Screen Grabs June 6

This week’s pool of film clips is a little murkier than usual so on top of some titles I can actually recommend I’ve decided to toss in a few that look so bad they might be entertaining. From cowboys to bike messengers to strippers of both sexes here’s the latest selection of trailers to hit the web.

Django Unchained

After appearing in Takashi Miike’s spaghetti western homage Sukiyaki Western Django it makes sense that Quentin Tarantino would want to try his own hand at the most badass of genres. Django Unchained has been in the works since 2007 but it’s only now that footage has been revealed for the director’s stylized take on slavery in the Deep South. As of this post the official trailer hasn’t dropped yet but you can watch the preview of a preview featuring Christoph Waltz the bounty hunter Leonardo DiCaprio the whorehouse owner and Jamie Foxx the liberated hero. To see the full clip catch a screening of Prometheus this weekend watch Entertainment Tonight … tonight or just look online this evening as it shouldn’t be hard to find.

Dead Man’s Burden

In other western news the directorial debut of Jared Moshé (previously know as the producer of Beautiful Losers ) looks pretty stunning. The story revolves around a married couple finding their way out of poverty with a mining company expressing interest in the purchase of their land but there’s a monkey wrench thrown in when the brother they thought was dead returns home. The cast might not be very recognizable (yet) but the film’s aesthetics come from production designer Ruth DeJong whose credits also include The Tree of Life and There Will Be Blood plus P.T. Anderson’s upcoming movie The Master . That’s a pretty damn good CV.

The Imposter

This documentary from UK filmmaker Bart Layton has earned rave reviews for its retelling of one of the most bizarre true crime stories of all time. After 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay went missing from his Texas hometown he turned up three years later in Spain and was reunited with his family. The WTF twist is that the person authorities found was actually a French man named Frédéric Bourdin posing as the teenager who pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes. Mixing interviews with the family dramatic reenactments and Bourdin’s own side of the story it looks like a serious mind-blower.

That’s My Boy

Adam Sandler’s last suck-fest Jack and Jill took home Razzie Awards for Worst Actor Worst Actress and Worst Screenplay so it’s hard to hold out hopes for That’s My Boy . However if anyone can save a sinking ship it’s Andy Samberg and the red band trailer does have a few funny moments. What I like even more though is this re-cut video. Take a minute out of your life and enjoy the absurdity.

Premium Rush

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has proved himself as a capable lead since the neo-noir Brick and Michael Shannon has been amazing in pretty much everything from Take Shelter to Boardwalk Empire to playing Kim Fowley in The Runaways . This bike messenger action flick sets the actors head-to-head and while it looks about as dumb as The Fast and The Furious on two wheels it could still be fun to watch them both in full-on blockbuster mode.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky’s 1999 novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower has been banned from schools and beloved by critics for its frank treatments of drugs homosexuality and suicide. Fans can rest assured that the film adaptation remains in good hands as the author wrote and directed it as well. Logan Lerman stars Emma Watson tries to make you imagine her as someone other than Hermione from Harry Potter and Ezra Miller takes on an even tougher task following his skin-crawling role in We Need to Talk about Kevin .


This sci-film about the evil forces of marketing takes the concept of Adbusters to a whole new level. In between seizure-inducing flashes of QR codes and twists on familiar logos the trailer sets up a dystopian world where branding and billboards transform into literal monsters. All I can think of is “Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores” taken to its illogical (or logical?) conclusion.

Magic Mike

Channing Tatum in… Showgirls for the ladies!


Finally we have the crème de la crème of cinematic crap. The latest offering from 50 Cent’s production company Cheetah Vision not only stars the rapper/entrepreneur but also drags Robert DeNiro and Forest Whitaker down with it. Fiddy plays the son of a murdered policeman while DeNiro is the pissed-off captain and Whitaker is the dirty cop assigned as his partner. Amazingly Freelancers isn’t the first time they’ve plopped out something like this as 2011’s Setup also cast 50 Cent alongside Bruce Willis and Ryan Phillippe. Let’s hope it gets a similarly quick path direct to DVD and can rest in purgatory as a movie to skim past on Netflix. Get rich or die not trying.