Congrats to The Illusionist for winning last week's Trailer Park poll, which had a more widely distributed outcome than normal. Following the French animated film's 27%, second place goes to The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader with 17% closely ahead of Never Let Me Go and Centurion.
I guess it's fair that after last week's amazing crop of trailers for great-looking films that this week would be a disaster for the Trailer Park. The trailers are so bad this week that I've had to go ahead and include the seemingly hundredth spot for Inception -- and of course it tops my chart, because it still looks spectacular. There were also so few high-profile trailers this week that I had to include those I'd have excluded in better weeks. So, I apologize for again giving attention to the Little Fockers teaser. And I'm slightly annoyed that The Green Hornet is comparatively good enough in this week's bunch to be so highly placed in my rankings.
So I'm certain that Inception will also end up winning this week's Trailer Park poll. If so, I think we can all agree that the film wins the award for best trailer(s) of the year. It helps that the film itself looks so darn well that even mediocre spots would make us want to see it. In any event, I really do hope some other marketers (and filmmakers) step up their game in the future. Pretty soon (July 16), Inception is going to hit theaters, and something else is going to have to take over our excitement.
This week's trailer rankings and poll after the jump.
1. Inception ("Meet the Characters" Trailer) - It's going to be sad when Inception finally opens and then no longer has new trailers for us to vote as the best.
2. The Tillman Story - This documentary about Pat Tillman's death should be a hot property thanks to Gen. McChrystal's involvement in the football player-turned-soldier's story. Before seeing this rousing trailer, I wasn't too interested in the film; afterward I made it a must-see of my Silverdocs coverage. I'm very much looking forward to it. [Yahoo! Movies]
3. Red - It's like a League of Extraordinary Men with Queen Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela, John McClane and Osbourne Cox. I hate to say, though, that I'm getting a wee bit sick of Malkovich at the moment. Will the man do anything and everything these days? [Yahoo! Movies]
4. The Green Hornet - I admit I know nothing of the old Green Hornet radio serial, but just from this trailer it seems Kato is the real hero while Seth Rogen's doofy wannabe appears to be a tagalong sidekick. I don't think it looks as terrible as some others do, but so far I believe it should be titled Kato. [Yahoo! Movies]
5. Valhalla Rising - If you thought Mads Mikkelsen didn't have enough eye issues in Casino Royale check out what he looks like here, in a viking Crusade from filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson). After seeing the Centurion trailer last week, this may look a bit weak. [itunes Movie Trailers]
6. Journey of the Childmen: The Mighty Boosh on Tour - I had to miss the live show when it came to New York, so I'm very glad they made a concert film based on the Future Sailors tour. Hopefully it's given a proper release in the U.S., too, since I've already had to also miss a recent screening of this in NYC. As for the trailer, I kind of wish it had a few more bits of the audio rather than that music. A Boosh film trailer should make us laugh, right? [Twitch]
7. The Social Network (Teaser) - Wouldn't it have made more sense to have the pixels making up Jesse Eisenberg's face to be tons and tons of Facebook profile pictures? Or is Photomosaic even deader than Friendster? Also, wouldn't it have been funny if this trailer premiered exclusively on MySpace? [Sony Pictures]
8. All Good Things (International) - We love Andrew Jarecki for co-founding Moviefone and for digging through home video footage to compile the Oscar-nominated documentary Capturing the Friedmans, but is he suited to direct dramatic features? The Weinstein Company's decision to sit on this indicates no, and now I'm seeing nothing in this international spot that proves them otherwise. Maybe Jarecki can go back to docs? Or TV series theme songs? [The Playlist]
9. Suicide Girls Must Die! - The first reality horror movie, which hits DVD this week. Looks pretty terrible, but I figured I'd use it to show just how much worse I think Little Fockers looks. [Trailer Addict]
10. Little Fockers (Teaser) - Most people are put off by the Robert DeNiro boner gag, but I'm still stuck on the title. Does it refer to DeNiro and Stiller, who seem to have escaped from Grown-Ups? [iTunes Movie Trailers]