Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we run a spectacular horror gauntlet with an anthology directed by eight NSFW Mexican filmmakers, get thrown back to the 80’s for a little infidelity and a coming of age story, get back in touch with a remarkable album by Natalie Merchant, try and make sense of sound, and get to know the softer side of Iran.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get to know Janis Joplin, check in on that He-Man documentary we’ve been hearing about for years, try not to step on a landmine, get to know an almost forgotten Canadian heavy metal band, and wonder at what Guy Maddin is up to now.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get out of the house to see some cartoons, herald a new He-Man documentary, say goodbye to a Chicago summer, take some candids of people cooler than us, and get to know one of soccer’s most pretty players.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we ground and pound in a foreign country before getting introspective, try to fill the bulbous void that Elvis left, get a real view into our government’s counterterrorism methods, see Luke Wilson and Olivia Wilde up their game higher than VOD quality, and get trapped in a prison cell by a psychopath.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we try to get our best friend pregnant, think about what it means to own a Mustang, get in the ring with little luchadores, jump off a cliff with nothing but a squirrel suit hugging our nether regions, and get real with some little girls.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we pledge allegiance to the Prince of Dark Metal, watch waxed mustachioed dudes make a pot of coffee, ponder the existence of Russell Brand for a moment, blow stuff up like it’s a 1986 action movie, and see what made Bryan Cranston put on those purple tights.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we visit America’s hat, feel confident in pledging allegiance to the All Blacks, wonder why Harry Potter is trying to be so hardcore, examine a pivotal moment in the cold war and get moved by Germany’s entry for the foreign-language film Oscar.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we talk about gun control, about a city yearning for its place on the rock and roll map, some weirdo who dresses like a doll and likes to try and kill people, a roving musician who knows how to espanol, and we catch up to some graduated high schoolers three decades later to see how they turned out.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week I look to you, our esteemed readers, to say whether a movie starring Tattoo from Fantasy Island and scored by Danny Elfman is worth the effort, we then head down-undah to visit some special kids, stand in awe of a housing project that spawned Candyman and other societal ills, and try not to get shot while standing on the streets of Chicago.

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