Watch A Brief History of Movie Title Designs

As part of the screening put together in relation to the SXSW Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson from the website The Art of the Title Sequence put together a nice two and a half minute compendium of excellent film titles. (That features an occasional piece of television, too.) For any long-time film lover, this little video will probably elicit quite a few responses simply on the strength of the title cards on display. I queued several films to re-watch after exposure to just a few seconds of their titles.

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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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Movie Review: The Kingdom

The Kingdom

The Kingdom is one third a great action film, and two thirds CSI: Middle Eastern Edition (if there were such a thing).

The movie tries to be more complicated than its core, which is a quasi-revenge story about a team of US Government agents who are sent to investigate a terrorist bombing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The action is front and back-loaded, with the middle chunk consisting of semi-improv-ed funny moments with an ensemble crew of FBI special Agents trying to solve a horrendous crime while being restrained and baby-sat by Saudi authorities.

Peter Berg is the kind of director who loves to mix Hollywood gloss with the shaky cam documentary style. If you’re a fan of Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner or Jason Bateman, you may find some of these sequences amusing. Jeremy Piven essentially reprises his Entourage character Ari Gold, but instead has grey hair. Berg knows action – the last 30 minutes of this film will have you on the edge of your seat. But unfortunately, the rest is quite the opposite. Show up or fast forward to the climax, and you’ll probably enjoy this film a lot.

/Film Rating: 6.5 out of 10

Video: First Four Minutes of The Kingdom

The Kingdom

Peter Berg’s The Kingdom is front and back-loaded with some incredible action. The middle hour is, well, you’ll have to wait for my review tomorrow. Universal Pictures has put the first four minutes of the film online for you to enjoy. I really think they should have included the first 10 or 15 minutes instead. The first four minutes consists of a nicely designed introduction, and nothing more. Just don’t buy the bait and switch, the majority of this film is something much different, more akin to CSI in the Middle East. Check out the first four minutes after the jump.
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The Kingdom Movie Trailer #3

The Kingdom

I remember when non blockbuster movies would get only one movie trailer. One chance to sell an audience. But today is a much different time. Universal has released a third movie trailer for Peter Berg’s The Kingdom.

We’ve been following this one for a while now. The new trailer is a lot more flashy. It looks like a studio executive asked, “how can we make this film more accessible?” “I know, let’s get that movie trailer voice-over guy to record some lines!” “We need more fast cuts.” “Yeah, and we can also put some text on the screen!” “Yeah, stupid people like text on the screen.”

But hey, I was sold on this movie long ago when I heard the cast listing: Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner and Jeremy Piven. The Kingdom follows a team of U.S. counter-terrorism investigators set out to find the perpetrators behind a deadly attack on Americans in a Middle Eastern country. In order to work through the bureaucracy and cultural hostility, the team enlists a local police officer, but still find itself target for the terrorists. Check out the new trailer below.

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New Movie Trailer: The Kingdom

The Kingdom

Universal has released a new movie trailer for Peter Berg’s The Kingdom. From the director of The Rundown and Friday Night Lights comes a terrorism-fused dramatic thriller starring Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper, Jason Bateman and Jeremy Piven. How can a movie with a cast line-up like this go wrong? It certainly looks intense. It’s funny that Michael Mann is the producer on this movie, because it looks more like a Michael Mann film than a Peter Berg movie.
The Kingdom follows a team of U.S. counter-terrorism investigators set out to find the perpetrators behind a deadly attack on Americans in a Middle Eastern country. In order to work through the bureaucracy and cultural hostility, the team enlists a local police officer, but still find itself target for the terrorists.

Check out the new trailer below.

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Yahoo has the trailer available in High Definition. The Kingdom hits theaters on September 28th 2007.

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