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Trailer Snark (July 7, 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!

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony) – Action/Adventure
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments
Tag Line: None
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr.
Plot: Several months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges.
Running Time: 133 minutes

Wayne: I’m buying this trailer.  I think we are going to have our best Peter Parker yet.
Jim: Been anticipating this since Tom Holland stole Captain America: Civil War. After the mess of Spiderman 3 and the two Andrew Garfield snoozefests, this is most welcome. Micheal Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey…there’s almost TOO much entertainment!
Chris: Oh gee…another Spider-Man movie.  Heck yeah, I’m going to see it!  Tom Holland rocked the Parker role in Civil War.  Stroke of casting and scripting genius!

A Ghost Story (A24) – Drama/Fantasy/Romance
Rated R for brief language and a disturbing image
Tag Line: It’s All About Time.
Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara
Plot: In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Chris: I was not actually expecting much, but got a beautifully crafted trailer and compelling story.  No Sheet!
Jim: a beautiful trailer. This looks spooky, moody, and intelligent.
Wayne: I’m buying this trailer.  The idea of leaving a piece of yourself behind so that you live on after death is an interesting concept.  The metaphor of the ghost is a great device.  Looking forward to this one.

City of Ghosts (IFC Films) – Documentary/War
Rated R for disturbing violent content, and for some language
Tag Line:  None
Starring: Real people
Plot: A documentary that follows the efforts of “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently,” a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Wayne: I’m buying this trailer.  If this movie is as good as the trailer, I’ll be very satisfied.  I enjoy a good documentary and this story is very relevant today.
Chris: I see a trailer like this and just realize how thankful I am to have been born in the USA with all of the snowflakes and safe zones.  Maybe Americans could use some perspective and watch this one?
Jim: Too much real life. Pass.

Patti Cake$ (Fox Searchlight) – Drama
Rated R for language throughout, crude sexual references, some drug use and a brief nude image
Tag Line: None
Starring: Danielle MacDonald, Bridget Everett
Plot: PATTI CAKE$ is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$ who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Jim: I’m not a big fan of rap music, but I have to admit this looks pretty interesting, a lot of passion and arresting images.
Wayne: It is a clean sweep, I’m buying this trailer and all trailers this week.  Is this a white woman’s Eminem story?  Looks fun and I love an underdog story.  Hope to catch this one too.
Chris: I wanted to dislike it, but just couldn’t.  I’ll catch it on the small screen at some p0int.

Tickets Purchased:  Three for Spider-Man, as if you didn’t already know?!

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Trailer Snark (August 12 2016 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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Last Week:  It was Suicide Squad and then everyone else this week.  DC’s latest took in $135M at the box office to claim ultimate supremacy.  Jason Bourne was second with $22M to add to its $103.4M total.  Bad Moms came in with $14.2M and just over $50M total since its release.  The Secret Life of Pets was fourth with $11.5M/$319M.  Star Trek Beyond claimed fifth with $10.2M/$127.9M.  The rest of the top ten went as follows:  Nine Lives $6.5M/NEW, Lights Out ($6M/$54.7M), Nerve ($4.9M/$26.8M), Ghostbusters ($4.8M/$116.7M), and Ice Age ($4.3M/$53.5M).  Let’s take a look at the new entries…..

Pete’s Dragon (Walt Disney) – Family/Adventure
Rated PG for action, peril and brief language
Tag Line: Some secrets are too big to keep.
Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford
Plot: The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.
Running Time: 102 minutes

Jessica: Looks interesting, but I never saw the original so I’m so-so on seeing it.
Jim: never saw the original,  looks like another fantasy CGI retread. Bonus points for having Bryce Dallas Howard in it, though.
Rob:  Pretty sure the original came out the same year Star Wars did.  Yep, way back in 1977.  I’m kind of tired of the whole Hollywood just redoes the classics thing, but that won’t stop me from this guilty pleasure.  I loved this film when I was a kid, and besides what kid didn’t imagine having a pet dragon at some point?  I sure as heck did.
Ken: Disney’s had success updating their classic animated features into live action movies. I remember renting the original on VHS from the public library as a child, so the nostalgia is definitely there for me.
Chris: Disney success written all over it, and all the kids will be asking their parents for their own dragon this Christmas.

Florence Foster Jenkins (Paramount) – Biography/Comedy/Drama
Rated PG-13 for brief suggestive material.
Tag Line:  The inspiring true story of the world’s worst singer.
Starring: Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant
Plot:  The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris:  One of the reasons I don’t watch American Idol.
Jessica: Eh.
Jim: Meryl and Hugh make it look interesting, possible rental.
Rob: Not in a million years, well ok maybe if her nephew Leeroy was the focus of the film.  At least he has chicken.
Ken: Speaking as someone who loves to sing but can’t carry a tune with a bucket, I can totally relate to this character. Singing isn’t  just about having a beautiful voice, it’s about heart. Just ask Bob Dylan.

Sausage Party (Columbia) – Comedy
Rated R for strong crude sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use
Tag Line: Watch what you eat.
Starring:  Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, and James Franco
Plot: A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Ken: This movie has been on my radar for months. The trailer is laugh out loud funny, and there’s an R-rated trailer that is even better.
Chris:  I used have dreams like this when I was a kid.
Jessica: This looks freakin’ hilarious. Not sure I’d see it in a theater, but I’ll definitely be catching this when it’s on streaming.
Jim: NOW we’re cookin’! Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd are involved, I’m in!
Rob: Looks like a good rental for laughs.

Hell or High Water (CBS Films) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for some strong violence, language throughout and brief sexuality
Tag Line: Blood always follows money.
Starring: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges
Plot: A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s farm in West Texas.
Running Time: 102 minutes

Rob: Maybe down the road on Netflix, but probably not.  Too many better choices.
Ken: This trailer impressed the heck out of me. Great cast, compelling plot and lots of gunfights and explosions.
Chris:  Probably a solid film, but does not move me to really want to see it.  Ben Foster is a great actor, though. 
Jessica: Ben Foster, Chis Pine and Jeff FLIPPIN Bridges??? I am SOLD.
Jim: Nice cast, looks like a good one.

Anthropoid (Bleecker Street Media) – History/Thriller
Rated R for violence and some disturbing images
Tag Line: Resistance has a code name.
Starring:  Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones
Plot: Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich’s third in command after Hitler and Himmler.
Running Time: 120 minutes

Jessica: I droned off during the trailer, pass.
Jim: Yeah, I kinda checked out during the trailer, too.
Rob: WWII assassination plot.  Could be ok I suppose, but not on the big screen.
Ken:  I’m always down to hunt Nazis.
Chris:  This one looks fantastic!  The similarly themed Valkyrie with Tom Cruise was awesome, and to get more story about German patriots calls to me.

Operation Chromite (Taewon Entertainment) – Historical/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line:  None
Starring:  Liam Neeson, Jung-jae Lee
Plot: A squad of soldiers fight in the Korean War’s crucial Battle of Incheon.
Running Time: 115 minutes

Chris:  I wanted this trailer to be better than it was.
Jessica: I got bored and turned the trailer off. Pass again.
Jim: Always good to see and hear Liam Neeson, but this looks like another by-the-numbers war flick.
Rob: 5000:1 odds really aren’t that impressive when you have Liam Neeson on your side.  Haven’t you seen Taken!? 
Ken: Not sure what’s going on here, but you can bet that Liam Neeson’s going to be bad-ass.

Edge of Winter (Vertical Entertainment) – Drama/Thriller
Rated R for language and some violence
Tag Line: Nothing is more dangerous than a father’s love.
Starring: Tom Holland, Joel Kinnaman
Plot: When two brothers are stranded by a brutal winter storm with an unpredictable father they barely know, the boys begin to suspect their supposed protector may be their biggest threat.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Ken: Thrills and chills and I think someone kills.
Chris:  Riveting trailer….the road to hell was paved with good intentions, they say.
Jessica: I enjoy Joel K. quite a bit after seeing his talents on “The Killing”, didn’t love him in the “Robocop” remake but did enjoy him (for the most part) in “Suicide Squad”, I’d check this out at home.
Jim: Looks intense.
Rob: Stranded in a cabin with a father they don’t know and he’s probably a total psycho.  Pass.  Heck, even Cersei Lannister puts her kids above all else.

Ghost Team (The Orchard) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for language including some sexual references, and drug material
Tag Line: Paranormal investigation. No experience necessary.
Starring: Jon Heder, Justin Long
Plot: A paranormal-obsessed man mounts his own investigation into the beyond with his depressed best friend, misfit nephew, a cable access medium and an overeager security guard.
Running Time: 83 minutes
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Rob: Doesn’t look funny enough for even a rental.
Ken: Looks terrifyingly awful.
Chris:  Seems about as funny Napolean Dynamite, which is to say…..Not at all.
Jessica: Some funny people here, cheesy trailer, but that might mean it’s comic brilliance, or utter tripe. Not sure yet on this one.
Jim: Seconding JL again here—funny people, not -so-impressive trailer, but it could be intentional. Might be worth a look.

Tickets Purchased: Three for Sausage Party (Jim, Jessica, and Ken), One for Pete’s Dragon (Rob) and One for Anthropoid (Chris)

Now it's really a party!
Now it’s really a party!
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Trailer Snark (Captain America: Civil War Edition)

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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Editor’s Note: We are foregoing the usual format of this week’s blog, because by and large most movie studios have wisely cleared their release calendar for what could very well be the year’s biggest film. Captain America:  Civil War, the third installment in the Steve Rogers series, and really what amounts to Avengers 3 in terms of the ensemble cast showcases the characters we have come to know and love, under the expert tutelage of the Russo Brothers, who take the reins from Joss Whedon.  The team gives their thoughts below, along with their pledge of allegiance to either Team Cap or Team Iron Man.  Enjoy!

Captain America:  Civil War (Disney) – Action/Adventure
PG-13 for violence and thematic situations
Tag Line:  Whose side are you on?
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlet Johansson, Don Cheadle, Sebastian Stan, Paul Rudd, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, and more.
Plot: Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.
Running Time:  146 minutes

Thoughts on the trailer…..
Jessica: I am SUPER EXCITED about “Captain America: Civil War”, I think the trailer looks like yet another hit for Marvel and I do really enjoy the Captain’s story as he finds his place in the “new world” after being asleep so long
Chris: The only thing that exceeds the trepidation of watching to of Marvel’s most famous icons draw the battle lines is to see how they can pull it off effectively and leave fans of both sides satisfied.  And from all accounts, this is one for the ages!

Whose Side are They On?
Ken: Team Rogers, no question.  I agree with Chris that these are beings of unimaginable power, capable of massive destruction and as such should be be held accountable. However, I don’t believe the responsibility of policing the gods should be left in the hands of a few, un-elected individuals. Who died and made Iron Man the sheriff of the MCU?  It’s a question of personal freedom vs conformity. Cap is the ultimate soldier, and like a good soldier he fights to protect his country and the government it represents, but he also fights for the guy next to him in the foxhole. He’s fighting for his brother when he believes that his brother is being treated unjustly. Is there a more noble cause? Like Jess, I sincerely doubt that Tony’s motivations for heading up the superhero registration act are entirely altruistic. What eccentric, billionaire wouldn’t want a position of power with near-unlimited resources at his disposal?
Jim: I don’t know what side I’m on. I just want to be entertained.  I just hope that this isn’t the slog that Age of Ultron was and the squalid excuse for a movie that Batman vs. Superman was. If Hollywood’s going to spend truckloads of money on superhero movies, they can at least make them fun and well-made. Here’s hoping.
Jessica: I am completely torn as to what side I want to be on. I see both sides of it but in the end, I think Tony Stark’s militaristic approach is a bit too much and would have to side with the Captain in the end. His heart is in the right place and I think he has the moral compass to do the right thing, whereas Tony Stark’s moral compass is nonexistent and I simply don’t trust him to make a decision that benefits mankind if it gets in the way of his own ambition and brain powers. I think Stark’s biggest fault is thinking he’s always the smartest man in the room. Whether he is or not, he never takes into account the emotional toll his decisions take and that is a big problem in the long run. So yeah, I’m Team Captain America!
Chris: I love Captain America, and I love the idea of Captain America.  In an ideal world, I would be in his camp, and beating my libertarian drum to the max, but the simple fact is that this is an unreal fantasy world where individuals hold more power than one can imagine.  That power unchecked is a threat to all.  As for who they should answer to is a whole other question, but I find myself aligning with Tony Stark on this one.  This is the movies folks and real world politics do not apply.  Team Iron Man

Added to the Ranks of Team Cap:  Ken and Jessica
Added to the Ranks of Team Iron Man:  Chris
Jumping in on the Winning Side at the Last Possible Moment?  Jim

The debate rages on!
The debate rages on!