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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

Only_God_ForgivesNow that we’ve all indulged in our fair share of beer, hot dogs and fireworks, it’s time to hit the movie theater and enjoy some air conditioning, a feature film and, of course, a slew of trailers, too. Here are the highs and lows of the promos you could encounter this holiday weekend.

The Best Stuff

1. Only God Forgives

The Only God Forgives promotional campaign has been in excellent shape ever since the story started to take prominence over Ryan Gosling’s mug and Nicolas Winding Refn’s style, but in this new trailer the three combine exceptionally well, producing a deeply suspenseful (and rather hypnotic) result. Between that infectious beat, Kristin Scott Thomas’ powers of persuasion, and Gosling’s convincing rough-and-tough demeanor, the need to see how this scenario explodes is overwhelming.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

RIPDCinemaCon 2013 just dished out loads of never-before-seen footage for many of the hottest upcoming releases and some of it has already made its way to the Web. Man of Steel nearly came out on top, showing off yet another beautifully moody representation of our new Superman, while The Lone Ranger hit middle ground, presenting more train footage, horses and Johnny Depp, but still falling short of justifying its epic budget. However, one CinemaCon debut did manage to crack the top three while another joined the dregs of the Worst Stuff.

The Best Stuff

1. R.I.P.D.As someone who knows nothing about Peter M. Lenkov’s comic book and, in turn, has had zero interest in the big-screen adaptation, the very first R.I.P.D. trailer is a wildly engaging nice surprise. It’s a lengthy one, clocking in at just under three minutes, but the piece goes on to earn every second, successfully conveying the details of the colorful scenario by walking through the basics with two very likeable and charming leads.

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Interview: Drive Director Nicolas Winding Refn

Drive is a fairly intricate movie. The plot is simple enough – Ryan Gosling’s Driver falls for Carey Mulligan’s Irene, only to find out her family is being threatened by notorious mobsters. Gosling’s character puts his superb driving skills to use to help keep Irene and her young son stay safe. But director Nicolas Winding Refn takes the piece a giant leap further, not only dousing Drive with a unique style and tone, but also with his incredible attention to detail. Everything in Drive has a reason; every element has a value and that’s something you’d think would require a great deal of preparation – but not for Refn.

In honor of the film’s September 16th release, Refn sat down to talk about his experience bringing James Sallis’ book to life. Surprisingly, Refn isn’t working with detailed script notes or even a shot list; elements went into this movie as they came to Refn’s mind and a great deal of that happened in the midst of shooting. When we’re used to seeing filmmakers assemble features based on studio standards, something like Drive sticks out, for this isn’t a piece that conforms to anyone’s preferences except Refn’s. Hear more about his process in the video interview below.

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