Cowboys and Aliens

Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell

The first trailer for this wasn’t massively convincing, but with a bit more on display this looks like it could be a lot of fun. This new trailer has it’s share of cheesy lines and Olivia Wilde looks out of place in the wild west setting, but the action and visual style looks decent. Plus Sam Rockwell and Harrison Ford look to be having fun, which should help matters. I still worry that this could be another Wild Wild West, but so far things look much more promising.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Director: Rupert Wyatt
Cast: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, Andy Serkis

After Tim Burton’s ‘re-imagining’ effectively killed off the franchise ten years ago, I was surprised yet uninterested to hear that there would be some sort of follow up, but this trailer for the upcoming prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes actually looks pretty good. Having the story focus on how the apes take over the planet is an interesting angle and it looks to be solidly performed with an appropriately foreboding feel to it all.

Passion Play

Director: Mitch Glazer
Cast: Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, Bill Murray, Rhys Ifans, Kelly Lynch, Chuck Liddell

This is a peculiar looking film. The pairing of Mickey Rourke and Bill Murray is a big draw for me, but I’m worried that much of the film focuses on Megan Fox who has yet to blow me away (performance wise at least). It’s hard to know what to expect really, it has a Black Swan vibe at times mixed with a bit of Gilliam in the strange circus/vaudeville setting. It’s certainly got my attention, but I’ll hold off my expectations until I see a few reviews.

Daydream Nation

Director: Michael Goldbach
Cast: Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, Andie MacDowell, Josh Lucas

Hmmmm…. This looks to be trying way too hard to be the next Juno and it’s pretty painful to watch. The posters and trailer claim to be channeling Donnie Darko and David Lynch but there’s no evidence of that here. It just looks like a really annoying ‘quirky’ indie film with lots of smarm and no warmth. The full feature might prove me wrong, but it’s going to be tough to convince me to catch this at the cinema after that trailer.

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