I've only ever been snowboarding twice in my life. To say that it was the hardest beating I ever took from something without two hands and a thirst for my lunch money would be an understatement. Put it this way - I'm not the snowboarding type. I'm not down with the lingo or the fancy clothing. I don't like driving for hours and paying an arm and a leg to fall down 37 times. It takes me an hour to put on the gear and even longer to take off. Oh, and the lodge smells like dirty feet. All this for what? I get to spend 8 hours on a bunny hill amongst a sea of people who have no idea what they're doing? My friend (who does flips, jumps and uses the word "stoked", a lot) would always tell me to stay on my feet and just keep moving. Easier said then done. Yeah, I guess I'm not a thrill seeker. I'd rather spend my days on a nice beach then at the top of a mountain in "if you stand still for more than two minutes, you might die" kind of weather. However, I have no problem watching other people risk their life on screen. In fact, I kind of like it. So welcome to this week's Trailer Park:
- First Descent is a documentary that follows a handful of snowboarding's elite as they travel to Alaska and risk their lives on some of the nastiest mountains in the world. Just watching this trailer makes my brain hurt knowing that these people (or should I say, maniacs?) actually attempt this kind of stuff. Oh, the powder is fresh all right, but it sure is a long way to the bottom. Wait, is there a bottom?
- The World's Fastest Indian tells the true story of a man and his bike. Watch New Zealander Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins) as he spends his retirement years (with little budget and no resources) trying to build a 1920 Indian motorcycle which, ultimately, helps him set the land-speed world record.
- Okay, here comes the tear-jerker. In Eight Below, Paul Walker (he's still making films?) plays an Antarctic explorer who is forced to leave his team of dog sleds behind when the weather becomes too unbearable. Looks like someone forgot to tell him that "breezy" meant "holy crap, my hand just fell off!" Once deserted, these cute and cuddly (seriously, the trailer almost made me cry) dogs must fend for themselves until help arrives. If it does. Dun dun dun.
- Man, I love me a good "let's help the inner-city kids" flick. In Take the Lead, Antonio Banderas plays a professional dancer who is summoned to New York in order to help teach his trade to a bunch of public school students. I'm guessing the rest of the film goes as follows: Teacher shows up. Teacher gets abused. Teacher finds a way to break through to kids. Kids start dancing. The world is a safer place. The end.
- If he's going to survive the Naval Academy at Annapolis, James Franco is going to have to kick it up a few notches - and that includes hitting on an instructor Top Gun-style. With boxing as a backdrop, will this bad boy have what it takes to get past former underwear model Tyrese Gibson? Well, we'll just have to wait until this sucker hits basic cable to find out.