You guys! I realize I have been away for a while, and in being away I have been remiss in the posting of things here. How have the last five days been for you? Have you been well? Did you see that Kristen Wiig left “Saturday Night Live” and everyone on the show seemed very sad? They all seemed so very sad. Not about Andy Samberg so much, because I guess everyone at “SNL” was supremely disappointed with “Turtleneck & Chain” or something.
Also, there were lots of trailers! So many trailers. Trailers for highly-anticipated movies, some of which just cannot arrive soon enough. Let’s discuss three of those trailers, shall we?
First up is “The Master,” which some of us are anticipating so much it might be bad for our health. “The Master” is Paul Thomas Anderson’s first movie since “There Will Be Blood” in 2007, and it follows a cult leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and the drifter who becomes his lieutenant (Joaquin Phoenix). The movie is widely known as PTA’s “Scientology movie,” because it seems like it is about Scientology, even though PTA and everyone else involved with the movie will likely shy away from that comparison in the coming months.
Anyway, the teaser is just a short sequence focusing on the character played by Phoenix. It was actually cut by Anderson himself, which makes it all the more intriguing. Watch:
Next up: “Skyfall.” Daniel Craig returns as James Bond, with 007 finally reemerging on the big screen after a four year absence (which stemmed from MGM’s financial troubles). The last movie — 2008’s “Quantum of Solace” — was a big old letdown, with incomprehensible action scenes and a pretty thorough wasting of the momentum built up in 2006’s “Casino Royale.” It’s still too soon to really know if this is a return to form, because this is only a short teaser, but it’s a very nice-looking teaser! Very foreboding and sharply-shot.
Sam Mendes, he of “American Beauty” fame and “Revolutionary Road” infamy (and also “Road to Perdition,” which is neither famous nor infamous), steps behind the camera for this movie. It’s an interesting choice, although picking an arty director didn’t work out so well last time (Marc Forster made “Quantum”). The casting also looks quite promising: Craig and Judi Dench (who reportedly plays a larger role this time around) are joined by Javier Bardem (as the villain), Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Naomie Harris.
And, finally, we have “Anchorman: The Legend Continues.” (Yes, that seems to be the title of this movie.) Unlike the other two trailers, this one doesn’t show any footage from the movie. It just shows us the news team from the first “Anchorman” (well, the dudes — Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner — no word yet on Christina Applegate) in costume and in character. If you badly missed these characters, this teaser should be quite amusing. If you wonder whether it’s possible to recapture that movie’s magic after such a long absence, you’ll have to keep wondering.