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CocktailsandMovies.com Fall & Year End 2017 Movie Preview

by Tim Barley, Mike Reyes, and Duwayne Tso

The fate of the 2017 box office rests on the next three months of movies

cocktailsandmovies.com Fall 2017 box office preview

Cocktailers, the days are growing shorter, and the movies are growing deeper. What was traditionally the time for audiences to flood to the box office (Summer) was a disaster this year. The Summer 2017 box office was the worst in 25 years. And now, every studio is banking on some big movies to stem their losses. Some Fall movies have built in audiences (Star Wars: The Last JediThor: Ragnarok), but others will have to struggle to bring in money against the NFL, and a world that just seems out of control. So, let’s take a look at the next three months and get our main contributors’ takes on what we can expect between now and New Year’s Eve as we look at the 2017 CocktailsandMovies.com Fall Movie Preview.

A Summer of Bombs (and not the sake kind)

by Tim Barley

Thank God that 2017 Summer of movies is over!

CocktailsandMovies.com Summer 2017 Box office flops

Hi, everyone! Let me start by saying that I love the movies. I always have and I always will. Something about the two to three hours of time that I can spend alone (as I do on a weekday when I go to the movies) or with 100 to 200 others who love the spectacle on the big screen (as do with our events) lets me forget about the rest of the world and the problems in it. Onscreen, I can see problems set up and resolved within the time it takes me to drink a couple of cocktails and eat a big bucket of popcorn with peanut M&M’s mixed in. (then figure out how much gym time I am going to need to balance that out). That being said, I played more golf this summer than I saw movies, which is sad. So, let’s take a look at the summer 2017 box office, hand out a few Cristal mimosas and quite a few bloody mary awards.

CocktailsandMovies.com Thursday Trailer Tap – 07/20/17

by Duwayne Tso

Welcome to CocktailsandMovies.com Thursday Trailer Tap!

Cocktailsandmovies.com Thursday Trailer Tap
Are you sitting in your cubicle with stacks of TPS reports to go through? Listening to that conference call where everyone is talking at the same time about nothing at all that matters? Stuck at the water cooler hearing how War For The Planet Of The Apes beat  Spider-Man: Homecoming to take over as the #1 movie at the Box Office! Need something to watch with that flask in your desk and that burned microwave popcorn from the break room? Let us share movie trailers with you.

Cocktails & Movies Review: “Alien: Covenant” – A Frightening Summer Blockbuster, With An A-List Pedigree

by Mike Reyes

Ridley Scott continues to excite with his Alien franchise, returning to the series’ terrifying, blood soaked roots.

Alien Covenant Waterston

While no one can hear you scream in space, they probably can hear the outcry of upset fans who feel they’ve been done wrong. It’s no secret that Ridley Scott’s 2012 prequel Prometheus has its fair amount of detractors, but I myself am among its champions. I felt it was an interesting origin point for an earlier era in the story that would eventually follow Ellen Ripley’s lineage in grand style, depending on what the next couple of films in the prequels did. After seeing Alien: Covenant, I can safely say that the direction Scott is heading in is an exciting one, filled with much more danger and darkness than Prometheus could have ever promised.

In the vast distance of space, the crew of the “Covenant” are ready to start a new home on a planet that’s just ripe for the living. But after discovering a random signal, they are drawn to a planet that is much closer, and can inhabit human life just as easily. One decision will send a crew of colonists straight into the mysteries of this planet, and all of the terror that their shadows conceal. A very familiar terror, with a very interesting origin story.

In early reactions to Alien: Covenant, I remember reading someone coming out of the premiere saying that they knew this was going to be the new film for Alien fans to argue over. That’s definitely the case, as the latest film in this ever evolving saga has taken an interesting turn, in regards to the origins of the species. While ruining those turns is pretty much high treason at this point, it’s a good bet that I can say the mythos of the Alien saga is moving forward in some pretty interesting ways. The ideas that Covenant has when it comes to the creation of the Xenomorph race are not only intriguing, but also thematically ballsy, as their connections to Prometheus make even that film a little more interesting. And all the while, this film unfurls with genuine pacing and craftsmanship that only Ridley Scott could bring to such a film.

Prometheus Crossing Mission

Though it should be noted that Michael Fassbender steals this goddamned movie from everyone else. We get two scoops of synthetic this round, as Alien: Covenant has Fassbender reprising his role of David from Prometheus, as well as introducing us to Walter, a newer, more tame synthetic designed down the line. In both performances, the man shines, playing one character who feels like a soldier and the other like a mad scientist. Watching the two Fassbenders collide on screen is truly a treat, and a testament to the fact that the man is one of our greatest acting treasures in modern cinema.

That’s not to say that the ensemble containing Katherine Waterson, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bashir, and Carmen Ejogo is weak. In fact, each member of the cast sells their portion of the story with great gusto, with a particularly interesting turn from McBride. In fact, this is probably the most grounded I’ve seen him since his supporting role in Up In The Air, and when you see him upset or scared, you really feel it thanks to his usually egotistical bravado. And Waterson, whom we last saw in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, is definitely ready to be more of a Ripley-esque presence, as she gets to show in certain key moments in this film. While she’s not a full Ripley just yet, I do hope she gets the chance to work in that space, as she’s simply too good not to allow to do so.

Alien Covenant Review

Ultimately, your enjoyment of Alien: Covenant will depend on several things. Chiefly among them will be how much you like Prometheus, and just generally how you like your sci-fi. But one thing applies to all who are interested in uncovering this new film’s mysteries: you really do have to see it for yourself. It is as thrilling as it is visceral, and it might possibly be the bloodiest film of the summer, at least for this moment in time. For someone who’s loved the series since they were a kid, warts and all, I absolutely loved this film, and cannot wait to see where this series goes next.

My Rating: 5/5

Cocktails and Movies Monday Morning Hangover Report

by Tim Barley

Fate of the Furious revs to $100 million in debut

Fate of the furious submarine
Good morning, mixers. It was an impressive opening weekend for the boys and their toys. The gang came back in their really really fast cars and added a submarine to the tune of $100 milion+. It kicked everyone other film’s ass and did even better internationally. The rest of the films came in about as expected. So, no one deserves a bloody mary this weekend.

Let’s get this show on the road, as we bring you the Cocktails and Movies Monday Morning Hangover Report.