Friday, February 13, 2009

TRAILERS: "Charlie Banks," "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," and "Explicit Ills"

The Education of Charlie Banks: This is the disturbing story of an unconventional friendship geared by fear. Jason Ritter ("The Class") transforms himself into a violent bully who takes the reluctant Jesse Eisbenberg under his wing and hides out in his dorm so he can avoid being arrested for brutally beating someone to death. This definitely sounds like something Fred Durst would direct.

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: When I first read the premise of this film back before it was even made, I thought it would be lame. But it turns out that if you add Jennifer Garner to the mix, it doesn't look half bad. Matthew McConaughey plays a commitment-phobe who runs into his ex and one-and-only true love at his brother's wedding. The mayhem truly begins when the ghosts of his ex-girlfriends (I don't think they're actually dead) come to haunt him and scare him out of his lecherous ways, so he can win Garner's character back. See. Sounds stupid. But sprinkle a little Garner in it and it doesn't completely suck. Plus, Matthew is forced to wear clothes and comb his hair--all good things...for his career, not necessarily for us.

Explicit Ills: It's the "story of compassion, even in the shoddiest of landscapes...whose characters' heartfelt aspirations tell a heart-wrenching tale that eventually finds promise, pride and hope." So it's like Half Nelson meets Crash. Although it's starring Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood), Rosario Dawson, Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker), the most interesting factoid about the film is that it was directed by Mark Webber, an actor who's best known for his starring role in the teen movies Snow Day and Drive Me Crazy.

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