While stark realism certainly has its place, some of my favorite movies have a different way of looking at the world, either through the eyes of their characters, or those of the filmmakers themselves. This week on Trailer Park we're looking at skewed visions.
I often like the idea of animé more than the execution. So much could be done with feature length animation that isn't nessecarily geared towards kids, but I find a lot of the genre's conventions like the gigantic kewpie doll eyes and amateur sounding voice talent to be off-putting. The trailer for Paprika, the story of apsychotherapist who can enter her patients' minds, is full of fascinating dream-like images, the characters' eyes don't take up two-thirds of their faces, and the dialogue is mercifully subtitled. It's a purely visual preview, giving little dialogue and no real information on plot, but I'm dying to see this anyway.
A restauranteur in a small town in New Mexico experiences a financial boon when the face of Jesus Christ appears in one of his home made tortilla's. With priceless lines like "Jesus Christ is a registered trademark of the Roman Catholic Church," and "It's a miracle, the tortilla resurrected the pig," the film obviously has something to say about organized religion and has a sense of humor at the same time. That can be a tricky balance, but I'm curious to see how well director Judy Hecht Dumontet pulls it off. Miguel Sandoval of NBC's Medium and George Lopez appear in supporting roles.
You might think the "skewed vision" here has something to do with the main character being blind. In reality, I'm referring to the fact that the folks who thought this painfully lame looking romantic comedy was a good idea must be suffering from some kind of sensory impairment. Blind Dating is about a 22-year-old blind man who also happens to be a virgin looking for love. As awful and unfunny as the film looks, the preview itself commits one of the worst clichés. Once the premise is established, the narrator (using a tone that promises there is whackiness to come) uses the phrase "he's about to find out." South Parkdid a great gag about trailer voice overs not long ago, and now I cringe whenever I hear the phrase. Watch the trailer and you'll get what I'm saying. Here's Scott Weinberg's take on it.