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Thanks to LJArchive being busted (in turn thanks to LiveJournal for that) I can't check the last time I did a film trailer update, so apologies for any repeats, and for not being able to link back to the previous one.

I have been further confounded by Apple, who have added categories to their trailer page, and now loosely sort films by release date. I preferred the simple all-in-one alphabetical order tbh.

Anyway, as per usual a quick hunt through the trailers for anything of slight interest. Those of particular interest to me in bold:

Chronicle. A superhero film with a twist that actually looks like it has potential. Three friends discover superpowers that they then struggle to contain. Out in March 2012 in the UK. February for the USA.

The Secret World of Arietty. Based on Mary Norton's The Borrowers, and produced by Studio Ghibli. Whoda thunk it?! Looks OK, but not particularly brilliant. Was already out in Japan last year, and earlier this year in the UK. US release date set for Feb 2012.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. A sequel to the 2009 film that I was completely "meh" about. The sequel does look more interesting, if only because it has Noomi Rapace in it. Also does look like a good action romp 'n' stuff. Out in December.

Marvel's The Avengers. Ultimate cash-in time, with various superheroes from various superhero films getting together; including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America. Doesn't actually look all that special, but should it? Out in late April in the UK, and early May in the USA.

The Amazing Spider-Man. The inevitable reboot with new actor. The story focuses on Peter Parker gaining and exploring his powers. Looks OK, but yet-another-superhero-film, only this time the fourth in a series. Zzzzzzzz. Out in July 2012 in the UK and USA.

The Darkest Hour. Yet another special effects laden alien invasion movie that looks like it could be light on story. Set in Russia where energy sucking semi-invisible aliens invade. Being in 3D probably doesn't say a lot for its potential. Out in January 2012 in the UK, and December 2011 in the USA.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. The problem with Mission: Impossible film titles is getting all the punctuation in the right place. Anyway, looks like yet another high budget adventure film but probably with a reasonable story. Simon Pegg looks slightly out of place. Out in December 2011.

Into the Abyss. A documentary from the wonderful Werner Herzog, exploring the horror of murder, and interviewing both victims' families and prisoners on death row. Limited releases from November.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green. A couple (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton) are unable to have children, so instead one drunken night put all the dreams for their child in a box and bury it in the garden. The next morning a muddy child turns up in their house. Looks schmaltzy as heck, but also rather charming. No UK release date. August 2012 for the USA.

Melancholia. Odd looking mix of fantasy and science fiction from Lars Von Trier. It stars Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg as two sisters, with the former getting married. A rogue planet is discovered although not believed to be on a collision course with Earth. Beautiful looking film with some bizarre and amazing visuals, but is it actually interesting? Premiered at Cannes in May. Was already out in September in the UK. At various US film festivals from October.

The Rift. Odd looking film about a Russian scientist who discovers a rift in space/time, but before he can tell anyone he vanishes. Moving forward 30 years to present day, strange anomalies appear around the Earth. Hard to tell much from the trailer, other than a rather crap looking monster. No UK release date. Limited US release date in June 2012.

The Divide. Set in a world destroyed by a nuclear attack, nine strangers manage to survive in a bunker at the bottom of a New York city building. Looks interesting. Stars Michael Biehn. Is already on the festival circuit. No UK release date yet. January 2012 for the USA.


Did I miss anything?
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FWIW I watched Melancholia the other week and didn't get on with it at all. YMMV of course.

We Need To Talk About Kevin and A Dangerous Method both look interesting.

Melancholia certainly looks odd. Films like the Fountain are odd, but they work for me. Melancholia does look like it might be a step too far, like the Tree of Life.

Agreed on the latter two.

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