trailer park tuesday. 11.11.08


“Oh, alright.”

Who’s Involved?:

Director: Pete Docter

Writer: Bob Peterson

Cast: Ed Asner, Jordan Nagai, Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger

What is it?: Pixar follows up the brilliant Wall-E with this story of a seventy-something man traveling the globe in his flying house, along with a young wilderness ranger.  

Why I’m Interested: You had me at Pixar. I love imaginative, insightful, inspiring storytelling, and no one does that better, or more consistently, than Pixar. As far as I can tell from this short trailer, there is another home run on the way.

The Reader

“How wrong can you be?”

Who’s Involved?:

Director: Stephen Daldry

Writer: Bernhard Schlink (novel), David Hare (screenplay)

Cast: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross

What is it?: In post-WWII Germany, a young man has an affair with an older woman who ends up on trial for war crimes.  

Why I’m Interested: What looks to be a strong cast in a film that looks like it may lead to some substantial and interesting conversations.

Cadillac Records

“You sing the blues, you don’t have to live ’em.”

Who’s Involved?:

Writer/Director: Darnell Martin

Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Beyonce Knowles, Mos Def, Gabrielle Union

What is it?: Based on historical events, the film follows the story of the rise of Chess Records in 1950s Chicago. 

Why I’m Interested: The realm of biopics and such in the musical realm is obviously well trodden by now. While the genre can often be lackluster, it has also given way to some great performances in the past. I still want to hear how closely the film ties to history, but I must admit a soft spot for films that give me insight into the story behind great songs from before I was born.

Plus, Mos Def as Chuck Berry has to make you at least curious. No?


“Can two men reproduce?”

“No, but God knows we keep trying.”

Who’s Involved?:

Director: Gus Van Sant

Writer: Dustin Lance Black

Cast: Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco

What is it?: The story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to major office, who was assassinated by Dan White.  

Why I’m Interested: A timely story in light of recent events. While I have read some criticism for glossing over Milk’s faults, what biopic isn’t guilty of that to some extent. From Sean Penn and Josh Brolin on down,  the performances look to be electric.

Bonus Trailer:

Monsters vs. Aliens

I’m calling this a bonus trailer because I don’t feel like doing all the normal work.


2 Responses to “trailer park tuesday. 11.11.08”

  1. 1 Jesse
    November 13, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    I’m sure you’ll be happy to hear the Muse song chosen for the trailer.


    Nite Owl looks like a total nerd when not in costume….a good sign.

  2. 2 Austin
    November 24, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    hey man, i appreciate your trailer park tuesday section. i haven’t heard of some of these, but we should try to go see them together. anyways, i saw a sneak preview of milk awhile back and whether or not the story is perfectly accurate, the performances are brilliant. sean penn is incredible.

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