Staff Picks – James’ Top Ten Movie Trailers of 2015

These were films that weren’t necessarily the best, they didn’t win all of the awards, and I haven’t seen many of them yet because they’re not yet out. These trailers are notable because they made the prospect of seeing the film exciting. They reminded us why we go to the movies in the first place- of the highs and lows and awe the audience feels when they’re strapped into their seats, a bucket of popcorn and bag of Twizzlers for dinner.


Without further ado: (in no particular order, and summaries added only for emphasis in a few cases)

1. What We Do in the Shadows

2. Ex Machina

3. Carol

4. The Assassin

5. Macbeth
The palette used in this trailer paints a stunning backdrop to the madness of the story of Macbeth and what appears to be another fantastic set of performances from Cotillard and Fassbender.

6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
This trailer gives us such a genuine sense of nostalgia and scale that wiped away the doubts that Star Wars could be worth revisiting. There is still life in this universe and although reviews aren’t yet in the trailer gives us enough to want to go back to the well.

7. Mad Max: Fury Road
Editing perfection.

8. The Witch
The quiet quality of this creepy trailer entices with the spare nature of rural village life juxtaposed against hints of horrors lurking out of sight, but it makes you ask yourself is there a titular witch or are the horrors really superstitious villagers?

9. Chi-Raq
Though the title still irks me for its broad, stereotyped outward portrayal of Chicago’s South Side, Spike Lee’s retelling of the Lysistrata looks snappy and fearless in this tightly-edited trailer.

10. Hail, Caesar!

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