New “Red Riding” Trailer [Disappointed]

As I mentioned in the comments section when the first trailer for this film was released a couple of months ago, the visuals are very handsome. I still basically agree with those sentiments, but this trailer is so full of terrible it kind of overshadows any of those interesting ideas. Even the potential for an interesting twist isn’t really enough for me to shrug off the fact that basically this looks like Twilight all over again with the way the brooding Pattinson look-a-likes wander the village (“If you love her… you’ll let her go” **eyes roll**). For some that sounds like an amazing concept. For me, it sounds like a way to completely destroy what would otherwise be an interesting and update take on the classic fairy tale. And what is with that music(?)… ugh!

With Amanda Seyfried in the lead, the film also stars Gary Oldman, Lukas Haas, Virginia Madsen, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, and Julie Christie. You can see them all on March 11th.

 
 

First trailer for Catherine Hardwicke’s “Red Riding Hood”

Red Riding Hood

I was aware that Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood was going to provide a fresh approach to the classic story but I didn’t really give it much thought beyond that. It’s probably best that I didn’t because had I thought about it or read some of the descriptions floating around, I may have been disappointed by the trailer but as it stands, I’m just a little… surprised.

Set in a medieval forest, the film stars Amanda Seyfried as Valerie, a young woman (in a red riding hood) in love with Peter (Shiloh Fernandez) an orphaned woodcutter, but her parents want her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Valerie and Peter plan to run away together but when Valerie’s sister is taken by the werewolf that stalks the woods surrounding the village, their plans are thwarted. So how does the awesome Gary Oldman fit into this picture? He’s the priest/werewolf hunter the town calls on to rid them of the beast. Other notables along for the ride include Lukas Haas, Julie Christie, Virginia Madsen and the fabulous Billy Burke (apparently Hardwicke likes Burke as much as I do).

The trailer features quite a few interesting tidbits, including more than a handful of host of Seyfried looking startled which concerns me a little but then, it’s a trailer and I generally like Seyfried so I’m happy to chalk that up to editing. The most striking aspect of this trailer are the visuals. Now, Hardwicke is recognized for her sense of aesthetic (likely stemming from her previous work as a production designer) but I’m thrilled to see that she’s paired up with award winning cinematographer Mandy Walker who also shot Baz Luhrmann’s gorgeous Australia (review) (and was glaringly overlooked for an Oscar nomination).

I have to admit I’m not expecting much from this story but my inner girl is thrilled by what she sees: supernatural overtones, period, romance. Oh yes, this has my name written all over it.

Red Riding Hood opens March 11, 2011.

Trailer is tucked under the seats but it’s also worth a look in HD over at Apple.

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Amelia Gets a Trailer

It was well over a year ago we talked about the Amelia Earhart biopic finally hiring a director in The Namesake’s Mira Nair. Hilary Swank has been on board, so to speak, for well over two years now and after the announcement of the director I have to admit that I sort of forgot all about this project. Until today.

Apparently post is complete and the film is slated to be released on October 23rd this year. Which means it will be in contention with several other big “Oscar bait” types of movies that strain the capacity of theaters that time of year. With a cast that includes Richard Gere, Virginia Madsen, Jon Anderson and Ewan McGregor, I guess I’m not surprised. Well, that and this thing looks really nice.

Several sites today were pretty giddy about the look of the new trailer. And I gotta say, putting my crush on Swank bias aside, I’m inclined to agree on the excitement. It may be just a standard biopic, but it also may be something kind of exciting to boot. Check out the trailer in HD below…

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(UPDATE) WTF: The Haunting in Connecticut Poster

Everyone knows we love our movie posters around here, especially the interesting or new ones. So what about the WTF ones? Yeah, we like those too. So here’s a truly bizarre one-sheet for the marketing of The Haunting in Connecticut. I can only assume that whatever that is coming out of the kids mouth is some sort of supernatural entity.

The story is pretty typical of any ghost story really: a family moves into a new house only to find later that it is a former mortuary; hence, haunted as hell. So until I hear more about it, I’m not too interested in the premise of the movie (despite the casting of Virginia Madsen and Elias Koteas), but the one-sheet sure has me scratching my head and at the very least will keep me with one on the radar for from this film.

To see a bit more clearly the phantasm or whatever it is spewing from (or into) the kid’s mouth, simply click the image for a better view…

UPDATE:

Saw the trailer last night during an episode of LOST and have to say, if it steers clear of too many jump scares, this could be entertaining. A legitimately scary movie – not some “stupid” slasher pic. See the trailer below:

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