Last week we got a bunch of big sci-fi action-adventure trailers, and this week we get a bunch of big comedies and also that Michael Bay movie about steroids that honest-to-goodness looks pretty much perfect and, like, four different people started conversations with me this week about that trailer, which when was the last time people were excitedly talking about a trailer? Streets is talking! About Michael Bay’s steroid-heist movie! Oh, and also new Terrence Malick and other stuff. What a great couple of weeks of trailers, huh? Huh?!
This Is The End
I could have done without the extended pre-roll thing at the beginning. Why do people do that? You guys worked so hard on crafting a real movie, why is the FIRST thing we are going to see from it going to be a jerk-off session you threw together at the last minute? Otherwise I think this looks very very funny, and I like that everyone is playing themselves, and mostly I wish there was none of that action stuff in it, and no real plot, just two hours of Danny McBride making fun of everyone in Hollywood.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Sure. Steve Carrell and Steve Buscemi is a good team. I probably wouldn’t see this in the theater. But you have to admit that mashing up Criss Angel jokes with David Blaine jokes is pretty perfect. No, David Blaine!
The Great Gatsby
I’m not watching a second trailer for this movie. I GET IT. You’re welcome to watch, though!
Pain & Gain
As I mentioned earlier, this looks great. Everyone makes a lot of fun of Michael Bay because he really does make terrible movies, but the one thing that is clear even in those is that he is good at the work of “directing.” That junk is VERY well directed. He just tends to be bad at choosing material for his skills. That being said, I do love that he talked Mark Wahlberg into taking over the Transformers franchise on the set of Pain & Gain and you know the conversation between the two of them was like “this was so fu, let’s make a REAL movie.” Anyway, A++ on this trailer!
To The Wonder
Terrence Malick’s new movie looks an awful lot like Terrence Malick’s last movie, which is fine, because that movie was great! He kind of seems to be doing a Gus Van Sant thing when Gus Van Sant made all of those sleepy, follow-from-behind movies. That’s cool. He’s good, too. Good guys. Good movies.
This looks good and also boring!
The Smurfs 2
Sam Worthington starred in the highest grossing movie of all time. This one is for him. A period piece about the Australian surf scene. HE EARNED IT. Enjoy it, Sam Worthington. Come back when you’re done goofing around.