The trailer for the very unusual-looking Swedish musical heist film Sound of Noise plays a bit like an ad for a heist movie scored by Kraftwerk, or maybe Battles. We see an anarchic group of artist/musicians turned criminals who somehow manage to ‘take a city hostage’ in a crime spree characterized by delusions of musical grandeur.

Does any of that make sense? Probably not, at least without seeing this trailer. So check out the Sound of Noise trailer below, and you’ll get some idea of what I’m on about, and perhaps also start to see why the movie so captivated viewers at last year’s Fantastic Fest, where it won Best Picture. Read More »

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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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Fantastic Fest 2010 Award Winners

Fantastic Fest has announced the list of award winners for the 2010 festival. Jang Cheol-so’s Bedevilled won the audience award, Miguel Ángel Vivas’ Kidnapped won Best Horror Film, and Sound of Noise won Best Picture in the Fantastic Features category. Read the full list of winners after the jump.

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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?

Read More »

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