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 media for a new thriller, a surreal mind trip, an oft-promoted comedy, a heist flick, a game show, and more!
The Strangers – Trailer
The official US trailer is here, and it looks pretty good. It is a home invasion story, more realistic than Funny Games and a bit more personal than Vacancy (I know, not a home invasion, but tonally related). It stars Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman as a young married couple who become the targets of a group of masked individuals. I think the most disturbing element is the answer that Tyler receives when asking why they were targeted. It is written and directed by first-timer Bryan Bertino.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall – Stills, Trailer
If I said I was not looking forward to this movie, I’d be lying. It is an Apatow production, and his touch just works for my comedic tastes, plus it features Kristen Bell, and we can always use more Kristen Bell. It also stars Jason Segel (who also wrote), Mila Kunis, Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Bill Hader, and Jack McBrayer. There has also been no shortage of promo material. Below is the red band trailer and a whole mess of stills:
The Fall – Trailer
Here is a film that looks rather interesting. As I watched the trailer I was instantly reminded of a single film, not because of the story, but because of the style. That film is The Cell, which, as it turns out, was directed by the same man, Tarsem. It is his only other film credit; his first was the R.E.M. video for “Losing My Religion.” The film tells the story of a wounded man and an injured little girl. In order to get her to help him, he tells her a story that reflects what is going on in his mind; over time, the fantasy and reality become intertwined. It stars Lee Pace of television’s Pushing Daisies and the recent film Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. The film has been sitting around since 2006 and is now being championed to the screen by acclaimed directors David Fincher and Spike Jonze.
Flawless – Poster, Stills, Trailer
This looks like it could be fun. It is a heist film that looks to be a cross between an Ocean’s X and the recent The Bank Job. It stars Michael Caine and Demi Moore as a pair of employees of the London Diamond Corporation. Caine is a janitor and Moore a bright executive. Both of them have a reason to want to get back at the company; this shared desire brings the unlikely pair together to pull off a heist that is thought to be impossible to execute. Michael Radford (The Merchant of Venice) directs from a script by Edward Anderson. Below is the poster, a few stills, and the trailer with a message from Mark Cuban.
Meet Dave – Poster, Trailer
Now, which one will blink first, Meet Bill or Meet Dave? Something tells me one of these will have to go through a title change. Never thought I would see two films with such similar titles slated so close together. Anyway, I have to say that the movie does not look all that good, but man, is the trailer funny. That clip left me cracking up. The poster, on the other hand, just makes me sad.
Wacky Japanese Game Show
Just had to share this bit of Japanese insanity with you. It is a clip from a game show from the island nation. The goal is to stack as many pieces of pet food on your pet as you can before they all fall off. This clip features three animals, two dogs and a chimp. It is funny and weird at the same time. See for yourself: