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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of 2013

Best_Movie_Trailers_of_2013Let’s say we get about 10 to 15 new trailers each week; that makes about 650 a year. That’s a lot of promos, but considering I’ve watched each and every one while curating Best and Worst Movie Trailers of the Week throughout the year, pinpointing the top and bottom 10 of 2013 wasn’t all that hard. However, narrowing those numbers down to five for each category was another story. Hours of unforgettable dialogue, abysmal voiceover, ideal soundtrack choices and poor editing later, we’ve got our five best and worst movie trailers of 2013. Enjoy.

The Best Stuff

5. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

There’s a reason The Hunger Games is an epic success. Well, there are many, but one key factor is the highly effective marketing effort. The folks at Lionsgate absolutely know how to milk the hype and they know how to do it with class, style and in a manner that puts story first. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer campaign wasn’t just a haphazard string of promos dished out at prime times; they told a story and I’m partial to the one that focused on the tail end of that story, the film’s final trailer. Clocking in at a mere one minute and six seconds, this piece moves to an impeccable beat, setting a beautiful tone and pace before launching into a rip-roaring string of shots that truly will have you on the edge of your seat, upping the suspense tenfold before culminating in that downright heartbreaking shot of Katniss suffering the effects of the Jabberjays, a vicious grand finally with an undeniable power to make a big impression.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

Grand_Budapest_HotelIt’s too bad the trailers for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and Devil’s Due dropped the same week because both are actually quite good. Sure, Devil’s Due is about having a demonic baby whereas The Marked One focuses on a possession, but by mixing paranormal entities with the shaky-cam perspective, you automatically wind up in the same category, making it impossible to choose between the two and leaving this week’s top three spots up for grabs.

The Best Stuff

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Have you been suffering from Wes Anderson withdrawal since Moonrise Kingdom came and went? The new trailer for The Grand Budapest Hotel will fix that. In addition to Anderson’s beautifully eccentric tone and style, the promo also highlights yet another curious dynamic duo – Ralph Fiennes’ Gutsav H and his lobby boy Tony Revolori.

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