I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: Sssnakes and Laddersss

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.

We started the week (albeit fashionably late, on Friday) with Alan’s reminiscences of the story tapes of his childhood and Magnus Magnusson’s reading of Tales from Viking Times in particular. Apparently the MCU Thor isn’t exactly accurate to Norse mythology – but that won’t stop us from sharing the Thor: Love and Thunder teaser that recently dropped, will it?

Saturday saw the launch of a new kind of podcast we’ll be doing going forward, complementing the longer, more thematic episodes. We’re calling these A Damn Fine Espresso, to indicate that they are smaller but no less packed (we hope) with damn fine cultural goodness! For our first tiny but potent little cup of espresso, Julie and Sam talked (among other things) about films set in Paris – so here’s a nice souvenir of when Jesse and Céline met again nine years after their first encounter in Vienna.

But let’s leave romantic Paris behind for now and head into our regular trailers for the week, starting with…

Mege: Isn’t this just a spiritual sequel to both Greenaway’s The Belly of an Architect (1987) with Cracklite’s stomach pains and Greenaway’s The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover (1989) with its exquisite, far out servings of food? Oh, but Strickland’s movies are about so much more. There is sensory overload, yes, but he is a master of veering off the beaten track and giving you images and lines that you haven’t seen or heard before. If you haven’t seen at least The Duke of Burgundy (2014) or Berberian Sound Studio (2012), you are in for a weird, scary treat with his Flux Gourmet. Look at the cast: Asa Butterfield, Gwendoline Christie, Ariane Labed. How would you want to miss out on a movie that would make Hannibal Lecter salivate?

Matt: The trailer for the Apple TV+ adaptation of Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent leaves me in two minds: it looks handsome, well produced, and the cast is great – but there is an overproduced dullness to so many of these TV adaptations based on novels. It’s as if an algorithm has been trained on the last 10-15 years of BBC adaptations and it now churns out series that are obviously competent, but there’s little spark or individuality. Perhaps I’m unfair to The Essex Serpent and to Clio Barnard, the director, since she seems to have done some interesting work – but the trailer doesn’t leave me confident that this series will end up being anything other than a nice-to-look-at but utterly straight translation from the page to the screen – and if that’s the case, I don’t quite see the point of doing an adaptation in the first place.

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