Earlier this year, I raved about the incredible international teaser for the Coens’ new film, Burn After Reading, finding that even as a standalone one-minute film, it was fantastic. Of course, the movie itself was one of the best of the year.

Oliver Stone’s W., a chronicle of America’s not-so-esteemed 43rd president has been much whispered about since it went into pre-production. Until just earlier today, I was highly skeptical of the project. Then this afternoon, I saw its newest trailer, brilliantly scored to Talking Heads’s “Once in a Lifetime.”

It’s a positively brilliant trailer. Full of bombast, it appears to be taking extreme subjective liberties to depict the Bush ascendancy and administration as the surreal and sometimes nightmarish experience that it’s been over the last eight years. Even independent of its film, this trailer is excellent. One can only hope it will maintain enough energy and wit to sustain the whole movie. It looks like it could very well be there. On October 17th, I fully intend to find out.


About John D. Moore

Writer, cartoonist, filmmaker, and student of Japanese language, literature, and cinema at the University of Utah.

2 responses »

  1. Logan says:

    “Based on a true story” tag at the end, lulz. Editor has a nice sense of humor.

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