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E3 2018 Recap & Personal Hightlights

Howdy ladies and gents, how’s it going? It is currently June and we’ve just experienced what can be described as the Christmas-like period for al gamers known as E3. And even though I haven’t been feeling up to doing much blogging these days, there was no way I wasn’t going to comment on the recent happenings in video game news and reveals. So what I’ll do is discuss the conferences I saw and enjoyed and talk about the pros and cons, and then highlight my favourite games below. Okay with all that out

Press Conferences (Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft & Nintendo)

With the press conferences I watched what was relevant to me, so naturally, I skipped EA because why not? I don’t play Bethesda games so I skipped that one (not that I hate them, I just don’t play their games). I’m not a PC guy so I skipped that show and since I knew most of Square Enix’s material would show up in other places I skipped that one too.

Firstly you have Microsoft, the press conference that I didn’t have much hope for, I mean I had a feeling Microsoft would show us something, but I feel like they went far and beyond with the conference just dishing out game after game after game with additional information about Game Pass, new developers they’d acquired and stuff like that. And while not all of the reveals were exclusive, the fact that they even got shown at all was really fun and compelling for the games I wanted to see. I really feel like Microsoft took what Sony did before and just blasted us with games and I loved it. And sure not all of them had immediate release dates, but to know they existed made me happy. Starting off the conference with a look at a new Halo game, Halo Infinite was pretty cool, and from there we were bombarded with game announcements with some of my favourites being the super cool-looking Sekio: Shadows Die Twice, Devil May Cry 5, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the Cuphead DLC, Jump Force and the gorgeous-looking Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Also seeing stuff like a new Battletoads or another Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer was cool, and Forza Horizon 4 looks absolutely amazing

Ubisoft was also really good, well, for the stuff I liked anyway. The way they started with the Just Dance sequence was strangely interesting at first but then went on for too long and after a while, I was wondering when they were gonna end it. The stuff I liked started with the Mario and Rabbids Donkey Kong DLC which looked really fun and I’m definitely considering picking it up later in the year, seeing Trials Rising was really cool as I really liked playing Trials Fusion a few years ago at uni and Beyond Good and Evil 2 used another cinematic trailer, but it was far more story-driven and cinematic and made me way more interested in the game than I was last year. Starlink: Battle for Atlas was another game I saw last year and liked the look of and the inclusion of Star Fox has only made my interest increase, but the real surprise was Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, I honestly wasn’t expecting the game to be all that intriguing, but I was quite taken back by the visuals, gameplay and story elements. I haven’t played an Assassin’s Creed game yet but I really am curious to see how this one turns out later on in the year.

As for Sony I’m not gonna lie, they disappointed me this year. I understand what they were trying to do with their stylised presentation and wanting to focus on specific major games. But the way it was presented was pretty bad, it just felt clunky, slow and took a little while to get going. That being said, when it did focus on the games we were treated to some good stuff. Last of Us 2 looked very compelling and brutal and Death Stranding still has me with more questions than answers but I enjoyed what I saw. But the two games that really stood out to me was Ghosts of Tsushima and Spider-Man. With Tsushima, we had the cinematic trailer last year but no gameplay, but this year we saw the game in action and it looked gorgeous with such striking camera angles, lighting, beautiful art and interesting story and gameplay elements. I love samurai stuff so to have a big budget game tackle this kind of subject matter has me hooked. And then there’s Spider-Man which has only gotten better each time its been shown and even though the game’s out in September, I still found myself gushing about the new story and gameplay elements. But the real surprise was Resident Evil 2, after hearing about the remake for so long, to see it finally revealed was great.

I thought Nintendo did well, but I have seen online that the reception on the Direct was very mixed, some loved it, while many were disappointed. So let me just say this, I think some people expected a lot and were disappointed by the lack of appearances from certain games like Yoshi and Metroid Prime 4, which were both teased last year but have had no additional details. Animal Crossing fans didn’t get their new game and none of the rumours surrounding the Star Fox racing game, F-Zero and some other stuff didn’t come to light… So yeah if you’re not overly hyped for Smash and some of the other game reveals then I can understand the disappointment. That being said, I LOVE Smash Bros., and while I didn’t expect it to be covered for so long, it’s pretty much the big release of 2018 so I was delighted to see so much of it. The rest of the Direct had some cool stuff especially with Daemon x Machina, Super Mario Party, Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC, and third-party games in that montage. And while the leaks definitely took away a lot of the surprise, I was still happy to see Dragon Ball FighterZ and Overcooked 2 shown. The Treehouse segment really did well to highlight Pokemon Let’s Go in action and good gravy the nostalgia started to hit me hard when I saw Viridian Forest and Pewter City, the visual enhancements are insane from visual aesthetic to all the minor and major detail in the animation and art direction, but it was really the music that grabbed me, good gravy I need to get this game so I can listen to the music.

My Game Highlights

Now I’m just going to list all of the games that stood out to me or that I am super looking forward to from now until next, and this was a tough list to construct in some ways but I think I have a solid list here.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

This was easily the first game to jump out at me and grab my interest. I LOVE action adventure games and samurai stuff, and the fact that it is coming from the developers of Dark Souls makes me happy and nervous. I’m excited for the gameplay that looks fast, intense, methodical and satisfying with movement and combat, but because it is coming from FromSoftware, their games are hard as hell and I dunno if I want to jump into that kind of game just to have my ass handed to me on multiple occasions. We’ll see. but the game does look hella cool.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

I think I recall seeing this game last year and I thought it looked good, but I don’t recall it looking this great. Ori and the Blind Forest is a game I’ve been wanting to play for a few years now, but this game just looks like it’s on another level with its sense of scope, colour scheme, lighting and overall beautiful and atmospheric visuals. I know graphics aren’t everything but those graphics really are stunning and it just looks even better in movement in gameplay with the combat and platforming. I’ll be keeping my eye on this one for sure.

Jump Force

Just a few weeks ago I was talking to my friend about Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars on the DS and how I had hoped that they’d make another game, and while this isn’t a 2D Smash Bros-like fighter like the games I just mentioned, it is a crossover fighting game featuring the noteworthy characters from Shonen Jump in an arena-based fighting game and I’m down with the idea. When I saw the trailer and saw Naruto and then the appearance of my boys Luffy, Goku and Frieza I got very giddy. Now so far from what I’ve seen this game has potential with the super over-the-top attacks, scene transitions and fast combat speed, but the movement also looks very choppy and animations needing a lot of refinement. I know this is an E3 build of the game so they have plenty of time to polish things up, I just want something fun to play with some of my favourite anime characters.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

I’ve only become a fan of the new Tomb Raider games last summer after playing the first game last summer, I still haven’t played Rise yet, but I will. Either way, I really liked what I saw of this new game especially when it comes to the story. To see Lara is such different mindset, so hasty, self-centred and causing chaos in pursuit of her own interests is very intriguing to me. Beyond that, I am curious to explore this new world that is apparently much bigger than the previous games and I really want to try out all those new combat mechanics. I was pretty stealthy when it came to playing the 2013 reboot, but there are so many more options for distraction, camouflage and stealth kills which are so much more brutal than before. I’m very excited about this one.

Kingdom Hearts 3

What can I say about Kingdom Hearts 3 that hasn’t been said already? I want it, I need it, sure it sucks that we have to wait until January 2019 to play it, but with the amount of the game that we’ve seen I think its close completion so we can actually play the bloody thing after all the years of waiting. I didn’t expect there to be multiple trailers released, I watched them all and the game still looks fantastic and crazy with the Keyblade transformations and summon abilities, but it was the new worlds revealed that really caught my eye. With Frozen it was an inevitability that it’d make its way into KH considering how big that film is not only for Disney but just in general. I think the world and characters look great, but I was actually more interested in the return to the Pirates of the Caribbean world with Jack Sparrow and all of those characters look so much prettier and the world having such a great sense of scope.

Resident Evil 2 Remake

I had heard a lot of talk about this remake for a while and I wondered when we’d get around to seeing it, I just didn’t expect that it would drop during Sony’s press conference. The game looks SO good, I don’t even play Resident Evil games, but I’ve appreciated them from afar and have waited for this particular remake for a while and man it is delivering with its modern gameplay aspects, but still keeping the spirit of the original and horror elements intact.

Ghosts of Tsushima

If it wasn’t for two more games below this would be my game of E3. Last year when this game was teased I knew it’d be something to look out for, but I did not expect something on this level of polish and detail. The game looks absolutely stunning with the lighting, camera work and fluid animation and the combat is just how I’d imagine a samurai fight going down with fights that have precision, weight and timing, what they showed in that E3 demo was so beautiful. This is the samurai game I’ve always wanted, and at the same time, it is the one I didn’t know I wanted as well. I watched a panel with some of the developers on the game and it was so insightful and you could see that these people really care about the source material they are drawing from and want to make a deeply captivating and immersive experience that pays homage to Japan and the samurai films it draws from.

Spider-Man

Oh Spider-Man, what can be said that hasn’t been said already? It looks great, the web-slinging looks amazing, the combat looks varied and creative with what you can do upfront or in a stealthy manner. I am seriously digging the E3 trailer that showed off The Raft prison and several of Spidey’s key villains including Shocker, Rhino, Scorpion, Vulture and this mystery guy we couldn’t see off-screen. I am just in love with the game with everything I see and hear about the game, I just need it to be September so I can grab this game already haha.

Fire Emblem: Three Kingdoms

I remember when this game was announced last year and I was really hyped to see what a home console Fire Emblem game would look like after playing Awakening and Fates on 3DS and Three Kingdoms looks really good. It is essentially taking the core mechanics from the 3DS games and upgrading them not only in the visuals but with some cool extra game mechanics. The visuals look lovely and I like the new sense of scope and verticality with the environments that obviously couldn’t be done on 3DS but can be done in HD. I also love how the transition from the grid to watching your attack animations also has multiple soldiers on the battlefield with you enhancing the feeling of your fights feeling like a major battle. And I’m really liking the new squad formation attacks and special moves that you can perform now, oh Spring 2019 can’t come fast enough haha.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Holy crap, like dear god, what even happened when this part of the Direct dropped? I had so many hopes and fears for Smash 5 in terms of the roster, whether it’d be a new game or an enhanced port and what kind of stuff would be shown. And Sakurai and Nintendo just blew my frigging mind. Seeing the game’s new shiny visuals were great, and all the new stages, music, assist trophies, Pokemon, and tweaks to the game mechanics were great. But it was that roster that really got me. When they said everyone was available, I bloody lost it. 😛 I got so giddy to see Snake and Wolf come back, but then there was also Young Link, Ice Climbers, Ryu and Mega Man and more, and they all looked great. And to top it all off they frigging added my girl Daisy and then bloody RIDLEY at the end!!! Good god, it was like every wild dream come to life, fan service overload!!!!! It feels so surreal that it’s real, but all I can say is that December can’t get here quick enough! I NEED SMASH!

Conclusion

All in all, I’d say I had a good E3 viewing experience. The games I wanted to see exceeded my expectations, for the most part, I got what I wanted and while there wasn’t much in the way of surprises, what did catch me off guard was very pleasant. I’d say the future of gaming looks bright for us gamers for the next several months and good gravy by the end of the year my wallet will be destroyed because of all the game I need to buy haha.

But anyway how about you? What did you think of E3 2018? Was it good, bad or indifferent for you? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comment section below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! 😀

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Posted by on June 15, 2018 in Media, Video Games

 

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QUICK THOUGHTS: Venom Trailer

Howdy ladies and gents, how’s it going? So yeah I know it has been a while since I posted anything on this blog and the lack of content will be addressed in a future post soon, but for the time being, let’s move onto the to the topic of hand; that new Venom trailer. Now I have been very sceptical and uninterested in this film since it was announced, and it was only Tom Hardy that kept my attention, and it also didn’t help that the first teaser trailer was a whole load of nothing. I know a teaser trailer is meant to give you a small piece of the film, but what was teased back then was dull as hell. Fast forward to now with a proper trailer that looks a heck of a lot more promising, and today I’ll just share my brief thoughts on it.

Check out the trailer below:

So my initial impressions were this, “Oh well this looks a heck of a lot better than I expected, I’m curious now.” Let’s just get the main talking point out of the way first; Venom, we get to see him in all his creepy/beautiful glory and he looks accurate to the comics and that is all I could have asked for. The face and transformation look solid and the voice sounds good too. Now I’m curious how long it’ll take before we see Venom and how much of him we’ll see throughout because I’m sure a lot of people will be disappointed if his screen time is relegated to the final act of the film or something. In addition to that, I like the direction of the story with Eddie being some kind of secret reporter who gets into an unexpected and dangerous situation and then has the symbiote starts to take over him, that’s cool. I’m not gonna lie though some of the story beats I saw in this trailer felt familiar and not in a good way but hey I guess we’ll wait and see. Also, so far this film films like an isolated solo adventure, there are no references to Spider-Man, New York (as far as I can remember) or the MCU (which I didn’t expect there to be because that was made apparent before the film went into production), so I am curious to see how a story with Eddie Brock/Venom adventure will operate without Peter Parker/Spider-Man being around to be the catalyst. Will it be a unique, captivating and interesting story about a guy thrown into a villain situation or will it be generic with questionable story elements? Whatever the case is I’ll be watching regardless because this trailer genuinely has my interest now.

So have you seen the trailer for Venom and if so what did you think of it? Did it meet or exceed your expectations or were you underwhelmed? Let me know in comments section below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2018 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Oscars 2018 Recap (Audio Edition)

Howdy ladies and gents, how’s it going? So today is the day after the 90th Academy Awards and we have our winners of the awards being talked about online and now I’m going to throw my opinion into the mix with a quick recap of the Oscars… In audio form! Yeah rather than write a whole load of questionable words out, I thought it’d be more interesting to record an episode for the podcast to fully illustrate my positive and negative thoughts on those who won and those who didn’t.

Anyway here’s the episode:

So if you have any thoughts on the Oscars, the winners, losers, speeches, Kimmel’s hosting skills or anything else sure to drop them in the comment section below an I’ll see ya in the next post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2018 in Films, Media

 

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PODCAST: Best of Film Focus

Good day to you ladies and gents, today I just wanted to talk about my podcast, Film Focus and share with you some of the best episodes I have produced since I started back in 2016. And while I did highlight some of my favourite episodes in my first-anniversary post, I believe I have produced some better work since then and highlight my better work.

So without further ado here is a selection of some of my favourite/best episodes that I’ve done so far from the earliest to the latest:

Triple Review: Split, XXX: Return of Xander Cage & T2 Trainspotting

Even though I highlighted this episode before, it is still one my favourite and most unique episodes. Before this point, I had never thought of doing three mini reviews in one episode, the thought was a little mad to me and I thought it could be a mistake because I wasn’t giving each film a dedicated episode. However, it worked out in my favour because I was able to say enough about each film without going on too long, and it has gone on to be my second most played episode on Soundcloud which is awesome.

The Fate of the Furious Review

Even though I don’t talk about it too much, I did enjoy the last Fast and Furious film, it was fun, not my favourite of the franchise but still worth watching. And while I liked making this episode, for some reason, towards the latter half of the year it just picked up steam and became the most played episode on Soundcloud, its closing in on 500 plays which is insane to me, but hey I am not complaining in the slightest. 😛

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review

I make it no secret that Spider-Man: Homecoming was one of my favourite films of last year and while it wasn’t the best film, it just gave me a great sense of fun, youthful energy and difference from the Sony Spidey films of the past. And I think you can tell in this episode that I really enjoyed my time watching the film and it was a fun one to record.

Theme Songs in Superhero Films

This is the first episode where I truly got to talk about my love for the music that comes with superhero films and why I believe they are important aspects of these films. I enjoyed creating this episode a lot and putting it out there into the world.

2017 Summer Movie Recap

This is one of the most notable episodes of the podcast as it featured my first guest in the form of Drew from Drew’s Movie Reviews, and he was a lovely gentlemen who helped me go through most of the major films from of last summer from films we both saw and some that we saw individually. It is one of the longer episodes but it was hella fun.

Film Scores and Composers

Besides a few other episodes, this was the passion project that I really wanted to make an episode about since I started the podcast. Music in film is SO important to me and while I’m not well-versed in the proper descriptive terms to analyse film scores and composers, I am very passionate and I can tell you how film scores makes me feel and how I believe it enhances a film or works being the confines of the films they belong to.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

And so Drew thankfully returned to join me for my review of the latest Star Wars films and that was certainly an interesting episode for sure. We both had different opinions about the film, there were elements we agreed on, but there were also a few times where we were on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to how certain elements of the story, characterisation and evolution of the overall SW canon.

2017 Superhero Film Discussion

And finally, we have the episode where I had my second guest on the podcast, Eddie from Jaccendo to help me talk about the superhero films of 2017. With such a variety of films adapted from comic books last year there was a good deal of stuff to talk about, both good and bad, and what I enjoyed about recording this episode was having another person to bounce off of and offer a different opinion from my own. It is my longest episode but it was just a very casual, fun and nerdy conversation of the best kind. 🙂

Well, that is everything that I wanted to share, if you haven’t checked out my podcast yet I would appreciate if you subscribed on Soundcloud or iTunes and if you could sort me some comments or reviews that would be awesome! 🙂 Anyway until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2018 in Films, Media

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Justin Timberlake – Filthy

Well hello ladies and gents, time for a type of blog post I haven’t done for AGES, I’m doing a music review and specifically it’ll be a short review for Justin Timberlake’s recently released single; “Filthy“. I remember how excited I got when I found out that JT was releasing the first single from his upcoming album, I had no clue he was working on new stuff! I waited impatiently for the new music video, then watched it and went to listen to the song a few more times over the next few days. 🙂 Now I know the song’s been out for at least two weeks and I was meant to review it within the first few days, unfortunately, time got away from me, but now after listening to the song 8 times I think I’m ready to share my thoughts. 😛

Anyway check out the music video below:

I remember the first time I heard the song my immediate thoughts probably sounded like this: “It’s different, but I like it.” Much like JT’s previous first singles, this song is one that grows on you. I remember when “SexyBack” came out and I initially hated it, but eventually did a 180 and ended up loving it. And “Suit & Tie” in 2013 I liked and thought it was good, but then I fell in love with it. With “Filthy” it has a sound that is new and contemporary but also feels familiar. Upon my first listen I felt like.

I love the way the song starts up in a very triumphant and bombastic way and then drops into a funky beat with an R&B kind of sound mixed in with electronic elements. Lyrically this fits in with “SexyBack” being very sexual and sensual, but also fun and catchy. And while there’s repetition with some of the lyrics like “If you know what’s good” or “Haters gonna say it’s fake, so real”, I think it works in the context of the song, possibly enticing you to sing along. After my third or fourth listen I was obsessed with the song and was singing along with the intro and the line “Your friends, my friends and they ain’t leaving till six in the morning” was my favourite part. And in the last quarter of the sound when it proper switches up and goes hard with that electronic sound for a bit was surprising on my first listen, but it is delicious and really cool.

I guess my only nitpicks with the song would be two things: 1) The breathing in the background, while sexy breathing can fun in certain songs, in this song it is a little distracting. And 2) The song doesn’t feel like one that you can dance to, but maybe that will change when I hear it in the club. As for the music video, it is suitably odd yet captivating with JT as this Steve Jobs-like man presenting his robotic creation that can do all of these fancy dance moves.

In conclusion, Justin Timberlake’s “Filthy” is fun and sexy kind of jam, while it doesn’t have the instant replay and dance factor that’s come with his previous work, I think it is a fresh and addictive kind of sound that if you’re willing to accept, it will consume you in the best way. I know some have dismissed it already and that’s fine, people like what they like, but I for one will be jamming to this eagerly anticipating Man of the Woods when it drops next month! 😀

So what do you think of JT’s new sound? Are you feeling it or did you hope for something better? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments section below and I’ll see you in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2018 in Media, Music, Reviews

 

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Top 11 Most Anticipated Films of 2018

Howdy ladies and gents, I know its almost two weeks into January but today I shall be sharing with you my top 11 most anticipated films of 2018. I finished PART 1, 2 & 3 of my Films to Look Out For in 2018 lists, and now I’m finally ready to reveal the films I’m most looking forward to. Now, this list wasn’t too hard to put together unlike last year, though the placement was tricky after number 6 onwards. Anyway, let’s get on with this list. 🙂

11. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

So here we have another Spider-Man film, except with two very big differences: 1) It is an animated film and 2) Miles Morales is the main character instead of Peter Parker. These are aspects that make this new Spidey film very compelling to me. Also with Donald Glover voicing Miles and that wonderful teaser trailer that dropped a little while ago with that distinctive art style and animation, it has the potential to be a very interesting superhero film this year.

10. Mortal Engines

This is the first notable film from Peter Jackson since his Hobbit trilogy between 2012 to 2015, and I only watched the trailer not too long ago and I thought it looked crazy cool and intriguing.

9. The Predator

I really want this film to be good. Predator is one of my favourite films ever and since that first film, each new entry in the series has failed to capture the magic and badassery of the original. Predator 2 was interested in setting and situations but didn’t hold a candle to the original and Predators from 2010 had some great moments on the space planet and the one-on-one sword film with the Asian guy, but overall just felt like an imitation of the first with weak new elements. So with Shane Black returning to this franchise to write and direct I feel a sense of hope for this franchise, I just pray that it is good.

8. Mission: Impossible 6

It’s weird that this franchise has gone on for as long as it has, but I’ve been a big fan since the 4th film and Rogue Nation was another impressive entry in the series and introduces us to Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa Faust who was incredible. So with this new film, I have no clue what the story will be but I’m just excited to see this crew come back together, get into some crazy action sequences and take on Henry Cavill’s villain character.

7. Sicario 2: Soldado

I liked Sicario in 2015, mainly the introduction and the last third of the film, more so the latter because of what happened with Benicio del Toro’s character. So when I heard there’d be a sequel with his character being the focus I wasn’t super interested because I thought the first film worked as a solo adventure, however, after seeing the trailer I am way more excited for this film that looks even more aggressive, unfiltered and dirty.

6. Ready Player One

This film could just be okay, but I will admit that my hype levels for this film are pretty high. The concept sounds interesting, and all of those references from pop culture set my soul on fire! It looks like pure insanity and I know that visual spectacle and fan service doesn’t make a great film, but regardless of how it turns out I still think Steven Spielberg will deliver something fun.

5. Annihilation

I loved Ex Machina, it was in my top 10 of 2015 and since then I’ve been eagerly anticipating what Alex Garland would come up with and this film looks fascinating, strange and intriguing with a solid cast, interesting story and striking visuals.

4. Isle of Dogs

When I saw the trailer for this last year I thought it looked and felt like a Wes Anderson film and sure enough his name showed up in the trailer. The story sounds intriguing, the voice cast is insane and visual style is distinctive and eye-catching, this film may not be for everyone much like Fantastic Mr Fox but I really liked that film and this film looks like it’ll be a great adventure.

3.Black Panther

I have been waiting for this film for what feels like an eternity and while I have said that about a good few films over the last 4 years, this definitely applies to the Black Panther film. Black Panther was my favourite character from Civil War and I was ready for his solo film back in 2016, so after all the trailers, promotional images and interviews with the director and cast I’m stupid excited for this film.

2. Incredibles 2

14 years… 14 BLOODY YEARS! I have not wanted a sequel to a film as much as I have for The Incredibles. I saw it a few years after everyone else, but it captured my heart and imagination and remains to this day not only one of the best-animated films ever but also my of my all-time favourite films. And regardless of where the story goes, I need to experience it opening weekend! 😀

1. Avengers: Infinity War

Anyone who knows me knew that this would be number one. Regardless of the MCU formula when it comes to the story, tone and humour, I really love their films for the most part and this film has me the most hyped I’ve been for a film since Civil War in 2016. This is the culmination of 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so many years of build-up, creating this wide and varied world with cool characters and interesting stories, and now we have pretty much all of the characters joining up to take out the big bad; Thanos. And with that teaser trailer that got released not too long ago, my hype levels are stupidly high, I know I could be disappointed, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be one hell of a good time in April. 😀

And that’s my list finally done. So what are your most anticipated films of the year? Drop me a comment below and I’ll see ya in the next blog post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2018 in Films, Media

 

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Check Out The Impressions In Motion Podcast!

Howdy ladies and gents how’s it going? As some of you may be aware I have my own podcast, Film Focus which I have promoted via this blog since I started it almost two years now. But that is not the only podcast I have been part of. Back in September my best homie Chris and I started a podcast entitled Impressions In Motion; a podcast dedicated to the discussion of film, tv and video games.

I still haven’t made up a proper logo for the podcast yet because I haven’t come up with a fancy enough, but hopefully, I’ll be able to sort something out soon. We’re currently on Soundcloud and YouTube and while we’re getting some views on YouTube, Soundcloud is a little lacking at the moment. So I thought I’d spread the word on here and ask you, my blogging homies to help me out and check out my material.

Here are some of the best episodes:

 

 

 

And here’s the latest episode where my friend and I did our top 10 films of 2017:

 

Doing this podcast is a lot of fun for me and my mate, not only because we like to joke around and say a lot of stupid stuff. But also because we’re lovers of film and anime especially, but our interests are so different, so it is fun to hear my friend’s opinion as it informs me on films or something else I wasn’t previously aware of.

Anyway, if you have some free time and enjoy casual yet in-depth conversation about film, tv, video games and stuff of that nature then please check out our podcast, it is fun little time for sure. 😀

Podcast on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/impressionsinmotion

Podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1BOjv8CkxiZlJzvgeHHyQw/videos

Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/impressions-in-motion/id1323236990?mt=2

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2018 in Anime, Films, Life, Media, Reviews, Television

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2018 Part 3

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to Films to look out for in 2018! This is my preview of upcoming films that I believe you should check out this year. In PART 1 I covered films from January to March, in PART 2 I covered April to July and in this post, I’ll be covering August to December.

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

  1. Obviously, a lot of 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. 2017 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there. 😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

The Predator

Release Date: August 3rd (USA & UK)

I am a massive fan of the first Predator film, it brings me so much joy and nostalgia every time I watch it. Unfortunately, none of the sequels was able to capture the magic of the first film, Predator 2 was interesting but not as good and Predators had some great ideas but with questionable execution. So when I heard Shane Black was going to direct I got so excited, I also like several members of the cast and the new story and setting sounds interesting. I really hope the film’s good, these series needs a win.

Captive State

Release Date: August 17th (USA & UK)

Here’s the premise: “Set in a Chicago neighbourhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents.” That plot summary sounds very interesting and unique, plus I like Rupert Wyatt for what he did with Rise of the Planet of the Apes so I’ll be curious to see what he brings to this film.

The Darkest Minds

Release Date: September 14th (USA & UK)

I just looked this film up and the premise caught my interest; “After a disease kills 98% of America’s children, the surviving 2% develop superpowers and are placed in internment camps. A 16-year-old girl escapes her camp and joins a group of other teens on the run from the government.” Sounds familiar yet compelling, plus it has Amandla Stenberg from The Hunger Games and Gwendoline Christie from Game of Thrones, so I’m definitely intrigued.

Boy Erased

Release Date: September 28th (USA)

Here’s the premise: “The son of a baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program.” Sounds like a story full of hardship, drama and uncomfortable situations, and I’m curious to see how Joel Edgerton directs the film.

A Star Is Born

Release Date: October 5th (USA)

Normally I’m not interested in musicals, but in recent years I’ve made a habit of checking them out in the cinema if the right people are attached, and this film falls into that category. I’ve not seen any of the previous versions, but I’m curious to see this because A) It is being directed by Bradley Cooper which is intriguing and B) Cooper is the main star alongside Lady Gaga and I really want to know how they interact, plus Gaga can sing, I know that, but what about Cooper? I’m hella curious.

First Man

Release Date: October 12th (USA), November 2nd (UK)

I am curious about this film for a few reasons: 1) The subject matter is based on a true story about Neil Armstrong and the NASA mission to get to the moon. 2) The fact that this is Damien Chazelle’s first not related to music. 3) The cast including Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Corey Stoll and Kyle Chandler among others.

Mowgli

Release Date: October 19th (USA & UK)

A few years ago we found out that there would be two Jungle Book films, one that was a remake of the Disney animated classic from Jon Favreau and another version based on the source material made by Andy Serkis. Favreau’s version came out in 2016 and was really good so that definitely put pressure on Serkis’ version. And so after a few pushbacks, the film’s set to come out towards the latter half of the year and I’m curious to see how this film differs from the 2016 film with the visual effects, motion capture and story elements.

Widows

Release Date:  November 9th (UK), November 16th (USA)

Here’s the premise that grabbed my interest: “Four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.” I love a good crime thriller, this film sounds like fun and I like cast including Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Farrell, Jon Bernthal, André Holland, Daniel Kaluuya and Liam Neeson.

Creed 2

Release Date: October 13th (USA), October 20th (UK)

I really liked Creed back in 2015, was such a nice surprise and great continuation of the Rocky franchise with Adonis as the star and Rocky in the mentor role. While I really hoped that Ryan Coogler would come back, I knew it’d be next to impossible because of his work on Black Panther, so when I Sly Stallone said he’d direct I thought it’d be a decent choice considering his work on Rocky Balboa, but then he was changed for newcomer Steven Caple Jr. I’m concerned yet excited for the sequel.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

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

Now here’s the thing, when I first saw Wreck-It Ralph in the cinema, I was in love. It was the best animated film I’d seen since Toy Story 3, was very fun and original, and the video game references meant the world to me as they were overt and subtle at the same time. However, after a while, my love for this film really dwindled for some reason, but I’m still hyped to see what the sequel does with the internet as Ralph’s playground.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Release Date: December 14th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I’m so hyped for this film and it is all thanks to that teaser trailer. I had little interest in this film until I saw that trailer, and then everything changed. Now obviously this is just teaser trailer, but I really enjoy the look of this film with the art, lighting, animation and camera angles. Plus I’m excited to see what this film does with Miles Morales and the potential other Spider-related characters.

Mortal Engines

Release Date: December 14th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Well here we have the first major film from Peter Jackson since he finished the last film in the Hobbit trilogy and I’ve heard a lot of talk about it. I only recently read what it was about and seen the trailer, and I’m certainly intrigued. On paper, the premise sounds interesting, but that teaser really helps sell the gravity of the situation and it looks insane. I’m in.

Aquaman

Release Date: December 21st (USA & UK)

Oh Aquaman, I’m so very, very curious about you. The DC film universe is a bit of a mess at the moment, besides last year’s Wonder Woman, every film in this series has been mixed to negative in reception and Justice League didn’t leave everyone in a happy place after it ended. I think this film has the potential to be great mainly due to James Wan in the director’s seat, he’s very well established in the horror genre and I’m curious if he’ll bring any of that style into this new film.

Mary Poppins Returns

Release Date: December 21st (UK) December 25th (USA)

Okay so here’s the thing, I’ve never watched Mary Poppins the whole way through. I never saw it as a kid and I tried watching it during Boxing Day last year and I just couldn’t do it. The film felt so cheesy and insufferable, I could see elements of an enjoyable film, but it just wasn’t for me. That being said, I know the general gist of the first film and I’ll be curious to see where the sequel takes the story and if it’ll do the original justice or if fans will revolt. 😛

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 in the comment section below and come back soon to see my Most Anticipated Films of 2018! Peace out. 😀

 
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Films To Look Out For In 2018 Part 2

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to Films to look out for in 2018! This is my preview of upcoming films that I believe you should check out. In PART 1 I covered films from January to March, and in this post, I’ll be covering April to July.

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

  1. Obviously, a lot of 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. 2017 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there. 😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

A Quiet Place

Release Date: April 6th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

The main reasons I’m interested in this film is due to Emily Blunt’s involvement and the premise of a family hiding from a supernatural evil by not making noise and using sign language. It is an intriguing angle for a horror film considering how important sound is to the genre and that trailer was really atmospheric and cool so I’m curious to see how this

You Were Never Really Here

Release Date: April 6th (USA), March 9th (UK)

Trailer:

I had heard rumblings about this film via Collider Video or some online film-related thing online about this film from the Cannes Film Festival, so naturally, I want to see what’s going on with this film, plus it has Joaquin Phoenix in it too so I’m definitely interested.

Chappaquiddick

Release Date: April 6th (US)

Trailer:

This seems like such a crazy story and the fact that it’s based on true events only get me more excited to see how this story unfolds. While I’m not overly into political films, the cast and premise make this a film I have to see.

The New Mutants

Release Date: April 11th (UK), April 13th (USA)

Trailer:

I am very, very curious to see how this film turns out. The 20th Century Fox X-Men universe has been a series of highs and lows, and their best material with Deadpool and Logan have been isolated from the main series of films with a few references here and there. So I assume this film will follow suit. The teaser trailer was interesting but looks like another random horror film, the reason I’m interested is because of the horror mixed in with superhero source material. I hope it works out.

Beirut

Release Date: April 13th (USA)

I feel like a broken record but I like the premise of this film: “A former U.S. diplomat returns to service in order to save a former colleague in Beirut.” Add on top of that the writing talents of Tony Gilroy and the acting talent of Rosamund Pike, Jon Hamm and Shea Whigham, and you have an interesting political thriller worth checking out.

God Particle

Release Date: April 20th (USA)

Funnily enough I still haven’t seen 10 Cloverfield Lane yet and I can barely remember Cloverfield from the two times I saw it on TV around 6-8 years ago, and yet I’m still interested in watching God Particle because of the ties to the previous films but also because of the cast including Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, John Ortiz and David Oyelowo? I’m down.

Disobedience

Release Date: April 27th (USA), August 24th (UK)

“A woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish home after the death of her rabbi father and stirs up controversy when she shows an interest in an old childhood friend.” Interesting, plus it has Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz involved too

Avengers: Infinity War

Release Date: April 27th (UK), May 4th (USA)

Trailer:

Here we have the big film I’ve been waiting .for, the wait for Infinity War has felt like the longest thing ever and now it is only a few months away! The teaser trailer made me go crazy with excitement and while I know this film could potentially disappoint me because of my absurd hype levels, I have faith that the Russo Brothers, Kevin Feige and the cast will deliver an epic superhero adventure that will finally show us why Thanos is a badass villain.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Release Date: May 11th (USA)

Here we have another film I didn’t know about until I looked it up. The premise sounds interesting: “After her anxiety-ridden mother disappears, 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process.” Plus I like the cast including Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Judy Greer and Laurence Fishburne, and it is directed by Richard Linklater who is a great director and since he did School of Rock, Boyhood and one of my personal favourites, A Scanner Darkly, I’m curious to see how this film turns out.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Release Date: May 25th USA & UK)

I am SO curious to see how this film turns out. Now I never wanted this film to happen, I still don’t think it should exist, however, considering the behind-the-scenes drama with the production of this film, I want to see how it turns out. Will this be a good film or the worst of the new Star Wars films so far? I hope Ron Howard delivers the goods.

Deadpool 2

Release Date: June 1st (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I liked Deadpool from 2016, but I don’t think it was this super amazing comic book film that everyone was going on about. It was certainly different, violent, had good action and some funny moments, but I think some of the best jokes and action scenes were shown in the trailers and the majority of the film felt like the raunchy adult comedies that I don’t care for. I hope that the humour will be better and the action will be more extreme than before. The weird Bob Ross-inspired teaser was decent, but I hope I’ll like the new film more than the first.

Incredibles 2

Release Date: June 15th (USA) July 13th (UK)

Trailer:

14 years… That’s how long its been since the first Incredibles. I can’t believe it has taken so long for this sequel to be made, but I guess it is better late than never and with Brad Bird back to direct I’m sure he and the other members of Pixar have come up with a solid film. I just want to see what happened to this family after the original and see what they look like with today’s CGI.

Sicario 2: Soldado

Release Date: June 29th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Back in 2015, I liked Sicario, mainly the beginning and the final act, but it was that latter half of the film involving Benicio del Toro’s character that captivated me the most. So when I heard there was a sequel with his character as the focus I was excited and concerned because the first film worked well as a singular story. However, I don’t care, that trailer got me hyped. It looks similar to the first film but with a larger scope, no rules and more intensity.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Release Date: July 6th (USA), July 28th (UK)

Ant-Man was a surprise for me back in 2015, I enjoyed it far more than I expected and by the end of it I was very much looking forward to a sequel, and after the events of Civil War I really want to see how much crazier/worse Scott Lang’s life gets when he goes back to working on his solo adventures with mentor Hank Pym and new partner Hope as Wasp. I hope this film will have the same kind of creativity with its action sequences large and small, I’m also looking forward to Scott and Hope’s hero dynamic and I’m also ready for more of that great humour especially from Michael Peña.

Alita: Battle Angel

 

Release Date: July 20th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

It still feels a little surreal that this film is actually coming out. After so many years for being in development with James Cameron and then never coming to fruition in his hands, we eventually got another director, cast and fast forward to this year, and we have a trailer and release date of June. The trailer has me intrigued, and I hope that the film will be good.

Mission: Impossible 6

Release Date: July 27th (USA & UK)

I really liked MI5, it had really great action scenes, the good chemistry between the cast and wonderful introduction of Rebecca Ferguson’s character who returns for the new film. I have no clue what the plot’s about, but I’ll be looking forward to more adventures with the main heroes, crazy stunts and what Henry Cavill brings to his role.

Alrighty then, that’s PART 2 done. Thanks a lot for reading. Are any of the films listed on your personal list of films to watch? Whatever your thoughts are, drop them in the comment section below and I’ll see you for PART 3! Laters 😀

 
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Films To Look Out For In 2018 Part 1

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, it’s a new year so you know what time it is, once again it is time for my preview of upcoming films that I believe are worth a look entitled: Films to look out for in 2018! In PART 1 I’ll be covering films released from now until March, and last year I got a lot of bad choices in the list so I’m hoping I’ll do better this year haha.

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

  1. Obviously, a lot of 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. 2017 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there. 😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

The Commuter

Release Date: January 12th (USA) January 19th (UK)

Trailer:

At this point I’m sort of over Liam Neeson as some older action star running around and being some sort of badass, it was fun at first but since he’s done it so much since Taken in 2008, it feels tiresome. That being said, that it something oddly addictive about watching Neeson get out of these troublesome and ridiculous situations that no one his age would really get into. So that is why I am curious about The Commuter, the premise is interesting enough and some of the stuff in the trailer looks so absurd in a funny way that I am curious to give it a watch.

Proud Mary

Release Date: January 12th (USA), March 23rd (UK)

Trailer:

I had no clue it existed until I looked it up and on paper, it sounds like it is right up my street. You have Taraji P. Henson in an action thriller playing a hitwoman running around and kicking ass, that’s cool. However, the trailer, I’m not keen on it. The premise sounds fine and the stuff in the trailer looks fine, but the way the trailer was edited, the use of sound effects and even the music (which I actually like), but didn’t do it for me. I hope the film is better than the trailer.

12 Strong

Release Date: January 19th (USA) & January 26th (UK)

Trailer:

Those who know me know that I’m not really into war films that much, though I have made a habit of checking out more in the last 3 or so years if the right people are attached and this film looks interesting. You have a group of soldiers sent to Afghanistan not long after the September 11th attacks, fighting impossible odds? Well, that certainly has my attention. I like the look of this film and that cast features some of my favourite people; Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena and Trevante Rhodes from Moonlight too.

Early Man

Release Date: January 26th (UK), February 16th (US)

Trailer:

I only watched the trailer for this film recently and the plot and humour seem alright, but the main reason I’m interested is because its a stop-motion film from Aardman. Their work as an animation studio is always recognisable and unique, and I love the way this film looks so I am hoping it has a bit of that Chicken Run kind of flavour, because if that’s the case then I’ll be very happy.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

 

Release Date: January 27th (UK), March 3rd (US)

Trailer:

I know not a lot of people care about the Maze Runner films, but I quite like them. The first was a surprisingly enjoyable film with an interesting concept, setting and had good performances and mystery, The Scorch Trials didn’t have the originality and simplicity of its predecessor, but had some cool new characters and story elements that fleshed out the world. With The Death Cure I keep forgetting it is coming out until I see something about it online, now I have no clue how this series of films will end, but it does get me curious and hopefully, the filmmakers have found a way to balance the story, characters, mystery and action in this new one.

Winchester

Release Date: February 2nd (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I hadn’t heard about this film until I looked it up and again I’m not a horror fan, but the premise sounds interesting and I like Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke, so I’m curious to see how this film turns out.

Black Panther

Release Date:  February 12th (UK), February 16th (USA)

Trailer:

So here it is, the first of my most anticipated films of 2018. I feel like I have been waiting for this film for AGES, but in just over a month I’ll get to experience this. I have a stupid amount of hype for this film considering the cast, director and source material the film is based on. I hope and pray that this film will be amazing.

Nostalgia

Release Date: February 16th (USA)

Trailer:

Now, this film could be a dull/uninspired film, but I read the premise and I was interested and the trailer only got me more intrigued. I get a Six Degrees of Separation kind of vibe from this film just with a more dramatic/melancholy tone, plus with people I like including Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Patton Oswalt, Catherine Keener and John Ortiz, this looks like it could be a good time if it gets a UK release.

Annihilation

 

Release Date: February 23rd (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I’ve been wanting to see this film since it was announced. Ex Machina was one of my favourite film experiences of the last 5 or so years, so when I heard about his newest project I was all over it. The trailer looks insane full of distinctive visuals with vivid colours and interesting creatures, but there’s also a mysterious and unsettling tone, with a story that looks like it has a small scope with large ramifications. Alex Garland really knocked it out of the park with his last film and I hope he can do it again with this new film.

A Wrinkle in Time

Release Date: March 9th (USA), March 23rd (UK)

Trailer:

I’ve heard SO much talk about this film since it was announced that Ava DuVernay would direct it, and I’ve only recently watched the trailer and I have to say I am intrigued. I love a good sci-fi adventure film and this film looks large in scope, fun yet dramatic, smart and accessible to people of all ages. I liked what DuVernay did with Selma so I’m curious to see what she does with a film with a larger budget.

The Upside

Release Date: March 9th (USA)

I only read about this film online recently and I like the premise of this film: “A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy paraplegic and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him.” But what makes me more interested in this film is the fact that Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston are playing the leads, both are actors I really like and with this story material I think they could have good chemistry together.

Gringo

Release Date: March 9th, 2017 (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I saw this film in a list of films coming out this year and the cast was what got me interested, but the trailer, that’s what grabbed me. Seeing David Oyelowo in a comedic role is something I’ve never seen and yet it makes me so happy, he looks hilarious. This whole film looks like a lot of fun with good humour, a solid cast and crazy scenarios. I really hope it is good.

Pacific Rim Uprising

Release Date: March 23rd (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I am cautiously optimistic about this film, I want to be more excited about the film but so far that marketing hasn’t done much for me. The first film from 2013 was fun primarily because of the monsters, robots, beautiful visuals and sense of scale, though on repeat viewings the film was thin on character and story. This new film seems to be doubling down on the action and the robots and monsters, but it also looks like the sense of scale and the distinctive colour palette has been lost. That being said I do like giant monster battles, I like the new cast members and with Steven S. DeKnight at the helm, I hope he’ll bring his talent from TV into this film.

Isle of Dogs

Release Date: March 17th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

As soon as I saw the trailer for this a few months ago I was in automatically. Fantastic Mr Fox was my first Wes Anderson film and it was such a strange and delightful experience, and this film seems to have those same elements which makes me excited. Add on top of that the wonderful visual style of stop-motion animation, the interesting premise and incredible cast including Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, and Bob Balaban among many others, and you have what could be one of the most interesting viewing experiences of the year.

Ready Player One

Release Date: March 30th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Before the first trailer dropped, I had heard so much talk about Steven Spielberg directing a film adaptation of Ready Player One, and I was only vaguely interested because of Spielberg’s involvement. It wasn’t until the second trailer that I was really on board for this film. The first trailer gave you a minor idea of what was going on with the story and the visual references that game from other films, comics and video games, but with the latest trailer, there was so much more in terms of the story and characters that intrigued me. But more os than that, the use of music and all of those references to pop culture nearly shattered my mind! I am quite curious/excited to watch this on my birthday and while it has the potential to be bad or just okay, I’m still down for it. 🙂

Alrighty then, that’s PART 1 done. Thanks a lot for reading. Are any of the films listed on your personal list of films to watch? Whatever your thoughts are, drop them in the comments section below and I’ll see you soon for PART 2! Laters 😀

 
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