Recent Movie Trailers

Posted in Side Topics at 10:00 am by Stephen

My favorite thing about going to the movies — aside from actually watching the movie, anyway — is seeing new trailers. I know I can watch them online, but I see enough movies in the theater that I generally like to just see them fresh in the theater. Here are some trailers I’ve seen lately and my thoughts on them.

Deja Vu

The trailer may spoil some of the movie, but the opening is pretty clever. The first 15 seconds or so plays, then immediately replays, including the studio logos — deja vu. The one at Apple’s site is a little different than the one I saw in the theater, and to its detriment, but it’s still a clever way to get across the point.

Ghost Rider

I like it when a trailer puts it all out there: this is going to be a terrible movie, and whoever cut the trailer seemed to realize that. The fades and revving motorcycle at the beginning, and then “You should be taking a dirt nap after that ragdoll today” is absolutely hilarious.

I love the operatic music and highbrow title cards, as though this is going to be a serious drama. Yeah, a great character study about Ghost Rider. I can’t wait!

The Good Shepherd

This is one of those trailers that is pretty bland, but the movie looks so good that I forgive the trailer.

Let’s Go To Prison

There’s no way this is a good movie, but about the first half of this trailer is pretty funny. It’s pretty rare that half of a trailer focuses around one joke but I guess if your movie only has one funny joke, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Anyone else seen any interesting trailers lately?


  1. Sam (405) said,

    November 29, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    The Simpsons Movie trailer cracks me up. Blood Diamond looks fun but not at ALL the Oscar movie a few crazies are thinking it is, and the ‘bling’ line is so cornball. Pan’s Labyrinth looks like a visual marvel, but from what I hear, it’s laden with disturbing violence and torture scenes that this trailer doesn’t even hint at.

    The absolute most interesting trailer I’ve seen recently, though, was the theatrical trailer of “The Princess Bride,” which appears on the DVD. I don’t know that I’ve seen a worse trailer. It’s astonishingly out of sync with what the movie is all about. But it’s probably not hard to appreciate how much of a marketing challenge it was. Movies are only easy to sell if they’ve been sold before.

  2. Grishny (156) said,

    November 29, 2006 at 12:49 pm

    The first thing that came to mind was the trailer that’s been running on TV for the latest Will Ferrel movie, Stranger Than Fiction.

    I am not a big Will Ferrel fan. I think he can be funny, but most of the time he’s not. His SNL stuff is always a 50/50 chance for me, and of his movies that I’ve seen, I’ve not really liked any of them enough to warrant a second viewing.

    But this trailer did something right, because it made me want to see yet another Will Ferrel movie.

    Then again, it may just be that Emma Thompson is in it and I haven’t yet seen a movie of hers that I didn’t like.

  3. siochembio (82) said,

    November 29, 2006 at 12:56 pm

    I checked out the trailer online for 13 Tzameti (and I highly recommend others do as well, although I think it may be a little spoilery), and I’ve kinda had the movie stuck in my head ever since. I’m planning on seeing it this week at the local art house theater based solely on the trailer.

    As far as recent trailers on the big screen, I like what I see for “Little Children.” Every time I’ve seen the trailer, I’ve felt very excited about the movie, and I think I’m getting an accurate read on what type of movie it is. Of course, I have not yet seen the film, so I might be way off.

    My favorite trailer ever is probably for LotR: The Two Towers. The music is just fantastic and builds suspense… merely over the course of the trailer!! I’ll still watch it and get goosebumps, and then want to see the movie again immediately.

  4. Dave (130) said,

    November 29, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    I recently saw the trailer for Talladega Nights The Ballad of Ricky Bobby for some reason–it had to have been one of those “coming soon to DVD” things because that movie came out this summer. The entire time I was watching it, I just wanted it to be over. When it was over, I wanted those two minutes of my life back. I can’t believe that movie apparently got decent reviews, because it just looks plain awful. It could just be my extreme anti-Will Ferrel sentiment showing here, but man, nothing at all in that trailer looks funny, except maybe the quick bit with Ferrel playing wheelchair basketball. That sort of made me chuckle.

  5. kaytie (1) said,

    November 29, 2006 at 4:31 pm

    A trailer that I can’t seem to stop watching is Rocky Balboa. I’m oddly addicted to those movies, for the first few it’s genuinely good and for the last couple it’s a sick obsession, like a car wreck you can’t take your eyes off of (more so the 5th than the 4th). Even so, I absolutely cannot wait for it to come out. Who could resist watching Rocky come out of retirement and still kick ass in the ring? And I adore the last lines for the movie trailer;
    Rocky: It’s not over till it’s over.
    Mason Dixon: What’s that from, the eighties?
    Rocky: That’s probably more like the seventies.

    It’s so characteristically Rocky, I love it.

    oh, and he’s coming out with a Rambo IV as well. That just makes me sigh.

  6. Grishny (156) said,

    November 29, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    Dave: if somebody asked me to give examples of movie trailers that totally failed to entice me; that actually made me want to avoid the movie they were promoting, the trailer for Talladega Nights would be near the top of the list.

    In fact I can’t really think of a better example of that right now.

  7. mindless_drivel (29) said,

    November 29, 2006 at 4:42 pm

    The most recent trailer that has caught my attention is the one for The Fountain. Every time I see it, it leaves me wanting more. The visuals are breath-taking, the music is amazing, and it tells just enough of the premise to get me curious.

    An extremely bad trailer that has come out is the new Spiderman 3 one. It reveals way too much about the movie, has some poor editing, and half of the effects look unfinished. This greatly dampened my (already pretty weak) desire to see this film.

  8. Stephen (221) said,

    November 30, 2006 at 9:59 am

    kaytie: Rocky Balboa is one I would’ve mentioned, except that Sam and I will be discussing it on the show pretty soon. I don’t want to give anything away, but I’m not so sure we had the same reaction to it. Though I will say it’s a well-made trailer — certainly it gets across the spirit of the Rocky films well.

    mindless_drivel: I kind of like the Spider-Man 3 trailer, and I hated the first two films. I think it probably does spoil a lot, but it makes it look like the flick is really about something, and perhaps something interesting.

    The Fountain does have a cool trailer. I may see the movie shortly, but I’m still unsure.

  9. Stephen (221) said,

    November 30, 2006 at 10:01 am

    And the Talladega Nights trailer has that one hilarious moment, where Will Ferrell is thankful for his two sons, “Walker and Texas Ranger.” That bit right there had me in stitches (not to mention “Save me Tom Cruise! Save me with your witchcraft!”).

  10. mindless_drivel (29) said,

    November 30, 2006 at 12:36 pm

    The Spiderman 3 trailer isn’t the worst trailer that I’ve ever seen, but one of my pet peeves is when half of the major plot points and the best action and/or comedy scenes are given away in the trailer. There are plenty of ways to get people interested in a movie without giving away too much. Recent examples are the trailers for The Fountain, The Prestige, Little Miss Sunshine, and Pan’s Labryinth. I was interested enough to see (or plan on seeing) the movies, but I still entered the theaters without knowing very much of the plot ahead of time. Just by watching the trailer, I can give a complete plot synopsis of Spiderman 3 and that pisses me off.

  11. Sam (405) said,

    November 30, 2006 at 2:05 pm

    I really, really hate that too. Not that it was a great loss, but I remember the trailer to “Double Jeopardy.” It might as well have been the Cliff’s Notes for it. Ruined any entertainment I might have salvaged from that movie.

  12. Randy (21) said,

    November 30, 2006 at 4:18 pm

    Speaking of Spiderman 3, here is the trailer with added Venom goodness.
    Right here

  13. wintermute (157) said,

    November 30, 2006 at 5:28 pm

    I’m still not sure that is Venom (though I suppose that URL gives the game away); sure, it leeches onto Spidey in a very Venom-like way, but after that, so far as I’ve seen, he acts and looks more like Dark Spiderman.

    Really, Venom should be more… plastic, especially in the face, and not just a black version of Spidey’s regular costume.

    Still, The Sandman looks cool.

  14. Dave (130) said,

    November 30, 2006 at 10:03 pm

    Stephen: Ah yeah, the “Walker and Texas Ranger” line was pretty good. But as for that other bit, I would have found it funny if not for the fact that it was being delivered by Will Ferrel running around in his underwear. In fact, I think the scene would have been much funnier if he’d actually been on fire. And not just because I hate Will Ferrell and want to see him burn.

  15. Darien (88) said,

    November 30, 2006 at 11:28 pm

    My favourite thing about Talladega Nights is how Sony’s trying to use it to sell people their doomsday clock of a video game console. “Sure, $600 may seem like a lot to spend on a console… but it comes with a free copy of Talladega Nights!”

  16. Ferrick (140) said,

    December 3, 2006 at 12:31 am

    Even trailers elicit such different thoughts on the movies. This is great.

    One of the worst trailers I ever saw was for the Stallone movie, “The Specialist.” It went for the serious action hero vibe and all it got was guffaws from the audience.

    When I saw the trailer for Ghost Rider, I immediately put it in the bin of movies I’d never be interested in seeing.

    I haven’t seen it yet, but for some reason, I’m really wanting to see Talladega Nights. When it was in the theatres, I wanted a decent, mindless comedy and it looked like the best candidate. Plus, others I had talked to enjoyed it. I might hate it but I’ll give it a shot. Some of his movies are really fun but others are only decent. The Adam Sandler movies are more of a miss for me most of the time. At least since Happy Gilmore.

  17. wintermute (157) said,

    December 4, 2006 at 10:34 am

    I watched the Ghost Rider trailer over the weekend, and… I don’t know. It looks like it’s going to suck. But then, when I first heard there was going to be a Ghost Rider movie, my first thought was “wow, that’ll suck.”

    Seriously. Can anyone think of a Marvel Superhero less worthy of the big screen? Morbius the Living Vampire is a possibility, I suppose.

    Or Aquaman. But that goes without saying.

  18. Stephen (221) said,

    December 4, 2006 at 10:39 pm

    Ah, but Aquaman is DC, so….

    Yeah, Ghost Rider. Worst idea ever.

  19. Darien (88) said,

    December 4, 2006 at 11:00 pm

    Can we count teams? If so, I nominate the Power Pack. Otherwise… hmm. I reckon Iron Fist is pretty lame, plus people will think it’s a porno. Wonder Man is lame, but not as bad as Morbius.

  20. mindless_drivel (29) said,

    December 4, 2006 at 11:34 pm

    While we’re on the topic of idiotic superheroes, I believe the one that takes the cake is Squirrel Girl.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squirrel_girl

    Runners up include all of the Great Lakes Avengers/X-men/Defenders/Champions (Although Squirrel girl was the only one independently created. I wonder who came up with that bright idea.)

  21. wintermute (157) said,

    December 5, 2006 at 8:39 am

    Stephen: Aquaman’s suckiness is sufficient for him to always be a valid point of comparison.

    I think even Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose would make for a better movie than Ghost Rider.

    And by “better”, I mean… “more entertaining”? No, probably more like “higher grossing”.

  22. Darien (88) said,

    December 5, 2006 at 11:35 pm

    Yeah, I’d say there’s a certain market segment to which a film with “tarot,” “witch,” “black,” and “rose” all in the title would have great appeal.

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