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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Fans of Formula One Racing are probably not going to like Senna. Not because it’s a bad movie, though. Far from it. It just so happens to be the straightforward retelling of a very-well known story. Fans surely already know the unbelievable story of legendary driver Ayrton Senna but if you don’t know Senna from Dale Earnhardt Jr., then you will eat up this beautiful documentary.

Using only archival footage, director Asif Kapadia manages to make Formula One racing not only accessible to the masses, but a model for damn near perfect storytelling. Senna’s story is the stuff of fictional Hollywood screenplays. Simply put, this is a story that had to be told. It was the first film on our list of Best Movies of 2010 That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of and now that you’ve heard of it, read a full review. Read More »

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