Trailer Tuesday

[The author is on holidays this week. Regular features, like reviews and lists and three day old news will return when he does. Next week. Until then, you'll get a daily video, and you'll like it.]

Last week, a host of trailers for films and series were released, and this seemed as good a place as any to leave them.

First up, Tiny Fey and Paul Rudd's new film, Admission. The trailer makes it quite clear that this is meant to be a comedy with heart, possibly landing just to the left of a chick-flick. I like Rudd, especially when he's pulling double duty as comedian and dramatic lead, as in Our Idiot Brother, or Dinner For Schmucks (despite the rest of the film, Rudd was, and as he usually is, solid in that film). And Fey hasn't had a real disappointment yet (Baby Mama comes closest), but the real draw for me is Wallace Shawn in a supporting role, so I'm game.

Up next is the trailer for Netflix exclusive series House of Cards. David Fincher's adaptation of the British political thriller, which drew heavily on Shakespeare. The trailer looks like something from HBO, which I gather is Netflix's intention. No matter, Kevin Spacey looks to be in top form, as always, and is reason enough to watch the show.

Hit the jump to feel The Heat, see what Sam Raimi has done to Oz, and to learn the ABC's of Death.

I'll be honest here, at first, I wasn't having anything this trailer was offering. but the longer it went on, the more I was getting into it, and I'll be darned if by the end I wasn't won over. the trailer keeps building and building, and plays the strengths of both Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy just the right way. I don't know if I'll see it in theatres, but I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for it afterwards.

I've watched this trailer a couple times, and honestly don't know what Sam Raimi is going for with Oz: The Great and Powerful. It's not an adaption of any of the original 13 L. Frank Baum books, nor is it an adaptation of Wicked, with which it appears to share some plot (I honestly don't understand how, what with all the other Broadway musicals being adapted to screen, how a production of Wicked is being put together somewhere). Nor is it a prequel to the 1939 film, despite straight up stealing more then a few design elements and gimmicks.

Nor is it clear if this is a comedy, an adventure, a mad-cap antics-fest, or if it means to tell a serious story. The trailer is all over the place in terms of tone. Which, if we're being honest here, when Raimi loses interest in something, he tends to take it too far in the direction of the Stooges, and I wonder if this hasn't happened here. It looks far too much like Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, a film that had no strong story, or self identity, and looks to over use CG in the way Burton's film did. The important thing is, Bruce Campbell and Ted Raimi both have roles in the film, so all is right with the world, if nothing else. Now, lets see how he works in The Classic (look it up if you don't know what that means).

Lastly, we have the ABC's of Death, a series of 26 short films about death. In particular, how to die. In increasingly disgusting ways. The trailer is after all this, because I felt the need to warn you first: do not watch this red band trailer if you are easily put off. It contains very graphic violence, nudity, cussing, and at least one instance of furry.

Also, what in the hell is it about electric carving knives all of a sudden. This is the second time this month we've got a trailer with someone cutting themselves up with one. Damned kids...
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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