Thursday Trailer Shootout! is my bi-weekly segment where I post a handful of trailers that I might have missed but have an interest in, whether for good……or evil!
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First up! A teaser for The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson's first directorial effort since 2007's There Will Be Blood (a bona fide masterpiece). The Master takes place following World War II, and involves Philip Seymour Hoffman as a charismatic preacher of a religion he started called The Cause (apparently very similar to Scientology). Joaquin Phoenix acts as his right hand man, but as the faith gets a bigger following, he begins to question it's merits. Sounds badass. I could hardly recognize Phoenix in this trailer, he's got that crooked smile that makes him look real mentally fucked up.
Next up - Finding Nemo in glorious 3D. This underwater animation classic from Pixar should look pretty damn awesome. I can't wait to see Bruce the Shark and his numerous terrifyingly razor sharp teeth in 3D.
The Watch stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade. It used to be called Neighborhood Watch, then the whole Travon Martin tragedy happened and they decided it was a good idea to drop the Neighborhood part. I really don't know if people are going to go to this movie, but Seth Rogen and his buddy Evan Goldberg have teamed up in the past to write some pretty great comedy (see: Superbad and Pineapple Express).
The Apparition looks good. Yeah good and fuckin' terrible. Yeah, by the way thanks for explaining FUCKING EVERYTHING DURING THE TRAILER.
"We open the door and it came through"
"It's like a virus. It knows you're afraid."
"It spreads from one person to another"
"It wants to be in our world"
"It wants us."
"Once you believe it's real, you die."
Well that's fucking great. I know if I KNEW that people were dying by this thing that you aren't supposed to believe is real. I WOULD THINK IT'S PRETTY FUCKIN' REAL, wouldn't you? Death is pretty damn real, wouldn't you say? Oh, and it's nice to see that that pale ass girl from The Grudge and The Ring (totally same) is making an appearance in like it's 500th movie.
Such Great Heights is the story of MMA fighter Jon Fitch and his gym full of dudes who could kick the shit out of you even if you were on some strong PCP. Probably worth a watch.
Les Misérables. Never seen any of the many adaptations, nor seen the play. I had no clue it was a musical until I saw this trailer. It's got some great actors, but then again so did the other ones.