Trailer Trash Feature: 29th August – 9th September

(Bi-weekly feature written for Lost In The Multiplex)

With the Toronto International Film Festival well underway, we’ve even more great first trailers including the stunning debut for Rust and Bones, a disappointing trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, a brilliantly-led cast in the first trailer for Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, and many more designed to lure you into your local picturehouse as the year slowly draws closer to an end.

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Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2

First up we have the first full trailer for one of this year’s biggest blockbusters, but don’t get too excited because it’s fairly disappointing for fans and non-fans alike. MTV Video Music awards played host to the new trailer earlier this month, reuniting newly turned vampire Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) with her now vampire husband Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), and introducing their vampire child Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) in the final instalment to Stephenie Meyer’s highly acclaimed Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn Part 2. Directed by Bill Condon, the trailer highlights the threat that the couple’s new born child has created in the vampire community, but it doesn’t look nearly as impactful as it should. Whilst the adaptation of Part 1 of the final book was the second biggest grossing film in the franchise worldwide, it looks as if it’s all going downhill again. Personally I think the franchise has been long lost and this latest trailer does nothing to make me want to see the final film, even as a big fan of the original novels. Set to be released on 16th November, hopefully we will get to see more promotional footage for the film soon because it hasn’t started off too well.

Rust And Bone

Screened at TIFF last week and with Studio Canal now bringing this film to the UK later this year, we have the new trailer for Jacques Audiard’s latest film, Rust and Bone. Starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts as two strangers who fall in love when tragic circumstances bring them together, the film follows a simple premise but it has gathered many solid reviews after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The new trailer is gorgeous and with a stunning soundtrack behind it, it’s easy to see why it has been so admired. Set to be released on 2nd November, this is one you should not give a second thought about going to see.

The Company You Keep

Also screened at TIFF this month, we have the first trailer for Robert Redford’s gripping political thriller, The Company You Keep. Headed up by Redford himself, the film stars a brilliant cast as it follows a young journalist (Shia LaBeouf) who stumbles upon the story of his career when he uncovers the identity of a wanted ex-radical activist (Redford) who has been underground for five decades. Adapted from Neil Gordon’s original novel with screenplay by Lem Dobbs (Haywire), the new trailer highlights just how great the cast is for this film, also starring Brit Marling, Susan Sarandon, Anna Kendrick, Nick Nolte, Terrence Howard, Stanley Tucci, Chris Cooper, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Christie, Stephen Root, and Sam Elliott. Whilst there’s no UK release date for this film yet, we’re likely to hear more after its festival premier this month.

The Iceman

Being screened at TIFF this week after making its world debut at the Venice Film Festival, we have the first trailer for Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman. Based on a true story of Richard Kuklinski, Michael Shannon stars in the lead as the loving husband, devoted father, and ruthless killer that is believed to have killed 100 people between 1964 and 1986. Whilst the film has picked up mixed reviews so far, the new trailer shows off some great roles for another incredible cast. Also starring Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans (Yes, that is him in the ice cream truck!), David Schwimmer, Stephen Dorff, and James Franco, The Iceman will be seeking international distribution after its screenings this week.

Tower Block

The closing film of the Film4 FrightFest last month, the excellent first trailer for British action-thriller Tower Block has been released by Lionsgate this month. After a number of residents witness a killing in their building but are too scared to give detectives any information, the film picks up one year later when someone has decided to take justice into their own hands, as the tenants come under threat from a mystery sniper who has set deadly traps throughout the building. Starring Sheridan Smith (Two Pints of Lager), Jack O’Connell (Eden Lake), Russell Tovey (Being Human), Ralph Brown (Killing Bono), and newcomer Kane Robinson, the new trailer emphasises the huge British talent that is sure to set this film aside. Directed by James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson as their feature directorial debuts with a script by James Moran (Cockneys vs. Zombies), Tower Block will be released in the UK and Ireland on 21st September.

Song For Marion

Set to appear at this year’s London Film Festival, we have another first trailer for Paul Andrew Williams’ (London to Brighton) inspiring Song For Marion. Starring Gemma Arterton in the lead role, the film tells the heart-warming story of a loving marriage between grumpy pensioner Arthur (Terence Stamp) and the ever-cheerful Marion (Vanessa Redgrave). When heartbreak strikes, Arthur is forced to re-think his outlook on life, and with the perseverance of choir director Elizabeth (Arterton), begins to find a way to come out of his shell and to build bridges with his estranged son James (Christopher Eccleston). The new trailer is quite comical and has a quirky enough edge to it to make it look worthwhile. Being screened at TIFF later this month, we will hear more about a release date for this film sometime soon.

The To Do List

Making a hit with Safety Not Guaranteed at this year’s Sundance Festival, we have the first, red-band, trailer for Aubrey Plaza’s return to the big screen with The To Do List. Previously titled The Hand Job, the film follows the story of Brandy Klark (Plaza), an overachiever who comes up with a “to-do list” featuring all the risqué extra-curricular activities she missed out on in high school. Directed by Maggie Carey (Ladyporn) who is making her feature directorial debut from her own script, the new trailer is pretty crude so please take note of the red-band warning and enjoy it outside of a working environment. Also starring Rachel Bilson, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Scott Porter, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, Johnny Simmons, Sarah Steele and Alia Shawkat, The To Do List will be released in the US on 14th February, 2013, but there is no word on a UK release yet.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Originally set to be released earlier this year, we finally have the first look at Tommy Wirkola’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, led by the unlikely duo that is Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton. 15 years after their traumatic gingerbread-house incident, siblings Hansel and Gretel have become a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. Whilst it was an idea that I first thought could be interesting and with the many other fairly successful fairy tale re-tellings over the past couple of years, I originally had high hopes for this film, especially seeing where Renner and Arterton have come since then. The new trailer, however, doesn’t do the film much justice. Everything looks out of place and I can’t see it working. With its R-rating, as well, this may be more of a family adventure than an adult twist on a childhood classic. Also starring Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Thomas Mann, and Zoe Bell, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is now set to be released in the UK on 15th March, 2013.

Love & Honor

Starring another rising star in the lead after making a name for himself in one of the year’s biggest blockbusters, The Hunger Games, Liam Hemsworth leads the new trailer for romantic drama, Love and Honor. Starring opposite Teresa Palmer (Wish You Were Here), the film follows a young soldier in Vietnam, Dalton (Austin Stowell), who gets dumped by his hometown girlfriend Jane (Aimee Teegarden). Vowing to sneak home during war to win her back, his best friend, Mickey (Hemsworth) decides to go with him, but they must get back to America, change her mind and return to the war without getting caught. With Danny Mooney making his feature directorial debut, it would be great to see Hemsworth in a more compelling romance since his lead in The Last Song alongside real-life fiancée Miley Cyrus, but unfortunately the new trailer doesn’t look like this will be the film to do that. No word on when we can expect it this hit the big screen either.

Grave Encounters 2

From love story to horror, we have the first trailer for the upcoming Grave Encounters sequel, which follows a group of fans of the first film who set out to shoot a documentary in the film’s location. Of course, we all know what happens next so there’s no point in explaining any more about the film. With no UK release date for film as of yet, it is set to be released on VOD in the US on 2nd October, so I’m sure we can expect to see it over here around Halloween too.

Hold Your Breath

Another horror with a new trailer this week is Hold Your Breath which stars 30 Rock’s Katrina Bowden. Based on the urban myth that you can breathe in evil spirits when passing cemeteries, the film follows seven friends embarking on a weekend camping trip who pass a run-down cemetery and find themselves arguing about the legitimacy of the myth. Again, it is a film where we can guess is going, and, debuted by Apple, the new trailer presents us with the same old scares. Directed by Jared Cohn (Bikini Spring Break) with a script by Geoff Meed (6 Guns), the film also stars Randy Wayne, Lisa Younger, Seth Cassell, and Erin Marie Hogan. With no word yet on if/when it will find its way to the UK, we can probably expect it around Halloween too.

The Master

Nearing the end of this week’s feature we have the final theatrical trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s (There Will Be Blood) The Master, which has been screened at both the Venice and Toronto International Film Festival’s this month. The fantastic second trailer, released over at IMDb, is even better than the first, giving us all the more reason to believe this is going to be one of the most successful films this year. Starring Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) and Academy Award-nominee Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line), the film is set in America in the years following World War II, when a charismatic intellectual (Hoffman) launches a faith-based organization and taps a young drifter (Phoenix) as his right-hand man. Also starring Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons, and David Warshovsky, The Master will be released in the UK on 9th November.

Argo

At only 32 seconds long, we also have the second trailer for Ben Affleck’s upcoming film, Argo. Based around the true events of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, Affleck and his extradition team pose as a film crew shooting a sci-fi film in order to gain access to the hostages and rescue them. With its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival last month and screening at TIFF last week, the film has received brilliant early reviews so this could, too, be a strong Oscar contender in the months to come. Also starring Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Scoot McNairy, Kyle Chandler, Alan Arkin Clea DuVall, Michael Parks and Kerry Bishé, Argo is set to be released on 10th October.

Django Unchained

And finally, we have the second international trailer for another one of this year’s most anticipated films, with Quentin Tarantino’s return to the big screen with the western drama, Django Unchained. With the trailer expanding on some of the scenes we’ve seen in previous trailers, the film follows a slave-turned-bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx) who, with the help of his mentor (Christoph Waltz), sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). Also starring Kerry Washington, Jonah Hill, and Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained is set to be released on 18th January, 2013.

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