It’s Sunday, so that means it’s time to take a look at the bounty of movie trailers we’ve been watching this week.
Directed by actor Justin Theroux, in this one we’ve got Billy Crudup playing an seriously screwed up children’s book author. He’s got big time problems and they only seem to get worse when he meets his new illustrator played by Mandy Moore. Now would be a good time to ask whether Mandy Moore is required to sing in this movie like she is in every movie she stars in. Seriously, it’s like the same thing with Kate Winslet showing her bosom in every movie, except we like it when Kate does it. Not so much with Mandy. We digress. We know the two will get together in the end, so it’s just a matter of how they get there and if we really like them. Hopefully, first time director Theroux is up for the challenge.
In a dark underworld! Jet Li! Jason Statham! A renegade FBI agent, a lone assassin … are at war! Um, yeah, this is probably one of the lamest cut trailers ever and me thinks the good folks around here will be waiting for this one to appear on Spike TV before seeing this.
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Not the first movie we’d think would get the sequel treatment, but we’re certainly happy to have another installment. The first one for Disney was an unexpected joy. Due in no small part to, well, we’re still trying to figure out just how the hell the first movie was such a pleasure. We don’t much care for Nic Cage or a lot of Bruckheimer produced flicks, but somehow, the movie made us feel like that seven year old kid going to the movies for the first time. It was fun and crazy and the plot was interesting enough. This time around, all the major players are back trying to discover the secret to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Word is Jet Li is nowhere to be found.
The Hunting Party
Fantastic cast with Terrence Howard, Richard Gere, Jesse Eisenberg and Diane Kruger. Based on a true story during the Bosnian-Kosovo war in the 90’s, but damn why does journalism always look so much more exciting in the movies? Most of the time you get used to sitting at a desk making phone calls or driving around with not much happening. In the movies people die, you can’t trust anyone and your life is always at risk in some remote junle/third world location. I guess that’s what it’s like for Anderson Cooper.
Based on the Michael Noonan novel of the same name, this movie follows the lives of four Australian orphans during the 1960’s. The orphanage sends the four boys, all born in December, to the seaside one year and you know, they grow up, come of age, all that sort of stuff. Familiar territory, for sure, but we can’t help but feel this could be worth checking out, if for nothing else than it stars Harry Potter. Which only begs the question, why doesn’t he just use some magic and make his life better?