It's not that we're ever at a loss for entertainment here in this household. Indeed, we spent a thoroughly enjoyable quarter of an hour earlier this evening watching a couple of bats in the backyard. I mean...bats! How cool are bats!?
Well, they're much cooler than you non-bat-watchers think they are.
And then, at those times when it gets too dark for those of us without echolocation to really enjoy the outdoors, I tend to turn into a bit of a film trailer addict. I admit it.
And I ran across a couple today that made me actually look forward to going to the cinema. Which doesn't happen all that often.
Now, Roland Emmerich is, I think, one of those very particular directors who manages to make that elusive creation, the good bad film.
I mean, yes, his films have implausible storylines, thin characterisation, sometimes questionable politics and interludes of often tiresomely preachy dialogue.
But he destroys things in wonderful ways.
And he apparently has a new film coming out in which he destroys...well, everything apparently.
But...'the government is building these ships'.... Yeah, whatever.
On with the breaking of stuff:
I find that to be a particularly nice touch at the end: having the White House (so memorably exploded by an alien death ray in Independence Day) be crushed by an aircraft carrier named the John F. Kennedy.
For a somewhat more intimate form of apocalypse, we have the upcoming film version of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. I have mixed feelings about this, as the book (like a lot of McCarthy's writing) had something powerfully bleak that I'm not sure can be transferred to the screen. The trailer shows this to be a bit more of an adventure story than it actually is, but, you know, trailers can do that.
It still looks pretty damn bleak.
But for a truly disturbing film, I think we're better served by Cat Ladies. It manages--with nary a special effect, apocalyptic Mayan legend or hungry horde of cannibal rednecks--to truly send chills down my spine.
And if that's not enough for you, check out a selection of the fifty greatest trailers of all time.
(Cat Ladies and trailer collection via David Thompson.)