Hobo with a Shotgun started off as an amateur trailer that won a competition and was screened before the Tarantino/Rodriguez Grindhouse team up a few years ago at SXSW. Someone apparently saw it, dug it, and decided to back it, as it is joining Machete in the "fake trailer becomes real movie" world. This time, the hobo is Rutger Hauer, and he's out for vengeance against a city full of drug dealers and all sorts of evil. From the looks of this trailer, which was first shown on the legendary Ain't It Cool News site, it's going to be bloody and crazy, which is to be expected. However, this has the added punch of Rutger Hauer's excellent talent, and that opening monologue to the trailer gave me shivers. This movie could both pay homage to the grindhouse 70's flicks (which is now becoming a genre of its own in the 2010's apparently) AND be a good film in its own right.

Hobo With a Shotgun just finished wrapping, and does not have a release date but you can follow its progress at their Official Website.
Leave it to Darren Aronofsky to make a movie about ballerinas not only look interesting, but completely insane. When I heard he was going to be doing a movie about this subject, I was perplexed to say the least. After watching that trailer, I'm still perplexed...but in that good "I want to see just what the hell is going on" way.

It starts off kind of normally: Natalie Portman is the best ballet dancer, Mila Kunis may take her spot, snoooooze. Then, weird imagery. Natalie Portman runs into herself, paintings make weird faces, FEATHERS GROW OUT OF HER. I don't exactly know if this is going to be some crazy horror thing, or if it's one giant metaphor, but color me intrigued. And blue. I like blue.

Black Swan comes out December 1, 2010 and may possibly be the first movie featuring the words "Mila Kunis" and "does an excellent job" in the same sentence.
127 Hours is based on the life of Aron Ralston, which for those of you who didn't hear the story, had to cut his own arm off in order to survive (it was crushed under a rock). Now, some of you may cry spoilers at reading that, but I cry "READ A NEWSPAPER". I was skeptical about if that would make a compelling story, since that story sounded like it would turn into a Cast Away-type movie except no beach ball and no Tom Hanks hobo beard. However, with some added stuff before the accident (and probably after), it looks like they'll be able to flesh this out. Plus, I got the feeling the suspense of Ralston debating on cutting his arm off is going to be ridiculously intense. Throw in Danny Boyle making his first movie since running away with the Oscars a few years ago with Slumdog Millionaire, and you got the potential for a visually and cinematically good movie. This could be James Franco's big leading man break out role.

127 Hours hits theaters November 5, 2010.
Here were my initial thoughts after watching this two and a half minute promo trailer for The Goon:


Now, I don't know about you, but that's pretty unprofessional, so I've had some time to sit back and relax. Here we go: The Goon, based off the Dark Horse comic (which I love), looks OHMYGODAWESOMEEEEEEIWANTIT...I mean great. It looks great. It captures the same look of the comic despite being in CGI (which looks more claymation) and is written by Eric Powell, who writes/draws the comic. The voices of Goon and Frankie (Goon's lovable sidekick) are perfect; Clancy Brown as Goon and PAUL GIAMATTI AS FRANKIE. Anyone who follows the site knows that Giamatti is pretty much considered a God here, so when I found this out I freaked.

My only knock is that it looks like a straight forward zombie movie, which is fine since it's just supposed to be a movie and not the whole comic, but there's so much there character and world-wise that I hope more gets added in or they do sequels. Even though I have not seen the full length film, I already want sequels.

The Goon is supposedly coming out sometime this year (2010), but I haven't been able to pinpoint when or if it'll be in theaters. Either way, I'm so there it's pathetic.
Dwayne Johnson? In a movie that's not aimed at kids? REALLY?!?! It's time to sound the "about goddamn time" horn because Faster is coming and Dwayne Johnson's about to finally start kicking some ass again. Since it's a teaser, you don't get a real sense of what's going on, but according to the synopsis he plays a guy named Driver (...I regret the about time thing) who gets released and prison and is going after Billy Bob Thornton for revenge. I guess. I don't really care, because I'll see the shit out of this for two reasons: 1) I'll follow The Rock wherever he goes and 2) I don't have to see him babysit a kid.

Faster gives Dwayne Johnson his man card back when it comes out November 19, 2010.

Let the Right One In is a Swedish horror movie that everyone I know (who's seen it) keeps telling me to watch and after over ten months on top my Instant Watch queue, it doesn't look like that's happening any time soon. With the upcoming release of the U.S. remake coming out though, it looks like I'll end up never seeing the original.

Starring Chloe Moretz (fresh off her star making turn in Kick-Ass), it now has a new name (Let Me In), but the same general idea: a girl (Moretz) moves next door to a lonely kid (Kodi Smit McPhee, The Road) and they form a friendship. However, the girl happens to be a vampire.

Obviously there's more to it than that, but that's the general gist and if you watch the trailer, you can see how the boy ends up falling in love/befriending her and other such thematic layers. There's a lot selling me on Let Me In; Moretz and McPhee are two of the better child actors in the business, and the writer/director of this remake Matt Reeves also happened to do one of my favorite movies from 2008 Cloverfield. Plus, since this'll probably follow the original closely, and the original is apparently awesome, this will probably end up awesome too.

Let Me In opens October 2010.

I stumbled onto this trailer looking for stuff to post to the site, and the cast is what got me to look at it; Adam Scott, Jeffery Tambor, Joe Anderson, Odette Yustman, Rob Corddry, Zach Giliafinakis...it's a pretty damn good ensemble. The plot seems to revolve two teams who work for the same company called The Factory, Alpha and Omega. The corporation calls on Alpha to eliminate Omega, so the two factions then go to war.

There are some half decent jokes in there (I especially loved the "I get it, your name is Judgment!" part) and I love a movie about warring factions.  I'm honestly surprised a movie that has a cast this good is ending up straight to DVD instead of theaters. Weird.

Operation: Endgame comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray July 27, 2010.
Since the Saw series is finally being put out to pasture (I love the movies, but there did not need to be so many), I guess Hollywood is looking for their new yearly Halloween event. Their answer? Paranormal Activity! Made with a budget of 15,000 dollars, it grossed a ridiculously huge amount of money and was loved by horror fans around the world. Except me, because I didn't see it. It looked about as exciting as The Blair Witch Project and how fondly do we look back on that now? Exactly.

Still, you might care so here's the teaser. It strokes itself (and you) off by saying that it became a hit because the audience demanded it to be. The power is in your hands, this is YOUR franchise! Then we get a glimpse of what's gonna happen in the new one. I don't know what exactly it is since I didn't see the first film, but I'll assume it has something to do with it. Or maybe not, sequels aren't really made with continuity in mind, just dollar signs.

Paranormal Activity 2 comes out October 22, 2010 and there will probably be more to come until the studios realize beating that dead horse isn't going to buy them another platinum sink.

Ever have one of those nights where you are tossing and turning, unable to sleep, because you're wondering when the Hollywood Gods will finally make that third Fockers film you have been begging them for the past three years? No? Me either, but yet here we are; Little Fockers continues a franchise that really shouldn't be a franchise and promises some more hijinks, as well as more of that "I'm watching you" gesture that is still OMG hilarious. Look, I love Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro and everything but...really? Is this really necessary?

Little Fockers attempts to bleed more green from a franchise that doesn't even need to exist when it opens December 22, 2010.

The Social Network is based off the true events surrounding the invention of Facebook and the animosity that it creates between its co-founders. This trailer is one minute and change, and features just random snippets of dialogue as we slowly zoom out to see Jesse Eisenberg's face.


Honestly, I was trying to come up with something interesting to say, but nothing of any value can taken out of this. A dialogue heavy movie like this probably didn't need a teaser trailer, but at the same time, I'm interested because it's written by TV vet Aaron Sorkin and I like the cast. Still, for a movie like this, the trailer should have had a bit more substance to it; Facebook will not sell this movie alone.

Regardless, I know I'll be there when The Social Network opens October 1, 2010.