Movie Trailers To Get Excited About
Preparing for the insane beast known as Comic-Con has led me to a site filled with movie trailers (only some of them relevant to nerd culture). But I stumbled upon a few gems that make me genuinely excited about watching movies again:
THE GREEN HORNET
Seth Rogen is attractive to me, no matter what his pant-size. In fact, I prefer him with a little weight and facial hair, but that’s my MO. It makes sense for him to be slim here, but to me, the dude’s looking way too skinny now. Ah well. Lots of gadgets, cool cars and explosions will certainly keep me entertained. Does this have a chance in hell of passing the Bechdel or Race test? Prolly not. But it’s got Seth Rogen and Christoph Waltz! Directed by Michel Gondry!!
For all that, I can overlook Cameron Diaz and it’s clear male-targeted BS. Plus – it’s not an A-Team sausage fest. I can handle a movie centered on one or two dudes…but a whole pack of them insults my womanhood.
I’ll make up for it by watching this…
Is it a feminist flick? Probably not. Does it fall into a ton of romantic comedy cliches? Probably yes. Does the trailer feature nauseating girl-power songs? Oh yeah. BUT it’s one of the few trailers I’ve seen in 2010 to feature mostly women. And while a wedding is involved (a movie featuring several women must also feature weddings – it’s a Hollywood formula) I didn’t see one scrap of Kristen Bell having a meet-cute with that guy from The Office.
Sure, the ladies are fighting and bickering amongst themselves but it’s clearly about women learning to accept themselves and empowerment and blah, blah, blah.
I want to watch this. Not because it looks like an amazing film but because it’s a film marketed to women and romance is clearly not the focus. Plus – Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis. Betty White. Amazing ladies who have aged gracefully. Lots of funny moments here.
Yes, the cast is bleach white (well, you know some of them are TAN) but it’s clearly telling a story about women that doesn’t have romance at it’s core. That doesn’t have dudes at it’s core. And it’s not about a lavish lifestyle so very far removed from what most Americans face (except for the big house with a pool, hybrid car, fancy NY job, and expert coifs).
Speaking of how far removed Hollywood lives are from the real world…
LIFE AS WE KNOW IT
I’ll admit – I’m kind of a Heigl fan. I like that she’s talked some shit (though she does lose some cred for back-tracking later on), quit her job to take care of a kid she adopted and acted in a few romantic comedy films. She’s building up the resume, Julia Roberts style. She isn’t rail thin. She’s funny. She can also turn on the waterworks when need be, and the few times I’ve watched this trailer, I’ve always teared up a little bit.
This is perfectly marketed towards women like me at the moment. Mid to late twenties, married, and on-the-fence about kids (or planning to have them in the next few years). This film is like a ticking time bomb of baby-making magic. My hormones start doing jumping-jacks when that kid hits the screen. The chances of me watching this film, either in theaters or at home are pretty high.
And one more for the road…
THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU
This was looking pretty lame from the descriptions, but the trailer has piqued my interest. Whenever a synopsis features the words “thriller involving politics and spies,” my brain immediately thinks of something, ANYTHING ELSE more entertaining.
And the Adjustment Bureau fulfills the promise of not being boring and plodding and filled with long adoring shots of two guys drinking cognac and staring lustily at each-other and the-most-thrilling-car-chase-ever and then a few shoot-outs. *yawn*
This flick, and Inception are equally as tantalizing – though Adjustment doesn’t have nearly as cool a soundtrack. Matt Damon promises with every second of screen time not to annoy. In fact, it barely matters that he’s starring in it.
That’s it. Aside from the fact that most of these films feature two exciting elements – hats and suspenders. Please movie-making people, consider hats and suspenders as a mandatory part of wardrobes for male and female characters. Cause what the world really needs, is more sexy.