I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: Sceptred isles, hunchbacked toads

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 is inching ever closer to completing his epic journey through the works of Ingmar Bergman. This week he wrote about the lesser-known Brink of Life – but, he argues, it definitely deserves more recognition than it has received to date. That lack of recognition is reflected by a lack of a trailer – unless we search further afield and find this video advertising a Hungarian stage adaptation of the film from 2011.

This week’s Six Damn Fine Degrees addresses the enigma that was Orson Welles – so, instead of a trailer, here’s a lovely scene from Tim Burton’s Ed Wood (trigger warning: contains Johnny Depp), in which the titular character encounters Welles, portrayed by Vincent D’Onofrio and voiced by Maurice LaMarche.

And finally, this week saw the release of the final episode of our podcast series, Summer of Directors – ending in style with a discussion about Martin Scorsese.

Which takes us to our regular trailers for the week.

Mege: I don’t know why it took so long to find King Richard III’s remains, but it sounds like the kind of adventure I would be up for. And Sally Hawkins is always, always good. I owe her some strawberries.

Matt: I have to admit that I’m a bit puzzled at this: what’s the point of dramatising political events this fresh? And what’s the point of turning Boris Johnson into a dramatic figure, when really he’s the kind of politician who needs to be satirised by the likes of Armando Iannucci? What’s the artistic purpose here, and what is the position? (Seriously, not having a position on the omnishambles of British politics in the last half-dozen years is either ignorant, cowardly or both.) Is it just the curiosity of putting Kenneth Branagh in thick makeup so that he looks like something produced by one of the more down-market deep-learning AIs when you enter the prompt “boris johnson but, like, on a really bad day”?

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