I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: Tools, weapons, and Nicholas Cage

Join us every week for a trip into the weird and wonderful world of trailers. Whether it’s the first teaser for the latest instalment 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.

Sam: While writing my latest Six Damn Fine Degrees post on Martin Landau, I became aware again of his role as the puppet master Gepetto in the American version (The Adventures of Pinocchio in 1996 and its sequel in 1999) of the Italian children classic tale, so I wondered what had happened to the much anticipated new version starring Roberto Benigni in the Gepetto role. What’s doubly confusing, of course, is that Benigni himself directed a version in 2002, in which he starred as Pinocchio – now he’s Gepetto! As it turns out, it was finally released in Italy in 2019 already and set for a Christmas release at the end of 2020 in the US. It certainly looks miraculous and inspiring and displays a similar father/son dynamic that Benigni used so well in his heartbreaking La vita è bella (1997). I might give the Pinocchio movies a try during this dreary winter lockdown time: I’m not going to lie, I have grown rather curious about the differences among them!

Matt: Almodóvar? Swinton? Seriously, does anything more need to be said about this – other than: I dearly hope we will be able to see this at the cinema!

Eric: Willy’s Wonderland starts with a very obvious setup involving a spike strip, tyre damage, and an innocent victim tricked into spending a night at a Chuck E. Cheese stand-in which is, of course, a ruse to sacrifice said victim to demons. While this is a very obvious riff on Five Nights at Freddy’s, a video game series that features a similar premise re: animatronic horror avoidance, we can see from the opening frames that we’re clearly in for another peak Cage performance in our era of Peak Cage. While we may have seen Nic Cage bench pressing an entire woman in the past, we have not, in fact, seen Nic Cage beat the stuffing out of an animatronic ostrich with a janitor’s mop. It makes one wonder if one of the observations in the trailer — ‘He’s not trapped in here with them; they’re trapped in here with him!’ is in fact a comment on Nicolas Cage and everyone else in his orbit.

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