Monday, November 13, 2006

Movie trailers redux

Getting all excited about the Spider-Man trailer last week got me thinking about the art of the movie trailer. It makes me laugh that we still call them trailers even though they are no longer at the end of the movie. Originally they were shown at the end of the movie but that practice was quickly stopped as patrons were leaving before they were shown.

Considering people's attention span now. There is no way theatres could put trailers at the end of a movie. I remember when J-Mac and I saw Traffic, you know, the film that was nominated for Best Picture in 2000 and won Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. Anyway, people literally started leaving at the 2 hour mark. Like they decided they were only going to invest a certain amount of time in this movie and that was it. People are just ridiculous.

Anyway, getting back to trailers, I am loving these trailer spoofs that you can find on-line. These are actual trailers from actual films but re-cut to make it look like a completely different kind of movie. J-Mac sent me this one which is The Ten Commandments made to look like a wacky beach comedy.

Or the cult comedy classic Office Space made to look like a horror film.

Or, the best one yet, The Shining made to look like a nice comedy about a man falling in love with a single mother and her kid, directed by Cameron Crowe.

Top 5 Jack Nicholson films (this is going to be difficult)
1. Five Easy Pieces
2. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
3. As Good As It Gets
4. Easy Rider
5. A Few Good Men



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