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 posters, stills, and trailers for a few upcoming summer hits, including a more stuff about a certain bat, a couple of promo clips, some upcoming DVD information, a couple of indie flicks, and more!
The Dark Knight – Clips, Featurettes
Are you ready for the new movie? I know I am — July cannot come soon enough. Below are a couple of interesting clips. First is a look back at Batman Begins, with interviews with Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, and Liam Neeson. Second is a bit on IMAX; Nolan shot some scenes in the large format. Finally is a clip on the design of the clown masks.
My Best Friend’s Girl – Poster, Trailer
Will this be the romantic comedy that transcends the genre? Well, it does star Dane Cook, so I guess the answer has to be no. Dane Cook is an awful actor; he was watchable in Mr. Brooks and Dan in Real Life, but he wasn’t the lead. Now, take him in Employee of the Month and Good Luck Chuck, and it is an entirely different story. Thankfully, he has the adorable Kate Hudson, the decent goofball Jason Biggs, and the newfound comedian Alec Baldwin to potentially salvage the film. Anyway, here is the generic poster and trailer:
X-Files: I Want to Believe – Trailer
Does anyone else think that title is kind of lame? It’s a title! No, it’s a tag line! Title! Tag line! Ahh, you know what I’m talking about. You may as well call it X-Files: I Want It To Be Good. The truth of the matter is, I do want it to be good. I really liked the series, I liked the first movie, and look forward to seeing what they do here. I just fear that too much time has passed and no one will really care. Well, that won’t matter much if the movie is good. Anyway, I have avoided reading much about it, so all I know is what little is in the trailer, and it does not inspire much confidence. Hopefully, a second trailer will come that blows this one away.
Transsiberian – Stills, Trailer
I first heard about this film when it started the festival circuit. Now, I did not hear much aside from people liking it. This trailer is the first I have gotten to see of it, and I like what I see. The film stars Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Kate Mara, Eduardo Noriega, and Ben Kingsley. It is a thriller that involves American tourists making friends with some fellow travelers who are not who they seem to be.
Elegy – Stills, Trailer
This film looks like it could be interesting. It is the story of an aging man who has spent his life jumping from one relationship to the next, but then meets an intriguing young woman who causes him to reevaluate everything. At least, that is what I get from the trailer anyway. The cast includes Ben Kingsley, Penelope Cruz, Dennis Hopper, Peter Saarsgarde, and Patricia Clarkson.
The Express – Stills, Trailer
The Express is a new inspirational sports drama that I am sure will follow the formula to the letter, but also provide a positive and uplifting experience. When I see the trailer, I am reminded of The Great Debaters and Glory Road. It is the story of Ernie Davis, a Syracuse football player who became the first black man to win the Heisman trophy. Rob Brown stars as Davis and Dennis Quaid plays the team’s coach.
Get Smart – Promo Clips
Get Smart is nearly here. Will it be any good? Well, I like Carell, Hathaway, Johnson, and Arkin, but the newest trailer has been less than impressive. The first trailer had some good bits, but could that be it? I fear this will be another I, Spy. Still, these promo clips are pretty good. One can always hope.
My Blueberry Nights – Stills, DVD Cover, Trailer
My Blueberry Nights brings with it a couple of firsts. One of those firsts is that it is Norah Jones’ first starring film role, and the other is that it is Wong Kar Wai’s English language debut. It is the story of a woman struggling with the breakup from her boyfriend. As she attempts to deal with it, she goes on a cross-country journey during which she meets a variety of people that help her discover that which she needs to find. Co-starring with Jones is Jude Law, Natalie Portman, David Strathairn, and Rachel Weisz. It will arrive on DVD July 1 and will come with extras including deleted scenes, a making of featurette, and an interview with Wong Kar Wai.
City of Men – DVD Art, Trailer
On July 1, City of Men is slated to arrive on DVD. The film was championed to the screen by producer Fernando Merielles who had previously directed City of God, another story about life on the other side of Brazil. This film is based on a popular television show and chronicles the paths of two childhood friends whose friendship is torn apart. The movie received good reviews when it was released. It will be arriving on DVD complete with a making of featurette that takes you behind the scenes of the story.
Punisher: War Zone – Trailer
A few years back we got a Punisher film that was fun, but not quite what I wanted from a Punisher movie. Thomas Jane did a good job in the lead role, but John Travolta as the bad guy was a less than inspired choice. Also, I was not all that crazy about placing it in Florida. In my eyes Punisher belongs in New York. Anyway, we are getting a reboot in the vein of The Incredible Hulk. Will it work? Who knows. Ray Stevensen takes over the title role and doesn’t look all that bad in the part. The trailer is decent, even with the homage to Boondock Saints.