One of my favorite cinematographic traditions is to see the animated short films nominated for the Oscar each year, which are always grouped around this time and played in some smaller theaters. The package is always a mix: some good shorts, some good, some really bad, and, of course, what Pixar did that year, which is inevitably great.
This year was very similar. Pixar's short film, Lou, which was originally linked to Cars 3, was adorable and the perfect mix of dramatic comedy and short story. Some animated shorts often lean too much. There was also a very long, but often funny and charming, BBC adaptation of a Roald Dahl story that could have been cut but ultimately still captures some of Dahl's dumbest and darkest sensibilities.
Another short, about Kobe Bryant, was a bit superficial, but Glen Keane's animation was as magical as ever. There is always one depressing Europe, which was also true this year. And, finally, there is this hyperrealist with some frogs, who … however modest it may seem, it seems, to kill Trump? It is left ambiguous.
Check out 11 trailers this week below.
Lost in Space
Netflix is restarting Lost in Space and released a first preview of the new series this week. This brief look does not tell us much about the series, it's mostly a reminder that the show exists, but it seems a pretty pleasant start. The first season of Lost in Space arrives on April 13.
Silicon Valley returns for its first season without T.J. Miller, but that's not exactly stopping the show from finding time for a little crass humor. Things seem to be a disaster for Pied Piper, and also a dog pees on a server or something. The show returns for its fifth season on March 25.
Deniz Gamze Ergüven made his film debut with the incredible Mustang movie in 2015, and now we are watching his second film, about the 1992 riots in Los Angeles. What strikes me most here is how Ergüven continues to present the claustrophobic, energy and wonderful chaos of a home full of children as he did in Mustang, even in a movie about something much bigger. It leaves on April 27.
Roxanne Roxanne is about the rise of rapper Roxanne Shante when she was a teenager in Queens in the 1980s. The film has a fantastic cast and received a great reception from Sundance this year, and it looks great in this first trailer. It's a musical story, but it's also about Shante and her mother dealing with the many problems that present themselves with an opportunity to gain fame. The movie arrives at Netflix on March 23.
Your kingdom come
When Terrence Malick makes a film, he does not make a film as much as film hours and hours and hours of vaguely narrative content and then combines it into a movie. When To The Wonder was filmed in 2012, Malick apparently commissioned a photographer to bring Javier Bardem, dressed as a priest, to the homes of real people and to advise them. Naturally, most of the footage was not used in the film. But now the photographer who recorded that footage has obtained the rights over him and has put it all together in his own 43 minute film. It's a really disconcerting origin story, but the resulting film looks like a heartbreaking series of portraits of an Oklahoma town. The film will be released in SXSW; you can read more about her in The New Yorker.
This is the first real trailer I've seen for Krypton, and it's everywhere, with, I think, his first mistake in putting everything in what looks like an imitation of Kanye's "Power". Some of the images here, in fact, are great, but the program is clearly going beyond your budget, and it is shown here with some moments that the actors are really not prepared to achieve it. We will see how it develops when the series premieres on March 21.
So, this is a reality show about convincing someone to kill another person. It seems a bad idea
The most unknown
Motherboard, Vice's excellent science and technology site, released an advance this week for its first full-length documentary, and, well, if you're reading The Verge, it seems like it could be your alley. The document brings together a group of scientists and seems to be designed to make everyone talk about big, open and perhaps unanswered questions about the universe. Motherboard plans to release the document in its entirety sometime this spring, but the full details are yet to be determined.
This is not the most convincing trailer of the week, but I love the story behind it: the film was filmed at the Cannes Film Festival while Isabelle Huppert and Kim Min-hee were there to promote other films (Elle and The Handmaiden) , which means that it was probably a precipitous shoot (the film is only an hour long) and maybe it just did to give all these actors an excuse to work together. It comes to EE UU In a limited release from March 9.
This is great: it's the first film directed by Idris Elba, who seems to be completely behind the camera here. Yardie is a Jamaican man who ends up in London and is caught in a violent search for revenge. The film has a wonderful style and energy in this first advance, although the initial reviews of Sundance this year were not very good. It is not yet known when it will be released.
You know, we all deserve this this week.