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This May Quietly Be One of the Better Movies of the Summer

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | April 30, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | April 30, 2009 |

With blockbuster season ramping on Friday, I’d considered doing a Summer Movie Preview, but honestly, at this point, you’ve probably heard enough about the big six of 2009: Star Trek, Wolverine, Transformers 2, Terminator Salvation, G.I. Joe and Inglourious Basterds. Besides the Tarantino flick, I’m having trouble working up a lot of enthusiasm for the others — it’s the smaller ones I’m more excited about. Hurt Locker, The Hangover, Taking Woodstock and, of course, Public Enemies. (Maybe it would be worth the effort, just to highlight something besides the Bay vs. McG dick-measuring contest (H/T Twig).

The other movie that looks like a nice sleeper is The Boat that Rocked, from director Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral). We featured the first trailer several weeks ago — it looked like a cute, fun movie with Nick Frost, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and some of the Richard Curtis regulars. But this new trailer make it look even more impressive. Or maybe it’s just that everything is better with a Cat Stevens song. Is there a musician out there whose songs play better than Cat Stevens’ over a film? I barely even listen to his stuff outside of the context of movies, but there’s just something about his music that just fucking works in a movie (Dylan is the same way — not a huge fan, but put it in a music soundtrack, and I love it).

Watch the trailer and just try not to grin like an idiot.

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