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.
For our first Six Damn Fine Degrees after our 100th post in the series, Mege wrote about the legendary Dave Grohl and his autobiography The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music, published in 2021 – a good start to the next hundred instalments! And since Anton Corbijn’s Control (about Ian Curtis of Joy Division) got a mention, here’s a trailer for the 2007 film.
This week also saw the release of our latest podcast espresso, in which Julie and Alan agreed that they aren’t big fans of Andrew Dominik’s Blonde. But hey, there are always Marilyn Monroe’s films to go back to, right?
Anyway, what about other trailers for the week?
Mege: I always thought that it’s sort of meagre that there is only an all too brief summary of your whole life flashing before your eyes. Inarritu seems to extend this moment into the agony and ecstasy of living and dying, dazzling us with incredible images about that transition. This is what the movies do best – visualizing such journeys.
Matt: I have been ambivalent about Netflix’s The Crown (which I wrote about in a post about the series’ use of music), but I like the irony of the first trailer for the upcoming fifth season starting with a perfect image for the state the United Kingdom seems to find itself in these days. But, as the dog says, “This is fine.” Right?
Matt: I’m not sure what a good adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Márquez’s magical realist classic One Hundred Years of Solitude would look like. I’m also not entirely sure what to think about the author’s son Rodrigo Garcia being involved; I’ve liked some of his films and TV series a lot, but others felt trite and saccharine. I do like the whimsical feel of this first teaser, though, and I’m definitely intrigued by all the films and shows Netflix has been working on that do not in any way look like the result of an algorithm.