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 are ruled by posters and stills, with only a couple of trailers. Included is media for a horror flick, some comedies, a couple of films still being shot, a movie about a sad sack with low self-esteem, and more!
What Happens in Vegas – Poster, Trailer
Ashton Kutcher follows up his work in the decent 2006 drama, The Guardian,with this lame looking romantic comedy. He co-stars with Cameron Diaz as newlyweds in Vegas who got married after a night of heavy drinking, plan to divorce, but hit a big jackpot. Now they have to be a couple to get the money. The trailer is uninspired junk and features the wonderful “toilet seat” scene where it is revealed to the camera for some unknown reason, well, to show the audience. It is idiotic in terms of the movie and only serves to point out just how bad it is going to be.
Meet Bill – Poster
A couple of weeks back I shared the Meet Bill trailer. Now the poster has arrived and it is almost as intriguing as the trailer. It features star Aaron EckHart with a nametag on his head and a shirt that matches the wallpaper. He is flanked by his wife (Elizabeth Banks) and the woman he uses to get back at her (Jessica Alba). Now, did you ever think you would see a film where Aaron Eckhart was cast as the sad sack? Me neither.
The Life Before Her Eyes – Poster, Trailer
This movie could prove to be very interesting. The trailer has an otherworldly quality to it, and it is paired with a thought provoking tagline. When you see the trailer, something poetic emerges, simultaneously telling you something about the film, while only giving you the barest hints of what lies beneath. Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood both play the character Diana at a two different points in her life. Something happened early on in her life that is affecting her today. I am intrigued by what this film seems to offer.
Pathology – Poster, Trailer
After watching this trailer, I could not help but have a “What the…?” reaction. It strikes me as a cross between Saw and Flatliners. Strange, I know. I have to admit to being somewhat intrigued, although I am not much of a fan of Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes). The movie tells the story of up and coming pathologists plying their trade in a rather unconventional manner.
Speed Racer – Posters, Trailer
The Wachowski’s big screen adaptation of Speed Racer looks like it could be amazingly cool or abysmally awful. The trailers are big, colorful, and full of cartoonish glee, and the posters seem to match the unbridled enthusiasm. I cannot say I am really looking forward to it, but I am definitely curious. Here is one of the new trailers and a trio of new character posters:
G.I. Joe – Still
The film’s release is not until 2009, but Paramount has released the first still from the film. In and of itself, it is not terribly exciting for the scene, nor is it all that colorful, but it is still significant. This still gives us our first look at fan favorite (and mine from my youth) Snake Eyes, the martial arts master and operative for the side of right. Ray Park (best known for playing Darth Maul in the first Star Wars prequel and Toad in X-Men) is the man behind the mask. I have to say he looks great; I just hope he comes across as cool on the big screen as he did during my childhood playtime.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – Still
Exciting news for you Potter-heads: a still has been released from the next film. I cannot say it is a great shot, but it gives you the three leads, and what more can you ask for? Well, at least at this point.