Movies come out before you’ve seen the trailers and leave theaters after you found out, “I wanted to see that!” FilmBuffed understands, so each week, the Trailer Blazers have your back with some bad-ass picks over here – ones you’ll want to watch.
Enemy (March 14, 2014) – mystery/suspense, A24 Films
Michael Oborn: Bobby, first of all, I want to apologize that you didn’t get cast in Enemy. Turns out that Denis Vielleneuve wanted Jake Gyllenhaal for BOTH leads, not just Jake and some guy who models his hair off of him. Tragedy, buddy.
Wait, double the Jake? Jake so nice, they cast him twice?
Enemy is a story about a history professor, Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal), who is so glum and bored with his life, he not only takes a movie recommendation from a co-worker, but actually physically goes to the video store to rent it. We should have known something was off with Adam from the start. However, in this movie, he spots his double, actor Anthony Clair (
Maggie Jake Gyllenhaal). Adam then does the most rational thing you can do and decides to stalk his double. And, as their lives cross paths, a series of events take place which leads to the only possible conclusion of only one man can survive.
I am defending Adam Bell for stalking his double. As a guy who once friend requested all the other Michael Oborn’s on Facebook, I understand the appeal.
But, in all seriousness, this movie looks like it’s right up my alley. The eeriness and haziness of the trailer has me so fascinated, it’s become a must watch. I never thought I would say this, but Jake Gyllenhaal has proven to be a pretty solid actor. He’s coming off a great performance in Prisoners, and I hope he continues to surprise. Though Prisoners had a wide release in 2013, Enemy was actually the first collaboration between director Denis Vielleneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal. Playing two separate lead characters in a movie, requires incredible depth and transformation for an actor, and Gyllenhaal’s recent run suggests he is more than capable of delivering.
I’m willing to give him a chance, but I know he won’t come close to Lindsay…
Handsome Rob: Mike O.! Not gonna lie, I’m kinda butthurt I wasn’t called about being cast in this movie. My hair alone should have garnered me that part. Nonetheless, this movie looks pretty legit. I’d definitely see it (and no, not because Gyllenhaal has a beard I’m trying to emulate). The trailer did a great job of sucking me in and upping my curiosity (I’m not “curious like a cat” unlike my buddy Harry Caray on SNL).
I too, also have to defend Adam Bell for stalking his double. If you saw your “twin” that had a different name, I’d have to believe human nature would make you wanna creep and dig up some more information. I mean, we’re all naturally, curious humans, right?
Gyllenhaal has amped up his acting game recently. He’s really trying to show the general public that he can act. And he’s not shoving it in your face either, which I appreciate. He’s quietly put together a great resume of films throughout his career and he’ll probably be able to add this to it.
It’s worth noting that Gyllenhaal’s hair style is prehistoric now and I’m on to bigger and better things. But his hair isn’t going to slow him down in this film. Regardless, this is definitely a film I am going to be keeping an eye on the rest of 2014.
Fading Gigolo (April 18, 2014) – comedy, Millenium Entertainment
Handsome Rob: Why did I pick this trailer? Because, why not? I mean the name itself is enticing. Okay to start out, John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sofia Vergara, Sharon Stone are all in the film. Turturro hasn’t done a whole lot in terms of acting since the Transformers movies. Vergara is a hot commodity in Hollywood right now. Stone…well, my basic instinct tells me many people know about her name still. Woody Allen is a household name in comedy (whether you like him or not if for another debate).
I have been trying to contain my Horatio Caine one-liners, but this trailer offers way too many possibilities. I mean, what is a Fading Gigolo…is that a guy “who can’t keep it together” anymore? Is he just an older gigolo, so he’s considered “fading?” The possibilities for Caine jokes are endless with this trailer! I love this movie, just for its name!
So Turturro looks to be the product of Allen’s pimping. That seems kinda weird, right? I guess Allen couldn’t be the gigolo though – the business probably wouldn’t thrive. Just imagine Woody Allen as your pimp. Just seriously think about it. You’re right, I can’t…without laughing. You have to admit though, you’d be jealous of Turturro’s character if a ménage à trois between him, Vergara and Stone actually happened…like in real life. Let me up the stakes, you’d be jealous of his character if in included Vergara and Sharon Stone from 1994 (but that probably goes without saying).
My big question about the movie is what’s the plot going to be? My guess? Turturro and Allen start this pimping gigolo business and it starts well. Then things get complicated when one of their clients (probably Vergara or Stone) figures it all out and blackmails them. The relationship between Turturro and Allen becomes strained because the direction of the business is in question. Eventually, they’ll figure it all out and BAM, like all comedies, it will all work out in the end.
Regardless, you’ll secretly end up liking this trailer way more than you’ll publicly ever admit. The film itself will probably end up being nothing too noteworthy; but the trailer, as bland as it seems, deserves two thumbs up. Why? Because I cannot stop cracking up at all the jokes I’ve made in my head since looking it up. It could have only been topped if Tyga’s “Faded” was the music to the trailer. Hollywood never ceases to amaze me. You’re welcome, world, for Fading Gigolo.
Michael Oborn: I am just glad they decided to make this movie instead of Deuce Bigalow. I have to agree with you Handsome Rob, I just watched a trailer that featured Sofia Vergara in underwear, and all I can think about is Woody Allen as a pimp. I mean odds are is he already drives a Cadillac, but other than his probable financial savviness, what does our boy Woody bring to the table? Actually, Woody, is a pretty pimp name, so maybe he gets a pass.
John Turturro isn’t a huge name, but he has been around for awhile and has been excellent in the majority of his smaller roles. O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a personal favorite and who can forget the Jesus…
No body fucks with the Jesus, except maybe Woody Allen.
It’s good to see at this stage in his career, Turturro is getting the opportunity to write and direct. He’s definitely put in his time.
Sharon Stones though! I thought the trailer hinted that she was going to pay homage to her famous Basic Instinct scene. You guys know the scene, c’mon! If Sharon Stone could handle the sexual appetite of Michael Douglas in Basic Instinct, I think she can handle John Turturro and Woody Allen in Fading Gigolos.
My favorite part of the trailer has to be Woody Allen quietly discussing pricing for threesomes in a lingerie shop. I take it back, between that scene and the old man flirt game, Woody is definitely a real pimp. Turturro better be using jimmies.
I think this movie has a chance to be pretty solid. Though Woody isn’t the director or screenwriter, the movie still feels very Woody-esque, and usually that translates to success.