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September 2022 Trailers 01 October 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…)

Hallelujah: interesting in that it's less overall biopic and more about a specific few events.

All Quiet on the Western Front: yeah, OK, but did anyone need a third filmed version?

Armageddon Time: Goodness, Anthony Hopkins got old. Otherwise, meh.

Luckiest Girl Alive: it appears to have something to say, at least, and Kunis is often worth watching.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile: without the nostalgia that I'm presumably meant to have, this looks a lot like generic kidvid.

What's Love Got To Do With It?: clearly heavy-handed but might actually be fun.

Wendell & Wild (Teaser): not Tim Burton but sharing a lot of his style. Probably not for me, but may well work for its intended audience.

Close: there is nothing more fascinating than middle-class white boys.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One: looks exactly like all the other post-Bond actioners, with the added drag of Tom Cruise.

My Policeman: doesn't resonate for me, but the cast looks good.

The Good Nurse: all too plausible, really. Which perhaps means I'm less surprised than I should be. (Also most of the story is given away here.)

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (Teaser): haven't seen the first one yet; this is too bitty to say much.

Meet Cute: I'm in for the basic idea but this seems like a very superficial implementation of it. Is there actually any more to the plot than we see here?

Disenchanted: it's Disney so they won't carry through, but this looks as though it has some interesting ideas at least.

Hocus Pocus 2: assumes I already love the characters. I don't already love the characters.

The Little Mermaid (Teaser): …still, if that's what Disney can come up with for "original", I start to get some idea why they keep doing these live-action remakes that nobody was asking for.

The Fabelmans: so Spielberg's fetishisation of childhood has now consumed his own childhood? Yay, I guess. This is his Danse Macabre. Maybe he'll stop now.

Babylon: too many of these people look very modern to my eye, especially Robbie, whose role seems awfully simplistic. Might have something to say to someone; might just be Mulholland Drive with more breasts.

MaXXXine (Teaser): that's a teaser all right, tells me nothing significant about the film.

The School for Good and Evil: yeah yeah just another magical school story, with lots of CGI.

Detective Knight: Rogue: what another Old Bruce actioner? Are we sure they didn't just make one long Bruce sequence and they're cutting his scenes in among other cheaper actors?

I Wanna Dance With Somebody: I suppose I can't reasonably complain about the unoriginality of the story when it's based on real life, but it does feel awfully standard.

Decision to Leave: Park Chan-Wook isn't a recommendation for me, but there seems to be something appealing here.

Mr. Harrigan's Phone: doesn't seem particularly fun, but you never know. (In reality of course we all know iPhones cannot be haunted, because they're sold already possessed by iOS; unless you jailbreak them and install your own spirit-trap.)

Piggy: yay fat-shaming as motivation.

The Loneliest Boy in the World: oh the overpowering agony of young white men who need everything handed to them. Might go somewhere but it's not promising.

Hellraiser: that this is to be released as a "hulu original" seems particularly perverse. Oh look, the pins are longer this time.

Strange World: generic CG kidvid, plus chosen-one fantasy.

Supreme Models: I suppose if you have to have models at all you might as well have black ones. As long as you don't have something really dangerous like models of a normal weight.

Knock at the Cabin: meh. Oh, it's M. Night, no wonder it looks meh. Plus some Sophie's Choice goodness, gosh I'm so thrilled zzz.

Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths: yeah, pretty, but do you have anything to say other than "I can make people do whatever silly thing I tell them to do. Also breasts"?

Rosaline: …actually I think this might be enjoyably silly.

Enola Holmes 2: I quite enjoyed te first one. As long as this can resist the urge to go back and re-tell the first story, it might be worth watching.

Extraction 2 (First Look): bigger and stupider, check.

Heart of Stone (First Look): big and stupid, check. That's what First Looks are for, I guess.

The Mother (Teaser): let me guess, she doesn't do that any more until she has to do it one more time?

They Cloned Tyrone (Teaser): why do we care? Just more sexy cool criminals in over their heads. Nice blaxploitation look, perhaps a little over-deliberate.

Aftersun: bored with coming of age. Girl's story, yay, but if it's the same old story anyway…?

The Letter: yes yes, but we know this. The people who claim not to know it are denying it. There's nobody you need to tell any more.

Hunt: looks like fairly standard stuff. There's been a lot of good Korean film lately, but this is a first directorial outing…

TÁR: this is a trailer for an arty film which nonetheless intrigues me. Hurrah! Also I like Blanchett's face here.

Bones and All: yeah, what would you have without Laughing Lenny on the soundtrack? These young actors don't look as if they've ever felt a strong emotion.

Spoiler Alert: is the gayness enough to distinguish it from every Nicholas Sparks film/book ever?

Stars at Noon: trailer seems to tell the whole story, and I've seen it before.

Raymond & Ray: of course they will be Forced To Come Together because Fambly. That's how these things always go. Seen it before, don't need to see it again.

  1. Posted by Owen Smith at 08:37pm on 02 October 2022

    I would happily go to the cinema to see Enola Holmes, or buy the Blu Ray a bit later. But neither of those are likely given it's on Netflix. I hate what has happened to the world of TV and film since all these streaming services sprang up. How many subscriptions would I need to be able to watch something on any of them?

  2. Posted by Phil Masters at 03:05pm on 08 October 2022

    Hallelujah is a biopic… of the song, rather than of Leonard Cohen, really.

    I think you might like Knives Out, but I’ll let you decide that. How well a sequel using one of the two joint protagonists (and the more mannered, quirky one at that) will work, remains to be seen.

  3. Posted by RogerBW at 09:16am on 11 October 2022

    The original interests me; I'm just not in the habit of watching many films…

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