We have a number of huge biopics coming up, with two of the most promising being Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock, both of which feature some incredible character work by Daniel Day-Lewis (as Abraham Lincoln) and Anthony Hopkins (as Alfred Hitchcock), as well as incredible casts including Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, and Sally Field.
While these two films are impressive in so many ways (and their trailers below promise great things), that's not to overshadow other flicks like the next chapter in the Bruce Willis Die Hard saga A Good Day to Die Hard, the grindhouse-style trailer for The Canyon (with Lindsay Lohan), the trailer for Sam Mendes's Skyfall featuring the theme by Adele, Court Crandall's basketball documentary Free Throw or the Blu-ray release of the Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection (with Kill Bill, Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, Death Proof, True Romance, Reservoir Dogs, and Inglourious Basterds).
Trailers for those and more below.
Hitchcock might not be the only biopic of film's leading man of mystery in our future, but it is the only one that has what looks to be an incredible character performance by Anthony Hopkins, and that alone should get you excited. If not, the trailer should do the rest.
The first official trailer for Spielberg's Lincoln debuted some weeks back, but the recent extended TV Spot titled 'Unite' runs two minutes all by itself. It's not as intensive when it comes to showing Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president but it offers a little more context of where the film falls in Lincoln's career and the amount of time it spans, and that's just as good.
Free Throw might be a competition documentary (like Spellbound), but it has a far loftier goal in mind than simply exploiting human personality quirks for our amusement. Instead it tells the story of a free throw competition in Compton, CA aimed at giving youths a chance to win a college scholarship and leave the toxic environment of gangs and drugs that many youths fall into.
Don't you love it when studios release anthology sets for directors who are still very much engaged in making new films. Like Quentin Tarantino, for example? Yes, Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection has some incredible films packed into it as well as some exclusive digital extras, but I think we can all agree it won't be the last of its kind that we'll see. The only one on Blu-ray perhaps, but not the last Tarantino anthology.
It speaks volumes about the first trailer for Sam Mendes's entry in the James Bond saga Skyfall and for the recent revitalization of the franchise by Daniel Craig's take on the infamous agent that despite Quantum of Solace we're entirely beside ourselves in our desire to see the Bond series get back on its feet. The latest trailer for Skyfall has a bit of footage but really is meant to show off Adele's theme for the film.
Then we come to the franchise that ironically (in the most painful way) just won't die. Yes, Bruce Willis is back as John McClane...and this time he has a son! The trailer doesn't give us much context, but it's loaded to the gills with action that's a little bit more practical than a one-man takedown of a fighter jet on a highway. Seriously, what the hell was that?
Finally, a film that looks like it was filmed horribly and so the the distributors decided the only way they could hide it was by cutting the film into throwback trailers that would distract the viewer with fonts while minimizing the impact of the shoddy cinematography. That's right: The Canyon.