Rocketman

Rocketman

2018 was a banner year for musical biopics: Bohemian Rhapsody, and A Star is Born were heavy-hitters in the recent awards season, having undoubtedly shifted the lives of musicians and the circumstances of their music a little further into the public consciousness. 2019 appears to be little different, with the Sia-backed Vox Lux on the way, and now, the semi-eponymous title Rocketman, promising a deep dive into the life and times of Elton John.

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Shaft

Shaft

While we are currently between major trailer seasons – not quite close enough to summer blockbusters, too far away from the holidays – and in the midst of awards, the Super Bowl always yields a new crop of audiovisual advertising to pour over. Leading this draft comes Shaft, a remake/sequel of the 1971 film of the same name and its 2000 reboot.

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Russian Doll – Season 1

Russian Doll – Season 1

Tommy James and the Shondells’ 1968 classic “Crimson and Clover” is the song of the day here, and you can already guess which lyrics are being highlighted: as the character (Natasha Lyonne, of Orange is the New Black fame) falls down the stairs to an untimely demise or recklessly staggers into oncoming traffic, the words “over and over” softly drift over her lifeless body as the day is made to repeat once again.

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Star Trek: Discovery – Season 2

Star Trek: Discovery – Season 2

In the aftermath of the influx of holiday season trailers and into the awards show season, we thought it an opportune time to refocus on what’s happening on the small screen. Among the most musically interesting of recent TV trailers is certainly the latest foray promoting the next season for Star Trek: Discovery. This trailer features a constantly shifting and building arrangement that arrives at a satisfying conclusion in its final moments.

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Brexit

Brexit

As we begin to close out the year, we begin to look back – an introspectiveness takes us over alongside the spike in socialization over the holidays, with the implication of the New Year’s resolutions to follow. Of a similar tack comes this trailer for the latest HBO docudrama, focusing this time on the Brexit campaign and its inner workings. While Britons surely want an official investigation into the matter, this Toby Haynes-directed piece might have to do for now. (We kid, of course.)

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Vox Lux

Vox Lux

Directed by Brad Corbet, Vox Lux is a film that in some ways serves as a good chaser to Lady Gaga-lead A Star is Born. Vox Lux follows Celeste in her initial rise to fame in the way of tragedy as a teenager, and subsequently her struggles with her own teenager daughter as she juggles this responsibility and maintaining her career as a relatively older popular music performer.

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Piercing

Piercing

Based on a novel by Ryu Murakami (not to be confused with Haruki Murakami, of 1Q84 fame) and directed by Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of my Mother, 2016), Piercing (2019) is a psychological thriller hinging on a night between Reed (Christopher Abbott) and Jackie (Mia Wasikowska). Ostensibly on a business trip, Reed leaves his family with a briefcase packed with tools for murder; to his mind, the cure to excise his impulse for violence is to carry out the deed. Jackie, a call girl, is not taken so easily however, and the dynamic veers wildly between lasciviousness and outright violence. 

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In previous blog posts and on Twitter, we’ve covered the unintentional lack of backing music for a The Mummy reboot trailer, and as an intentional artistic choice in the trailer for horror film A Quiet Place. We said it might be “both a first and only” occurrence for the blog, and today that’s no longer true – the second film to embrace its total lack of tonality, however, could not be more different in tone.

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The latest from from the Coen Brothers is part of a Western anthology coming to Netflix. Twenty-five years in, the Brothers’ irreverent wit and playful humour shows no signs of abating. Premiering at the Venice International Film Festival, the second trailer for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs recently released. The first episode in the six-fold series, it promises to be a mix of comedy and violence, not unlike the previous Coen classic Burn After Reading, or more directly, other Coen takes on the Western True Grit (2010) and, of course, No Country for Old Men (2007). With star power like James Franco and Tom Waits in the wings, Buster Scruggs and the attendant anthology promise to follow well in the previous Westerns’ footsteps.

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The Best of Enemies

The Best of Enemies

“The Best of Enemies” sees civil rights activist Ann Atwater go up against noted Ku Klux Klan member C. P. Ellis on the issue of school integration – and the pervasive sonic theme here is, indeed, integration. At the beginning of the trailer, for example, the sound of a distant school bell is suddenly engulfed by a burning flame; this bell exact as a perfect sound bridge and segue as it morphs into the sound of a ringing landline telephone. Similarly, this trailer employs a very subtle mashup that in some sense embodies the racial relations that the film promises to explore. 

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