How to Make a Movie Trailer: Add “Gimme Shelter”

Everyone likes movie trailers.

Even if you ultimately don’t end up liking the actual movie, as long as the original trailer gave you goosebumps the first time you saw it then you can’t really fault yourself for forking over 10 bucks to sit through it.

The key to a good trailer is the soundtrack and how well it complements the quick shots and dramatic lines that are meshed together within the two or three minutes. Over many years of watching movies I’ve come to realize that there is one song that, when inserted into a movie trailer, can instantly make me want to see that movie.

That song is “Gimme Shelter” by the Rolling Stones.

Here are just a few examples of trailers that reached another level just by playing “Gimme Shelter” for a few seconds.


Coordinating the first seconds of “Gimme Shelter” with John Goodman entering the scene rocking a ponytail pretty much assured that I would go see this movie. It could have been about anything. I’d already fandago’ed it before the trailer was over.

Also, for those of you who might be interested, there is about 30 seconds of this film when Goodman channels his inner Walter Sobchak while talking about pain medication that may validate the movie as worth seeing all on its own.

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Where Are They Now: Blank Check

Who remembers the Disney movie Blank Check?

Trick question, everyone remembers Blank Check.

In case you were wondering, it’s a phenomenal re-watch despite reeking of 1994 in just about every scene. For example, the main character does all this fraudulent banking stuff by saying that he’s buying them for a dude named “Mac” which is short for Macintosh, which is the giant Apple desktop that he is operating most of his mischief from. If you are slightly confused about what I’m talking about then you obviously have gone far too long without seeing Blank Check.

Really quickly, let me hit you with my three most immediate observations from watching Blank Check in December of 2012.

The Tag Line

The film’s tag line is “If you loved Home Alone then you’ll love Blank Check.” I really want to make fun of that, but it’s so true. I mean, the chances of someone really liking Home Alone and then seeing Blank Check and being like “this kind of thing just isn’t my cup of tea” are pretty slim.

It’s basically like saying “If you love movies about children being poorly supervised and left to their own devices then you will love Blank Check.”

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My Email to Ryan Gosling’s Restaurant

Ryan Gosling’s life is about 89% cooler than mine.

He is rich. He has dated a number of extremely attractive female celebrities. And all of his roles pretty much revolve around being good looking, hooking up with hot chicks or just generally looking like a badass.

Needless to say, I am jealous of him. I can go 4-5 days without shaving and stare smugly into a camera. Why can’t I have his life?

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