Trailer Hitch
By Eric Hughes
July 16, 2008

There's no way this can be as awful as it looks, right? RIGHT???

Welcome to Trailer Hitch, BOP's look at the latest movie trailers to hit the Internet. This week: Los Angeles humanizes itself a bit, Disaster Movie literally lives up to its title and Bond is back (and looking better than ever).

In Search of a Midnight Kiss – Opens August 1st

Not sure what the gimmicky black and white is all about (perhaps a clearer explanation will surface when viewing the final cut). Either way, take that minor detail out and you've got yourself the makings of a very attractive indie comedy from (up-and-coming) writer-director Alex Holdridge (2003's Sexless). In the film, Scoot McNairy plays down-and-out 20-something Wilson who wishes not to spend another New Year's Eve depressed and alone. So best friend Jacob (Brian Matthew McGuire) gets Wilson to create a profile on Craig's List to hopefully land a date for the big day. A sexy, obscure woman named Vivian (Sara Simmonds) responds to his personal ad, setting up a certainly awkward and potentially hilarious trip through the streets of Los Angeles for two lonesome people looking for some love. Though still awaiting weigh-ins from more of the nation's top critics, the title currently sits at a perfect 100 percent over at Rotten Tomatoes. And I can understand why. This one looks entertaining and charming.

Grade: A
Also expected to be released on this date: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Swing Vote, Midnight Meat Train, Frozen River, America the Beautiful, Sixty Six

Traitor – Opens August 27th

We're nearly 15 years outside the '90s release of Dumb and Dumber, yet any mention of star Jeff Daniels immediately brings said classic comedy to the forefront of my mind. Though he's been type-casted in my book, others appreciate his work as a dramatic actor, and Traitor marks another notch in his impressive resume (Tears of Endearment; Pleasantville; Good Night, and Good Luck). In the espionage thriller, Daniels plays a veteran CIA contractor contacted by FBI agent Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce), who heads up an investigation into an international conspiracy. All conceivable options lead back to a U.S. Special Operations officer (the always on-his-game Don Cheadle), leading Clayton around the globe to track down the elusive ex-soldier. The preview looks sharp, though the involvement of screenwriter Jeffery Nachmanoff (The Day After Tomorrow) scares me a little.

Grade: B-
Also expected to be released on this date: None

Disaster Movie – Opens August 29th

Emulating a good journalist, I try my best to be as objective and impartial as possible. Now, those familiar with my recent work perhaps know I don't take kindly to new projects from the Scary Movie people, and only for them do I blatantly disregard the notion of "good journalist" and openly state that I hate their work and find it incredibly immature, time and time again. Funnily enough, I ask that you disregard this bias when I tell you, here and now, that the trailer to Disaster Movie is far and away the worst movie trailer I have ever come across. Ever. Forget anything Nic Cage starred in or Uwe Boll directed. This thing is just plain awful, and packed with nothing but cheap knock-offs of many beloved big screen characters for the sake of ripping them off (let alone mashing them all together for seemingly no apparent reason, because here the jokes stick just about as much as Britney Spears to that guy she eloped with and married for all but 48 hours). Words to the wise: stay far away. They aren't calling this one Disaster Movie for nothing.

Grade: F
Also expected to be released on this date: Babylon A.D., College, Hamlet 2, Sukiyaki Western Django, Ballast

Miracle at St. Anna – Opens September 26th

Controversy has swarmed the upcoming release of Miracle at St. Anna, namely recent cheap shots between the project's director Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood, and more importantly an uproar late last year when survivors of an atrocity in Tuscany, Italy during World War II made their intentions known to ban the film for "a false reconstruction that does not take account of the historical reality." The reality, of course, would be the story of four African-American Buffalo Soldiers who find themselves trapped behind enemy lines in a tiny Tuscan village after a member of the group risks his life to save another (in this case, an Italian boy). Controversial or not, Spike Lee's latest looks both profound and inspirational, where even during war time boundaries between friends and foes can be erased. The film is based on a 2003 novel by James McBride, who here penned the screenplay.

Grade: B
Also expected to be released on this date: Eagle Eye, Nights in Rodanthe, The Lucky Ones, Choke, Humboldt County

Quantum of Solace – Opens November 7th

For the first time ever, I won't hit theaters in November to merely catch the latest James Bond film. Admittedly, I will go because I really want to be there, thanks in part to a phenomenal franchise reboot in 2006's Casino Royale (with new Bond Daniel Craig) and a sexy new trailer that hit the Web earlier this week. Taking place just hours after the conclusion of Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace – I'm still not sold on the title – marks the first true sequel in the franchise's 46-year theatrical history. In it, Bond goes after Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) and his ruthless, undercover organization called Quantum, which has plans to take over Bolivia's national water supply. Bond also seeks retribution for the death of Vesper Lynd (Eva Green). Quantum of Solace's trailer makes the new flick appear just as edgy and kick ass as its 2006 predecessor, complete with expected jaw-dropping stunt work and, of course, shots of Craig's shirtless, chiseled chest. Bond will absolutely own the box office up until Harry Potter's bow two weeks later.

Grade: A
Also expected to be released on this date: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Slumdog Millionaire