I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: Trains, trains, and more trains

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.

The movies can make us dream about faraway places – and they can make those places something of a disappointment when you finally see them up close and with your own eyes. On Friday, Matt wrote about his disappointment with the Sphinx – but Petra, Jordan was all the more impressive for turning out not to have been a matte painting back when he first saw it in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Talking of disappointments: in spite of its status as a paranoia classic, The Parallax View doesn’t entirely click for Matt – but he recognises its qualities nonetheless, especially in its unsettling induction sequence.

But let’s move on to our regular trailers!

Mege: From the trailer alone, this movie seems to quote so many movies that my mind is reeling. Make a list and see how many you can spot – I spotted six, from the more obvious ones to other, more obscure references. And yet Bullet Train seems to exist all on its own. On the surface, it might be a popcorn movie, and let’s not assign any depth where there isn’t any, but doesn’t it look like a lot of fun?

Matt: And we’re staying with the train theme for our last trailer this week: Compartment No. 6 by the Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen. It’s been compared to Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise, but thanks to its setting and its Finnish-Russian protagonists it brings a much more deadpan, earthy, and definitely less pretty quality to its story of two people getting to know one another on (and off) a train to Murmansk. It’d be understandable if people didn’t much feel like visiting Russia right now, even if only in a film, but Compartment No. 6 being set more than twenty years ago may provide some distance, and Kuosmanen’s movie gets the feel of a lonely nighttime train ride just right.

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