Trailer Blazer: 'Super Ex-Girlfriend,' 'Ghost Rider,' and more

My Super Ex-Girlfriend (July 21) The sight gags — especially the flying shark — look sharper than the dialogue in this mildly amusing trailer about a hapless guy (wooden but harmless Luke Wilson) trying to break up with a vindictive superhero (Uma Thurman). Your enthusiasm may depend on how much you want to see supporting players Wanda Sykes, Anna Faris, and Rainn Wilson perform variations on their standard comic personas.

Ghost Rider (Feb. 16, 2007) Here’s what I can tell: It’s about a skeleton. Who rides a motorcycle. Oh yeah, and he’s on fire. But is this a comedy or a drama? Will the title character let out a Crypt Keeper-style cackle as he zooms up the side of that skyscraper? And has Eva Mendes switched agents yet? These are the questions that linger for me. The important one (will I go see it?) has already been answered with a resounding ”hell to the no!”

The Namesake (Nov. 3) What sounds like a strange brew on paper — director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) adapts Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel with Harold and Kumar‘s Kal Penn and Real World alum Jacinda Barrett — looks positively stirring in trailer form. It would take universally awful reviews to keep me from getting to this flick, especially considering I just finished reading Lahiri’s short-story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, and loved every page of it.

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (TBD) Catch a look at the film that won the Palme d’Or Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival. Cillian Murphy, so terrific in Batman Begins and 28 Days Later, looks to continue his streak of well-reviewed performances as a young medical student who joins the fight for Irish independence in the 1920s.

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  • brandonk

    I can’t stand Nicolas Cage, so even if I wanted to see “Ghost Rider,” I probably wouldn’t.

  • California

    I cant wait to see The Wind That Shakes the Barley. I’m glad to hear that it will be released here in the U.S.!

  • Jennifer

    I have the total opposite opinion about Ghost Rider. The trailer immediately intrigued me and I am definitely looking forward to watching it. My husband, a comic book fan, fondly remembers the comic and is looking forward to the big-screen adaptation.

  • Tonya

    You’ve forgotten those of us going to see “Super Ex” for Eddie Izzard.

  • professor74

    I want to echo Jennifer’s sentiment. ‘Ghost Rider’ is a comic book so you cannot really change the premise (skeleton on fire). Marvel has had a lot of hits so they are probably hoping that can carry them. Plus, I don’t think it cost (relatively) a lot to make, so they aren’t looking for X-men numbers.

  • Alex

    Don’t know what “Ghost Rider” is about? And you call yourself and entertainment writer…
    CRACK OPEN A COMIC BOOK EVERY SO OFTEN!!

  • Idris

    Will somebody PLEASE make an “Ant-Man” movie! :)

  • Fatima

    what on earth from that trailer would make you think ghost rider was a comedy>?

  • Sahil

    I do not know how you can even consider “Ghost Rider” to be a comedy. Even if you didn’t know anything about the comicbook, the trailer should have hinted you towards a particular direction. Instead of insulting it, try learning the source material before you rip it. If Ghost Rider did not have a skeleton face, a flaming motorcycle, etc., that would have been more of an injustice. The trailer is definitely interesting and I probably will end up seeing the movie.

  • Miles

    i thought the skeleton looked hysterical. Ghost Rider, oh, oh, i think it works on the comic book pages but on the screen it has the potential to beat POSEIDON as the best unintentional feel good comedy of the year.

  • matthew

    I’m going to go see “Super Ex” because of Rainn Wilson. Look at his track record. What was the last bad thing he was involved with?

  • Jack Laridian

    I will be first in line to see Ghost Rider, and I know about twenty people personally (as in not online) that will be there with me. I’ve been waiting for this movie for about twenty plus years.

  • Tina

    Is The Wind that Shakes the Barley being released in the US? I know it won the Cannes highest award. I was sooo hoping I would get to see this movie. Cillian Murphy one of the most brilliant actors of our times.

  • Stephen Harris

    Worse entertainment site ever! You talk crap about movies (ahem, Ghost Rider) you don’t even know about. Sheesh.

  • Tony

    Hey Slezak, Ghost Rider is a Marvel property, meaning it’s a comic book movie. They aren’t to be taken seriously in the least. It’s an action movie that involves a beloved comic franchise, tons of great special effects, and little plot/drama.
    Maybe you should stick to Idol commentary, and leave the movie commentary to those who actually understand what the movie is based on before commenting.

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