Green Band Trailer

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 revisit a directorial master of the 70’s, go back to school with Donnie Yen, wonder how Nazis suddenly have been given a voice, hit up a friend to help make a baby, and sit on the edge of our seat as we watch a victim confront a murderer. Read More »

trailer roundup the land of steady habits

While we tend to highlight trailers for big movies around these here parts, it’s important to remember smaller films (and also some TV shows) as well. That’s where a good old fashioned trailer roundup comes in handy. In this edition, we have trailers for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 13, the Tiffany Haddish comedy Night School, the new adaptation of King Lear, Nicole Holofcener‘s The Land of Steady Habits, and more.

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Hal Review

Anyone who knows the films of the late Hal Ashby often finds it difficult to put into words exactly what it was that separated his work from that of other directors that rose to success in the 1970s. In many ways, his significance and influence as a filmmaker is best understood in the works of more contemporary directors who were deeply inspired and empowered by Ashby’s maverick nature and refusal to allow his work to be altered or influenced by anyone but those around him that he trusted and with whom he worked closely—and uncompromising nature that eventually came back to haunt him as the 1980s brought about an era where profits and accountants ruled the studios, while art took a back seat. Read More »