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.
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Starring: Matt Damon, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Julia Stiles, Paddy Considine, Brian Cox, Chris Cooper
I don't know how they continue to raise Chris Cooper from the dead, but they're doing it again here (this time with special guest Brian Cox). Neither one of them are in this trailer -- which plays more like a teaser than anything else -- but I IMDB'd. Teaser or not, this thing got me Pumped (with a capital P)! The Bourne movies are by far the coolest, most intelligent action franchise around these days (I went over this a little last November right before Casino Royale came out) and it doesn't look like it's going anywhere.
What I love about this franchise is the little things, the details. I like how Bourne used a magazine or a pencil to whoop an assassin's butt (this time, it looks like he uses a book). I like the subtleties of Damon's performances. And I really like how they keep bringing the cast of characters back, even the dead. Paul Greengrass, fresh off that Oscar nomination for United 93, looks like he's going to deliver the goods. We get Bourne doing martial arts, intimidation, motorcycle wheelies and (of course) the car chase.
The tagline this time is "Bourne Comes Home." This series only got more popular with the last installment, so I'm expecting one hell of a homecoming.
Directed by: Ben Garant
Starring: Dan Fogler, Christopher Walken, George Lopez, Maggie Q, Thomas Lennon
Dodgeball is the wonderful underdog story of a bunch of misfits in the ultra-competitive world of -- what else -- dodgeball (the joke, of course, being that no one takes dodgeball that seriously). At the heart of the story is a real schlub, this time in the form of crowd favorite Vince Vaughn. Now, as with any zany comedy, an over-the-top villain must be in attendance, so it's a good thing the great Ben Stiller -- as the crotch air-pumping White Goodman -- is on hand.
Wait a minute ... I somehow got confused. This one's about table tennis, stars Dan Fogler (the really, really poor-man's Vince Vaughn) and is directed by Junior from Reno: 911. Whoopsie! I'm making fun, but the fact is I'll end up seeing this movie. The sight of Christopher Walken's getup is probably enough to get me into this one-joke premise. Maggie Q doesn't hurt, either. But George Lopez ... that does.
Good news, though. If you watch this trailer and want to see a real movie about ping-pong, you might want to check out ... you got it, Ping Pong! It's little known and little seen, but it's one of the best sports films ever made. Yeah, seriously.
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Dre writes three times a week for Film.com, covering movies and DVD with his Floridian flare. E-mail him!