It’s not easy to draw an actual plot from this trailer being that it’s one, a Michael Gondry film, and two, in French, but the basic synopsis seems to be about a guy who falls in love with a woman who’s dying due to the water lily that’s growing inside her lungs. This looks like a fantastically surreal love story with some awesome Gondry-esque visuals, and I’d really like to see it when it eventually comes to the US. After all, I’m a huge Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Amelie fan. (To clarify: Gondry didn’t direct Amelie. But with Audrey Tautou as the lead, I can’t be the only one who went there. Also, it doesn’t hurt that I really like “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, either, even if it is a little overplayed right now.)
Speaking of surreal love stories . . . I’m pretty sure I posted a trailer for this movie, like, a year ago, but a new trailer for Upside Down has come out, and apparently the movie will finally hit theaters in March. I’m curious about this one too . . . if you’re going to have star-crossed lovers, you should at least make it interesting, and this certainly looks interesting, very Romeo and Juliet with The City and the City. I’m a tiny bit concerned that it’s going to be super serious, all the time — I tend to like my love stories with a bit of quirk and a lot of humor — but I’d still like to see this one, regardless.
Knights of Badassdom
Oh, this movie. I’m sure I’ve posted a trailer for this movie before too, but it’s been stuck in Release Hell for, what? Couple of years now? Anyway, this trailer’s new, and I still so desperately want to see it. It’s the nerdiest premise (LARPers vs a succubus from Hell) with the nerdiest cast (Abed from Community, Tyrion from Game of Thrones, Jason from True Blood, and River from Firefly).
(Also starring Mary Lightly from Psych, Will Bailey from The West Wing, and Fuller Thomas from Joyride. Whenever I think of Steve Zahn, I almost always think of Joyride first — which is particularly funny, because I haven’t even seen it.)
Apparently, Knights of Badassdom still doesn’t have a release date, but I’m crossing my fingers for sometime this year.
Okay, this looks pretty cool. I haven’t watched a lot of Neil Jordan movies — I still need to see The Company of Wolves –– but Interview with the Vampire is my one of my favorite vampire movies of all time, and yeah, that includes Tom Cruise. Yes, I know. Yes, I know. You’re not going to make me dislike his version of Lestat, so please don’t bother trying.
I’m excited about the idea of a mother/daughter vampire story, and the visuals in this trailer look gorgeous. Also, I like Jonny Lee Miller, even when he appears to be playing the Evil Asshole of the movie. Don’t know about the leads themselves — I actually haven’t seen any of Saoirse Ronan’s movies yet, and the only thing I’ve (unfortunately) seen with Gemma Arterton in it is Clash of the Titans. It seems unfair to solely judge her on that. Anyway, this looks dark and intriguing, and I’m hopeful for this one.
And finally . . . From Up on Poppy Hill
This is Studio Ghibli’s latest movie, and if you want a trailer with subtitles, you’ll have to go elsewhere. I’m a snob about live-action dubbing, but I watch most animated movies dubbed, especially when they have voice casts like this one, which includes Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks, and Anton Yelchin.
I’m not head over heels for this trailer — the story looks so-so to me — but I’ve enjoyed the majority of Miyazaki films that I’ve seen. (Although not all of them. Have you prepared yourself for the blasphemy? I didn’t enjoy Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind at all.) Miyazaki isn’t directing From Up on Poppy Hill, but he did write it, so we’ll see. I’m somewhat interested, but it’s definitely a rental.