Indy Film Fest

22Aug/100

Fall movies = Summer trailers

Have you been as distracted as I am lately? I swear, I can't get through writing an entire email reply without clicking away to see what latest trailer just got tweeted about. Maybe I need to turn off those Tweetdeck alerts...

Or maybe not, because I really, really like what I'm seeing. Let's run these down (just click on the title to watch the trailer):

Getting the most...interesting...film out of the gate first, it's ENTER THE VOID, a film that got selected for several festivals this year and is definitely not your average multiplex fare.

Johnny Depp's...life partner? wife? baby mama?...Vanessa Paradis stars in HEARTBREAKER, the story of a cad who's job it is to distract unsuspecting young women from their bad relationships by getting them to fall in love with him. They had me at the Dirty Dancing reference...

Renee Zellweger and Bradley Cooper go creepy in CASE 39, about a young girl who lands in social worker Zellweger's care only to wreak havoc in some pretty gross ways. Fair warning, this trailer is designed to give you the heebie-jeebies.

Watch Joaquin Phoenix spiral into oblivion (or pull a fast one over on all of us) in the trailer to the Casey Affleck-directed I'M STILL HERE.

Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal team up as one very attractive couple in LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS, which sadly appears to be entirely encapsulated in the trailer. Hate when that happens, but will I still pay $10 to look at Jakey-poo for 2 hours straight? Sure will.

The rom-coms keep coming with Reese Witherspoon's latest, HOW DO YOU KNOW, which pits a feckless Owen Wilson against the charming Paul Rudd. Gee, wonder how this one ends...

Darren Aronofsky holds true to form with the seemingly-normal-till-you-get-a-minute-into-it BLACK SWAN, in which it appears Natalie Portman starts to grow...wings? Are those wings??

Helen Mirren goes dark in THE DEBT, about three WWII-era spies who reconnect years later over a secret that, apparently, isn't so secret after all.

Naomi Watts and Sean Penn give a true story the Hollywood treatment in FAIR GAME, a film version of the Valerie Plame story - the CIA agent who was outed by Cheney in a shady string of events.

This last trailer isn't new, but it's a fall release that basically everyone is anticipating - it's the first installment of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. And I'll admit - as a Potter-ite myself - it kinda gave me chills.

That's by no means all the films coming out in the next few months, but it's definitely a nice cross section. Every year around this time I worry we're in for a disappointing fall movie season, and every time when these trailers start popping up, I'm pleasantly surprised.

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