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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British documentarian Nick Broomfield has been on the film scene for years, and has made a few notable contributions such as the Spalding Gray movie Monster in a Box. But since the 1998 film Kurt and Courtney his documentary exposés have been characterized by sensationalism more than anything else. It’s as if the emerging influence of Michael Moore took root and helped mutate his style in just the wrong direction.

His latest film is Sarah Palin – You Betcha!, which is now scheduled to play as part of the Toronto International Film Festival documentary program. A teaser — really just a clip from the film — is now available, and you can see the Michael Moore influence in glowing neon. Read More »