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Trailer Watch: Spike Lee’s Oldboy

FilmDistrict has released a Red Band trailer for Oldboy to Yahoo! Movies. Based on the manga by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya, the film, which was previously adapted by Chan Woon Park, is “a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.”

The original film has a lot of its fans feeling like this re-adaptation is pointless, but I wasn’t in love with it, myself. There are a few small(?) differences that people who have seen the original will notice — perhaps from the manga, perhaps new to this film — I wouldn’t know. But between that and the suitably bleak tone, I think there’s a chance this could be worthwhile.

Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley co-star in the Spike Lee film (apparently he doesn’t make joints anymore?), from a screenplay by Mark Protosevich (The Cell). The film is out on October 25.

Trailer Watch: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin in Gangster Squad

Ruben Fleischer, the director of Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, has taken a break from comedies and made what looks like an absolutely kick-ass crime drama, chock full of really strong actors: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Emma Stone, and Sean Penn.

Here’s the synopsis:

Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and–if he has his way–every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop…except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart. Gangster Squad is a colorful retelling of events surrounding the LAPD’s efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time.

I liked (not loved) Fleischers earlier films, but this looks fantastic. The tone, the look, and the cinematography are all much more distinctive than either of his previous efforts. The film was previously slated for October 12, 2012, but was bumped by Argo, Ben Affleck’s next flick. There’s no official release date at the moment.

Apple has the trailer in HD, if you want to see it all big and stuff.

Trailer Watch: Men in Black III

Holy shit, Josh Brolin’s Tommy Lee Jones is dead on.

Men in Black III opens on May 25, 2012 — a.k.a. the once and future Big Willy Weekend.

See the first trailer over on the YouTubes.