Archive for the ‘Film Trailers’ Category

Rated-R Trailers

March 31, 2008

Regal Cinemas will begin showing Rated-R trailers in front of like-minded Rated-R movies.

Huge mistake in my opinion.

It’s always the promise of titalation or violence that sparks my interest into seeing something. There’s something about the “F-bomb” that’s almost funnier when it’s bleeped out. This is just another excuse for Companies to give away even more of their films before the movie actually comes out. And that’s always been a turn off for me, when a trailer gives away too much of what it’s got. (more…)

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New Line Cinema vs. Semi-Pro

March 31, 2008

So New Line Cinema fired a bunch of people? The last I heard of any of this was a few weeks ago and it sounded like it happened or was going to happen because movies like Semi-Pro did poorly at the box office.

First of all, I laughed quite a bit at Semi-Pro. It was just as good as Ferrell’s last few films. (more…)

The Chill Factor: Best Trailer of The Fall to Come

August 25, 2007

Every year, or in the good years once every major film season, there can sometimes be the one preview that reminds me why I love the medium of film so much. Many times I can tell whose directing the film from the first several moments. I remember being stunned into silence by the visually splendorous trailers for “The Fifth Element” and “Dark City”. But it’s not always sci-fi, others have been Tom Twyker’s “The Princess and the Warrior”, which had me bleeding from the corneas, as did “Gladiator”, “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Amelie”. For me each of these films lived up to expectations. Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut” and “The Cell”, sadly, did not.

It’s true that trailers are an art form unto themselves, which many studios just can’t get right. It’s a mix of visual inventiveness and music (sometimes silence), that builds and climaxes with a certain elegance and sensuality. To know when to cut and what not to show. It’s more than just a cliff notes for the movie, it is a movie unto itself, with mystery, wonder and energy. They can be so powerful sometimes they push me back in my chair and make my eyes water. If the director’s vision is big enough, all you need to show is a little. Even a trailer for a good comedy won’t give you everything (if it does, you’re usually in trouble.) Are there any trailers you can think of that really hit home and did the movie hold up or not?

This fall season (so far) has one such gem. It makes the film look to be magnificent, but a trailer is, in the final analysis, a trailer, and so feel it as a trailer, enjoy it as a trailer and love it as a trailer:

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