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As You Wish

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Watch The Princess Bride trailer at Zuguide.com!

Peter Falk and lil' Savage

Feeling a little under the weather today.  If only Peter Falk could come to my bedside and read me a Fairy Tale…  But, sadly, since the Make a Wish Foundation stopped taking my calls (eczema won’t grant you many wishes these days), the chances of bedtime stories from Lt. Colombo are slim to none.  Instead, I’ll have to pass the time and ignore the sniffles with the  internet and watch some movie trailers online.

As any movie-goer knows, trailers today can be long and tedious affairs that use over-zealous graphics, exceedingly epic soundtracks, and Speedy Gonzales editing.  But after rewatching the teaser for The Princess Bride, I will say that trailers have come a long way since 1987–  at least in terms of focus groups and playing to your demographic.  Even if cinema has not really advanced much in artistry, the industry has seen remarkable grown in its ability to advertise.

You gotta love the ‘80s.  What can only be described as infomercial (or possibly elevator) music underscores the teaser for this fantastical and medieval love story.   Was this music ever cool? (No.)  Perhaps the choice of soundtrack is merely an outdated marketing ploy to attract the “whole family” target group, or perhaps it is a ballsy and avante-garde artistic choice that I, personally, don’t understand at all.

The Rob Reiner classic is filled with more wit and wizardry than any other filmed fairy tale to date (okay, Hook comes close, but you have to deal with Julia Roberts, and there’s no replacement for Billy Crystal).  It has set the standard for modern swashbucklers.  As the film’s tag-line suggests, it certainly is not just your basic, average, everyday, ordinary, run of the mill, ho-hum fairy tale.

But I’d use many of those adjectives for the trailer.

Go watch the movie!

Written by sam

June 29th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Dedication: Dr. Manhattan Has a Major Case of OCD

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Click to watch the Dedication trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Dedication trailer at Zuguide.com

In case you hadn’t heard, Watchmen comes out on Friday. Given the level of anticipation this film has produced in die hard fans of the graphic novel and the general public alike, it’s quite possible that Billy Crudup will go from being that rock star guy who called himself a golden god and jumped off a roof into a swimming pool (Russell Hammond in Almost Famous) to that scientist who accidentally disintegrated himself and came back as that blue guy who can control matter and energy at will (Dr. Manhattan in the aforementioned Watchmen). I’d call that a slight upgrade. But, before Friday rolls around and Crudup becomes known as the most powerful Smurf ever, I thought I’d take a moment and offer up the trailer for Crudup’s last, less than widely released film, Dedication.

In Dedication, Crudup plays an obsessive compulsive man who hates people but writes children’s books. When Tom Wilkinson, Crudup’s only friend and the illustrator of his hit “Marty the Beaver” series, dies, Crudup is forced to share a beach house with Wilkinson’s replacement, Mandy Moore, in order to finish up the latest Marty installment. Take a wild guess what happens next.

Highlights of the Dedication trailer include: 1) Crudup rattling off all his OCD symptoms the first time he meets Moore. 2) Crudup telling a little girl girl at a book signing that Santa Claus doesn’t exist. 3) Wilkinson describing Moore as being “lovely like an antelope in a junkyard.” 4) Crudup wearing a yellow football helmet to overcome his fear of riding in a car. And, 5) Crudup pretending to be upset when Moore falls asleep next to him on the couch.  My favorite part of the trailer is when Crudup vaporizes Mandy Moore and uses her atomic material to annihilate a squadron of attack helicopters and over forty tanks (not really). Dedication opened August 24, 2007. Check of the Dedication trailer at Zuguide.com.

Written by Adam

March 3rd, 2009 at 8:53 pm

A Christmas Story: You'll Shoot Your Eye Out

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Click to watch the A Christmas Story trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the A Christmas Story trailer at Zuguide.com

With Christmas just a day away, I thought I’d offer up the trailer for the quintessential basic cable holiday movie, A Christmas Story. Shown no fewer than 300 times each December, A Christmas Story is basically an honest, if slightly exaggerated, view of the holiday season as seen through the eyes of a young boy growing up in the 1940s. All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun, but his pleas are ignored by his parents and even the mall Santa Claus shuts him down. With Ralphie’s overwhelming desire for a BB gun at its center, the rest of the film revolves around his dysfunctional family and their various failures at achieving the perfect American Christmas.

Highlights of the A Christmas Story trailer include: 1) Mrs. Parker dropping a wrapped present that is obviously a bowling ball into Mr. Parker’s unsuspecting lap. 2) Ralphie and Randy throwing the socks they just unwrapped over their shoulders. 3) Randy eating his dinner like a little pig. 4) The Parker’s house being overrun by hound dogs and Mr. Parker shouting at them from his porch. And, 5) The mall Santa Claus sending Ralphie down a slide by pushing him in the forehead with his foot. My favorite part of the trailer is when Mr. Parker points out that the Peking duck they are about to eat is smiling at them just before their server chops its head off with a butcher knife. Check out the A Christmas Story trailer at Zuguide.com.

Written by Adam

December 24th, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Yes Man, AKA Liar Liar Part II

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Click to watch the Yes Man trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Yes Man trailer at Zuguide.com

In honor of Jim Carrey completing the long awaited second installment of his forced behavior modification trilogy with Yes Man (the first being 1997’s Liar Liar), I’ve decided to put forth a few ideas for the final, closure-bringing film that should hit theaters towards the end of 2017. But, before we get to the possible plots, let’s do a little recap.

In Liar Liar, Carrey was a lawyer magically forced to tell the truth for 24 hours after his son made a birthday wish. The experience had him saying and doing things that put a major cramp in his scumball lawyer day, like admitting to farting in an elevator and pronouncing himself to be in contempt of court .  In Yes Man, Carrey is a perpetual naysayer challenged to say yes to every opportunity that comes his way for an entire year after attending a self-help seminar. As a result, Carrey drinks too much Red Bull, takes up guitar and Korean, and orders a Persian bride on the internet.

For the third film, I imagine Carrey will start out as some type of jerkhole and, through an outlandish set of circumstances, discover that his anti-social behavior has been holding him back from realizing true happiness.

On to the scenarios:

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Role Models: Bad Big Brothers in a Red Band Trailer

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Click to check out the Role Models red band trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to check out the Role Models red band trailer at Zuguide.com

After a hiatus of nearly a decade following the release of American Pie, the red band trailer has made a triumphant return in recent years. With R-rated previews for Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Pineapple Express, Burn After Reading, Tropic Thunder, Knocked Up, etc. becoming hits both in theaters and online, moviegoers are finally getting a more accurate idea of the levels of cursing, nudity, violence, and drug use that the most highly anticipated upcoming movies promise to deliver. Where the red band designation was initally intended to be a deterant and a warning to parents, it has recently become an effective marketing tool – exuding a sense of exclusivity and the forbidden. The red band trailer seems to lend itself particularly well to the comedy, where raunchy, offensive adlibs have become the norm. A couple of memorably objectionable lines from a good red band trailer are usually enough to sell fans on a flick’s potential.

Role Models, the new comedy from director David Wain (“Stella,” “The State,” Wet Hot American Summer) and co-writer/star Paul Rudd (Clueless, Anchorman, The 40 Year Old Virgin), is one of the latest films to jump in on the red band trailer trend. After wrecking the truck they use to promote Minotaur Energy Drink on a school campus, Elizabeth Banks tells Rudd, the cynical pitch man, and Seann William Scott, the womanizing mascot, that they have been sentenced to perform 150 hours of community service at a Big Brothers Big Sisters-type program. Rudd is paired with Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), a renaissance fair loving dork, and Scott is stuck with Bobb’e J. Thompson (“Human Giant,” Fred Claus), a little, foul-mouthed troublemaker. In the trailer, both Rudd and Scott make ample use of the film’s R-rating, but I’m pretty sure it’s Bobb’e J. Thompson who will have the most quotable lines in the movie.

Highlights of the Role Models red band trailer include: 1)  Rudd and Scott telling a smart ass middle school student that Scott got the Minotaur costume out of the boy’s mother’s closet after he f-ed her. 2)  Jane Lynch telling Rudd and Scott that she used to eat cocaine for breakfast and lunch. 3) Thompson shouting that he doesn’t want to take his pants off right after Scott introduces himself. And, 4) Mintz-Plasse asking Thompson if he means that the medieval themed game he plays is “gay” in the Old English sense of the word. My favorite part of the trailer is when they show a shot of Thompson’s drawing depicting a meeting between Beyoncé, himself, and some sugar. Role Models opened November 7, 2008. Check out the Role Models red band trailer at Zuguide.com.

W., or Lame Duck: The Movie

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Click to watch the W. trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the W. trailer at Zuguide.com

In the trailer for W., director Oliver Stone’s third film inspired by a US president (the others being Nixon and JFK) and first inspired by Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, the story of George W. Bush’s rise to power and the missteps that led to him becoming the least popular president in modern American history are portrayed with all the subtlety you’d expect from the man behind Natural Born Killers. There’s hard drinking, fights with dad, and more than a few hints indicating a severe inferiority complex. Since the film is a satire, imagining Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men, American Gangster), a non-comedian, playing Bush might initially seem like a stretch, but watching him deliver his first line in the trailer (“In history, we’ll all be dead.”) immediately validates the casting decision. If nothing else, the film seems to have a solid set of well-known actors, including Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush, James Cromwell as Big George Bush, Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush, Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney, and Toby Jones as Karl Rove. The biggest surprise is seeing how much they made Thandie Newton look like Condoleezza Rice.

Highlights of the W. trailer include: 1) Brolin dancing on a bar with a classy young lady.  2) Brolin running into some trash cans while drunk driving. 3) Brolin chuckling when Dreyfuss describes the use of torture techniques, or “fear scenarios.” And, 4) Brolin sitting on the john talking to Banks about the difficulty of getting out of his father’s shadow. My favorite part of the trailer is when Brolin recreates the moment when W. got a brush burn on the side of his face after choking on a pretzel and passing out.  W. opened October 17, 2008. Check out the W. trailer at Zuguide.com.

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People: Megan Fox Lowers Her Standards

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Click to watch the How to Lose Friends & Alienate People at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the How to Lose Friends & Alienate People trailer at Zuguide.com

Most people know Megan Fox from her role in the 2007 summer blockbuster Transformers. Despite all the photo shoots and articles written about her in the last year, there are quite a few details about Ms. Fox’s life that may surprise even her most loyal fans. Here’s a list of facts that I have repeatedly added to Wikipedia, only to find them deleted moments later:

  1. For a three month period during 4th grade, Fox had absolutely no teeth. After losing her baby teeth the old fashioned way (driving a small dirt bike into a pickup truck’s lowered tailgate), Fox survived on a diet of consisting of Dr. Pepper/Slim Jim smoothies, melted ice cream sandwiches, and spaghetti sauce.
  2. During a rebellious phase in high school, Fox joined a band of jet ski pirates who terrorized the coastal waters surrounding her hometown. It was not until she decapitated a manatee while trying to make off with a waterproof boombox that she finally saw the error of her ways, saying, “I don’t know if it was the sound of cracking vertebrae or the sight of all that blood, but either way my pirating days were over when I sliced off that sea cow’s head.”
  3. She once grew a 1,167 lb. pumpkin.
  4. In her free time, Fox is a volunteer smoke jumper, logging over 40 jumps in seven Western states.
  5. After numerous failed attempts to control her dibilitating OCD using techniques offered by conventional psychology, Fox finally freed herself from her mental prison when she had small amethyst geodes surgically impanted in the soles of each of her feet.

Anyway, now that the truth is finally out there, let’s turn to Fox’s upcoming film How to Lose Friends & Alienate People. In the comedy, Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Run Fatboy Run) stars as a British celebrity journalist hired by editor Jeff Bridges to write for an upscale magazine in New York City. Once he makes his way to the US, Pegg proceeds to annoy and offend everyone he meets, including publicist Gillian Anderson and fellow writer Kirsten Dunst. Despite his awkward, ill-mannered ways, Pegg makes a connection with Fox, who steps out of her comfort zone to play a sexy starlet with questionable acting skills, and eventually finds a reluctant ally in Dunst.

Highlights of the How to Lose Friends & Alienate People trailer include: 1) Pegg trying to pick up a woman at a bar and Dunst pointing out that his business card is actually a library card. 2) Pegg interviewing an actor and asking him if the “hamster-thing” he plays in a movie is gay. 3) Pegg ordering a stripper for Danny Huston, his boss, only to have Huston’s wife and children walk in mid-strip.  And, 4) Dunst asking Pegg which leg he’d previously hurt and then kicking him in said leg. My favorite part of the trailer comes when Pegg coughs up a mouthful of sandwich onto a woman’s back while riding in an elevator. How to Lose Friends & Alienate People opened October 3, 2008. Check out the How to Lose Friends & Alienate People trailer at Zuguide.com.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall: The Naked Breakup

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Click to watch the Forgetting Sarah Marshall trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Forgetting Sarah Marshall trailer at Zuguide.com

After making a name for himself playing the clingy, obsessive, overly-emotional boyfriend to a T (see Nick Andopolis on Freaks and Geeks and Eric on Undeclared), Jason Segel decided to take the logical next step and translate his signature character to the big screen in last spring’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Released this past week on DVD, the romantic comedy from the team behind Knocked Up and the 40-Year-Old Virgin stars Segel as Kristen Bell’s doting, TV theme song-writing boyfriend, whom she dumps once her acting career takes off. Where Nick would have reacted by reciting Styx lyrics to her in a candle-covered basement and Eric by crafting a multimedia presentation of their most intimate moments, the Forgetting Sarah Marshall Segel responds by trying to convince Bell of his commitment to her while sitting bareass on a leather couch. Regardless of the response, all three characters suffer from the same compulsive, pitiful, foredoomed devotion that drives away the women they love and leaves them heartbroken and alone. While both Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared ended before we could see what ultimately became of Nick and Eric, Forgetting Sarah Marshall follows Segel as he tries to piece his life back together by taking a Hawaiian vacation — only to discover that Bell is in the room next door with Russell Brand, the most lecherous man on the face of the earth.

Highlights of the Forgetting Sarah Marshall trailer include: 1) The aforementioned breakup scene where Segel lets his towel drop when he realizes he’s getting dumped. 2) Segel drinking chianti from an orange juice glass while watching Bell and Brand on Access Hollywood. 3) Segel crying after sleeping with another woman. 4) Jonah Hill making a pass at Brand after giving him his demo CD. 5) Segel falling off a cliff while trying to impress Mila Kunis. And, 6) Segel tricking Bill Hader’s wife into mimicking a sex act while speaking to the two of them on a webcam. My favorite line in the trailer comes when Bell asks Segel what he’s doing at the resort and he jokingly replies, “Came here to murder you.” Forgetting Sarah Marshall opened April 18, 2008 and the DVD was released September 30, 2008. Check out the Forgetting Sarah Marshall trailer at Zuguide.com.

Sex Drive: American Pie On Wheels

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Click to watch the Sex Drive trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Sex Drive trailer at Zuguide.com

With Michael Cera hitting theaters this Friday in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Clark Duke, Cera’s buddy and co-everything on the hit web series Clark and Michael, is set to make his first major big screen appearance in the upcoming teen comedy (aka Road Trip/Euro Trip/American Pie rip-off) Sex Drive. While Duke, who currently appears on the ABC Family TV series Greek, is briefly visible in the final party scene in Cera’s Superbad, Sex Drive will mark his debut performance as a full-fledged costar. Now, there seems to be a growing sentiment that Duke is a no-talent hack who’s only succeeding by riding Cera’s comedy coattails. I’m not going to argue with that one way or the other. But, since Duke’s role in Sex Drive (Josh Zuckerman’s smarmy friend who accompanies him on a cross-country trip to rendezvous with a young woman he met online) requires him to a be a real a-hole most of the time, it seems as though both fans and detractors will have something to work with. For example, throughout Sex Drive, Duke sports a series of wacky button-down shirts paired with complementary neckerchiefs. This could be seen as a) an awesome wardrobe choice that fits the slimy nature of his character (fans) or b) a desperate attempt to compensate for a lack of comedy chops with clothing that makes him look like Hugh Hefner’s overweight niece (detractors). You be the judge.

The Sex Drive trailer opens with Zuckerman chatting with a girl online using a poorly photoshopped profile picture that makes him appear more handsome, athletic, and popular than he is in real life. We next see Zuckerman getting a ride to work with his older, cooler brother James Marsden, who rags on him for never having a relationship and admiting to meeting a girl online. Even though Marsden insists that the girl is probably a dude, Zuckerman and Duke continue to weigh out his limited options while walking through the mall, with Zuckerman dressed as a giant, Mexican donut. When the girl decides to take things to the next level by arranging a face-to-face meeting, Zuckerman is initially tenative, but Duke is able to convince him that showing up in Marsden’s vintage Pontiac GTO will more than make up for any dissimilarities between Zuckerman and his online persona. We then see Marsden returning home, ghost-riding his dirt bike down the street, and violently attacking a garage door when he realizes that his beloved muscle car is gone.  The rest of the trailer features a selection of Zuckerman and Duke’s road trip follies, including hitting a guy in the middle of a cornfield, meeting up with an Amish buggy driver who knows his way around an engine (Seth Green), attending a performance by Fall Out Boy, and facing off with an idiot cop and a can of pepper spray. My favorite part of the Sex Drive trailer comes as Zuckerman and Duke are talking in the mall and Duke points out that Zuckerman is working the puppet mouth on his giant, Mexican donut costume. Sex Drive opens October 17, 2008. Check out the Sex Drive trailer at Zuguide.com.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: George-Michael Scores Another Girlfriend

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Click to watch the Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist trailer at Zuguide.com

After hiding an awkward attraction to his potentially adopted first cousin Maeby (Alia Shawkat) for a couple seasons (and using his bland, ultra-religious girlfriend Ann (Mae Whitman) as an unconvincing beard), Michael Cera moved on from Arrested Development and transferred his tendancy for cultivating uncomfortable realtionships to his roles on the big screen. While trying to woo Martha MacIsaac, his love interest in Superbad, Cera went about proving his undying devotion by accidentally punching her in the boob, refusing to sleep with her after she got drunk at a party, and helping her pick out a comforter at the mall the next day. Given that he was headed to college in a few months anyway, that one probably didn’t make it past the end of the summer. His next attempt at love, with catch phrase machine Ellen Page in Juno, went a little better, but it was mostly her idea and resulted in a kid he would probably never see after the day it was born. Despite that track record, Cera has decided to play the field one more time in his upcoming film with a very long, very vague title, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. This time Cera starts out as a recently-dumped bass guitarist who meets Kat Dennings (Charlie Bartlett) at a gig, moments after spotting his ex with a new man. After Dennings talks Cera into posing as her boyfriend for a few minutes, the pair makes a connection over their shared interest in music and takes off into New York City to try to find a secret show being played by one of their favorite bands.

The Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist trailer starts off with Cera struggling to get his beat-up, yellow Yugo started.  After a voice-over introduces him as a sensitive musician, we see Nick explaining to his bandmates why he can’t make their gig (he’s been dumped) before heading back inside to leave his ex a pitiful voicemail, while surrounded by pictures and mementos from their time together. Kat Dennings is then introduced as a strait-laced, rule abider who’s forced to look after her best friend Ari Graynor, who tends to drink too much and get into trouble. When Alexis Dziena, Nick’s ex, snidely asks Dennings if she has shown up to a club alone, again, Dennings rebuffs her attack by saying she’s there with Cera, who she hasn’t even met yet. Once they do meet, Dennings convinces Cera to pose as her boyfriend for five minutes by kissing him just as Dziena approaches. After talking his bandmates into taking an inebriated Graynor home, Cera and Dennings head off into the city together, presumably to listen to more music. While Cera tries unsuccessfully to convince random strangers that his tiny car is not a taxi, his bandmates lose track of Graynor, who end up in an alley with a cigarette-smoking Jesus. The rest of the trailer show Cera and Dennings partying in New York and trying to put their old, broken relationships behind them. My favorite part of the trailer comes when one of Cera’s bandmates defends him by headbutting Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder) in the face. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist opens October 3, 2008. Check out the Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist trailer at Zuguide.com.