I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: Twisted sisters, rings and clowns

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.

It doesn’t get much more red than this: Matt continued his Bergman odyssey with Cries and Whispers, as harrowing a film as the director has ever made.

Which was followed up by Julie’s Six Damn Fine Degrees post on the decidedly less grim The Tango Lesson by Sally Potter. If your knowledge of Potter begins and ends with Orlando… hey, there are decidedly worse films if you want to limit yourself to one movie by Sally Potter, but after reading Julie’s post you may want to see what else she’s done.

But there’s more: the July espresso has gone up, a quick, strong podcast punch, in which Julie talks to Alan who’s recently seen the London revival of Cabaret. Which gives us a rare chance to post a trailer for a stage show!

But life is more than just a cabaret: it’s also lots and lots of movies, which in turn translates into fresh trailers.

Mege: Emily the Criminal gives Aubrey Plaza finally centre stage, and lo and behold, it’s a serious role where a basically good person under economic pressure is ready to do illegal things she never thought she had in her. It’s easy money at first, but what does it cost her?

Matt: There’s a longer trailer out for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which you’ll find here. But this sneap peak is the one that grabbed my attention – for the admittedly odd reason that it (and its foreboding meteor streaking across the skies) makes me think of the series as a potential Lord of the Rings/Stephen King’s IT crossover, because of how much it reminds me of IT’s arrival on earth. Perhaps that’s what caused the beginning of the end in Middle-earth: the arrival of an eldritch killer clown from outer space! While The Rings of Power looks to have a strong cast, to me none of the trailers have come across as anything other than staid, ponderous kitsch without the camp (is that what Jackson’s trilogy looked like to someone who didn’t love the books?), so who knows? Perhaps a dose of Pennywise is exactly what the series needs.

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