I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: Release the Beast

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.

When we started our weekly Six Damn Fine Degrees series of posts, who would’ve thought that we’d get to Give My Regards to Broadstreet: the album, the film, the 8-bit game?

From the faintly ridiculous (okay, I’ve not played the game back in the ’80s, but what footage I’ve seen on YouTube doesn’t exactly make me think I missed a hidden gem) to the sublime: the third instalment of our Summer of Directors focuses on the multitalented Ida Lupino.

But wait, there are also some more recent trailers to look at!

Mege: Religion is about belief. If it turns into unshakeable conviction, things usually take a turn for the worse: obsession, control, violence. See how quickly we have entered the realm of horror movies? Borrowing something from Mandy and The Neon Demon, Medusa shows how to go about finding an elusive female saviour figure in all the wrong ways.

Matt: Has there been a film since Jaws that was as good at the whole man vs. nature thing? Considering how much Jaws screwed things up for sharks, perhaps that’s a good thing – and yet, every now and then I wish that someone managed to do the whole Jaws thing as well as Jaws did. (Some might be saying “What about Jurassic Park?” at this moment. I’m sorry, but Jurassic Park always felt to me like Jaws, but, you know, for kids!) Is Beast that film? Idris Elba is in it, which should be a good sign, but if like me you first saw Elba as The Wire‘s Stringer Bell, it’s difficult not to be disappointed by most of what followed. And let’s face it: in the end, it’ll be the lion (CGI, certainly) and its scariness that determines whether Beast will be up there with the greats or not.

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