The Week in Trailers 01.11.13

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Here we are, Friday, good times ahead. Let’s commence with this week’s The Week in Trailers, which has, somehow, at least twice the usual amount of content (filmmakers, I’m looking at you). It also took considerably longer to put together, but that was because I was so busy fangirling over a certain The Walking Dead star who actually has nothing to do with this week’s selection – let’s move on. We have thrillers, we have gore, we definitely have dramas, we even have sci-fi and a children’s flick but no, we don’t offer humour at this cafe. In it’s place though, we have, at long last, foreign film trailers, even if they still make up the minority. Getting there.

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Hours
In terms of the premise, Eric Heisserer’s latest offering is, to some degree, refreshing. Using the devastating Hurricane Katrina as a backdrop, Paul Walker stars as an undercover cop who enjoys fast cars  a father whose child is born prematurely and is unable to be relocated to a hospital outside of New Orleans. Or something along those lines. It’s a race against time – so kind of like Speed, but not at all.

Expecting (Gus)
Radha Mitchell and Michelle Monaghan star in this trailer which I’ve interpreted as being mostly about life’s ‘interruptions’, which can apparently come in the form of adoption, despite adoption being something I’d have thought of as planned. No? Directed by Jesse McCormack.

Cold Turkey
Directed by Will Slocombe, Cold Turkey is a family drama where everyone has a money issues and no one likes each other. That’s the best summary you’ll get.

Contracted
STZ. Sexually Transmitted Zombie. It’s award-winning.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Hooray for children’s films with educational benefits! So Sherman is a boy, Mr Peabody is his dog, and Mr Peabody is also a reincarnation of Doc from Back to the Future (that’s really the only way you can read into this). Directed by Rob Minkoff and featuring, predominantly, the voices of the Modern Family cast.

Skinwalker Ranch
As if the original trailer wasn’t scary enough, here’s the red band trailer for Skinwalker Ranch. Great name, huh. Makes you feel really good. Directed by Devin McGinn.

True Detectives
HBO just won’t quit, and that might be the best thing you hear today. This trailer is the second for True Detective, a series commencing in January 2014 that will finally give Matthew McConaughey the chance to elaborate on what he does best: southern law-enforcer.

Mindscape
Taissa Farmiga and Mark Strong star in this overly complicated trailer for Mindscape, a film about a worrisome (potentially psychopathic?) young girl and some guy who investigates minds for a living. Wonder what it pays? Directed by Jorge Dorado.

Bettie Page Reveals All
Don’t confuse her with Bette Davis – she’s a whole other ball game, and may well indeed have “opened up the sexual revolution”. Good stuff, directed by Mark Mori.

Beyond Outrage
Japanese-style violence and Takeshi Kitano go hand-in-hand, and Beyond Outrage is no exception. Directed by the veteran himself.

The Monuments Men
Here’s the second trailer for the film directed by and starring George Clooney about an interesting collection of men whose task it was during WWII to re-steal stolen art. While it does come across a tad Ocean’s Eleven-esque, it’s a tale that needed to be told, and I have faith in Clooney.

Open Grave
Not only is the plot to this film difficult to discern if we are to rely purely on its trailer, but it’s also very gory. Take due care. Directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego.

The Great Beauty
This film, or at least, its trailer, does what all great films should – entertain and intrigue without the heavy use of dialogue. Film is, after all, a predominantly visual medium. Looks wonderful and is undoubtedly the highlight this week. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? is the work of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind‘s French director Michel Godry. The documentary is essentially an extensive conversation with linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky. Not for the faint of mind, I’m sure.

I'm listening to Roxy Music's 'Avalon' right now, and worrying how that might influence a self-written portrayal of myself. As a result, I'm keeping things simple: writer, reader, watcher, skeptic. I like questions more than answers. Too mysterious? I promise I don't listen to Roxy Music often.

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