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 Six Damn Fine Degrees took us to a concert by The Cure. Which doesn’t exactly lend itself to trailers… unless we stretch things a bit, which is entirely in keeping with Six Damn Fine Degrees. So, please enjoy this trailer for the psychological horror film Cure by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. And when I say “enjoy”, what I really mean is “please be majorly freaked out by”.
Which takes us quite neatly to the December podcast, in which Alan, Julie and Sam talked about modern horror films with one-syllable titles, from Men via Nope to Scream. Yes, you read that right: the latest Scream film is called just that. Because numbers aren’t scary.
But enough frights for now – what other trailer goodness does the week hold for us?
Sam: The wait has been excruciatingly long since the last (good) Indiana Jones film and hopes for another sequel since 2004’s abysmal Kingdom of the Crystal Skull have been crushed, delayed and tested repeatedly, not least since the pandemic. But there it is, both in a definite end-of-June release date and an official trailer that deserves admiration. The setting appears to be 1960s New York, and Dr Jones (a realistically aged Harrison Ford) seems less than eager to engage in more adventures, but both old faces (John Rhys-Davies) and new company (a fittingly cast Phoebe Waller-Bridge) press for Indy to crack his whip once again, avoid all traps set and throw himself into the search for the so-called Dial of Destiny. Even though the looks of the CGI-heavy action lacks the punch and realism of the original and comes nowhere close to the spectacle of the latest Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning trailer, it’s still one of the movies of next year I can’t wait to get my hands and eyes and ears on!
Matt: While video games can tell any story they want, they still tend to default to familiar templates – but we’re in a much better place in this respect than we were ten, twenty years ago. I mean, I’ve never played a game before that lets me solve a medieval murder mystery and whose aesthetics recall medieval illustration and calligraphy, but I’m definitely looking forward to giving my inner William of Baskerville something to do!
Mege: What is Cocaine Bear? Is it a comedy? An action thriller? A horror movie? Or, bless this blue little sphere hurtling through infinite space – is it a documentary? Since Swiss Army Knife, this is the most whacked-out flick for a long time.