Second trailer for Jackie Robinson biopic

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When I saw the first trailer for 42, the upcoming biopic about baseball player Jackie Robinson, I was hopeful. With the new trailer, I’m impressed. Combining numerous things that I love – baseball, Harrison Ford, and demonstrating how idiotic white people are – the new trailer is slick.

Directed by Brian Helgeland (writer of the screenplays for L.A. Confidential, Payback, Man on Fire, and Mystic River), the film follows the early years of Jackie Robinson (played by Chadwick Boseman), the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. It’s a damn important story and one of which fewer and fewer kids today know the story. As for the film, not only is the trailer slick, I’m pretty excited to see Harrison Ford doing something other than phoning in a performance. Perhaps this is the start of a new era in his career.

Also, the Jay-Z was a superb touch to the trailer.

The film hits theaters on April 12, 2013… just in time for baseball season.

Trailer: Trance

Slick editing rhythms. Complicated heist gone awry. Underworld supplying the beats. This is Danny Boyle in his comfort zone, most definitely, but it also looks like he is still aiming to amp up the visual style (note the Sunshine / 127 Hours up-close camera work) and hall of mirrors pacing to make for an pretty entertaining little con-artist gambit that aims to mess with your head.

James McAvoy plays the mastermind behind bold bit of art thievery, that is until his partner, played by Vincent Cassel, turns on him but fails to acquire the artwork. McAvoy ends up with a memory wiping head injury, who goes to a hypnotist to recover the location of the art out of his head, but the therapist, played by Rosario Dawson is working for Cassel. Lots of twists and turns ensue. Fluff? Probably. Will it be good? I’m betting it will be. (Any movie that gives McAvoy a head injury is good in my book.)

Trailer: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

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Steve Carell. Steve Buscemi. Jim Carrey. Olivia Wilde. Alan Arkin. James Gandolfini. It’s quite an impressive cast that director Don Scardino (30 Rock, Law & Order) had at his disposal. While the plot sounds like an idea crafted for a Will Ferrell movie (and, in fact, it looks like Ferrell could indeed be substituted for any of the three magician characters and fit right in), one has to wonder if there is more to this movie than the trailer leads on.

From a script by actor John Francis Daley (Freaks & Geeks, Bones) and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses), the movie follows two over-the-top Vegas magicians and lifelong friends (Carrell and Buscemi) who find themselves and their act increasingly irrelevant with the rise of a David Blaine inspired new “magician” (Carrey).

The trailer looks rather dull and predictable (with a few minor chuckles), but with a cast like this, it should be a movie to keep an eye on, as it could be – no pun intended – more than meets the eye.

Trailer: The Place Beyond the Pines

ryangMarch 29, 2013 is already marked on my calendar. The Place Beyond the Pines may currently be my most anticipated film of 2013.

Directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), the film stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, and Ray Liotta.

As for the story, it follows a motorcycle stunt rider as he weighs on whether he should commit a crime as a means of financially providing for his family.

And damn, does it look good. Like really good.

See for yourself. Check out the trailer and chime in with your first impressions!

Full Set of “Gatsby” Character Posters

If I ever decide to get married some day, I think this clinches it: it’s going to be a “roaring twenties” theme ceremony and reception/party. I know Luhrman rubs a lot of people the wrong way with his highly stylized, stage-like presence, but I enjoy the hell out of his frenetic pizazz.

So take that style and add to that Leo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fischer et. al. and mix all of that together with an adaptation of yet another classic tale and you have maybe one of my most anticipated films of 2013. Yeah it’s me, Andrew; sucker for the costume dramas.

Warner Brothers has been putting together this really colorful set of character posters for us throughout the week and today the final piece of the puzzle dropped in with Mr. DiCaprio.

Anyone else looking as forward to this as I am?


Trailer: Pacific Rim

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Well, we were promised an homage to the old Japanese giant monster mashers with Pacific Rim… and it looks like that is exactly what Guillermo del Toro is going to deliver. Giant things smashing each other. As it will with many, Transformers came to mind as I watched the trailer, but let’s get something straight here: del Toro ain’t no Michael Bay.

This movie oozes with talent. So, even as I watched this trailer with a sort of head-tilted skepticism, I had to keep in mind the people who were involved. Of course, there is del Toro who is the imaginative directorial and writing force behind some pretty awesome movies that include Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Cronos, and The Devil’s Backbone. One can assume from having him on board that there will be plenty of humanity to this story and that the humans will be there for more than just plot devices. The visuals are done by Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic as well as Legacy Effects. It also has a pretty great cast that includes Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Idris Elba, Charlie Bay, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, and Clifton Collins Jr. And while the screenplay is from a young and relatively unknown Travis Beacham, it is a original story… and original sci-fi stories are usually refreshing to experience in this day and age of remakes, adaptations, and sequels.

So yeah, it’s okay to be reminded of Transformers when something really big comes out of the water to fight something else really big, but really… this isn’t Transformers. Not even close.

What are your impressions? Sound off in the comments!

A History of Zack Snyder Trailers. Oh, and Man of Steel with all new Choir Voices.

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Say what you will about Zack Snyder films (I like the entirety of Watchmen and the opening 10 minutes of Dawn of the Dead thus far) but the man knows how to approve/select/make trailers for his films. That is, if has any say in this part of the process (I am unclear on how the marketing machine works.) However, abandoning 1990s rock songs and speed ramping for the first time in a decade, Snyder is going for epic. Angels in heaven, full choir epic, mixed with a bit of Kevin Costner and Dianne Lane playing the goodly New England (we’re not in Kansas anymore!) parents until he takes the stage on his own terms. If you treat Superman seriously, then this trailer is for you. If there is any doubt we are in the Christopher Nolan Wheelhouse, well, there isn’t anymore. Still, this indeed looks great as a coming out party.

If you want a fun Superman, well, back to Richard Donner you go or perhaps wait for whatever they come up with for Justice League.

Because it is Trailer Week at Row Three this week, tucked under the seat are all of the Zack Snyder trailer is reverse chronological order so you can, perhaps, see how we got to this point.

Would you like to know more…?

Teaser Trailer: Unforgiven (Japanese remake)

I love myself a good old-school samurai film (I even ranked ’em once). I also love westerns. Since these two have borrowed from each other for decades now (all right, mostly it was everyone else stealing from Kurosawa), it came as little surprise when it was announced a while back that Ken Watanabe was set to star in a samuraiized remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven. As you may remember, Watanabe was in the Eastwood-directed Letters from Iwo Jima. This, of course, means nothing, but like the nonsense the football analysts on ESPN spew, some might find the loose connection interesting.

Still, despite loving samurai movies and westerns and Ken Watanabe, I quickly forgot about it – that is until today, when the Japanese teaser trailer for it began making its way around the internet. While it lacks subtitles so I do not understand the narration, I do understand the international language of beautiful filmmaking and badass samurai.

Director Sang-il Lee is probably best known for 2006’s Hula Girls. His remake of the Eastwood classic, according to Twitch, follows a man who is a “raditional thinker holding to his samurai code – despite the shifting standards of the late 1800s – who takes a job as a bounty killer.”

I’m digging what I see. How about you?

Trailer: Oblivion

Kurt expressed his hatred for the one-sheet for Oblivion the other day. Too Inceptionish. Maybe too Prometheusish, as it was pointed out in the comments. Of course, as we all know though, the quality of the poster as portrayed by an out-of-touch marketing team does not necessarily dictate the quality of a film.

When Oblivion was first announced, I was excited/worried that it was an adaptation of the Elder Scrolls game. When I discovered that it was instead an adaptation of a sci-fi graphic novel (of which director Joseph Kosinski also wrote) and was going to star Tom Cruise, I registered it as “keep an eye on it,” but despite my love of sci-fi and my usual enjoyment of Tom Cruise, I haven’t gone out of my way to pay attention to its development.

The story follows a drone repairman (Cruise) on the supposedly uninhibited earth who rescues a mysterious woman (Kurylenko), which leads him into discovering some sort of intergalactic conspiracy. The trailer is uninspiring, although one can assume it will be a stellar IMAX experience, regardless of the quality of the movie itself. For now, I remain indifferent.

Directed by Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), co-written by William Monahan (The Departed) and starring Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, and Zoë Bell, the movie will be released in IMAX on on April 12, 2013 with a traditional theatrical release the following weekend.

What do you think of the trailer?