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Gotta Get To The Previews!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2009 by babydylan

Sometimes the greatest thing about the movies is the wait.

The apprehension, the excitement, the countdown. If you’re anything like me, which I fear a large portion of you are, you will rarely see a new film you know nothing about. Whether it be trawling through Internet sites, looking for the latest announcements (such as Chris Hemsworth – of Home and Away and recent Star Trek fame – to play Thor!) reading film mags, both trashy and intellectual, newspapers and of course my favourite, watching the trailers. What on earth did we do before YouTube?

Sometimes going to the film is more exciting due to the trailers that proceed it. I will get quite shirty if I miss them, any of them. I remember before the Lord of the Rings films came out, I could quote every line from the trailers, knew ever shot. And who could forget the jizz-in-your-pants inducing Watchmen trailer. There were two major ones, distinguished by many as the ‘one with the Smashing Pumpkins song’ and ‘the one with the Muse song’. Often showed before The Dark Knight, a comic book nerds wet dream.

Wikipeida tells me that one of the pioneers of film trailers was Stanley Kubrick. Are we at all surprised? Watching the trailer for 2001: A Space Odyssey is a mini-movie moment in itself. And quite interesting to see how the previews have changed.

It’s a fine line to walk for the filmmakers, as I’m sure we have all seen one too many comedy trailers that make the film look hilarious, but actually reveal all the humorous parts thus making the actual viewing flat and predictable. Sometimes filmmakers choose a different path, where scenes are shot for the trailer alone, such as the second Terminator film or, one of the greatest trailers of all time, and my very favourite trailer,  Hitchcock’s Psycho, where he actually escorts the audience through the house and hotel of the film. All the iconic rooms that hold such chilling significance are made even more exciting by his lordly presence until the final reveal. Genius.

For now, I will leave you with the two trailers that have been making me salivate recently. Star Trek, making the worn out franchise look vibrant and sexy again, giving glimpses of the iconic cast members and making you desperate for the release date to be now, now, now (obviously this is how I felt before I saw it recently…on opening day). Along with Rob Marshall’s new venture, Nine. It doesn’t give much away but by God he has given me more than enough to know I will be all over it like a lampshade when it is eventually released. If The Internet Movie Database is to be trusted, and it usually is, we won’t be seeing it in Australia until January 2010. Looks like this will have to do for now.