Monthly Archives: July 2017

The Star Trailers, Music, and Vignettes

Directed by Timothy Reckart, The Star follows a small but brave donkey named Bo, voiced by Steven Yeun. He yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally, goes on the adventure of his dreams.

On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, voiced by Aidy Bryant, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, voiced by Keegan-Michael Key, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

These are fun to watch, but for the time period, their language is a bit too modern.

Great Vignette about the voice actor for Bo, the donkey.

Check out this clip on the music for the movie. So, upbeat and fun, I love it.

The list of stellar voice actors is extremely surprising and amazing.

Short Animated Movie, Puppy! Trailer

The new animated short, Puppy! Directed by Hotel Transylvania‘s Genndy Tartakovsky, is attached to The Emoji Movie. In the short, the residents of Hotel Transylvania find their world turned upside-down when youngster Dennis gets a surprise monster-sized pet.




Wonderstruck Trailers, Clips, and Featurettes

Directed by Todd Haynes and based on Brian Selznick’s novel, Wonderstruck follows Ben, played by Oakes Fegley, and Rose, played by Millicent Simmonds. They are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different.

Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook.

When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with a mesmerizing balance between the two.

The trailer looks great and Selznick wrote the screenplay.

A new clip and a new poster are making me even more excited about this movie. It was such a great book.

Great featurettes! The director and cast shine.

Proud Mary Trailer

Directed by Babak Najafi, the movie follows Mary, played by Taraji P. Henson as a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston. Her life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad.

The poster looks retro 1960s, which is kind of fun to see. With that, Najafi directed London has Fallen.  Proud Mary is so different that it will be interesting to watch.




Brad’s Status Trailer

Written and Directed by Mike White, Brad’s Status follows Brad Sloan, played by Ben Stiller. He accompanies his college bound son, Troy, played by Austin Abrams, to the East Coast.

The college scene sets off a crisis of confidence in Brad’s status. He starts interiorizing on whether he has a satisfying career and a comfortable life in suburban Sacramento where he lives with his sweet-natured wife, Melanie, Jenna Fischer, and their musical prodigy son. Still, it is not what Brad imagined during his college glory days.

Showing Troy around Boston, where Brad went to university, he can’t help comparing his life with those of his four best college friends: a Hollywood bigshot, played by White), a hedge fund founder, played by Luke Wilson, a tech entrepreneur, played by Jemaine Clement, and a political pundit and bestselling author, played by Michael Sheen.

Obviously, the movie’s message is about defining success as the movie follows Brad’s dilemma on whether he is successful or not.

Home Again Trailer

Directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer and produced by her mother Nancy Meyers, Home Again follows Alice Kinney,  played by Reese Witherspoon.  She decides to start her life over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters.

Watch the trailer and you will see it is a cute, funny and romantic movie similar to Hallie’s mother’s movies like Something Gotta Give. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. Alice agrees to let the guys stay in her guest house temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Alice’s unlikely new family and new romance

With that, during a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. Alice agrees to let the guys stay in her guest house temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Alice’s unlikely new family and new romance come to a crashing halt when her ex-husband, played by Michael Sheen, shows up, suitcase in hand.  is a story of love, friendship, and the families we create. And one very big life lesson: Starting over is not for beginners.

This is a fun movie to watch with no seriousness – just plain romping.

Lady Macbeth Trailer

Directed by William Oldroyd, Lady Macbeth takes place in rural England, 1865. Don’t let the title fool you. It has nothing to do with Shakespeare.  The story is about a woman who is trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man begins a passionate affair with a man her own age

The movie is adapted Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novel Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. The director’s debut weaves a storyline that is nothing new but the trailer seems intense not revealing too much like most trailers do these days.

Dunkirk Trailer and Clips

Directed by Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk is a story that has been mentioned many times in films or television shows. I don’t believe it has ever been a dedicated movie. It is an amazing story, which World War II has so many stories to tell. The movie is a courageous story at an amazing time in our history.

With that, May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.

The movie tells the story of how these fishermen pulled it off.  I am excited about seeing this movie.