Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Take Woodstock... Please



I promise that some more substantial output is on its way to Coleman's Corner in Cinema, but for this particular moment, I was just wondering if anyone else grows remarkably tired of seeing the same trailer for the same film over and over, ad infinitum, whenever one travels to the cinema.

I personally feel as though I have sustained a merciless barrage for Ang Lee's upcoming picture, Taking Woodstock. The same trailer... Over and over, and over and over. It is an annoying, cloying, faux-hip piece of work which apparently displays almost every major beat of the film (finally including imagery that would logically come near the film's conclusion). Not to mention, it features Liev Schreiber in drag yet again. Does anyone yell, "ARNOLD! ARNOLD!" at him as in the 1994 Christmas comedy Mixed Nuts? (Perhaps they squeal, "CLINT! CLINT!" to be more apropos to the time setting.)

I happen to not be an Ang Lee fan, and I was not looking forward to this film beforehand, but at this juncture I feel as though I have seen the film.

Natch, this is untrue, and one day I am sure I will sit down and view the film. However, I simply had to vent for a moment. And I am wondering if anyone else has felt this way about a particular trailer or, more likely, have encountered this troublesome scenario on more than one occasion.

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Kevin J. Olson said...

There's only one art house theater here in Salem, and they only show the trailers for the films they will be showing in their theater. Seeing how the theater is only three screens the same trailers are shown week after week. Last month I saw the trailer for Sugar over and over, and last year I must have seen the trailer for Synechdoche, New York five or six different times. It does tend to wear on your nerves. Plus they run trailers so long now, it adds an unnecessary 10+ minutes to the movie. But I don't know, perhaps I'm the only one who dislikes trailers...

Alexander Coleman said...

Thank you for playing, Kevin!

I loved the trailer for Synecdoche, New York, but I only saw it online, I believe, once. Seeing most trailers too many times can be wearying, but especially if it is one which is grating or aggravating in any way.

Thanks again!

Craig Kennedy said...

I've somehow managed to avoid repeat exposure to this one. Though my one viewing of it did nothing to inspire, I do like Ang Lee and I'm willing to chalk it up to another example of bad salesmanship.

Having said that, I'm not sure I'm really in the mood for another look back at the halcyon days of hippie idealism. We'll see.

In the cinematic big picture, more annoying to me is the fact that a mediocrity like The Hangover could rake in north of $200 million.

Alexander Coleman said...

Very true about The Hangover, Craig. That is quite annoying.

The best part of the Taking Woodstock trailer is the music. But even I, a fan of The Jefferson Airplane, cannot take it anymore! :)

I thought of you when I posted this, Craig. I look forward to your commentary on this picture before I see it because of your own thoughts concerning Ang Lee and the trailer's inability to sell you on it.

Sam Juliano said...

"I happen to not be an Ang Lee fan, and I was not looking forward to this film beforehand, but at this juncture I feel as though I have seen the film."

Well Alexander, I am sorry to hear this. BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN is the best film of 2005 in my view, and THE ICE STORM, CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON and THE WEDDING BANQUET are exceptional films.

But yes, this trailer really has been beaten to death! Ha!

Alexander Coleman said...

I'm certainly in the minority on Ang Lee, Sam. My favorite film of his remains Eat Drink Man Woman, though I do have soft spots for The Wedding Banquet, and for elements of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

In any event, I'm sure if you've been visiting the cinema as much as I have--and knowing you, you've doubtless seen more than I in the last few weeks--we can positively agree that this trailer is grueling!

Daniel Getahun said...

There are two things at play here, at least for me.

1. I have an almost photographic memory. So if I see a trailer once, I can pretty much piece together the movie as I'm watching it.

2. When you see as many movies as you or I do, yes, you have a chance at seeing a trailer up to a dozen times in the theater.

For these reasons, as I have outlined elsewhere, I have avoided all trailers for about the last decade, and my moviegoing experience has improved significantly. I know most people still love them, but if you try it out you might be surprised at how you view the movies differently - a lot differently.

Alexander Coleman said...

It sounds as though we both share the same problems, Daniel. I too have something of a photographic memory, and when one ventures out to the cinema so much, you are bound to be confronted by problems such as these.

Perhaps I should reform and change my ways and follow your path, Daniel. It sounds like the road to salvation.

Daniel Getahun said...

Don't take my word for it (well, do, but I just have to say that) - pick an upcoming fall movie (let's say A Serious Man, or Amelia, or The Lovely Bones) and limit yourself from watching one trailer or reading any review or buzz or marketing stuff before seeing it...then see what happens with your in-theater experience...

Alexander Coleman said...

Excellent advice, Daniel. It's already too late for me with Amelia--and sadly it was a trailer I disliked--but I will certainly attempt to stay virginal for A Serious Man. The less I know about that one, the better. Thanks again, Daniel. :)

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اسعار الذهب said...

It sounds as though we both share the same problems
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Thank you for playing, Kevin!
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