Monday, July 06, 2009

Trailer Tournament, Round 2: Welcome to the Suck

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.]

The GUMMO Region

3. I Heart Huckabees (2004)
I think I watched this trailer once a day for about six months back in 2004. It just made me feel happy. Great comedic showcase, especially for Mark Wahlberg, Naomi Watts, and Lily Tomlin (the revelation of the volatile relationship between her and David O. Russell on set makes her performance even more remarkable) that doesn't give away the farm. Like the film it's selling, it's content to present the philosophical premise of the film without worrying you might not get it. Bonus points for the brilliant Jon Brion score and song.

Awesome trailer attributes: cool song/score; funny!


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

Click here for more Low Res Trailer Tournament polls.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

The “I Heart Huckabees” trailer is SO much better than the movie, it astounds me. Overall, I found the movie smug and humourless but the trailer is hilarious & quirky in the best way. Mark Wahlberg’s deadpan face on that ‘Jesus hates you’ line? Makes me laugh every time.