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Thoughts I Had... While Watching the "Interstellar" Teaser

Presented in the order I had them without self-censorship... you do the same in the comments!


  • Corn fields. Cinematography. Serene music. Is this Chris Nolan's Terrence Malick?
  • alright alright Matthew McConaughey's voice. It has its charms but it's not the voice to cast to summon up portent and awe. I like MM lots (and lots) but the voice be not why

  • old footage of technological advances makes me think of my Dad - he loved NASA-like things
  • "to make the unknown known" (I was not supposed to giggle at that line reading)
  • "we count these moments as our proudest achievements... but we've lost all that" -- I so agree with this sentiment. What happened to our ambitions? Why do we waste all our tax payer money on subsidizing big oil and big war when we could be building space ships and living out our dreams? I've veered way off topic but now I am won over and want to love this movie and any movie that encourages collective awe and wanderlust instead of collective greed and rage.
  • The shot of Matthew McConaughey driving away in the car. Gah! His eyes all wet. I need a non YouTube Quicktime version of this trailer immediately.

  • "our destiny lies above us" with parent and child hand-in-hand... okay this is Nolan's Malick.
  • The Credits. WAIT. BILL IRWIN AND ANNE HATHAWAY ARE BOTH IN THIS? Rachel Getting Married reunion holla!
  • Sad 'outside-looking-in' Party of One Truth: I have never loved a Christopher Nolan movie.
  • I never know when to do 'Yes, No, Maybe So' anymore because most movies now get at least three trailers and I'm not devoting free advertising space every time, you sneaky PR departments you.


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It appears that Christopher Nolan shot a $200,000,000 documentary about how NASA needs more funding. Or about corn.

Either way: http://youtu.be/ePGnfXzEjFw

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercadaverousmutha

cadaverousmutha is right, this trailer was SO boring.. I agree with Nathaniel's point about NASA-funding, but this trailer did absolutely nothing for me. Maybe I'm just getting weary about this kind of mysterious self/serious teasers?

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterConrado

I thought it was wonderful that it was a real teaser. As in, I'm teased. I don't know what the movie's about. Yay to that.

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Lipp

Its about space travel we knew that i am interested to see what everyones roles are esp burstyn.

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermark

I never loved a Nolan movie. In fact I quite liked Memento the first time I saw it. It sharply diminished under repeat viewings. And not because I knew what was going to happen but that its faults became very apparent under the conditions that plot is no longer the primary concern. I hope this trailer's voice over and teary eyed car sequence Norbit's Matt's chances on Oscar night. Dern and Ejiofor could split the vote making him a spoiler in third.

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful


December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

It seems like a commercial for a corporation selling something that isn't a movie.

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErik

Another superman movie with Matthew McC in it now? Stop remaking them so fast!

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTomas

It's a non-sequel / non-remake / non-superhero / non-generic action flick / non-prequel. This is a good thing!

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

Where are Jessica Chastain and Ellen Burstyn.

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMusa

i Accidentally watched this with some weird staticy Crystal Castles song in the background and wondered what the hell the trailor people were thinking.

Anyway, I have no idea what this movie is about...

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBroooooke

ELLEN BURSTYN IN A GOOD MOVIE YAY! Also, this could potentially hurt MM's chances to actually win the Oscar this year - "he'll have another chance next year" is one of those lame justifications that keeps good actors from winning for years.

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

My thought process?

Ooh, more corn.
Even More Corn.
Burning corn!
Matt McC voice over.
Okay, this voiceover is becoming a tad bit manipulative.
A lot manipulative.
Dude, I know movies manipulate you, but the more obvious it is, the less affective it is, and this is a damn teaser trailer.
Oh, look. Corn. How refreshing!
"A year from today". Okay, so presumably that's enough time for me to forget that this teaser pissed me off and I will probably watch it, huzzah \0/

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPitry

The end of the teaser flashes "327 days 11:35:35"

WTF does 11:35:35 mean???? Anybody????

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeeee

Meeee -- huh. i didn't even see that flash. It cant mean November 35th as there is no such thing. Maybe it means midnight screenings the day before it's supposed to open start at 11:35. no, i got nothing.

December 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Well I love it. Makes me want to give all my money (enough to buy couple of them some donuts) to NASA :D.

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAgent69

My thoughts:

"And Michael Caine"


December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSean Troutman

Inspirational space movie

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

1st thought: same as Jordan's: WHERE IS JESSICA?
2nd thought: after the "One year from now" -> Nolan finally in mid-december? Oscar time finally? Yes, no, maybe so? :D

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYavor

@Sean Troutman: If Michael Caine's presence is what will sell you on a movie, you must have ended up watching a lot of schlock on that account over the years.

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSean C.

11:35:35 has got to be eleven hours, thirty-five minutes and thirty five seconds. This suggests the item is either, as Nathaniel mentioned as a possibility, a countdown of some sort, or possibly a total time. I think there are possible ship trajectories to Mars that can fall in that range. I think I also read somewhere that humans at 270 days or so clock in with the longest gestation periods, so that's not it. Depending on the year, the time would be a half hour before noon on either 22 November or 23 November (not the Kennedy assassination - 1963 was not a leap year).

Okay, I don't know any better than anyone else what it means. But heck, thinking about it until the movie comes out is half the fun!

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarl

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