The last few days have seen the trailer debuts of some promising flicks arriving in theaters in the coming months, among the most notable being the Patton Oswalt comedy Nature Calls, Director David O. Russell's drama Silver Linings Playbook (starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence), the Deepak Chopra documentary Decoding Deepak, and Sylvester Stallone's 2013 action flick Bullet to the Head. Also in the mix are a few flying under the radar like Alamo Drafthouse's amazing gift to film geeks, Trailer War, Matthew Lillard's feature-length directorial debut Fat Kid Rules the World, and Price Check (with Parker Posey). It's an eclectic selection if not always a promising one.
Check out the trailers for each below.
In Nature Calls, Patton Oswalt and Johnny Knoxville play brothers at war over a decision to take a bunch of kids into the woods as part of a scouts trip. As you'd expect from anything involving Knoxville and Rob Riggle, the redband trailer promises lots of chaotic shenanigans.
The second trailer for Silver Linings Playbook only further confirms that it's set to be one of the best character dramas of the year with some amusing performances by Cooper, Lawrence, and Robert De Niro in the story of a teacher released from a mental institution who gets sidetracked from his efforts to win back his ex-wife by appearance of someone new.
Even if you don't keep up with spiritual self-help books and the associated movements, it's hard not to know who Deepak Chopra is, at least vaguely. Directed by his own son Gotham Chopra, Decoding Deepak offers a glimpse of the man as more than just a public figure, but as a father as well.
Combine the Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker character dynamics of Rush Hour with those between Bruce Willis and Justin Long in Live Free or Die Hard, and you basically have the duo constructed for Walter Hill's Bullet to the Head, with Sylvester Stallone and Sung Kang in their place. Pit them against an axe-wielding Jason Momoa and you have all the mindless fun promised by the film's new international trailer.
Imagine if someone had stumbled across a vault of trailers for old B- and C-Movies and then spliced them all together into a hilarious, crazy concoction of a film highlighting some of the weirdest gems out there. That's Trailer War.
If you saw Azazel Jacobs excellent 2011 film Terri, then you know just how special of an actor he stumbled onto when he cast Jacob Wysocki as his lead. Wysocki's immediate follow-up was in Fat Kid Rules the World, the first full-length directorial effort by Matthew Lillard. It's been generating a lot of buzz, and the trailer gives a hint as to why.
Finally, we have Michael Walker's comedic drama Price Check with Parker Posey as an overbearing boss in the supermarket biz who starts grooming Pete (Eric Mabius) for a role higher up the food chain, only to find her invading many aspects of his life. It's hard to know how to feel about this one based on the trailer as it's less funny "ha ha" and more just rather awkward.