Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Trailer Tournament, Round 3: Sweet Land of Liberty

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


4. Cloverfield (2008)
The perfect sneak-attack trailer, made all the more effective because almost nobody knew a project of this scope was even in the works. The lull lulls, the chaos is chaotic, and then that perfect cut right as soon as the Statue of Liberty's head is visible. That pretty much sold an entire opening weekend's worth of tickets right there.

Awesome trailer attributes: teaser; creep-tastic

Click here for more Low Res Trailer tournament polls.

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