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Let’s talk about Ticking Clocks

Today the new trailer arrived for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming war historical film, DUNKIRK, and it gives us an excellent opportunity to talk about the use of the ticking clock motif in trailers.  Check out the video below and then keep scrolling for the analysis.

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GameTrailers.com Top 100 List

Hey All!
I came cross this during the week and thought it was really awesome. Gametrailers.com, the leader in you guessed it – Video Game Trailers and News – just wrapped up its breakdown of the Top 100 Video Game Trailers of all time.  I think they did a really great job of being objective and fair, and in my opinion they did pick the best (though maybe not in the same order as I feel it should be).  Check out their list and see what great commentary they have on why they picked what they did:

Top 100 VG Trailers of All Time

Because Gametrailers.com has the worst video player in the history of the world, I have posted a list of links below for the Top Ten Trailers – from 10 to 1:

Welp!  There you go!  I really look forward to watching all of the trailers on the list.  Thus far this is the most comprehensive listing of Video Game trailers I have come across so please check it out, let me know what you think in the comments below (did they get it right?) and be ready for a great trailer this coming Friday!

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Not so Sad thus far…

Late but never unwelcome I hope, the Art of the Trailer struggles back into its regular weekly schedule.  And to get us back on track, I decided to go with a film that looks to be a very fantastic bit of art.  From the now controversial director, Lars Von Trier, I am proud to present – Melancholia:

This film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and earned leading actress Kirsten Dunst the Best Actress Award there, and is currently about to enter a limited art house release in the USA.  Controversy arouse when the Director made several pro-Nazi statements and was subsequently banned from Cannes for life.  Despite the various moral issues you and I undoubtedly have with his philosophy, I can say that I am very excited to see this film because it looks to be a great work of art.  So with that, let’s get into the trailer!

Kicking of the trailer we get a beautiful and tragic score which gives us a very clear picture of the story to come. I love how elegant it is and yet how innately sad it can be.  Exactly what you would expect from something called “Melancholia”.  The introductory shot however tells a different story….

What I love most about this trailer is that it blends together very different feels:

  • Sci-fi and almost Period Drama (it feels like Pride and Prejudice meets The Day the Earth Stood Still)
  • Tragedy and Beauty (A marriage juxtaposed by the end of the world)
  • Realist Drama versus Magic and Wonder
Honestly I don’t know that I could say what genre this is other than to say that it seems to be more a work of Art than a narrative film.  The artistic style is beautiful, mixing the dark blues and greens of the outside world (and rapidly approaching new one) with the amber yellows and browns of the Wedding scenes.  It seems that Von Trier found a unique matching of genres and is allowing the artistic nature of both to excel individually while bolstering each other to newer and greater heights.

Besides the amazing cinematic style, the acting appears to be wonderful.  The Star-studded cast includes Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, indie-darling Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Alexander Skarsgard (soon to be of Battleship infame).  As previously mentioned, this film earned Dunst the Best Actress award at Cannes and from what we see here, she truly deserved it.

Again, the trailer does a masterful job of uniting different elements together cohesively and beautifully. In case you haven’t caught it yet, my word for this trailer is “beautiful” 🙂 and I think it rightly deserves that.  We see morose Sci-fi, elegant yet sad Wedding parties, family fighting against the backdrop of the end of Earth.  The trailer sells this film as exactly what it is – art that is not meant as escapist entertainment, but as something designed to challenge our perceptions and deepen our understandings of Life.  This is not Transformers 3 by any means and thank God for that!

Very briefly, my only issue with the film as a whole is that it seems that the planet approaching Earth is called “Melancholia”.  While I am not crazy about the title showing up in such a prominent way in the film, it isn’t as bad a nominalism as “Unobtainiam” from Avatar.

Ultimately this is a beautifully orchestrated combination of genres, styles, messages, and morals that I personally am going to be striving to see as soon as I can.  Haunting yet elegant, Melancholia is now at the top of my list to be seen in theaters.

Overall Rating:  5//5

Welp!  Thanks for sticking around!  Please let me know what you think of the Trailer, the movie, the Nazi-ness of the director, etc in the comments below.  I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

Next week I think I am going to tackle a trailer that just came out today.  It is an adaptation of a Shakespearian work that I have never heard of, and it appears to be modernized.  Plus it stars and was directed by Voldemort…..so that should be fun 🙂  Join me next week for Coriolanus.  Thanks and below are some clickouts for more info on Melancholia.  Enjoy!

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It’s Got Me in an Alca-trance ;)

Hey all!  Trying to get back on schedule with the Art of the Trailer and my roommate and good friend Andrew turned me onto this teaser for a new JJ Abrams show coming to Fox. Now I know that this trailer debuted in May and I know that IMDB doesn’t list it coming out until 2013, but I wanted to take a look at this because a friend recommended it, and because I think that this could be the new Lost. That statement may come back to bite me hard so I will get to that shortly.  First things first though, please check out the trailer below and then keep on scrollin’ for my commentary and notes on Alcatraz:

Here is the gist of it:   Prison Break meets Lost.  This the MOST JJ ABRAMS you can get for your money’s worth!!!  It involves mystery, cover ups and conspiracy, time travel, Hurley!  What more can you ask for?!?!

Now, this trailer creates a challenge for me because it is a bit too long for me, but my friend Andrew thought it was perfect.  So then which opinion is correct?  Well I poured over the trailer again and again and this is what I came too:

  • < 0:53 = A really good teaser for the show (which is all I wanted).
  • 0:53 – 1:09 = When we start to get too much. It is still alright but it shows a bit too much.
  • 1:09 – 2:13 = When we see almost all of the pilot, which is far too much.

They do a great job of selling it as the filler for our Lost-shaped hole which is what they needed to do.  I like the simplicity of the premise (that the mass prisoner move from Alcatraz was a coverup) in that it plays perfectly off the “Hidden Knowledge” formula that we all know and love so much.  Honestly it doesn’t matter how or why they disappeared; just how we find out that information, and that is what makes this new genre appealing particularly to Hollywood Executives.

HOWEVER, and this is the BIG however, we all remember what happened with The Event. Most of us got very excited about it’s potential, but were sorely disappointed when the “Event” wasn’t explained in the first episode….or the second…..or at all.  There exists a razor thin line that must be walked between keeping the audience in suspense, releasing just enough, and losing us – either by giving up the mystery too early or by NEVER getting to it. Lost worked because most of us weren’t used to the genre and were willing to tag along for Six miserable seasons to finally start getting some answers.  Not so anymore.  We know what we want and we will kill shows that go too slow.

Very quickly here are two lists of what I think worked and what didn’t.
What they should have held back:

  • Jorge Garcia being in it
  • Set up for the “little black bag” line
  • Graveyard scene

What was good:

  • “Waiting for this for a very long time”
  • “Greatest criminals coming back…don’t exist”
  • Basically anything Sam Neill didd
  • Intro to the mystery
Ultimately I think they did a decent job, particularly as I am now intrigued and want to see the show (whenever it comes out).  My biggest fear though is that it will fall into the JJ Pattern: 1) Start well with interesting characters and good plot, 2) then JJ leaves for the “new toy” and this one slowly drowns itself (see The Event, V, etc).  I am afraid for Fringe right now because we arriving at the departure phase very soon, particularly with the super-shiny toys of Cloverfield 2, Star Trek 2, and MI3: Ghost Protocol looming soon.  Guess we will just have to wait and see…

Overall Rating:  3.5//5

Thanks again to Andrew Pelt for suggesting this one!  Good stuff. Below are some clickouts for other articles on this upcoming show, so check those out!

Next week I am thinking might get a little sad…like really…..MELANCHOLY…….you know………just sayin’…….
So check back next Friday and please check out my review of Assassin’s Creed II on the Soontobeangel blog — Coming next week.  K Bye!

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It’s time to play the music…

Thought I would share this fantastic bit of trailer-work as done by the Muppets and Co.  Not only do they make fun of a great teaser, they end up with a fantastic one themselves.  Check out this latest trailer parody for:

The Pig With the Froggy Tattoo

And if you haven’t already, check out my review of Halloween on the Soontobeangel blog!  Thanks!

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Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

This is the most convoluted universe I have ever seen in a movie or game series.
This is Kingdom Hearts:

This is the trailer for the most recent….part of the Kingdom Hearts series, Birth by Sleep, and boy is it….yeah. In brief, the story of KH involves the hero’s journey of Sora, going from kid on an island…with no parents…to an interplanetary champion of love, hope, and the ever clear Light! (whatever that means).  Basically the ambiguity of Square Enix’s “good vs evil” collided with the stock Disney “Believe and Trust your Heart” – which leaves us with a very basic (VERY BASIC) battle of light and darkness.

And that really doesn’t make a lot of sense.  You are fighting your rival at the end of the first game and all seems lost…but then you “believe and the power of your heart saves you!!!” ….whatever that means.   Now, I am an optimist and I do believe in magic that underlies the world (at least in the magical qualities) so I really like that “light v dark” stuff. However, this series goes to a ridiculous point – PARTICULARLY after the second game. But I wont get into that. Let’s get to the trailer….

Basically I would say that this is the Zack Snyder of Trailers — it looks amazing and really focuses on that.  It is a gorgeous trailer!  Some moments (o:29, 0:35, 1:07) look nigh on live-action, which is incredible for animation made in 2006-7.  The set-up is beautifully haunting and draws us into wondering “what is going on”.  Then, of course, the fight is masterfully crafted, showcasing the years of experience Square Enix brings to the series.  Combat plays fantastically, quick and intense, and best of all – it builds up the story rather than replace it.

That is what is best about this trailer:  it has a narrative story that almost follows a three act structure.  First to be clear, this is actually two teasers in one video.  The first is the secret ending of KH2 and the second is the original teaser for the game (split is at 1:26).  The narrative part is actually across both

Starting with the introduction of the three heros in the Secret Ending, we start to see the world in which this all occurs.  The second teaser begins with the villain’s entrance and at about minute 2 we shift into Act II.  The shift is subtle but we move from the exposition of characters to the actual fight itself. Then final Act begins at about 3:30, about the time that the Bald guy enters the fight.  The shift here is from mindless violence and fighting to a more personal side of thing.  We start to see who we are dealing with people (who might or might be recognizable) and it becomes all the more real.

What doesn’t work about the trailer is the music.  It is nice and it hits the beats, but it doesn’t enhance the trailer. It just exists to fill the gap of sound and for no other purpose, which is a shame because it could have been spectacular.  Oh, well…

Overall, I am drawn to answering the BAZILLION questions I have about the series and where it is going, so I have to give this trailer a solid:

Rating = 5/5

If you want to look more into the series and the super convoluted storyline, check out the Kingdom Hearts page on Square Enix’s website.  It at least puts them in order 🙂 and God knows we all want them to just MAKE KH3 and get on with it already!

Thanks for hanging in there with me this week!  Crazyness happens when you are two weeks into your Junior year of college.  I promise to be more punctual with stuff in the future weeks.  And speaking of, tune in next Friday for Melancholia – already promising to be a fantastic film!


Indymogul’s Top Youtube Trailers

Hey!  Thought I would repost this recent video from some of my favorite youtubers – Indymogul.  They have been teaching young and upcoming filmmakers the tricks of the trade with Backyard Effects and many other great shows for years now and I have come to really respect them.  This is part of their Friday Favorites show in which they invite a fellow youtuber to come and share there Fav 5 …somethings.  For this one, we get to hear about Travis Betz shares his favorite (youtube) trailers.  They aren’t the big, flashy ones that I review but they are kinda fun (Particularly the hipster one).  So enjoy, leave me a comment down below telling me what you think and if you haven’t already, check out my review of The Maltese Falcon on the Soontobeangel blog!  Thanks

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