Trailer Parked: Pan's Labyrinth, Freedom Writers, The Good German

Hello, boys and girls, once again it's time we take a peek at everyone's favorite part of going to the movies: coming attractions.

Pan's Labyrinth

Directed by: Guillermo Del Toro

Starring: Mirabel Verdu, Sergi Lopez, Ivana Baquero and Doug Jones.

Whoa, I don't smoke, but I feel like I need one after watching this. Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth looks fantastic, and they sell this baby like they mean it; watching it you get a sense of a creepy, mysterious and beautiful tale. Fans of Chronos and The Devil's Backbone (my favorite) rejoice: Del Toro is back in a major way.

 

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Freedom Writers

Directed by: Richard LaGravenese

Starring: Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton and Scott Glenn

Watching this trailer I have flashbacks of Stand and Deliver, Dangerous Minds, Lean on Me and Blackboard Jungle. Based on that description, I probably don't need to go into detail on what it's about. I am begging director Richard LaGravenese find a fresh angle to tell this oft-told story of a teacher helping to shape the lives of inner-city kids because I'm familiar with Erin Gruwell's book and it is an inspiring story. I see a lot of posturing in this trailer, and most of the kids don't exactly look like ninth graders, but I guess that was to be expected.

The Good German

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Starring: George Clooney, Cate Blanchett and Tobey Maguire

The selling of this anticipated film gets a little silly with the overly-bombastic music at the end of , and I don't like the intrusive "trailer guy" voice at the start, but this still looks to be a winner. I was really looking forward to seeing how Soderbergh shot in black and white, and based on the trailer, it looks fine. I'm not blown away the way I was when I saw the trailer for The Man Who Wasn't There, but this thing certainly will get my butt in the seat.