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 reflect on the Wu-Tang Clan, figure out the shortest distance between Scotland and Nashville, navigate some troubled waters, get weirded out, and mourn Alec Baldwin’s career. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
War and Peace is a real doorstop of a book — around 1,400 pages, give or take a hundred pages depending on the publisher and edition. So if you’ve always meant to read it but haven’t gotten around to it quite yet, you may be interested to know that you’ll have the chance to get through the story in a mere six hours this fall.
The Weinstein Company and BBC America have teamed for a miniseries adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy classic, starring Lily James, Paul Dano, and James Norton. Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Rebecca Front, Aneurin Barnard, Tuppence Middleton, and Stephen Rea also make appearances. Watch the War and Peace miniseries trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death won’t be out in time for Halloween this year, but its first trailer is. The horror sequel picks up about 40 years after 2012’s The Woman in Black, during the London Blitz of World War II. With nowhere else to turn, a group of schoolchildren are evacuated to the Eel Marsh House, which has lain empty for years. Surely there they’ll be safe, far away from the terrible bombs in the city.
But this is a horror movie, so of course that turns out not to be the case. Instead of providing sanctuary, the house unleashes its own special brand of terror. Phoebe Fox plays Eve, the kids’ teacher, and Jeremy Irvine is local military commander Harry. Hit the jump to see the first The Woman in Black Angel of Death trailer.
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The Woman in Black: Angel of Death follows up, obviously, on The Woman in Black, the 2012 gothic horror film that saw Daniel Radcliffe facing down a malevolent spirit. Part of the appeal of the first film was seeing Radcliffe out of his Harry Potter garb, but the movie was also effective as horror. It doesn’t leave much room for a direct sequel, however. And so Angel of Death moves forward to 1941, when two teachers and their students attempt to escape the Blitz in London. They end up at the Eel Marsh House, where the woman in black waits. Check out the Woman in Black sequel teaser below. Read More »
A few people have lined up new films, or are getting their hoped-for projects closer to rolling. After the break,
- Jordan Scott takes over Gucci from her father,
- Nicholas Jarecki moves from Arbitrage to Fuel,
- and the Woman in Black sequel gets a director.
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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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