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.
If a week begins with Stanley Kubrick, it can’t be all bad: Matt started the Criterion Corner, a new feature exploring his Criterion back catalogue, starting with Kubrick’s The Killing. Again, not a bad start for anything.
The week continued in classic, black and white style, with Alan’s exploration of the final scene of Preston Sturges’ screwball comedy The Lady Eve – because sometimes, Production Code or not, you just need to get into bed with the person you fancy like crazy.
And, to end the week with, here’s a trailer we haven’t yet shown:
Matt: These days, Ridley Scott is rather hit-and-miss for me, and while I always like the visual craftsmanship of his films, The Martian may be the only film of his of the last 10-15 years that I genuinely enjoyed – and that one, while very entertaining, is not even close to being as interesting as his ’70s and ’80s classics… though it must suck if you’re constantly measured against films as great as Alien and Blade Runner. I don’t yet have a feel for The Last Duel, but I must say that the trailer has got me intrigued. The last time Scott went to the medieval well, he made Kingdom of Heaven, and that one I consider much better than its reputation, at least in the director’s extended version – and in spite of Orlando Bloom being one of the more boring actors that have graced Middle-Earth with their presence. And I’m ready to see Jodie Comer in something other than Killing Eve.