I’ve really been enjoying the selection of offbeat, smaller films that Amazon picks up for Prime. One of those is Paterson, the Jim Jarmusch movie that has Adam Driver playing a bus driver named Paterson in the city of Paterson. It’s slow and odd, and it’s hard to imagine a movie like that finding a space where it can really be given its due.
There’s a lot of stress and strangeness and pleasant day-to-day oddities to enjoy in Paterson, but one thing that really stands out is how well it manages to create tension at pretty much a moment’s notice. Paterson (the character) regularly ties up his girlfriend’s dog outside a bar while he goes to drink, and the movie leads us to believe that at any second, the dog could break free or be snatched away.
It’s not a huge, Earth-shattering thing that’s at risk, but because the movie makes us care about whether or not he loses the dog, it feels even more painful every time we see it get tied up — as though each time feels like this must be the one where he gets taken. It’s one of those things it feels like bigger movies could learn from: there doesn’t have to be a lot at stake; we just need to be invested in whatever’s there.
Check out seven trailers from this week below.
It can be hard for a superhero movie to feel original these days, but I don’t think anyone will be worried about Black Panther after this first trailer. It dives straight into the futuristic nation of Wakanda to show us a world unlike anything Marvel has brought us so far. The film comes out February 16th.
Here’s a quick first look at Margot Robbie in I, Tonya, a film that has her playing Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding. The movie looks like it takes on the scandal that ended Harding’s career — her involvement in an assault on another skater — with a surprising amount of style and attitude. There isn’t much to watch here, but it definitely leaves me interested in seeing more. The film comes out sometime this winter.
This trailer is mostly about setting mood, but it also shows what a big, sprawling world Showtime is trying to present with The Chi, an upcoming series about an interconnected group of black residents in Chicago’s South Side. The series is being created by Lena Waithe (who you might know from playing Denise on Master of None) and is being executive produced by Common. The show starts January 7th.