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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Christopher Walken makes Five Dollars a Day

Christopher Walken and Alessandro Nivola have signed on to star in Nigel Cole’s (Calendar Girls, Saving Grace, A Lot Like Love) road-trip caper film Five Dollars a Day. The film actually has an interesting premise: Walken will play a conman proud of living like a king on $5 a day who reunited with his son Nivola, who had been jailed for one of his father’s crimes.

Neal and Tippi Dobrofsky penned the script, which doesn’t give us much hope considering their last couple of films were pretty bad (The Donor, Flinch). But I can watch almost any movie when Walken is on the screen. Prinicpal photography will begin in New Mexico and Atlantic City in mid-September. [via: Variety]