Yes, I know a whole bunch of bigger trailers (Spiderman, Dark Knight Rises, The Thing, John Carter etc.) were released over the last couple of weeks and I haven’t had a trailer watch posted for a while to cover them, but I’m going to ignore those seen as everyone and their dog has discussed them. Instead I’m looking at some more recent and slightly less massive releases.
Director: Abe Sylvia
Cast: Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam, Jeremy Dozier
Dirty Girl is an 80’s set indie comedy about an Oklahoma girl with ‘attitude’ who is paired up with a fat loser in a parenting class and for some reason they go off on a road trip together. It has an interesting cast and the trailer has a couple of funny moments, but overall it feels a bit forced and the lead seems quite annoying. It kind of reminded me of a nicely shot episode of My Name Is Earl which isn’t a terrible thing, but isn’t particularly enticing either.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Angarano, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Bill Paxton
Steven Soderbergh, as versatile as ever, lends his skills to directing a bone-crunching action thriller in the Bourne mould and it looks pretty decent. It’s got an astonishing cast, but it’s lead is a newcomer, former MMA champion and American Gladiator Gina Carano. Coming from such a background sends off warning signals with regards to her acting skills, but from the trailer she doesn’t come across badly at all. This looks like a film to look forward to.
The Myth of the American Sleepover
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Cast: Jade Ramsey, Amy Seimetz, Nikita Ramsey, Amanda Bauer, Jean Louise O’Sullivan, Claire Sloma
A coming of age drama about teenagers finding love and friendship, this is hardly venturing into new territories, but it’s had a lot of buzz from the festival circuit. This trailer looks fairly promising, the young actors seem to be fairly solid and it has a nice ‘indie’ look to it. If it keeps from being too sentimental this could be one to watch. I’ve got a soft-spot for teen coming of age movies so I’ll probably check it out.
Director: John Doyle
Cast: Colin Firth, Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Clarkson, Amber Tamblyn, Orlando Bloom
Pure Oscar-bait material, Main Street is not a film I’m going to be rushing to see. The casting is bizarre with Colin Firth and Orlando Bloom playing Americans with thick Southern accents. The trailer doesn’t make it entirely clear what the film is about either, it’s just a collection of dramatic statements. All I gather is that it’s some sort of political drama where Firth seems to be some sort of sweet talking businessman who is actually a nasty piece of work (probably). It’s trying way too hard to be big and worthy, but comes across almost like a spoof trailer.