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A couple little movies that are coming soon…

In trailers on June 12, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Sometimes, I’ll go on a binge, and just start watching movie trailers non-stop. I’ve spent hours doing this (between movie trailers and the talks on TED, I’ve probably used a couple days of my life) and sometimes, trailers for movies are much better than the movies they are marketing. But, there are two out now, that are for movies that I cannot wait to see.

The first one, is the movie I knew the least about before seeing this trailer and once I did see it, I watched the first six seconds five times before I even made it through the entire thing. (I blame that on the design nerd, that loves awesome transitions.) The movie is SHUTTER ISLAND, the new project by Martin Scorsese; written by Laeta Kalogridis and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo (THE BROTHERS BLOOM), Max von Sydow, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams and Jackie Earle Haley – to know only a few of the names associated.

I’m going to break format, and place the trailer below, or watch it in HD, here; and then discuss it a little afterwards, so enjoy:

First off, that opening six seconds – I don’t know why – just grabs me. It seems to perfectly capture the mood of the preview that is about to unfold and there’s something in the way that the Paramount logo is smeared and painted over which leads straight into the fog and the ship appearing from it. Then the narration/dialogue by DiCaprio and Ruffalo’s character instantly sets you up for the setting and mood of the movie.

We get a good tasting of the supporting cast, throughout the first minute and it starts building into what seems sort of in a GOTHIKA (that is the only time this movie will be mentioned on this blog), TWELVE MONKEYS/ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST kind of territory. The highlights of the trailer are the pretty frightening appearance of the guy with the giant scar over his face – and then the amazingly visual montage that features Michelle Williams in a room snowing (ash?) and a great close up of Leo with the smoke seemingly billowing back into his cigarette.

This movie looks like Scorsese making a trip into not only B-Horror movie territory – as opposed to his more classic horror movie, CAPE FEAR; and into the more visual stylization like in THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST – and from what I remember BRINGING OUT THE DEAD.

So, SHUTTER ISLAND is high on my list of movies to see this fall.

The other, is a trailer that’s been out for a while – but I wanted to both include it because I can’t wait for this movie and also because I didn’t want to just post about SHUTTER ISLAND – is for the movie directed by John Hillcoat (THE PROPOSITION); written by Joe Penhall and adapted from the Cormac McCarthy novel; THE ROAD, starring Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-Mcphee, along with other luminaries such as Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce.

So, again, here’s the trailer – and in HD here – enjoy:

This one also starts off in a stylized way – but not for quite the same reason; which is that the trailer starts with a sort of explanation of what the movie is going to present to us. This has been pretty controversial in that the book goes out of it’s way to not give the reader any extraneous detail. I personally think that it’s fine; as long as that material is only in the trailer – which I’m holding out that it is – and is just meant to draw the viewer in and give us a clue that this movie takes place after some kind of catastophic event, or two.

I also like how the beginning of the trailer, mixes in some of the additional material with Charlize Theron’s character. It is misleading, kind of setting the movie up as sort of a not-as bombastic remake of the movie THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, and only y’know, good. (I kid, kind of) But, then we get some shots, that I believe are indeed going to be part of the movie – such as the grounded boats, abondoned vehicles and burning buildings; before we get the very mood setting quesion, “how many people do you think are still alive?” And with Viggo’s answer, “In the world? Not very many,” we’re off to the races.

I love the setting – although I’m kind of hoping for some added CGI snow/ash (again!!) in the final movie, as the way it’s presented in the trailer the world doesn’t look quite as bleak as the book makes it feel it ought to be. Now the main part of the trailer does a great thing of first setting up the two main struggles that are happening in this movie. One is having to HIDE and the other is having to WAKE up each day. When the trailer gets into it’s stylized montage – with the first part perfectly capped with the steam released from the truck, it’s really creating the mood that this is a thriller where danger is everywhere and this isn’t a PG-13 rated apocalypse.

And the only real problem, I personally have with the trailer is the one moment where a guy is dragged/falling and lets out that long scream that is SO overused! But, other than that, this trailer looks fantastic and sells this movie as something to see! Also coming out in October, which seems like it’s going to be the month to beat. With the rerelease of the first two TOY STORY movies; A SERIOUS MAN, the new Coen Brothers; THE INFORMANT, by Soderbergh; WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and Richard Kelly’s (DONNIE DARKO) new movie, THE BOX – which I’m not holding out much hope for, but I’m still interested in seeing what this guy does.

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