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Friday, August 14, 2009
  New film from Hurt Locker team, plus some awesome trailers
A few weeks back I raved about director Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, and also lamented how few and far between her films have been of late. Well, the movie gods have evidently answered my plea, as Variety is reporting that Bigelow will re-team with Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal on an ensemble action movie called Triple Frontier, about the triple-border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil that’s become almost like a lawless no-man’s-land. That sounds like a pretty cool idea for a movie, but if these two adapted the Yellow Pages into a film I’d be excited. The producers hope to have Triple Frontier filming some time next year.

I’m not religious, but that doesn’t mean movies with religious themes don’t interest me; I look at biblically-themed movies the same way I do films involving, say, Greek or Norse mythology (one of the best comics I’ve ever read is the DC/Vertigo series Preacher, which deals heavily with these sorts of ideas; click here to buy the first volume from Amazon). Legion, which comes out in January, is a crazy-looking action flick that resembles 2005’s Constantine, which is fine by me; I thought Constantine was hugely underrated (even if it bears virtually no resemblance at all to Hellblazer, the comic it’s ostensibly based on). Movies about angels can be cool; movies about angels with automatic weapons will almost certainly have me in a theater on opening day.

Legion stars Paul Bettany as the angel Michael, who must defend a diner in the middle of nowhere filled with random strangers (including Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Lucas Black and Charles S. Dutton) from an onslaught of other angels seeking the child of a pregnant woman, which is apparently important for some reason. (I’m thinking something to do with the Antichrist, but the trailer doesn’t make it clear.) This looks like a cool little horror/action flick with a biblical theme. And that fight between Michael and Gabriel (Kevin Durand) looks nuts.

I should probably also mention that this is a “red-band” trailer, and is filled with violence and cussing, which might make it NSFW. View at your discretion, I don’t want to get you in trouble with your boss.


Sometimes the world sucks. You sleep through your alarm clock, miss your streetcar, spill your morning coffee, find out one of your friends got laid off, get your request for a raise turned down. But sometimes, just sometimes, the universe lines everything up nicely, and the trailer for Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day hits the web. And for two minutes and eleven seconds, you realize everything’s going to be all right.

(Heads up, this one also may be NSFW for language, drug references, and maybe just a little bit of window-pissing. Just a bit.)

The Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day hits Canadian cinemas on September 25. Check out my review of the entire TV series here.


Also, today I will see finally see District 9. If you hear a distinct, keening wail outdoors at some point later this afternoon, that’s just me squealing with delight. Check back Monday for my thoughts.
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