I never fully understood what Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando) was talking about when I was younger, when he uttered his final words in Apocalypse Now, “The horror…The horror…” Now I do and horror thy name is Summer Movie Season 2011. I don’t think that there’s a moviebuff worth their salt out there who defend this past summer’s selection of films as anything but colossally disappointing from start to finish. There were a few gems to be sure as there always are (thank you Matthew Vaughn, J.J. Abrams and Andy Serkis) but by and large, this summer bit the big one majorly.
But fear not true believers, there is hope (well maybe not for my poor wallet and certainly not for the unrecoupable hours lost at the theatres.) This fan made produced by Kevin B. Lee and Ali Arikan can be found here. The trailer is for the Terrence Malick film ‘that never was’ is nothing short of genius as it splices and dices some of the season’s most appalling entries into a two-minute and change trailer, which the existential auteur himself would probably be proud to really endorse.
Co-producer of the trailer, Ari Arikan had this to say about it,
‘Annals of film history are filled with masterpieces that never were….But don’t despair, gentle reader. As a late Christmas present, PressPlay is proud to offer you a glimpse of another masterpiece that could have been. Drown your cinephile sorrows in this.’
The saddest part of about watching this trailer is not how bad these movies were but the fact that some of these actors truly did (once upon a time) have more to offer than second rate throwaway summer fare. Are those days far behind?