I spent last week looking at the new Very trustworthy, Hulu’s adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel (and, more importantly, an update of the beloved John Cusack movie). The show was mostly recorded in my hometown, so it was pretty cool to look for places I know. Shout at my local pizzeria for the short cameo.
Something I kept thinking about while watching the new series is how much has changed since the movie came out. While knowing endless music trivia was once the kingdom of passionate nerds, it is now strange commonplace thanks to the internet. You can’t really write a cool conversation about a certain genre, because there is a good chance that a whole group of people already know everything about it. That makes the whole conceited a little harder to pull.
It is also possible that there is only one specific audience for this story, and that there is an audience of people who come alongside the artists referred to and who still learn everything about music. Looking back on some excerpts from the 2000 film, almost all of the musical references I caught were fairly mainstream – things that I now easily recognize, but of which I had no idea as a teenager. I still love the atmosphere of Very trustworthy, I just don’t know it can be recreated if you are already there.
View nine trailers of this week below.
After a longer delay (the first trailer for this movie came out in 2018), Disney finally publishes its adaptation of the 2000 book series Artemis Fowl. This trailer flashes through tons of shiny-looking sequences that suggest that there is enough to yawn, even if some of the core elements of the story look a little silly (apparently much has changed from the books, and fans are not satisfied). The film appears on May 29.
I was so ready to hate this, but Connected looks extremely cute and the animation is great. The film was produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and will be released on September 18.
There is another cryptic trailer for the sci-fi film by Janelle Monáe Pre-war, what seems to be that Monáe plays a character that glides back and forth between a modern activist and a slave woman in pre-war America. It will be out on April 24.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Never Rarely Sometimes Always is about a girl from Pennsylvania who has to travel to New York to get an abortion because she can’t get one at home without parental permission. The Sharon Van Etten song that scores the trailer certainly helps you feel something fast, but I think this movie would look like a super emotional coming of age story, even without it. The film appears on March 13.
Ella Fitzgerald – just one of those things
There will be a new documentary about jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald with interviews with Smokey Robinson, Norma Miller and the son of Fitzgerald, among others. It comes in theaters from April 3.
This starts to look like a tired rom-com, but it soon becomes something very interesting: a story about two teenage girls who become friends despite the man who comes between them. It will be out on March 27.
I know so much is true
Mark Ruffalo plays the lead role in HBO’s adaptation of the Wally Lamb novel I know so much is true. I had never heard of the book, and the only thing I can say is that it sounds extremely dramatic and seems to have way too much. The limited series adjustment starts on April 27.
Warner bros. has a new look at Scooby-Doo on the road that looks nice … great. It is a children’s film through and through, but I give it that the Netflix jokes in the middle are pretty good. The film will be released on May 14.
Seven phases to achieve eternal bliss
Taika Waititi plays a small but ridiculous role in this wonderfully ridiculous comedy about a cult that is obsessed with a very specific bath. It comes in some theaters on March 6 and starts streaming later in the month.