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“The Art of the Steal” & “True Detective” Trailers

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Today, I’d like to talk about crime. Going further, I’d like to talk about law breakers and law enforcers. I just checked out two trailers, and each dealt with crime, but from two different perspectives. One followed thieves while the other followed law men trying to solve some murders.

Ironically enough, the one featuring protagonist bad guys is a comedy (Is that really ironic? Probably not, I’m stretching here, I realize), while the one starring the “good” guys is dark and dreary and overall depressing (even though it features the usually chuckle-worthy Woody Harrelson).

Okay, at this point, I think I’ll stop the BS-ing about how these trailers are “connected” and just show them to you. Sound good? Good

The Art of the Steal

Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other’s separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con movie about honor, revenge and the bonds of brotherhood.

Okay this movie looks vaguely entertaining. There were some pretty good one-liners, and that whole vagina cube thing could be handled well. Overall, though, this movie looks like a poor man’s Ocean’s Eleven. I’m not saying it seems like it would be bad, but it sure as hell doesn’t look all that memorable. I’ll still probably see it for the few chuckles it will inevitably provide.

The Art of the Steal stars Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jay Baruchel, and Terence Stamp. It will be released September 20.

True Detective

Two detectives, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, lives become entangled during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana.

“Something deep and dark.”

Matthew McConaughey’s final words in the trailer spell out exactly the tone that’s struck in this upcoming series. It’s a total left turn from the comedy in the previous trailer, but I’m actually kind of intrigued – despite most of the voiceover being cliche and just a bit cheesy.

However, the imagery was compelling. The closest thing I can think of to compare it to is Hannibal’s dark fair tale motif. However, this is much lighter on it and throws in some Western, Southern Gothic, voodoo-tastic, wacko-evangelist vibes to an overall chilling effect. I seriously doubt it will live up to the epic-ness of Bryan Fuller’s latest baby, that just got better and better throughout its first season, but I’m still hoping this new show will at least hold onto the creepy dread that is evoked in this trailer.

The name is super lame and generic, though.

True Detective stars Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Dunn, and Michelle Monaghan. It will premiere January 2014 on HBO.

Do either of these look like they’re worth checking out?