Welcome back to the Movie Media column featuring trailers, posters, and clips for upcoming films. Some are nice and fresh, and some aren’t. However, they all have something in common: for better or worse, they all caught my attention. If there is a poster or trailer you think I should check out, be sure to let me know.
This week’s movie goodies include trailers and posters for an upcoming DVD release, a horror flick with three directors, a documentary, a sequel, and more!
101 Dalmations – DVD Trailer
This is a bona fide Disney classic. Period. There is no denying that, and the new Platinum Edition is sure to be a must-have DVD, as most of these releases are. You are probably wondering why I am spotlighting this trailer. Let me tell you, the first fifty seconds are fantastic; they paint the film as a creepy thriller. I have no idea why it was cut like this, but it is really effective.
The Signal – Poster, Trailer
I’ve been hearing good things about this for some time. I have to say I eagerly look forward to the opportunity to see it. That said, I do get a bit of a Pulse-like vibe from it. This does seem to be a bit more intimate and violent, but the vibe is similar. People’s televisions turn on and the signal causes them to randomly kill. I can’t wait!
Here is an intriguing little tease:
Doomsday – Poster, Trailer
What do you get when you cross 28 Days Later with The Road Warrior? My guess would be something along the lines of Doomsday. When a virus ravages England, the infected are rounded up and placed in a walled off community where they remain, separate from the rest of the country and the world for 25 years.
The problem is that the virus reappears outside the wall and a team must venture inside the lawless realm inside the wall looking for a cure. Looks like fun to me, if a little derivative. I am willing to give it the benefit of the doubt because it is directed by Neil Marshall, the man behind Dog Soldiers and The Descent. The cast is led by Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, and Malcolm McDowell.
The Love Guru – Poster
Would you believe it has been five years since Mike Myers appeared on the big screen? Yes, he has done Shrek, but he has not been physically on-camera since that abomination Cat in the Hat back in 2003.
This year he will be back in The Love Guru. He plays an American raised by gurus who returns to the States to get into the self-help business. I am sure comedy ensues. His co-stars include Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, Meagan Goode, and Ben Kingsley. Here is a peek at Myers on the poster:
Blindsight – Poster, Trailer
This looks like a fascinating story, an inspirational tale of overcoming enormous odds. This is a documentary about blind teenagers in Tibet who climb Mt. Everest. These children are believed by many in Tibet to be possessed by demons and are shunned by family and villagers.
They are helped by Sabriye Tenberken, who teaches the blind and set up a school for the blind. This leads to the starting of an expedition with the six teens to climb the mountain. I cannot begin to imagine what that must be like, or the very real danger it holds.
Step Brothers – Poster
All I can say is: “Uh oh.” This could be hilarious or an absolute dud. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly star as rich guys who become competitive when their single parents get married. Ferrell co-writes with Adam McKay, who also directs. The two previously paired on Talladega Nights and Anchorman.
Joining the team is Judd Apatow as one of the producers. Also in the cast are Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins. This is due to arrive in July. Does anyone remember taking pictures with family members like this poster?
Arthur and the Vengeance of Maltazard – Poster
Last year, producer extraordinaire, Luc Besson, returned to the director’s chair and delivered the very underwhelming Arthur and the Invisibles (or rather, Arthur and the Minimoys). In 2009, he brings the sequel, although I find it hard to believe anyone would want a sequel because the original was not all that good. The teaser poster is out, and it is a dead ringer for the Charlie’s Angels 2 poster.