February 7, 2011

Trailer Trash: Super Bowl Spot Roundup

Congratulations to Green Bay! I know Kai is living the good life right now!

Sunday! Super Bowl Sunday! A day where the lewdest and crudest of people get together to watch the tube, cheer for their team, pound beer, and gain a collective MILLION pounds in chips and dip! It's all about the game on Super Bowl Sunday!

HAHAHA!!! What a laugh! Who are we kidding? No one gives a crap about the game! Ask someone what their favorite part of the game is, and chances are they'll say the commercials, and they'd have every right to. Super Bowl commercials kick ass!

We had plenty of juicy spots for upcoming films at this year's game. See the breakdown here!

Super 8: Providing more story than the cryptic trailer from awhile back did, this spot looks awesome. It's clearly not going to be shot in the same style as Cloverfield, and I still don't know how the whole monster on the prowl thing works out, but, it now seems pretty simple. There's a town, and a train crash nearby releases an alien life form, which proceeds to tear shit up! Looks good!

The Adjustment Bureau: I'd forgotten about this one. We got a trailer around October of last year, and since then? Nothing. This new one doesn't really delve into anything new, but the premise of a group of supernatural beings controlling the entire world and one man's attempt to break free of their grasp is still pretty cool.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Ugh. Yeah, I'm cautiously excited about the new POTC movie, as it looks to be a step in the right direction from the two misguided sequels. But, this spot was lame. It didn't offer anything new that wasn't already seen in the first trailer, except for Sparrow's winner line. "Captain, I wish to report a mutiny. I can name fingers and point names!" There's the Jack we love!

Captain America: The First Avenger: OH HELL YEAH!!!! Good ol' Patriot Man is getting the big screen treatment, and it looks awesome! Say what you will about the man, but Chris Evans was the only one to show off any talent in Fantastic Four, and this movie looks to be far better than that. Toss in Hugo Weaving as Red Skull and Hayley Atwell looking hot, and you've got yourself a champion!

Thor: AGAIN!!! It's a Norse god wrecking shit for two hours, directed by Kenneth Branagh, with Natalie Portman! You don't need to know anything else!

Transformers: Dark of the Moon: You're gonna hate for this, but that was really good! I've read that Bay has listened to the tidal wave of complaints about Revenge of the Fallen, and has made an attempt to remedy them. He seems to have done that, if this is to be believed. The Decepticons have finally decided "To hell with our stupid plans! Let's just blow the whole planet up!" The movie looks darker and more mature than the last two, and, I'll be honest, that last shot of Optimus going all Oldboy on a bunch of Decepticon ass was really cool. You may commence with the tomato throwing now!

Fast Five: It's a sad world we live in where we have FIVE Fast/Furious movies. This one looks to be business as usual, with a hot cars strutting their stuff, hot girls strutting their stuff, and thick headed guys looking tough. The inclusion of Dwayne Johnson looks to mix things up a little bit, but not very much. And I'm sorry, but that last shot of Walker and Diesel jumping out of a falling car looks ripped directly from the opening of xXx. 

Battle: Los Angeles: Same deal as the POTC trailer. It doesn't show a single thing that we didn't already see in the other trailers. As if to further slap us in the face, it doesn't even have that awesome song! LAME!!

Priest: I've gained a new interest for Priest ever since the trailer somewhat changed my mind on the project. This one is more or less the same, but, it has Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" blasting in the background. If that's not a recipe for success, then I don't know what is.

Just Go With It: I have a better title for this one. Just Say No!! 

Cowboys and Aliens: This one gives us plenty of more enticing images than what was shown in the first trailer, not the least of which is a naked Olivia Wilde. Jon Favreau has yet to direct a bad movie, to my knowledge, and a break from Tony Stark and his suit of armor will no doubt do him some good.

Drive Angry 3D: Remember back when Nic Cage did good movies? Yeah, me neither. Sure, Kick-Ass and Bad Lieutenant were nice reprieves, but, guess being bankrupt changes your priorities. 'sigh'

Rango: The first trailer was really clever, focusing only on Rango and how big of a turkey he is. It got me excited. The second one killed all that! The spot has stoked the flames a little bit, but not much. I really dig the whole "Action, Romance, Comedy, Explosions, More Explosions, and Other Stuff" marketing scheme, but the rest just looks tired.

Limitless: Ok, I dig the premise. Initially, I thought it was gonna be some superhero-esque thing, but now. It seems a bit classier than that. Bradley Cooper looks good, as does DeNiro, and any trailer that has Kanye West's "Power" for its music is one I'll pay attention to.

Rio: I do not care about this movie!

Kung Fu Panda 2: Ok then. It repeats the same schtick from the last movie to a T, but it still looks alright. In no way does it match the brilliance of the staring-contest-with-the-audience trailer. That thing was an inspired piece of lunacy!

Overall, a good haul! Captain America, Transformers, and Super 8 are the only ones that made major impressions on me, because they were the only ones that were 100% new. Other than that, Thor, Cowboys and Aliens, and The Adjustment Bureau made good showings. Everything else was just tired or didn't offer anything fresh. But, one thing's for certain. We have a lot to look forward to. Cya tomorrow!

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