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August 2022 Trailers 01 September 2022

Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are to youtube. Opinions are thoroughly personal. Calibration: I want a trailer to tell me what's different about this film; the marketers want it to tell me why it's like all the others…)

Devotion: OK, this might actually work. I mean, not subtle, but.

God's Country: does this have anything more to say than "Country folks are Different" (i.e. inbred hicks who hate all outsiders)?

The Banshees of Inisherin: title gets my attention. Men refusing to talk to each other, as the entire basis for the plot, loses it again.

Do Revenge: well, the basic setup seems frankly stupid, but I suspect that just means it's meant to appeal to people who are younger and less cynical than I. At least it's female friendship; it could work.

The Good House: yeah yeah are we going anywhere with this? But yes, Weaver.

Triangle of Sadness: I'm not dragged in. Should I be?

Catherine, Called Birdy: doesn't seem to say much, but it might be fun.

The Menu: apart from The Most Dangerous Game ripoff, it seems well done.

Vesper: has the air of a standard YA post-apocalypse, but at least it's not a James Bond spinoff as I thought it might be from the title. This may unreasonably bias me in its favour.

Bandit: thing is, maybe the film will make it clear why we are supposed to cheer for these guys. But I really don't see it here. Especially when one of them is played by homophobic antisemitic wife-battering drunk-driving Mel Gibson. (And even then, we've seen the "just one more job" so very many times.)

End of the Road: that lad is really stupid. And the woman has to bail everyone out of his stupidity. Can't she just leave him, and the money, for the drug guys and get on with her life?

God's Creatures: it's trying to look cutesey, but there's some interest here.

Call Jane: it's a bit too obviously timely, but perhaps it's time to remind people again what it was like.

Riotsville, USA: of course now the explicit policy is to make people desperate and scared…

The Greatest Beer Run Ever: should probably appeal to me more than it does, but I have a low tolerance for the fetishisation of Just Some Dude.

Lou: there might be some interesting character work here but the framing horror seems awfully standard.

Alienoid: not only alien invasion but casual time travel? I might enjoy this purely for its hubris, but I'm not drawn in yet; visually it seems to be an imitation of the the modern style of superhero film.

Avatar (Re-Release): I suppose one day I really ought to watch this. But I feel no enthusiasm for it. (Also, CGI rarely gets the inertia right, and having grown up on Ray Harryhausen that spoils things for me.)

The Inspection: looks really comprehensively lacking in fun. May have things to say to people who aren't me.

Empire of Light (Teaser): yeah yeah Cinema Paradiso film is life-changingly wonderful. Do you have a story?

Goodnight Mommy: kid horror yay zzzzzz.

Slumberland (Teaser): an IP so very old that it's actually out of copyright. (But this looks very much as if they cranked up the Tim Burton-o-mat and made something quite generic-looking, faintly embarrassing given that the only reason anyone remembers Little Nemo in Slumberland now is that Winsor McCay did innovative things with the panel layout.

Pinocchio: yet another of these Disney "live" remakes. Meh. Ah, Robert Zemeckis, once upon a time you had ideas and vision.

Confess, Fletch: I guess that's what happens when you build a film on one actor, and he gets old, but you still want to haul in the money.

My Best Friend's Exorcism: there's actually some vaguely promising material here, but it's all merely setup for the Standard Horror Filler. And some of us know what exorcism is in reality.

TÁR (Teaser 2): still something of a mystery, which suggests that it's not just a standard recycled genre. I'm interested.

White Noise (Teaser): we going anywhere with this?

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story: not a fan of Radcliffe in general, but he's doing all right here, and there's even some real humour to it.

Nanny: the race angle has the potential to make it interesting, but Blumhouse doesn't bode well.

The Son (Teaser): to follow "mad old man is mad", now "bad young man is bad". Yay.

Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey: I guess this is the one argument for locking things up in copyright until nobody cares about them any more.

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