Hot Trailers

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard (both above).
Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard (both above).PHOTO: YOUTUBE
McConaughey.
McConaughey.PHOTO: YOUTUBE

ALLIED

It seems like Brad Pitt is trying to re-do his Nazi-killer role in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009) without Tarantino.

There are absolutely no wicked, wise-a** jokes in this teaser. Zero laughs. Just a very serious mood punctuated by Pitt and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard (both above) exchanging romance-in-the-faceof-danger glances as they play Allied spies sent on a deadly mission into enemy territory to assassinate a Nazi bigwig.

This is like Doctor Zhivago mixed with Bridge Of Spies and Pitt's previous Nazi-extermination flick, Fury. Violence, subterfuge, tension and love collide as though Ernest Hemingway himself typed this script while watching Casablanca.


THE SEA OF TREES

Death and the meaning of existence loom over this clip like Woody Harrelson lingering over Matthew McConaughey in possibly their next riveting television series called True Detective: Suicide Watch.

In this enigmatic movie directed by Gus Van Sant, I think McConaughey (right) feels so guilty about the death of his terminally ill wife (Naomi Watts) - whom he had squabbled with constantly - that he scoots over to Japan's famous suicide forest, Aokigahara Forest, to turn his own lights out.

I'm assuming this because, one, that place isn't next to Tokyo Disneyland and, two, Ken Watanabe pops up among the trees spouting sagely, "If God is not waiting for you on the other side, who is?"

Tay Yek Keak

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2016, with the headline 'Hot Trailers'. Print Edition | Subscribe