This Week in Trailers: ‘This is 40,’ ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Dark Knight,’ and More!

Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. This week we’ve got the latest from Judd Apatow, the big buzz object at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and the final trailers for Nolan’s new Batman film and Marc Webb’s Spidey reboot.

Check ’em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments.


Last year, we brought you the trailer for The Life Zone, a low-budget effort that aimed to be Saw for pro-lifers. Well, it appears that the culture warriors have discovered, in the words of this film’s website, “the popular found footage style,” because here we have Harmless, which is apparently Paranormal Activity for the anti-porn brigade. (That’s right, it’s a horror movie for the Rick Santorums in all of us!) It tells the story of a perfect, picket-fence family torn asunder by the evils of — yes, seriously — Dad’s box of porn. (There’s something sort of charming about a film that uses the tech-based storytelling tool of found footage, yet still acts like porn is quaintly kept in a box in Dad’s closet. It’s called a hard drive, people.) It’s all pretty ridiculous; you’d be forgiven for thinking the trailer was some sort of wacky YouTube parody of the genre, but no, they’re dead serious. Back to the website: “Society learns their (sic) morals and values through music, film, and television. Pornography is such a huge problem that simply telling someone how dangerous it is usually doesn’t work. You have to tell a compelling story to catch someone’s attention and educate them while they’re being entertained.” Amen. (h/t to the fine folks at Movieline for bringing this one to our attention.)