Hot Trailers

Youth
YouthPHOTO: YOUTUBE
Concussion
ConcussionPHOTO: YOUTUBE

YOUTH

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SN6mB_31uPA

Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel look stylishly ancient - both have wavy white hair which makes them look like two retirees from Gucci. Straightaway, you know that these two are playing either artistic people or aged gigolos.

Caine, a famous conductor, and Keitel, a film director, are chilling at a high-class health retreat for dinosaurs in the Alps. Part of their rejuvenation treatment apparently includes talking about how many drops of pee they pass a day and ogling a heavenly young woman who enters their spa pool naked.

This clip here, put together skilfully by Oscar-winning Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, 2013), takes a wistful, longing look at the remembrance of things past for rich white old dudes.


CONCUSSION

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbPS7K9falk

Here is Will Smith in another one-man-against-the-system role. He plays a head trauma doctor who discovers what I thought anybody with half a brain would already know. "Repetitive head trauma chokes the brain," Smith asserts about the American football players who die after being hit repeatedly in the game.

The honest doctor is up against the powerful, very intimidating National Football League and even his own medical colleagues (such as one played by Alec Baldwin) tell him that pursuing his cause is like, well, banging his own head against a brick wall.

"Tell the truth," Smith demands in a very dramatic close-up which probably needed 50 takes just to get the threatening stare right. Man, I think that's him already warning the Oscar voters.

Tay Yek Keak

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 02, 2015, with the headline 'Hot Trailers'. Print Edition | Subscribe