Arsenal Trailer - Nicolas Cage

Adrien Grenier is best known for starring in the HBO series Entourage as movie star Vincent Chase. Throughout the series, we’re treated to teases of the movies Grenier’s character has made during his career. Now a trailer for a new action thriller looks like it came straight out of the world of Entourage, complete with a role for Adrian Grenier.

Arsenal follows two brothers (Adrian Grenier and Johnathon Schaech) as they get caught up in the wild antics of a ruthless crime boss — one that just so happens to be played by Nicolas Cage, reprising his character from the 1993 film Deadfall, directed by Cage’s brother Christopher Coppola. Yes, somehow, this is a real movie.

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In Deadfall, Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde are a brother/sister team who heist a casino and then get stuck near the snowy US/Canada border as they try to make their escape. Bana goes his own way as Wilde leverages the interest of a small-town ex-boxer (Charlie Hunnam) who is en route to a holiday feast with his family (Kris Kristofferson and Sissy Spacek).

That cast is probably enough to raise a little interest in the movie, but the first trailer for Deadfall makes it look like a tense little thriller. 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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