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Star Trek Sneak Preview

Posted by: Matthew Turner 09/04/2009 @ 15:12
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Films seen so far this year: 101
Films seen last week: Tony Manero, The 400 Blows, Dragonball Evolution, The Heavy, 17 Again, Anything For Her, Don't Look Back, Kisses

Captain's Blog: Supplemental
In previous blogs I've featured the Star Trek trailer, gone on at length about Where the Wild Things Are and last week I highlighted my favourite mash-up trailers. By way of a follow-up, here are a handful of updates and extra snippets that I've come across this week, plus a little something for James Franco fans.

1. With impeccable timing, the publicity machine for Where The Wild Things Are has released yet another poster with the character voiced by James Gandolfini (Carol, apparently) peeking out from behind a scratched-up tree. Stylistically, it's entirely in keeping with the mood of the trailer and the previous poster and if it's job is to remind me how much I am dying to see the film then mission accomplished.

2. This week saw the premiere screening of JJ Abrams' Star Trek in Sydney, plus a surprise Star Trek sneak preview in Austin, hosted by Spock himself, where audiences thought they were getting The Wrath of Khan and got the new movie instead. Although I am still refusing to get my hopes up (in case it's Indiana Jones and the Perspex Skull all over again), it's encouraging to note that the early buzz has been overwhelmingly positive. I just hope I like it better than Kirk does.

3. After writing last week's mash-up piece, I came across this mash-up of Star Wars and Guy Ritchie's Snatch that's a lot funnier than that sounds. It's a very cleverly edited video where the joke is that all the Star Wars dialogue is real, but Darth Vader is a Ritchie-style East End villain. Whoever made it has gone to an enormous amount of trouble to make sure that Vader's sweary responses actually work in context. I particularly like Vader's obsession with pigs. Needless to say, this is very much Not Safe For Work.

4. And finally, there's this trailer for a bizarre short that features actor James Franco smashing up a room. Enjoy!

Films I'm Looking Forward To: Adventureland
Now that Watchmen and Monsters vs Aliens have finally been released, Adventureland has shot straight to the top of my Can't Wait To See list, alongside Public Enemies and Where the Wild Things Are. It's directed by Greg Mottola, who's on something of a roll after Superbad, though I'm also very fond of his debut feature, The Day Trippers. Set in 1987, it stars Jesse Eisenberg (from The Squid and the Whale) as a college graduate who's forced to take a summer job at his local amusement park, Adventureland, where he presumably learns lots of coming-of-age type lessons and ends up with Kristen Stewart (Twilight's Bella) at the end. Predictable plot aside, it looks like an awful lot of fun and you can already tell from the trailer that the film will be completely stolen by the double-act of Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as the park managers, while Ryan Reynolds is always fun in that sarcastic mentor figure role. Adventureland opens here on July 17th.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Strictly speaking, there are only two new entries this week, with unmissable Swedish vampire thriller Let the Right One In storming into the number one spot and unpleasant-but-fascinating Chilean sociopath drama Tony Manero scraping in at the bottom. However, because of several previous entries coming to the end of their second runs (bye bye, Anvil, In The City of Sylvia and Wendy and Lucy), it means there's also room for Larry Charles and Bill Maher's Religulous to squeeze onto the list.

1. Let the Right One In
2. Watchmen
3. Slumdog Millionaire
4. The Class
5. The Damned United
6. Genova
7. Monsters vs Aliens
8. Cherry Blossoms
9. Religulous
10. Tony Manero

DVD of the Week: Blindness (out now, RRP £13.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is sci-fi horror Blindness, based on the novel by Jose Saramago and directed by Fernando Meirelles (City of God). Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore star as a doctor and his wife who find themselves caught in the middle of a blindness epidemic. Stylishly directed and superbly acted, this is a dark, disturbing and provocative sci-fi flick that is genuinely chilling. It received decidedly mixed reviews on its initial release with critics either loving it or hating it but it's well worth checking out for yourself. The DVD includes a 50 minute Making Of documentary and five deleted scenes, each with written introductions by Meirelles.

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