“Trailer Time Thursday!” 4.24.14

Today is THURSDAY!!! And you know what that means!! 🙂 It is officially time for another fun-filled edition of “Trailer Time Thursday!”

Here is your weekly fix of “Triple-T” (aka: “Trailer Time Thursday!”)!!

In case this is your first visit to “Triple-T,” here’s what it’s all about:

Seeing as how everyone loves movie previews, “Trailer Time Thursday!” was created to bring all of the trending trailers that you may have missed in theaters, or just need to see, all in one convenient place! It makes Thursdays so great! Get ready! Your Preview Pandemonium awaits!

Check them out and ENJOY!!! :)

Trailers of the Week: (all synopses are directly from IMDB.com)

1. The Love Punch.


  • Starring: Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Tuppence Middleton, Timothy Spall and more.
  • Releasing: Various dates in 2014.
  • Director: Joel Hopkins
  • Synopsis: “A divorced couple scheme to recover the retirement money that was stolen from them.”
  • Thoughts: At first glance I didn’t want to see this, but the trailer shows how the movie takes a turn and this “Italian Job” of sorts has my interest now! haha. We’ll see how the Brosnan/Thompson duo does! -T

2. Sex Tape.sex_tape

  • Starring: Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry, Jack Black and more.
  • Releasing: July 25, 2014
  • DirectorJake Kasdan
  • Synopsis: “A married couple wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before has gone missing, leading to a frantic search for its whereabouts.”

  • Thoughts: That synopsis above is quite wrong in that the video doesn’t go missing…it goes “mass-distributed!” ha. Oh man, here’s another romantic sex comedy that looks to be full of awkward and at-times inappropriate moments. I expect most of the laughs are present in the trailer and the end will surprise no one. Will you see it? One thing’s for certain: “Nobody understands the cloud!” -T

3. Ping Pong Summer.pingpongsummer

  • Starring: Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris and more.
  • Releasing: Various film festivals in 2014
  • Director: Michael Tully
  • Synopsis: “A family vacation during the summer of 1985 changes everything for a teenage boy obsessed with ping pong.”
  • Thoughts: Perms, jumpsuits, boomboxes and more! Gotta love the 80’s. This one doesn’t look to have enough appeal to take off like other films based in the decade of legwarmers and I’m not sure how much love there is for a ping pong movie…but some may like this underdog story. I prefer to fill my summer up with other movies instead of ping pong though. -T

4. Jersey Boys.jersey_boys

  • Starring: Christopher Walken, Freya Tingley, Francesca Eastwood, John Lloyd Young and more.
  • Releasing: June 20, 2014
  • Director: Clint Eastwood
  • Synopsis: “The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.”

  • Thoughts: Interesting project for a Clint Eastwood film. I like that Christopher Walken is in it. Most films like these are all about the journey instead of the outcome. Let’s hope that these boys from Jersey have enough to make it big in the biggest movie season of the year. -T

5. The Grand Seductiongrand_seduction

  • Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban, Anna Hopkins and more.
  • Releasing: 2014
  • Director: Don McKellar
  • Synopsis: “The small harbor of Tickle Cove is in dire need of a doctor so that the town can land a contract to secure a factory which will save the town from financial ruin. Village resident Murray French (Gleeson) leads the search, and when he finds Dr. Paul Lewis (Kitsch) he employs – along with the whole town – tactics to seduce the doctor to stay permanently.”
  • Thoughts: Nothing strikes me about this film…but Brendan Gleeson is usually pretty good. More of a rental film, I’m surprised to see Taylor Kitsch (John Carter, Battleship, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) in a flick like this. At least he’s expanding his horizons…but nothing is seducing me to see this one anytime soon. -T

6. The Captive.captive

  • Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand and more.
  • Releasing: 2014
  • Director: Atom Egoyan
  • Synopsis: “A father tries to track down his kidnapped daughter.”
  • Thoughts: Well…that synopsis just about sums it up! ha (sometimes IMDB is super lame). Reminding me of Prisoners, this one has all sorts of creep and mystery wound up in it. Reynolds looks to have found a strong role, but I am even more interested by the familiar faces I saw in the trailer. (And that poster is pretty interesting.) I will be a part of the captive audience watching this one. -T

7. The Immigrant.immigrant_ver7

  • Starring: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner and more.
  • Releasing: May 16, 2014
  • Director: James Gray
  • Synopsis: “On the mean streets of Manhattan, Ewa falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution.”

  • Thoughts: Why does Jeremy Renner have that horrid eyeliner on? Anyways, this dark looking period drama has great cast and I am glad to see Joaquin Phoenix continuing in good looking roles. While this one isn’t getting the greatest of reviews, it looks as it if may take some of the realities of the time period and paint a picture of the tragedy of those stories for us to see. I hope it has a story of triumph and overcoming bad situations. We’ll see. -T

8. Foxcatcherfoxcatcher

  • Starring: Channing Tatum, Anthony Michael Hall, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell and more.
  • Releasing: November 14, 2014.
  • DirectorBennett Miller
  • Synopsis: “The story of Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz and how paranoid schizophrenic John duPont killed his brother, Olympic Champion Dave Schultz.”

  • Thoughts: I’ve been interested in this one ever since I saw the trailer last year before Sony pulled it. Listing it as one of the best trailers of 2013 (here), I have been waiting to see more of it. Steve Carell looks so haunting and Tatum and Ruffalo look amazing in their roles. This one is so grippingly creepy. I can’t wait.” -T

Spotlight Video of the Week:

What Forrest Gump would look like as a Wes Anderson filmforrest

Check out this fun video mixing two of my favorite things together: Forrest Gump and Wes Anderson. It gives a look at what the opening credits scene might have been like had Anderson directed the Tom Hanks film! Quite inventive and pretty accurate IMO. Check it out.

…if only! right?

Well, that’s it for this round of ‘Triple-T’!

My favorite trailers from today:

  • Foxcatcher
  • The Captive
  • The Love Punch

Which ones are your favorites??

This Week

This Weekend’s Theatrical Releases:

Are you ready for the weekend in theaters? Here’s what releases this weekend, April 25, 2013:

  • Wide Release: The Other Woman, The Quiet Ones, Brick Mansions and Locke.
  • Limited Release: Young & Beautiful, Blue Ruin, For No Good Reason and more.

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer


  1. I’m most curious about Jersey Boys. As for The Grand Seduction, well I reviewed it already as part of MSPIFF, I LOVED it, perhaps my favorite from the film fest. It’s a heck of a lot of fun but also with a lot of heart.


  2. Hi, Terrence:

    Take large chunks of dialog and plot from Eddie and The Cruisers . Add some flash from Ray Sharkey’s early on, The Idolmaker . And it looks like about three quarters of Jersey Boys . Having Christopher Walken is a nice touch. Would like to have seen Joe Mantegna added to the cast for his vocals.

    An interesting choice for Eastwood. That I hopes pays off well for all involved!


    • I hope it pays off for Eastwood too. I’m not really understanding the summer release date for this one. Nothing else big releases that same day (June 20) but it will be contending with June 13th’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street and the following weekend is Transformers 4.

      Not really sure what they were thinking there…


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