Coming up to the Oscars we sometimes forget that cinema is supposed to be primarily a form of entertainment. Yes, the best films are often both thought provoking and entertaining, but sometimes a good film is just a bizarre idea expanded and realized.

This week, two trailers were released and they happily fit in the bizarre idea realized category. Both have ties to real world history and have the possibility of being very good or very bad.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Yes, it’s trendy to stick the words “vampire hunter” behind anything and ride the coat tails of this round of vampire hotness, but… Here, we have a noted historical figure actually being a part of secret history and implying events you thought you knew were actually about other things. The movie is based on a New York Times best seller by Seth Grahame-Smith. Like the novel, producer Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow) and director Timur Bekmambetov (Nightwatch, Wanted) know a bit about dark tales laced with humor. There are moments in the trailer when your brain kicks in and realizes that it’s Abraham Lincoln kicking à la Buffy Summers. Not a guaranteed hit, but the talent behind the film has the ability to pull this off.


Iron Sky
Two words: space nazis. Seventy years after their defeat Nazis that escaped the Allies’ justice have been watching from their moon base, preparing for the right moment to exact their revenge. This is the movie that playing on the TV of say The Simpsons or The Family Guy, but now it’s coming to the big screen. Space Nazis from the dark side of the moon vs. Americans trying to get elected in the second term for the Presidency. I wonder if they are trying to make a statement, oh who cares. It debuted at the Berlinale and the trailer doesn’t take itself too serious, so you know this isn’t Michael Mann’s take on the return of the Nazis. That said, buzz from Berlin didn’t sound much better than being their in ’44…. but maybe, just maybe it’s good enough.

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Coming up to the Oscars we sometimes forget that cinema is supposed to be primarily a form of entertainment. Yes, the best films are often both thought provoking and entertaining, but sometimes a good film is just a bizarre idea expanded and realized. This week, two trailers were released and...