We live in a golden age, with information on a variety of topics readily available on-line at our fingertips. But sometimes I think we know too much, specifically about movies.
These days, it appears that movie companies are making way too many trailers for movies that are set to be released in the time frame of a year or longer.
Lets use Batman V Superman as the perfect example. A simple Google search finds at least four trailers for the movie, as well as leaked footage and multiple television spots. As well, the last trailer before the movie was recently released.. I think too many trailers was also what watered down Avengers: Age of Ultron as it simply showed audiences too much. There were at least three separate trailers, as well as extended trailers and television spots for this movie.
I have often joked that if someone was able to put together all of the trailers for some of these movies into one production that fans would likely be able to see the full movie.
Now, superhero films are not the only guilty ones, as fans of the Terminator franchise likely wished that Terminator Genisys’ trailers for that movie were less revealing. There was a survey done in the United States in 2013 by company YouGov Omnibus where 49 per cent of Americans felt that movie trailers were revealing too much of the best scenes from the movie.
Movie theatre owners identified that there was a problem two years ago. In 2014 the National Association of Theatre Owners pushed for trailers to be cut in length by 30 seconds because they were ‘revealing too much about the movies.’ However, as we know, this has backfired into more trailers being released for the average consumer by movie companies.
With people having access to on-line services such as YouTube, it seems now there is a hunger from audiences to see a little bit of new content, but unfortunately this has meant that movie companies have had to dig more content out of their movies and take a little bit more away from the actual movie.
Movie watchers usually actively try to avoid spoilers like the plague, but nowadays it seems that the greatest threat of spoilers comes from their own curiosity, and the information that movie companies are putting at people’s fingertips.
It was a proud moment for me as a Leafs fan this past weekend, seeing Leo Komarov suit up in the NHL All Star game.
Some readers may be surprised to know that when I first started watching the game, my favourite player was not Mats Sundin, Nik Antropov or Tomas Kaberle but instead Darcy Tucker. My favourite type of player is the one that plays with their heart on their sleeve, will stick up for a teammate if need be, provides some grit and can chip in on the scoresheet. In my opinion, these qualities are rare in NHL players. I saw those qualities in Tucker and I now see them in Komarov.
I guess with Tucker I was inspired by the fact that he was a smaller person, but battled hard and used his feistiness to build a career. He also chipped in 215 goals in a career that spanned over 940 games. Yes, I admit from another perspective he was a pest, but he seemed like a person that his teammates could count on. There is probably no greater example then when he stuck up for Jason Blake when superpest Sean Avery made comments about his cancer situation.
‘Uncle Leo’, as the team is calling him, is a similar type. Komarov doesn’t have the elite scoring skill, so he has to work hard to get on the board. Coach Mike Babcock said in a recent radio interview that there is no harder worker on the team than Komarov. That hard work has translated into a record of 16 goals and 31 points. But when he isn’t scoring, he is still working. Making a big hit, trash talking players off their game, or doing what he can to get the puck away from the opponent.
I guess it would be fair to say that I like to see people’s hard work rewarded over natural talent.
I think these players are inspirational because they were able to overcome small weaknesses and find a way to forge an impressive career in the big leagues. The message that they leave goes back to the old cliché that if you work hard enough you can be successful anywhere.
This was a credo that I tried to embody when I went through college and then when I entered the workplace, that if I pushed myself to do my best work I would have success despite small weaknesses.
With the Leafs once again teetering towards last place, it was at least nice to see Leo Komarov recognized for all that he has done this year so far.
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