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Dedication: Dr. Manhattan Has a Major Case of OCD

Posted in Comedy, Dark Comedy, Drama, Romance by Adam on March 3, 2009
Click to watch the Dedication trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Dedication trailer at Zuguide.com

In case you hadn’t heard, Watchmen comes out on Friday. Given the level of anticipation this film has produced in die hard fans of the graphic novel and the general public alike, it’s quite possible that Billy Crudup will go from being that rock star guy who called himself a golden god and jumped off a roof into a swimming pool (Russell Hammond in Almost Famous) to that scientist who accidentally disintegrated himself and came back as that blue guy who can control matter and energy at will (Dr. Manhattan in the aforementioned Watchmen). I’d call that a slight upgrade. But, before Friday rolls around and Crudup becomes known as the most powerful Smurf ever, I thought I’d take a moment and offer up the trailer for Crudup’s last, less than widely released film, Dedication.

In Dedication, Crudup plays an obsessive compulsive man who hates people but writes children’s books. When Tom Wilkinson, Crudup’s only friend and the illustrator of his hit “Marty the Beaver” series, dies, Crudup is forced to share a beach house with Wilkinson’s replacement, Mandy Moore, in order to finish up the latest Marty installment. Take a wild guess what happens next.

Highlights of the Dedication trailer include: 1) Crudup rattling off all his OCD symptoms the first time he meets Moore. 2) Crudup telling a little girl girl at a book signing that Santa Claus doesn’t exist. 3) Wilkinson describing Moore as being “lovely like an antelope in a junkyard.” 4) Crudup wearing a yellow football helmet to overcome his fear of riding in a car. And, 5) Crudup pretending to be upset when Moore falls asleep next to him on the couch.  My favorite part of the trailer is when Crudup vaporizes Mandy Moore and uses her atomic material to annihilate a squadron of attack helicopters and over forty tanks (not really). Dedication opened August 24, 2007. Check of the Dedication trailer at Zuguide.com.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall: The Naked Breakup

Posted in Comedy, Romance by Adam on October 7, 2008
Click to watch the Forgetting Sarah Marshall trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Forgetting Sarah Marshall trailer at Zuguide.com

After making a name for himself playing the clingy, obsessive, overly-emotional boyfriend to a T (see Nick Andopolis on Freaks and Geeks and Eric on Undeclared), Jason Segel decided to take the logical next step and translate his signature character to the big screen in last spring’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Released this past week on DVD, the romantic comedy from the team behind Knocked Up and the 40-Year-Old Virgin stars Segel as Kristen Bell’s doting, TV theme song-writing boyfriend, whom she dumps once her acting career takes off. Where Nick would have reacted by reciting Styx lyrics to her in a candle-covered basement and Eric by crafting a multimedia presentation of their most intimate moments, the Forgetting Sarah Marshall Segel responds by trying to convince Bell of his commitment to her while sitting bareass on a leather couch. Regardless of the response, all three characters suffer from the same compulsive, pitiful, foredoomed devotion that drives away the women they love and leaves them heartbroken and alone. While both Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared ended before we could see what ultimately became of Nick and Eric, Forgetting Sarah Marshall follows Segel as he tries to piece his life back together by taking a Hawaiian vacation — only to discover that Bell is in the room next door with Russell Brand, the most lecherous man on the face of the earth.

Highlights of the Forgetting Sarah Marshall trailer include: 1) The aforementioned breakup scene where Segel lets his towel drop when he realizes he’s getting dumped. 2) Segel drinking chianti from an orange juice glass while watching Bell and Brand on Access Hollywood. 3) Segel crying after sleeping with another woman. 4) Jonah Hill making a pass at Brand after giving him his demo CD. 5) Segel falling off a cliff while trying to impress Mila Kunis. And, 6) Segel tricking Bill Hader’s wife into mimicking a sex act while speaking to the two of them on a webcam. My favorite line in the trailer comes when Bell asks Segel what he’s doing at the resort and he jokingly replies, “Came here to murder you.” Forgetting Sarah Marshall opened April 18, 2008 and the DVD was released September 30, 2008. Check out the Forgetting Sarah Marshall trailer at Zuguide.com.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist: George-Michael Scores Another Girlfriend

Posted in Comedy, Romance by Adam on September 23, 2008
Click to watch the Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist trailer at Zuguide.com

After hiding an awkward attraction to his potentially adopted first cousin Maeby (Alia Shawkat) for a couple seasons (and using his bland, ultra-religious girlfriend Ann (Mae Whitman) as an unconvincing beard), Michael Cera moved on from Arrested Development and transferred his tendancy for cultivating uncomfortable realtionships to his roles on the big screen. While trying to woo Martha MacIsaac, his love interest in Superbad, Cera went about proving his undying devotion by accidentally punching her in the boob, refusing to sleep with her after she got drunk at a party, and helping her pick out a comforter at the mall the next day. Given that he was headed to college in a few months anyway, that one probably didn’t make it past the end of the summer. His next attempt at love, with catch phrase machine Ellen Page in Juno, went a little better, but it was mostly her idea and resulted in a kid he would probably never see after the day it was born. Despite that track record, Cera has decided to play the field one more time in his upcoming film with a very long, very vague title, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. This time Cera starts out as a recently-dumped bass guitarist who meets Kat Dennings (Charlie Bartlett) at a gig, moments after spotting his ex with a new man. After Dennings talks Cera into posing as her boyfriend for a few minutes, the pair makes a connection over their shared interest in music and takes off into New York City to try to find a secret show being played by one of their favorite bands.

The Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist trailer starts off with Cera struggling to get his beat-up, yellow Yugo started.  After a voice-over introduces him as a sensitive musician, we see Nick explaining to his bandmates why he can’t make their gig (he’s been dumped) before heading back inside to leave his ex a pitiful voicemail, while surrounded by pictures and mementos from their time together. Kat Dennings is then introduced as a strait-laced, rule abider who’s forced to look after her best friend Ari Graynor, who tends to drink too much and get into trouble. When Alexis Dziena, Nick’s ex, snidely asks Dennings if she has shown up to a club alone, again, Dennings rebuffs her attack by saying she’s there with Cera, who she hasn’t even met yet. Once they do meet, Dennings convinces Cera to pose as her boyfriend for five minutes by kissing him just as Dziena approaches. After talking his bandmates into taking an inebriated Graynor home, Cera and Dennings head off into the city together, presumably to listen to more music. While Cera tries unsuccessfully to convince random strangers that his tiny car is not a taxi, his bandmates lose track of Graynor, who end up in an alley with a cigarette-smoking Jesus. The rest of the trailer show Cera and Dennings partying in New York and trying to put their old, broken relationships behind them. My favorite part of the trailer comes when one of Cera’s bandmates defends him by headbutting Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder) in the face. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist opens October 3, 2008. Check out the Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist trailer at Zuguide.com.

The Duchess: Keira Knightley is British

Posted in Drama, Romance by Adam on September 19, 2008
Click to watch the trailer for The Duchess at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the trailer for The Duchess at Zuguide.com

In the long awaited follow-up to the 2004 biopic King Arthur, Keira Knightley is demoted from her position as Queen when Clive Owen is struck by one of the plague-infested corpses catapulted over his castle walls by an invading army, inflicting him with the dreaded coma/plague combo. Distraught by her love’s irreversible predicament, Knightley, formerly a fearless Celtic warrior, changes her name from Guinevere to Georgiana and moves to Devonshire to distract herself from her sorrows with a potent mix of frivolous luxury, illicit love affairs, and uncontrollable gambling.

* Editor’s note: Although this film doesn’t actually exist, it is remarkably similar to Knightley’s latest feature, The Duchess.  Just disregard the parts about the launching of rudimentary biological weapons and any connection whatsoever to the King Arthur legend.

Back to reality:

The trailer for The Duchess opens with Keira Knightley being led through the gates and courtyard of an immense palace in a horse-drawn carriage. Announced as the “Empress of Fashion,” she makes a grand entrance and appears at the edge of a balcony overlooking a ballroom full of adoring members of the aristocracy. The next scene shows her walking gracefully toward the camera with a large display of candles illuminating her Bride of Frankenstein hairdo. After Knightley bows before Ralph Fiennes, the Duke, a voiceover suggests that she may be struggling with her duties, including providing her husband with a son. We then see Fiennes sitting at a banquet table with a scowl on his face before transitioning to a brief image of Knightley meeting up with Dominic Cooper, who plays Earl Grey, beside a goose-filled pond. Heading back inside, Knightley asks the godfather of the world’s most delicious tea about his true feelings for her, but not before she gets a super-perm and dons a Three Muskteers-inspired hat covered with feathers and a foxtail. The rest of the trailer shows Knightley struggling with her desire to find love outside of a cold marriage and fighting a losing battle against a series of increasingly uncomfortable hairstyles. My favorite part of the trailer is listening to Knightley’s hypeman pump up the standing room only crowd just before she makes her first appearance at the palace. The Duchess opens September 19, 2008. Check out The Duchess trailer at Zuguide.com.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, or Mork and Mindy: The Movie

Posted in Drama, Fantasy, Romance by Adam on July 21, 2008
Click to watch The Curious Case of Benjamin Button trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch The Curious Case of Benjamin Button trailer at Zuguide.com

Besides the fact that Brad Pitt doesn’t play an alien, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is pretty much a straight rip off of the popular 1970s television show Mork and Mindy. Mork, played by Robin Williams, was a reverse-aging alien who came to earth, fell in love with a woman and pretty much made her life a nightmare with his bizarre behavior, zany voices and innumerable misunderstandings. Benjamin, in comparison, is a reverse-aging man who’s born on earth, falls in love with a woman and complicates the crap out of her life with his bizarre behavior and a fair share of misunderstandings (and I’m sure his voice changes at some point, too). Now, I don’t know if Benjamin Button can drink through his finger or imitate Richard Nixon, but the fact that he ages backwards and creates problems for his lady friend makes him very Mork-ish. I’m sure there’s more to Benjamin’s story, but there’s no denying the facts.

In the trailer, Benjamin begins his life looking like a wrinkly, hairless baby mouse. He gets slightly less hideous as the years go by and eventually turns into Brad Pitt. Along the way he sails the high seas, dates ballerinas and cruises around on his motorcycle. After getting over the difficulties of being an 80-year-old toddler, it seems as though Benjamin’s affliction actually works in his favor. As the years go by, he gets younger and stronger while gaining life experience. The major conflict comes into play when Benjamin falls in love with Cate Blanchett. Though their ages match up for a time, eventually they become a May-December romance the likes of which has never been seen before. My favorite part of the trailer comes at the end when Blanchett, as an elderly old woman, walks baby Benjamin down the sidewalk and pauses for a moment to give him a little kiss. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button opens on December 19, 2008. Check out The Curious Case of Benjamin Button trailer at Zuguide.com.