I stumbled upon a trailer for one of those movies that makes you rethink how hard it is to get a film made out here.

I mean, somebody actually spent money for a film which stars Gary Busey as a homicidal cookie. Ladies and Gentlemen, behold the wonder of…THE GINGERDEAD MAN.
(Unfortunately, the Quicktime trailer will not load in the new window, so you have to drag the link into your computer.)
TRAILER RATING: 0 out of 10

Now, onto some real movies.

Like the teaser this new trailer starts right off with “My name is Domino Harvey. I am a bounty hunter. (And this is all based on a true story…sort of.) Good old Tony Scott, keeping things simple so he can hammer us with visual style. The trailer quickly sets up characters that I’m betting don’t become any more fleshed out in the final product. If I sound bitter towards this project, it’s because Scott’s previous film, MAN ON FIRE, gave me a week long headache, and DOMINO looks even more aggressive. The offbeat comedy works better here than in the teaser. I love the goldfish reaction shot and Christopher Walken’s moment. I’m still not convinced Keira Knightley is strong enough to carry the picture, which leaves a big void at the center that Scott will probably fill at 50 shots a second.
THE MOMENT THAT STOLE MY MONEY: “Use Knumchucks. Knumchucks are good.”
TRAILER RATING: 4 out of 10

One of the years, best trailers follows a very basic formula, striking images paired with effective music. The first half makes you think this film is going to be a comedy along the lines of THREE KINGS, and I liked the use of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” The rap song that takes up the back half of the trailer threw me at first, but once the female chorus kicks in it’s just one great, emotionally stirring shot after another. If I hadn’t already seen the movie, my expectations would have jumped through the roof after seeing this. By the way, don’t be fooled by Chris Cooper’s prominent placement among the cast. He’s only in a couple of scenes.
THE MOMENT THAT STOLE MY MONEY: A soldier maintaining “suspicious alertness”
TRAILER RATING: 9 out of 10

Wait, this is from the guy who made the subtle films FINDING NEVERLAND and MONSTER’S BALL? This looks like a zombie film (always good for selling tickets) directed by David Lynch (never good for selling tickets.) Knowing nothing about the movie, I have to say the trailer has me very interested. The film looks well shot and involving, but it also looks like it may become incomprehensibly weird. I hope there isn’t an avalanche of press doubting Ewan McGregor’s ability to open a picture after the failure of THE ISLAND.
THE MOMENT THAT STOLE MY MONEY: A door opens, changing McGregor into Ryan Gosling
TRAILER RATING: 7 out of 10


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