Friday, February 11, 2011

My Favorite Movie Trailers

I am a huge fan of movie trailers. It blows my mind how good some of them are, and how powerful of an experience you can create from just a short compilation of movie clips with some cool music. I have always had a number of trailers that stood out in my mind, and within the last year or so, several excellent trailers have been released. I decided to try and compile a list of the trailers that were my favorite, and that had some effect on me. With all of these, I must have watched them each at least a dozen times within the first week of seeing them.

The list is in no particular order. I don’t know if I would be able to rate an absolute favorite, since many trailers do different for me. Some, like the James Bond trailers, just pump me up. Others make me think “wow, that looks really amazing!” (True Grit). Others just hit some emotional chord for some reason (Social Network, 127 Hours). With that said, here is the list.


This was the first trailer that I ever really, really liked. The music alone is amazing, but the trailer itself is such an awesome way to reintroduce James Bond after a six year hiatus. I am such a nerd, that in high school, I used to watch this trailer before going to school, cause it pumped me up.

Casino Royale

I am including the teaser and trailer here. Both are just so awesome, and like with GoldenEye, they totally pump me up! Before I saw the teaser, I was a little skeptical of Daniel Craig playing James Bond. But after the teaser, I was totally convinced that he would be great.

Terminator Salvation

I was never a huge fan of the Terminator movies, but this trailer really caught my attention. It made me go and rewatch all the older Terminators, and I was really excited for this one. Unfortunately, the movie was nowhere as cool as the trailer.

District 9

When I first saw this trailer, I thought it was a documentary about some race issue in South Africa. I almost turned it off, cause it wasn’t something that interested me. Then they showed the space ship. Interest peaked!

The Social Network

I don’t know what it is, but something with way the music compliments the images really strikes me as amazing. I also like how dark and serious a story about Facebook can look. It gives me shivers.

The Matrix

This trailer just makes you say “What the F is this? It looks awesome!” As a 17 year old, it blew my mind.

Matrix Reloaded

While the movie wasn’t that amazing, the cinematography, and unique images and what seemed to be some incredible action scenes, really caught my attention. This trailer made me REALLY look forward to the movie.

Star Trek

I was never a Star Trek fan, but when I saw this trailer, I just thought “WOW! That looks freaking awesome!!” And indeed, it was.

Spider-Man 2

Basically a normal action movie trailer, but it highlights so many interesting aspects of the story that it made me really excited to see it.


A great movie that is totally underrated. The trailer is so creepy, and so intriguing!


Like with the Matrix trailer, this just blew my mind. The uniqueness of the images and story, as well as knowing that it was from the mind of Christopher Nolan really made me excited for this movie. You can’t watch the trailer and not think “this looks awesome… and seems really interesting!”

True Grit

I never even heard of this movie until it came out. When I heard of it, I thought it was going to be some stupid action movie. But upon seeing the trailer, I was blown away, and couldn’t wait to see the movie. The trailer is simply bad ass. It captures all the aspects of the movie so well, that it blows me away. The last 20 seconds gives me shivers!

127 Hours

Like with True Grit, I had never even heard of this movie until it was already released. Though, like with True Grit, it captures the essence of the movie so well that it is incredible. As usual, the combination of a great song, some powerful images, and good editing gives me shivers.


  1. Thanks for a wonderful sharing. I appreciate your work.

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  3. I've seen some of these movie trailers and I've even watched some of them in full blast. I thought they were spectacular! Just like doing a film, a movie trailer must be at its best so the audience will be interested to watch the film.

  4. Ah, the trailer of 127 Hours really got me. That's why I watched it... alone. The movie really gave me lessons such as valuing life and family. It hurt a lot when I saw him do what he needed to do in the movie! But that's just one way to stand up for life. ;)