I'm not a big fan of Wes Anderson's previous films, but I've really enjoyed his last, and Isle of Dogs was no exception. While I would not say it was one of the deepest or most emotional films I've seen this year, it was a fairly relentless, fun and joyful experience.
But there is still a lot of room for criticism, as has been evident if you have read something about the film. One thing that seemed strange to me was that almost all dogs were men, despite having a literal island full of them, and that human gender norms are completely translated into their fantasy canine world.
Of course, the big question about the film was how he used Japanese culture to tell a story written mainly by white Americans and starring English-speaking dogs. There have been many excellent articles on the subject, and I would recommend reading some after watching the film: here is the piece by Emily Yoshida in Vulture, interviewing Japanese speakers who saw her, and here is Karen Han in The Daily Beast about how fails to engage with Japanese culture.
Check out nine trailers this week below.
Here is the first full trailer of the HBO Fahrenheit 451 adaptation, starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon. There's nothing here that does not look fantastic: it's beautiful, bad-tempered, and it takes a bold dystopian concept and it makes it feel serious and scary, the way it's supposed to be. The film will premiere on May 19.
The first purge
I have not seen the other Purge movies, but I'm surprised at how much it seems to be infused with social commentary instead of just about dreadful murders: from the trailer, it looks like the first Purge is revealed as a government scheme to kill People of color. It leaves on July 4.
The man who killed Don Quixote
Normally I do not include foreign trailers here, but this is a case in which I'll have to make an exception: this is the first footage of Don Quixote's adaptation of two decades in the works of Terry Gilliam. . The production of the film has been famous for its failures. And although it is not too late for something to stop him, it seems that the project has finally come to fruition. There is not yet a release date.
Ava is the first film by the Iranian / Canadian director Sadaf Foroughi, and it looks great. She is a high school girl who lives in Tehran, who deals with the tension between her growing interest in a child and social norms, and the actions of her family, which prevents her from seeing him. So far it has received good reviews, and now it will be released on April 27.
The Gospel according to André
A new documentary traces the life and career of André Leon Talley, the former editor-in-chief of Vogue and, more generally, a fashion icon. The trailer is full of personality and personalities, including a moment when will.i.am calls Talley "Nelson Mandela of haute couture" and it seems like it should be a fun and powerful watch. It leaves on April 27.
To get better
The latest film from the horror studio Blumhouse looks like a wonderfully indulgent sci-fi revenge movie, movie style B about a man whose body is taken by AI. It looks completely exaggerated, but in a way that makes it very clear that the writer and director of the film, Leigh Whannell, who was behind Saw's opening films, knows exactly what he is doing. It leaves on June 1.
Do you trust this computer?
And here is basically the documentary version of the previous movie, asking how dangerous AI can be for humanity. I do not get the impression of this trailer that the film is so deep in its subject, but it has an appearance of Elon Musk, which is always entertaining when it comes to AI. There is still no release date.
How to talk to girls at parties
I'm not going to say that this is not what it seems (a kind of twee movie with a maniac elf girl problem) based solely on the name, but it's definitely not exactly what it seems, because it's also about aliens. . And punk rock, I suppose. So far the reviews are pretty bad, but, it's based on a Neil Gaiman story, so there it is. It leaves on May 18.
If you're looking for a good hate watch, look up. It leaves on July 20.