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.
A week too late for Easter, Matt followed up on Sam’s post on Franco Zeffirelli’s Brother Sun, Sister Moon with a little something on religious films: the good, the bad and the ugly. Well, mostly the former.
From the eternal to the timeless: Matt also stopped by the Legend of Zelda pastiche Tunic and wrote about the old-school joys of exploring a new world and learning new systems and idioms in the games of the 1980s.
Which leads us to more discoveries: this week’s trailers!
Mege: Jacques Audiard is always good for a surprise. The writer and director of such gems as Read My Lips, A Prophet or Dheepan brings us a black and white movie about teenage friends who fall in and out of love with each other in Paris. Les Olympiades (released as Paris, 13th District in the English-speaking world) is quite a departure from Audiard’s usual stories involving crime, war, or big personal tragedies. He can change genre, but he cannot easily hide his style. I am curious what he will bring to this coming-of-age story, especially since Céline Sciamma co-wrote the screenplay.
Matt: While Apple TV’s Roar looks very 21st century, its stories, and especially the titles of those stories, remind me a lot of postmodern feminist short stories I read back at uni: “The Woman Who Was Kept on a Shelf”, “The Woman Who Returned Her Husband”, and perhaps most intriguingly, “The Woman Who Was Fed By a Duck”. It’s based on the 2018 short story collection of the same name by Cecelia Ahern, which makes me think that it’s sad these stories still need to be told – but looking at the cast, featuring the likes of Meera Syal, Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Merrit Wever, Cynthia Erivo, Nicole Kidman and Judy Davis, I’m definitely curious to watch these. Doubly so because the anthology series’ creators, Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, were behind the sadly short-lived Netflix series GLOW, which made me care much more about women wrestlers than I ever thought possible.