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.
Time flies yet again: we’re already at the second trailer post of 2023 – and it begins with the classic Bong Joon-ho joint Memories of Murder, which Matt wrote about earlier this week.
Which was followed by our first podcast episode of the year, in which Julie, Sam and Matt talked about – wait for it – media other than film, namely books (including When We Rise, based on the memoirs of Cleve Jones), TV series (namely Severance and Star Wars: Andor) and podcasts (among other things Karina Longworth’s You Must Remember This – hence her Criterion closet picks in lieu of a trailer).
And this takes us to our regular trailerage for the week!
Mege: Is that too much of a good thing? I like Rian Johnson for Brick and Looper, and Natasha Lyonne has been a gem since long before Russian Doll. Looks like a keeper, this one.
Matt: Having recently rewatched the 1931 Dracula (I confess: I don’t particularly like it) and Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 adaptation of the material, I’m intrigued by this comedic take on Renfield and his toxic relationship to Vlad the Impaler. At the same time, the trailer looks like it’s trying to do too many things at the same time: do we need the superpowered biff-zap-powery and the ultraviolence? The trailer leaves me thinking that they may have wanted to stick to the premise of Renfield in a self-help group, without all the rest… but then it might not have been enough material for a film. Well, let’s see how this turns out – and how much fun it is to watch Nicholas and Nicolas, joined by Awkwafina, hamming it up. It may be a fun film to watch over some pizza and a couple of glasses of wine.