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Friday trailer bonanza

Michael Bonner

Well, maybe not quite a bonanza as such, but as we're now embedding videos at The View From Here, I thought it might be a neat idea to start running a regular round up of some of our favourite movie trailers. It might certainly help pass a few minutes while you're waiting to go to the pub.

So, here's two of my recent favourites. I am, of course, basing my opinion solely on what's contained here in the trailer -- I can't vouch for what the finished films will be like.

Public Enemies
It's Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. In a Michael Mann film. What on earth would there be not to like..? Depp's the 1930s bank robber John Dillinger, Bale's Melvin Purves, the Fed sent to bring him in. Of course, the Dillinger story's been filmed several times before. Our favourite, inevitably, is the John Milius version from 1973, with Warren Oates as Dillinger and Ben Johnson as Purves.
Interestingly, I saw a second trailer at a screening of State Of Play the other night; it seems to make more of the love story between Dillinger and Billie Frechette (Marion Cotillard) than this trailer -- which plays like a bit like a period version of Heat.

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The Limits Of Control
Pleased, I must say, that yesterday afternoon's Youtube trawl unearthed this, the trailer for the new Jim Jarmusch film. It's sort of difficult to know quite what the film's about (the dialogue is very oblique): it might be about a professional assassin, some of it's definitely set in Spain, Bill Murray looks good in a suit but I am less convinced, personally, by Tilda Swinton's wig. If, indeed, that is a wig. Anyway, I'm in the process of trying to find some more data about the film. I'm not even sure when it's out in the UK. Meantime, let me know what you think of the trailer.

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I also wanted to post the trailer for Bruno, the new Sasha Baron Cohen film. Unfortunately, it's a Red Band trailer, which means it's over 18s only. Accordingly, there's a number of physical processes you need to go through to view the trailer on Youtube -- entering your date of birth, stuff like that. Anyway, it's worth finding, and very funny.

I'm really interested to know what trailers you might have seen and enjoyed recently. Drop me a note. Oh, and while I'm at it, don't forget: we're on Twitter!


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