' ' Cinema Romantico: Recently Seen Trailers

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Recently Seen Trailers

Brief thoughts & feelings on a few previews I've seen:

* "Four Christmases". I said in my fall preview that I really wanted to see this rom-com with Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon. Except the trailer makes it look...uh...well...not so good. But I'll still plunk down my hard-earned money to see it in fear of knowing that it was a bad decision and that I knew it would be a bad decision and then I'll wonder why I still made the decision when I knew it would be a bad decision and told myself I'd wonder why I made the decision when it would be a bad decision and then I'll wonder that if I knew it and told myself I knew it and that if....oh, why do I do these things to myself?

* "Doubt". Based on his own play, John Patrick Shanley's film stars Meryl Streep, Phillip Seymour Hoffmann and Amy Adams in a story about a nun accusing a priest of abusing a student. There's always the fear movies based on plays can be a bit too stagy and, who knows, that may end up being the case but the preview sure makes it look like the three leads have got it goin' on.

* "Australia". I said this one had my name written all over it. Well, after seeing the preview I can safely say my name is not just written on it. My name is woven deep, deep into the fabric of this one.

* "Valkyrie". Seeing the trailer for this one in which Tom Cruise plays the man out to assassinate Hitler brought to mind "Dirty Dancing". Bear with me, I'll explain. "Dirty Dancing" was, of course, set in the 60's and, yet, during the "climactic" dance number between Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey what song is playing? "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life." And all you can think is - yeah, I know this movie is in the 60's, and I know I need to suspend disbelief, but, man, this is sooooooo an 80's song.

Tom Cruise looks in "Valkyrie" how "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" sounds in "Dirty Dancing". It's just not right, man.

* "Bride Wars". Kate Hudson stars in a movie about two brides who are set to have their weddings on the same day and are none too happy about it. The other bride is played by (massive gulp) Anne Hathaway. I understand this was done prior to the release of "Rachel Getting Married" but please, Anne, for God's sake, I beg you, don't be the next Kate Hudson. Don't be the next Kate Hudson.

* "Revolutionary Road". Remember that list I made of the four movies I'd hyped the most all-time in my mind? Well, after the preview I saw this one becomes #5.

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