American Honey may have been the movie I was most interested in but didn’t get a chance to see last year. It’s been streaming on Amazon for a few months now (it’s pretty long, at almost three hours, so I sort of put it off), and I finally got around to watching it last week.
There’s a whole lot to like about the film, but what impressed me the most is just how well director Andrea Arnold is able to build and maintain so many different characters. There are frequent shots of maybe a dozen people in a car, and despite the tight space and the nonstop chatter, you’re somehow able to follow along with who’s who and what’s happening.
I still wish the film built to a more obvious conclusion, but I really enjoyed just watching the way it built a world and let these big, weird, and surprisingly real characters fill it up, which is something few other movies are able to do so well.
Check out nine trailers from this week below.
Darren Aronofsky’s next picture is a small and straightforward horror film, and the simplicity of it seems to be working really, really well. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem and is basically about things getting increasingly creepy inside an old house after some strangers show up at the door. I have a feeling this trailer gets a bit too spoilery, so maybe turn it off at the one minute mark if you’re sold by then. It comes out September 15th.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Crown, Netflix’s series about a young Queen Elizabeth, and now it’s about to come back for a second season, taking place ten years into her reign. Apparently the Kennedys show up this season. The new episodes are out December 8th.
I can’t really think of a more HBO hey look we’re able to show mild nudity on TV isn’t this crazy show than this. The Deuce is about the ’70s and ’80s porn industry in New York City, particularly in and around Times Square. Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco star, with Franco, obviously not content to merely be in this TV show once, playing the role of twin brothers. The show starts September 10th.
The Death of Stalin
How are Jeffrey Tambor and Steve Buscemi starring in a comedy about Stalin’s death? It’s probably because the movie comes from Veep creator Armando Iannucci, who’s using this as a chance to return to the type of ridiculous political satire that’s made him so many fans. The movie comes out October 20th in the UK and doesn’t appear to have US distribution yet.
With SNL behind him, Jay Pharaoh is moving on to Showtime with a series called White Famous, which is based on Jamie Foxx’s experiences in the entertainment industry. The trailer makes it look like the show is filled with energy, plus a lot of white people making really uncomfortable and racist remarks. Foxx has a recurring role here, lending the show some pretty big star power. The series starts October 15th.
This looks like a pretty fascinating documentary about the relationship between big game hunters and conservationists. The documentary seems to approach with an open mind whether or not hunters can play a role in saving species, but it doesn’t seem to be particularly kind about their role in the process either. It comes out September 8th.
This looks kind of amazing. The Challenge seems to be a visual portrait of wealth and extravagance, examining the culture of affluent Qatari men and their expensive cars, dangerous pets, and interest in falconry. It looks pretty incredible just on visuals alone. The documentary comes out September 8th. (Trailer via Indiewire.)
I swear trailers for this movie have been coming out every few months for years now, but apparently it’s finally being released in just over a month. And just like in ths past, this trailer is absolutely worth watching: Loving Vincent is animated entirely out of oil paintings, largely done in styles that mimic different periods and specific painting from van Gogh’s career. The film comes out September 22nd.
I’m not posting this here as an example of a good trailer or a thing I think will be good, or resemble good, or valuable, in any way. But I do want to post this because I think it’s notable: it comes in part from Chuck Lorre, co-creator of The Big Bang Theory, and I think the series is basically trying to do for weed what The Big Bang Theory did for nerds — make the subject warm and friendly and palatable to a wide audience by drawing on broad, tired, and frequently offensive stereotypes. It also has a laugh track. The first season comes to Netflix on August 25th.