Last week's Trailer Park could have been called "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World War II puppet movie," given that for awhile the poll results were neck and neck between Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Jackboots on Whitehall. In the end, the latter won with 59% of the votes compared to Pilgrim's 24%. But will the Nazi puppets really draw better than Michael Cera's comic book adaptation? The poll would indicate Jackboots will do better at the box office, but I doubt that will be the case.
As if last week's effeminate puppet Hitler wasn't enough, this week saw some really strange movie trailers come our way. One is for kids (Rango), one is not for kids (Dogtooth), one is definitely not for kids (Showgirls 2) and one is -- I'm not sure who it's appropriate for exactly (Separado!). And then there is The Extra Man, which isn't so much strange as quirky. Though it seems a bit on the familiar side, I've chosen its trailer as my pick of the week, because I love Kevin Kline being eccentric, I'm intrigued about John C. Reilly looking either homeless or insane (or both) and, in spite of the whole Nanny Diaries waste of time, I'm still excited about co-directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, of American Splendor repute.
Once again, Paul Dano is paired up with a crazy old man; this time it's Kline (his Emperor's Club co-star) in the elder role (instead of Brian Cox or Daniel Day-Lewis). And he's got a cute love interest, played by Katie Holmes (who co-starred with Kline in The Ice Storm). The Extra Man, which is based on the novel by Jonathan Ames (creator of HBO's Bored to Death), premiered at Sundance, from which I don't recall hearing much -- good or bad -- about it. This is why films need trailers before they play at festivals. Of course, I'm sure few people will see this trailer and be as excited as I am. But I'll watch, and usually love, Kline in anything.
Check out the rest of this week's trailers and vote for your favorite after the jump.