The Top 10 Trailers of 2009

I usually loathe Top lists.

As the adage says, if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. I have been starting to get highway hypnosis with the sameness of a lot of these Best Of lists for films in 2009, so I was emboldened when asked to come up with a Top 10 Trailers list for 2009 as I haven’t seen a lot of people devoting time to stacking which of them they thought performed their duty exceptionally well.

When I cobbled this list together I essentially, and unscientifically, used some of the same criteria that I use every week for my This Week In Trailers column. I wanted to include a wide swath of various genres (foreign, kids, drama, comedy, action) to show representative samples of what can be done within those arenas; thus, a few solid trailers just couldn’t make the cut.

Because these trailers are usually entry points for the films listed below, some of the challenge of this exercise is trying to “unexperience” watching the eventual film and judge these things based on why they moved me to begin with. It was tough separating what I know now versus what I knew then but, as you will see as my #3 choice, they don’t always have to result in great films. Trailers are always trying to separate you with your money or trying to make the best case why they deserve to be experienced so I hope you enjoy the ones I selected below and leave a comment or two for any trailers you think deserve a special mention.
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We last reported on the grassroots campaign to earn Sam Rockwell an Oscar nomination for his… er… role in Moon back in October. “Sony Pictures Classics isn’t likely to put money into an awards campaign” said Peter at the time.

Today, Duncan Jones has been all of a Twitter about the matter and it seems there’s one big problem in particular with Sony’s plans for the picture. Unfortunately, it seems that Sony won’t send out screener copies as, according to a Tweet by Jones, “they say it costs too much for our little film as they would need to be water-marked copies as our DVD isn’t out yet in the US.”

A ludicrous argument, really, as the UK BD is region free and in plentiful supply, besides, they wouldn’t benefit from making watermarked copies where there’s already perfectly good non-watermarked copies out there to be pirated. Copyright thieves know no borders and will rob Jones, Sony and everybody else associated with the film from any source. It’s not like they’re waiting for an R1 NTSC copy.

So, what is Duncan Jones planning to do himself?
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Sony Pictures Classics isn’t likely to put money into an awards campaign for Sam Rockwell for the sci-fi indie Moon, but that isn’t stopping director Duncan Jones from getting behind a grassroots fan campaign to get the actor nominated. Does Rockwell deserve to be nominated for his performance in Moon? Many critics praised Rockwell in reviews earlier this year, and I would personally like to see him get recognized in some capacity come awards time. SPC is taking the more conservative approach (what else is new — but seriously, Carey Mulligan is the much safer bet, so it makes sense) and Jones is trying to spread the world himself, and get fans involved.

How can you help? If you happen to know an Academy member, please tell them about the movie and Sam’s performance, and try to get them to see the movie. Chances are many of you don’t know an Academy member… for those of you who don’t, please head on over and sign this online petition asking the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to consider Moon. Also, since Duncan is very active on the social spaces, he’s asking people to tweet a link to the petition and include the hashtag #samrockwelloscar. You can listen to Jones’ appearance on LAGenX Radio talking about the grassroots campaign, embedded after the jump. A fan-made poster for the effort is also included below.

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Cool Stuff: Unused Moon Concept Posters


I was never really a fan of the official poster for Duncan Jones‘ sci-fi indie Moon. I actually think Sony missed a big opportunity to sell the movie based on cool retro sci-fi imagery or the marketable face and name of Sam Rockwell, instead deciding to go with a trippy psychedelic circle.

Quiet Earth (via: FirstShowing) came across a bunch of the unused concept posters that were created for the film, most of which are pretty awesome. After the jump you can see some of the unused concepts. Which one do you like best?

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

marcwebbIn this special episode of the /Filmcast, Director Marc Webb joins David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley for their review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. They also praise Paper Heart, Moon, In The Loop, and chat about Futurama’s precious voice actors, as well as the wisdom of a potential Aquaman film. 500 Days of Summer is out in select cities now and will expand wider in the weeks to come.

There will be no /Filmcast next week, but follow everyone on Twitter (Dave, Devindra, and Adam) to keep up with all the happenings at Comic Con this week!

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Following after the break is a nice, meaty interview with Duncan Jones, conducted in his ‘bijou’ office in central London. Despite it being quite an unorthodox request, he agreed to meet me there, let me set up the camera and chat casually to him for around an hour about whatever took my fancy, Moon-related or otherwise. One of the things I’m not able to show you in the video is the full shelf of scripts that Duncan has been sent as potential projects and there’s no way I could name any of them – well, okay, one of them, because a script for his likely-to-be-next film, Mute was on the shelf too – but I will tell you, any of these films would be blessed to get Duncan on board.

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Duncan Jones Will Follow Moon With Mute


We’d recently thought that Moon director Duncan Jones would make the submarine thriller Escape From the Deep as his next feature, but now it seems like Mute, the film he’d previously likened to a Berlin Blade Runner, will be next after all. Moon won the prize for best new British feature over the weekend at the Edinburgh Film Festival, and that win may have helped push Mute forward. Screen Daily reports the UK-German co-production will once again be produced by Moon producer Stuart Fenegan, but with a lot more money: $25m instead of $5m. Read More »


pelhamposterIn this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley, discuss the mainstream appeal of Shutter Island, try and fail to get excited about Marcus Nispel (the newly minted director of Conan), and wonder about the possibilities of lost subplots in Pixar’s Up. Special guest Alex Albrecht joins us this evening from Diggnation and The Totally Rad Show.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next Tuesday at 10PM EST / 7 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Year One.

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Page 3


I’ve been very busy this week, but now I’m back and hitting the /Film trail in a big way. Just to clear my plate enough to get some more on there, however, I’m going to bring you my very own Page 2.

At the head of the post you can see a new still from The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. As well as Heath Ledger you can see Lily Cole and the really very amazing Andrew Garfield. There’s a new fan blog that seems to be posting every scrap they can, including scans from a French Magazine that let slip of some more images.

Countless more fragments of new news after the break. Come join me.

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