Friday, July 31, 2009

Coming attractions.

I haven't been to the movies on Friday night in ages. Back when us meant people under 25 and them meant everyone else, though, I spent the end of every week in a darkened movie theater. Even though phrases like "in ages" are a dead giveaway that I'm long past 25--for me, Friday night will always feel like movie night.

That's why it's so cool that today, The Observer's Very Short List sent me a link to IFC's list of 50 Greatest Trailers of All Time. Included for each entry is a video of the trailer, along with a little background information.

From IFC:

There are many ways to measure a trailer's quality, from the persuasiveness of its salesmanship to the cleverness of its copywriting. Ultimately, we decided that the best trailers are those that most effectively combine art and commerce, and that sell and entertain with equal skill. Some of the previews on our list are for classic films, but many are for mediocrities. Some are for absolutely bombs. That speaks to the magic of the trailers. You could argue that these clips play to our basest instincts in order to convince us to see movies that aren't always good. But considered from another perspective, trailers provide a version of cinema that's essentially utopian, in which every film is perfect, if only for two and a half minutes.

I love a good movie trailer, almost as much as I love a good movie. So tonight, I'm going to be working my way through the list--in honor of all those Friday nights of my past.

I don't know yet what I'm going to do to honor the before-movie pizza and after-movie wrestling match.

Wanna see trailers for movies you haven't seen yet? Try iTunes Movie Trailers site.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

all excited right now: "Where the Wild Things Are" which is seriously so beautiful it makes me want to cry, and Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland."

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