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.
Has there ever been a parody as loving of the thing it parodies as Galaxy Quest? Julie revisited this gem of a sci-fi comedy for our most recent instalment of Six Damn Fine Degrees. Though it’s hard not to still miss Alan Rickman while watching this film, isn’t it?
From the intergalactic to 1970s Sweden, with Ingmar Bergman’s first (partially) English-language film, The Touch. It may not be one of the director’s classics, and Matt was ambivalent about the adulterous affair at the centre of the film, but it’s nonetheless worth watching for Bibi Andersson’s performance already.
And this brings us to our regular trailers of the week.
Matt: There’s a lot to like in this trailer for Under the Banner of Heaven. The series is directed by David Mackenzie, who’d previously done films such as Young Adam, Hallam Foe and Hell or High Water, it’s written by Dustin Lance Black, who won an Academy Award for his script for Milk, and it stars Andrew Garfield, who I generally like a lot. And yet, when I watch the trailer I can’t help but think that this looks too much like True Detective for its own good. Under the Banner of Heaven is based on a nonfiction book by Jon Krakauer, and I’m hoping it does interesting things with its true crime material – and let’s face it, there are worse things to take inspiration from than the first season of True Detective – but I dearly hope that based on the pedigree of the people involved, this upcoming series ends up being more than a TV tribute act.
Sam: It must be one of the most uplifting trailers in recent memory: Kenneth Branagh‘s second movie to come out within weeks, Belfast beautifully sets up the plot with Judi Dench‘s voice talking about how important location is for stories (for those interested, listen to our upcoming podcast on movie geography!). What follows is a dynamic, part colour, part black and white insight into a childhood in Belfast at the outbreak of civil war, as well as the impact it has on one particular family. Ciarán Hinds and Judi Dench stand out as grandparents alongside the young (Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Banfe) and very young co-stars (Jude Hill and Lewis McAskie). What holds the trailer together are wonderful instrumental hints at “Everlasting Love” before the original 1968 version by Love Affair breaks out in full trailer highlight mode. Great stuff for one of the hot contenders for this year‘s Oscars!