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 drop in and tune in to some cinematic shut-ins, watch the movie that is definitely NOT loosely based on Daft Punk, tell you lies tell you sweet little lies, wonder how far we’re going to go with the Second Amendment, get ourselves into a sweet high school, and take another lap around the track that are the conspiracy theories around the death of Kurt Cobain

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Steve Jobs Teaser Trailer

So far, all we’ve seen are photos with Michael Fassbender playing the titular Apple co-founder in Danny Boyle‘s forthcoming biopic Steve Jobs. But today that changes as a brief teaser trailer has just surfaced showing off the X-Men: Days of Future Past and Shame star as the late technology innovator, complete with glasses and black turtleneck. The teaser has a vibe similar to the first trailer for The Social Network. That’s interesting, since David Fincher almost directed this film, and it still has a script from Aaron Sorkin.

Watch the Steve Jobs teaser trailer after the jump! Read More »

The Magicians trailer

Just earlier this month, SyFy gave a greenlight for a TV series adaptation of Lev Grossman’s fantasy trilogy The Magicians. As of now, 12 episodes have been ordered for the first season, set to premiere in 2016. And now fans of the books can get a sneak peek at what it will look like on the small screen as the first trailer for the series debuted on SyFy. Honestly, it looks surprisingly good. Watch The Magicians trailer after the jump! Read More »

Hitman Mad Men credits

For years the enigmatic opening credits to Mad Men have provoked viewers into many entertaining questions. How literal is the opening animation meant to be? What does it mean for Don Draper, and by implication the rest of the characters? While the metaphoric thrust of the credits is evident to anyone who watches the show, it’s still fun to talk about.

Now a teaser for the new film Hitman: Agent 47 shows us the truth behind the Mad Men credits, just in time for the AMC show to broadcast its final leap into the sky. No surprise: in this conception, it isn’t a leap, but a violent fall. Read More »

is fury road a sequel

Mad Max: Fury Road is in theaters now, and it is a triumph. We loved it (read our review here), hell, nearly everyone seems to love it. This could end up being the best-reviewed film of the year. And for good reason: it is a staggering piece of work, and an exhilarating theatrical ride.

But with Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson as Max and a chronology that isn’t entirely clear, we know people have questions. Is Fury Road a sequel, a reboot or a prequel, or is it something else? Do you need to see the other films first? Should you see it in 2D or 3D?

So here’s a Mad Max primer to answer those questions and a few others.  Read More »

Japanese Inside Out trailer

There’s a ton of new footage in this Japanese Inside Out trailer, including the clearest shots yet of Riley’s imaginary friend, who has so far been minimized in the US marketing in order to emphasize the emotions. There’s other new footage, too, showing Riley’s life, with many ups and downs, and Joy’s journey to the center of Riley’s mind as she tries to find and restore the young girl’s core memories.

This is almost more a music video than a trailer, as it is structured as some Japanese trailers are, with a pop song overlaying everything. But you won’t need to hear or understand any dialogue, as the action speaks for itself. Read More »

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Manglehorn trailer

David Gordon Green is back this year with Manglehorn, a bittersweet drama about a cranky and lonely dude who starts to realize that maybe he doesn’t have to be so cranky and lonely anymore. Al Pacino plays the title character. Watch the Manglehorn US trailer after the jump.  Read More »

True Detective trailer

The first True Detective season two trailer was all slow shots of sad faces. This second one has a lot more character — we hear from a few of the major players, including the bad guy played by Vince Vaughn, and the cops played by Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch. The real standout so far looks to be McAdams, who comes off like a total badass in this footage. Check out the new True Detective trailer below. Read More »

Scream Queens

Ryan Murphy is bringing his special brand of crazy to the teen slasher genre this fall with Scream Queens, a horror-comedy anthology series on Fox. Not to be confused with Scream, MTV’s new show based the ’90s movie franchise, Scream Queens centers on a sorority house rocked by a serial killer known as the Red Devil.

American Horror Story alum Emma Roberts plays Kappa House HBIC Chanel, while real-life scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis plays the school dean. The results are pretty much exactly what you’d expect if you told the guy who created PopularGlee, and American Horror Story to draw up a college show. Watch the Scream Queens trailer after the jump.  Read More »