It’s official. We have trailer fever. There’s no doubt about it. In a world where Netflix and chill is the new norm and enticing us to go out and catch a flick is getting harder, a trailer can lead a film to global success or be the catalyst for missing its mark in the box office. As a result, we’ve seen an unprecedented effort put into the crafting of spine-tingling teasers and tantalising trailers.
But the fact remains – not all trailers are made equal.
Here at Man of Many, we know trailers, man. Whether it’s Timothée Chalamet getting us all pregnant with just the sun-dappled hue of his eyes in ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ or Jude Law gaslighting us until we don’t know which way is up in ‘The Nest’ – if the trailer’s red-hot, we’ll have a gander and let you know about it. So without further ado, and to help you trudge through your work week with a slightly lighter step, here is a list of the Best New Movie Trailers that dropped in September 2020.
The Sound of Metal Trailer #1
The film that’s actually been around for over a year now has finally found a home with Amazon – and for that, we’re grateful. The premise for this film is simple: a heavy metal drummer suddenly and rapidly begins to lose his hearing. But the execution is anything but straightforward. Beautiful and complex, the trailer offers us glimpses into the protagonist’s pain and triumph, as he grapples with his new world, forced upon him by the uncaring nature of his own body. Most importantly, the film shows us the strain on the human soul when what defines us is cruelly taken away. Audio and cinephiles alike are destined to love this movie.
Taking a page straight out of Christopher Nolan’s playbook, Synchronic is more of what we need to see from Hollywood. Here to challenge your grey matter, this film hones in on the lives of two paramedics in New Orleans as they reckon with a series of horrific deaths caused by a new designer drug. On a personal note, we’re glad Anthony Mackie has stepped out from the bird suit to bring us something moody, gripping and hopefully unreliable in its narration. Bring on the mind-bend.
THE CALL Trailer
Holy shit! It’s the guy from SAW. Unlike the surprise low-budget hit that revived the art of ‘the twist’, THE CALL looks like C-grade nonsense. But there’s a big market for movies like this, especially people who ironically watch crap movies. For those who fall into this category, the movie is essentially about a witchy woman who torments a bunch of teenagers because it turns her on, right down to her old crickety bones. Maybe that last part is wrong, but we’re proud to circulate this new ‘fan theory’ here at Man of Many.
You heard it here first.
A Rainy Day In New York
Starring the world’s biggest heartthrob since Leonardo Dicaprio (Timothée ‘always pays for dinner’ Chalamet), and Elle Fanning, Woody Allen’s ‘A Rainy Day In New York’ looks as pretentious as it is watchable. Inoffensive to the point of bland and sporting a jarringly elderly tone of voice, this film is truly one for the filmgoers. Upon its release, we suspect the teenage fans of Chalamet & Selena Gomez (she makes a truly odd appearance) will riot in the streets when they see their idols in such a fuddy-duddy flick.
Invasion Planet Earth
The ‘Titanic’ of B-Grade films that everyone needs to whack onto their watchlist, Invasion Planet Earth is a schizophrenic melting pot of cinema influence – in the best way. The Kubrick of low-budget catastrophe epics, Writer/director/editor Simon Cox invites you to turn down your intellectual dial and step into a world of aliens, disaster, kitschy SFX and movie extra’s in leading roles. Offering Lovecraftian overtones underwritten by a surprisingly coherent satirical self-awareness, IPE isn’t the movie we wanted in 2020 – but it is the movie 2020 deserves.
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Starring Eddie Redmayne sporting a thick Chi-CAH-go accent, the Trial of the Chicago 7 takes us back into 1968 to what was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. What happened instead was a violent clash with police (eh hem, timely), and the National Guard. The organisers of the protest – including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale – were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.
The Nest Trailer #1
A film that will likely trigger many divorced people, The Nest is a nuanced study of the marital mind games we play (not this writer personally). Promising a cerebral labrinth paired perfectly with the pacing of a white knuckle grip, The Nest sees Jude Law shine as a man with a secret. He’s clearly a match made in heaven for director Sean Durkin’s slow-burn style and we can’t wait to squirm in our seats with our eyes glued to the screen when this movie releases in the next few weeks.
The Opening Act
A film for stand-up comedians that we regular folk might find relatable (although we doubt it), The Opening Act tells the story of an aspiring stand-up comic (gasp!) who gets the chance of a lifetime when he hits the road as the opening act for his idol. Whilst its never going to make an impact at the box office, this flick may just surprise everyone when it inevitably hits streaming services very shortly after its theatrical release.