So what's everyone been watching? Over the weekend, I watched Eisenstein in Guanajuato, which had a lot of nudity and did some very cool stuff with three-way split screens; The Lobster, which everyone else in the theater laughed at way harder than I did but that I nonetheless thought was a pretty fun and fascinating exploration of a weird dystopian world; and Mitt, the Romney documentary Netflix put out a couple years ago that shows the surprising humanity and struggle behind a presidential campaign and is perhaps all the more interesting to watch amid the 2016 US election. It was a good weekend! I swear I got off the couch, too.
As you may or may not have noticed, there was no New Trailers last week, which was because there, well, weren't that many new trailers. So I've thrown a few standouts from last week in below and rounded them up with the best from this week. There aren't a lot of big names, but there's a lot of smaller and very interesting stuff worth checking out. There are 11 below.
Oh yeah, this looks good. There's no better way to describe it, so I'm just going to quote The Verge's Bryan Bishop: "Stranger Things looks like the show Steven Spielberg and Stephen King never made." Seriously. It's a spooky, mysterious story about a disappearance, weird experiments, and supernatural abilities. Definitely check out this trailer. The series debuts on July 15th.
Breaking a Monster
Perhaps you remember the viral video from a few years back that showed a trio of young kids playing some seriously sick heavy metal in Times Square. That trio is now a bit older, just about to release their debut album, and are the subject of documentary called Breaking a Monster that’s coming out soon. It’s an all-around pretty awesome success story (although there’s been quite a bit of drama surrounding the band’s record deal). The documentary opens in limited release on June 24th; the band’s album is out June 17th.
After making a splash at the Tribeca Film Festival, Kicks is moving toward a theatrical release. It’s supposed to be an impressive debut feature from director Justin Tipping, telling a coming-of-age story that’s kicked off by the theft of a pair of sneakers. Also there’s a metaphorical astronaut, which is obviously great. The film comes out September 9th.
Kevin Smith’s next movie is unabashedly packed with millennial jokes, but — after watching this trailer — I kinda wonder if they’re working? Yoga Hosers appears to generally be a super weird and kind of chaotic and typically Kevin Smithy comedy in all ways good and bad. It stars Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp, whose father makes an appearance as well. It opens July 29th.
After premiering at Sundance, the Indian coming-of-age romp Brahman Naman is about to head to Netflix. The gist of the plot will sound very familiar — some lovable misfit losers are trying to lose their virginity — but this trailer suggests the film has its own dry and rambunctious comedic tone. It’s out July 7th.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jerry Seinfeld’s web series is about to go into its eighth season. The show hasn’t changed one bit, but its simplicity is really half of the charm. This season, Seinfeld brings on Margaret Cho, John Oliver, Judd Apatow, and JB Smoove, among others. It starts June 16th.
Maybe this is the good kind of ridiculous? Vice Principals is a new comedy coming to HBO that has Danny McBride and Walton Goggins playing a pair of eccentric and childish high school vice principals competing to be better at everything and win a job (the principal position) that’s already filled. Also Bill Murray cameos, because I guess that’s what he does these days. The show starts July 17th.
Sample dialog: "THE MONSTER IS IN THE TRUCK!"
After premiering at TIFF last year, Parched is now making its way toward theaters. The film follows a group of women in India who question and rebel against traditional gender roles, eventually running away in search of something better. It looks like Parched could be a powerful film, and so far it’s been getting some warm reviews. It opens in New York, LA, and the Bay Area on June 17th.
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
Werner Herzog's new documentary appears to be a strange and beautiful look at how the internet is changing our world. It's kind of hard to explain, but just know that Herzog seems to be exploring the future with a genuine and joyful curiosity that's hard not to marvel at.
The Greasy Strangler
This… uh… I don’t… really, um… what? It’s NSFW, so maybe put that in context with the title. It’s out October 7th.