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Trailer Friday! Sherlock Holmes, Bruno, 9!

Michael Bonner

Yes, I know it's nice and sunny outside and you're probably thinking of a post-work pint. Meantime, I've briefly taken time out from putting together the next issue of UNCUT to scour the Internet for the best new trailers.

And here's 3 I thought might take your fancy.

This caught me right by surprise, and I'm afraid I don't have too much data on it. It's produced by Tim Burton and directed by Shane Acker, it's an animated film set in one of those post-apocalyptic worlds. It seems, in the last days of humankind, a scientist has transferred his mind into 9 little sack creatures, who've come to life. Of course, they all have distinct personalities, and are voiced by the likes of Elijah Wood, Martin Landau, Jennifer Connelly and -- yay! -- Crispin Glover. We can see the marketing opps for plush toys already. Too cute.

Sherlock Holmes
OK, we can't claim to be too enamoured about the prospect of Guy Ritchie tackling the works of Arthur Conan Doyle. BUT, we should point out, that this particular film project stars no less than Robert Downey Jr as the great detective. On the evidence of the trailer, Downey looks like he's having an absolute blast, playing Holmes as something of a dissolute rake. "Does your depravity know no bounds?" Asks an aghast Watson (Jude Law... yes, yes...). "No," says Downey. The film could be a stinker -- but, remember, the point of Trailer Friday is to talk only about the trailers.

I tried to post this the other week, but failed miserably. This is Sascha Baron Cohen's Borat follow-up, featuring outrageously camp fashion correspondent wreaking havoc at Milan Fashion Week. Laugh as he dons a suit made entirely of velcro, go on a camping trip with some redneck survivalist types and take his supposedly adopt black baby onto a daytime TV talk show. Mayhem and hilarity, of course, ensue.


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