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“Jumping The Broom”: A Second Trailer Promises A DECENT Romantic Comedy?!

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Judging by this trailer, it appears that Jumping the Broom appears to be an actually decent rom-com, and in comparison to another romantic comedy called Something Borrowed, it could be the funniest romantic film ever. Something Borrowed is about a cliche love triangle, which means that Kate Hudson stars. Of course.

Getting back to the matter at hand, Jumping the Broom is about a woman who falls in love with a man (in, albeit, an awkward  meet cute) and their families converge in Martha’s Vineyard for the wedding. The Watsons are high-society and very rich, and the Taylors are down-home.

Contrived as it sounds, the trailer actually made me chuckle. The scene in which a woman speaks French provides an (unintentional?) non sequitur, and Loretta Devine’s facial expression when the same woman says she is “looking for Barack and Michelle” after seeing where the wedding takes place never fails to make me laugh. And, of course, JULIE BOWEN! From “Modern Family“!

See what I’m saying? Decent rom-com!

Jumping the Broom hits theaters on May 6th…the same weekend as… *sigh* Something Borrowed. Great timing, Sony. Nice one.



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February 26, 2011 at 6:34 PM

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“The Hangover Part II” Teaser Sends You A Reminderrrr

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If 2009’s The Hangover didn’t satisfy your craving for drunken “What the hell happened?” debauchery, get ready for The Hangover: Part II, the teaser trailer for which will definitely whet your appetite. This time, the craziness comes to Thailand.

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February 25, 2011 at 7:06 PM

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“Thor” Pits a Norse Mythological Superhero Against A GIANT ROBOT

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Here’s a second trailer for Thor, Paramount’s upcoming superhero(?) fantasy movie. Now, as I’ve said before, I’m not a comic book guy, but this trailer–combined with the first one–gives me a good idea as to what the story’s about. From what the trailers show, Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) is a Norse warrior. He’s strong, but also pretty arrogant–I think he thinks he’s all that and a bag of chips. Unfortunately, he’s, as my eighth grade algebra teacher once said, just the bag of chips. As it turns out, however, this bag of chips might just save the human race.

Anyway, Thor disses his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins), so he gets pretty pissed and he sends Thor to Earth to live amongst us mortals. Odin’s not the type to forgive so easily, so he does what any miffed Norse god would do: send a giant metal robot/walking incinerator, aptly named “Destroyer”, down to Earth to kill us all, and let’s hope Thor can fight him off with his giant hammer.

I put a question mark after “superhero” earlier because, even from this trailer, Thor doesn’t seem like the superhero type. Sure, he has the humongous metal hammer, but what can he use it for other than to bludgeon things to death? Good luck using that on Destroyer, Thor. The only other superpower he really exhibits is the ability to eat a box of Pop-Tarts and not get incredibly sick and still be hungry.

Thor hits theaters on May 6th, in 3D. Watch out for the hammer.

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February 21, 2011 at 6:18 PM

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“Insidious”: A Haunted Kid Horror Flick That Seems Different From the Rest

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Dictionary.com defines insidious as “intended to trap or beguile: an insidious plan”, but the trailer for Insidious, from the maker of Paranormal Activity and the writing-directing team of Saw, doesn’t do that much explaining. “Insidious is insidious”, it says, which is understandable one moment and makes no sense the next.

The movie tells the story of a family who moves to find that evil demons have taken over their home. Their son has fallen into a coma, so it can’t possibly be him, right?! They move again only to discover that, yes, the creepiness is a result of their haunted son. I know what you’re thinking, “Arrrgh! This is just like The Haunting in Connecticut!” but I’m here to prove you wrong. Maybe it’s the fact that the movie is relatively indie (it’s distributed by a company called FilmDistrict) or that, according to one YouTuber’s comment stating that the film received rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, but this horror film seems a bit different–dare I say less formulaic and better-looking–than the rest.

The bad news? Insidious happens to have the unfortunate release date of April 1st. This better not be a joke.


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February 19, 2011 at 5:33 PM

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Valentine’s Day: Viral Video Film School

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Instead of posting a movie trailer, here’s a video tribute to V-Day from the geniuses at Current TV‘s infoMania. In the Age of YouTube, sure, you can send a paper card, but why not send your Valentine a cheesy video set to Patsy Cline, or a long self-indulgent video about your love? infoMania’s Brett Erlich explains more in “Viral Video Film School”.

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February 14, 2011 at 7:21 PM

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“Hop” Trailer: You’ll Never Think of Jelly Beans The Same Way Again

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There are so many things wrong with this trailer for Hop that I don’t know where to start. The movie is another of those CGi-live action kid’s movies being inflicted on us–and it’s from the studio that made Despicable Me, one of the few (if any) great non-Pixar CGI films. What happened?

If you’re wondering, the bunny in the picture is the Easter Bunny’s teenage son, E.B. (Because initials are hip and cool, totally rad, yo! *end sarcasm*) He’s voiced by Russell Brand.  Ring any bells? Get Him to the Greek? Yep. That Russell Brand. Glad we’ve got that out of the way.

Hop tells the story of E.B., who doesn’t want to become the Easter Bunny. Instead, he wants to play drums in a rock ‘n’ roll band. So he travels to Hollywood and almost gets hit by a car (driven by James Marsden) and feigns injury. Marsden has no choice but to take him in and care for him until he “gets better”.

…and that’s really all this trailer, which is narrated by your grandpa, tells us. The rest is just a compilation of clips from the movie: We learn that E.B. poops jelly beans, Marsden is in love with the girl from Big Bang Theory, and that the bunny auditions for a talent show judged by David Hasselhoff. The love thing I can excuse, because that’s something that can happen in real life, but the other two…whyyy?!

Crapping jelly beans…eww, but it serves for even more disgusting jokes that I’ll leave you to see. The Hoff seems to be in the movie only for the purpose of inevitable “Look, it’s David Hasselhoff!” gags.

One last point: the movie’s web address is IWantCandy.com. Guess which sucky ’60s rock song this trailer uses?!





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February 11, 2011 at 7:24 PM

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“Madea’s Big Happy Family” Trailer is The First (and Hopefully Last) Karaoke Movie Trailer

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Remember those follow-the-bouncing-ball sing-along songs that kids’ movies used to have? They’re back in the trailer for Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family. (Tyler, you can attach your name to any of your other movies; but don’t do it with a title that already has an apostrophe. The double possessive gets really annoying.)

This trailer is just a teaser for the film, so the karaoke is really all we get–but the lyrics might suggest a new idea for the government. Just look at the words to the song.

“People had enough,
Low pay, high rents
Kids actin’ like they
Just ain’t got no sense
That’s why there’s Madea!”

“Wherever you go,
Stupid got there first
Turn on the news
Just makes it worse
That’s why there’s Madeaaa!”

Wait, so Madea (played by Tyler Perry in drag) can whip our kids into shape (literally) AND fix our world economy? President Obama, why haven’t you tapped THIS woman for your Cabinet?!

Government decisions aside, this has to be the weirdest or the most creative teaser trailer ever. Once you’re done watching, you can buy the song “M.A. to the D.E.A” on iTunes! (I’m not kidding.)

Madea “comes for you this Easter”. RUN.


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February 10, 2011 at 7:13 PM

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