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Trailer Watch: October 18, 2010

Tonight, we have two new trailers and three new posters. The trailers are for The Legend of Pale Male and Strange Powers: Stephen Merritt and the Magnetic Fields; and the posters are for The Fighter, The Green Hornet and The Last Play at Shea.

THE LEGEND OF THE PALE MALE

Plot Summary: A documentary about the life and troubles of one of New York's most famous avian residents, Pale Male.
Release Date: November 24, 2010

Trailer

Poster

Rating: B+
Commentary: Despite the somewhat faux uplifting music, the documentary paints a portrait that will easily appeal to animal lovers of all kinds wanting to know just what happened to Pale Male and the re-emergence of his nest.
Rating: C-
Commentary: An uninspired poster that doesn't really scratch at the surface of what makes the documentary feel so special.
Trailer Link: Apple Trailers
Oscar Chances: None.


STRANGE POWERS: STEPHIN MERRITT AND THE MAGNETIC FIELDS

Plot Summary: A documentary about the legendary, but mostly unheard of group The Magnetic Fields.
Release Date: October 27, 2010

Trailer

Poster

Rating: C+
Commentary: While some elements of the trailer make the documentary seem interesting enough, this may well be one of those docs that you must already know and appreciate the artist being covered to understand and appreciate the doc.
Rating: None
Commentary: I don't review placeholders.
Trailer Link: Apple Trailers
Oscar Chances: None.

GREEN HORNET, poster

Plot Summary: After his father is murdered, a millionaire playboy joins his father's closest confidant in a scheme to get close to the murderers by posing as criminals.
Release Date: January 14, 2011

Trailer

Poster

Previous Preview:
The Green Hornet
Rating: B-
Commentary: It's about time something about this disaster-in-waiting actually tried to develop some hype and inspiration. Some elements of the poster are modestly cheesy, but it's at least an inventive attempt at cleverness.
Trailer Link: See Previous Preview
Oscar Chances: See Previous Preview

THE FIGHTER, poster

Plot Summary: A down-on-his-luck fighter struggles to bring himself and his family prosperity and when the opportunity presents itself he has to decide if he really wants to go all the way.
Release Date: December 2010

Trailer

Poster

Previous Preview:
The Fighter
Rating: C+
Commentary: It's a bit too simple for my taste as it lacks the elegance that uncomplicated designs require to truly succeed.
Trailer Link: See Previous Preview
Oscar Chances: See Previous Preview

THE LAST PLAY AT SHEA, poster

Plot Summary: A documentary chronicling the history and demise of the legendary Mets and music venue Shea Stadium.
Release Date: October 21, 2010

Trailer

Poster

Previous Preview:
The Last Play at Shea
Rating: C
Commentary: Trying to capture the essence of a baseball game ticket, this poster is notably void of anything inspirational, exciting or dynamic.
Trailer Link: See Previous Preview
Oscar Chances: See Previous Preview
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