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 stop being polite and start getting real, try not to be beheaded by a drug cartel, look back wistfully at a time that has long since passed, get coked out with the pretty people, hit the slopes for a little R&R, reflect on 20 years of Groundhog Day, and then get excited about stopping over in England to hear Edgar Wright and some directorial blowhards drone on about film.

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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 stop in Greece for a spell to get in touch with a dead dad, watch Dorff on Golf Middle East relations, peek at a swarthy man get back in touch with his inner Fred Astaire, and then try to make sense of a senseless tragedy with a man who will defend himself against charges of mass murder.  

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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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