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.
This week, our Summer of Welles (Editor’s note: Not a real thing.) continued with Sam’s post about Welles in Portugal and Spain. What better opportunity to take Sam’s mention of the dreadful 1967 Casino Royale and post this trailer for it, a great indication of just how dreadful the film is?
From secret agents to killers for hire: Matt recently got started on HBO’s dark comedy Barry – and he also finally got around to finding out what this COVID-19 thing is everyone’s been talking about for the last couple of years. He would definitely recommend the former. The latter? Not so much.
And now, some more trailers to end the week on.
Mege: Are we really ready for the next Nicolas Windig Refn’s descent into mad red darkness? We’re not. That is the point. You are very far away from your comfort zone with him.
Matt: And since Disney just had its D23 event, let’s finish with a whole bevvy of them!
Matt: The cheesy 1988 fantasy flick Willow was one of the first films I saw on my own at the cinema, and because of that I have a soft spot for it in my heart. I’m not sure I want to revisit it, because chances are it’ll not have held up well – in spite of a gorgeous Joanne Whalley and a wonderfully nasty Jean Marsh. Watching the trailer for the upcoming Disney+ continuation I am confirmed in wanting to let sleeping Nelwyns lie, because while the series seems to have pretty good production values and some impressive acting talent, the writing sounds bad. Not fun bad, just plain bad, like someone else’s generic D&D campaign – and while this can be fun if you’re playing the campaign, it’s not really something I want to watch. Here’s hoping the series itself turns out considerably better than the trailer!
Matt: I’ve been somewhat ambivalent about much of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – but hell yeah, I’ll be there for Samuel L. Jackson’s return to the MCU. More than that, we not only get Ben Mendelsohn, back after Captain Marvel, but also Olivia Colman! Here’s hoping she’ll be given something fun to work with… which hasn’t always been the case with MCU material over the last year or two.
Matt: How many trailers to go before we’ve seen all of Andor before it’s even out? In spite of the glut of previews, I am curious about this one. No Jedi is a plus, to be honest, and more of a focus on the actual war in Star Wars also sounds good. Rogue One wasn’t perfect, but it’s one of the new Star Wars films I’ve enjoyed most. Just, please, leave out the constant callbacks to the Skywalker family!
Matt: And, finally, let’s end on some more Star Wars. After The Book of Boba Fett I’m ambivalent on more Mandalorian mischief, but The Mandalorian did show that there was fun to be had with Star Wars in good, old-fashioned serial storytelling mode. I’m not sure I like how they handled Grogu (AKA Baby Yoda) and his return to the story, but I’m willing to give the third season of The Mandalorian a chance – if only to sing along to the wonderful theme by Ludwig Göransson.