I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: Pack your brolly, we’re going to France/Italy/China!

Join us every week for a trip into the weird and wonderful world of trailers. Whether it’s the first teaser for the latest installment in your favourite franchise, an obscure preview for a strange indie darling, whether it’s good, bad, ugly or just plain weird – your favourite pop culture baristas are there to tell you what they think.

Mege: Willem Dafoe playing a former alcoholic who’s losing his mind, wandering around aimlessly in Rome? I’m in. And if that weren’t enough, the movie is by Abel Ferrara, and while not all of his movies are good, none of them are boring.

Matt: One of the greatest things about having a fantastic repertory cinema nearby – apart from their small but great bar that has a whisky on sale called Writer’s Tears – is that it gives me great opportunities to watch classics that otherwise I’d only ever get to see on a television screen. This week, I got to catch The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Jacques Demi’s seminal musical drama, in a great remaster. It’s a film to fall in love with, and doubly so in a darkened movie theatre.

Julie: Set in another semi-fictional city, this time in France, this is a new film by Wes Anderson. It seems to be a series of vignettes, rather than one cohesive plot. I have been a fan of his for ages (some of my personal faves being The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Fantastic Mr Fox), and furthermore, this movie sports what is probably the greatest cast we will see all year. Frances McDormand, Benicio Del Toro, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Brody, Waltz, Dafoe, Chalamet, Wilson…. just watch the trailer and see. I just know I will adore it.

Eric: This was never not going to be complicated. Starring an actress who supported violence against the Hong Kong protests, this movie is a wuxia-infused remake of the original animated movie which was in turn appropriated from an ancient Chinese ballad about a girl who fakes her identity to fight in her old father’s stead. Disney famously put a little sidekick dragon (voice of Donkey Eddie Murphy) by her the first time around, but this time he’s gotten the snowboot. More authentic? Yes. But remember that in China, dragons are a symbol of luck, strength, and power. And right now– today? Everyone could do with more of that around us. Heck, we’re probably going to need it too.

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