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QUICK REVIEW: Lucifer “Pilot”

Howdy people, yesterday I had the chance to watch the first episode of Lucifer on Amazon Instant Video and I wanted to pass my thoughts on it. Now I’d heard about this show months before it came out as another comic book adaptation, but since I wasn’t familiar with the source material I left it alone. However, with my uncle being a comic book fan posting his thoughts online I had to give it a watch.

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This show reminds me a lot of NBC’s Constantine in that both shows have good first introductions, set up the format for the weekly episodes and deal with supernatural elements concealed within the real world. What I liked about Lucifer was the mythology, the concept of the main character being a devil-like being who has left hell and has the ability to get the truth out of people, it was very fascinating, and while not all of the details were revealed about Lucifer’s life before being on Earth and how long he’s been there, or about the complications involving his father and Amenadiel, there’s plenty to like and get invested in for this pilot episode. I will admit that the show for all of its unique elements, it also felt a bit predictable with some of the story and character beats, some of it felt like your standard cop show drama and at times there wasn’t too many significant aspects that would make this show above average. Luckily the story was interesting enough and set a solid foundation for better things to come.

The cast is good with some people starting out more than others. Tom Ellis is the best as Lucifer Morningstar, the man is charismatic, charming, confident and very interesting to watch when using his powers and finding out what motivated him to do what he does. Lauren German as Chloe Decker does come across as another generic confident and badass cop that doesn’t take shit from anyone with a potential soft side and future relationship with Lucifer, German’s performance was good, but the character, besides being immune to Lucifer’s abilities, doesn’t seem as interesting so far. Kevin Alejandro is another standard douche as Dan, the detective who’s also Chloe’s ex-husband. Seeing D. B. Woodside after all these years as Amenadiel was fun and hope his character will have a bigger part to play later on, Lesley-Ann Brandt was good as Maze and Scarlett Estevez as Beatrice (aka Trixie) was very cute and likeable as Chloe’s daughter. Oh and finally Rachael Harris is delightful as Dr. Linda Martin.

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In conclusion the first episode of Lucifer was alright, the show definitely showed signs of promise with some of the mythology and the budding partnership of Lucifer and Decker, however it wasn’t great and has room to improve.

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Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: First Blood

Howdy people of the internet, time for another film review and today I’m gonna be talking about First Blood; the first in the Rambo film series. I saw this for the first time maybe in 2008 or 2009 and I remember loving it, however, it’s been a good few years since I saw it last and after reading Anna’s review at Film Grimoire, I had to check this film out again.

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The story can be described as the following:

“An ex-Green Beret named John Rambo is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small American town by a tyrannical Sheriff and his abusive deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills.”

I love the story as it was very engaging, dramatic and unexpected, plus it was a quintessential aspect of the film and was always at the forefront, rather than being a lazy part of the film like a lot of modern action films. This film was mainly about the personal and mental after effects of war, the complications that come with reintegrating into society, and how some prejudice and unpleasant behaviour can cause a great deal of unnecessary drama. The story is incredibly strong on an emotional level, from the beginning the tone is set with a melancholy/hard-hitting tone and as more details are revealed the drama only gets stronger, culminating in one hell of an ending.

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The cast was also fabulous as well. Sylvester Stallone was just amazing as John Rambo. This character was a damaged, lonely, misunderstood and troubled individual with PTSD from the war, he only wanted to continue his life in peace, but some foolish people gave him problems and that’s when things got interesting. And as the film went on, you start to see what kind of beast Rambo really was as he’s aggressive, meticulous, creative and an expert in combat and weaponry and adapting to different environments. People forget that Stallone can actually act thanks to all of the action films he’s done in recent years, however, it is films like these that show how great he can be with the right material, those final moments of the film almost bring a tear to my eye because of how much emotion Stallone conveyed. Richard Crenna as Colonel Sam Trautman was also brilliant as well, he was a straight-talking, no-nonsense kind of guy who knew Rambo from the war and offered advice to the police on how to stop him, but was rarely acknowledged. Brian Dennehy gave a good  performance as Sheriff Will Teasle, here we had the definition of a prick, this guy was antagonistic, rude and overconfident, he had all the traits of a villain from the moment you met him and Dennehy played the part to a tee.

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I also really liked the action, while he damage that Rambo caused was circumstantial and not intentional, his pursuers were either not aware of the difference or they didn’t care, regardless the authorities wanted him and Rambo wasn’t having it, so he went to town and left trail of chaos behind. Whether he was dispatching police in hand-to-hand combat, setting tramps in the woods, getting followed in car chases or just blowing stuff up, there was plenty of awesome and memorable sequences. Oh and the music Jerry Goldsmith’s score was so energetic, versatile and worked for all of the emotional points as well.

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In conclusion First Blood is a brilliant action film that illustrated the damage of war and how one man can be a force to be reckoned with when pushed over the edge. The performances were great, the action was solid, I can not recommend this film enough as it has a lot of the best aspects that make action films worth watching.

Rating: 8.5/10

So have you seen First Blood and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave youre thoughts in the comment section below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Quick Thoughts on Agent Carter S2 Episodes 1 & 2

As you may have noticed people, I haven’t gotten back into the reviewing groove for TV shows as I’m still trying to sort out the timing for when I can put them out on a weekly basis. However, with the return of Agent Carter last week, I couldn’t leave my blog without giving you lot my thoughts (regardless of whether you want them or not haha). So what follows are my quick thoughts on the first two episodes “The Lady in the Lake” and “A View in the Dark“. Mild spoilers follow.

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Well, I am happy to report that season 2 of Agent Carter is back in full effect and so far I’m really enjoying it. I liked the first season of this show but I found it a little slow and uninteresting during the mid-point, however, since we’ve already spent time establishing the world, main characters and plot details last time, it allowed this season to hit the ground running taking the foundations of what’s come before and build on it, while presenting new and interesting situations. The new mysteries/stories surrounding the frozen lady, Sousa and Peggy’s relationship status, Calvin Chadwick and his business with the Zero Matter and the secret council, and Calvin’s deceptive wife Whitney Frost all has different levels of intrigue, excitement and potential for the future. I’m especially liking Frost with her being the brains of the operation between her and Chadwick, and that Zero Matter, man, it reminded me a little of Gravitonium, but then I also thought of the Kree monoliths as well. I just want to know what it is and what it does.

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One of the things I liked about Agent Carter before was the relationships between characters, whether they were friends, potential love interests or enemies, and that applies here as well. There’s a lot of fun or dramatic moments with Peggy in these first few episodes whether it between her and Jarvis, Thompson or Sousa and it is interesting to see how these moments play out considering where these characters were in season 1 and where they are now. I also like the sense of progression from season 1, where times have changed, we’ve moved past the post-war era and are entering a world that’s a little more fun, exciting and unexpected as well. The change of scenery has allowed for a great new colour palette, different types of locations (like movie sets and jazz clubs) and gives the show a sense of scope that hasn’t been present before.

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As for the cast I’m really enjoying the returning and new cast members as well. Hayley Atwell hasn’t lost a step as she’s still just a beautiful, witty and badass as she was before, but this time round she’s a more emotionally open and funnier than before. James D’Arcy continues to be hilarious and full of surprises as Edwin Jarvis with his new training regimen and need for adventure. Enver Gjokaj as Daniel Sousa is my favourite of the returning cast as he’s changed so much with him becoming a Chief of another department of the SSR and having a new girlfriend that he wants to marry, while also having feelings for Peggy too. seeing how his life has changed and some of the emotional turmoil that he’s dealing with is great to watch. also seeing the return of Chad Michael Murray as Jack Thompson and Bridget Regan as Dottie Underwood was also welcome, however, I am very curious to know where Dottie’s gone and when she’ll cross paths with Peggy again because I really love it when Dottie’s around being all creepy and subtly psychotic. And with the new characters, Lotte Verbeek as Ana Jarvis is just a delight to watch, Reggie Austin also introduces some nice character moments as Jason Wilkes, and while I like Currie Graham as Calvin Chadwick, it’s his wife that was way more fascinating with Wynn Everett doing a really good job as Whitney Frost.

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I can’t wait to see where this show goes in the next few episodes, I’m hoping for something a little more exciting and superpowered than before, but so far Agent Carter‘s second season is off to a great start.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2016 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Ride Along 2

Howdy people of the internet, time for another review and today I’ll be talking about Ride Along 2. Now I had no intention of seeing this film because it was sequel no one asked for and from the trailers it looked like the first film again just with a slighty different story and set of characters. But when my friend invited me along to see it I said “Fuck it why not?” And now I’m gonna give you my thoughts on this sequel.

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The story for the film can be described as the following:

“As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who’s supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product.”

I was actually going into this film ready to shit on it, but it was better than I expected, just a bit haha. This film was basically the same as the last film in the sense that there’s a lot of the same jokes, scenarios and story beats repeated and some of it is tolerable and some it just felt tiresome. I didn’t really care for the story, it wasn’t that engaging, I was just looking for laughs and to my surprise this film actually had me laughing. The humour in this film is pretty ridiculous and stupid, but once I got into the silly nature of the film there were several points where I actually laughed and was having a good time.

When it comes to the cast they’re fine. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are the same as the ever were as Detective James Payton and Officer Ben Barber, while some of their personal situations have changed, Cube and Hart are pretty much just being themselves again. Sometimes it worked and sometimes I felt like rolling my eyes a little. Ken Jeong as A.J. felt similar to some of his previous roles that he’s done, but it didn’t stop him from being pretty fun at certain points. Also Olivia Munn as Maya Cruz, besides being super gorgeous Munn’s performance felt a little wooden and I didn’t really by her playing this tough lady cop and Benjamin Bratt was fine as Antonio Pope, he was charming and sneaky. And finally Bruce McGill was fine as Lieutenant Brooks and Tika Sumpter still looked hot as hell as Angela Payton-Barber and it was nice to see more for her in this film.

In conclusion Ride Along 2 was much better than I expected considering the negative reviews I’d seen online beforehand, while I won’t be watching it agin anytime soon, it made me laugh and it wasn’t a complete waste of time at the cinema. If you’re a fan of the first film or Kevin Hart then you’ll have fn with this, but for everyone else I would probably say skip it.

So have you seen Ride Along 2 and if so what did you think? Be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next film review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Update On My Current Posting

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Howdy people of the internet, for all the people who follow me on a regular I just wanted to post an update relating to the scheduling of my upcoming posts and stuff.

So as you may have noticed my film reviews are less frequent than before, but they are still there. I seem to be going to the cinema only once a week and just checking out major releases and even then there’s a ton of them that I’ve missed, I mean recently the best I’ve done was see The Revenant twice this week and that was because both me and my dad were falling asleep during the first viewing haha. I am committed to talking about films on this blog and so I am going to try and increase my cinema and home film viewings by at least 30-50 percent.

As for TV I know a good few of my favourite shows have started up again like Agent Carter, The Flash, Star Wars Rebels and so on, and I’m not quite ready to get What I’m Currently Watching back off the ground to the weekly Friday format, but I still wanna give my thoughts so I will try to sort something out for that within the next two weeks. In the meantime check out my reviews on The Revenant and The Peanuts Movie to hold you over.

Basically what I’m trying to say is don’t give up on me yet, I’ve still got a lot to give. 😀

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2016 in Life

 

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My Top 11 Most Anticipated Films of 2016

Howdy people of the internet, time for the penultimate blog post in this series based on upcoming films in 2016 with my top 11 most anticipated films of the year.  If you haven’t already, check out PART 1, 2 & 3 of my 2016 film preview. It’s a little late considering that we’re three weeks into January, but hey its better late than never right? Unlike last year this year’s list won’t be in any particular order.

Triple Nine

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This is a film I’ve been looking forward to for a good while, I just like the concept of the story and the blackmail and corruption involved, plus the choice of actors and actresses is so good and its crazy to see some of these TV and film stars together in one place. I’m really interested in seeing how these actors come together especially when it comes to Norman Reedus, Aaron Paul, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Anthony Mackie.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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I believe my hype for this film has dropped a good deal since the release of the second trailer, but my hype for the film isn’t dead. For me what I like about this film so far is the initial tension between Bruce and Clark, the differences in their ideals, their main confrontation and the amount of chaotic action that ensues. But I am concerned about Lex Luthor, what will happen after the Batman and Superman beef is over with the Doomsday Troll monster and how this film will introduce Wonder Woman and the other Justice League members, but here’s hoping it’ll work out and be badass.

Deadpool

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When it comes to Deadpool I am a massive fan of the character and his insane backstory, self-aware humour, violent and crazy personality. And for the longest time I’ve wanted to see a proper live-action version of this character and the trailers so far seem to be delivering all of the action, humour and violence that the character’s been known for. That being said I am concerned for the humour and the sexual references and I hope that the film will have better humour than most adult comedies.

Free State of Jones

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Since I saw the trailer for this I’ve been very intrigued, not only does the subject matter make for an interesting tale in film, but I’m also very curious to see what the cast do with this material and whether it’ll be as dramatic and emotionally engaging as I hope it’ll be.

The Jungle Book

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This film just has me full of curiosity and fascination, having a live-action/CGI hybrid adaptation of The Jungle Book is bizarre to me, but seeing the trailers leads me to believe that it’ll be cinematic experience worth seeing in the opening weekend. So far I’m liking the incredible visuals and the impressive voice cast as well, I can only hope that this film will be just as, if not more successful than Cinderella.

Suicide Squad

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I’ve already said how much I’m looking forward to this film, but for the sake of this post I’ll mention it again, I am really looking forward to this. The concept of getting some villains and forcing them to work together on a dangerous mission that could involve death has my interest. But more so than that I want to see if David Ayer can make these characters work because if so then the possibilities for future DC films are endless.

The Girl on the Train

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I haven’t even seen a trailer for this film, but the story and cast members Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson has my attention so that I don’t need any more of a reason to watch this. I can only hope the subsequent trailers and eventual film will be worth the wait.

Star Wars: Rogue One

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Also known as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (still is a horrible name) is the next Star Wars film, it’s a spin-off/prequel and there’s a lot of hype and speculation behind this from fans and critics. Since it’s set before A New Hope I’m curious to see what kind of stakes the heroes will take on and there are questions to ask like: 1) Who will survive? 2) What original characters will make cameos? 3) Will Darth Vader make an appearance? 4) Will there be any tie-ins to Episodes VII, VIII and IX? Regardless of the answers I’m curious to see what Gareth Edwards does with this film and what Donnie Yen will do in the film as well.

Doctor Strange

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So Doctor Strange, ah man, I have so much hype for this film its mad. Marvel Studios have taken a good deal of risks over the years with Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy and recently with Ant-Man, and each of those films have introduced some new and creative elements to not only the MCU, but also to superhero films in general and I believe this film won’t be any different. Doctor strange is one of the most interesting character with his characters, backstory and mythos relating to the villains, different realms and magical abilities. I want to see how the supernatural elements get incorporated into the MCU and if this film is good then I’m gonna freak out yo!

Bourne 5

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It’s the return of the Bourne series, with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, what’s not to like? I know I never wanted a sequel to Ultimatum, but hell if Greengrass and Damon have a relevant story that they feel like telling that would further this franchise want to see it.

Captain America: Civil War

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And of course I had to have Civil War on this list. 🙂 The MCU has been forming nicely over the years and while not all of the films have been hits, the Captain America series so far has done well especially with Winter Soldier and Civil War may be the best entry in the trilogy. This film looks to change the way the heroes function in the world with superhero accountability from the government and pitting Cap against Iron Man for a superhero royal rumble. With friends on opposing sides, new heroes like Black Panther and Spider-Man showing up and a tone similar to Winter Solider, I believe that this will be the ultimate Marvel sequel. Now I got overly hyped about Age of Ultron, so I’m learning to manage my expectations, but I believe the Russo brothers and Marvel Studios have gotten this one right though.

So that’s my top 11 list done, hope you enjoyed my choices. So what are your most anticipated films of 2016 and are any of your entires on my list? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2016 in Films, Media

 

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QUICK REVIEW: The Peanuts Movie

Howdy people of the internet and today I’m continuing my 2015 film catch-up session with The Peanuts Movie (aka Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie). I missed this film when it was originally released, but since I had some free time yesterday I decided to check it out and now I’m ready to pass judgement.

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The story can be described as the following:

“Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron.”

The story was simple yet familiar. but it was certainly an enjoyable one. The film operates in two halves; the one that focuses on Charlie Brown’s story and the other on Snoopy’s side story. For anyone who has seen any of the Peanuts TV shows or specials, they’ll be in be in nostalgic heaven as this film took a lot of elements from the source material, but also found a way to update some of the classic elements in ways that felt relevant. What I loved about this film was how well it captured the essence of what made the old TV adaptations so enjoyable, there’s that same sense of wit, charm and relatability, but there’s also lot of interesting moral and ethical life lessons in this film that certain animated films lack. Now one could argue that this film relies too heavily on nostalgia and there were moments where I did feel like I was just reliving the past with no variation, but it never got to the point where I hated it.

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As for the characters they’re all there and kicked ass. Everyone you could think of showed up had a moment in the sun whether you’re talking about Snoopy and Woodstock or Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Lucy, etc. It was delightful to see all of these characters again with all of their interesting personality and physical traits intact, and I also liked seeing some more moments dedicated to some of my favourite people like Franklin and Pig-Pen. But I LOVED Charlie Brown though, this kid has been my favourite for years purely because he’s one of the most unlucky people in the history of existence, and yet he’s so kind and righteous, you just want the kid to succeed and those characteristics were evident in this film as well. I felt so bad for this kid when he was failing that it hurt, but I also loved when he was the right side of success as well and I really liked Noah Schnapp brought to the role. Also Snoopy was still just as loveable, charismatic and creative as ever with his interactions with the other children, but also while on his Red Baron adventures. I also have to give a shout-out to Alex Garfin who did a fabulous job voicing as Linus, Garfin sounded spot-on to the original voice actor.

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When it comes to the presentation it is nearly flawless. Visually this film takes a 3D CGI approach to the animation as opposed to the old 2D traditional style, but interestingly the filmmakers reworked the art and animation style to mimic the old cartoons. So when characters move, dance or talk it looks just like it did back in the day but with a 3D coat of paint, and besides certain moments where the CGI looked a bit jarring, otherwise it was gorgeous to look at. Oh and the music is great too, besides the use of modern music which wasn’t for me, this film included several of the classic Vince Guaraldi music which still sounds as great as ever. But I also have to hand it to Christophe Beck for his awesome film score which felt new, but also appropriate to the tone of Peanuts and there were some absolutely gorgeous pieces especially when it came to “Fifi’s Theme“.

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In conclusion The Peanuts Movie is everything you want from an animated children’s film, it has humour, adventure, style, charm and heart. For long-term fans it provides the right level of nostalgia and for people new to the franchise it’s a unique and relatable experience that they may fall in love with too. This film was everything I wanted to be and more, and I’m gutted I didn’t see it sooner as I ADORED this film and it should be seen by everyone as soon as possible!

Rating: 8.5/10

So have you seen The Peanuts Movie and if so what did you think of it? Please be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next film review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Suicide Squad Trailer #2

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another one of those trailer reviews and today I’m here to talk about the newest trailer for Suicide Squad. Now I’m pretty sure I did a review for the first trailer last year, but according to my archives I didn’t. I really enjoyed the first trailer and since then my interest in the film has only increased, the new posters were cool, but I was just waiting for the new trailer and later on it was dropped.

So here’s the trailer below:

Now I only got to see this trailer just before I got to go to work around 10am today and I was impressed. This trailer has a nice sense of personality and charm, and while we don’t get too many new details when it comes to the story, we do learn a few more details like:

  1. The fact that we see the villains taken from jail to another undisclosed location and drafted into a team.
  2. We see more individual moments from the members of the squad.
  3. And we start to see some hints as to what the squad will be up against.

This trailer is all about Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, I just love this girl’s enthusiasm, personality and timing for humour through her strange personality. Robbie just steals the spotlight and it’s not just because of how gorgeous she is in her costume, but more so because she has some of the best dialogue and scenes. Just behind her was Jared Leto as the Joker, while this trailer doesn’t show much more than before, it did allow us hear him speak and laugh and illustrate this new interpretation of madness. It remains to be seen whether he’ll be a super memorable Joker when compared to what’s come before, but I’m sure he’ll be great. I really enjoyed seeing more of the characters Deadshot, Enchantress and her creepy smoke aura, and more moments of Rick Flag and Captain Boomerang (who looks pretty funny as played by Jai Courtney). And it also helps that the trailer included “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, besides “Don’t Stop Me Now“, this is one of the most popular of Queen songs and it was well interrogated into the trailer with specific scenes and moments. And while I don’t need famous songs in trailers, this was one of the better ones with the action cut to the music which amplified the visuals.

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To conclude Suicide Squad looks like a lot of fun, and this new trailer only increases my excitement. Now It’s probably not in the high-end of my most anticipated films of 2016, but it’s very charismatic, colourful, action-packed and humourous. The film could be okay, but I’m hoping it’ll be much more than that and help launch the DC cinematic universe beyond Batman V Superman and the upcoming Justice League and Wonder Woman films.

So have you seen the second trailer for Suicide Squad and if so what do you think of it? Are you more or less excited than before? Be sure to drop me a comment and I’ll see ya on the next review! 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2016 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: The Revenant

So there’s been a lot of hype surrounding this film for many months especially with Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s filming in natural light and Leonardo DiCaprio’s hopes for an Oscar win too, and after this film came out last year in the US there was so much hype and positivity for the film. For me I’ve been wanting to see this for SO long and my hype levels were super high, and finally got to see it last night and I can pass judgement.

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The plot can be described as the following:

I have to mention before I continue that I hate watching films in the cinema at night, I tend to get tired and drift in and out of the film and I did during the middle of this film so there were a few plot details that I missed. With that in mind I did enjoy this story. This was a tale of survival, trial over adversity and revenge. There was a great deal of tension, drama, suffering and loss involved and it was handled with a great deal of care, style and bluntness. Some of the events that took place in this film are just insane, things got violent, dangerous and cruel at several points, and its mad to think of anyone actually enduring any of these events. This story was certainly intriguing, however, it didn’t unfold the way I expected and felt a little on the long side, now I hate to say that, but towards the middle the film kind of dragged and the story wasn’t as engaging as it was in the first and last act.

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As the cast, they were great. Firstly Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass was amazing, this character had to endure so much mentally and physically and DiCaprio really committed 110% to this role with the physicality and emotional material he had to work with. Not to be dismissed, Tom Hardy was excellent as John Fitzgerald, he was a character who had his own agenda and a mean personality and Hardy was really good in the role and I think this is his best performance so far. Domhnall Gleeson was also great as Captain Andrew Henry and Will Poulter as Jim Bridger had a bigger role than I expected and he was really impressive especially in the dramatic moments.

Presentation-wise this film was AMAZING! Seriously the visual side of things was insanely good with such a great attention to detail with the cinematography with awesome shots of the landscape, wonderful lighting and use of colour, intimately framed camera shots and insanely choreographed tracking shots that were a marvel to watch especially during the action sequences where multiple characters were involved. as for the music it was pretty dramatic and poignant throughout thanks to the score crafted by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto and Bryce Dessner.

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In conclusion The Revenant was a good film with stunning cinematography and fabulous performances from the cast, that being said I think I let the hype get the better of me and I ended up not enjoying th film as much as I’d hoped. That being said this was an incredible film that needs to be watched in the cinema.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen The Revenant and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2016 Part 3

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to Films to look out for in 2016! This is my preview of upcoming films that I believe deserve your attention. In PART 1 I covered films from January to March, in PART 2 I’ll covered April to July and in this post I’ll be covering July to December. This was actually meant to be out sooner but I’ve been a little busy as of recent haha.

Now before we begin I have two main things I need yo point out:

  1. Obviously a lot films come out, so if they’re not on my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care…
  2. 2015 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there. 😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

Suicide Squad

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Release Date: August 5th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Man I’m so curious about this film. After the trailer was released my interest in the film went way up to the point where I’m more hyped to see this film over Batman V Superman. I just like the concept of seeing a group of misfit bad guys come together and form a team and see what kind of madness ensues. I like the cast including Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Viola Davis among some others, the action and character development look solid and if handled correctly this could open so many doors for other potential DC properties in the near future.

The Infiltrator

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Release Date: August 31st (USA)

There’s no UK release date for this one yet, but I like the sound of the premise plus we can never have enough of crime thrillers and Bryan Cranston yo.

Sully

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Release Date: September 9th (USA), December 2nd (UK)

Any time Clint Eastwood has a new film coming out it has my interest and while not all of his recent films have been hits, they are at least worth checking out for the source material he draws from or the acting talent he’s able to bring on board.

The Magnificent Seven

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Release Date: September 23rd (USA & UK)

I find it crazy that this film even exists. A lot of people I know (my parents included) tell me that the original Magnificent Seven is loved and highly regarded and to add on top of that Seven Samurai the original film that started it all is regarded as one of the best films ever, so to know that there’s another version coming out just seems unnecessary. But with a cast including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio, I’m down for it.

The Girl on the Train

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Release Date: October 7th (USA & UK)

I’ve heard news about this on Collider Movie Talk a few months back and I definitely want to see how it turns out considering the fact that it’s a mystery thriller, it’s directed the man who did “The Help” and “Get On Up” and it also stars Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson, mate I’m all in!

The Accountant

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Release Date: October 7th (USA), November 4th (UK)

This is a another film with an interesting premise and good cast too, I like thrillers and this film has great selection of talent including Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal and Cynthia Addai-Robinson from Arrow, yo this film has my attention yo. 🙂

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

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Release Date: October 21st (USA & UK)

I really enjoyed Jack Reacher back in 2013, it was the better of the recent Tom Cruise films that wasn’t Mission Impossible 4, plus it was just a little different to come of the other Cruise performances that I’d seen. And while I didn’t need a sequel I am interested to see where the sequel goes, I just hope that director Edward Zwick can liven up this sequel and make it better than then the last.

Doctor Strange

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Release Date: November 6th (USA), October 28th (UK)

I have a lot of hope for this film, while I’ve never been a big fan of Doctor Strange I have come to appreciate his talents in the Marvel comics and animated material since the latter side of my teen years, and now that he’s coming to Marvel his an actor like Benedict Cumberbatch playing th title character, I’m all over this. I really want to see Marvel Studios commit to the magical/supernatural side of things that’ll make Asgard and the Microverse feel so normal by comparison.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Release Date: November 18th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I am very curious to see how this film turns out, unlike the Harry Potter films very I was aware of the source material before the films came out, this on the other hand is completely alien to me. The teaser didn’t wow me and I’m not sure about the premise either, but since it is coming from author J.K. Rowling and stars Eddie Redmayne I’m willing to give this film a chance.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Release Date: December 16th (USA & UK)

Rogue One is an interesting film for several reasons: 1) It is the first spin-off film in the franchise. 2) It’s plot about stealing the Death Star plans ties directly into A New Hope. And 3) It feels more like a heist/war film which is different for the Star Wars films series. This film has me excited for all of those reasons, but in addition to that we have Gareth Edwards at the helm who has done good work with Monsters and Godzilla (2014) and I want to see what his creative mind can apply to Star Wars, but add on top of that talent like Felicity Jones, Donnie Yen and Benicio del Toro and you have a film I need in my system sooner rather than later.

Assassin’s Creed

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Release Date: December 21st (USA), December 30th (UK)

Much like Warcraft this film needs to be successful if we’re to see more video game adaptations in the future. I’m hopeful for it with Michael Fassbender as  the lead with Marion Cotillard, Michael K. Williams, Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson involved I’m all over this. The AC games have such a great and rich mythos to draw from, I just hope that it gets adapted well with good action sequences, lovely locations and cinematography.

Passengers

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Release Date: December 21st (USA) December 23rd (UK)

This is one of those films I heard about and as soon as the cast got attached I was all over it. I love space-based stories and this one sounds super interesting and with Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen and Laurence Fishburne attached, I’m hyped for this one.

So finally that’s PART 3 done. Thanks a lot for reading. Are any of the films listed on your personal list of films to watch? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and coming back to see my Most Anticipated Films of 2016! Laters 😀

 
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