“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” trailer focuses on a post-9/11 emotional journey

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” trailer focuses on a post-9/11 emotional journey (photo)

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“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” isn’t pulling any punches. It’s a film that occurs after 9/11 about a family personally affected by 9/11 in a post-9/11 world. It’s going to be emotional, it’s going to be sappy, and it’s probably going to make you cry.

With that out of the way, it’s fair to say that “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is shaping up to look like one of the stronger Oscar contenders this year. A new trailer for the film focuses on the emotional, heavy-hitting side of its story. Easily the most effective scene in it takes place as Sandra Bullock, the mother in the movie, finds out that her husband is on a high floor in the World Trade Center buildings after suicide bombers hit them on September 11, 2001. If that scene doesn’t at least give you chills, you probably don’t have a heart. That, or I’m just a big baby.

It’s interesting and a bit misleading that the trailer chooses to spend so much time on the event specifically regarding 9/11 instead of spending more time explaining the true plot of the film. Main character Oskar Schell, played here by newcomer Thomas Horn, after he finds a mysterious key in his dead father’s closet. He goes on a quest around New York City to try to discover the purpose of the key, and ends up connecting with strangers and overcoming his grief at his father’s tragic death.

The emphasis on the 9/11 sequences probably has something to do with the fact that Warner Bros wants to emphasize Tom Hanks‘ involvement in the movie. Considering the fact his character, the dad, is dead by the time the present day of the storyline is unfolding, his role will largely be relegated to flashbacks. Hopefully the movie allows leading man Horn to shine as Oskar, a memorable and wonderful character, instead of using Bullock and Hanks as crutches.

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is due out in theaters on Christmas day in limited release, and on January 20 in wide release.

What did you think of the second “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” trailer? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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