The Top 10 Trailers of 2009

I usually loathe Top lists.

As the adage says, if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. I have been starting to get highway hypnosis with the sameness of a lot of these Best Of lists for films in 2009, so I was emboldened when asked to come up with a Top 10 Trailers list for 2009 as I haven’t seen a lot of people devoting time to stacking which of them they thought performed their duty exceptionally well.

When I cobbled this list together I essentially, and unscientifically, used some of the same criteria that I use every week for my This Week In Trailers column. I wanted to include a wide swath of various genres (foreign, kids, drama, comedy, action) to show representative samples of what can be done within those arenas; thus, a few solid trailers just couldn’t make the cut.

Because these trailers are usually entry points for the films listed below, some of the challenge of this exercise is trying to “unexperience” watching the eventual film and judge these things based on why they moved me to begin with. It was tough separating what I know now versus what I knew then but, as you will see as my #3 choice, they don’t always have to result in great films. Trailers are always trying to separate you with your money or trying to make the best case why they deserve to be experienced so I hope you enjoy the ones I selected below and leave a comment or two for any trailers you think deserve a special mention.
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A couple of hours ago I finally caught Black Dynamite, which became an internet sensation based on a very well cut trailer. (Not this one, sadly, but this is what Apparition is using to sell the film now.) Despite having been told that the film plays better as a trailer than a feature I had a really good time with it. The plot is more wild and weird than I’d expected, and Michael Jai White does a great version of the stereotypical self-involved ’70s badass.

The end credits are a lot of fun, too, in part because they sport fantastic animation showing Black Dynamite kicking ass left and right. So the news that the character will soon be showing up  in his own animated series is very welcome, but hardly surprising. Read More »

Black Dynamite Movie Trailer


Apparition has released a new, and possibly final, movie trailer for the blaxploitation callback Black Dynamite on Yahoo. Watch the new trailer now after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Black Dynamite to Get Fall Release


Black Dynamite generated a hell of a lot of press based solely on a trailer, and played well at Sundance and better at the Seattle Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. Sony picked up the film at Sundance, and a release in the latter half of this year has been the target, but Sony always wanted a distribution partner. Now, as Variety reports, they’ve got one, in the form of new kid on the block Apparition. Now you’ll definitely get to see Black Dynamite in at least some theatres come this October.
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Sundance Blog: Celebrity Sightings

Sundance is now in full swing and I havent been able to to blog about the experience as much as I would like to. We’ve got a tremendous response to the video blogs, probably more so than anything else we’ve ever put up on the site. It probably speaks to why America is so obsessed with reality television. And the response has not only been online but also on location in Park City. I’ve met a bunch of cool readers and even had some run ins with celebrities, some of which even read the site (which I always find very shocking and extremely cool).

Yesterday morning Scott Sanders, the writer/director of Black Dynamite and Jon Steingart, the film’s producer, came up to me while I was leaving a screening and asked if I ran /Film. Apparently they’ve been watching the video blogs and have since requested via our friend Scott at WeAreMovies, that we have more arguments in our future video blogs (you can watch the original fight video here). While I can’t make this happen, I’m sure something will go down in the next seven days of the festival. We’re seeing the midnight show of Dynamite on Sunday and we might be partying with the guys later in the week.

And earlier today at the 500 Days of Summer screening an actress came up to me and introduced herself, asking if I was the /Film guy. She explained that she reads the site and that she had a film playing at the festival called The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, a film I have had marked on my must see list. (I’m waiting on a publicist request, and hopefully I can get tickets to the Monday premiere.) She was extremely nice and we chatted for a moment before I thanked her for reading and wished her luck with the film. I sat back down and pulled up her name on IMDb. Sundance has a lot of first time filmmakers and films with unknown actresses, and for all I knew this could have been her first big break.

I’m not good with names, and the name Tania Raymonde didn’t ring any bells. But it turns out that it should have, as Raymonde played Ben’s daughter Alex on LOST. And those of you who regularly read the site know that LOST is my favorite television series of the moment. I loved her character on the show. She also looks so much different in person.  Suffice to say I geeked out for a few minutes before I gathered the guts to turn around (she was seated behind me) and explain my error and profess my LOST fandom before the film started. Tania, if you’re reading this, please shoot me an email.

And my third celebrity run-in happened while I was entering the Library for the Mystery Team screening. Jason Reitman totally cut in front of me (kinda, sorta, but not really). He apologized, as it turns out he was just trying to get to the concession stand in the room with the ticket que. Not too exciting.

I once made a complete fool out of myself talking to Reitman while I was drunk at a party at the Toronto Film Festival. I doubt he remembers. If you’re interested, you can find the story on one of the /FilmCast AfterDark episodes from September 2008.

More video blogs on the way…

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“But Black Dynamite, I sell drugs to the community.” With this new red band trailer, Black Dynamite officially blazes its way onto the Most Anticipated List. Way back in July, the buzzing stealth passion project from writer/director, Scott Sanders, and writer/star, Michael Jai White, miraculously won me over by making exhausted, semi-ironic blaxploitation homage seem fresh again. Since that time, Rudy Ray Moore kicked the bucket, we elected a half-black president and the good peoples at New York’s Ars Nova Entertainment just informed me that their film has been accepted by Sundance. Disclaimer: They also sent over some motherfucking swag.

Ditching the previous red band’s ghetto-projector flicker, the new one favors crisp, soul-glo visuals, a kilo of chopsockey goodness and a cameo by Captain Kangeroo. We also get a nekkid bevy of porn superbirds, including corpse-loving Charlotte Stokely, Arsenio Hall disguised with a terrible wig, little kids shooting heron, and proto-Mylanta thug, Mike Starr, screaming. A release date is not locked in. Stay tuned.

Discuss: That Star Trek trailer can eat it.

From Spike Jonze’s “Sabotage” to PTA’s Angels Live in My Town to the full-on grindhouse wave, the ship for ironic urban ‘sploitation needs to sail already. We’ll make an exception for the new Dolemite trailer because it has laser beams, but that’s it. Let it rest. Okay, um, we might need to make another exception. The trailer for this year’s Black Dynamite—off the map, much?—hints at an entire film that genuinely looks as if it played during the days when Tarantino’s and Wu-Tang’s sneakers used to stick to seedy theater floors. And we’re not exaggerating, take a look. That is a pretty difficult aesthetic to pull off in 2008 without looking like a jackass. Even the cast looks of the era.

The film’s writer/director is Scott Sanders, who previously helmed an obscuro Alec Baldwin flick, but c’mon, is that really a strike against? Michael Jai White, who has a role in The Dark Knight, played Spawn and had a cut part in Kill Bill, stars as the titular kung-fu fighting Shaft-like badass. His co-stars include Arsenio Hall as a man named Tasty Freeze, Tommy Davidson as Cream Corn, Sk8rboi porn starlet Charlotte Stokely, and martial artist Roger Yuan. How about a bowl of Totally Random? Here’s the logline…

“This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite. The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House”

A quick look around the Web shows that followers of Black Dynamite are pretty damn excited (also: it has followers), and little tidbits from the talent involved imply that it’s a super-coiled passion project that’s ready to strike outta nowhere. So, what do you think? And yeah yeah yeah, today’s red band trailer for Larry Bishop’s Hell Ride doesn’t look too shabby either (even though Peter gave it, like, a zero).

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Black Dynamite opens sometime this year.

via Cinema Suicide (and thanks to Zach)