Quantum of Solace is finally out this week and nothing else really matters, does it? The movie studios seem to agree as nothing else is coming out in wide release. So because of that it’s time for another addition of Trailer Park as well.
Quantum of Solace (Pick of the Week)
Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric
Directed by: Marc Forster
Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 71%
Critic Consensus: “Brutal and breathless, Quantum Of Solace delivers tender emotions along with frenetic action. Not as good as franchise reboot Casino Royale, but still an impressive entry to the Bond canon.”
Slumdog Millionaire (Limited)
Starring: Dev Patel, Irrfan Khan, Anil Kapoor, Madhur Mittal
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Critic Consensus: “Visually dazzling and thematically conscious, Slumdog Millionaire is a story both entertaining and powerful.”
Zach: It seems like every time we do a Trailer Park there’s a new Watchmen trailer. This is the one that will show before QoS this weekend. It reveals more of the actual plot so that people who aren’t obsessed with the comic will be able to gain some semblance of what is going on. Not since the Cola wars have there two groups as bitterly divided as the Watchmen fans. Some are seeing this as the second coming, others are already building effegies of Zack Synder. We’ll have to wait till 2009 to see who is proven right.
Brian: I don’t consider myself much of a comic book — excuse me, GRAPHIC NOVEL — fan, so I will judge this on the simple fact of it being a movie. Looks good. This seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it type film, which might be how it does at the box office: soar high, or crash and burn. So far, my money’s on the former.
Zach: The newest movie from Roland Emmerich who is not one of the most beloved directors in the world. He made ID4 but on the other hand he made Godzilla 1998, The Day After Tomorrow and the horrible 10,000 B.C. so not really excited at all for this one. If you’re up on your conspiracy internet babble then you know that according to the Mayan calendar the world is going to end in 2012. It looks like Roland thinks that the end is going to be a giant flood. There’s not much to go on in the trailer but my excitement is at “meh”.
Brian: Teaser doesn’t say much, but it does give me a Deep Impact/Day After Tomorrow vibe. That is to say… not good.
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Zach: New trailer for the upcoming remake of the 1951 classic “The Day the Earth Stood Still” starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly. It looks pretty good, Keanu as an emotionless alien is perfect casting and the special effects look really good. Gort especially looks fucking awesome. I might check this out when it comes out in December but I’ll have to wait and see what the consenus is first.
Brian: Still lukewarm about this film. Have a feeling it’s going to get too preachy. Plus, there’s too many remakes already!
Zach: What else can you say? It’s a new Pixar movie and even the worst Pixar movie is 10x better than most anything else that comes out in the same year. A grumpy old man decides to attach hundreds of balloons to his house and take off on an adventure. That’s pretty much all we know except it’s being directed by the same guy who did Monsters Inc. I don’t know if they’ll be able to top Wall-E but I have faith in Pixar that they’ll deliver a fun movie.
Brian: It seems that each Pixar movie that comes out, the more wacky/different the plot is. WALL-E was unlike any other popular animated film I’ve seen and Up seems to have just enough quirkyness to differentiate itself from the pack. Besides that, can Pixar PLEASE stop giving itself a handjob with these stupid previous movie clips before showing the trailer? C’mon.