Screen Grabs returns this week with a fresh bag of goodies. From Judd Apatow to Jack Kerouac, Rudy-inspired sports films to the long-delayed remake of a cult classic, there’s a metric tonne of fun in the world of trailers.
Killing Them Softly
Bang! This stylish crime flick got a lot of love after premiering at Cannes, and it’s now set for wide release in October. Director Andrew Dominik reunites with Brad Pitt after their previous team-up The Assassination of Jesse James and casts him as a swift-acting enforcer. After a pair of junkies stick up a poker game, several competing forces are hired to clean up the pieces, but it can’t be that simple. Look for James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Casey Affleck and more in the badass hit of the fall.
This Is 40
There’s something about this “sort-of sequel” to Knocked Up that looks eminently schlocky, but my longtime Freaks and Geeks fanboyism can’t help but root for all things Apatow. It also seems a bit formulaic to have Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel and Melissa McCarthy in a rom-com at this point, but once again it seems to have a slight edge by focusing on a married couple in the doldrums phase. Albert Brooks replaces Harold Ramis as the classic-comedy-guy-in-a-dad-role and even Lena Dunham is in the mix somehow. Could this one be bulletproof?
Berberian Sound Studio
And now for something completely different. This official TIFF selection stars Toby Jones (Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, that other Truman Capote film) as a sound engineer hired by a fictional Italian horror master. Capturing bloodcurdling screams and blood-filled blenders, he begins to go batty when the project overwhelms him. Colour me intrigued.
On The Road
Sam Riley seems to have a knack for landing iconic roles loved by bookish types. Following his breakout performance as Ian Curtis in Control and his previous turn as Pinkie in the film adaptation of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock, he’s back as the lead in Kerouac’s Beat classic. This UK trailer reveals the rest of the cast that includes Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Elizabeth “Peggy” Moss. Holding out some hope for this one.
Martin McDonagh, writer-director of In Bruges, returns with another black comedy shoot ‘em up that looks super entertaining. This one definitely has the cast going for it with Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, “Bond Girl” Olga Kurylenko and Tom Waits all doing their best wig-outs. The plot involves a dognapping caper gone wrong and a screenwriter tossed into the world of crime, but that all seems secondary to the violent hijinks.
Trouble With The Curve
Clint Eastwood looks as grumpy as Gran Torino in this baseball/family heartwarmer. In his first non-directing role for a while, ol’ Clint stars as an aging recruiter coming to terms with his estranged daughter (Amy Adams). Justin Timberlake, Robert Patrick, John Goodman and a few more familiar faces fill out the rest of the squad. File Under: A movie I’ll probably watch on an airplane sometime.
Playing For Keeps
Oof. The second sports trailer making the rounds this week stars Gerard Butler as a soccer star turned suburban sad-sack. Meanwhile, Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta Jones, Uma Thurman and Judy Greer are the ladies who can’t keep their eyes off him. From the director of The Pursuit of Happyness. Next…
Head Games Now we might be onto something. This documentary from Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) focuses on the nasty long-term effects of concussions suffered by athletes across all sports. It’s based on a book by former NFL pro Chris Nowinski, and goes at a serious topic head on (sorry).
That’s right: The Red Dawn remake will finally see the light of day. While it’s doubtful anything could capture the magic of the 1984 Swayze and Sheen epic about Soviet forces launching WWIII on the mid-west, the 2012 update starring the hunks from Thor and The Hunger Games is going all out to give it a shot. After being shelved for several years, the communist threat has now been switched from China to North Korea, and there even looks to be a take on the Harry Dean Stanton “Avenge me!” scene.