Friday, April 25, 2008

Trailerfest #5

Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Trailerfest #4

Kubrick double feature, Pt. 2: The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut.



Sunday, April 20, 2008

Trailerfest #3

Stanley Kubrick double feature, pt. 1: Dr. Strangelove and Lolita. Kubrick took creative control of his promotion and either made his own trailers or commissioned graphic artists to do them for him. Two today, two more tomorrow.



Friday, April 18, 2008

Trailerfest #2

David Lynch's Wild At Heart

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Trailerfest #1

I'm going to post some of my favorite movie trailers over the next several days. These are trailers that transcend the medium of advertising, the worst medium on earth next to performance art.
Trailer #1: Let's keep the Russ Meyer vibe going. I haven't seen Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens yet, but I will make it a point to see it. Anyway, the trailer is a work of art by itself.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Cuckolding the Middle-Brow with the Wrist-Bazooka

Two weeks ago, I watched Joe Wright's Atonement. Last week I watched Russ Meyer's Supervixens. It is a sign of the triumph of middlebrow thoughtlessness in our culture that the former is considered high art while the latter is considered b-movie trash. Very few stylistic choices Wright makes serve his material, while no shot, edit, line of dialogue, camera movement, joke, or image is wasted in Meyer's film. Because Wright's film is a literary adaptation about tragic love, WWII, and British upper crusties and contains one of the most memorable tracking shots in cinema history, it is somehow important while Meyer is just a drooling dirty old man making low-budget camp. Yet that technically amazing tracking shot in Atonement is purposeless, inappropriate for the scene, and shows a director lacking in judgment. Meyer's film is inventive, personal, and truly cinematic. I'll take Supervixens!

(The following trailer is borderline NSFW if your office door is open.)

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