Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Trailer Park Tuesday: The Counsellor by Cormac McCarthy

Welcome to Trailer Park Tuesday, a showcase of new book trailers and, in a few cases, previews of book-related movies.

In the final seconds of the trailer for The Counsellor, Penelope Cruz asks Michael Fassbender, "Have you been bad?"  That is the essential question for anything flowing from the ink of Cormac McCarthy's imagination, isn't it?  McCarthy has rightfully earned a reputation for creating bad people in good books.  So it goes with The Counsellor, an original movie script written by McCarthy--parts of which you may have read earlier in The New Yorker.  Set in the contemporary Southwestern U.S. (aka "no country for old men"), the plot, boiled down to a teaspoon, is about a hot-shot lawyer (Fassbender) who gets in over his head with drug dealers.  Way over his head, by the looks of it.  The movie is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Fassbender, Cruz, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, and Cameron Diaz.  It's due to hit screens in October, so you'll have to wait until then to find out what the heck is up with that pet cheetah.

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