Nash Edgerton has made his mark as a stuntman (the Matrix films and Star Wars prequels) and actor (Zero Dark Thirty) but it’s his work as a director that we want to focus on today. Edgerton’s short Spider is a wicked, wonderful little thing, and his thriller feature The Square got my attention as a good take on how duplicitous dealings can go bad very fast.

Two years ago, Edgerton debuted the short Bear at Cannes, and last year it hit Sundance. Now, just after his latest short, The Captain premiered at Sundance 2013, we’ve got the online presentation of Bear. Those who’ve seen Spider will recognize Edgerton as the returning character, and might tremble a bit at this synopsis, knowing how things are likely to end: “Jack has the perfect birthday surprise planned for Emelie. Sometimes, though, plans go horrifically wrong.”

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Despite being based on true events that were extensively covered in the media, Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty has been shrouded in nearly as much secrecy as an actual military operation. But that’s all part of the film’s intrigue. Columbia’s having fun playing up that angle, even covering the first teaser poster with thick black censor marks.

What that means, however, is that we still have only the barest idea of exactly what angle Bigelow plans to take on the hunt for terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. We don’t know just what the impressively star-studded cast will actually be doing for two hours. We got only the briefest glimpses of Jennifer Ehle and Kyle Chandler looking worried in the first trailer. A new batch of photos show Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, and Nash Edgerton, with the latter two dressed in military garb. Check out the photos after the jump.

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Perhaps the reason Kathryn Bigelow has yet to decide on a title for her upcoming Osama bin Laden thriller is that she’s simply been too busy assembling a large, impressive cast. Jason Clarke (The Wettest County in the World) was the first to board back in November, and since then, Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, Edgar Ramirez, and Coach Taylor Kyle Chandler have all signed on for the picture as well. Now the latest additions are Jennifer Ehle, Harold Perrineau, and Nash Edgerton (yep, Joel’s brother). More after the jump.

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Spider, the short film by Nash Edgerton, isn’t exactly new. In fact, it’s pretty old. The IMDB lists it as 2007 but we’ve never posted it here on /Film. So, on the off chance you haven’t seen this fantastic short, now is the time.

Edgerton, the brother of accomplished actor Joel Edgerton, co-wrote, starred in and directed this short before making the feature film, The Square. (If you saw that film in theaters in the US, you might have seen the short playing before it.) Spider was so successful that it spawned a sequel, Bear, which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Both films share over the top, dark humor and super impressive filmmaking. After the jump, watch Spider and get a tease from Bear.

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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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