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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Earlier this week, seven minutes of Mortal Kombat footage featuring Michael Jai White as Jax seemingly “leaked” online. Is this test footage for a new Mortal Kombat movie reboot? Who is behind this short film? We have the full details, after the jump.

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The most attention-getting thing to hit the ‘net on a very slow news day is this seven minutes of Mortal Kombat footage featuring Michael Jai White as Jax. There’s a lot going on here — introductions and backstory for antagonists like Reptile and Baraka, a fight scene featuring Johnny Cage, and even Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade.

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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.

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Black Dynamite Movie Trailer

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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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“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)

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