New trailers: Game of Thrones, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Daredevil, and more
All the shows and movies you should be looking out for11
I've gone to the theater twice in the past week, once to see Hail, Caesar! (fun!) and once to see the Oscar-nominated animated short films (recommended!). But the best thing I saw this week, without question, was the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, which is currently streaming on Netflix. I know I'm over a decade late to this, but it's a really wonderful film filled with fantastic acting and beautiful sets and cinematography. I'm obsessed with it right now. So stop catching up for the Oscars and just watch Pride & Prejudice instead so that we can all share GIFs on Twitter.
As for trailers, there were a ton this week, with HBO, Netflix, and Hulu all playing an oversized role. If you're a subscriber to any of those, heads up — there's a lot coming your way. You can see 13 of this week's best trailers below.
Game of Thrones
I'm not caught up on Game of Thrones so I can't exactly tell you what's going on here, but whatever it is looks exceedingly creepy and cool. Hope you like disembodied voices... and disembodied heads to go along with them. The show's sixth season starts April 24th.
10 Cloverfield Lane
10 Cloverfield Lane only looks eerier and eerier with each new trailer. This minute-long look provides the clearest explanation yet of what the plot's setup is — so maybe don't watch it if you want to go in 100 percent spoiler free — but it only makes the film's mysteries stand out even more. What evil is out there? Who's trustworthy? It'll be out in a few weeks on March 11th.
Netflix's Marvel series are on a winning streak, and now Daredevil is back for round two. A first full trailer for the new season was released this week, and it's really well done — focusing more on establishing a dark, concerned tone than wooing people with flashy action. I mean, there's plenty of that, too (and some high-profile new characters), but right now, Netflix is focused on showing what drives season two forward. It'll all be out on March 18th.
Alice Through the Looking Glass
It's easy to be put off by the nonstop CG in Alice Through the Looking Glass, but this trailer plays it all in a way that works perfectly: with speed, energy, and attitude. Suddenly, its strange world seems a lot more like something worth visiting. It'll be out on May 27th.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
It seems like it should be impossible to replicate the charm and wonder of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but every now and then the trailer for Sword of Destiny makes you think they can pull it off. There's a lot that doesn't look amazing here — an uninspired story, strangely desaturated shots — but its action — which, really, is what we're all here for — looks like it may have everything we're looking for. The film premieres on February 26th.
Hulu is starting to get into more serious TV dramas, and next up is The Path. The series stars Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul as a father who gets caught up in what very much looks like a cult. This trailer doesn't quite sell me on it, but there seems to be an interesting suggestion that there's more going on that we're yet to see. The series premieres on March 30th.
Born to Be Blue
Will I write up any movie starring Ethan Hawke? Absolutely yes. Born to Be Blue looks like a stylish and emotional take on the life of jazz musician Chet Baker. That said, I don't know that it made a ton of sense to film a story about a white guy struggling to break into the jazz scene, so hopefully the movie is more self aware than its trailer shows. The film is out on March 25th.
HBO's Confirmation dramatizes the contentious and controversial hearings that approved Clarence Thomas as a Supreme Court Justice in the early ’90s. Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, who's behind last year's Sundance hit Dope, the film has Kerry Washington playing a woman who testified to being a victim of sexual harassment while working with Thomas. It's a strangely timely release and potentially a powerful opportunity to reexamine accusations passed over long ago. It premieres on April 16th.
Cameron Crowe is returning to his days touring with musicians — the same experiences he mined in Almost Famous — for a new TV series on Showtime. Roadies is Crowe's first series, and it looks, well, kinda joyous. This first trailer for it feels like the closing montage you'd get at the end of several seasons of TV, which is kind of nice, though a strange introduction. It starts on June 26th.
Songs My Brother Taught Me
It's worth watching the Songs My Brother Taught Me trailer for its gorgeous imagery alone — though the moments of reflect and quiet conversations between characters are pretty wonderful, too. The film, set in South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, focuses on a teenage boy and his younger sister after the death of their father. It starts playing at Film Forum in New York City on March 2nd.
Here's all you need to know about the Bastille Day trailer: Idris Elba, playing a total badass CIA agent, basically looks into the camera and says, "I'm reckless and irresponsible." It's out in the UK on April 22nd.
Pee-wee's Big Holiday
Netflix is bringing Pee-wee Herman back to film after almost three decades away, and it released a full trailer for the movie this week. Big Holiday brings back all of the whimsical humor that Pee-wee is known for without changing the formula any more than necessary — but, really, that's probably what fans want. The film comes out on March 18th.
Kindergarten Cop 2
The emotional journey one goes through while watching the trailer for Kindergarten Cop 2 cannot accurately be described. It looks painful, then painfully glorious, then just painful again, and then kind of amazingly goofy TV movieish. This is almost certainly not a good thing to watch, but I urge you to watch its trailer nonetheless. It goes straight to digital release on May 17th.