Trailer Talk: The Best of TIFF (2014)

The Toronto International Film Festival officially wrapped up this weekend, after hosting over three-hundred films from around the world. For some, that might simply be a number, an impressive myriad of newly acclaimed movies. Or, some might think of the festival only as an outlet, to distinguish front-runners for this upcoming awards season. To me, though, it means something more. It means the arrival of some of the best, some of the greatest…movie trailers. Lots and lots of movie trailers. Here are a few of my favorites.

In May, we received a much-anticipated first look at David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars. With a victorious Cannes premiere – earning Julianne Moore the highly sought-after Best Actress prize – the film has (unsurprisingly) attracted the attention of eager mainstream audiences, as well as procuring the approval of the indie-film inner circle. Now Maps has taken TIFF by storm with its unique and dark take on Hollywood fortune and fame. The film’s trailer promises a picture that is equally fascinating and disturbing, absolutely unforgiving. Maps to the Stars is guaranteed to be violent and dangerously unpredictable.

In (U.S.) Theatres: 2015

There’s something equally impressive and chilling about the trailer for Men, Women & Children. It’s dark and dispirited, gritty and sparse. The preview is meticulous, yet intensely intriguing. It paints an uncomfortable portrait of the type of world we live in, calling out the escalating change in our day-to-day relationships. The film will undoubtedly be an eye-opener for some, given its relevancy to our tech-focused lives. Jason Reitman is certainly taking no prisoners with his latest dramatic feature.

In Theatres: October 17, 2014

Bill Murray has been the talk of the town ever since the premiere of St. Vincent, earning the film enough buzz to secure itself on everyone’s must-watch list. Sure, a dark comedy about a disgruntled curmudgeon – who finds an unlikely friendship with his young next door neighbor – is nothing new, but the trailer boasts enough unique wit and Melissa McCarthy to sooth you into submission.

In Theatres: October 24, 2014

What did you think of these TIFF trailers? Will you see any of these films? Are there any new movies you are looking forward to seeing this Fall? Love movie trailers? Tell me in the comments!

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