I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: Slippers and Rita and nuns, oh my!

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.

It’s amazing how time flies during a pandemic, sometimes leaving little time for blog posts other than the bare minimum… On Friday, Matt wrote a blog post about his discomfort with camp (the style, that is, not the thing where as a kid or teenager you go away for a week in the woods, only to get killed by a hockey mask-wearing maniac). Though these days Matt is much more comfortable with camp of any sort – and you can’t start a post with a picture of Dorothy’s ruby slippers and not follow up!

Sadly, that’s already it for blog posts this week – but there are trailers! With music, singing and dancing!

Sam: Who really needs a remake of one of the most timeless movie musicals in history? Before looking at the first trailer of Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, I was certainly more than skeptical of this attempt at cashing in on an endlessly famous production for both stage and screen. The original still holds up so well and enthralls audiences young and old. Nevertheless, I have to say that in the hands of a master like Spielberg, there is probably something truly special in store: The trailer keeps a lovely balance between the nostalgia for the original (the New York scenery looks quaintly familiar and Rita Morena – Oscar-winning star of the original – makes an appearance) and the freshness and feistiness of its young and promising cast. There is also striking new imagery (the two gangs approaching each other in shadows is a particular standout moment) and if you know what Spielberg can do with movie emotions, it will be more than interesting to see how he has tweaked this classic into a new and unexpected experience. Will it be more relevant because of the current reckoning with racism and xenophobia in America? It’s too soon to tell but I’m sure it will open it up to yet another new generation of moviegoers!

Matt: And to end on a supremely salacious note: Nuns! Illicit passions! Paul Verhoeven! There have been quite a few period dramas about lesbian lovers recently, so many so that Saturday Night Live felt it necessary to do a skit on the subject matter. Most of these films are done in exceedingly, excruciatingly good taste, so perhaps Verhoeven felt that the perspective of the dirty old man was woefully underrepresented. But, hey: Charlotte Rampling! She’s always a guarantee for style and good taste in erotic period pieces, right? *coughTheNightPortercough*

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