Welcome to Movie Media – trailers, posters, and clips for upcoming films. Some are nice and fresh, some aren’t. However, they all have something in common – they caught my attention. If there is a poster or trailer you think I should check out, be sure to let me know, and I will see what I can do.
This week brings trailers and posters for new films from Paul Haggis (Crash) and Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), as well as some intriguing dramas starring the likes of Halle Berry, Tommy Lee Jones, and Keri Russell, not to mention video game and graphic novel adaptations.
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army – Poster
In 2004, Guillermo del Toro delivered a blast of fun in the form of Hellboy. It was a good, but not perfect, adaptation of the Mike Mignola comic book creation that centers on a demon, summoned during WWII by the Nazis, but raised by the good guys. It was a stroke of brilliant casting to have Ron Perlman play the lead role. Even better, he will be back in the make-up for the sequel, due next summer. It will be del Toro’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed, Oscar winning fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth. The teaser poster is here, and it is a nice creation from Mike Mignola.
Things We Lost in the Fire – Poster, Trailer
I hadn’t heard of this one prior to seeing the poster. I probably would have been a little more excited had the poster been a bit more exciting. It is one of those “big head” style jobs which feature the stars, in this case Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro. The trailer looks promising, with its show of pretty heavy drama. Del Toro plays a man whose best friend (played by David Duchovny) is killed, and he moves in with his friend’s widow to help with their two children as they both work through their loss. It looks to be a strong film, based on the clips in the trailer. Time will tell.
Whiteout – Poster
It seems like the studios are really starting to raid the graphic novel market, especially with the success of 300. Later this year is 30 Days of Night and next year will bring The Watchmen, along with this lesser known title (at least by me). It is set in Antarctica and tells the story of the investigation into the first murder on that continent. Kate Beckinsale stars as the officer in charge of the investigation. The plot reminds me a bit of Insomnia. The poster is here, well in advance of its 2008 release.
August Rush – Poster, Trailer
This trailer has me all giddy in anticipation. Well, that may be a bit extreme, but the movie strikes me as being something new, original, and with a big heart. I do not find the poster to be all that exciting, but the trailer is an entirely different story. It is the story of a mismatched couple in love. She gets pregnant and is forced to give up the child. Years later, the child has become a boy, alone in an orphanage. He decides to set out to find his parents. Meanwhile, his mother is looking to reunite with him. The one connection they all have is music… well, just check out the trailer. I am sure you will be wanting to see this one. Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhy Meyers, Freddie Highmore, Terrence Howard, and Robin Williams star.
In the Valley of Elah – Trailer
Paul Haggis’ follow-up to his Oscar winning Crash actually looks like a better movie (and I liked Crash). In the Valley of Elah is the story of Tommy Lee Jones looking into the disappearance of his son following his return from Iraq. His investigation leads him to team with a police officer played by Charlize Theron, who is also working on the case. It looks to be an engrossing drama that I want to see. What say you?
Resident Evil: Extinction – Trailer
Holy Day of the Dead, Batman! Now, I have enjoyed the first two films, and I am looking forward to this third outing, but there are some distinct similarities to the Romero outing from the ’80s. Specifically, there is the aspect of an underground bunker doing experiments on a way to return to the surface. The experiments involve Milla Jovovich’s DNA. Anyway, the full trailer is out, and it looks like it is going to be fun. I think it will prove to be a good popcorn muncher.
The Strangers – Poster
Here comes a new horror thriller, being distributed by Rogue Pictures, which claims to be inspired by true events. Honestly, anything can claim to be inspired by true events, even if the resulting film has nothing to do with the claimed event. But I digress. I have not seen a frame of footage, but this poster is eerie, creepy, and familiar. I feel as if I have seen this before. It is very reminiscent of the Halloween series posters. A kitchen knife, creepy white masks, and a worn look. Three ingredients for a cool poster. The movie stars Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman as a couple being terrorized by masked assailants.
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