I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: Layer Cake

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.

We don’t often have posts about music on A Damn Fine Cup of Culture, which is a shame – but usually when there is a post with a musical topic, it’s Mege, and this week he dedicated his Six Damn Fine Degrees to a loud, loud concert by Scottish band Biffy Clyro. Bands don’t usually come with trailers, but in this case we are lucky that they did the score for the 2019 film Balance, Not Symmetry. Enjoy!

Meanwhile, our September espresso is something of an origin story: Matt and Julie met and discovered each other’s love for film, TV and damn fine storytelling on a message board dedicated to the works of Neil Gaiman, so it would have been a real shame not to talk about the recently released Netflix adaptation of Gaiman’s The Sandman.

And this is a trailer-light week, so here’s just one regular trailer:

Matt: I have a confession to make: while I did enjoy Knives Out a lot, it is probably one of my least favourite films by Rian Johnson. I prefer the strangeness and odd edges that Johnson’s earlier films have. Knives Out was witty and fun, and it is probably more polished than the writer-director’s other films, but sometimes polish can take off some idiosyncratic qualities that I enjoy. Nonetheless, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t looking forward to seeing what Johnson and Craig do next with master sleuth Benoit Blanc, and I’m definitely more eager to watch Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery than, say, more films with a certain other detective with a French name who recently failed to wow on an Egyptian riverboat.

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