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“Trailer Time Thursday!” 11.6.14

November 6, 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. The Gambler.gamblre

  • Starring: Jessica Lange, Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson, John Goodman and more.
  • Releasing: December 19, 2014.
  • Director: Rupert Wyatt
  • Synopsis: “Jim Bennett is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank, a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…”

Thoughts: An interesting ensemble of a cast in this story and Mark Wahlberg dropped some weight for the role. Will he beat the odds and take it to the house? Everyone likes an underdog story, this one may be a good bet.

2. Chappiechappie

  • Starring: Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley and more.
  • Releasing: March 6, 2015
  • Director: Neill Blomkamp
  • Synopsis: “Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.”

Thoughts: From District 9 to Elysium to this, Blomkamp brings another story that involves a plot of acceptance of different classes of beings and this one has a tinge of humor and emotion along with it. I love the worlds that Blomkamp creates in his tale (and the fact that Sharlto Copley is once again in his film.) Can’t want to see Hugh Jackman with his mullet. haha.

3. Into the Woods.intothewoods

  • Starring:  Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt and more.
  • Releasing: December 25, 2014
  • Director: Rob Marshall
  • Synopsis: “A witch conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children’s stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.”

Thoughts: A new trailer with more singing and more scenes to show off what the film is going to be about. Those who do not fancy musicals may be inclined to still see this one as its music is from Disney. Such an fun cast that is put together. I hope it does justice to the Broadway show even if Johnny Depp is a ridiculous looking Big Bad Wolf!

4. Minionsminions

  • Starring: Sandra Bullock, Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin, Michael Keaton and more.
  • Releasing: July 10, 2015
  • Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
  • Synopsis: “Minions are yellow henchmen, who have existed since the beginning of beginning, evolving from a yellow single-cell organisms into beings who have only one purpose: to serve the most ambitious villains. After their masters were destroyed, they decide to isolate themselves from the world and start a new life in Antarctica. Sometime in the 60s, the lack of a master drives them into depression, so bravest minion and two other volunteers set out to find a new one. They arrive at a villain convention, where they compete for the right to be henchmen for Scarlet Overkill, a stylish and ambitious villain determined to dominate the world and become the first female super-villain”

Thoughts: I initially had my doubts when I first heard of this movie. It seemed like a ploy to make money off of what everyone enjoyed from Despicable Me and that it would ruin it. That may still be the case, but the backstory they tell here in the trailer makes me more optimistic that there is substance to the film. I like the minions (who doesn’t) and now have a bit more hope for the film. It will be fun. I only have one word: “Banana”!

5. A Most Violent Yearviolent year

  • Starring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks and more.
  • Releasing: December 31, 2014
  • Director: J. C. Chandor
  • Synopsis: “In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history.”

Thoughts: New York, 1980’s. It’s got the feel and look to be decent, dark and dangerous. Oscar Isaac has been doing some good things lately and this lead role may get him the award attention he deserved from last year’s Inside Llewyn Davis.

6. Furious 7.furious

  • Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Ludacris and more.
  • Releasing: April 3, 2015
  • Director: James Wan
  • Synopsis: “Ian Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his crew for the death of his brother.”

Thoughts: I’ve watched this trailer so many times. The seventh of the franchise is here and it looks full of everything that the fans are hoping for. #Family

7. Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife.killwardswife

  • Starring: Patrick Wilson, Donald Faison Scott Foley, Amy Acker and more.
  • Releasing: 2014
  • Director: Scott Foley
  • Synopsis: “Ward’s wife is a b&*(%^. Everyone knows it. Including Ward. After numerous conversations and ruminations on the subject amongst Ward’s colorful group of friends, a fortuitous accident leads to a whole new world of problems and possibilities.”

Thoughts: Looks like someone’s been watching ABC on Thursday nights (How to Get Away With Murder). This “killer comedy” looks light and funny while poking fun at relatable annoyances in life. Couple’s therapy at its finest perhaps? ha.

8. Old Fashioned.oldfashioned

  • Starring: Elizabeth Roberts, Rik Swartzwelder, LeJon Woods and more.
  • Releasing: February 14, 2015.
  • Director:  Rik Swartzwelder
  • Synopsis: “A former frat boy and a free-spirited woman together attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” courtship in contemporary America.”

Thoughts: This romance gives a different look at the genre that is refreshingly different. My friend Ruth at Flixchatter.net got to see it at the Twin Cities Film Festival and she reviewed it (4 out of 5 stars) and interviewed the director Rik Swartzwelder about his inspirational film. Check it out HERE.

Spotlight Video of the Week:

Featurette for horror thriller: The Pyramidpyramid

Starring: Denis O’Hare, Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley and more.

Synopsis: “A team of U.S. archaeologists unearths an ancient pyramid buried deep beneath the Egyptian desert. As they search the pyramid’s depths, they become hopelessly lost in its dark and endless catacombs. Searching for a way out, they become desperate to seek daylight again. They come to realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.”

Horror is often done best when mixed with true facts and legends. Let’s hope the research and writing done for this thriller pays off. Do you think it will be good or should we just mummify this movie now?

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

My favorite trailers from today:

  • Furious 7
  • Chappie
  • Minions

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, November 7, 2014:

  • Wide Release: Interstellar (my review is next), Big Hero 6, Jessabelle, The Better Angels and more.
  • Limited Release: The Theory of Everything, National Gallery and more.

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

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T, The Focused Filmographer

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2014 9:23 am

    The Pyramid looks good. I haven’t seen a good horror movie in a while.

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  2. November 6, 2014 3:06 pm

    Thanks for including Old Fashioned & my review!! Oh, those Minion trailers had me in stitches, definitely will be watching that!

    Like

  3. jackdeth72 permalink
    November 9, 2014 9:28 am

    Hi, Terrence:

    I like the ‘Minions’ trailer! Always a sucker for back stories. And this one looks funny and informative.

    You can always trust the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise to show you how to steal cars in places where mere mortals fear to tread…. When does Vin get to say, “I am Groo!”?!!!

    It looks like someone updated the old James Caan made for TV classic from the early 1970s, ‘The Gambler’ and added the Russian mobs and nastier leg breakers. Degenerate gamblers never, ever win. It’s not in their genetic make up.

    ‘The Pyramid’ looks like someone took the idea, concept and scares from ‘The Descent’ and put them on dry, dusty land.

    ‘Old Fashioned’ looks like old fashioned, politically incorrect, chauvinistic fun! Reminds me of how I taught to behave when dating in my teens.

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