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: Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal is now available on Netflix in some countries (not in Switzerland, though). The series has all the time in the world to develop its characters during its three seasons. Many viewers were not happy with Mads Mikkelsen in the title role; I found it an inspired choice. The series stops short just before the advent of Clarice Starling, but now that season 4 might become a reality, it’s something to look forward to.
Julie: You Don’t Nomi is a documentary about Showgirls. It is not that I am a particular fan of Showgirls. Like many movies by Verhoeven, you get them or you don’t, and I was always firmly in the “meh” camp. I wasn’t unduly shocked or offended. I’ve seen Turkish Delight too, which I much preferred, and seem to be inured to his sometimes controversial style of storytelling. His predilection to court controversy just for the sake of it, though, tends to get on my nerves and Showgirls seemed to be a prime example of this. Doesn’t it solely exist for shock value, with very few of its own merits? Isn’t it, well, just a kind of porn? The reason I am looking forward to this documentary is that I hope to be shaken firmly from my fence, and be given another perspective. If I never properly appreciated what all the fuss was about, I am ready to be schooled.
Matt: I posted the teaser for this a few weeks ago. Now that the series has launched on HBO, here’s the full trailer. It’s just a brief glimpse of a world of lurid, horrific crimes, but I love how the world and characters feel lived in, and I very definitely love the cast – not least because I’d like to see Tatiana Maslany take on another meaty part. I wasn’t bowled over by Orphan Black, but she was a great reason to watch that series, and I’m looking forward to seeing her together with Matthew Rhys, whose best work was done with strong female collaborators.