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Three Trailers: Coppola's Mega-Mess, Hawke's Wild O'Connor, and Gladstone's Fancy Footwork

By Jen Maravegias | Film | May 17, 2024 |

By Jen Maravegias | Film | May 17, 2024 |


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I don’t know what I expected Megalopolis to be, but it certainly wasn’t this dark, psychedelic festival of excess. It might be this year’s Babylon, or it might be Coppola’s greatest work. The allegations from the set are troubling, and some of the cast is questionable, but I’m very into this.

Megalopolis stars Nathalie Emmanuel, Shia LaBeouf, Giancarlo Esposito, Adam Driver, Aubrey Plaza, Laurence Fishburne, Chloe Fineman, Talia Shire, Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Jason Schwartzman, D.B. Sweeney, and Balthazar Getty. It premiered at Cannes earlier this week and will be released in theaters later this year.

Lily Gladstone hasn’t had a chance to sit down since Killers of the Flower Moon. I’m still working my way through Under The Bridge and now I’m excited about her upcoming AppleTV+ film, Fancy Dance.

Fancy Dance also stars Isabel Deroy-Olson, Shea Whigham (Take Shelter), Ryan Begay (Dark Winds), Crystle Lightning (Trickster), and Audrey Wasilewski. It will begin streaming on AppleTV+ starting on June 28th.

Maya Hawke is one of my favorite Nepo Babies. She seems fun and makes the kind of music I listened to when I was in college. I’m also a big fan of Flannery O’Connor. And, while I think Wildcat will come and go without so much as a whisper, I believe it’s important because it’s the type of movie we talk about needing more of. Less flash, more story. It highlights an often overlooked woman writer and has a female-led cast. Director Ethan Hawke and his daughter Maya Hawke are living the “be the change you want to see” ethos with Wildcat. Maybe it will even be good.

The cast of Wildcat also includes Laura Linney, Willa Fitzgerald (Reacher) Christine Dye (Challengers), Jan Falk, Philip Ettinger, Rafael Casal, and Vincent D’Onofrio.

Wildcat had a limited release earlier this month and will be available to watch (probably on streaming) later this year.

If you don’t at least enjoy 1996’s seminal action/adventure flick Twister, there’s something wrong with you. It’s been almost 30 years (yikes) and we don’t need a sequel now. No Helen Hunt, no Bill Paxton (RIP), no Philip Seymour Hoffman (RIP). We can’t even get Alan Ruck or Jeremy Davies in this? Plus they’re replacing Cary Elwes’ slick, tech-stealing bad guy with Glen Powell playing a good ol’ boy with a very predictable antagonist-to-love-interest storyline. This is an inferior product. But I’ll probably watch it a dozen times when it hits streaming.

Yeah, I know, I’m part of the problem. Here’s your lagniappe.