Movie makers are constantly putting one over on us. The whole point of making a film is to create a world that doesn't exist. The trailers we're looking at here all involve someone or something pretending to be something they are not. It's subterfuge week on trailer park.
Air Guitar Nation
The desire to be a rock star is far more common than the drive or talent to actually become a musician. There are two kinds of people in the world: the ones who admit to playing air guitar and the others who lie about it. This documentary may have something going for it, but I'm certainly not seeing it in this preview. Air guitar is one of those things that's a lot more fun to do than watch, and this account of a high end air guitar competition which culminates at the world championship in Finland (huh?) just looks like a bunch of drunken idiots flailing away at a frat party. Maybe I just don't get it, but I will need more convincing before I pay to see this.
Oh, the deception here. Not only isQuentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse actually two feature films disguised as one, but they are pretending to be grindhouse style flicks from the golden age of exploitation cinema. The teaser trailer has been out for awhile, but this full length preview hit the web earlier this week, and it's a beaut, using the overzealous voice over and general style of a b-movie trailer from the 70s. I'd buy the ticket for opening night right now if I could. Here's Scott Weinberg's take on the new trailer.
Full of It
Ryan Pinkston of Ashton Kutcher's TV show Punk'd plays a teen who has just started at a new high school. After his guidance counselor played by Craig Kilborn advises him to start lying in order to fit in, our hero starts spinning a series of tall tales intended to impress his new classmates. Wackiness ensues when his lies start to come true. At first this looked like a made for the Disney Channel kind of flick, but the PG-13 rating and the fact that the main character's teacher is lusting for him shows this is definitely not something Walt would have dreamed up. It looks like they're shooting for both pre-teen and teen audiences here, though it seems unlikely they'll catch either. Is this a gateway film, intended to wean kids off the likes of Drake and Josh and move them on to harder stuff? I'll pass.