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.
Sadly, this week started with Matt not particularly enjoying Ingmar Bergman’s The Rite, a TV adaptation of a stage play that is at the same time bitter and tacky. Sorry, Ingmar, that’s not a combination that many people could pull off, even if they’re as talented as you and your cast, consisting of Gunnar Björnstrand, Ingrid Thulin and Anders Ek. Also, for the purpose of the Sunday trailer post, there doesn’t seem to be a trailer of The Rite available on YouTube – so here’s something else about rituals and masques and the like. Enjoy this trailer of the film adaptation of John Fowles’ The Magus! (Is that something of a tenuous link? Probably!)
On Friday, Alan followed with a post inspired by Singin’ in the Rain, bringing Alan’s talents for storytelling into the mix. What is the true story of much-maligned Lina Lamont?
Which brings us to our regular weekend trailers, starting with…
Mege: Barbaque is really dark stuff, so it can only come to us in the form of a comedy. There is that couple whose small town butcher’s shop has been going downhill these last few months, and whose fault is that? Vegans. I really, really hope this one is not based on a true story.
Matt: And finally… I wasn’t entirely sold on Peter Jackson’s documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, which did a (mostly) fantastic job of making WW1-era footage look like it could have been filmed this very minute – but at the same time, it suggested a ‘realness’ that was at cross-purposes with the film’s sentimentality. It looks like The Beatles: Get Back gets up to some of the same tricks – but arguably The Beatles aren’t as ideologically fraught as a depiction of WW1. For me, The Beatles were very much something of the previous generation, a band that my parents listened to, but while I like many of their songs myself, the band members were very much a thing of the past. Perhaps Get Back, which uses many of the same approaches and tricks that They Shall Not Grow Old did, will help me look at The Beatles through different eyes.