Thursday, July 02, 2009

Trailer Tournament, Round 2: Action!

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've tried to both embed the trailers (where possible) and link to the trailers someplace where I know they won't be pulled. If there's no embed, blame YouTube. Just click the link on the movie's title and you'll get it.]


1. Kill Bill (2003)
This would be the original teaser clip, released even before the film was split up into Volumes 1 and 2. It's an absolute knockout, instantly making "The Battle Without Honor and Humanity" an iconic piece of moving scoring and time-out music at your local sports arena. The choreography of the clips to the music might be the best I've seen in a trailer, and while "the 4th film by Quentin Tarantino" is self-aggrandizing, it's Tarantino. Would we expect any less?

Awesome trailer attributes: cool song/score; iconic performance; teaser


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

Click here for more Low Res Trailer Tournament polls.

1 comment:

Drew said...

I never thought I'd vote against that Kill Bill teaser, because I've loved that particular trailer for so long, but I watched them both again and I actually got more out of the Sunshine trailer. The images are really, really powerful and it gave me chills in a way the Kill Bill trailer didn't.

It's a shame you put those two against one another, because now one of them has to be eliminated.