horror modes that I find myself very curious to see.

Wallace and Gromit: Another film that Pete has decided we Will Be going to see, but I don't mind so much as it does look fun and silly and entertaining, as opposed to unintentionally funny.

NetFlix Queue

Bad News Bears: Does it look good? No. Did it need to be made? Oh hell no. But Billy Bob Thornton makes me laugh, especially in this kind of reprobate role. He's oddly suited to them.

Downfall: A film about the citizens of Berlin in the final days of World War Two has me intrigued. I couldn't care less about Hitler going insane in a bunker. Whether I actually see this or not will depend heavily on which approach is more strongly emphasized.

Crash: Very rarely does a film of the "self-important drama" school actually arouse my interest. But this film has an excellent cast, and the intersecting drama approach can frequently make for good films, when done well.

Stealth: Wow, who knew Jaime Foxx would choose to follow up his Academy Award winning role with an over-the-top comedy about pilots fighting an evil robot plane? Wait, what do you mean it's not a comedy? You can't possibly mean that they made this film in earnest?

Dallas 362: The "young men in trouble" genre is a bit played out, at the moment, but the notion of Scott Caan directing a film has me intrigued, and I like the cast.


Zathura: It's Jumanji in space! Yeah, not a good idea.

Herbie: Fully Loaded: As much nostalgic fondness as I have for Herbie from when I was a kid, there is no way in hell I'm going to voluntarily go to see a movie starring Lindsey Lohan, or any of the other interchangeable blond teenage girl celebrities.

XXX2: The first one was only barely tolerable thanks to the combination of Asia Argento and Vin Diesel. This film has neither of them, thus making it yet another "things blow up" movie.

Palindromes: I'm going to make myself unpopular here. I find Todd Solendz films exploitive, so when I see he's making a movie about the sexuality of pre-teen girls, I cringe.

Death of a Dynasty: Rap humor. Not my thing. Maybe if I even had half-a-clue who any of these people are I might be interested.

Robots: Why are people willing to tolerate in a computer-animated film, unfunny "antics" and stale jokes and tired cliches that they'd hate in a live-action film? Is it the novelty of the technique?

A Scanner Darkly: Wow. Four of the most annoying actors in a film with an extremely annoying visual style. Here's a hint for directors: if you want to make a live-action film make a live-action film, if you want to make an animated film make an animated film. This "having it both ways," animation over filmed actors stuff just looks ugly and unappealing. If it didn't look good when Ralph Bakshi did it in Lord of the Rings, why on Earth would you think it would look good now.


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