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Jun172010

New trailers galore: The Smurfs, Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Centurion, Never Let Me Go, and Middle Men (a film about early internet porn) 

 

Trailers seem to come in bundles these days. I was planning to post one or two, but kept seeing more new ones float around, so here we are. Oddest trailer of the bunch is The Smurfs. I remain unconvinced that this isn't a terrible idea. Biggest budget probably goes to Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. Movie that Russell Crowe should be in is Centurion (it's a bit violent). Never Let Me Go looks the most fascinating, but is clearly aiming for awards. Middle Men makes me wish I was smarter during the dot com boom. I could have made millions!

The Smurfs

Though I like to remain optimistic about upcoming films, I can't see this living up to the very modest expectations of the series. Why do moviemakers think we need to bring Gargamel and the smurfs to New York City? I have nothing against the city, but it's been done. We don't need another fish out of water film. My other problem: the best film on Director Raja Gosnell's resume is Never Been Kissed, a Drew Barrymore film from the late 90s not co-starring Adam Sandler. His other credits: Home Alone 3, Big Momma's House, Scooby-Doo, Scooby Doo 2, Yours Mine and Ours, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua...I do support the use of Neil Patrick Harris to introduce the trailer, however. NPH can smooth anything over. Tone Loc, I'm not so sure about. Release: July 29, 2011.

The Chronic-what-cles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

I still haven't seen Prince Caspian, the second Narnia film, but I'm glad Fox is completing the series after Disney bailed. The House of Mouse demands profit. Its being helmed by Gorillas in the Mist director Michael Apted. In this one the kids get sucked into a painting. Reminds me of Super Mario 64. It hits theaters December 10, 2010.

Legend of the Guardian: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

This is the second trailer for Ga'Hoole. You can watch the first trailer in my earlier post. It's made in the oddly realistic animation style of the studio behind Happy Feet. The art weirded me out at first, but I'm quickly growing fond of it. Read the earlier post for a few tidbits on the book series and director. The film hits theaters September 24, 2010.

Centurion

"A splinter group of Roman soldiers fight for their lives behind enemy lines after their legion is decimated in a devastating guerrilla attack." Judging from the trailer, the film looks 80% violent, 20% other. Writer/director Neil Marshall is known for violent films so expect...that...on August 27, 2010.

Never Let Me Go

It stars Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan (she's so hot right now) and is written by Alex Garland, who wrote some great screenplays including 28 Days Later and The Beach. Watch this one. It looks fascinating.

Middle Men

This film is about two guys who invented a way to sell porn on the internet in the mid 90s. James Caan, Luke Wilson, Kelsey Grammar, Giovanni Ribisi (I'm a big fan), Terry Crews, Kevin Pollak, Christopher McDonald (Shooter McGavin), and Robert Forster also make appearances. The trailer reminds me of the Johnny Depp cocaine movie Blow quite a bit, which could end up being a compliment. Whether you're dealing coke or porn, it never ends up as good as it begins. Let's hope this film doesn't suffer the fate of almost every Luke Wilson movie since Old School. Actually, as long as it's better than his at&t commercials, I'll be happy.

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