Abduction: Taylor Lautner’s first lead role shows him in what looks to be a pretty good action-adventure film that will work for his already established teeny-bopper and teen fans and propel him into being up there with say a Shia Lebeouf or something like that. Taylor looks like he might’ve returned to his former world champion Martial Arts skills here as well. I’m also pretty curious to see what John Singleton did with something completely out of his comfort zone, especially from a script for the lead singer of stellastar*, who finally has one of his purchased scripts actually turned into film.
The Adventures of Tintin : The trailer truly doesn’t shown off much of what Steven Spielberg’s long wanted project will truly be like, but it definitely gives a feel for the motion capture animation and that there’s a fun intesity one would expect. I’m really curious to see what a Stephen Moffat script reworked by Edgar Wright and directed by Steven Spielberg with production from Peter Jackson using technology devised by Robert Zemekis and James Cameron shall end up being like that. It could be as bad as say A.I., Indiana Jones 4 and War of the Worlds or it could finally be the feather Spielberg needs back in his cap.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: I must admit the original books do not excite me as most other people. I also didn’t really enjoy the original translation other than the awesomeness of Noomi Rapace. Despite all that this trailer truly excited me. This is pure Fincher based on the trailer. This is the David Fincher who made Se7en, Fight Club, Panic Room and Zodiac, instead of the one who made Benjamin Button and/or Social Network. I’m assuming there’s a pretty strong adaptation here as well, as the screen writer is accomplished. Although I have a feeling that won’t be what I’m enjoying in this film, it’ll be much more about performances, set pieces, editing and camera work.
Dont Be Afraid of the Dark: I am/was a huge fan of Troy Nixey’s comic work, especially his two “children’s” books with Andrew Cosby. I am less familiar with the short film that brought Troy to Del Toro’s attention and I am even less familiar with the original TV movie tis film is a remake of. The idea of Troy Nixey on a Guillermo produced horror film about a haunted mansion is enough for me to go on. Those two minds together are compelling and the trailer is a good seller.
Spy Kids 4-All The Time In The World: Honestly after Spy Kids 3 and the awesomesauce of Sly Stallone I really don’t see the point of this film, BUT any excuse to get Alexa Vega in something skin tight again is good enough for me. It seems from the trailer the Spy Kids moniker will be in place and we’ll get more of thsese new kids, but there seems to be plenty of Jessica Alba as well. Rodriguez with each of the Kids films has definietly made an attempt to make a kids film that the parents can sit through and enjoy, so I’m predicting he’s done the same here. Also, Alexa Vega in skin tight outfit. I’d probably be less excited about this if Darryn Soussman’s Mother’s Day in which Alexa plays a hooker was made easily available to see in America, but it’s not so… oh also, Ricky Gervais as the voice of the spy dog and Jeremy Piven as the bad guy definietely edge of the cool quotient.
Moneyball: I hate sports, but I love dramatic sports films. Hoosiers, Any Given Sunday, Bull Durham. There’s been a lack of baseball films based on real events, but there has been Cobb, 61, etc. Moneyball seems to be much more about backroom drama than baseball as it should be. There’s an amazing cast here on top of Brad Pitt. Although I’m quite ambivalent about Jonah Hill and the trailer doesn’t help there. From a drama standpoint it seems comeplleing, even if I really don’t care about the subject matter. It should have some amazing dialogue with an Aaron Sorkin rewrite and I’m very curious to see Bennett Miller’s return to film so long after his brilliant Capote. That film proved he definitely knows how to take a boring iceberg salad and make it tasty with handmade croutons and dressing.
The Hobbit: I really don’t have much to say about this one. I’m glad to see it happening after its production hell and this isn’t actually a trailer, but a production blog. These are always fascinating and you can at least see Jackson as excited about this as he has been with everything else he’s done.
30 Minutes of Less: This is quite an interesting follow-up for the director of Zombieland. It’s an oddball comedy starring three of the funniest dudes in the world and… Jesse Eisenberg. The trailer definitely got me interested for something that looks totally stupid. The kind of movie you hope to find at 11 PM on HBO/Showtime when you don’t know what to watch and you’re stoned.
The Change-Up: The writers of Ghosts of Girlfriend’s Past and The Hangover teamed with the director of Wedding Crashers and Fred Claus sounds like the possibility for something funny, yet retarded. The trailer is both… there’s lame piss & shit jokes and it’s a retread on the Vice Versa/Freaky Friday/Like Father, Like Son motif, but it does look fun. It’s kind of hard to not be fun with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman as your stars though, but seriously, there’s way too many piss & shit jokes and those are just not funny.
Abraham Lincoln-Vampire Hunter: I haven’t read this book, and not sure if I want to, but with Tibur Bekmambetov at the helm it could be awesome. Man knows vampires and he knows action. I can only hope the films ends up as good as the trailer for the book.