Fewer trailers

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 rocket into space where some dark things dwell, find an unconventional kind of fight club down under, get taken for an artistic ride, go on a long road trip, and find personal liberation in Western Australia.

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The Angelina Jolie thriller Salt may have come and gone in the minds of some viewers. — neither of Jolie’s big films this year seemed to get much traction — but with a nearly $300 million worldwide take, the film is hardly a flop. Once marketing and everything else is factored in, the $110m film might be just breaking even, but that’s before DVD and all other ancillary revenue streams flow in. So, it is not unreasonable to expect a sequel.

In fact, back in August we heard that a sequel might be in the offing. Writer Kurt Wimmer had ideas about how to move forward, Angelina Jolie was reportedly ready to think about another one, and director Phillip Noyce was said to be interested in another chapter. But now he’s not. Read More »