but i wish i could get all those minutes of life wasted watching the trailers before the film back. not only were the films they advertised horrendously bad-looking, but the trailers themselves irritated me to no end. these trailers force me to see a movie i didn't ask to see. brandon and i complain not infrequently that trailers get worse and worse all the time. it's not just giving away the ending anymore...they tell you nearly every moment and plot point (and joke, if it's a comedy), both onset and resolution in something like 3 minutes...if you're lucky and they're short. the worst ones just go on and on and on.
even good films can be victims of bad trailers. pleasantville, for example. i remember the trailer was something around 5 minute long, and it just wouldn't stop, telling you everything that happened. at the time i first saw that trailer, i remember having said, "well, no point in going to see that. that was the whole film". i only actually saw it a couple years after it came out, when i had fortuantely forgotten said trailer. having watched it again on the dvd after i saw the movie, i still agree that it was the entire movie in five minutes. it didn't really leave anything out. i mean, i thought free willy was bad showing the whale escaping in the preview, but the pleasantville on really takes the cake on spoilers.
good trailers do still exist. the ones that make me anxious to go to a good movie. eternal sunshine's trailer comes to mind as an example. maybe it's my true calling--to make good trailers for the world to see. or not. but i'd like to not have to suffer as harshly as i did last night.