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Max Payne: Mark Wahlberg Takes a Dive

Posted in Action, Based on a Video Game, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller by Adam on October 17, 2008
Click to watch the Max Payne trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Max Payne trailer at Zuguide.com

Fresh off leading M. Night Shyamalan’s latest stinker, The Happening, and recently taking exception to Andy Samberg’s impression of him on SNL, Mark Wahlberg has decided to silence the critics by appearing as Max Payne in the upcoming film Max Payne, based on the video game Max Payne. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this might not be the remedy Wahlberg was looking for. While Max Payne was popular in its day, that day was seven years ago, and the era of the video game adaptation has, thankfully, given way to the era of the graphic novel adaptation. With Wahlberg admitting in an interview that he’s never even played the game, it appears as though they’re not going to play up the gamer angle and instead market it like any other fantasy crime drama. Downplaying the video game connection might not be a bad idea, but that doesn’t change the fact that no one cares about this movie. Let’s hope for Wahlberg’s sake that Max Payne goes away quietly and The Lovely Bones, his upcoming collaboration with director Peter Jackson, helps him get back some credibility. If all else fails, he can always ask himself to make a permanent cameo on Entourage.

Highlights of the Max Payne trailer include: 1) Wahlberg’s opening voiceover, especially if you watch the trailer right after the SNL clip. 2) Wahlberg running, diving, and shooting his gun, just like in the Max Payne video game.  3) Mila Kunis (That ’70s Show, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) shooting a machine gun. And, 4) A large, winged demon (a drug induced hallucination?) dragging a man out of a window by his shoulders. My favorite part of the trailer is seeing Jamie Hector, and hearing his fake Caribbean accent, because it reminds me how much I’m going to miss Marlo Stanfield (The Wire). Max Payne opens October 17, 2008. Check out the Max Payne trailer at Zuguide.com.

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Bangkok Dangerous: Nicolas Cage’s Creepy Assassin Hair

Posted in Action, Crime, Thriller by Adam on September 9, 2008
Click to watch the Bangkok Dangerous trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Bangkok Dangerous trailer at Zuguide.com

For an actor with a history of bizarre and unsettling movie hairstyles, from the see-through fluff of Adaptation to the greasy, balding lion’s mane of Con Air to the spiky helmet head of Ghost Rider, Nicolas Cage has really outdone himself with the shoe polish on corn silk do he sports in his new film Bangkok Dangerous. As a top international assassin, I suppose Cage could have to change his identity and appearance from time to time, but to achieve the level of crispiness Cage has attained requires a dedication that extends beyond the parameters of a movie role. I believe Cage has chosen to draw emphasis away from his ever-expanding forehead by punishing the hair that remains with a rigorous and painful regimen of dyeing, blow drying, long soaks in paint thinner, and controlled burns using a creme brulee torch.

The Bangkok Dangerous trailer opens with Cage confessing that, because of the travel required by his job, he feels isolated and alone in the world. After admitting that what he really wants is to meet someone special, Cage reveals that he is an assassin hired to kill the enemies of the most powerful and dangerous men in the world. His most recent assignment leads him to Bangkok, where he recruits a young local to run errands and pick up a case from a dancer at a nightclub. All seems to be going according to plan until Cage learns the truth behind his newest employer’s business dealings and falls for a local shop girl. As Cage’s detatched, remorseless facade begins to crack, he decides to use his deadly talents to fight the bad guys for a change. After telling his former boss to shove it, Cage can be seen running, jumping, and diving through the streets and alleys of Bangkok as he engages in a series of high intensity gun fights. My favorite part of the trailer comes at the end when Cage and an enemy fire at one another through a stack of exploding water jugs. Bangkok Dangerous opened September 5, 2008.  Check out the Bangkok Dangerous trailer at Zuguide.com.

Righteous Kill: De Niro and Pacino Together at Last

Posted in Crime, Drama by Adam on September 2, 2008
Click to watch the Righteous Kill trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Righteous Kill trailer at Zuguide.com

If you disregard a couple scenes in Heat and their separate scenes in The Godfather Part II, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, two of the most recognized and highly respected actors of our time, have never appeared together in a motion picture. To remedy this injustice, these big screen legends have been brought together in the eagerly anticipated Righteous Kill. In the film, De Niro and Pacino play two veteran NYPD detectives who have to decide if a recent murder is connected to a case they thought they solved years earlier. Although they both wear a badge in Righteous Kill, it’s obvious that both De Niro and Pacino drew upon their earlier work as gangsters and criminals to portray these two hardened cops, who value the justice of a gun more than the code of law.

The Righteous Kill trailer begins with De Niro and Pacino in a courtroom. When the charges against the man on trial are dismissed due to errors by the prosecution, De Niro gets in the criminal’s face as he begins to leave and tells him to watch his back now that he’s no longer under the court’s protection. The next sequence, showing the two partners out in the field turning the screws on some crooks, including 50 Cent, features a De Niro voice-over in which he explains that becoming a cop is more about respect than the oath to protect and serve, with a heavy emphasis on the power of the gun. We then see De Niro and Pacino meeting up with John Leguizamo, Donnie Wahlburg, and Carla Gugino at a murder scene. With the Rolling Stones’ Sympathy for the Devil playing in the background, Leguizamo explains that the murdered man is the same criminal we saw De Niro threaten earlier. The rest of the trailer shows that, while De Niro and Pacino have agreed to track down a vigilante serial killer who targets only criminals, they both respect the killer’s motives, and could possibly have a hidden agenda for taking the case. My favorite part of the trailer is when De Niro and Pacino are shown blasting their guns side by side at the shooting range. Righteous Kill opens September 12, 2008. Check out the Righteous Kill trailer at Zuguide.com.

Burn After Reading: Sweaty Secrets

Posted in Comedy, Crime, Dark Comedy by Adam on August 21, 2008
Click to watch the Burn After Reading trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Burn After Reading trailer at Zuguide.com

Even though there might be a few random chuckles to be had in No Country for Old Men, no one would go so far as to call it a comedy. But, for the most part, that’s what the Coen brothers are known for: dark, quirky laugh-out-loud funny movies. Putting aside a few forays into the world of mostly serious, nostalgic crime thrillers (Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink, The Man Who Wasn’t There) and a couple of forgettable missteps (The Ladykillers, Intolerable Cruelty), the Coen brothers have made a name for themselves with a string of unusual and beloved films that get their laughs more from situations and characters than from point blank jokes (Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?).

Hoping to add to that list, the Coen brothers have written and directed Burn After Reading. The story revolves around a CD containing John Malkovich’s CIA memoirs. After Brad Pitt finds the disc in a locker room, he and fellow gym employee Frances McDormand set out to use their newfound leverage to lighten Malkovich’s wallet. The trailer begins with Pitt explaining what he’s found to a few skeptical coworkers. He then sets up a meeting with Malkovich over the phone, and it’s obvious that in the early going both Pitt and McDormand are treating their caper more like a game than an actual crime. When Pitt finally comes face-to-face with Malkovich, he gets a dose of reality and realizes that his plan might not go as smoothly as he once thought. From then on, it’s an all-out battle between the bitter, condescending Malkovich and the flighty, misguided Pitt. Also, somewhere along the way, McDormand gets romantically involved with George Clooney. While it’s not abundantly clear from the trailer what part he plays in the story, apparently Clooney is also sleeping with Tilda Swinton, Malkovich’s ex-wife.

My favorite part of the trailer comes when Pitt meets with Malkovich for the first time. Sitting in Malkovich’s car, Pitt tries to explain that he is merely a “good Samaritan.” But, Malkovich instantly sees through his load of crap and punches Pitt square in the nose to make it perfectly clear that the gym rat is messing with the wrong dude. Burn After Reading opens September 12, 2008. Check out the Burn After Reading trailer at Zuguide.com.

Pineapple Express and the Mini-Soundtrack

Posted in Comedy, Crime by Adam on July 16, 2008
Click to watch the Pineapple Express trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Pineapple Express trailer at Zuguide.com

While it starts a little slowly, peeping in on Seth Rogen and James Franco as they begin another smoke-filled day, what really draws you into the Pineapple Express trailer is the song that kicks in about midway through (M.I.A.’s Paper Planes). Just as with feature films, a trailer’s soundtrack is vital to creating a mood and providing emphasis during the memorable scenes and Paper Planes happens to fit perfectly with this trailer. By jumping back and forth between nuggets of dialogue and action sequences with Paper Planes playing in the background, the trailer lets you know that Pineapple Express is a comedy about two incompetent stoners, while at the same time pointing out that there are drug lords, crooked cops, car chases and large firearms.

The best sequence in the trailer is when Franco is driving a stolen cop car with a windshield covered in muck and Rogen tells him to try kicking out the glass. Instead of shattering the windshield in typical action movie style, Franco instead lodges his leg in the glass above the steering wheel right before the car jumps over an embankment. Pineapple Express opens on August 6, 2008. Check out the Pineapple Express trailer at Zuguide.com.