I am not a YouTube lurker. I don’t often browse Tumblr, Cracked, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest. When I’m not reading blogs online, what I’m doing is watching movie trailers. Either at trailers.apple.com or at IMDB.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this fixation before. I’m passionate about movies–or films as a true aficionado would call them–but I often suspect that I’m even more passionate about movie trailers. Previews.
They’re entire stories shrunk down into two-minute reels. They often feature a fantastic song or two. They show you the best of the movie they’re selling. The most exciting, most beautiful, most romantic parts of the thing. And in that way they spare you the mystery that comes with watching movies; you never have to wonder if it will actually be good or not. You never have to regret wasting your money or your time. You will never again have to suffer through ONE-HUNDRED AND FOURTEEN MINUTES OF GHOST RIDER (which remains to this day the worst movie I’ve ever seen in theatres. I would have walked out had it not been a date). You can simply watch the trailer, absorb the high points, and continue on with your day, free of anguish.
Here are a few of my current favorite trailers, for your enjoyment. I may see the full movies later, I may not. And that’s okay.
1. Romeo & Juliet
2. Prince Avalanche
4. The Lifeguard
6. Saving Mr. Banks
7. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints