Happy Thanksgiving! These are some of the trailers I’ve been seeing in the theaters lately; we may be thankful if they live up to their promise.
First off, The Wolf of Wall Street was first promoted in theaters in July or August. Next, I’ve yet to see the currently released Dallas Buyers Club; you’d have to be living under a rock not to have seen an ad or trailer for this one.
That leads to the new Coen brothers flick, Inside Llewyn Davis. This is getting some advance praise and as a Coen brothers film has the potential for greatness. We’ll see; the trailer doesn’t inspire me much (yawn…) and the title even less. Can we banish forever movies or books called “Inside ____ (fill in the blank)”? But it is the Coen brothers, and therefore a must-see.
Next is the new Spike Jonze film, Her. A couple things going for this: the precedent of Being John Malkovich, a masterpiece in my opinion. And Joaquin Phoenix, who looks great here. I’ve been incredibly impressed with him starting with Walk The Line, and then in last year’s The Master. He’s become like Ryan Gosling — or John Malkovich for that matter — in the sense of anything he does, it doesn’t matter: he’s interesting and enigmatic. Just seeing him on the screen is enough to hold you.
This one reminds me of that Al Pacino film that was generally panned, Simone, and of The Truman Show, and of the “Siri” episode of The Big Bang Theory, and also, inevitably, of P.T. Anderson films and Being John Malkovich.
On a more conventional bend, there’s The Book Thief.
American Hustle has benefitted from a lot of early marketing including TV ads, so I will not post a trailer here. It’s blockbuster cast includes Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Bobby De Niro. Like the Yankees, anything less than giant success will be seen as a disappointment.
Nebraska, with Bruce Dern, falls in the same category as Dallas Buyers Club: it’s already released; I plan to see it; I will post a trailer when I do, if it’s good.
Looking at the Apple trailers site, there are a ton of other interesting pics out there, but I think the last one I wanted to mention today is Spike Lee’s new film, his remake of Oldboy (I have not seen the Korean original from 2003, but had heard about it a couple years ago as something to check out). This looks like it could be really good; the type of movie I dig — and an interesting project for Spike Lee — where’s he been lately anyway?