Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Trailer watch.

In today's installment, be sure to check out the trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's newest sci-fi piece: The Village. Trailer here. The trailer looks pretty cool. Lots of people (whose analyses I'm too lazy to look for) think that Shyamalan is obsessed with the concept of belonging... Not having seen the newest movie, it's hard to say whether this will support that general thesis, but it appears that it will. Anyway, I always like his stuff, and this looks like it should be entertaining, and probably frightening too. I confess that I love being frightened at movies - I think it's one of life's little pleasures. Not literally a pleasure, of course, because being scared isn't fun - but I like feeling all my emotions, if that makes any sense. Being scared every now and then - it's all part of life, and personally I'd rather be frightened in a movie where no real harm is going to come to me (except The Ring of course). This is all part of my larger theory of experiences (and explains why I never take pain-relieving medication as well!).

From Jerry Bruckheimer's drek factory comes this stupid-looking epic, King Arthur. Trailer here. IMDB information here. The one redeeming feature may be that it has Ioan Gruffudd as Lancelot. Gruffudd stars are Horatio Hornblower in the absolutely excellent A&E series, IMDB info here. (If anyone wants to borrow my HH DVDs, they are welcome to.) Gruffud had a somewhat minor part in the Forsyte Saga as well (a decent miniseries, but not as good as other A&E productions). Pardon that frolic and detour - back to King Arthur, I should mention (to hedge my bets) that it may be an excellent movie... but I doubt it.

Also, a couple of days ago the trailer for the new Coen brothers movie, The Ladykillers, trailer here was released. I'm not as in love with the Coen brothers as other people, but the trailer looks interesting (and how often do you get Tom Hanks and Marlon Wayans in one movie?).

Anyway, there are other trailers available at Apple's trailer site.

I know some people don't like to watch trailers... if that's you, then, well, don't watch them. But I love the anticipation that watching the trailers engenders. Obviously it takes away something from the movie, but my total utility (as measured by my handy dandy util-o-meter) is higher in the aggregate factoring in the fun of anticipation.

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