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 go unda da sea, get manly with a Hollywood heavyweight, grow a beard and fight some zombies, wonder what more can be said about Roman Polanski’s “indiscretion”, and have a peek at Satan’s wang.

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Just a couple weeks to go until Christopher Nolan’s Inception opens (the reviews are already up) but let’s take a moment to go back in time to 2002, when Nolan remade the Norwegian thriller Insomnia. The original was a great little piece of work, directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg. After Insomnia Skjoldbjærg hasn’t done a lot — his 2001 adaptation of Prozac Nation looks like it was a serious career stall. But he’s back with Nokas, a heist thriller based on a real-life crime, and the trailer is after the break.  Read More »

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