CocktailsandMovies.com Thursday Trailer Tap – 09/14/17

by Duwayne Tso

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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 scary good IT was! 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. Now that the summer season is a distant image in our rear-view mirror, we have gotten a lot more movie trailers to view for this week’s The Thursday Trailer Tap

This week we are getting good looks at movies coming out this Fall and early 2018. This week we have SEVEN trailers we are seeing for the first time and SEVEN new trailers for movies we have previewed in the past. This week we have trailers about a boy traveling in the Land Of The Dead trying to get home, a man decides to shrink down to solve his problems, the latest Stop-Motion animation, the final movie in the 50 Shades of Grey series, medical students experiment with dying and coming back to life, true story about heroic firefighters, suburban town is rocked by a deadly crime, hunting for a killer in the Australian Outback, people mess with Liam Neeson on his commute, the feud between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, the behind the scenes story about the making of The Room, Jackie Chan is looking for the terrorist who killed his family, a mother tries to motivate the police into finding her daughter’s killer, and the slasher genre gets a social media twist!

While El Jefe mixes himself another afternoon cocktail, let’s step up to the bar before he comes back. So open your special drawer, fetch that secret stash of booze you’ve got hidden away and come see what will be in store for us moviegoers in the coming months!

I have FOURTEEN new trailers for you to sample from our Thursday Trailer Tap!

– C&M –

Coco     

Studio: Buena Vista
Release Date: November 22, 2017
Synopsis:
Aspiring musician Miguel teams up with charming trickster Hector on an extraordinary journey through the Land of the Dead.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-HIGH. Pixar has done it again. They have crafted yet another beautiful animation masterpiece. The characters are great and interesting, and the storyline is charming, funny, and heartwarming that children and their parents can easily relate to. Despite it being a story about death and what lies beyond, this is not scary for children. I think a lot of that has to do with the vibrant colors and familial connections that Miguel has in the Land of the Dead. I am definitely excited to take my nephew and niece to this.

― C & M ―

Downsizing     

Studio: Paramount
Release Date: December 22, 2017
Synopsis:
A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-HIGH. This looks a very interesting movie storyline. I am a fan of writer/director Alexander Payne‘s movie. He does a great job of creating great characters as well as some interesting subplots dealing with marriage/relationships. But, it’s his focus on the problems of the main characters is what I enjoy most. Matt Damon looks like a solid choice as the main lead, and I am loving the supporting characters of Christoph Waltz and Jason Suedeikis. But, I think it’s all the interesting “Downsizing” SFX & VFX that are going to be an interesting part of the movie. The movie does have an interesting social message as well. So it’s good when you get to learn a little something and also be entertained. Another reason for me to want December to get here already!

― C & M ―

Early Man     

Studio: Lionsgate
Release Date: February 16, 2018
Synopsis:
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-HIGH. I was a huge Wallace & Gromit fan and love Stop-Motion animation. So this is just a match made in heaven for me. There is a lot of funny moments but also some family/tribe messages. I am loving the Stone vs Bronze Ages storyline that surprisingly has a lot of humor to it. I love that they change it to a soccer match rather than battles to make it child-appropriate. However, I am not too sure if children here in the States will enjoy this as much as fan from the UK. I will eagerly be awaiting this to hit theatres!

― C & M ―

Fifty Shades Freed     

Studio: Universal
Release Date: February 9, 2018
Synopsis:
The third installment of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trilogy.

Anticipation Factor: LOW. This is just a teaser so there is not much to go on. We see that Mrs. Grey is getting use to the good life now that she has married Christian. However, we do get a little dark when she finds a gun. I’m not sure how this all ties in, as I have not seen either of the first two movies nor will I this one. The trailers for the previous movies have never appealed to me in the least bit. Although, I am very glad that this movie is coming out, so we won’t have to see another one in the future. Lol.

― C & M ―

Flatliners     

Studio: Sony / Columbia
Release Date: September 29, 2017
Synopsis:
Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. This is the trailer that they should have started with first and not ended with. Watching this trailer totally reminds me of the original movie, except that this one is medically technologically superior. However, the cast from this version pales in comparison to the cast from the original movie. The storyline appears to be the same, and other than some of today’s young actors this movie does not have much to offer to the the movie viewer. The studio has said this is not a remake but a sequel. It is interesting that everything we have seen thus far proves otherwise. Movies being remade have not had the greatest track record of late, so I am teetering on whether to watch it not. I guess I will determine that on opening weekend.

― C & M ―

Only The Brave     

Studio: Sony / Columbia
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Synopsis:
A drama based on the elite crew of firemen from Prescott, Arizona who battled a wildfire in Yarnell, AZ in June 2013 that claimed the lives of 19 of their members.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-HIGH. I am a huge love of bio-pics as well as any kind of natural disaster type movies. Plus, you add the sub-plots of what this heroic men sacrificed for their families and town and you got yourself a winner in my books. The ensemble cast for this is great including Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, and James Badge Dale just to name a few. This is going to have a lot of action, drama, suspense, and emotion that should keep you entertained and must likely in tears at the end. This is going to be one hell of a movie!

― C & M ―

Suburbicon     

Studio: Paramount
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Synopsis:
A home invasion rattles a quiet family town.

Anticipation Factor: HIGH. This trailer has a few new scenes but most of it this are things we have seen before. That does not lessen my A.F. for this one in the least bit. Matt Damon is great as the lead character, he really displays a lot of his broad range of acting ability. Julianne Moore can’t do any wrong in my book, so it’s great to see her in this. But, it’s the directing by George Clooney that first drew my interest in this. He directs some great movies ever since his first one, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind. I have not even mention the great writing of the Coen Brothers. You can see a lot of things they are known for in their movies in the trailer. This has definite award nomination potential for various parts of the movie.

― C & M ―

Sweet Country     

Studio: Bunya Productions
Release Date: TBD
Synopsis:
A period western set on the Northern Territory frontier where justice itself is put on trial.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-HIGH. This looks like a good small independent movie that most people will miss out on. It has a simple but still interesting storyline with some well-known Australians in the cast. But, it’s this newcomer Hamilton Morris that does a good job at being the center-piece of the film. The cinematography is so amazing, it’s like the Australian landscape is a character in itself. This has definitely jumped onto my radar so I will be looking out for it when it hits the States!

― C & M ―

The Commuter     

Studio: Lionsgate
Release Date: January 12, 2018
Synopsis:
A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. Why are people always messing with Liam Neeson? This is the fourth collaboration between him and director Jaume Collet-Serra. This movie reminds me of their movie Non-Stop with more of an Unknown tone to it. This has an interesting storyline but one that we have seen before, especially from Liam. It has a good amount of action with lots of suspense to it. I am liking the supporting cast especially Vera Farmiga as a bad guy. This will be on the last few action movies that Liam does, so I will definitely be there to enjoy it.

― C & M ―

The Current War     

Studio: Weinstein Company
Release Date: November 24, 2017
Synopsis:
The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.

Anticipation Factor: HIGH. Another bio-pic in this week’s article and this looks amazing! I am glad to see that an interesting story and feud that took place between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse has finally hit the big screen. They had two great actors in Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon as adversaries. I know a little about their feud, so I am definitely interesting in learning more about it. I am a tech guy, so despite it being old technology it will be interesting to see how they create some important inventions. This definitely has some award nomination potential to it and I can’t wait for Thanksgiving to get here!

― C & M ―

The Disaster Artist     

Studio: A24
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Synopsis:
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room (2003).

Anticipation Factor: HIGH. Lol. This is going to be a fascinating movie in so many different ways. I have seen The Room a few times and it so horrible but also good in a crazy way. It has become a cult movie and it will be interesting to see the behind the story of the making of this movie. James Franco is probably the only actor who can portray Tommy Wiseau, he does a great job of capturing him perfectly with his speech and mannerisms. He has great chemistry with his brother Dave Franco as the co-creator Greg Sestero. I like that they focused on the two of them for this trailer. This is going to be a lot of fun!

― C & M ―

The Foreigner     

Studio: STX Entertainment
Release Date: October 13, 2017
Synopsis:
A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-HIGH. I am a big Jackie Chan fan, and it’s great to see that he is getting another chance at making it big outside of China. Despite him being 63 years of age you can see he still has it. These are some great action sequences and fight scenes. I am loving the dark nature of this movie and his character, without the humor he is well known for we will definitely getting a different look at Jackie. The storyline is good, the support cast lead by Pierce Brosnan is good, and there is enough action/fighting to keep audiences entertained throughout.

― C & M ―

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri     

Studio: Fox Searchlight
Release Date: November 10, 2017
Synopsis:
In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder, when they fail to catch the culprit.

Anticipation Factor: HIGH. This is 180 degree turn from the previous trailers and I still love it. Missing was the dark humor that Martin McDonagh‘s movies are known for. This trailer focused more on Frances McDormand‘s motherly qualities but still showed us things we have seen before. Frances is easily the best part of the movie but that supporting cast she has to work off is crazy good. Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, and Peter Dinklage have some great moments with her. This is definitely going to be a whole lot of fun to watch … I can’t wait!

― C & M ―

Tragedy Girls     

Studio: Gunpowder & Sky
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Synopsis:
Tragedy Girls, a twist on the slasher genre following two death-obsessed teenage girls who use their online show about real-life tragedies to send their small mid-western town into a frenzy and cement their legacy as modern horror legends.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. This is a nice twist on the slasher movie with the clever use of social media. This has some big shoes to fill because of how good Ingrid Goes West was this summer. Although a different movie from that, it has a lot of similarities dealing with becoming a celebrity from social media. Brianna Hildebrand and Alexandra Shipp do an excellent job in their first big lead roles. They capture the essence of being a Social Media InstaCelebs and their desire to be famous makes them do some crazy things. This the potential to be quite interesting and has piqued my interests.

― C & M ―

That’s all for this week’s Thursday Trailer Tap!  If you’ve got a new trailer you want us to feature on The Thursday Trailer Tap.  Send us the link at INFO@COCKTAILSANDMOVIES.COM and we’ll credit you for the find.

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