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.
On A Damn Fine Cup of Culture, this week began and ended with music. Early in the week, Matt explained in a post why he thought the original soundtrack of Netflix’ The Crown, while undoubtedly effective much of the time, acted as something akin to acoustic soy sauce, making everything taste the same.
There wasn’t any mention of music in Friday’s Six Damn Fine Degrees post on Stanley Donen’s Two for the Road, which seems a shame in hindsight – what’s the point in discussing a film scored by Henry Mancini if Mancini doesn’t get a mention? There are chopped-up snippets of it in this original trailer, which otherwise is quite ghastly and doesn’t really give a very accurate impression of what the film is, making it look instead like a cloying, unfunny romantic comedy. Ah well – win some, lose some.
And this is where we get to Saturday and the latest instalment of our podcast, in which Julie, Alan and Matt talk about, wait for it… the musical! In the podcast, we discuss Gold Diggers of 1933, Les Demoiselles of Rochefort and The Lure – but to go with the musical theme, here are some trailers for other movie musicals to get you singing and dancing!
Sam: My all time favourite musical (and I must say I’m not a big musical guy, despite my love for classic scores) must be 1982’s Victor/Victoria, starring Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston and Leslie Ann Warren – maybe exactly because, in many ways, it isn’t that traditional musical, with over-the-top characters in candy-colour sets bursting out in song and dance at any possible turn. Instead, director Blake Edwards (most known for this slapsticky Pink Panther movies) tells this amusing gender trouble tale in mostly nightclub performances, and boy! (or girl!) do Henry Mancini’s tunes swing, sizzle and seduce! The (even for the early ’80s) daring message that sexual preferences shouldn’t really matter, of course, hit home in my troubled teens, and I was in heaven as soon as Julie sang and danced to the show-stealing “Jazz Hot”!
Julie: It is almost tempting to leave this trailer here entirely without comment. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a cheeky musical made by two women, who were told by powerful men they were basically worthless but for their looks and bodies, and most certainly couldn’t sing. Watch La Monroe and La Russell expertly prove them wrong. Based on the novel by the legendary Anita Loos, and the subsequent Broadway musical, this is a celebration of what gals can do if you let ’em.
Matt: Like many, I loved John Carney‘s surprise 2007 hit Once, and I even think that Begin Again, which came out in 2013, is better than its reputation – but I don’t think I need to defend his Sing Street (2016), a sweet, funny musical ( or perhaps more accurately, in the words of Julie, a movie with songs in it) about a bunch of Dublin kids that decide to form a band in the mid ’80s. Oh, and the songs, a motley bunch of ’80s pastiches, are pretty catchy too!