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 look at an Oscar contender from the desert, watch a different kind of food show from the guy who made a mint off of Everyone Loves Raymond, have our third eye melted, try not to be a total creeper, and host one of the best shorts I’ve seen this year. Read More »


Sony Pictures Classics have released the trailer for Samuel Maoz‘s Lebanon, the contained tank Israeli war film which won the Golden Lion, the top prize at last year’s Venice Film Festival. The whole movie takes place inside a tank, from the perspective of the soliders inside the cramped quarters, as they attempt to rescue and free a paratrooper squad that is besieged by Syrian troops. Maoz wrote the film based on his own experience in the 1982 war with Lebanon.

Judging by the trailer, this film looks intense. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it from other journalists who screened it on the festival tour. As a fan of minimalism, I’m always interested to see more self contained films (ie like Hard Candy, Buried…etc) — and this looks like one not to miss. Watch the trailer now, embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Iron Man 2 Easter Egg Scene Revealed?

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Anyone who has seen Iron Man knows about the little easter egg “button” that was included at the conclusion of the credits, which featured Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury telling Tony Stark about a new group he is putting together. This scene was rumored in the weeks leading up to release, but most everyone wrote it off as wild fanboy rumors. Marvel went so far as having the scene excluded from the early press screenings of the film so that it would be a surprise when fans saw the film at release.

Of course, we’ve suspected that Iron Man 2 will likely be no different. Speculation/Details will be kept after the jump, for those who want to be free of possible spoilers.

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UPDATE: Sony Classics is on a roll today. The company also picked up the Robert Duvall movie Get Low, about which I wrote last week. Original article follows.

I’ve been meaning to write about Lebanon since it recently won the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. The Israeli war film, directed by Samuel Maoz, takes place inside a tank and is an account of a rescue attempt that hopes to free a paratrooper squad that is besieged by Syrian troops. Maoz wrote the film based on his own experience in the 1982 war with Lebanon. Now Sony Classics has picked up the feature for distribution. Read More »