Trailers, Trailers, Trailers: Reviewing the Latest

Think what you will of me, but watching movie trailers is one of my favorite pastimes. As a guy who gets to see very few films in theaters—it used to be that I was broke; now it’s that I’m broke and I have kids—the movie trailer is the perfect way for me to experience over-the-top Hollywood awesomeness in a bite-sized package. On the rare occasion that I get out to the multiplex, I relish the chance to sit through the dozen trailers they force down our throats before the feature. And at home I make regular visits to Apple’s Trailers Page.

I hadn’t been over there in a while, though. The summer’s been busy and I got Netflix, which has allowed me to catch up on a bunch of stuff I’d been meaning to see for ages. But this morning I decided to pay a visit and see what was coming up.

Liam Neeson and Elizabeth Banks have me actually wanting to see a Russell Crowe flick. The Next Three Days, about Crowe trying to break Banks out of jail, looks pretty intense. And with Neeson playing the guy who’s been there and done that again (see The Phantom Menace and Batman Begins), I’m actually kind of feeling confident that this flick knows what it’s doing.

I’m kind of sick of pregnancy comedies, but a pregnancy comedy that also involves a dude getting his balls amputated? Sign me up! Patrick Wilson and Judy Greer both look good in Barry Munday.

I’m equally excited about Due Date, with Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, and Jamie Foxx, but that seems to be more about the road trip than the pregnancy. I love the moment in the trailer where Downey tells Foxx to hit a bump hard in order to send Galifianakis flying in the truck bed.

Joaquin Phoenix is apparently still here in a film by Casey Affleck called, appropriately, I’m Still Here. Normally, I’d be like, “So?” But this looks weird enough to justify a viewing.

There’s a special edition of Avatar coming out? But I still haven’t seen the original. Aren’t you supposed to wait twenty years to cash in like this, Mr. Cameron? Didn’t Georgie Boy Lucas send you the memo?

The trailers and featurettes for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World are still on Apple’s Most Popular list, despite the fact that the movie has “bombed” at the box office. I watched an episode of iFanboy the other day that focused on Scott and I’m honestly disappointed that I still haven’t seen it either. It’s a movie made for geeks like me, right? The trouble is that a lot of us are out of work and broke. Seriously, dudes, I would have supported your film if I could have.

Anyway, I also discovered that Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen and She’s the One) is still making films that look amazing and tell stories I want to hear but that I’ll forget exist amidst all the superhero and adventure films I feel like I can’t miss. His new one Nice Guy Johnny looks great.

Oh, and the girl from Kick-Ass (another one I have yet to see) is playing a vampire in a horror flick with the kid from The Road (also in my Netflix queue)? I should be all jaded and, like, “Ugh, another vampire flick?” but I’m actually kind of intrigued by this.

All in all, there’s more coming out this autumn than I expected there would be. I’m still most excited about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One in November (and that’ll probably be the only one of these I actually see in a theater), but these all look like they’d be worth checking out in the meantime.