This Week in Trailers: Monsters University, Jack the Giant Slayer, Room 237, Big-Ass Spider!, More

Trailers Banner Monsters University – Trailer #1

This trailer for Monsters University – the sequel to Pixar‘s 2001 classic Monsters, Inc. – is looking fantastic; light-hearted, genuinely funny, and  full of potential. The once infallible Pixar are in desperate need of a massive critical and box-office hit to get them back on the winning track after the moderate (for their standards) efforts of Cars 2 and Brave.

I am a fan of the classic ‘college comedy’ format and I’m eager to see it as formulated by the Pixar brain-trust, just to witness how a wild college toga party or bong hit is represented in this kind of universe.

The terrific voice-cast features the return of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, Frank Oz, and Pixar stalwart John Ratzenberger; while including the likes of Kelsey Grammar and Ken Jeong.

Monsters University should be a great time for all ages, and Australia will be the first to see it on June 20.

via Walt Disney Studios UK



Jack the Giant Slayer – Trailer #2

If it wasn’t for his excellent history with terrific films such as The Usual Suspects and the first two X-Men films, I would worry that director Bryan Singer‘s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past is in the wrong hands, based solely on this horribly bland trailer for Jack the Giant Slayer. There are so many clichés here it is painful (Bill Nighy is a grumpy, high-concept character! Rockin’ rock music in a fairytale trailer!), the only thing on display of any actual substance is Ewan McGregor‘s moustache.

I can now see why Fox decided to push the release of this one from mid-last year – blockbuster season – to the relative safety of a March release. Be wary.

Jack the Giant Slayer opens locally on March 21.

linesmallRoom 237 – Trailer

Room 237 is the much talked about festival favourite of last year; a documentary attempting to uncover and assess a wide range of crackpot theories and subliminal messages hidden within Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining: theories ranging from the film being thematically about the Native American genocide, to Kubrick inserting clues hinting that he was behind the fake Apollo 11 moon landing, and a variety of other daft things.

I had the chance to see this at the Melbourne International Film Festival this year and honestly – despite a mostly positive response from film-goers – I thought Room 237 stunk. A lot of the theories are a stretch at the least, and laughably idiotic at the most. I was on board for about the first 10 minutes but I found myself shaking my head in disbelief for most of it; the film eventually becomes farcical, straining under the weight of padding its shallow, paper-thin premise over a feature length.

It will finally be seeing a full release on home media and VOD within the next few months, hence the new trailer: a pretty nifty – if a little self-congratulatory – take on the original teaser for The Shining.

via Apple



Hours – Trailer

Paul Walker stars as a father trying to keep his newborn son alive after being stranded in a New Orleans hospital in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. This trailer is surprisingly solid and tense, albeit with some potentially unnecessary gun-play/violent stand-offs.

Hours will premiere at SXSW this March, with a full release to follow later this year.


Writers – Trailer

This would normally be the kind of movie I would really get in to, but this trailer for the indie drama Writers (formerly known as Stuck In Love) does absolutely nothing to set it apart from its ilk.

That being said, a terrific cast can go a long way, and this ensemble (featuring Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Kristen Bell, Lily Collins and Logan Lerman) is pretty fantastic. Whoever decided to cast Connelly and Collins as mother and daughter deserves props!

Also of note is that Stephen King makes an appearance. As himself. In a film called Writers. Of course.

Expect Writers to hit Australia sometime this year.

via Coming Soon


Into the White – Trailer

Interesting premise: Two fighter planes – one English and one German – are shot down on isolated and harsh Norwegian land during World War II, and must overcome their animosity and work together to survive. Although I get the feeling that this trailer is making the film look more exciting than it actually is: well done trailer!

Into the White stars Ron Weasley himself Rupert Grint, has already done last year’s festival rounds and is already available to Australians via VOD.

via Apple


Big-Ass Spider! – Trailer

I don’t know what to say here, except that the brief appearance by Troma head-honcho and schlock king Lloyd Kaufman should be a decent barometer for where to set your expectations. It’s a movie about a spider. A Big-Ass Spider! At least the production design and CGI is of a higher quality than what you would normally see from a studio such as Asylum. I’ll watch this.

Big-Ass Spider! opens at SXSW this year, and it will eventually crawl its way directly to Australian DVD.


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