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I’m Terrance the Trailer Trasher. You can call me Terry.

I originally started this movie trailer review blog in June of 2010 with the motto: “You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a movie by its trailer.” The format was a Siskel & Ebert type of dual opinion on how much a trailer made me or Michael the Moviegoer want to see the advertised movie on a 4-@ rating scale. It was like reviewing movies before we saw them. We did nearly a hundred reviews in this format, which can still be found in the archives.

In December 2010, I changed the format. Now I’m reviewing movies before they even being shooting, using the same rating scale:

@@@@ = I’m there, opening night baby!
@@@    = Sure, I’ll probably see that.
@@       = I’ll wait for the DVD.
@          = You couldn’t pay me to see it.

These are ratings of my anticipation of actual movies in development or production that were recently announced in the Hollywood trades.

Is it fair to judge a movie before it’s been made? Of course it is. Here’s why:

Studio development executives make their snap decisions to greenlight a picture based on a quick pitch and the pedigree of the director, writer and stars attached, often without bothering to read the scripts or the books they option to turn into scripts. That’s the same information I’m basing my reactions on. The executives hope to make millions by choosing projects that people like me are willing to pay to see. If they would ask regular moviegoers before they commit millions of dollars to a project, like “testing” the premise instead of the finished film, maybe they wouldn’t end up wasting $100 million on flops like “How Do You Know.”

Feel free to leave comments on the reviews and let me know which movie ideas you do or don’t want to see make it to a theatre near you.

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  1. scarletsp1der / Jun 19 2010 6:48 am

    what about The Human Centipede? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wmTv2nqTHo interested in your thoughts on this one Michael and Terrance

    • MichaelAndTerrance / Jun 21 2010 9:49 am

      Thanks for the comment. Michael refuses to review this trailer because the movie already opened before we started this blog and that’s just the kind of person he is. LOL. I missed it in its very limited run. Very intriguing premise but not so great acting and it was shot on HD. I give it @@@ and hope to catch it on IFC one day. – Terry.

  2. scarletsp1der / Jun 24 2010 7:45 pm

    I understand. I only have reviewed 1 movie that released BEFORE I started a blog as well. You both are quite talented. I enjoy reading! Keep up the great work! Thanks for the reply! Happy Watching!

  3. dorkosphere / Jul 15 2010 10:12 pm

    Hey nice blog, thanks for adding dorkosphere to the blogroll

    if you’d like to review trailers for us just shoot me an email we are always looking for more contributors, could either join the team or do a “guest blog” with a link to your site at the end, just shoot me an email if you’re interested airforcelt@gmail.com

    • MichaelAndTerrance / Jul 16 2010 1:51 am

      Sounds like a plan. One of us will be in touch after we’re done with the next slate of reviews. Thanks!

  4. TheScarletSp1der / Jul 22 2010 6:59 pm

    Left a special request for you guys on my site if you are interested. BTW. I like your new segment! Very unique

  5. thejamminjabber / Jan 4 2011 1:50 pm

    Bring back the trailer format! I’m sure you could incorporate both.

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