All trailers are the same. For action films, that is. Or could it be that all action films are the same? Pretty much. Different character, similar sort of story?
It may be sacrilegious to say, but I’m steering clear of superhero type movies for the moment, on account of their sheer quantity recently. Batman, Iron Man, Spiderman, Superman, The Avengers, Thor, Transformers, and X-Men. They’re fast becoming one inextricable blur.
What does this… trailer, that was cut together with excerpts from three hundred films, tell us about contemporary film production? Are movies, especially action titles, becoming increasingly homogeneous, or are trailers?
I’ve seen 2001: A Space Odyssey a thousand times, yet feel like I’d be watching it for the first time after seeing this brand new trailer, which is for the United Kingdom only, sadly, re-release of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 classic.
This trailer for “Star Wars”, dating from 1976, the year before the first film in the sci-fi saga was released, seems a galaxy removed from trailers we’re familiar with today, as do the trailer/teasers for “The Empire Strikes Back”, and “The Return of the Jedi”, all of which I spotted at Kottke.
Christopher Nolan’s new film Interstellar opens in Australian cinema’s later this year, Thursday, 6 November in fact. While watching the trailer though, I couldn’t help but think of a BBC produced documentary called Alternative 3, er, made on 1 April 1977.
It seems like it was only a couple of months ago that Moonrise Kingdom was showing in cinemas, in-fact it was well over a year ago.
Still with The Grand Budapest Hotel slated for release in early March of next year, there hasn’t exactly been much time for US film director Wes Anderson for sit back and take things easy.
Going by the trailer though, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” looks a little more like, say, The Darjeeling Limited, that Anderson made in 2007, than “Moonrise Kingdom”, in that travel, of some sort, looks to be part of the story.
Richard Linklater, director of “Dazed and Confused”, “A Scanner Darkly”, and “Bernie”, collaborates once more with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke to make Before Midnight, the third installment in the Before Sunrise and Before Sunset series of films.
No word of an Australian release as yet (13 June is suggested here), but in the meantime check out the trailer (hmm, yes, possible spoilers). I can’t say what piqued my interest in these films since first seeing them on DVD eight or nine years ago. Eurorail maybe? Peneda-Gerês?