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.
Trust Julie to do a fun, interesting deep dive into topics the way only she can: on Friday, she wrote about actress Gene Tierney, Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side, and the unexpected connections between the two.
Meanwhile, the 2022 Sight and Sound Greatest Films poll and the unexpected top spot that Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman (yes, the actual title’s longer than that) meant that Akerman’s film got re-released in a number of cinemas – which provided a good opportunity for Julie and Alan to talk about the film in our April espresso podcast.
But what else is there to check out and look forward to in the coming weeks and months?
Mege: I don’t really read crime fiction, and I usually pass crime movies by – unless they do something more than just solve the puzzle. Besides the excellent Southland series, True Detective goes above and beyond its duty to tell us whodunnit. It’s such an unflinching, hardboiled look at the dark side of the soul.
Matt: I was originally quick to dismiss The Great by Australian playwright and screenwriter Tony McNamara as The Favourite Lite (seeing how that film was also written by McNamara). While doing a few similar things, it doesn’t have the scalpel-like sharpness of Lanthimos’ film – but at its best, what The Great does is different and interesting and fun to stand on its own. And Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult are never not enjoyable to watch in the series. Still, from season 3 I am hoping that they will take the story and characters and do something new with them, otherwise there is a definite risk of more (of the same) becoming decidedly less.