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.
Julie: This, the latest film by Werner Herzog, is about a man who is hired to impersonate the missing father of a twelve year old girl. Interestingly its lead is the actual director of “Family Romance, LLC”, an existing company which provides similar services, though Herzog himself insists this is not a documentary, as it was entirely scripted. This hybridisation is something we have seen the filmmaker do before to great – and sometimes uncanny – effect. Anyone who likes Herzog’s work (and who doesn’t?) should give it a watch.
Mege: Escapism? Yes please, I’ll have two of those, thanks. While supernatural series like Penny Dreadful are more my thing, there is much good in The Alienist. A criminal psychologist (Daniel Brühl), a police secretary (Dakota Fanning) and a newspaper illustrator (Chris Evans) work together to track down and find serial killers in 1890 New York City. It’s Mindhunter as a period piece. Expect gore, madness, and screeching violins. Season 2 starts July 26 on TNT.
Matt: Is it just me or does this look like a stealth Buffy the Vampire Slayer remake? Though, sadly, me thinking this mainly makes me want to go back in time and watch Buffy again instead of this, but then I may be an oldish fuddy-duddy yearning for his youth. Perhaps into every generation a young woman is born to fight supernatural evil while giving the finger to patriarchy. Perhaps 2020 could do with more nunsploitation.