November 17, 2010

Trailer Watch: Cowboys & Aliens, Cars 2, Battle: Los Angeles, Winnie the Pooh, The Illusionist (L'Illusionniste)

Daniel Craig in Cowboys & Aliens.
What a week for trailers! Today we got our first peak at Jon Favreau's comic book adaptation, Cowboys & Aliens. Pixar released their official trailer for Cars 2, with the cars going spy. And, Columbia Pictures gave us our first look at Battle: Los Angeles. Disney's Winnie the Pooh is also causing quite a buzz. Plus Oscar talk is abound with the French hand-drawn 'toon, The Illusionist. Read more about the films and watch the trailers below.

Cowboys & Aliens
Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde
Release Date: July 29, 2011

Jon Favreau certainly knows a thing or two about comic book adaptations, and his directorial follow up from the Iron Man franchise is this sci-fi westerner based on a 2006 graphic novel. If you ever wondered how those old John Wayne movies might look with a sci-fi touch, then this is the movie for you. Dark and mysterious are the mark here, as a stranger with no memory walks into a town that hates strangers. Those Colt .45s certainly are no match for what's to come. Hopefully this is the movie that turns around Harrison Ford's career.

Cars 2
Director: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis
Cast: Owen Wilson, John Ratzenberger, Bonnie Hunt, Larry The Cable Guy
Release Date: June 24, 2011

Of course, with the release of any Pixar movie the question always comes back to, "will this be Pixar's first dud?" Considering the studio's track record with sequels, this will likely score high at the box office; that said, the first Cars, didn't fare well with critics amongst their other films. So, Cars 2 can really go either way. Looking at the trailer, Pixar does present a fun ride. This time Lighting McQueen goes on a world tour, but then gets wrapped up in an espionage thriller. It is great to see more of this universe filled with anthropomorphic modes of transportation. But, will Pixar answer the ultimate question of who or what builds/creates these machines, or if they mate (they do feel love, after all)? Probably not.

Battle: Los Angeles
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez
Release Date: March 11, 2011

It's the movie we all wanted Skyline to be. And from the looks of the gritty trailer, Battle: Los Angeles, just might be the lovechild of District 9 and Independence Day. Where as Skyline went all Cloverfield by telling the story of an alien invasion through the eyes of eye witnesses (read: love story), Battle: Los Angeles wants to take it to the more gritty level. After all, with alien invasion movies, all we want to see are armed forced battling the invaders. Here we got the Marines, and leading the pack is Aaron Eckhart as the Marine Staff Sergeant. Beginning with a slideshow of UFO sightings from around the world, the trailer takes us into what this all leads to. And, in case you're wondering, the song featured in the trailer is "The Sun's Gone Dim and The Sky's Turned Black" by Johann Johannsson.

Winnie the Pooh
Director: Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall
Cast: Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson and Tom Kenny
Release Date: July 15, 2011

According to IMDb's "Fun Facts," this is Disney's fourth sequel to a film from the Disney Animated Classics that was produced in-house. The wonderful hand-drawn adventure is coming this summer, and everything that made Winnie the Pooh so magical can be seen in the trailer. For Gen-Xers and Echo-Boomers who grew up with the 1977 classic, this will be one tale that you will enjoy just as much as your kids.

The Illusionist (L'Illusionniste)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Cast: Jean-Claude Donda, Edith Rankin
Release Date (U.S.): December 25, 2010 (limited)

Not to be confused with Neil Burger's 2006 movie of the same name, this French animated film is pegged to be one of the nominees for this year's Best Animated Feature Oscar. However, it's unlikely this film will get that nod in light of some other 3D movies. Jacques Tati's 1956 screenplay was turned into this magical and wonderfully animated film. The Illusionist has been garnering much critical praise from its festival run and international release. With its State-side release this Christmas, it's likely to become one of the top rated films of the year.

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