Saturday, March 21, 2009

Trailer: "Goodbye Solo"

I'm going to be pushing this one a lot in the coming weeks, both as a love letter to my home towns, and as the best film I have seen so far in 2009. It opens this Friday, March 27, in NY and Chicago, and will expand over the next few months. My full review will be up this week.

Here's the official trailer:

6 comments:

Daniel Getahun said...

Can't wait - Bahrani is going to be here to present it on April 3rd!

P.S. I'm not watching this...

Matthew Lucas said...

I will never understand why people avoid watching trailers...but whatever floats your boat.

Daniel Getahun said...

Oh it floats my boat, alright! I think I have somewhat of a photographic memory, so when I see trailers over and over (on TV and prior to movies in the theater), the images and quotes get stuck in my head. When it comes to actually watching the movie, then, I'm always awaiting the "big moment" or line or explosion or breathtaking image from the trailer, so both suspense and awe (special effects, for example) are significantly diminished for me. I want the first time that I see it to be the best time that I see it.

It didn't use to be the case for me - I was the complete opposite, in fact, and watched as many as I could. But several movies were ruined (Blair Witch, The Quiet American - it was some years ago that I stopped so those are the ones that stick out to me) so I just said I wouldn't watch them anymore. I have to say, it's completely changed my moviegoing experience. The friends who I saw No Country for Old Men with, for example, said they wouldn't have been in nearly as much suspense as I was since they'd seen the trailer so many times and could forecast the way the scenes were going.

So I just prefer to go in with a completely blank visual slate.

Matthew Lucas said...

I guess I can see the appeal...I just can't imagine not keeping up with trailers in this line of work. Usually if a movie is good enough, I get caught up in it and am not worrying about the trailer.

Daniel Getahun said...

See but I can still keep up with the movies if I don't see the trailers. I know quite a lot about Goodbye Solo (at least as much as I'm comfortable with knowing prior to seeing it) but haven't seen the trailer. I'm kind of a weirdo like that, compared to the average person. The trailer isn't what I get excited about at all - just the story, director, writer, or actors is enough.

Daniel Getahun said...

But I should also add that it's not like I'll NEVER watch ANY trailer. There are plenty of comedies or movies that I won't see whose trailers don't do much to ruin the movie. I just like to avoid the trailers for dramas, suspense thrillers, and effect-laden action/adventure movies.

And I've remembered another trailer that ruined the movie for me in a different way: The Phantom Menace. I must have excitedly watched that 100 times before seeing the movie, and even if I saw it again now I'd get excited to watch the movie. Too bad - the trailer is a completely empty promise.