Based on 2013’s Stephen King novel of the same name, Doctor Sleep is a direct sequel to The Shining (1977 book; 1980 film adaption). Perhaps in part driven by the success of It and its sequel in theatres currently, Warner Bros. took advantage of the fact that there is already a famous visual language and memory to draw (and market) from the 1980 original. It’s clearly more the product of director Mike Flanagan, rather than paying any serious homage to Kubrick. The trailer music, however, starts from the original’s score, subsequently building on it.
Even Zach Galifianakis couldn’t have predicted that Between Two Ferns would not only be so successful to have lasted ten years (albeit sporadically, with a spread of twenty-one shows in total), but also that it would receive its own feature film edition. Almost naturally, the show that served as one of the progenitors of the Internet-based comedy show medium is premiering its movie on Netflix. Given the streaming giant’s predilection for picking up and ordering somewhat similar shows dispensing bite-size, reality TV humour such as Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, it’s a natural fit.
You’ve got one guess as to what song is embedded in the trailer for director Noah Hawley’s Lucy in the Sky. Rather than simply insert the Beatles tune, however, motivic fragments from “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” are scattered across the two and a half minute running time like a fever dream, with just the faintest hints of the tune’s famous, chromatically tumbling piano line in the first few seconds.