The Week in Trailers: One Stripper Drama, A Rom-Com, A Bunch of Terminators, and One Mammoth
This romantic comedy, directed by Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses, Step Up), features Sandra Bullock as a tyrannical boss who forces her assistant (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her in order to avoid deportation to Canada.
Yep, it's another rom-rom that that depicts a high-powered career woman as totally inept at relationships. Blah. (Too bad for Sandra Bullock, who has aways been something of an underrated actress). However, kudos for Betty White!
This voiceover-free trailer for the indie flick Powder Blue pretty much confirms that we'll get to see a lot of Jessica Biel stripping!
Powder Blue looks to feature some pretty self-consciously intense performances from Ray Liotta, Patrick Swayze, Forest Whitaker, Lisa Kudrow and Kris Kristofferson, but the real buzz about the film has all been generated from Jessical Biel's contractual obligation to appear naked - US Magazine handily provided all of the contract details: "shots of her breasts (nipples from the front and side) and her butt (side view only)" - as a woman who works as an exotic dancer to pay for the medical bills of her terminally ill son. The trailer is bewildering and I'm guessing I'm not the only one creeped out by the single, context-free line of dialogue at the end. However, strippers and prostitutes in indie films always seem to do pretty well during awards season...
I'm sure you've seen it already, but I'd be remiss for not including it...
As a big fan of the first two Terminator films, I was skepical of McG taking over the sci-fi action franchise, but I have to admit that this looks completely awesome. Christian Bale appears to be a John Connor I can believe in - even with his Batman voice. No signs of Helena Bonham Carter, though, who apparently plays quite the villian. Even as I'm excited for this film, I am a bit sad to see the franchise transform into a solidly guy-centered storyline. Sarah Connor was one of the most influential film figures for me as a young girl, and I think it was important for me to see a film series anchored by a woman who had the power to save the world from destruction. Alas...
Here's an international trailer for the film Mammoth by Swedish filmmaker Lukas Moodysson. It stars Michelle Williams and Gael Garcia Bernal as a married couple whose lives change after Bernal takes a trip to Thailand.
This is likely to be 2009's answer to Babel - the film turns on the connections between Williams, Bernal and their Filipino nanny. I hope it turns out to be a smart, thought-provoking drama. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
What do you think of this week's trailers?
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