LOADING ...

Today in trailer happy hour: Oscar Isaac and Nick Kroll hunt Nazis while Amy Adams has a dark homecoming

William Hughes Jun 10, 2018. 15 comments

Welcome back to Trailer Happy Hour, where you take the good, you take the bad, you take the day’s various TV and film teasers, and there you have ’em: The facts of life. Today we’ve got cars that are cities, bank robbers who are gentlemen, and whatever the fuck this new Amber Heard movie is, so let’s dive in.


First up: Operation Finale, Chris Weitz’s examination of Israel’s attempts to capture and prosecute escaped Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. The film stars Oscar Isaac as famed Mossad agent Peter Malkin, who puts together a team that includes Mélanie Laurent and, in a rare dramatic turn, comic actor Nick Kroll, in order to bring Eichmann (Ben Kingsley) to Israeli justice. Weitz’s film is set for a fall release.


Next up: The latest YA lit adaptation, The Mortal Engines, about a world in which cities drive around on tank treads, gobbling up other, smaller cities. Starring Hera Hilmar and Robert Sheehan as a pair of teen rebels being hunted by a Hugo-Weaving-played bad guy, the trailer stands out for two reasons. One is its pedigree, boasting a script from Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, and Fran Walsh, who all wrote Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings movies together, and for its visuals, which combine an eye-catching color palette with the admittedly creative “cities-as-cars” conceit.


On a slower note, we also have a trailer for The Old Man And The Gun, an altogether more genteel sort of thriller. Starring Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford—reportedly in his final role—the mostly-true story centers on one of those movie-friendly bank robbers who never swears or hurts people, instead earning the bemused smiles and grudging respect of everybody he robs.


Switching to TV, we’ve also got the long-anticipated arrival of Sharp Objects, the Amy Adams-starring HBO adaptation of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s 2006 debut. Dark and moody, the trailer sees Adams’ journalist return to her small home town, ostensibly to investigate a murder, but mostly, it seems, to come to terms with her own past. The series debuts July 8.


And finally, for a little added dose of WTF, we’ve got the trailer for Amber Heard’s London Fields, which is very careful to let you know—complete with a loving leer at her boobs—that Heard’s character’s name is Nicola “Six,” not “Sex.” Directed by Matthew Cullen—best known for his chest-focused work on music videos like Katy Perry’s “California Girls” and “Dark Horse”—the Martin Amis adaptation sees a wide variety of dumb mooks (Billy Bob Thornton, Theo James, Jim Sturgess) fall for Nicola’s femme fatale charms. (But hey, at least the trailer cuts out any mention of Heard’s ex-husband, Johnny Depp, whose previously reported cameo in the film was presumably cut after their divorce and the abuse allegations that followed.)

15 Comments

Other William Hughes's posts

Glenlivet's seaweed pouch Scotch pods are a triumphant testament to the power of stupid Glenlivet's seaweed pouch Scotch pods are a triumphant testament to the power of stupid

Carefully honed stupidity is a powerful marketing commodity—to the point where a company like Taco Bell can forge entire fast food empires out of sla...

Looks like Kamala Khan is going to be a huge part of the Marvel's Avengers game Looks like Kamala Khan is going to be a huge part of the Marvel's Avengers game

We’ve been hearing for several years now about Crystal Dynamic’s Avengers video game, the Tomb Raider studio’s Marvel-backed effort to translate the ...

Fans looking at the current line of Star Wars merch are wondering: Where's Rose? Fans looking at the current line of Star Wars merch are wondering: Where's Rose?

A few years back, fans of the Star Wars franchise noticed a weird omission in some of the toys and merchandise produced for The Force Awakens: There ...

The future is dirty, Spock is annoying, and Picard gives awesome hugs in new set of Star Trek trailers The future is dirty, Spock is annoying, and Picard gives awesome hugs in new set of Star Trek trailers

It’s Star Trek’s time to shine at New York Comic-Con today—even if some of that shininess comes in the form of a pretty dirty future. That’s the majo...

Suggested posts

DC Universe to pivot from video, so that's new DC Universe to pivot from video, so that's new

Did Warner Media’s DC Universe streaming service ever really have a chance? It’s hard to say: despite a couple of well-regarded original series, incl...

We're all screaming "hope" and "fuck" into the void right now We're all screaming "hope" and "fuck" into the void right now

Ruth Bader Ginsburg—legal scholar, hero to many, occasional meme, Supreme Court Justice—died today, at the age of 87, after suffering from a long bat...

Roku and Peacock are finally making nice Roku and Peacock are finally making nice

Today, in everything old is new again news: The battle between the people who make (or at least own) the TV shows, and the people who actually stick ...

It’s the quiet ones you need to watch out for, and The Eyes Of My Mother was no exception It’s the quiet ones you need to watch out for, and The Eyes Of My Mother was no exception

Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This wee...

The best films of Toronto 2020 The best films of Toronto 2020

Toronto ends this year not with a check out, a wave through a taxi window, and a short flight home, but with the closing of a laptop. It was, as expec...

Cinema group UniFrance condemns the "violent reaction" to Cuties Cinema group UniFrance condemns the "violent reaction" to Cuties

French cinema collective UniFrance has taken a stand against the rather swift backlash against French director Maïmouna Doucouré and her coming-of-ag...

The George Lucas Talk Show is livestreaming all 22 episodes of Studio 60 this Sunday The George Lucas Talk Show is livestreaming all 22 episodes of Studio 60 this Sunday

When last we checked in on Connor Ratliff and Griffin Newman ’s The George Lucas Talk Show, the comedians were gearing up to consume more than 30 ho...

Watch Baby Yoda vibe to the Schitt’s Creek and Curb themes in this Emmys music medley Watch Baby Yoda vibe to the Schitt’s Creek and Curb themes in this Emmys music medley

Happy Emmys weekend! On Sunday , in what we can only assume will be a deeply strange ceremony, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will ha...

Good news, puddin': HBO Max renews Harley Quinn for a 3rd season Good news, puddin': HBO Max renews Harley Quinn for a 3rd season

Season two of Harley Quinn may have ended on an exceptionally high note, but that doesn’t mean that we weren’t ready, willing, and more than able to ...

Someone has already put Darude's "Sandstorm" over the Dune trailer Someone has already put Darude's "Sandstorm" over the Dune trailer

The only problem with David Lynch’s 1984 film adaptation of Dune is that it was made at a time before Finnish DJ Darude had given the world “Sandsto...

Language