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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Today we bring you a couple new movie trailers:

  • The Sweeney is a big screen adaptation of the British television series starring Ray Winstone and Ben Drew (aka rapper Plan B) as Detectives specializing in armed robbery and violent crime in London. 
  • Andrew Dosunmu‘s Restless City premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011. The film follows the story of an African immigrant “surviving on the fringes of New York City.”

Watch both trailers embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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