Coming Distractions: What's New in the Trailerverse
Updated: Sep 24
So, I’m what you might call a bit of a trailer junkie. I’m not someone who comes late to movies. I say this in all honesty: sometimes the trailers are the best part. Almost every night, right before bed, I open up YouTube and see what’s out there. And while some studios these days include more content than I would like in their film and tv trailers, others provide just enough to get you hooked, get you pumped, or get you talking. Here are a few that I’ve enjoyed recently.
The Goldfinch is now in theaters and unfortunately, it’s not getting great reviews. It’s a very long book by Donna Tartt, which apparently is now an even longer film directed by John Crowley of Brooklyn fame. But the original trailer that came out almost three months ago still has me intrigued. Cutting scenes together with Perfume Genius’ beautiful song, “Otherside,” along with an all star cast and cinematography by the legendary Roger Deakins? Shiiiiiiiit. I kinda don’t care that this got bad reviews so far. I’m still gonna see it. At least watch this trailer:
The Rhythm Section
Blake Lively cut her hair and is donning a British accent! This could be bad. But it also stars Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown. This could still be bad. But she’s kicking ass. Plus, the trailer has a pretty good cover of “In the Pines,” aka “My Girl.” (Think less American folk song and more Nirvana reinterpretation).
All aboard the Taika Waititi express! If you only just discovered this gem of a director/actor with 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, you’ll get no judgement from me. But do yourself a favor and watch Hunt for the Wilderpeople as soon as possible. Then back it up and watch Boy. Then watch the original HBO film version of What We Do in the Shadows. You won’t regret it. *(Side note: while this film also has a stellar cast, I was most excited to see the return of Thomasin McKenzie, who shined in 2018’s Leave No Trace).
I never watched Even Stevens. But I have seen The Battle of Shaker Heights, Holes, and that Sia music video starring the cultural zeitgeist that is Shia LaBeouf. I can only imagine what his life was like as a child actor. But now we don’t have to. With a screenplay written by LaBeouf, Honey Boy is a fictionalized account of what growing up on camera does to a child. Starring Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as the main character at various ages, the real sucker punch is realizing that Shia LaBeouf is playing a character based on his own father. I can’t wait to see this.
What can I say? Sometimes you’re in the mood for a good war movie. And directed by Sam Mendes? Jebuzzzz. Let’s hope George MacKay (Marrowbone) and Dean-Charles Chapman (one of the many sons who died on Game of Thrones), are as good as the young men in Dunkirk.
Living with Yourself
Okay homebodies, here’s one coming to Netflix for ya. This looks like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Maniac, starring PAUL RUDD. Enjoy.
The latest from director Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) focuses on trauma and revenge, mostly against Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games, Me Without You). It’s also coming soon to Story Screen Beacon Theater!
Besides watching movies, Diana likes the great outdoors, drawing and reading comics, and just generally rocking out. She has a BA in English Literature and is an art school drop out. IG: @dldimuro