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?

Oh My God Trailer

[The following write-up is based on this new extended trailer at IMDB, although you can view the theatrical trailer above]

I couldn’t be more excited for a documentary this fall than I do this one after watching the trailer.

When I saw Religulous I was hoping it would be a successful documentary to showcase the beliefs of all those who believe in something so passionately that they are willing to die over it, start wars because of it, or believe in it enough to try and persuade others to go along with it. In my eyes the movie failed as Bill Maher cherry picked the crazies and stuck in a little commentary to go with the public finger-pointing. I was left wanting. After seeing the trailer for this I am feeling better about those who want to delve into the aspects of what it is to have faith.
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