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 and trailers for a few upcoming summer hits, a couple of DVD releases, an inspirational sports film, a documentary, and more!
The Dark Knight – Poster
Another week and more promos for The Dark Knight. What is it? Another awesome poster. Fortunately, the movie is now here and we can move on to other endeavors (not that I didn’t like sharing all this Bat-stuff).
The Tale of Despereaux – Stills, Trailer
This animated adventure is based on the award winning novel of the same name by Kate DiCamillo. It centers on a young mouse with over-sized ears named Despereaux who refuses to live life afraid, cowering in the walls. He dreams of adventure and eventually befriends a human, thus beginning his bigger than life adventure. I have to say that the trailer makes this film look rather cute; hopefully it will translate to a good film. The Tale of Despereaux has some star power in the voice cast including Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Tony Hale, Kevin Kline, Tracy Ullman, Emma Watson, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Lloyd, William H. Macy, and Stanley Tucci.
WarGames: The Dead Code – DVD Art, Trailer
Remember WarGames? I know I do. It was back in 1983 when the popular world was introduced to this realistic look at computer hacking. Well, maybe not completely realistic, but there was a definite grounding that felt real. Matthew Broderick played a young hacker who gets drawn into a game of thermonuclear war that turns out to be way too real. Now, twenty-five years later, we get a sequel, not a direct sequel, but a sequel that updates the story for current technology levels and the world situation (terrorist threat rather than nuclear). The trailer looks pretty good. Matt Lanter stars as the hacker, and coincidentally was born the same year the original was released.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Trailer
David Fincher is following up his excursion into the real world procedural (the excellent Zodiac) with a tale that has a much more fantastical bent. It is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald tale from the 1920s. This film reunites Fincher with Brad Pitt, who previously starred in a pair of Fincher helmed flicks, Seven and Fight Club. The trailer is rather beautiful, very dream like, sort of reminds me of Big Fish.
Pineapple Express – Posters, Trailer
What can I say? I think this is going to be absolutely hilarious. Judd Apatow and David Gordon Green together for the first time. Here are a couple of posters for those of you who love big heads on your posters. (Also, if you want to know what the trailer song is, click here.)
The Perfect Game – Poster, Trailer
This movie looks like a good one. It falls within the boundaries of the tried and true inspirational sports drama genre and does not look to push those boundaries. Despite that, it looks like a sweet film with a big heart. It is based on the real life story of the first non-American team to win the Little League World Series. It centers on the team from Monterrey, Mexico, whose coach is played by Clifton Collins Jr.
Human Lanterns – Trailer, DVD Art
I had never heard of this Shaw Brothers film before, but it has gotten my attention. It has martial arts but it is mixed with the macabre as two rivals enter a lantern making contest. Sounds weird right? Well, think of this: the secret is in the disappearances of local maidens. Creepy! See the DVD art and trailer below:
Man on Wire – Trailer
This documentary has won audience awards all over the world, including wins at Sundance, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Edinburgh Film Festival. It takes a look at Phillippe Petit, a Frenchman who in August 1974 walked a high wire between the Twin Towers. The film takes a look at the more than six years of planning, the event, and its aftermath. The trailer looks really good.