Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Trailer Tournament, Round 2: That Wasn't a Question

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.]


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2. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Justifiably praised for its high-concept-via-low-concept strategy of simply presenting one scene, in full, that completely lays out the movie without voiceover, text, or really much of anything. It's a great baiting strategy -- HA! You've already started watching! Gotta see how it pans out!

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Awesome trailer attributes: teaser; iconic performance



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7. Hero (2004)
Excoriate me if you must for including the American trailer over the other foreign clips, but if we're talking about the most effective trailers of the decade, and I am, selling the foreign-language Hero to the American masses is the accomplishment I want to applaud. Points taken off for the voice-over, but from that first hail of arrows this became an American action epic. Well sold. I'm even cool with the "Quentin Tarantino presents" part; tickets is tickets.



Awesome trailer attributes: misdirection





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