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Trailer Tracker: Contraband, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and More

October is already here,
folks so already it’s not too early to look at the next movie year ahead of us including our featured clip this week, Contraband,
starring Mark Wahlberg as a money-runner called back into the game to help
solve his brother-in-law’s debt.

The month of Jack-O-Lanterns also hints at the
closely approaching awards season and the trailer for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close starring Tom Hanks has now
debuted; a film carrying oodles of Oscar potential. Finally we have two smaller
films, beginning with the Sundance winner for best screenplay, Another Happy Day, with a cast including
Ellen Barkin, Kate Bosworth, Ellen Burstyn, Thomas Haden
and Demi Moore
among others. Concluding our festivities for another week is I Melt with You, the abstract drama with
Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe and Christian McKay as four high school
friends who are involved in a tragedy when they unite years later. Thankfully
there’s nothing but laughs on Player Affinity – it’s Trailer Tracker.

New clips this week:
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Another Happy Day
I Melt with You



From beginnings as a funky
musician to respected actor and Oscar nominee/action star, Mark Wahlberg is as
recognizable a face in
as he is a badass in high-octane fare such as Contraband. Evoking a tone
and premise similar to a cross between Four
and Armored, Contraband finds a reformed criminal
called back to the life he left behind after his wife’s (Kate Beckinsale)
brother gets tangled up in some nasty business. Double crosses understandably
ensue, rounds are fired and hopefully everyone has a good time at the movies. Also
joining the strong cast are three stellar character actors Giovanni Ribisi (who
will portray the tattoo-clad villain) Ben Foster as an accomplice of Wahlberg’s
and finally J.K. Simmons as a police Captain.


Contraband is principally helmed by two Icelandic filmmakers. Baltasar Kormákur will
direct his first English-language feature and Aaron Guzikowski will do likewise
with his script. Though the story looks very standard-order, hopefully this new
talent can infuse some life into a familiar story and judging by the gritty
trailer, will boast some style as well. Set for a Jan. 13 release, Contraband will test the conventional
quality of the average slate of movies debuting in the early New Year. But
after mostly dramatic prestige fare being released through the winter months, a
burst of senseless action could be a welcome reprieve.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Oscar-level talent
assembles in droves for Extremely Loud and
Incredibly Close
from Stephen Daldry (The
) and scribe Eric Roth (Forest
) starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. Among these Academy elite
comes the epitome of a first-timer in young Thomas Horn, who will be at the
center of this tale of a now-fatherless boy (thanks to the devastating events
of 9/11) searching for a secret in his dad’s past. The film screams Oscar bait
at so many points that I can’t help but be skeptical, yet buzzed as a major contender
what do I have to lose for being at least partially optimistic?

Another Happy Day

Continuing the streak of
Sundance winners finally unveiling their product to the masses, Another Happy Day – a screenplay winner
– debuts its first clip. About a family struggling with more than a few issues
on the eve of a family member’s wedding, it plays like the upcoming Roman
Polanski film Carnage mixed with Mike
Leigh’s Another Year. This
pitch-black comedy will obviously be a hard sell as even the trailer pulsates
with the oddball. Even though it stars acting veterans including Ellen Barkin,
Kate Bosworth, Ellen Burstyn,
Haden Church

and Demi Moore, quirky is ironically becoming passé. Early next month is when
you can find this award winner in limited release.

I Melt with You

Perhaps even more obscure
then Another Happy Day, I Melt with You does boast a similarly
notable cast including members Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe and
Christian McKay. The vague plot (and similarly mysterious trailer) reads this: Former
high school friends (Piven, Lowe, Jane, and McKay) reunite for a summer reunion
but it leads them to face the apparent disillusionment that defines their
lives. After tragedy strikes the friends at a party one night, one of them has
a realization; in response they decide to resurrect a former pact by which to
live and die, thus creating a new world order. Take that load of
whimsy as you will, but seeing as I personally still cannot decipher this
offering, this is all I got.

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