Trailer Tuesday

MMC!‘s “Trailer Tuesdays” are the blogosphere’s most viewed posts. Period.

With that out of the way, let’s watch some trailers!

Rialto Pictures is promoting a new restoration of Julien Duvivier’s Panique (1946), a thriller about murder and betrayal that looks great in this re-release trailer. The Criterion Collection has already declared its appreciation of Duvivier (as has MMC!), so we should naturally be hopeful that a stacked Blu-ray for Panique might appear bearing a wacky “C.”

Criterion confederate Janus Films is hyping the acquisition of Agnieszka Smoczynska’s The Lure (2015), billed as a “savage coming-of-age fairy tale” where “a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters are drawn ashore in an alternate ’80s Poland to explore the wonders and temptations of life on land.” A bizarre new masterpiece or the next target for Jellyfish Eyes (Takashi Murakami, 2013) recrimination? MMC! isn’t in for the hardcore Jellyfish Eyes hatred, so we’ll wait for The Lure with an open mind.

Neon is the new streaming/VOD distribution venture of RADiUS’s Tom Quinn and Tim League of the Alamo Drafthouse and is staffed by former employees of RADiUS and Drafthouse Films. Colossal (Nacho Vigalondo, 2017) is a kaiju movie with a twist and is Neon’s first acquisition. Does this mean a new Drafthouse Film spine number (hopefully!) or does it confirm the demise of the hard media line (more likely)? I can’t find a present status for the imprint, so if anyone knows, please share it! In the meantime, MMC! will continue to post Drafthouse Films proposals and enjoy seeing Anne Hathaway destroy Asia.

Kino Lorber is promoting the new restoration of Josef von Sternberg’s Anatahan (1953), about a troop of Japanese soldiers stranded on an island during WWII and who compete for dominance of the group and possession of the sole woman amongst them. This movie is brand new to me and the transfer looks stunning. Can’t wait!

Last month, we noted that MMC! favourite Masaaki Yuasa had a new film coming out in 2017. Well, it turns out MMC! was wrong, as Yuasa has TWO films coming out this year! The second is Lu Over the Wall (2017), about a junior high school boy and a mermaid girl. That’s right kids, this month’s “Trailer Tuesday” features not one, but two mermaid-centric films! Feast on the fishy glory!

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