TrailerChat – 12 August 2020

Welcome to our latest roundup of some of the recently released trailers, with thoughts and feedback from the CineChat team. As always, please let us know your thoughts regarding any of these upcoming movies/shows in the comments or on any of our social media platforms.

Get Duked!

From IMDb: An anarchic, hip-hop inspired comedy that follows four city boys on a wilderness trek as they try to escape a mysterious huntsman. Released later this month

Clare: I was very against this to start with but what a well made and paced trailer. It looks like just enough of what you know mixed in with a bit of new fun. I’m actually really interested in this one now, roll on the 28th!

Matt: Count me in! Love the concept, and the humour is right up my street. It’s like ‘Little Monsters’ meets ‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ and ‘The Hunger Games’. Looking forward to this one!

Lee: This looks interesting. I like the characters, the concept and it’s funny too. I’ve seen comparisons being made online to Attack the Block, which interests me even more. The whole stoned/psychedelic aspect got annoying real quick for me though, so I’m hoping there’s less of that in the final movie. Otherwise, definitely going to check this out.

Mary: Parts of this look really silly and I don’t like silly humour. But the premise itself and the fact that it is black comedy rather than a horror film is very intriguing, and it feels really fresh. I’d like to see this one.


From IMDb: A young nurse at a mental institution becomes jaded, bitter and a downright monster to her patients. Coming soon to Netflix

Clare: Did they just decide they hadn’t got enough use of the sets and costumes from Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood and he came up with a whole new show just to reuse them? Having only recently seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, I see absolutely no similarities between this ‘origin’ story and the film. This seems far more like an American Horror Story spin off.
I love Sarah Paulson, but my combination of disdain for Murphy’s lack of direction in his shows and my dislike of the source material (controversial, but I was on Nurse Ratched’s side, I thought Nicholson was the real villain) I’ll be avoiding this one. I’m glad Paulson continues to showcase her brilliance though.

Mary: It looks very much the same tone as American Horror Story. I’m not yet sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. It has an impressive cast and it’ll be fabulous in Sarah Paulson’s hands I’m sure. I’m curious enough to check it out let’s put it that way.

Matt: I agree with all of the above… I personally don’t see the link between this and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, so this really could have been a different character altogether and I don’t think anyone would have noticed, but I have to say I do think it looks good… emphasis on the word “looks”. I find these shows too visually and stylistically pleasing to not be intrigued by them – it is very Ryan Murphy and very ‘Hollywood’ so I can see myself giving this a try.

Lee: I’m largely in agreement on this one – it’s an unnecessary origin story which appears to show no connection whatsoever to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest. I actually really like the look of it, but feel it would have worked just as well if the nurse had a completely different name, so I don’t get the point. It definitely has the AHS feel about it too, and considering I’ve only been able to make it all the way through 2 different seasons of that, it makes me wonder whether this is going to be just another case of style over substance, that quickly runs out of steam.

Raised by Wolves

From IMDb: Androids are tasked with raising human children on a mysterious planet. Coming later this year

Clare: This looks so high calibre – trusted creator, outstanding visual effects and an interesting angle on the story. I’m not a big sci-fi fan and I’ve found myself increasingly moving away from that genre, but I feel like this one will have a big and well deserved audience.

Matt: Good trailer, but maybe reveals a bit too much? I can’t decide yet whether I’ll want to watch this, it looks a bit too weird (in a not-so-good way) and there weren’t necessarily any aspects that I think would be of major interest to me. But it certainly looks different, and it seems like a very confident project, but maybe just not for me this one.

Lee: This trailer suddenly gets very busy, very fast, but I’m loving what I see. Interested to see how this plays out.

Mary: So is this a film or a series? As it’s coming to HBO which is usually TV.
I mean it’s Ridley Scott.. if anyone knows how to do sci-fi it’s this man so that’s encouraging. It certainly looks impressive, not sure about the subject matter for me personally but it’s got Ragnar from Viking’s so I’ll probably check it out 😂.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

From IMDb: Full of misgivings, a young woman travels with her new boyfriend to his parents’ secluded farm. Upon arriving, she comes to question everything she thought she knew about him, and herself. Based on Iain Reid’s acclaimed novel. Coming to Netflix in September

Clare: This looks amazing. Eternal Sunshine is one of my all time favourite movies, Toni Colette is one of my all time favourite actresses and Jesse Plemons scares the ever living shit out of me. I am VERY excited for this one – perhaps the most excited I’ve been by a trailer since Promising Young Woman?

Matt: NOW WE’RE TALKING. I’m particularly a big fan of Adaptation and Anomalisa from Charlie Kaufman, he absolutely nails existentialism and consistently delivers quality. The cast look great (and I’m growing to like Jessie Buckley after she appeared on that BBC One search for Nancy, I didn’t like her on that…). I’ll be first in line for this.

Mary: Well obviously it’s Charlie Kaufman so it’s going to be bloody weird. But Jessie Buckley is the new big thing and has been a success in everything she has turned her hand to so far, she is really watchable. And look at the rest of that cast!!! I think the fact that it is coming to Netflix is good because I don’t know if I would have gone out of my way to see this.

Lee: Just the right mix of weirdness and mystery, beauty and misery. And what a great cast. Happy this one is coming to Netflix


From IMDb: A stripper named Zola embarks on a wild road trip to Florida.

Clare: I heard excellent things about this one when it did the festival circuit at the start of the year. The trailer gives little away but yet tells us so much about who we’ll be watching. The best part is definitely the text at the end though.

Matt: I think this is a good teaser, but the more I have searched the internet for information about this film the less I understand what it’s meant to be…I even found a bizarre trailer from 2015? I like the idea of making a film out of a Twitter feed and I love films by A24 (there’s simply too many to list!) but I would need to see more to know whether or not this is something I would want to watch…

Lee: Right now, there isn’t enough here to get me interested and not enough to make me want find out more about the story behind it. I’ll reserve judgement for now.

Mary: This doesn’t interest me at all I’m afraid. It looks like the kind of film that is going to be very of its time but will probably be very quick to date. I’ll give this one a miss.

Les Misérables

From IMDb: A cop from the provinces moves to Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil, discovering an underworld where the tensions between the different groups mark the rhythm. Released in September

Clare: This sort of film would not normally be of interest to me, however this is the film France decided to submit for the 2020 Oscars instead of Portrait of a Lady on Fire. If you’ve read my review, or follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I adore Portrait and now count it as one of my top 5 films of all time. For this to be nominated over Portrait has me instantly intrigued and the trailer definitely amps up the tension. I think it’ll be a tough watch, but one I’m willing to sign up for.

Matt: This is one of only two films that I couldn’t watch before the 2020 Oscars so this was already on my list from a while back. It’s definitely not my first choice of subject matter, but this trailer looks really good and honestly the standard of international films nominated that year – Parasite, Corpus Christi, and Pain & Glory in particular – mean that this will be high on my priority list!

Mary: This looks like a continuation and modern version of La Haine. I think this looks to have a powerful message and highlight some important issues that obviously need addressing in France. This is the power of cinema, hopefully a lot of good will come from this.

Lee: I was cautious about watching this trailer due to the title. I hadn’t heard of this movie before, but I really wasn’t a fan of the Les Misérables that starred Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, so that put me off 😁. Thankfully it’s nothing like that. Gritty and intense, this looks like a powerful and timely movie, definitely one to check out.

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