I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: Baa, baa, bleak sheep

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.

And our Swedish adventure continues: last week, Matt posted about the 24th film in Criterion’s glorious Bergman box set, the oddball comedy All These Women – a decidedly less than glorious film by the director. Sadly/luckily, there doesn’t seem to be a trailer available for the film, so let’s instead begin with the preview the British Film Institute did for the 2017 Bergman centenary.

On Friday, Mege continued with a post on British science writer Laura Spinney’s book on the Spanish Flu of 1918, Pale Rider. Again, it doesn’t look like there’s anything even close to a trailer – there aren’t too many books that come with a trailer to begin with -, so here’s the next-best thing: remember Steven Soderbergh’s oddly prescient Contagion?

On Saturday, our latest podcast episode went live. In it, Julie and Matt revisited films they hadn’t much liked the first time around – so here’s a pair of trailers to go with those films:

And this is where we continue with a couple of trailers that caught our eyes in recent weeks, starting with…

Sam: The new trailer for Ridley Scott’s much anticipated adaptation of House of Gucci – the book about the family entanglements the famous murder among the famous fashion family – looks glossy and sensational like an expensive ad straight out of the 1980s. Everyone introduced here is at least an Oscar nominee or winner: Lady Gaga (playing the infamous “Black Widow” for having arranged the murder of Maurizio Gucci) has already caused scenes from the trailer to go viral: her “Father, son and house of Gucci” enunciated in a thick Italian accent, as well as her assuring comment that she might not be ethical but fair while aggressively banging a little spoon on her espresso cup have both become internet memes. Gaga’s supported by a sensational cast including Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Salma Hayek. What can go wrong in one of the first grand guignols to come out of the mid-pandemic world? May the movie be as highly energetic and sassy as the trailer!

Matt: And lets end on something that could just be supremely unsettling, an Icelandic-Swedish-Polish oddness co-produced by the film’s lead, Noomi Rapace… and Béla Tarr. Oh, and it’s by the indie company A24 that has brought us films such as Under the Skin, The Witch, Hereditary and In Fabric. This is the kind of trailer that speaks best for itself, so I’ll not say anything more – bring on Lamb.

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