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Movie Trailers Packed in Slush

It’s Spring! Kind of. And evidently, the idea that the summer movie season should start earlier and earlier has not been discarded. A full slate of films is now running March to September. In March, we have:

1) A film I have long awaited: Paul from Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and this time the director of Superbad. Having tackled the zombie oeuvre in the famous Shaun of the Dead, and the buddy cop thriller in Hot Fuzz, Pegg and Frost have now gone after the alien contact SF tradition, with a somewhat bigger budget and a great cast. Two British fans of all things alien come to the U.S. for ComicCon and go on a driving tour that includes Area 51, which happens to intersect with the escape efforts of an actual alien, voiced by Seth Rogan.  The film also stars Kristen Wigg, Sigourney Weaver, Jason Bateman, Jane Lynch, Jeffrey Tambor and many others. (Next up for the satiric crew, they’re going to do a disaster movie spoof, when Pegg finds the time off from Mission Impossible and Star Trek movies.)

2) In Win Win, Paul Giamatti plays a depressed, down on his luck attorney who moonlights as a high school wrestling team. A stroke of somewhat illicit luck places a star athlete in his keeping and a shot at redemptive profit, but the boy’s mother may derail everything. It’s a Paul Giamatti comedy and those are never bad:

3) Also in the quirky dysfunctional family comedy area is Peep World, about a fractious family whose star sibling writes an autobiographical novel about them and the subsequent fall-out. Stars Rainn Wilson, Sarah Silverman, Michael C. Hall, Ben Schwartz, Judy Greer, Lesley Anne Warren, Ron Rifkin, Kate Mara — a bunch of people who excel at chewing scenery in delightful ways.

4) Family oriented but more dramatic is The Music Never Stopped, about a father who tries to help his son’s memory problems from a serious brain injury. (Based on one of Oliver Saks’ case stories.) It stars the incomprable J.K. Simmons and a strong cast.

5) Last, but not least, a new trailer for Sucker Punch, which comes from Zack Snyder of 300 and Watchmen fame. A young woman is committed to an asylum by her wicked stepfather and creates an imaginary reality to free herself and other inmates. It stars Emily Browning, who was so wonderfully perfect as Violet in Lemony Snickett, and a great cast.

 

 

 

 

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Movie Trailers With Poignant Animation

First up, Sucker Punch, which is a Pan’s Labryinth sort of tale mixed with Girl Interrupted and Final Extinction:

Then, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga Hoole. I grew up with owls, thanks to my mother. I loved screetch owls, great horned owls you did not fool around with and barn owls were just, well, odd. This movie, based on the successful children’s book series,  is just visually beautiful, something we don’t always get with the comedy in animation today. And well, it has owls:

Next, the Pirates of the Carribean folk apparently had some extra time while doing the fourth movie, and so have prepared this ridiculous animated western for next year, featuring Johnny Depp’s voice natch, called Rango:

And finally, the Ice Age crew went with the parrots in Rio. Yes, it is cheesy. Yes, it is about as far from noir as you can ever get. And watching the hang glider take out the beach umbrellas made me laugh:

Also, my sister had a parrot. And I grew up with hawks too, so really, it all fits. But mostly, I’m just addicted to pretty colors, including the dark ones in Sucker Punch.

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