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Matt's Favourite Movie Trailers

Created on Tuesday, 17 March 2009 21:00
Written by Matthew Toomey

I'd like to run through some of my favourite movie trailers of the past 10 or so years.

I do like a good trailer for two reasons - (1) it created my initial interest in the film, and (2) it provides a neat summary of the film which I can go back and watch after Ive seen the movie.

I regularly download trailers but only keep the ones I really like. On my hard drive are about 100 or so. When I look through them, the one thing that strikes me most is the choice of music. For a trailer to be effective, and generate interest (at least with me), it needs to find the right music to match the films overall tone. What many people wont realise is that the music used in a trailer often comes from another movie.

Other qualities of a good trailer include creative editing and some decent catch-words (whether they be spoken by the narrator or written on the screen).

Having gone through my trailer collection, I was able to narrow it down to 20 that I think are the best. Ive listed the Youtube link so you can watch them for yourself (if youd like to do so). If you havent seen the film already, this might be just the impetus to get you to do so.

Here we go (in no particular order) -

Blow (2001)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6_B63TfWwE

Garden State (2004)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=la53nY41c9M

Requiem For A Dream (2000)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6Ay3m4ntxQ

Seabiscuit (2003)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fnYdEGeXbM

Magnolia (1999)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1nYjKphdSk

Night Watch (2004)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMHQsjgQDrA

Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-czwy-aVbbU

Pride & Prejudice (2005)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZIiG3Xjn6E

Unfaithful (2002)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvKKuiwkKrc

Moulin Rouge (2001)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82vL1KQDCyQ

Ghost World (2001)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rq6AOc0ATnU

Hearts In Atlantis (2001)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_WUdCpjOeA

Triplets Of Belleville (2004)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fwM4hnsdSA

Evening (2007)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_mrZiFbglI

Atonement (2007)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkVQwwPrr4c

Adaptation (2002)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HtZ2M4e_AM

Fog Of War (2003)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgA98V1Ubk8

The Green Mile (1999)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDybmxbKf4Y

The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPaEkqHlDSA

Sin City (2005)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKFLrTYKIXk