CocktailsandMovies.com Thursday Trailer Tap – 11/09/17

by Duwayne Tso

Cocktails and Movies and Trailers, Oh My!

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 Thor: Ragnarok destroyed the competition to take 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. 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

Last week there was only one movie trailer so we took a one-week hiatus. This week though we are back to normal. This week we have NINE trailers we are seeing for the first time and SIX new trailers for movies we have previewed in the past. This week we have trailers about a boxer trying to survive in a foreign country prison, the latest Disney/Pixar animation, LA crime saga pitting thieves against an elite cop task force, a man shrinks to solve his problems, a classic children’s book about a bull, the final movie in the Fifty Shades trilogy, a bio-pic about Tonya Harding, a woman gets vengeance for her deceased family, WWII veterans return home back to the racist South, Peter Rabbit comes to life, a man is mistaken for Bigfoot in small-town America, gnomes go missing in this animated sequel, sexual revolution in the 70’s in Australia, the behind the scenes making of The Room, !

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 FIFTEEN new trailers for you to sample from our Thursday Trailer Tap!

― C & M ―

A Prayer Before Dawn     

Studio: A24
Release Date: TBD
Synopsis:
The true story of an English boxer incarcerated in one of Thailand’s most notorious prisons as he fights in Muay Thai tournaments to earn his freedom.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. This definitely has a lot of things I like about a movie. It is based on a true story, it’s about criminals, it’s got training footage & fighting, and most importantly it’s about a guy who has nothing to lose but everything to gain. I love that they filmed at an actual prison and most likely with some of the inmates, which might not have the best acting but everything else should make up for it.

― 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. Since the debut of the first trailer, I have been looking forward to taking my nephew and niece to this. It looks like Pixar & Disney have another big hit on their hand. The characters are great, the animation is top-notch, the visuals are amazing, but for me it’s the story about family that really gets to me. I am looking forward to see how his “deceased” family help him but also how they change how he sees his “living” family.

― C & M ―

Den Of Thieves     

Studio: STX Entertainment
Release Date: January 19, 2018
Synopsis:
While planning a bank heist, a thief gets trapped between two sets of criminals.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-HIGH. I am a big fan of a gritty action-packed crime saga. I see a lot of parallels with the #1 crime drama of all-time, Heat. This may not have the top talent that has but it does a good cast of actors that are believable tough. The action sequences look good, and can’t wait to see how everything ends, especially who are the last ones still standing.

― 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. Initially I found this movie somewhat interesting but it was not until this trailer that I got excited about it. The new footage that they showed that deals with the poor, ill and downtrodden citizens that are downsized. I like this message that the solution to all the world’s problem, still has the socioeconomic problems that the regular world has. It will be interesting to see how everything is resolved in the end, or will it mirror the real world and not be?

― C & M ―

Ferdinand

Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Synopsis:
After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-LOW. I have been eagerly awaiting something to change my opinion of this. I was a fan of the classic children book when I was a kid, so I was stoked when I heard they would be making an animated movie about it. I think they added too much humor to it and too many characters. But, it is a movie for children and that seems to work in getting kids into the theatres. I am hoping a final trailer will help to change my feelings about it.

― 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. I do not see the appeal in these Fifty Shades movies. I know people who are fans of the books but have mixed feelings about the movie. The storyline is reminiscent of the Lifetime movies that I see my mom watching. The one good thing is that this is the last movie in the series.

― C & M ―

I, Tonya  (Red-band)   

Studio: Neon
Release Date: December 8, 2017
Synopsis:
Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-HIGH. I had my doubts that this would be a good movie, but this looks great. Margot Robbie is phenomenal as Tonya Harding, she definitely has her bad attributes down pat. I am also loving Allison Janney as her mom and McKenna Grace as a young Tonya. I like that this focuses on her early life but hope its give a good amount of time to the Olympic scandal. This is going to be an interesting and crazy movie that I am looking forward to seeing.

― C & M ―

In The Fade     

Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Release Date: December 27, 2017
Synopsis:
Katja’s life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. After a time of mourning and injustice, Katja seeks revenge.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-HIGH. There is nothing I enjoy more than a movie about vengeance, especially when it involves family loss. It’s good to see the roles that woman have been doing the last number of years. They have many more emotional layers than man, which provides for good emotional and dramatic movie moments. Diane Kruger‘s performance looks to be her best yet. It looks like we all get another gift under the Christmas tree.

― C & M ―

Mudbound     

Studio: Armory Films
Release Date: November 17, 2017
Synopsis:
Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-HIGH. This is another great movie about racism that we have had over the last few years. This is definitely an ensemble effort and the cast provides exceptional acting performances. The camera work and cinematography is breathtaking, despite the harsh conditions and scenery. This will probably garnish award nominations this upcoming season.

― C & M ―

Peter Rabbit

Studio: Sony / Columbia
Release Date: February 9, 2018
Synopsis:
Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden.

Anticipation Factor: LOW. Wow, this is probably one of the worst movie trailers I have seen in awhile. This movie so reminds me of that other similar animal movie, Furry Vengeance. What makes things worse, is that this is the second movie this week that destroyed the memory of a beloved children’s book of mine.

― C & M ―

Pottersville     

Studio: Wing and a Prayer Pictures
Release Date: TBD
Synopsis:
The plot centers on Maynard, a beloved local businessman who is mistaken for the legendary Bigfoot during an inebriated romp through town in a makeshift gorilla costume. The sightings set off an international Bigfoot media spectacle and a windfall of tourism dollars for a simple American town hit by hard times.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-LOW. This movie has a definite B-movie or TV-movie feel to it. It has a kooky and whimsical feel to it. I like Michael Shannon and am quite surprised that he would take a role like this. This has potential to be something funny, let’s hope the next trailer is a lot better.

― C & M ―

Sherlock Gnomes     

Studio: Paramount
Release Date: March 23, 2018
Synopsis:
Garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit renown detective, Sherlock Gnomes, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-LOW. For a children’s movie, they are really pushing the envelope. A few risque scenes and a lot of play on words, foul words to be exact. This does not look as good as the original, but it might be funny still. I like the storyline which might have potential. Let’s see what the next trailer shows us.

― C & M ―

Swinging Safari     

Studio: Piccadilly Pictures
Release Date: TBD
Synopsis:
A teenager comes of age in a small Australian town during the 1970s when a 200-ton blue whale gets washed up on a local beach.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. This looks like it’s going to a whole lot of laughs and fun. I’ve seen movies dealing with the sexual revolution before but never set in a different country. So this is going to be all kinds of crazy. The Australians have a quirky sense of humor which I enjoy. I’m not sure who I will enjoy more the adults or their teens. I hope they announce a U.S. release date soon.

― 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.

Anticipation Factor: HIGH. I have been waiting for this movie since they announced it. I had the unfortunate pleasure of watching The Room many years ago. And like they say it is the best worst movie you will ever see. I am stoked to see the behind the scenes of the making of The Room. I love the support cast in this, but it is James Franco that gives a stellar performance that may garnish award nominations. He is just so spot on at Tommy Wiseau, he is so funny even more so when he’s trying to be serious. I can’t wait for the movie to get here.

― C & M ―

The Post     

Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: December 22, 2017
Synopsis:
A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.

Anticipation Factor: HIGH. Spielberg. Streep. Hanks. That’s all you need to say. One of the best directors of all-time directing the best actress of all-time and one of the best actors of all-time. This looks it will be one of the best movies of the year. The acting is top-notch from Streep and Hanks, but they also great assistance from the supporting cast. So much drama, emotion and suspense throughout the trailer. Spielberg is such a great director and he proves it again.

― 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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