Top 100 Trailers of 2004

In my spare time, instead of just writing to my precious little blog, I also help a friend of mine (Alex) run a site called Trailer-News.com. The purpose of the site is to review movie trailers that have just come out. We comment on trailers and then rate them on a scale from one to 20 – we try to be objective about how the trailer is made, not the quality of the film itself.

For the past three years, Alex takes all of the trailers he rates in one year and creates a Top 100 Trailer list – talk about an under-taking. Here

+ original post date: January 9, 2005 09:58 AM
+ categories: Movies


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And anyone who disagrees is foolish!! If you don't know, Seth did his thesis in college on movie trailers. (I know; I edited the entire blessed thing!) And it was quite thought-provoking.

+ author: Wendy
+ posted: June 25, 2005 09:46 AM

Ah well, it was actually a thesis on the opening credits of a movie and how it establishes the tone from the get go (Se7en is still my favorite thus far, and put the notion back on the map).

While trailers and opening credits are similar (they can almost stand alone from the movie), trailers vary greatly in the fact that they're marketing vehicles and most times end up displaying a different idea than the movie plays out.

+ author: Seth
+ posted: June 25, 2005 09:46 AM

Is this available online anywhere? Sounds like a fascinating read. I'm a closet obsessive about well-crafted movies. Especially about how the best-constructed films follow the same basic structure as classic operas.

+ author: ScooterJ
+ posted: June 25, 2005 09:47 AM

What's the big deal about movie trailers? And how can you possibly make a Top 100 list about them? I'm no expert, but considering the fact that there's probably only about a half-dozen companies that make trailers in the first place and each company probably only makes one or two types of trailers, I can't even fathom there being more than about 24 different styles (let alone 100). Furthermore, I seriously doubt that you guys have actually been inside each and every trailer to inspect all the details (carpeting, seats, toilets, mirrors, etc.). So how in the world can you justify judging a book by its cover or in this case, a movie trailer by its siding? And do you even take into consideration the wheels? I doubt it. Think about it. That's just my two cents.

+ author: Crasymaker
+ posted: June 25, 2005 09:47 AM

Ok, so now I sound like a complete 'tard. I do remember the thesis being thought-provoking, but since I really have no memory, I failed to remember specifics. Now that it's pointed out, I do remember it being about opening credits (not trailers)....and the many discussions we've had about opening credits...and the book you later wrote entitled "Opening Credits: How the Tone is Established" ...and the grant you received to make opening credits for upcoming films... Wow. How could I have made that mistake? Ok. I'll stop now. Sorry I remembered it wrong.

+ author: Wendy
+ posted: June 25, 2005 09:48 AM

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