Welcome to another edition of Lost in Previews where we take a look at recently released trailers for upcoming films.
This week we take a look at some fall and winter releases with several highly anticipated films and a couple that may have flown below the radar.
First up this week is the NEW trailer for the Spike Jonze directed, Where the Wild Things Are.
Where the Wild Things Are is the adaptation of the Maurice Sendak classic children’s story of the same name. Anticipation of this has been strong and this trailer builds on the previously released teaser and only makes me more interested in seeing the film. With a soundtrack by Karen O, front-women of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs it’s like adding another layer of frosting to an already delicious looking cake. Where the Wild Things Are stars Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, and Max Records with voices from James Gandolifini, Catherine O’hara, and Forest Whitaker. It hits theaters October 16 in blown up Imax and regular 35mm presentations.
Next up is the trailer for Oscar Award winning director, Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones.
The Lovely Bones is based on the novel of the same name by Alice Sebold. The story revolves around a girl who is murdered as we follow her into the afterlife where she watches over things as they unfold after her death. I knew next to nothing about this film until this trailer. Some of the visuals look pretty amazing which isn’t surprising being that Jackson’s FX studio, Weta is behind them, and the story seems nice and dark. The Lovely Bones stars Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci. It hits theaters December 11.
For an under the radar selection we have the Drew Barrymore’s directed Whip It.
Whip It looks to be about the indie out cast that discovers women’s roller derby. Can’t say much else about it, I like the music selection in the trailer. Anything that has Peaches in it gets my attention. I hope this doesn’t get stuck in too many of the Alt/Indy “girl finds a clique” style cliches. I am mildly interested in seeing the film and will be interested to see how Barrymore does behind the lens. Whip It stars Ellen Page (Juno) Drew Barrymore and Zoe Bell (Death Proof) and is in theaters October 9.
Following is an international teaser for Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
After Heath Ledger’s untimely death in 2008, this film was nearly canceled. It wasn’t until Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell came foward to finish his role that the film resumed production. This teaser looks very interesting and looks very Gilliam. The film stars Christopher Plummer, Heath Ledger, Tom Waits(!), & Verne Troyer.
For the Lost Trailer of the Week, I bring you 2002’s Sexy Beast.
Ben Kingsley was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Don Logan. Easily one of the most savage characters to grace the screen in the last decade. The film can be pretty brutal at times but is fantastic.
That does it for this edition of Lost in Previews, feel free to leave some feedback in the comments section below. Let us know your thoughts on this week’s batch of trailers.
by John Coovert