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: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we consider whether big pharma really is a boogyman, get schooled by some silver screen seniors, get real versions of the flaming pile that was Burnt, Denmark gives us their nomination for Best Foreign Language film from the guy who smacked us in the face with The Hunt as does Iceland, in a movie that has dry tragicomedy written all over it.

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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: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week I’m humming along with Ben Lee, listening to John Forte, learning about what it’s like to be overtaken by Somali pirates, getting beat in a North Korean re-education camp, and what it must like to be Jean-Claude Van Damme for a day. 

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