Hollywood folks don't like to call their movie trailers advertisements. That would lump them in with TV pitches for laundry soap, car insurance and orange juice; and that's way too mundane. No, trailers are bite-sized bits of content that people actually want to watch, say movie marketers. When done well, that's exactly what they are. Evidence: The trailer for District 9, an upcoming sci-fi thriller produced by Peter Jackson, has been viewed more than 1 million times on YouTube. If you're rating trailers, should top honors go to the ones that pique interest for movies that go on to be blockbusters? Where's the challenge there, right? Or is the real artistry to be found in 2 1/2 minutes that work hard to sell a genuine crapfest? IFC has chosen some of both for its "50 Greatest Trailers of All Time." That sure is a grand title for a list that has Cloverfield at No. 3, ranked higher than The Blair Witch Project, which it blatantly ripped off. Really guys? I cry foul. The indie media company picked trailers that blend art and commerce like Independence Day and The Lord of the Rings, along with those that were way more entertaining than the product that followed (See: Unbreakable, Eyes Wide Shut). Two movies from 2009 made the cut -- Watchmen and the upcoming Where the Wild Things Are — as did a bunch of classics like Dr. Strangelove, Charade, Psycho and The Manchurian Candidate. No. 1? The original Alien. See the full list here. Do you agree with this list?
—Posted by T.L. Stanley