This Week's Trailer Park Round-Up

Oh hai Threedonia! We’ve got a fresh batch of trailers this week, with movies about sea creatures, horrible filmmakers, rich tycoons and Liam Neeson on a train! Enjoy:

1. The Disaster Artist. James Franco directs and stars in this goofy biopic about Tommy Wiseau (Franco) and his quest to make The Room, considered by many to be the worst movie of all time. (Seriously, if you haven’t seen The Room yet, see The Room, if only so you can be made aware that something that batshit crazy was made for people to watch.) Looks like an Ed Wood for the 21st century to me.

Also stars Zac Efron, Alison Brie, Seth Rogen, Sharon Stone, and a whole bunch of actors and filmmakers cameo as themselves.

2. The Shape of Water. Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy) makes what appears to be an Abe Sapien origin story. Set in the ’60s, a woman (Sally Hawkins) who works in a top-secret government lab falls in love with the aquatic creature that is being kept there (Doug Jones) and becomes determined to set him free, which raises the ire of the government agent in charge (Michael Shannon). Also stars Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, and Nick Searcy.

I consider Del Toro to be hit-or-miss, but this does look intriguing, like a dark fairy tale with some love story and Cold War paranoia elements thrown in.

3. All The Money In The World. Ridley Scott’s latest, based on the true story about the 1970s kidnapping of the grandson of J. Paul Getty, the richest man in the world, by a left-wing group in Italy. The boy’s mother (Michelle Williams) attempts to get him back, with the help of a hired Getty representative (Mark Wahlberg). As played by a nearly-unrecognizable Kevin Spacey, we only see Getty at the end of the trailer, but it’s pretty clear that Spacey will be playing the tycoon full Frank Underwood style. Is this going to be another dull lecture about The One Percent? Hopefully not, but only time will tell.

4. The Commuter. A regular guy (Liam Neeson) on a commuter train meets a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga) who manipulates him and pulls him into a violent, criminal plot. Also stars Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern, Jonathan Banks.

This looks to be an action thriller crossed with one of those “social experiment” movies where a regular person has to make difficult choices by dangerous people, a la Phone Booth, Red Eye, Nick of Time, etc. Looks like a fun thriller, but the January release date and Neeson’s recent track record don’t bode well for it.

1 comment to This Week’s Trailer Park Round-Up

  • Ken in NH

    I dunno about The Shape of Water. It has kind of a Cohen Brothers caper vibe, which is good, but with some horror element? On the gripping hand, Nick Searcy!