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Trailer Snark (December 8, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

 

The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight) – Adventure/Fantasy/Drama
Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language
Tag Line: A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon
Plot: An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Chris: Del Toro films are always on point but I am not taken with this trailer.  I am sure it won’t disappoint, however.
Jim: At the very least, this is just amazing to look at. Couple this with the strong cast and this could be another Pan’s Labyrinth for del Toro.

Just Getting Started (Broad Green Pictures) – Action/Comedy
Rated PG-13 for language, suggestive material and brief violence
Tag Line: None
Starring: Glenne Headly, Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo, Tommy Lee Jones
Plot: A two-hander action comedy in the vein of Midnight Run (1988), about an ex-F.B.I. Agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and an ex-mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program (Morgan Freeman) having to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit.

Jim: I was going to say possible rental until I realized it was a Ron Shelton movie. The subject matter still isn’t enough to get me into a theater, but the cast and writer-director upgrade it to definite rental.
Chris: The trailer is mildly entertaining, but not enough to drop the wallet for a theater viewing.  Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones are a solid one-two punch for any movie.

I, Tonya (30West) – Biography/Drama/Sports
Rated R for pervasive language, violence, and some sexual content/nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney
Plot: 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.

Chris: I remember when competitive ice skating turned into a Jerry Springer-like joke of a fiasco.  And I was ready to cry “Why? Why?” at making a movie about it all, but then I saw the trailer, and now I can’t help but be intrigued by the spectacle.  Nice job trailer editing people!
Jim: Margot Robbie is always worth watching (heck, even in still photographs), Allison Janney is amazing, and the unbelievable story held the world captive back in ’94. Definite Rental 2

November Criminals (Sony Pictures) – Crime/Drama/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content including teen sexuality, drug material, brief violence and strong language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Ansel Elgort, Catherine Keener
Plot: A teenager takes on his own investigation of a murder in Washington D.C.

Jim: A nicely done trailer certainly stirs my interest, but not as a visit to a movie theater.
Chris: Alright, you got my attention!  If the movie is as good as the trailer portends, we may have a nice little film on our hands here.

Tickets Purchased:  2 for The Shape of Water

 

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – December 13, 2017

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Mister Miracle #5

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Mitch Gerads

What it is: How do you spend your last night on Earth? Why, with the one you love, of course! Having been condemned to death by the new Highmaster, Mister Miracle is going to have to return to New Genesis for his execution. Before he does, he and Big Barda go on one last date. But if Scott Free truly is infected by Darkseid, as Orion says, you can bet some dark force will intervene-only to what end? MATURE READERS

Why we love it: Still pretty fuzzy about what the heck is going on in this book but I love it. King and Garad’s Miracle Man is dark, disturbing and fearless, and must not be missed.

  The Mainstream One: Batman White Knight #3 (of 7)

Publisher: DC
Words and Art: Sean Murphy

What it is: Tragedy strikes, and the Bat-family face the fight of their lives against an army of super-villains and waning public support. A new discovery reinforces Jack’s plot to jeopardize the Dark Knight’s standing in Gotham City, and Harley’s obsession with The Joker reaches a new height-and threatens to change the game for good! RATED T+

Why we like it: The rumors of Harley appearing as Neo-Joker has provided lot of heat on this book, especially this Sean Murphy cover. Regardless, this series has been great so far and is worth a pickup just for the read.

The Indie One: Extremity #9

Publisher: Image
Words and Art: Daniel Warren Johnson

What it is: As Thea and Rollo risk life and limb to revive a fallen friend, Annora proves that the beasts below aren’t the only monsters prowling the Ancient Dark.

Why we like it: Extremity is one of my favorite Image books being published right now. I originally picked this title up for the artwork but have stuck around for the surprisingly deep and nuanced, anti-war narrative.

  

The #1 One: Paradiso #1

Publisher: Image
Words: Ram V
Art: Dev Pramanik

What it is: The Midnight Event forever changed the world. Now, centuries later, Jack Kryznan arrives on the outskirts of Paradiso City, haunted by fragments of childhood memories and in possession of a mysterious device-one with the power to change the destiny of this living breathing metropolis, the people who dwell within, and the guardians who strive for and against it.

Why we like it: Pretty cool premise but I’m always up for a dystopian sci-fi story.  If you’re on the fence, you can check out a preview of issue #1 here https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/09/exclusive-image-comics-preview-paradiso-is-the-pos.html

  

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Amazing Spider-Man #792

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Dan Slott
Art: Ryan Stegman
Cover Art: Alex Ross

What it is: VENOM INC. Part 2 Spider-Man finds himself between Eddie and a mysterious new figure! And Black Cat and her gang find themselves face-to-face with an amped-up villain named Maniac that might just rip those faces right off. Rated T

Why we like it: I think that these ASM Alex Ross covers aren’t getting enough love. I think maybe the Dan Slott hate has gone too far because a lot of these are getting overlooked by collectors. Case and point, this cover one featuring Spidey, Venom and Anti-venom is an absolute beauty that is going right into my personal collection.

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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Trailer Snark (December 1, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

The Disaster Artist (New Line Cinema) – Biography/Drama/Comedy
Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Dave Franco, James Franco, Seth Rogen
Plot: When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Chris: I know there is a lot of James Franco hate.  Now you get twice the Franco!  I don’t hate Franco.
Jim: I’m writing this while still trying to get over the trailer for Another Wolfcop. Oh yeah, uh, The Disaster Artist…looks like a nice Portrait of A Jerk, but have to admit it looks interesting. One of Franco’s stronger performances, most likely.

Wonder Wheel (Amazon Studios) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic content including some sexuality, language and smoking
Tag Line: None
Starring: Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake
Plot: On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator and his beleaguered wife.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Jim: I think Woody Allen is an amazing artist (sure I’m getting a few titters at this) and I always look forward to seeing his work. Have you seen the trailer for Another Wolfcop?
Chris: What if Woody Allen directed Another Wolfcop instead?

The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight) – Adventure/Fantasy/Drama
Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language
Tag Line: A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon
Plot: An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Chris: Del Toro films are always on point but I am not taken with this trailer.  I am sure it won’t disappoint, however.
Jim: At the very least, this is just amazing to look at. Couple this with the strong cast and this could be another Pan’s Labyrinth for del Toro. Bet it’s no Another Wolfcop, though.

The Tribes of Palos Verdes (Relativity Media) – Drama
Rated R for drug use, language throughout and some sexual content
Tag Line: None
Starring: Maika Monroe, Jennifer Garner
Plot: When the situation at her idyllic Palos Verdes home turns volatile, young Medina attempts to surf her way to happiness.

Jim: It’s got the appealing Jennifer Garner, but I’ll pass on this drama rife with strife.
Chris:  This one is getting passed on quicker than a taco.

Love Beats Rhymes (Lionsgate) – Drama/Musical
Rated R for language and some sexual material
Tag Line: None
Starring: Common, Hana Mae Lee, Method Man
Plot: When struggling rapper Coco (Azealia Banks) enrolls in a poetry class, she thinks her rhymes will impress her teacher, Professor Dixon (Jill Scott). Instead, Dixon challenges Coco to seek real meaning in her lyrics, setting her on a journey of discovery that takes her through rap clubs and poetry slams, leading her to find her true voice – and true love – in this uplifting movie costarring Lucien Laviscount and Common.

Chris:  Blah Blah Blah
Jim: the message is loud and the message is good, but my dislike for rap’ll keep me outta the ‘hood. Rapping Wolfcops, though, that’d be different.

Gangster Land (Cinedigm) – Crime/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Sean Faris, Milo Gibson
Plot: The story of America’s most famous mobsters and their rise to power, GANGSTER LAND examines Al Capone’s ascension through the eyes of his second in command, “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn. Once an amateur boxer, McGurn is lured into the Italian mafia after the murder of his stepfather. Upon joining, he rises swiftly through the ranks along with friend and eventual boss, Capone. As the Italian mob becomes the most lucrative criminal organization in the country, tensions build with “Bugs” Moran and the Irish mob which ignites a brutal gang war culminating with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Jim: Looks like a good, solid old-style gangster pic, nice rental.
Chris: I’m with Jim on this one.  Good one for the living room couch potato.

Another Wolfcop (Vortex) – Comedy/Horror
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Leo Fafard, Jonathan Cherry
Plot: Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven’s residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.
Running Time: 82 minutes

Chris:  Doesn’t it just smack of old drive in movie goodness?  A movie you can’t take seriously and I love that.
Jim: OK. This trailer was just pure genius. Simply put, it’s just a perfect expression of why I go to the movies. If I were in college, I’d write a term paper on it.

Slumber (Vertical Entertainment) – Horror
Rated R for some disturbing material, and language
Tag Line: Welcome to the original nightmare
Starring: Honor Kneafsey, Maggie Q
Plot: A sleep doctor tries to protect a family from a demon that feeds on people in their nightmares.
Running Time: 84 minutes

Jim: Another boring horror trailer that would have looked dull 20 years ago. And for cryin’out loud, it takes place at night, so why no Wolfcops?
Chris: Could be the cure for no sleep.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Another WolfCop!