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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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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‘Tetsuo: The Bullet Man’ Trailer

IFC Midnight Films has released the movie trailer for Shinya Tsukamoto’s first English-language film Tetsuo: The Bullet Man. The movie stars Eric Bossick as a young man raising a family in Tokyo who “flies into a terrible rage” after suffering a major tragedy, and “soon discovers that the power of his emotion transforms him into a strange, metallic monster.” This is the third film in Tsukamoto’s cyberpunk film series. The movie premiered at the Venice Film Festival. The closing credits song, an original track titled “Theme for Tetsuo: The Bullet Man” was composed by Nine Inch Nails (Trent Reznor, who co-wrote the soundtrack for The Social Network) for the movie. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Tetsuo Three – Finally!

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Screen Daily have some very good news for fans of nightmarish body horror and man-maching splatterpunk today, with their report on an imminent third film in Shinya Tsukamoto‘s Tetsuo series. I’ve just done a handstand. If you haven’t, you probably don’t know the original films, each of which details the gradual and painful mutation of the protagonist from meek and fleshy human to metallised, mechanical cyborg killbot thing.

This latest episode is said to have its roots in Quentin Tarantino‘s request for Tsukamoto to write an English language take on the concept. Part way through, apparently, Tsukamoto found that American setting wasn’t proving to be a fruitful location for his story and so he decided to return the narrative to Tokyo, where it seems to have become a sequel rather than a remake. Of course, having said that, the second film in the series is somewhere between sequel and remake anyway.

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