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Perri’s Coverage of SXSW 2014

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Who’d You Rather? The Most–and Least–Dateable Movie Characters of 2014

Fault_in_Our_Stars_Augustus_WatersOf course it’s vital to have a real life filled with love and warmth, but there’s no harm in indulging in big-screen fantasies too, right? Of the many potential crushes coming your way in theaters this year, here are the most and least dateable characters on screens in 2014.

Most: Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars (6/6)

Don’t have a date for Valentine’s Day? Pick up a copy of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, because a night in with Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) will absolutely do. Not only is Gus tall and handsome, he is also thoughtful, always putting Hazel (Shailene Woodley) first not because he feels obligated to but because he genuinely wants to. Everyone should experience something as touching and powerful as Gus and Hazel’s “little infinity.”

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

This was a huge week for movie trailers, so to make sure you don’t miss out on the big ones that didn’t make the Best Stuff cut, we’re beefing up this Best/Worst Trailers intro to incorporate the must-see lot.

Cheap_ThrillsThe first teaser of the Expendables 3 campaign will absolutely get franchise fans pumped, but it’s highly unlikely the gimmick will rouse much interest for those outside the big-guns, big-cast circle. Transcendence opened its marketing effort with a bit of a shtick of its own. For those willing to pay attention, the information is intriguing, but for those who’d rather not listen to the lengthy all-audio description, that Johnny Depp reveal won’t pack much of a punch.

We’ve also got the first trailer for 22 Jump Street, and while it is fun seeing Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum back in action, there’s also nothing here that confirms we needed the sequel. Then there’s the first trailer for the shaky-cam film Welcome to Yesterday. The found-footage addict in me is the easy sell, but it’s also tough to overlook the fact that the narrative is going one of two ways: it’ll either be your typical one-dimensional, teen-driven POV nonsense or push the boundaries with some legitimate relationships and never-before-seen time-travel twists.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

HoursPersonally, Anchorman was an acquired taste. The film wasn’t laugh-out-loud funny the first time around, but during repeat viewings, I’m watching the whole thing through with a silly grin on my face. Hopefully that’ll be the case with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues because, at the moment, the jokes featured in the new trailer aren’t all that funny. However, Brick’s green-screen mishap at the end certainly is and that gag was instrumental in keeping the sequel’s new promo well out of the bottom three this week.

The Best Stuff

1. Hours

The Hurricane Katrina opening functions as a highly effective attention grabber, but from there, the new trailer for Hours has absolutely no trouble pushing that familiar context into the background and letting the core narrative take over. This is an expertly edited piece that clearly presents the stakes, but rarely the answers, leaving you desperate to know how Paul Walker solves the problem.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

GravityIt’s frat boy Zac Efron vs. Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne’s quaint suburban couple. The trailer for Neighbors should have been hilarious, but instead, all we got was a mildly appealing scenario with familiar and forgettable jokes. Perhaps they’re just saving the good stuff for the full feature, but that still means the film misses out Best Stuff honors this week.

The Best Stuff

1. GravitySay hello to yet another outstanding piece of promotional material for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. The sound design and editing here are just impeccable. Not only is the scenario inherently unnerving, but every single audio and visual decision enhances that sensation tenfold. And to top it all off, this trailer actually manages to expand upon previous promos in a way that leaves you even more eager to catch the full film, as you’re desperate to know how all of these new story elements actually come together.

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