Friday, June 26, 2009

The Low Res Double-Oh Trailer Tournament: Dear Santa...

Low Res presents a 64-team NCAA-style bracket tournament to choose the best trailer of the past decade. At the end of each post, YOU make the call: which was the more effective trailer? Not the best movie, exactly, but the best two-and-a-half minutes that made you want to see said movie. You can take a look at the full bracket here, and you can catch up on the entire tournament so far here. Enjoy!

[On a formatting note: I'll be posting two matchups per post, with multiple posts each day. Remember there will be TWO polls per post in which to vote.]

The GUMMO Region

6. Jarhead (2005)
Bracing depiction of the action/comedy/drama mix in the film? Check. Tone-setting Kanye song? Check. Killer tagline? Check ("Welcome to the suck"). Shot of Jake Gyllenhaal Santa-hat scene that defined a generation? Check.

Awesome trailer attributes: cool song/score; iconic performance; great tagline


11. Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)
Do we credit the trailer simply because it's full of scenes from an awesome movie? I suppose not. This trailer earns its notice here for an expert mix of comedy and drama and featuring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Kiera Knightley in perfect proportion. Bonus points because Knightley's delivery of the "try wearing a corset" line is better here than it is in the actual movie.

Awesome trailer attributes: iconic performance; funny!


8. Sunshine (2006)
This was a brilliant first look at Danny Boyle's movie that turned out to be all promise and no payoff. But that's not the fault of the trailer, which employed unusually great voice-over with the last recorded instance in which Clint Mansell's Requiem for a Dream could be effective. All plus some stark imagery -- particularly that shot of the "sun" turning out to be the spaceship.

Awesome trailer attributes: Cool song/score; teaser


9. A History of Violence (2005)
There aren't a whole lot of bells and whistles on this trailer. No real innovation. It just does a straight-up trailer pretty much as good as you can do it. Inciting incident + intrigue + antagonist + escalation + lingering question -- it's all there, perfectly teased out without giving away one smidgen more than they have to. Everything's in perfect balance. I always say A History of Violence was a triumph of editing and pacing above everything else -- so's the trailer.

Click here for more Low Res Trailer Tournament polls.

1 comment:

Jesse said...


I think we should have a tournament for Jeanne Cooper's greatest fingernail acting moments as well.