This Week In Trailers: Absolutely Fabulous, Natural Born Pranksters, My Big Night, Belladonna Of Sadness, Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend Of The Broken Spoke

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they're seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we catch up with Ab Fab's Edina and Patsy, visit a true honky tonk, get our fill of a fictional Sabado Gigante, get kind of pervy with an animated joint from the 70's, and outwardly wonder who is Roman Atwood.Absolutely Fabulous Trailer

Straight up honest, I've never seen a single Ab Fab.

What seems to have made Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley such enduring television icons in the minds of anglophiles around the world is that theirs was a comedic partnership that cut through the noise. While I can't vouch for how great the end product was there was, and is, a steady stream of passionate voices that yearned for more of this duo. In steps director Mandie Fletcher, who has a wildly accomplished resume of directing British televised comedy, so it stands to reason that this is the best shot these women have of capturing that fanaticism that has never tempered down since the show stopped producing proper seasons years ago. By the looks of the trailer, people will not be disappointed.

Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke Trailer

"I went in there to see if I could get my ass kicked" – Willie Nelson

I don't know why this documentary, which will be playing at SXSW next month, stood out to me as such a notable trailer but there's such honesty that comes across in the words, in the moments, that are chosen there was just no way I couldn't showcase it. Under the directorial auspices of Brenda Greene Mitchell and Sam Wainwright Douglas what you have here is a simple slice-of-life documentary that speaks to a genuineness about a subject that could just as soon play quietly in the corner without nary a peep of controversy about its content or presentation. Listen to the stories, understand its POV, as that's where its real strength comes from.

My Big Night Trailer

Not enough is made of The Last Circus.

A truly decadent adventure, The Last Circus was nothing short of an ocular feast. Director Álex de la Iglesia came out swinging with a movie that had as much to say about violence as it did about some poignant social/political components that, while a little uneven in some places, was a satisfying watch. This trailer, which seems to add to his M.O. of using spectacle to guide his narrative, is nothing short of enthralling. I may not know exactly what's happening but the Fellini-esque use of fantasy and hyper-realism connects like a fist to the face as you take it all in.

Belladonna of Sadness Red Band Trailer

Here's the thing, if I listed the number of movies I HAVEN'T seen I am positive there would be a quiet riot to have me replaced.

There are just so many influential movies out there it can feel, sometimes, there is just no way to see them all. Case in point here is director Eiichi Yamamoto's 1973 anime classic that, by all intents and purposes, was DOA when it was released and it most certainly bankrupted the studio that produced it. Funny thing is, though, that this movie, which was inspired by artists like Gustav Klimt, looks like a visual feast. No, I haven't seen it or even heard of it until this week but this trailer seems like an invitation to enter into a world unlike anything you've ever experienced. I mean, get to the minute mark and just take that all in while trying to process it. Good luck. Also, just the mere presentation of this trailer seems to be something of a different era. It's fantastical and weird and nutty and wildly incoherent but it just works so well on all levels.

Natural Born Pranksters Trailer

There is really only one YouTube sensation I follow with any regularity that I would trust to create a compelling, feature length movie: Casey Neistat.

When it comes to YouTube'r Roman Atwood, however, I'd rather watch Fail Army on a loop before I'd understand what he is trying to do here. Along with co-director Tyler Lee Hassard this trailer feels like a mishmash of toddler humor, cringe-y attempts to do what the Jackass kids have done better, and overall has the feel of a badly directed home video. Maybe you feel different as over 5.7 million subscribers seem to lap this up on a daily basis. I'm just not one of them.

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In case you missed them, here are the other trailers we covered at /Film this week:

  • Criminal Trailer - Hahaha
  • Roadies Trailer – Everyone looks so pretty and well manicured.
  • The Boss Red Band Trailer - The formula seems to be Melissa McCarthy + attitude+ foul language = B.O. gold. Oh well.
  • The Night Manager Trailer - Doesn't look too shabby or overwrought.
  • Adventures in Babysitting Trailer - O_o
  • The Darkness Trailer – Don't know.  Feels like a tired story.
  • Daredevil Season 2 Trailer – Come get some.
  • Sing Trailer – Blecch.
  • Born to Be Blue Trailer – Took me by surprise.
  • Midnight Special Trailer - I will pay many dollar dollar bills y'all for this to be, at the very least, good.
  • A Hologram for the King Trailer - Ich verstehe nicht, die Worte aus ihrem Mund kommen.
  • Bastille Day Trailer - Pass.
  • Pee-Wee's Big Holiday Trailer – Really want to like this but I'm just not feeling it.
  • Kindergarten Cop 2 Trailer – What needs to be said that hasn't already been put down in a quippy tweet?
  • Roots Trailer – Effective.
  • Confirmation Trailer – Intense.
  • Zero Days Trailer – Digging on this.
  • Colonia Trailer – Better than the last trailer but not good enough to get me moved to spend anything to see what it has to say.
  • Triple 9 Trailer – The word that's getting out about this movie has tainted my experience. I'm weeping on the inside that it can't live up to the hype.
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny Trailer – Genuinely bums me out; it's a husk, a shell of its former self.
  • The Path Trailer – If it can sustain this intensity I'm so in.