Tragic news, as Tim Hetherington (pictured at right, above) who was nominated for an Oscar for the excellent war documentary Restrepo with co-director Sebastian Junger, has reportedly been killed while documenting the rebel conflict in Libya. He and fellow photographer Chris Hondros were both killed in a mortar attack. Read More »

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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