I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: Only you can prevent forest fires!

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.

Matt’s been spending some more time in virtual worlds, in particular a digital version of 1980s Wyoming, spotting fires. He wrote about his experience here – which should go well with the Firewatch trailer.

Meanwhile, Sam shared some thoughts on Alfred Hitchcock’s lost scenes and films that never happened in the latest instalment of Six Damn Fine Degrees. Sadly, we can’t really post any trailers for films that never existed, so let’s instead go with this trailer for Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain – not one of the director’s best, but hey, it features the prominent lack of a scene that never made it into the final version!

But let’s move on from films that never existed to ones that very definitely do!

Matt: I liked Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges a lot, and while I have more problems with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, there’s a lot to like about it as well. McDonagh’s upcoming film, Banshees of Inisherin, looks like a return to In Bruges at least in terms of its leads: once again, we get Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell, the latter in one of his roles as a man who isn’t exactly endowed with a surfeit of grey matter. There is perhaps a risk with McDonagh that he relies too much on the shtik that’s worked previously, but hey, I’ll gladly watch these two butting heads in what looks like gorgeous Irish countryside.

Julie: As an inveterate podcast fiend, I recently stumbled upon this episode of 90 Minutes Or Less Film Fest, featuring writer Jon Ronson. Needless to say, I am a huge admirer of both his books and his podcasts, so I was intrigued to hear their discussion on the film Frank, for which he wrote the screenplay. And… well. I can not believe I have never seen this film! It looks absolutely fascinating and sad and strange and beautiful. In the podcast Johnson states he’d love to see this film as a double bill (preferably in a barn) with the great documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston, which I could not recommend more highly. So, though I have my doubts about the barn, these two films together should certainly be worth your time.

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