I think it's safe to say we could all use some distraction this week, and luckily, the world of teasers and trailers is here to provide just that.
For those truly looking to escape our current reality, is there anything better to lose yourself in than the taffeta gowns and gossip circles of the Victorian England elite? Or if your heart is already racing, why not keep the palpitations going with a new indie thriller or the world's most loved slasher? Perhaps, you'll find it sobering to check in with other challenging moments in history or watch others overcome their own personal struggles, and there's plenty here for that, too.
So please, turn off the news for a few minutes and catch up with this week's new trailer and poster releases:
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Poster Agency: Art Machine
Next up from the wonderful world of Shondaland is Bridgerton, a historical romance series based on the novels of Julia Quinn. The crescendoing string score is the driving force in this teaser, which instantly has us traveling back in time to the glamour and drama of Victorian England. It also doesn't hurt to have a dame, in this case the ever-royal Julie Andrews, to voice the narration of the piece. We find ourselves in a beautiful Victorian garden on the poster, which highlights the dreamy romance to come when Bridgerton comes to Netflix on Christmas Day.
The Killing of Two Lovers
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Poster Agency: Jump Cut
Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Robert Machoian, The Killing of Two Lovers follows a father of six as he grapples with his dissolving marriage and ex-wife's new relationship. This trailer successfully toys with tone to build tension and build up to a powerful countdown sequence. The excellent sound design mirrors the main character's descent into jealousy and underscores the quote cards from the film's positive reception at Sundance. The poster reflects the film's understated imagery with it's artful simplicity. The Killing of Two Lovers comes to theaters on Feb. 23.
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Cristina "La Veneno" Ortiz was a Spanish singer and television personality who became a transgender icon in the '90s before vanishing from public life. In this period of privacy, she formed a friendship with a young journalist, Valeria Vegas, who went on to write a memoir documenting their unique relationship, which serves as the basis of this new limited drama series from HBO Max. The trailer does a great job of setting up this special friendship and highlighting the multiple personas of Cristina we will meet throughout the episodes. The inspiring copy paired with a simple, uplifting tune pulls on the heartstrings and gets us ready for the journey of self-discovery. The bold poster puts Cristina front and center with some glitz and glam that highlights her status as a true Spanish icon. Veneno premieres Nov. 19.
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Trail 4 is a new documentary series from Netflix that examines the case of Sean Ellis, who at age 19 was wrongfully convicted of murdering a police officer. Now, equipped with exculpatory evidence regarding the handling of his case, he's given another trial to prove his innocence. With a poignant soundtrack and discerning cutting of archival and present-day footage, this piece helps us learn some of the case's basic details as we hear from players on both sides. It also does a great job of highlighting the timely nature of the series as it explores the broader implications of Ellis' case on race and policing in America. Trial 4 comes to Netflix on Nov. 11.
Valley of Tears
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A new limited drama series on HBO Max, Valley of Tears, is based on the true events of the 1973 Yom Kippur War in Israel. This trailer uses impeccable sound design to invoke the harrowing intensity of war. Additionally, the unique graphic treatment on the subtitles draws you into this powerful tale and adds a great dimensionality to the piece. The evocative poster also plays with text nicely, using handwriting to display the show's title on the soldier's helmet. Valley of Tears starts streaming on Nov. 12.
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For fans of the Halloween franchise, it was all treats and no tricks this Halloween, as we were given another short teaser for the upcoming new addition to the Michael Myers saga. Short on time but high on impact, this teaser uses that goosebump-inducing signature theme song with some quick cuts to give us a glimpse of the horrors that await us when Mr. Myers strikes again next Halloween.