In this week’s Trailer Park, Judd Apatow makes a bromance for chicks (which: awesome), and we take a look at two upcoming mystery flicks that don’t look at all like mysteries (which: probably awesome). It’s your weekly Trailer Park, where our review of recently released movie trailers is the most important part of the week for at least 6 of our readers. Won’t you be the 7th?
Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd
When you see a title like Bridesmaids, it’s easy to jump to conclusions. Skimming over this trailer, one naturally thinks of other chick flicks designed to trap guys into thinking it’s a “comedy” — 27 Dresses, for example — and ascribe those natural feelings of disgust to the new flick.
You’d be completely off in doing that for this one, though. Why? For one: directed by Judd Apatow. Whether you hate him or love him, he’s got great taste in comedy and some pretty solid titles on his IMDB. Two: Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig, two of the funniest chicks we know, take the starring roles. Three: the trailer’s legitimately funny. Just take a look! Could that “other” chick in the bridesmaids’ group be the next woman-Zach Galifinakis? Probably not, but she’s not cringe-inducing, either. When the secondary characters get lines as funny as “I’m not entirely confident which end that came out of” you’ve got a pretty good chance this’ll be a winner. If this is as good as it looks, we should probably just let Judd direct every chick flick from now on.
Chris Lankenau, Raúl Castillo, Trieste Kelly Dunn
This is an indie mystery that made waves at SXSW and is now gearing up for a wide release. There’s some pretty intense pull-quotes in there by prominent critics: “I doubt there will be a better American film this year.” “An impressive experiment in genre.” “A gripping mystery.” That should come to no surprise for anyone familiar with the director, Aaron Katz, whose previous works have proven edgy, moving and cheap (he started as a DIY-director). This bumps up the production quality and retains those elements that made his other films great: natural character development and dialogue, mysterious plots that unfold through the film and a strong directorial vision that keeps it all together. This could be as good as Brick.
Chris Messina, Rashida Jones, Meital Dohan
Oscilloscope Productions is a great company. Not just because it’s owned by Adam Yaunch of the Beastie Boys; more because they’ve released some of the best films of the past few years by many measures. This mystery follows a wedding photographer, bored with his job, who decides to snap photos of random strangers from afar and pitch them as clients (not creepy), who then becomes embroiled in an all-consuming obsession with one of his more voyeuristic subjects (not creepy). Pretty cool, pretty intriguing, and definitely not creepy.