A couple weeks ago, I watched Scott Pilgrim for the first time since I saw it in theaters. I was really worried I wouldn’t enjoy it anymore, but, fortunately, I was very wrong. The film is absolutely a time capsule, and there’s a lot to unpack (good and bad). But the filmmaking is also so marvelously, intricately done that it’s really hard not to find something to admire.
The things that really slipped my mind were the transitions. Director Edgar Wright is constantly shifting and slamming from one scene and location into another like little magic tricks, transforming an object, person, or sound from one location so perfectly into another, creating a result that feels both funny and action-packed, even when nothing’s happening.
Obviously, match cuts are nothing new, but Scott Pilgrim uses them to such a wonderful effect. They play in to the film’s rapid-fire humor, Scott’s perpetual confusion, and a style that makes the whole thing feel like a moving comic book. The music’s pretty great, too.
Check out nine trailers from this week below.
This looks particularly adorable. It comes out on August 3rd.
Insecure is heading into its third season, and this week, the show got two things: a new trailer and a well-deserved Emmy nomination for creator Issa Rae in the outstanding comedy actress category. The new season starts on August 12th.
Mary Queen of Scots
Mary Queen of Scots gives Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie two big, powerful roles as rival queens, and it ought to make for a movie filled with some fantastic performances. It’s also the directorial debut of Josie Rourke, who comes from the theater world. The film comes out on December 7th.
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
Sony’s making another Goosebumps movie. But for whatever reason, this one seems to have minimal connection to the first: Jack Black — who starred as author R.L. Stine in the first one — is nowhere to be seen. That seems like it’ll make for a less fun movie, but this will probably still be an easy box office win for Sony with its near-Halloween release on October 12th.
Netflix’s new movie… probably isn’t going to be all that great. I don’t say that because the trailer’s bad — it’s not good; it just looks really generic — but because the movie was supposed to be put out by Universal, but Universal seemingly didn’t like the finished product and sold it off to Netflix. That’s the same thing that happened with The Cloverfield Paradox, and look how well-liked that movie is. The film comes out on July 27th.
Keira Knightley period pieces are 100 percent my thing, and this one looks great. It has Knightley starring as the French author Colette, whose career began as a ghostwriter for her husband. The film looks mesmerizing in places, and the story it tells gives it plenty of room to speak to modern audiences. It comes out on September 21st.
Hulu has finally put out a real trailer — that is, one that gives us any sense of what the show is about — for Castle Rock. And no surprise, it looks like another mysterious and eerie Stephen King story. The show premieres on July 25th.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
After winning top prize at Sundance this year, The Miseducation of Cameron Post is headed to theaters next month. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a teenage girl who’s sent to a gay conversion therapy center and eventually runs away. It comes out on August 3rd.
I haven’t the slightest idea what’s going on in this trailer, but I’m sure I love it. The Favourite is the next film from Yorgos Lanthimos, the director of The Lobster, and according to Fox’s description, it seems to be about a trio of women, including a queen, in an increasingly fraught triangle of friendship. It comes out on November 23rd.