And now, the 1976 trailer for “Star Wars”

Friday, 18 July, 2014

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.

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Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar”, our century’s “Alternative 3”?

Monday, 26 May, 2014

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.

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IKEA: A Spaced-out Odyssey

Wednesday, 27 November, 2013

The trailer for IKEA, Alfonso Cuarón’s… follow up to Gravity, his impressive in Earth orbit thriller.

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Trailer for “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, the new Wes Anderson film

Thursday, 24 October, 2013

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.

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He missed the plane…

Friday, 12 April, 2013

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?

(Thanks Alice)

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I doubt the new Star Trek film is a remake of “The Wrath of Khan”

Monday, 25 March, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness, the second installment of the J.J. Abrams made “Star Trek” reboot movies, opens in Australian cinemas on 9 May… that’s less than two months away, and if the latest trailer is anything to go by, it’ll be one high-octane experience to say the least.

So what to say? Always outgunned, always outnumbered, but never out done?

Now all I have to do is somehow score a ticket to a preview screening… and ok, I’ll even wear a tux if I have to.

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“HENRi” a sequel, in another universe, to “2001: A Space Odyssey”

Friday, 8 March, 2013

HENRi is a short sci-fi film about a derelict spacecraft drifting through space that is controlled by a human brain, named, you guessed it, Henri. Yearning to be able to moved independently though, Henri builds a mechanical body from parts lying around the ship.

Henri is voiced by Keir Dullea, who portrayed astronaut David Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and, if you ask me, gives the brain a sound not dissimilar to that of “2001” super-computer HAL.

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A couple of formulas for making Oscar winning film trailers

Wednesday, 27 February, 2013

Trailers for five of the nine Academy Awards – or, as they are now known, The Oscars – Best Picture nominations, including Argo, Lincoln, and Amour, go under the microscope.

The trailer for “Argo” balances two different tones, according to Mr. Garrett: thriller and Hollywood satire. “Thrillers have a very fast cutting style,” he said. “It’s a way of ratcheting up attention.” Shots are longer, on average, when the trailer turns to satire.

Interesting also to learn that scenes not included in the released feature are sometimes added to the trailer for no particular reason. Here I was thinking that happened because final cuts, but not trailers, might vary from country to country for whatever reason.

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“Into Darkness”, what, a trailer for the new “Star Wars” film?

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013

Last week I alluded to the possibility of a Star Trek/Star Wars crossover given J.J. Abrams will be directing the next film in the “Star Wars” franchise. Well, what more can I say then?

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“Escape From Tomorrow”… secretly filmed at Disney theme parks

Wednesday, 30 January, 2013

A teaser/trailer for Escape From Tomorrow, the debut feature of US screenwriter and director Randy Moore, that was apparently filmed in Disney theme parks in Orlando and Anaheim, over a period of 25 days, without raising the eyebrows of any visitors or park administrators.

I can’t find any information as yet about an Australian release, but I’d say keep an eye on the festival and arthouse cinema circuits.

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