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Trailer Salad: BANG BANG BABY, FOXCATCHER (#3), ’71, WETLANDS (NSFW), AUTOMATA, SAVING CHRISTMAS, TRASH, WHIPLASH (French trailer), MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, and ROSEWATER

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First up, the trailer I tried to share yesterday and was unable to for tech reasons, Bang Bang Baby:

I hadn’t even heard of this until I saw the trailer on IndieWire. (I found this link at Awards Daily.) I’m digging it. It looks kind of like a blend of David Lynch and John Waters (especially Hairspray John Waters). No idea how much of a release it’ll get, but I’d like to check it out before my next awards.

More:

Here’s the third trailer for Foxcatcher. Personally, I prefer the second trailer (that shot of Tatum breaking the mirror is sublimely horrific), but this does a better job of showcasing Carell’s off-kilter performance. I still think Tatum might steal the show from him, but this is one likely Oscar contender I’m legitimately stoked for.

Next is ’71, which deals with a British soldier in 1971 Belfast, trying to stay alive in the midst of “the Troubles”. Jack O’Connell plays the soldier, and between this, the British prison drama Starred Up (which I’m also excited for), and Unbroken (which looks to be a prime Oscar contender), he’s on the verge of becoming a star. Plus, this looks really solid; it’s an interesting perspective on this particular part of history, and it just looks plain well-made and exciting. The cinematography in particular seems quite accomplished.

Now, for a change of pace.

Yes, it’s Wetlands, the German sex comedy about a girl (Carla Juri) who likes it…well, she likes it weird. I think the trailer spells it out pretty well for you. Obviously it’s not for all tastes, but I think Juri could be a strong contender in my Best Actress race, and it could be good for a few (hundred) sick laughs.

Here’s another another film I only recently learned about: the Spanish sci-fi thriller Automata. At first I sort of assumed it was generic throwaway stuff, but the trailer actually has me quite eager to check it out. It looks quite good (especially the robots), it appears to have a decent little cast (Antonio Banderas, Robert Forster, etc.), and it also looks to be quite well written (“Just a machine? That’s like saying that you are just…an ape.”). I just hope it gets a decent release.

Then there’s this:

I don’t even know what to say to that. Is this in earnest? Is Kirk Cameron for real? I…I just don’t know.

I also don’t know about this one, but my gut tells me it’s going to be sentimental crap, a fairy-tale view of real poverty and danger. In other words, it’s a film from the director of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

I think we all know about Whiplash, but this French trailer is really well cut and definitely increases my anticipation for it. Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons look to be doing top work, and the editing and sound mixing are potentially superlative. So bring it on, too!

You might have already seen the first trailer for Men, Women & Children, but I wanted to share it anyway. It has me legitimately excited for the film, especially for Reitman’s direction, which could potentially capture the isolation of the social media era. As long as it doesn’t get too finger-waggy, I think it could be a really top-notch drama. And I’m glad Sandler is doing something worthwhile for a change (I’m also curious to see how The Cobbler will turn out).

We’ll close on a timely note:

Rosewater, Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, is the true story of Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael Garcia Bernal), who, after an appearance on The Daily Show, was covering the 2009 Iranian elections when he was arrested on charges of espionage and interrogated–violently–for nearly four months. Now, as for the trailer…I’m not gonna lie, it looks less memorable than I was hoping for. It seems to be going for the “inspirational true story” angle, and that, coupled with some iffy early reviews (IndieWire suggests it doesn’t quite nail it), has me concerned that what was a potential Oscar contender will come and go pretty quickly. But we’ll see.

I think I’m gonna make this “Trailer Salad” deal a regular thing–weekly or biweekly, depending on how many new trailers there are to discuss.

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