Trailer Radar

Welcome back to Trailer Radar, this week it’s all about memoirs!

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Things I Love:
  • Academy Award Nominee Melissa McCarthy
  • Melissa McCarthy doing drama
  • Movies about writers
  • Movies about con artists
  • Movies about people who can’t pay their bills
  • Richard E. Grant
  • Nicole Holofcener
  • Marielle Heller
  • Golden Globe Nominee Jane Curtin
  • Movies about redemption


Things I Love:

  • Charlie Hunnam
  • Golden Globe Nominee Rami Malek
  • Remakes
  • Movies based on memoirs
  • Prison drama
  • Escape drama

Beautiful Boy

Things I love:

  • Crying
  • Academy Award Nominee Steve Carell
  • Academy Award Nominee Timothée Chalamet
  • Academy Award Nominee Amy Ryan
  • The Office onscreen reunion of Steve Carell and Amy Ryan
  • Oscar bait
  • Movies about drug addiction
  • Movies based on memoirs



Girl Gang: Hacker Edition

For the purposes of this article, the word “Hacker” will be used to describe anyone who is seen doing “clever things with a computer” during the course of their respective movie/TV show.

Angela Bennett – The Net


Angela Bennett from 1995’s The Net is the OG female hacker. She de-buggs video games for a big San Francisco based company where no one has ever seen her face, leaving her especially vulnerable to identity theft when she gets a little to close to finding out something… dangerous…. Listen, the movie doesn’t make any sense but she hacks her way back to her normal life and everyone lives happily ever after, except the people who died trying to protect her. I would be proud to have her in my gang.

Cameron Howe – Halt and Catch Fire


Cam is technically a programer who almost invents the internet but I’m sure if she had to she could hack into a security mainframe. Also, look at her. Who wouldn’t want her around? Granted, she’s not a people person and is notoriously hard to work for, but there’s no denying she’s brilliant and loyal, almost to a fault.

Nine-Ball – Ocean’s Eight


We don’t really get to see the extent of Nine-Ball’s talents which is why I’m hoping for an Ocean’s 9 and 10, with a higher focus on computer crime, but in the meantime we can imagine her skills are on par with her snark and she is as smart as she is witty. So, welcome aboard, Leslie.

Cindy “Mac” Mackenzie – Veronica Mars


It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Mac in action but I know she hacked into her school’s permanent records at least once. And Veronica trusts her with her life which is good enough for me.

Ramsey – Fast and Furious Franchise (7 and 8 so far)


She invented God’s Eye and even without it, she has a direct line to the rest of the Fast crew so I mean, look. We need her.


Trailer Radar

This is your semi weekly Trailer Radar with your host, Meghan Lightle.

Life Itself

Things I love:
  • Golden Globe Winner Oscar Isaac
  • Olivia Wilde
  • Academy Award Nominee Annette Bening
  • Olivia Cooke
  • Drama
  • Crying
  • Sweeping romance
  • Golden Globe Nominee Antonio Banderas

First Man

Things I love:
  • Academy Award Nominee Ryan Gosling
  • Space
  • Academy Award Winner Damien Chazelle
  • Emmy Award Winner Kyle Chandler
  • Emmy Award Nominiee Pablo Schreiber
  • Space exploration
  • Movies about space exploration
  • Movies about true stories of space exploration
  • Jason Clarke

Bad Times at the El Royale

Things I love:

  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Movies about hotels
  • Nick Offerman
  • Academy Award Winner Jeff Bridges
  • Whatever the heck this is

The Meg

Things I love:

  • Jason Statham
  • Ruby Rose
  • Sharks
  • Emmy Award Nominee Rainn Wilson
  • Sharks
  • The ocean
  • Giant sharks
  • Scientists
  • Sharks
  • Movies based on books
  • Did I mention sharks

Girl Gang: Rom-Com Edition

I love a rom-com, obviously, and I love a Girl Gang so it just makes sense to marry the two, right? Also, I see how alarmingly white this list is and I don’t like it either.

Andie Anderson – How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days


Andie is fun and smart and she works at a fashion mag so, free samples! She is a very good friend to her two colleagues in the movie, always there to lend an ear or a hand. I think she would push me to write more and indulge my love of a lazy Sunday brunch. I would apartment sit for her when she’s away on assignment and leave notes in her drawers that she won’t find for months later.

Ally Darling – What’s Your Number?


Ally is a bit of a mess, but I still love her. She’s got some family drama (same) and just wants to find a nice guy to settle down with like her sister did. Her friends aren’t great. They perpetuate the stereotype that a woman’s worth is inversely proportional to the amount of sexual partners she’s had which is frankly, a load of bollocks. She lives in an amazing apartment in Boston and has a nice and charming neighbour. She’s quirky but loyal and may not always be on time but she tries hard to be a good friend. I can’t wait to exchange stories about the weird men we’ve dated over cheap wine and Chinese food.

Claire Cleary – Wedding Crashers


Claire seems to hang out mostly with her sisters and her terrible fiancé so she could definitely use some new friends. She likes playing football and going to the beach which I also enjoy. If she wants to invite me and the girls over for a clam bake or whatever, so be it. Claire is still trying to figure herself out and looking to distance herself from the traditions of her family. I would encourage her to travel and spend time getting to know herself and she would give me her old clothes that she’s only worn once.

Olive Penderghast – Easy A


Olive is a remarkable young woman. Smart, funny (she gets it from her dad), self-assured, and principled. She rises above the very worst high school has to offer and teaches everyone a valuable lesson about sexual politics, so she and Ally will have a lot to talk about. Her parents are some of the greatest people in the world so honestly, even if Olive and I lose touch, they would be enough.

Gray Wheeler – Catch and Release


Gray desperately needs some female friends. She pretty much has her fiancé and his three friends and that’s it. They love her and take care of her but she needs ladies. That’s where we come in. Claire would be there for hiking trips and to commiserate about being engaged to someone you don’t really know. Andie and Ally will take her out for drinks and get her to let loose a little. And Olive, as always, will provide a healthy amount of snark.


Trailer Radar

Welcome to Trailer Radar with your host, Meghan Lightle. This is where you’ll read all about the new trailers that I’ve seen this week and why I’m excited for them.

A Star is Born

Things I Love:

  • Movies about musicians
  • Movies about musicians where the actors sing
  • Movies about musicians where the actors sing original music written for the movie
  • Actors who also direct
  • Academy Award Nominee Bradley Cooper
  • Academy Award Nominee Bradley Cooper with THAT beard
  • Grammy and Golden Globe Winner Lady Gaga
  • Straight-up Oscar-bait


Things I love:

  • Academy Award Winner Viola Davis
  • Golden Globe Winner Colin Farrell
  • Golden Globe Nominee Gillian Flynn
  • Heist Movies
  • Academy Award Nominee Daniel Kaluuya
  • Action movies
  • Family drama
  • Revenge drama
  • Jon Bernthal


This isn’t a new trailer but it’s coming out next week and I am VERY excited.

Things I love:

  • Jake Johnson
  • Hannibal Buress
  • Isla Fisher
  • Comedy
  • Action comedy
  • Emmy and Golden Globe Winner Jon Hamm when he does comedy
  • Academy Award Nominee Jeremy Renner even though he seems like a dick sometimes he is very talented and I think he’ll be good in this


So that’s my trailer picks for the week. What are you looking forward to seeing?


Girl Gang: Avengers Edition

I love a girl gang, obvi, but how about a Girl Super Team? For the purposes of this exercise I’ll include basically any woman who I think would be good in a fight, not just those from the Marvel universe.

Agent Margaret “Peggy” Carter


Every team needs a leader and she’s probably over qualified for the job but I’d still like to have her around.

Diana, Princess of Themyscira


I mean, of course.

Scrapper 142 AKA The Valkyrie


She’s one of the greatest warriors of all time and I think some positive female role models like Diana and Peggy would be good for her.

Lara Croft


Just in case any tombs.. need raiding…

Agent Susan Cooper


Not only a deadly and capable spy but a master of disguise.

Lightle-tainers of the Year

Adam Driver: Logan Lucky, Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Mr. Driver has always been a very good, very understated, quality actor. He takes his craft seriously and it shows. Pairing him with Channing Tatum sounds insane, especially as brothers, but I didn’t doubt their relationship for even a second. His work in Star Wars has been outstanding from the jump but The Last Jedi burrowed its way into Ben Solo and gave Driver some excellent scenes to explore. I can’t wait for episode nine.

Kumail Nanjiani: The Big Sick, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley


Mr. Nanjiani had a banner year both personally and professionally as he saw the true life story of how he met his wife adapted to a feature film that he wrote and starred in, and it was rightly very well received. This led to a delightful hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, all while enjoying the continued success of HBO comedy, Silicon Valley. He even found time to tweet occasionally. Nanjiani is one of my favorite comedians working right now and I am elated at his success this year. I’m glad I saw him live when I had the chance.

Taika Waititi: Thor: Ragnarok, The Thor: Ragnarok press tour.

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I’ve spoken a lot about Taika Waititi and I will continue in perpetuity. He’s lovely, he’s smart and witty and cares about hiring indigenous people for his huge blockbuster. He made one of the best superhero action films of all time and did so without losing his own style. I can’t wait to see what he does next and I hope it’s another big studio picture.

Mackenzie Davis: Halt and Catch Fire, Blade Runner 2049, That Episode of Black Mirror that I finally watched.


I know she didn’t do all of this this year, but these are the things I watched and it was amazing. As Cameron Howe she’s so fierce and stubborn and inSan Junipero” so meek and quiet. Blade Runner had a lot of great women in it (Sylvia Hoeks and Ana De Armas are standouts for sure) and even though her part was small she brought a lot of personality to Mariette. She was coy and mysterious and I liked that she had empathy for Joe. I’m devastated that Halt and Catch Fire is over but if it means a promising film career for Ms. Davis, then all the better.

Idris Elba: The Mountain Between Us, Thor: Ragnarok, Molly’s Game


Thank god for Taika Waitii for finally making Idris Elba hot again. I don’t know why the previous directors in the franchise wanted to hide his face under that weird helmet but they were wrong and they should feel bad. Renegade Heimdall was one of my favorite parts of Ragnarok. Mr. Elba did some tremendous work in other films this year too but all I’ll remember when the dust settles is the dreads.