Every year before the Oscars, all the animated and live action shorts have bundled together and screened in theatres so people have an opportunity to test them out. I go see the animated ones, and they are always a beautiful, strange, beautiful, and very mixed bag.
This year’s had some obvious standouts: Hair Enjoy , which won, actually deserves to be a feature; and Kitbull, by Pixar, was dreadful and had the greatest animated cat I’ve ever seen. Another three had some beautiful animation — Lady was my least favourite of this bundle, and even that I admired for the way it brought a natural, shaky camera movement into stop-motion cartoon, which is something I have never noticed before.
The company that packs all of the shorts together consistently pads out the running time with some other short films from the year which didn’t snag a nomination. Normally, they are appreciably worse. However, this year, one of the bonus movies was one of my favorites and deserved to be a contender. It is called Hors Piste, and it is only six minutes of wonderfully goofy and absolutely done slapstick comedy. I understand why it was not nominated. It is not”severe,” but that is exactly why it is so refreshing.
Check out 10 trailers from this week under.
This is pure Wes Anderson, and there isn’t much more to say. The movie is about a literary New Yorker-esque magazine, and additionally, it depicts a number of those (also fictional) stories being printed in the magazine’s final issue. The trailer is not possible to follow because of the number of stories appear to be happening, but really, who cares? The movie comes out July 24th.
Here is what: after this trailer came out, I read the Wikipedia synopsis for the story of the Green Knight, and it is just bonkers. But it kind of sounds like this film is playing that?
We do not have a season four release date yet, but Netflix pushed out an initial teaser for Stranger Things’ next season this week and revealed the return of one clearly not dead character. It looks like we are led to Russia this year.
This is not a trailer, it is a”camera test,” which is sort of a ridiculously early release to add in a trailer roundup. However, it’s for a large name, so here it is: a first look at Robert Pattinson as Batman. The movie is now scheduled to come out in June 2021.
This trailer is apparently for a film starring Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but it is absolutely bizarre to watch. The reason : the distributor is trying its best to conceal the fact that this isn’t actually a film starring Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but a 2019 sequel to a Russian/Chinese movie that happens to have the two action stars in tiny roles. It seems… not good, but I guess that explains why.
The assumption is more than a little twee, but it is worth keeping an eye on Run. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is an executive producer and has a recurring role on the show, which seems like as good a reason as any to test in. The series debuts April 12th.
THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD
The main thing you will need to know about The Personal History of David Copperfield is the Charles Dickens’ adaptation is led and co-written by Armando Iannucci, the founder of Veep, and it seems just as absurd as you would expect. The movie comes out May 8th.
CUT THROAT CITY
RZA’s latest puts T.I., Wesley Snipes, and Ethan Hawke, amongst others, in a heist film about four friends who rob a casino to stay afloat after New Orleans is hit by Hurricane Katrina. It comes out April 10th.
All I can say is the trailer didn’t go where I had been expecting it to go. Indiewire calls the movie a”wholly unclassifiable genre thriller” and notes that it dominated Brazil’s box office when it came out last year. Now it is coming to the US, beginning in New York on March 6th.