My week in film: “Thor: Ragnarok” trailer – April 14

Marvel just released their new trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok” and it looks like it might be taking tips from “Guardians of the Galaxy.” I also rewatched one of my favorite Gothic films, “Crimson Peak.” I’ve also become obsessed with “The Great British Baking Show” on Netflix.

Teasing with a Trailer:

“Thor: Ragnarok” (2017)

The new teaser trailer for  “Thor: Ragnarok” presents the Marvel superhero with a new haircut, very unlike his traditional long locks. Also mixed into this fun and colorful trailer is a new villain! Cate Blanchett plays the first ever female villain in a Marvel film. This is big news, and really exciting for the franchise.  Check out the trailer below.

I also created a Storify on the fandom’s reaction to the trailer, you can check it out here.

Rewind and Rewatch:

“Crimson Peak” (2015)

I have been in the mood for a good Gothic horror film, and when ever this mood strikes I always turn to “Crimson Peak.” I am constantly referencing visuals within these posts (and probably will continue to), because visuals are what stick with me the most. Crimson Peak offers unforgettable and chilling visuals. The director, Guillermo del Toro, reshapes traditional understandings into brilliant imagery. The ghosts are like nothing you have ever seen before. Traditionally, Gothic narrative is so heavily built upon atmosphere, and I think this film did an excellent job of curating the correct space and mood. However, there could be more character development, but this is my only complaint. I recommend this feature film for anyone looking for a modern telling of Gothic themes. Also, “The Woman in Black” is another great film, if you’re looking for a fairly recent Gothic narrative.

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Allerdale Hall, commonly referred to in the film as “Crimson Peak.”       Courtesy: Universal Pictures 

“Edward Scissorhands” (1990)

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Courtesy: 20th Century Fox

Recently I learned that “Edward Scissorhands” was filmed a few miles down the road from where I am living. I have always loved this film but to find out it was made so close to home made me love it even more. The pastel and iconic houses are an interesting gesture to the suburban clones we encounter today. “Edward Scissorhands” is essentially an unusual story about the very mundane and usual.

Now on Netflix:

“The Great British Baking Show” (2010-)

I am absolutely obsessed with this show. Everything the contestants make looks so delicious.
An aspect I really enjoy is the straightforward approach the show takes. Unlike a lot of American produced competitions, this show focuses on the tasks at hand and doesn’t over-produce the contestants backstory, family drama or past issues. The show focuses slightly on how each contestant bakes at home, but these moments are never over-dramatic or overtly scripted. Often times, shows try to promote feelings of sympathy by inserting emotional B-Roll or dramatic interviews so that the audience feels connected to the contestants. But, with this show the likability of the contestants depends on their actions and interviews from within the show itself. This strategy feels more authentic and natural.

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Each week the judges, Paul Hollwood and Mary Berry, critique the contestants on their baking skills. Courtesy: BBC Worldwide

Also, there is rarely any unnecessary drama, ever! The contestants are so nice to one another, often trying to help one another out with simple tasks. Of course, for a show to be entertaining there always has to be some element of drama, but with “The Great British Baking Show” the drama unfolds naturally and resolves  quickly. No one is trying to sabotage each other, and the most dramtatic event might be if someone accidentally drops their entire cake on the ground.
If you enjoy cooking shows/competitions or are just looking for something enjoyable to watch on Netflix after work, I recommend “The Great British Baking Show.”

All I want to do now is bake a cake.

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