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The peaks and valleys of Hollywood

In What? This isn't a documentary? on April 10, 2009 at 12:33 am

Just when I thought you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!

That classic quote from Dumb and Dumber pretty much describes exactly how I have felt this week about what is coming out of Hollywood.

Sure, we may live in a time when a studio can remake a shitty movie from 8 years ago, drop two “the’s” (someone, anyone- how do you write the plural of “the”?), change the word “and” to a symbol and laugh their way to a $70 million opening weekend.  Yes, that is a really complex sentence; yes, the movie described is Fast & Furious; and yes, America can be a really, really dumb country sometimes.

Vin Diesel wears a cup not to protect himself, but to protect the players on the other team.

Random Vin Diesel Fact: Vin Diesel wears a cup not to protect himself, but to protect the players on the other team.

Despite the rough start with F&F’s weekend triumph, Hollywood has in fact redeemed itself as the week has passed.  At least with me, for during the course of the week, I have come across two trailers of upcoming films that I am beyond excited for.

The first of these just so happens to feature Sacha Baron Cohen, the king of awkward situations and star/creator of Da Ali G Show and Borat.  And if the red band trailer is any indication, Bruno, in which he plays a gay Austrian, will easily surpass Borat on the scale of ridiculousness.  (To even write that about a film that featured two men, one severly overweight, running roughshod through a hotel while stark naked is somewhat shocking).

After watching the trailer, you’ll be hard pressed not to agree.  (“Dolce and Gabbana.  Hello!”)

Any other week and Bruno would be the trailer that I can’t stop watching.  But not this week.  No, that honor goes to the movie version of one of the best books ever written.  I’m talking about Where The Wild Things Are.

This movie is pretty much a can’t miss.  The book it is based on, by Maurice Sendak, is ridiculously good.  It has one of the best directors in Hollywood in Spike Jonze.  It was co-written by Jonze and the great Dave Eggers (of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and McSweeney’s fame).

And the trailer, featuring the music of Arcade Fire, is unbelievable.  Sit back, check it out, and get ready.  But don’t get too ready, because October 16, its release date, is six months away.

Which, of course, is a month after Fast, Furious is set to come out.

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  1. I know you saw the trailer for “Extract”, that shit looks funny.

  2. Bruno does look funny. I wondered if, after Borat, he’d be able to pull off those situations without people recognizing him. But I would never have even known that was him.

    BTW, I agree with Aunt Bern. Bring me more fever!

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