Sunday, July 19, 2009

Trailer Tournament, Round 4: Gummo Regional Final

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


8. Watchmen (2009)
Naturally, it's the initial teaser trailer I'm ranking -- I've talked about it on the blog before, so I guess you could just read that, but to review: The blueprint for how to introduce an adaptation of a beloved known quantity to fans while giving newbies just a taste to get them curious. Many, many, many bonus points for use of the Smashing Pumpkins song (which was, to remind you, a rejiggered version of the song that appeared on the soundtrack to the geek-despised Batman and Robin), one of the ballsiest maneuvers in trailer-making I've seen.

Awesome trailer attributes: cool song/score; teaser; great tagline

Click here for more Low Res Trailer Tournament polls.

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