Monday, July 13, 2009

Trailer Tournament, Round 3: How Am I Not Myself?

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

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


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!

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