Trailer: Total Recall (is indeed Total Recall)

OK, so there is no getting of asses to Mars, and the chances of a three boob-ed lady or Kuato showing up are slim, but this new (full) trailer for Len “Underworld” Wiseman certainly delights in recycling images from the Paul Verhoeven film – only glossier and 21st century CGI-ier.

I sure hope that Kate Beckinsale gets her arms severed in this one, because the trailer seems to indicate that her character is a composite of both the Sharon Stone and the Michael Ironside characters in the 1990 version (but “See you at the party, Lori!” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.)

Colour me biased to Verhoeven’s excessively trashy ways and unimpressed by Wiseman’s previous record as a slick – if totally bland – action director.

I remain unimpressed. The trailer is below.

Vintage Cronenberg is back with Cosmopolis Teaser

After detouring into period setting and psychoanalysis with A Dangerous Method, the more aggressive, violent and contemporary David Cronenberg is back: Hand shootings, eye stabbings, monsters running amok downtown. This looks like the most aggressive and genre-ish work the filmmaker has made in years. I am reading the Enter The Void stylings of the titles in this trailer as a good sign. And yes, Robert Pattinson looks great here.

Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti, Matthieu Amalric, Juliette Binoche, Kevin Durand and Jay Baruchel round out an impressive supporting cast. Cosmopolis is based on Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name:

Eric Packer, a 28 year old multi-billionaire asset manager, makes an odyssey across midtown Manhattan in order to get a haircut. Covering roughly one day of time and includes highly sexed women and the theme of father-son separation. Packer’s voyage is obstructed by various traffic jams caused by a presidential visit to the city, a funeral procession for a Sufi rap star and a full-fledged riot. Along the way, the hero has several chance meetings with his wife, seeing her in a taxi, a bookstore, and lying naked in the street, taking part in a movie as an extra. Meanwhile, Packer is stalked by two men, a comical “pastry assassin” and an unstable “credible threat”. Over the course of the day, Eric loses vast amounts of money for his clients by betting against the rise of the yen. Packer seems to relish being unburdened by the loss of so much money, even stopping to make sure he loses his wife’s fortune as well, to ensure his ruin is inevitable.

Trailer: The Sound of My Voice

“I just feel like we are in over our heads.” “Yea, That’s investigative journalism.”

Undercover reporters, cults, and possible time travelers abound in this indie drama/thriller. The Sound of My Voice not only turned some heads at 2011’s SXSW & 2012s Sundance, it stars indie science-fiction favourite Brit Marling (Another Earth) as the enigmatic and charismatic cult leader. There is definitely a claustrophobic vibe to the tone and cinematography here. The trailer is below.


New “Snow White and the Huntsman” Trailer

We bunched the 2012 Snow White films together in one post back in November. The comments were ablaze with praise and scoffing for one director’s take over the other. I was kind of on the fence for Rupert Sanders’ version as A) he’s a first time director and B) the trailer didn’t really give us much and it looked like it might be kind of “Twilight-y”.

So here’s a second trailer today. Funny. The Rupert Sanders version actually looks more like a Tarsem movie than Tarsem’s slap-sticky, fun version of the story. So while I’m not 100% sold yet, I like the Timur Bakmembetov (Night Watch) look to this trailer and if the film was playing this weekend, I’d very likely go check it out (after The Hunger Games of course;) for the visual style alone.

Also, I’ve lived long enough now to not doubt the powers of Charlize Theron. Not to mention Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Ray Winstone, and Ian McShane. Snow White and the Huntsman open wide on June 1st.

What say you? Trying too hard or balls on the ceiling wicked?



A Title Can Say a Lot

Recently RowThree has been amazed by a lot of great marketing and we’re happy to post it. Usually teaser trailers and one-sheets. And occasionally we get the big, epic, summer blockbuster trailers that blow us all away. At other times we find little tid bits that simply pique our curiosity. Which in turn can lead to buzz, then full-on excitement and hype.

There’s a lot that goes into a movie’s title. More often than not, it’s uninspired garbage that “appeals” to the broadest audience as possible in order to hopefully just get the most safe/moderate of film goers in the seats. I think there was a joke about that in one of the Naked Gun movies. Other times, the title really drop hints about what we can expect from the film in terms of tone, plot and/or characters. And other times, the title is so inspired, that everything we thought we were going to get from a movie based solely off of its title is 180 degrees in the other direction; yet still makes sense. I like this.

So scrambling through the flutter of film news and tid-bits going around the netz, I stumbled on our buddy Gary King’s latest film title:

F*ck Marry Kill


We know the film starts shooting in North Carolina this July, but that’s it. Nothing else to go by (not even the film maker would let on any more at this point). And yet, how can you not at least be intrigued by this? I have no idea what the movie is about yet already I have some ideas. Tarantino grind house stuff? A prostitution ring? A revenge thriller? A dark wedding comedy? Or a drama about a bunch of teens playing a stupid gossip game? Who knows. I think it sounds awesome and by the title alone I’m kind of excited to see what Gary King will pull off with this one.

Any thoughts on what the story/plot might be? Make some shit up in the comments section and we’ll see who comes closest once the film rolls around.

Trailer: Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

There have been plot details and photos of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows making their way around the internet for quite some time now. Despite my love for Burton and Depp, both separately and together, the photos didn’t do much to inspire any sort of interest in me. Perhaps it was my unfamiliarity with the television show in which it was based, but this poorly-constructed trailer seems to demonstrate a much different film then I expected – and I’m intrigued.

Dark Shadows stars Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, ChloĆ« Grace Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, and Christopher Lee and you’ll be able to catch it in theaters on May 11, 2012.

What are your thoughts on the trailer for latest collaboration between Burton and Depp?

Total Recall is Total Recall

A very short Taiwanese spot for the Len “Underworld” Wiseman remake of Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall confirms that this remake is indeed going to look a lot like the 1990s film. I’ve never read the Philip K. Dick novel, and 30 seconds of action is not a lot of footage to judge things, but the whole thing at this point feels expensive and lazy and redundant. Colin Farell stars, John Cho cameos. See the spot below.

(It may be gone from Youtube, but France has your back. )

Trailer: On The Road

A day or two late with this, but I was on the road myself (ba-ching!) Walter Salles’ adaptation of the famous and iconic Jack Kerouac beat-travelogue, “On The Road,” strangely keeps the name changes of all the characters; the book’s definitive republishing “The Original Scroll” loses all Dean Moriartys and Carlo Marxs and Sal Paradises and puts back in everyones real name.

Judging from the trailer and overall cast of the film it is certainly not anything like the faces and places that went through my brain upon reading the novel, but there is a hazy-dream quality that cinema imparts to these things that has in no way dampened my enthusiasm for the property. Not the showiest of trailers, but it gets the job done (in terms of fueling interest) better than, say, The Rum Diaries.

Sam “Control” Reilly, Garett “Tron” Hedlund star in the film, while Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Terrence Howard, Steve Buscemi, Amy Adams, and Alice Braga all pop up over the course of Sal and Dean’s adventures.