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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When it comes to huge movies with expensive special effects, no country in the world can touch America. Whether or not that’s a good thing is a whole other argument but even overseas, their biggest budget productions pale in comparison to ours. That tide might slowly be turning, however, with a film like Ra One, an upcoming Indian superhero film in the mold of Iron Man, directed by Anubhav Sinha and starring Shah Rukh Khan, which is being touted as one of the biggest spectacles to ever come out of the country. Check out the first trailer for the film after the jump. Read More »