Monday, June 29, 2009

The Low Res Double-Oh Trailer Tournament: And So It Is

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

2. Closer (2004)
Artistic but not oblique, this trailer is an absolute masterpiece. It wisely holds on to the film's stellar opening scene/intro for Natalie Portman, letting the Damien Rice song do what it does. It then adds Suzanne Vega's "Caramel," creating one hell of a one-two punch. The whole thing plays like a dance with partners getting swapped at every transition. The rhythms are seductive.

Awesome trailer attributes: Cool song/score


15. Big Fish (2003)
It's seeded so low because I only included it for the final third. Up until that point it's kind of a standard whimsical-movie trailer featuring the dubious Southern accent of Ewan McGregor. But at the 1:37 mark, things start to swell, and when Danny Elfman's "Edward Scissorhands" score kicks in, I become putty. I could talk about how smart it is to sell the new Tim Burton movie with the music from the best Tim Burton movie (and it is), but this is purely a gut call.

Awesome trailer attributes: Cool song/score


3. Shortbus (2006)
Everything I loved about Shortbus in three short minutes. And I loved Shortbus a LOT. The John Cameron Mitchell intro (and home-video Cannes footage) reflects the verite frankness you'll find in the movie, and the trailer proper totally captures the comedic heart at the center of all that fucking. Plus, some of the best use of pull-quotes ever, from Roger Ebert, Richard Corliss, and of course the one I'll always love: "...plays like Woody Allen's Manhattan with money shots." Mmm hmm.

Awesome trailer attributes: cool song/score; funny!


14. Panic Room (2002)
The textbook example of how to deliver a thriller trailer. Never colors outside of the lines but manages to remain exhilarating and visually audacious. Hey, just like the movie.

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