I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: Fight Night

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 it comes to boxing movies, there’s Rocky – and there’s Raging Bull. There are other types, other flavours, but these two pretty much define the territory. Matt wrote about Raging Bull this week, a relatively recent Criterion release, and while the film will never be an easy watch, it’s definitely made easier by this visually stunning release.

We’re staying with black and white films: on Friday, Julie – one of our two recent classic Hollywood buffs – finally got around to writing about David Fincher’s Mank and its ambivalent relationship both to Citizen Kane and to Hollywood altogether. If you missed it, make sure to catch up with Julie’s thoughts!

And from potentially poisoned Hollywood pastiche to one of Hollywood’s favourite pastimes: remaking world cinema!

Mege: Hmmmmm. I am not a fan of remakes. The atmosphere, the tone, the mood – they don’t travel so well. And with Goodnight Mommy, the cat is out of the bag. But Naomi Watts is always interesting. Do I have to toss a coin?

Matt: It’s been a good few years since I last read Don DeLillo. I loved Underworld, which was exhausting not only due to its length, but it was also rich and confounding and endlessly fascinating. The Body Artist and Falling Man? These lacked something for me. Probably what was missing was the impish sense of humour that DeLillo has in some of his works, and without this they can become rather ponderous. Talking of humour: White Noise definitely has this in spades, even if DeLillo’s humour can drift into more ominous, uncanny directions – and for this reason, Noah Baumbach may not be as odd a fit for the material as I first thought. I’m definitely curious to see how the film turns out – even if it may be one of those things that work tremendously well on the page but less well on the screen. Fingers crossed, Mr Baumbach and Mr DeLillo!

Matt: And to end with: I think that a bunch of our readers might get a (drop-)kick out of this. Write’n’Fight is a fighting game with a twist: you’re not pitting martial artists or superheroes against one another – no, the fighters are some of the canonical writers of literature. Want to see Mark Twaine beat up William Shakespeare? Or do you have a hankering for James Joyce kicking H.P. Lovecraft’s xenophobic behind? If so, this might just be the game for you!

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