I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: A bad apple a day keeps the husband away

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.

Hoo boy! This was a busy week here at A Damn Fine Cup of Culture, starting with Matt’s post on the mildly absurdist Greek dramedy (such a bad word for such a wide range of stories!) Apples. He wasn’t entirely won over by it, but there’s still a lot to enjoy here.

Less -edy than dram-, Sawdust and Tinsel was the next stop on Matt’s journey through the works of Ingmar Bergman – a very strong entry after All These Women hadn’t exactly bowled him over. Sadly, YouTube doesn’t seem to have any trailers of the film on offer – so here’s a trailer for another black and white circus-themed classic that’s just as depressing!

On Friday, Sam continued our weekly chain of Six Damn Fine Degrees posts, asking: whatever happened to Richard Lester? So, while there are lots of good films by the director to choose from, here’s the trailer for that swashbuckling classic of his, The Three Musketeers.

We’re still not at the end, mind you – Saturday saw two posts, for one the much-welcome return of Mege to the regular blogging crowd. He’s recently seen the Canadian film Kuessipan and shared his thoughts about it here.

The other post on Saturday was our latest podcast episode, in which we talked about film noir from three different eras. Since we’ve already got tons of trailers for this week, though, let’s focus on the first of the three films we discussed: Billy Wilder’s pitch-black classic Double Indemnity. (But make sure to check out the podcast, in which we also talk about Chinatown and Brick!)

Phew – that was a long one! Let’s bring it to an end with two trailers brought to us courtesy of MGM and our very own Sam.

Sam: Bond fans were in heaven this week with not one but two trailers dropping for the now seemingly imminent release of 007’s 25th adventure No Time To Die, famously postponed three times due to change in direction (from Danny Boyle to Cary Fukunaga) and Covid, of course. Almost two years after its original release date, James Bond will finally (?) be back on the big screen. What excited Bond geeks the most, of course, was the fact that the two films took an entirely different approach without giving away much more about the plot that had been known for months: The above international trailer is more the traditional one, expanding on a few scenes and teasing with new insights into the relationship of Bond (Daniel Craig in his final outing), his love interest (Léa Seydoux from the last film Spectre), archvillain Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) and main villain Safin (Rami Malek). We get cool new sounds (possibly Hans Zimmer’s score?) and marvel at the spectacle and intrigue, as well as the new women (Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas) and good old co-workers (M, Q, Moneypenny) at Bond’s side.

The more interesting approach to Bond trailers came in the form of the final US trailer this week: Here, the five Daniel Craig adventures are joined into one continuous story arch and scenes from Casino Royale through Spectre are seamlessly merged with new ones from No Time To Die. The trailer promises an “epic conclusion” that appears to finally make sense of all the roads leading from Bond’s individual missions, his painful losses (M, Vesper Lynd) and dark forces in the background (Mr White, Quantum, Blofeld, Spectre) to possibly unexpected revelations that should render fans and general audiences speechless. The imagery, of course, is the same as in many previous trailers, but the ‘Craig Bond universe’ approach had fans up in bright excitement and everyone among them is wondering if No Time To Die will prove to be a worthy conclusion to the series within the series before the Bond role will be passed on to a new guy or the Bond franchise move into yet a new direction (Amazon anyone?). For now, the cinematic event of the year seems to be finally happening!

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