I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: Vive la France!

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.

For this week’s Six Damn Fine Degrees, Alan wrote about the pitch-perfect performance of John Turner as Roderick Spode in the TV adaptation of Jeeves and Wooster and one of the most fitting quasi-Hitler moustaches in TV history. If you haven’t already done so, make sure to check it out! Sadly, it seems that the only trailers for the show available online are in German, which obviously won’t do, so here’s a six-minute excerpt to enjoy instead.

We’re in more luck when it comes to the next post, mind you: Matt shared his great enjoyment of Céline Schiamma’s Petite Maman. Enjoy a bit of the music of the future!

And for the first of our regular trailers for the week, we’re staying in France – in more than one sense.

Sam: Léa Seydoux has been an increasingly noteworthy international actress since appearing in memorable supporting roles, from Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, as well as Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, but it was her role as James Bond’s love interest in Spectre of course that finally catapulted her into stardom, especially since lately appearing again in both Bond (in one of the most significantly dramatic ‘Bond girl’ roles) and the newest Wes Anderson (The French Dispatch) almost simultaneously. It’s refreshing to see her in a solely French role in ambiguously titled France, in which she portrays an overly ambitious TV journalist who faces her demons once her callous and self-centred image starts to peel off. Seydoux looks impressive in it and gets to deliver her powerfully fast staccato French for an entire film this time. It’s her emotional range, her mysterious beauty and her (comedic) timing as well that seem to make her so suitable for so many roles these days – the possibilities appear almost endless.

Matt: In the last decade or so, a number of great video essayists have emerged on YouTube and Vimeo, many of whom took cinema as their subject. Perhaps the first one whose work I became aware of was Tony Zhou, whose channel Every Frame a Painting released 28 wonderful video essays between 2014 and 2016. I’d come across Zhou’s work on film every now and then since – and now he’s one of the people contributing to the David Fincher-produced Voir on Netflix. Needless to say, this is one of the upcoming Netflix releases I’m looking forward to most.

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