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 dip our toe in the Israeli/Palestinian situation, see if a faux doc is worth your time, go on a head case with a first time director, see what Jean-Luc Godard is up to these days (nudity, apparently) and follow one dude on a magical night of shenanigans.

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The Dog Trailer

In Dog Day Afternoon, Al Pacino played a thinly fictionalized version of John Wojtowicz, who famously attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank in 1972 in order to pay for his spouse’s gender-reassignment operation. (Or who used the operation as a smokescreen for an underlying mafia motive, depending on who you believe.) Now the life and crimes of Wojtowicz are the subject of a documentary called The Dog. Directed by Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, the timing is right for the film. In addition to his high-prodfile crime, Wojtowicz was known as a gay-rights activist at a time when that was a far less common public stance to take. Check out The Dog trailer below.   Read More »

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