Trailer Tuesday: May 22nd

Trailer Tuesday is a new column where one of Cinedork’s writers guides you through the ABCs of new trailers. We take a look at awesome, bizarre, and cringe-worthy upcoming movies and add some of our own insights. This week, Zach takes you through the latest offerings from established directors David Cronenberg, Jay Roach, and Paul Thomas Anderson, with movies starring Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Samantha Morton, Robert Pattinson, and Joaquin Phoenix.


The Awesome

To The Drummer’s Beat: Ominously, a Jonny Greenwood score creeps in over visuals of a man walking alone into the ocean. Joaquin Phoenix, back to looking normal but utilizing a nostalgic drawl reminiscent of the 50s, asserts that he is neither “mixed up,” nor “jumpy.” As the off screen interrogation continues, unsettling shots of Phoenix’s character on the beach making breasts in the sand, and sharpening a cleaver. A crowd of shirtless men wrestle in the sand, and it’s clear that this isn’t a normal gathering. As Phoenix fails to answer questions about “an episode,” the sense of panic reaches its peak. The Master is the latest film from auteur Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, There Will Be Blood) and also stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, who is not seen in the trailer, as an intellectual that starts a faith-based organization. From the trailer, the organization feels much more like a cult than a religion. It will be released on October 12th.

The Bizarre

My New Haircut: In a calculated post-Twlight move, Robert Pattinson is at the center of the latest David Cronenberg (The Fly, A History of Violence) film, playing a high finance, gun-wielding playboy on the run from assassins that just wants to get a new haircut. It’s New York City at the end of the era of capitalism, and it’s clear things are getting out of control. Something called “Spectre” is haunting the world and the lower classes are threateningly holding up dead rats by their tails! It’s hard to really clearly gauge what’s going on in Cosmopolis, but it’s on a fairly epic scale for the fairly character-driven Cronenberg. Cosmopolis comes out sometimes this year, but premieres at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

The Cringe-Worthy

Political Buffoonery: Today, comedy has about two clowns in Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis that can sell a movie. In The Campaign, those two are united on the campaign trail in a farce directed by Jay Roach. The movie lies somewhere in between Roach’s last two films, the Julianne Moore-starring Sarah Palin HBO movie Game Change and the Paul Rudd/Steve Carell comedy Dinner For Schmucks, but with a definite disposition towards the ridiculous. Galifianakis are Ferrell are both going broad with their characters, as two rival senators running against one another, but while the trailer has its moments, you can’t help but think that this might look better if it was a little more restrained and if Will Ferrell punched one fewer babies.

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