It's Sundance week, which means that trailers came slow, movie deals came fast, and there's a whole lot to read. Here are some quick recommendations:
- Movies: Kuso (super gross, made by Flying Lotus), XX (horror compilation from four exciting female directors), and Colossal (Anne Hathaway rom-com, but with kaiju).
- VR: NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism (part art installation, part VR, part futuristic beauty salon), Chocolate (virtual cats and champagne), Miyubi (actually feels like a real movie; also: Jeff Goldblum)
- Etc.: An Inconvenient Sequel directors discuss whether we’re doomed, 3D-printed gun provocateur Cody Wilson has a documentary on “crypto-anarchists,” and wow Netflix and Amazon really made out.
Check out seven trailers from this week below.
The Leftovers is back for a final run, and while this trailer tells us basically nothing about it, the mood it elicits is pretty wonderful. Season 3 starts April 16th.
The Blacklist: Redemption
The Blacklist has been such a hit for NBC that the network's creating a spinoff just four seasons in. Redemption is supposed to be more "spy show" than "cop show," according to one of the series executive producers, but several characters are carrying over. The spinoff will start up on February 23rd, right after the main series' current season finishes airing.
Brimstone is a very gorgeous and very creepy-looking Western about a woman, baselessly accused of a crime, who's being trapped by some kind of evil preacher. While the film looks uncomfortably harsh on women in this trailer, The Playlist says that Brimstone is a "feminist western" that’s ultimately about surviving the brutality of men, which makes it sound like this could ultimately be more interesting than the typical Western. It comes out March 10th.
My Cousin Rachel
Rachel Weisz playing a mysterious, possibly murderous love interest in a period piece sounds awesome, and this trailer makes My Cousin Rachel look really great, too, with wonderful landscapes and moody candlelit encounters. That said, I find it really hard to get past the overwrought song playing overtop of this trailer — I feel like there could be a lot of mood in this film, but the song is making it hard to break through. It comes out June 9th in the UK.
13 Reasons Why
Tom McCarthy, the director of Spotlight, executive produced and directed the first two episodes of Netflix's latest series, which sort of looks like a YA Gone Girl. Selena Gomez is on board as an executive producer, too, but it doesn't sound like she'll appear in the show. It premieres March 31st.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
I know I shouldn't be overly critical of a movie based entirely on its trailer, but I have to be honest with you all on this one: Legend of the Sword starts out looking like an amateur music video and ends on what I suspect would happen if you misplaced a bunch of Game of Thrones assets and then hit "render." Apparently this movie is about King Arthur. The film is directed by Guy Ritchie, who made the Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr., which explains why this isn’t just a straightforward take on the story. It'll be out May 12th.
The Village of No Return
This is a pretty ridiculous-looking comedy involving a village of people who've wiped their memories, bandits, and for some reason, martial arts. I'm into it. It came out in Taiwan this week — no word on a wider release.