Deep Thought - Poll Edition

"Is this better than a piece of pie?" should be the yardstick for movie ratings.

Also, this is the most competitive poll race yet. France will easily win, but there's a three-way tie for second place. Anybody could pull an upset. Go Pie Go!

Also, I've already got the next poll planned. Be sure to bone up on your Miyazaki movies.

2 comments:

serhei said...

I think the Japanese and American trailers appeal to diametrically opposite ideas of what a trailer should do. The American one got my vote because it creates a more visceral excitement for the movie; I still judge trailers according to my pre-discovery-of-Ghibli sensibilities because, based on post-Ghibli sensibilities, trailers just have to tell you that such and such a movie exists and if you want a dose of excitement why don't you watch the actual movie.

That said, the dialogue is laughable, the CGI compositing work at the beginning is horribly jarring and demonstrates better than a thousand words why every 2D animation studio hires a director of filming to figure this stuff out; and finally, the choice of scenes distorts the meaning of the story. So basically it's a good trailer, and it gets my vote, but it's for some other movie than Ponyo.

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

Personally, I've always been a fan of movie preview trailers. All I ask is that they don't give away the entire story, that the volume isnt' too loud, and the narrator doesn't use those awful cliches, like, "In a World Where...."

The best movie trailers I've seen in recent years all come from independent films, pictures like Persepolis, Waking Life, The Fog of War, Touching the Void...just a few that I remembered very well. Those were previews that made me excited about an upcoming movie.

Realistically, a movie preview is only a commercial. It's an ad for a product. As long as my ears aren't ringing and nobody gives all the secrets away, I don't mind. It's certainly far better than the actual tv-style commercials that are always playing in theaters now. Now THAT is an outrage.

Thanks to everybody for participating in this week's poll. It was a lot of fun!

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