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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Sarah Michelle Gellar in Possession Movie Trailer

Sarah Michelle Gellar continues her streak of starring in really horrible remakes of good Asian horror/thrillers. Joel Bergvall’s Possession is a remake of Young-hoon Park’s South Korean film Addicted. The story follows Jessica, a woman whose husband and gets in a horrific car crash with his brother. When the brother-in-law wakes up, he insists that he’s her husband. Check out the horrific movie trailer after the jump.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar in Southland Tales

I must pick up the Southland Tales soundtrack. It contains more than a few great tunes, much in line with director Richard Kelly’s debut film Donnie Darko. The soundtrack also includes character Krysta Now’s first single “Teen Horniness is Not a Crime”, a satirical take on the bubble gum pop songs of Britney Spears era. In the movie, Sarah Michelle Gellar plays porn star Krysta Now, who also hosts a “View”-like talk show, her own energy drink, and an upcoming pop music career.

And you can now listen to the song in MP3 format over on Zeon’s Music blog. The lyrics are available after the jump.

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Southland Tales Movie Trailer

Southland Tales Logo

Since the now infamous Cannes Film Festival screening which resulted in a wave of bad buzz like never seen before, Richard Kelly has been trying to do damage control on his sophomore effort, a follow-up his hit cult first film Donnie Darko. Southland Tales has been re-cut, enhanced with new special effects (which evident in the trailer are not too impressive), and is said to be a totally different movie. And now finally, the movie trailer has hit the web, and it’s everything I hoped the movie might look like. Call me a fanboy, but I want to love this movie. There has been some recent conversation in the comments on this site about the differences between bloggers and critics, and I think that’s one of them. Critics are paid to be critical. Bloggers are paid to be fans. And when things go wrong, they are allowed to be unrelentingly honest about a film, star, director or writer (I’ve even received a few e-mails that I can print from actors, writers, and directors that took issue with some of my comments). But the truth is, most of the bloggers want to see a movie like Resident Evil 3 (sadly, we helped promote the film, but Sony has shut all media out in hopes of keeping the bad buzz from hitting you guys). I know, this is a rant for another time, another post.

I’m really looking forward to Richard Kelly’s new film. I really dig the great Pixies song used in the trailer (Wave of Mutilation), the Moby soundtrack and the play against the famous TS Eliot quote: “This is how the world ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper.” I’ve even read the prequel graphic novels, which I can highly recommend. I don’t see how this film could make sense if you didn’t read them. And maybe that was the problem with the Cannes screening. Check out the new trailer for yourself after the jump.

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New Southland Tales Movie Poster Sucks

Southland Tales

Cinematical has posted the new theatrical poster for Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales, and it doesn’t look good.

Don’t get me wrong. I want Southland Tales to be good. Even if it isn’t good, I want it to make money just because I feel Richard Kelly somehow deserves it. But when a movie distributor clearly has no idea how to sell a film, or starts using deceptive marketing materials, that is usually a sure sign that the film will fail at the box office. This poster has too much going on, and gives me no indication of what this movie is about. The double poster layout is confusing, and the film’s stars are clearly in focus to attract an audience that might not otherwise enter into such a film. It seems like something that would be devised by a marketing department for the DVD release of a failed theatrical movie (Donnie Darko anyone?).

Check out the new poster after the jump.

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Southland Tales Video Clip: God is Dead

Southland Tales

A little bird on my shoulder is telling me that the trailer for Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales will most likely hit the web tomorrow. In anticipation, we present you with this new clip [via: filmick] which we swear we’ve somehow seen before (so maybe it isn’t new? My memory fails me). The shot scene features The Rock, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Seann William Scott talking about a movie idea/script. Check it out after the jump.
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Someone sent us some new photos from Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales. But first some news for Mandy Moore fans: A month ago Mandy Moore made a comment, wondering if she still appeared in the movie, after director Richard Kelly announced that the film had undergone major reedits:

“I play The Rock’s wife in the movie, if I’m still in the movie at all,” Moore told Sci-Fi. “They had to cut it down so much, and maybe they just cut out my character altogether.”

Mandy Moore fans need not worry, Kelly has confirmed:

“Mandy Moore is still very much in the film… and very little of her role was cut.”

Okay, now for the photos. The first one can be seen above the news story and shows Justin Timberlake and is titled “All These Things I’ve Done”. We’ll continue with more after the jump.

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TMNT PosterI remember buying my first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comic book as a young kid. This was before the old television show, the art was in black and white, and it wasn’t necessarily for children. I’ve grown up with this franchise through it’s many incarnations: the first cartoon series, the first movie and it’s subsequent sequels, the toys, the TMNT rock band (yes, they traveled the country in Turtle outfits) and of course the new cartoon series (I somehow missed the live-action television show).

TMNT is yet a new revisiting of the Turtle series. If you’ve never encountered the franchise before, you may be stuck wondering, “what’s going on.” The prologue doesn’t explain much of anything, but is long enough to make you wonder how bad the film is going to be. But fear not, after the first initial ten minutes, the movie picks up into an action and story packed storyline which will entertain fans of the series.
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New production stills and concept drawings from Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales have made their way onto the internet. We have a look at them below, but be warned, there are spoilers. As always, left click for higher resolution.
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