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July 2022 Trailers 01 August 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…)

Amsterdam: I find the colour grading a bit aggressive, and I don't really care about anyone I see, but there might be something here.

Clerks III: I suspect I should have seen I and II before watching this. And having recently seen Jay and Silent Bob in Dogma I have little appetite for that.

Sniper - Rogue Mission: grunty shooty meh.

The Woman King: has potential. And it looks good. (I mean, all right, one of the reasons Dahomey survived was because it had slaves to sell to the Europeans, but…)

Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.: I'm no more interested in black evangelicals than I am in white ones. Though I guess they're less aggressively racist.

Luck: standard modern animation. Do they all use the same character models? And does this have anything to say? (Well, I guess it says "you can use your position to screw all the staff you want, and still get a high-paying job after everyone finds out".)

Day Shift: momentum, she does not work like that. Meh. Though I suppose a few points go on for hunting vampires during the day.

I Love My Dad: yep, my heart remains black and clinkered rather than warmed.

Fall: acrophobia the film? Doesn't seem to have much to offer beyond that.

Get Away If You Can: shouty unpleasant people. Yay. Also now that I've seen the trailer why do I need to see the film?

Summering: kidvid nostalgia in the mould of Stand By Me.

Orphan - First Kill: and that is why you should never let your child get more than 27mm away from you until they die of old age.

The Munsters: smells badly of cash-in. It's clearly so funny when women over 30 want to have romantic lives that we don't actually need to have any other jokes.

The Silent Twins: creepy children are creepy, then victorious adults are victorious. It's all clunkingly obvious.

Prey for the Devil: nunsploitation is not dead, apparently. I would really like to see a realistic possession film, but that's never going to happen; there are too many people who find the mythology useful.

She Said: good thing that's all been sorted out now, eh?

Gigi & Nate: monkey gets you laid. Check. (Makes notes.)

Funny Pages: why do I care about any of these broken unpleasant people?

Halloween Ends: promises promises.

Breaking: great performances but very shouty.

They/Them: yes yes, creepy horror etc, but there are people in government who claim to believe that "conversion therapy" is an actual thing that isn't just legalised torture.

Dungeons & Dragons - Honor Among Thieves: the CGI that's meant to impress looks desperately cheap. Also, why do I care about these people? You're undercutting them with cheap comedy before you even establish who they are. Are we going to sight-check every one of the bag of cheap plastic toys that Gary bought back in the seventies?

Not Okay: no, I have not ever want to be noticed so badly etc. So I have no sympathy with her.

Teen Wolf (Teaser): thing is, if as is clearly intended I'm meant not to remember that very bad film from 1985 with Michael J. Fox, all that's left is "woo, werewolves on the screen, so what".

Barbarian (clip, "Nope"): does more to encourage me than most trailers manage.

Black Adam (Teaser): oh poor me I'm a superhero. OK then.

John Wick - Chapter 4 (Teaser): it will never stop, until people still paying to watch it. I'll watch the first three first I guess.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods: oh poor me I'm a superhero. OK then.

Black Panther - Wakanda Forever (Teaser): all I get from this is "it's very pretty". OK then. (Yes, it was Comic-Con time, and apparently "superheroes suffer too" was this year's theme.)

Till: probably necessary, but surely not enjoyable.

TÁR (Teaser): could go in any of a whole bunch of directions. Waiting and seeing.

Pearl: maybe, but the whiny narration spoils it for me. That may not be a big part of the film, of course.

The Phantom of the Open (clip): so… why do we care?

Dragon Ball Super - Superhero: not particularly a Dragonball fan, and this has very little to say to me. If you already like the series, I guess.

Me Time: ooh, people are doing things in a way that isn't utterly 1950s heteronormative! They must be Wrong! Tee hee hee. Some "friend".

Moonage Daydream: if you're going to do it at all, yeah, probably do it like this.

George Michael Freedom Uncut: so it's a re-release with new material. OK.

Samaritan: Sly is a retired world-weary superhero, brought out of it by a kid. Yay.

Blonde: still not engaged. Yes, there's lots of generic celebrity-is-hard here; not so much that's specific to this celebrity.

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