Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Coming soon to a theater near you.
This Sunday, I went out to see Pirate Radio with a gaggle of family and friends. The movie itself was light and entertaining (more on that later this week), but two of the most memorable moments of the afternoon were two very different movie trailers.
A documentary from France called Babies is scheduled to be released early next year. While I have no idea how good the whole film will be, the coming attraction was absolutely amazing. It's like a high end nature documentary, but instead of pointing the camera at penguins or meerkats or sharks, the camera is aimed at four babies from around the world and the camera just rolls. In the trailer, there was no voiceover and minimal musical cues. You just watch one of four babies doing what babies do. From what I've read online, the trailer premiered during showings of Where The Wild Things Are and made a huge splash. Director Thomas Balmès finished this film in 2008 and it took a while for him to get a worldwide distribution deal, but this has a real chance to be the sleeper indie movie hit of 2010.
If the ninety minute version has an emotional pull as strong as the three minute trailer, it will trigger maternal instincts in anyone who watches it.
This movie could make Chuck Norris lactate.
So what does an audience who just spent three minutes oohing and ahhing at babies want to see next? How about the bleakest post-apocalyptic nightmare ever?
Also showing on Sunday afternoon was the trailer for The Road, a film based on the book by Cormac McCarthy and starring Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce and Robert Duvall. Several actors from HBO series are also featured, including Molly Parker and Garret Dillahunt from Deadwood and Michael K. Williams from The Wire. There is a lot of buzz about this movie and the release was timed for Oscar consideration.
The film answers the question, just how bad will the post-apocalyptic world be? Will it be like The Road Warrior or A Boy And His Dog or The Day After? The answer is no, it won't be nearly as cheerful or upbeat as those movies.
After watching this three minutes of hopeless violence and senseless cruelty, I turned to my friend Jodi and said, "Yeah, there going to be showing this as a double bill with Babies."*
*More in the first comment.