Ten Movie Trailers I Love in 2009

Mere hours until buh-bye to 2009. Movie sites/blogs alike are abuzz with talks of awards and their picks of best-of lists. Well, since I haven’t seen some of those taunted as ‘the best’ of the year (i.e. Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, etc.), I ‘m going to delay my best-of list until sometime in January. Still, I can’t resist making a list … and checking it twice … (um, sorry, been listening to too many Christmas songs lately) of top ten trailers that I think merits a nomination from the Golden Trailer Awards! I couldn’t get enough of these previews, even if  some the movies they represent don’t live up to them. Please note that in order to be eligible on this list, the movie doesn’t have to be released this year, only the trailer does.

Here they are in no particular order:

  1. NINE
    I can’t decide what’s the best part of this trailer: is it the vivacious music, the vintage charm of the visuals/costumes, the gorgeous vista of the Italian Riviera … or is it Guido, Guido, Guido? Daniel Day-Lewis in his disheveled, puzzled self looks so appealing … and all those great actresses, wow! Judging from the reviews, the film itself seems to be suffering from the quandary of ‘style over substance,’ too bad really as this 2.5 minute preview is so darn promising!
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  2. Watchmen
    It seems so long ago that I saw this movie, but it was just last March. But I remember thinking how ultra cool this trailer is. The Smashing Pumpkin’s song The End Is The Beginning Is The End is amazingly fitting for the theme of the movie where the US is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union, and looks awesome against Zack Snyder’s dazzlingly dreamy visuals. Snyder has a knack for killer trailers, as the one for 300 3 years ago with Nine Inch Nails’ score just might be one of the best trailers out there.
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  3. Public Enemies
    Now, Music often makes a trailer, well that and Johnny Depp’s charm of course. Put the two together and you’ve got yourself an amazingly cool trailer. The opening sequence definitely glamorizes the bank robbers and makes heroes out of crooked criminals. But it no doubt succeeds in getting me excited to see it, alas this trailer is far more enjoyable than the actual movie did (see my review of it here).
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  4. Toy Story 3
    Now, there’s a newer trailer than this but this teaser where Woody & the gang work together to form the title name is my favorite. This reminds me how endearing and delightful these toy characters are. I love how they play on Woody and Buzz’s constant rivalry, Woody’s expression (and his friends’ reaction) to Buzz’s creation is priceless!  Looks like Pixar will have another sure hit with this one.
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  5. Terminator Salvation
    James Cameron thought that though it was okay, the movie lacked a certain Je ne sais quoi, that ‘something special.’ I agree, but the trailer is a different story. It definitely brings back memories of why I like the franchise. I especially like the bit when Christian Bale is face to face with the chained ‘creature’ played by Sam Worthington. Again the music plays a huge part in making this a great trailer here, and it’s got the coolest ending of the T-100 skull forming in the LA aerial shot. Btw, this one was a Golden Trailer nominee in a couple of categories but lost out to Star Trek, which I thought is cool but not my favorite.
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  6. Avatar
    Out of these ten I listed, Avatar is the only one that I think lives up to its trailer. That sense of wonderment that I felt watching the trailer was intact when I saw the actual flick. I love the ethereal sounding music in the beginning that play up the fantastical aspect, and then switch to a fast-paced tempo version to go with all the action. But the spectacular special effect and gorgeous visuals are definitely what sold me. Boy, even watching it now makes me want to see the movie again!
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  7. Clash of the Titans
    Another Sam Worthington movie on my list, hmmm… trust me, it wasn’t intentional. I guess the guy just knows how to pick a movie, or is Ari Emmanuel his agent?? Anyhow, what a rockin’ trailer this one is. I’m a sucker for Greek mythology-themed movies and it can’t get more exuberant than this. Of course this is the kind of flick where you simply watch for the special effects and pure entertainment value, the stuff we go to the movies for!
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  8. Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
    Ok, I gotta admit this is the most bizarre trailer I’ve seen in a while, but being it’s Heath Ledger’s last movie definitely draws me. It’s an unorthodox way of telling the the good vs. evil classic story, boasted by Terry Gilliam’s colorful visuals and an intriguing cast of Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Collin Farrell as Ledger’s replacements. I’m not sure if I’m going to like the actual movie though, but the trailer is definitely a feast for the eye.
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  9. Inception
    Intriguing concept, pure eye-candy visuals (the folding cities stuff I mean, NOT Leo), and Chris Nolan’s involvement. What else do you need? The ‘Your mind is the scene of the crime’ tag line arouses curiosity, and the imagery is somewhat reminiscent of The Dark Knight (which is a good thing in my book). I’m not a huge fan of DiCaprio, but in a movie like this, the cast is beside the point. That’s the beauty of Nolan’s work.
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  10. The Man Who Stares at Goats
    Outrageously funny political comedy with a stellar cast having fun with their roles. George Clooney looks hilarious here, though his other movie Up in the Air is no doubt the better movie, this trailer is a heck of a lot more fun. In fact, people have said the trailer is pretty much the movie, but when you have a trailer as nutty as this, expectations for the movie tend to run high.
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Honorable Mentions:

  • Robin Hood

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Well folks, let’s hear of your favorite trailer of 2009.

This Just In: Clash of the Titans Teaser Trailer

I must’ve been asleep all day yesterday that I completely missed this. The YouTube clip has been yanked off but luckily AOL still got it. Check it out below:

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Well, well, well, that was one heck of an action-pack teaser. I’ve been waiting for this one ever since I saw the whimsical on-set featurette a couple of months ago. Initially, the teaser makes my head spin with all the mishmash of scenes jumping at me at unrelenting pace. But on second and third viewing, I actually quite like it. It’s as kick-ass as one would expect from a flix like this. Definitely enough to wet my appetite for the movie — which is what a teaser is supposed to do — before they come up with an in-depth version that reveal the story more and introduce the characters (for those unfamiliar with the story, check out my previous post on this topic). Sam Worthington as Perseus clearly looks believable as an action hero, unlike say Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia.

The comparison to previous swords & sandals flicks are to be expected given the subject matter, but I don’t think the similarities extend beyond the visual style and color tones. Here’s what Worthington said in the Empire’s cover feature article: “This is not what people originally thought, another 300. This is a romp. We’ve been trying to make it funnier. Originally they were saying, it’s gonna be gritty like Gladiator; dirty and brutal. It is dirty, but only because we’re in a mud mine! It’s gonna be fun. It’s gonna be buoyant.” Director Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) addedIt’s a family movie.” So based on that, we can safely guess the rating is going to be PG-13, and more in the vein of Iron Man than Gladiator. In that same article, Worthington also assured us that “we’re not in f-in’ Harryhausen mode anymore.” Now I haven’t seen that one other than the various clips here and there, so I can’t compare it other than to say I’m glad the stop-motion stuff is gone, as well as the cheesy lock of Harry Hamlin.

If I could pick on something, it’s the hard rock/heavy metal music playing in the background. They obviously went with the Nine Inch Nails type music in 300 (which worked really well), than the ethereal-sounding one in Gladiator. Who knows, maybe it’s intentional that the modern rock music ‘clashes’ with the ancient greek visuals? Beats me, but I’m not digging it. And another thing, what is up with the lame tagline?! TITANS … WILL… CLASH? Forget corny, it’s just downright retarded. Oh well, let’s hope they get it right in the actual trailer.

Final thoughts: The geek in me is still pumped to see this one come next March, but then again I’m a sucker for Greek mythology stuff. The flix also boast a great cast: Liam Neeson is Zeus, Ralph Fiennes is Hades; as well as Vincent Regan, Mads Mikkelsen and Gemma Arterton. Let the battle begin!