We’ve just passed the seventeenth anniversary of the death of Bill Hicks, and in memoriam I’d like to present the trailer for American: The Bill Hicks Story. This documentary chronicles the life of one of America’s most unlikely comedic stars — Bill Hicks wasn’t so much a stand-up comic as a commentator and cultural critic. He pushed stand-up to the point almost of metaphysical inquiry, but could also rant in a way that would teach even the craziest street-corner preacher a thing or two. Watch the trailer after the break. Read More »
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: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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