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“Trailer Time Thursday!” 6.5.14

June 5, 2014

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. Hercules.hercules_ver2

  • Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Irina Shayk, John Hurt, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane and more.
  • Releasing: July 25, 2014.
  • Director: Brett Ratner
  • Synopsis: “Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.”
  • Thoughts: The trailer gives more action than the first one and we see Hercules actually combating more than just giant animals but I have 3 fears after this trailer. 1-That the trailer ruined/spoiled so many of the “cool/fun” moments, 2-That the CGI may end up looking too fake a lot, and 3-That the casting of model Irina Shayk will be another model-gone-acting mistake whose beauty will be used to simply distract from bad acting (i.e. Transformers 3‘s Rosie Huntington-Whiteley). I hope I’m wrong on all 3 points because I love The Rock. We’ll see. -T

2. Left Behind.left_behind

  • Starring: Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Lea Thompson and more.
  • Releasing: October 3, 2014
  • Director: Vic Armstrong
  • Synopsis: “A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.”

  • Thoughts: This remake just seems too odd altogether for me. From the casting, to the choice to remake it, to the feel of the film’s trailer…nothing makes me really want to see a remake that no one really asked for. Although the ideas of the affects of the rapture definitely are intriguing, the idea of Nicolas Cage running around trying to make sense of it all with his estranged daughter just…doesn’t. Am I alone? This best-seller isn’t selling me. (and that poster is “turrible.”) -T

3. The Giver.giver

  • Starring:  Alexander Skarsgård, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Katie Holmes, Jeff Bridges and more.
  • Releasing: August 15, 2014
  • Director: Phillip Noyce
  • Synopsis: “In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world.”
  • Thoughts: Of all the recent YA (young adult) books that have been made to movies in order to compete in the box office with the likes of Twilight and The Hunger Games, this one grabs my attention a bit more. I Am Number Four, Mortal Instruments, Beautiful Creatures, Percy Jackson, The Host, Divergent, etc etc…for some reason they all turn out so much worse than expected. I hope this one (and The Maze Runner) sees a better fate. Super glad to see the use of black/white/color as that plays a part in the book. With a great veteran support cast, let’s hope that the leading kids do a decent job as well.  -T

4. Very Good Girlsverygoodgirls

  • Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Dakota Fanning, Clark Gregg, Demi Moore and more.
  • Releasing: June 24, 2014
  • Director: Naomi Foner
  • Synopsis: “Two New York City girls pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school. When they both fall for the same street artist, the friends find their connection tested for the first time.”

  • Thoughts: An unexpected cast assembled in this coming of age story that tells the same type of narrative seen in multiple films (The To Do List, American Pie, 40-year Old Virgin, Porky’s) just in a different light. A directorial debut of writer/producer Naomi Foner, This isn’t my cup of tea as the last good movie I remember seeing Dakota Fanning in was Man on Fire but I’m sure it appeals to some. Richard Dreyfuss, Demi Moore, Elizabeth Olsen, Clark Gregg and more. I am literally scratching my head at the cast in this story, but it is what it is. What do YOU think? -T

5. The Green Infernogreeninferno

  • Starring: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara and more.
  • Releasing: September 5, 2014
  • Director: Eli Roth
  • Synopsis: “A group of student activists travel from New York City to the Amazon to save the rainforest. However, once they arrive in this vast green landscape, they soon discover that they are not alone – and that no good deed goes unpunished.”
  • Thoughts: Apocalypto meets Hostel? This latest from horror director Eli Roth (Hostel) comes after a 7 year stint without anything from him. Implications are it’s all been spent on this. And the trailer is SUPER creepy. It is a fact that the tribe in the film has never been on film prior to this project. While they are not cannibalistic in real life, they do a good job of making that element seem so real here. Are you going to check out this inferno in the rainforest? -T

6. Begin Again.begin

  • Starring: Keira Knightley, Hailee Steinfeld, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Mos Def and more.
  • Releasing: July 3, 2014
  • Director: John Carney
  • Synopsis: “A dejected music business executive forms a bond with a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan.”
  • Thoughts: I like movies where actors you may not normally see sing end up singing (Duets, Country Strong, Inside Llewyn Davis, etc). Here’s another paired with an endearing tale of two unlikely friends who forge a bond to make something of themselves. While I don’t know about hearing Keira Knightley sing, this one may not be terrible. CeeLo Green takes me out of the mood for a little bit but maybe he won’t be too bad of a plot distraction. I don’t expect this to be stellar, but it may be a rental. -T

7. The Book of Lifebookoflife

  • Starring: The vocal talents of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Danny Trejo, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate and more.
  • Releasing: October 17, 2014
  • Director: Jorge R Gutierrez
  • Synopsis: “From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. THE BOOK OF LIFE is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, THE BOOK OF LIFE encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future!”

  • Thoughts: Perhaps what a Pixar/Tim Burton mashup would look like, Book of Life is a unique presentation from Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth) and looks fun. The interweaving worlds of fantasy is definitely captivating. Of course, Channing is making girls faint in the trailer! ha. Colorful and imaginative…just like how life should be! -T

8. A Walk Among the Tombstones.walk

  • Starring: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Astro and more.
  • Releasing: September 19, 2014.
  • Director: Scott Frank
  • Synopsis: “Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.”

  • Thoughts: We’ve seen this…again and again. We know how it will end. Especially with Liam Neeson in the mix. Do you think there will be any surprises here? This one doesn’t impress me at all. Bit of trivia, though: Director Scott Frank’s directorial debut was The Lookout (2007). The fact that the cast in this one is FAR less in tenure than the one Frank got for that directorial debut makes me also doubt the quality of the film. But I may yet be proven wrong.-T

Spotlight Video of the Week:

Featurette for: Edge of Tomorrowedge_of_tomorrow_ver13_xlg

If you’re still not sold on seeing Edge of Tomorrow (based on the manga All You Need Is Kill) that releases tomorrow in theaters, perhaps this featurette will change that. Currently still with a 91% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this futuristic scifi film stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton and while it bears resemblance to films like Source Code, Groundhog Day and such like, it looks both comedic and action-packed and will be far better than Cruise’s last film (Oblivion). Ironically, the last big blockbuster that Blunt was in ALSO dealt with time-travel (Looper).

Directed by Doug Liman (Bourne Identity, Jumper, Mr. & Mrs. Smith), look for Edge of Tomorrow…tomorrow!

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

My favorite trailers from today:

  • The Book of Life (because of the “churro” line)
  • The Giver
  • The Green Inferno

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, June 6, 2013:

  • Wide Release: Edge of Tomorrow and The Fault in Our Stars.
  • Limited Release: Borgman, The Sacrament, Trust Me, Ping Pong Summer and more.

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2014 8:34 am

    Hello Mr. Filmographer- My name is BCD and I am proud to be one of your several subscribers!! I have been for the past year now and will continue to be subscribed as well!!

    I understand that you have a VERY VERY busy schedule because we all have lives to live! Although, I wondering if you ever watched the trailer to “Kill The Messenger”! It was released online last week the same day the trailer for “The Book Of Life” was released online!!

    You can go to this website to find out its synopsis and trailer for the film right here: http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=118864

    You can also go to its IMDB web page right here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1216491/

    I hope this helps and you know more about the film than you do before you saw the trailer and read its synopsis! I, for one, LOVE this trailer and cannot wait until it releases in theaters this October!! I hope you love this trailer and add it as one of your favorite trailers that you saw this week, like I did!!

    You can reply to my email if you wish to do so at: bcd796@gmail.com

    Your movie-reviewer, lover, goer, and FocusedFilmographer subscriber, BCD

    Sent from my iPad Mini

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    • June 5, 2014 8:42 am

      Greetings, BCD, and thank you so much for being a regular and faithful follower and fellow enthusiast.
      Thank you for the reminder of Kill the Messenger. It is one I am also looking forward to and forgot to add it here. I try not to put TOO many trailers on Triple-T. Previous versions had 4-5 trailers only.
      My luck is that sometimes more trailers release on Thursdays AFTER Triple-T publishes. Ha. Such was the case last week with Kill the Messenger and 3 others. I posted them that day separately on Facebook and Twitter but it just didn’t make it onto Triple-T this week. So I am grateful for the reminder!

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