LOL: The Coming-of-Age Movie You Didn’t Ask For

Well…I was attempting to write a serious post about Tinker Tailor Solider Spy this morning. Then I watched the trailer for LOL: Laughing Out Loud, a coming-of-age teen dramedy starring Miley Cyrus. LOL is a remake of a 2008 French film of the same name. Both films are written and directed by Lisa Azuelos. Somehow I don’t find this comforting and any chance of me being serious is long gone. Here’s the trailer.

Don’t worry. I have broken down LOL (colon) Laughing Out Loud for you.

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Thursday Trailer Fix: Into The Abyss (dir. Werner Herzog, 2011)

Werner Herzog’s latest documentary Into the Abyss opens in select theaters in November. You know how I love a good Herzog documentary. Almost as much as Werner Herzog loves the words dreams, soul, and abyss.

Into the Abyss focuses on death row inmate Michael Perry and his accomplice Jason Burkett. Both men blame the other for being responsible for their crime, which Burkett received a lesser sentence for. Herzog interviewed Perry 8 days before his execution in July 2010.

Although Herzog claims to have no political intentions with the film, Into the Abyss is bound to contribute to the larger debate about capital punishment in the United States. The trailer (embedded below) is wonderfully Herzogian with eerie music, unmatched narration, and sound bites only Herzog could get from the people closest to the crime.

Are you intrigued by what Werner Herzog will contribute to the capital punishment debate? He’s the only director who can make an apolitical political film. Sound off below.

What I Have Deciphered From The Three Musketeers Trailer

The more times I see the trailer for The Three Musketeers (due out October 21), the more confused I get. There is almost too much ridiculousness happening for my brain to process it. Almost.

This is the trailer in question:

There is a lot happening in this trailer and I find some of – okay all of it – puzzling. Let me break it down for you.

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Trailer Fix: War Horse, Take Two

I haven’t exactly been quiet about my general detestation of the promotional material we’ve seen for War Horse so far. The first trailer is incredibly manipulative and the poster is just boring.

So when I watched the latest trailer today I was expecting more of the same.

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In this trailer, we get a bit more of the battle scenes (those poor horses), the same painfully boring measures of John Williams’ score, less Niels Arestrup, and more glimpses of the trauma the horse will experience. We even get to stare into the horse’s very sad eyes.

Well, I definitely hate this trailer less than the other one. It will unlikely set me off into a state of rage if I see it during the previews before something else. But I still don’t care about War Horse.  So keep trying Dreamworks and I’ll just watch Au Hasard Balthazar in the meantime.

Trailer Fix: Wuthering Heights

Ever since it was announced that Andrea Arnold was stepping in as the director of Wuthering Heights, my excitement for this adaptation of Emily Bronte’s novel quadrupled. Like Jane Eyre, a new take on Wuthering Heights pops up every five years or so. Most are rather boring.

But when Arnold became attached to the project, which at one point has Natalie Portman starring as Cathy (blerg), I suddenly had faith that this new Wuthering Heights would be something daring, artistic, and not for everyone. The trailer indicates just that.

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Reviews of Wuthering Heights so far have been mixed. Much of the dialogue is absent and there is an emphasis on unconventional hand-held camera work. You see this in the trailer with the one spoken line and stark imagery, which is more than enough to interest me in the final product.  I’m most curious about is if  Kaya Scodelario (best known as Effy on Skins) stands out at all as Catherine.

Wuthering Heights won’t be released theatrically in the US until 2012. Will you see Wuthering Heights when it hits theaters?