New Trailer Thoughts

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: Michael Moore

Starring: Michael Moore

Michael Kamen's glorious take on "Brazil" has found its way into a number of trailers (including the new teaser for Pixar's Wall-E) but here -- in the trailer's opening moments -- it actually recalls the rigmarole of bureaucracy beautifully captured in Terry Gilliam's classic film. I'm a fan of Michael Moore's films. They're entertaining as heck and the criticism that his films simply are there to preach to the choir is bogus because I -- a choir member, I guess -- always learn something new in each film.

He isn't known for the most balanced attacks but the word is Sicko doesn't pull any punches on either side of the aisle. And it's subject matter, a searing look at the state of health care in this country, should raise eyebrows from both conservatives and liberals alike. The trailer is jam-packed with humorous sound bites likely to give theater-goers a chuckle or two but my favorite is the one that starts this baby off. Dubbya is standing at the podium and declares:

"We got an issue in America. Too many good docs are gettin' out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their ... their love with women all across this country"

It's so subversive how he did it to me but ... I love Dubbya. How can you not love a guy that spits out gems like that?

But let's not kid ourselves. If you find Michael Moore offensive, you aren't seeing this movie. If you like Michael Moore's movies, you're going to see this movie. There's very little in between, I think.


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National Treasure: The Book of Secrets

Directed by: John Turteltaub

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Justin Bartha, Harvey Keitel, Ed Harris, Diane Kruger, Jon Voight, Helen Mirren

I wouldn't exactly call myself a fan of the original National Treasure. I wanted to take a pool stick (specifically, a pool stick), break it over my knee and stab myself in the eyes with both broken ends, splinters and all. So yeah, not a fan. But what do I know? $173 million dollars worth of Americans say I'm a cheeseburger short of a Big Mac.

The first half of the trailer consists mainly of Nicholas Cage's narration with the camera tracing over mysterious maps and unintelligible 19th century script. "The past is filled with incredible mysteries" ... See, Nic, you lost me and you haven't even started. I already don't care. Ten seconds in too. That's gotta be some kind of record. After that, all I got was John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln, a diary, Ed Harris, Helen Mirren and a worldwide conspiracy.

Suffice to say, this trailer didn't do much in the way of helping me forget how laughable first film was. Then again, it isn't really meant to. The purpose is to sell fans of the original because if the studio pulls in just seventy-five percent of that audience they're going to be sitting pretty. Mission accomplished. This movie is going to make a hefty bundle. And who knows, with good word of mouth maybe I end up giving this one a chance. But as of right now my favorite part of this trailer is when it ended. Ahhh. That's better.


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