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QUICK REVIEW: Raya and the Last Dragon

Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the internet, how’s it going? So earlier this week I checked out Raya and the Last Dragon; the latest animated film from Disney and now I am here to share my review via my podcast Film Focus.

Now I’m always down for a good animated film and I’ve been interested in this film since its announcement. So with an interesting setting, beautiful presentation and solid reviews prior to its release, I was pretty hyped. So how does the film fare Well, check out this episode to find out!

P.S. I do discuss some small spoilers during a section of the review, so if you wish to avoid them skip minutes 14:20-16:19

Anyway here’s the review:

If you haven’t checked out my podcast before you can find it here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you seen Raya and the Last Dragon and if so what did you think of it? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2021 in Film Reviews, Films

 

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QUICK THOUGHTS: Mortal Kombat Red Band Trailer

Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the internet, I know I haven’t been on this blog for a while, but I have resurfaced for a good reason. Recently the gods graced us with goodness in the form of a red band trailer for the elusive upcoming video game adaptation of Mortal Kombat. So today I am here to share my casual thoughts on the trailer via my podcast Film Focus.

In episode 115 of Film Focus, I share with you my thoughts on the first red band trailer for the upcoming Mortal Kombat film. Now normally I don’t do trailer reviews on the podcast, but considering how long I waited for footage for this film and how much hype, caution and curiosity I have about this film as well, I had to show up and say something. So join me for some casual thoughts on how I think the film is looking so far.

Anyway here’s the review:

If you haven’t checked out my podcast before you can find it here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you seen the first trailer for Mortal Komabt and if so what did you think of it? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2021 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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End of Year Review 2020

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Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to my annual End of Year Review where I look back on the year and highlight certain things that were interesting to me. So 2020, I think we can all agree that this year has been a bloody disaster, but in the midst of the chaos and despair, there has been some bright spots for sure. So as per usual, I will talk about the year as a whole from my perspective, break it down into sections and then conclude with a summary. So without further ado let’s begin.

Video Games

2020 has been an interesting year for us gamers, even though the pandemic really messed with a lot of development and left certain games released incomplete or pushed back to next year, there have been a number of good releases across all consoles, and we even got the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, well sort of as there was a lot of scalpers.

As for me, I ended up playing quite a few games, some old ones and a few new ones as well. Since getting stuck back in the UK in March I was able to play my PS4 and finally play Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Horizon: Zero Dawn, the former I enjoyed besides some crazy game-breaking glitches and the latter which was fun but not as captivating as I had hoped. I even back to some of my older Nintendo Switch games like Child of Light, Terriria and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (especially after sephiroth came out).

But what about new games? Well like everyone else I jumped in on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and had stupid amounts of fun messing around on my island and reconnecting with friends online. Streets of Rage 4 had a wonderful presentation and was pretty good even if I didn’t play it as much as I would’ve liked. Also Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition was a delight and though it got a little hard at times, I frigging love the gameplay and the beautiful upgrades to the visuals and audio. A Short Hike came out of nowhere to be one of my favourite relaxing gaming experiences since I played Animal Crossing: Wild World in 2008. And then, of course, there was Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which even on PS4 was a visual delight with a badass soundtrack, cool quality-of-life upgrades to the established gameplay and story which was captivating. Now sure the game got a little glitchy and it probably could’ve been priced a little lower, but I had a great time regardless. And finally Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a game I’m still working my way through, but I’m having a lot of fun with because of the varied combat options for the characters, the awesome music and nice character moments in the story. It is a little repetitive towards the 20-hour mark, but I will hopefully I’ll get back to it the next week or so. The only game missing from this list is Final Fantasy VII Remake, I did buy it in the summer, but wanted to dedicate time to Animal Crossing and play through the original FFVII up to the point where Remake ends, so I’ll probably play it January.

Top 6 Games

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  2. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  3. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
  4. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
  5. Streets of Rage 4
  6. A Short Hike

Films

Watching films in 2020 has been weird. I can still remember being in Canada near the start of the year watching Bad Boys, Birds of Prey, Sonic and The Invisible Man, then the pandemic hit and everything got shut down (well it did in the UK). Some films were pushed back to the end of the year, some moved to streaming services and some have no release date at all. The pandemic really hit the industry hard with a lot of cinemas getting closed down from indie theatres to big chains like my very own Cineworld. And since watching films at the cinema is one of my favourite things to do it has left me feeling pretty sour. Though it wasn’t all doom and gloom as there were a number of films that showed up on streaming, from Netflix to Amazon to Disney Plus and so on, and while I was late to the party with a lot of these entries, I was glad that I was so inquisitive as I ended up finding a lot of surprising films online this year.

Top 10 Films of 2020

  1. Over the Moon
  2. The Trial of the Chicago 7
  3. Soul
  4. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  5. Da 5 Bloods
  6. Elona Holmes
  7. The Way Back
  8. The Devil All the Time
  9. Gretel & Hansel
  10. Leftover Women

So this list was incredibly hard to put together and I imagine if I had more time I’d be shuffling these around and adding more films from this year’s slate especially if I were still able to go to the available cinemas in Vancouver. But hey it is what it is. I am only sad I had to take The Invisible Man off of my list as I had SO much fun with that film, however, the films I ended up with resonated with me on a higher frequency. I’m sure I’ll be doing a lot of catching up next year so I look forward to that.

Honourable Mentions

  • The Invisible Man
  • Robin’s Wish
  • Bad Boys For Life
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Extraction
  • The Social Dilemma
  • Borat 2
  • Fatman
  • Bill and Ted Face the Music
  • Tenet

Television

When it comes to TV it’s funny, I haven’t watched that much, to be honest. You’d think with a pandemic that kept me indoors for the majority of the year I would have watched a lot more. But to be honest not too many things really tickled my fancy besides returning shows. I mainly went back in time and rewatched all of Parks and Rec, and I’m still working my way through Grimm and Fringe with my family. I also found myself finally getting around to Hunter x Hunter which has been really fun so far, I also finally saw the second season of Mob Pyscho 100 which was amazing and I’m also going through Outlaw Star the whole way through too.

The only new show I saw was Close Enough, another beautifully wacky show from the creator of Regular Show. Beyond that, I really loved The Boys season 2 which was suitably insane, violent, layered and entertaining throughout. Closely followed behind would be The Mandalorian‘s second season which was more cohesive and had some great character development for Mando, gorgeous music and incredible world-building with the introduction of Clone Wars and Rebels elements. The new season of Umbrella Academy was pretty good, Lucifer returned and was decent, but not as engaging as before, and Big Mouth continued to be vulgar and uncomfortable, but also incredibly accurate and relatable to the troubles of adolescence and race.

Top 6 TV

  1. The Mandalorian Season 2
  2. The Boys Season 2
  3. Close Enough
  4. Umbrella Academy Season 2
  5. Big Mouth Season 4
  6. Lucifer Season 5

Music

Unlike last year, music has been my everything and I also believe this is the year I have put the most amount of work into finding new music and luckily I’ve found some great stuff old and new. I have found myself consumed with Anita Baker, Level 42, Issues and Foo Fighters, alongside the new and classic sounds of Calvin Harris, John Paesano, Drama, Victoria Monét and SG Lewis. I’ve found new and delightful music in all sorts of unexpected places, from Lecrae’s Restoration album to Another Sky’s album, I Slept On The Floor. It was actually tough to put a list together because I had too many choices, but below I believe those are my favourites from the year.

Top 5 Albums

  1. Lecrae – Restoration
  2. Another Sky – I Slept On The Floor
  3. Drama – Dance Without Me
  4. Victoria Monét – Janguar
  5. John Paesano – Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Top 10 Favourite Songs

  1. SG Lewis – Feed the Fire
  2. Victoria Monét – Experience
  3. Kid Cudi – Leader of the Delinquents
  4. John Paesano – New York’s Only Spider-Mn
  5. deadmau5 – Pomegranate
  6. Calvin Harris – Over Now
  7. Yebba – Distance
  8. Janelle Monae – Turntables
  9. Pharrell – Entrepreneur
  10. Wiz Khalifah – Speed Me Up

My Experience

Man, I think it goes without saying that this year has been a big fat mess. I was in Canada, flew back to the UK for a quick excursion in March and got stuck here, I have gone through multiple funks, had creative block while working on projects and a general lack of enthusiasm especially towards the summer. That being said, through all the negativity of this pandemic stuff, especially here in the UK, there has been a lot of positives that have come to pass as well. I wanted to highlight the main points below:

  • I turned 30 this year and was lucky enough to have a birthday gathering before the first lockdown happened
  • I reconnected with so many friends online
  • I really got into my artwork and even got paid for it

Its funny, not a lot has happened and yet so much has changed for me especially with my creativity and mindset being way more focused and positive than ever before. That being said I have missed al my peeps in Canada, I miss my job, the food, locations and vibe of Vancouver and I have no clue when I’ll be able to return. But overall I’m still rocking and very positive about the future

Conclusion

In conclusion, 2020 has been a bit of a shit show but some good has emerged and has had a positive effect on me. So I’m sure next year will be filled with so much creative content for me. But like everyone else I’m ready to kick this year to the curb and never speak of it again, so I’m gonna go back to my drinks and I’ll see ya in 2021!

Well, thanks for reading. So how was 2020 for you? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below and finally, have a safe and happy new year and I’ll see ya in 2021. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2020 in Films, Life, Media, Music, Reviews, Television, Video Games

 

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PODCAST: Disturbing Films

Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the internet, I’ve returned with a topic I have wanted to talk about for a while now and it relates to the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot coming out in March 2021. And I’ll be sharing my thoughts via my podcast Film Focus.

On episode 103 of Film Focus, I discuss disturbing films alongside my newest guest and friend Ross. Each of us has 4 films which we find disturbing in a specific way and as we discuss them, we also link each film with a unified theme including:

  • Films that are tough to watch but worth watching
  • Feelin bad for the characters
  • Good atmosphere
  • A bold introduction

The films we’ll be discussing are The Nightingale, Perfect Blue, Requiem for a Dream, Climax, Annihilation, Seven, Don’t Look Now and Our Evil. So join us on a casual discussion of these troubling yet entertaining films. Oh and be aware that we’ll essentially be talking spoilers for all of the films involved to varying levels. That being said Annihilation and Seven were the films we talked very specific spoilers and they were at 51:05 and 1:01:02.

Here’s the episode:

If you haven’t checked out my podcast before you can find it here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So what did you think of our choice of disturbing films? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2020 in Films, Media

 

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Importance of the Cinema Experience

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, how is it going with yall? So after around 2.5 months of being MIA dealing with personal stuff, I have returned with a new film topic talk about on my podcast Film Focus.

On episode 102 of Film Focus, I talk about the importance of watching films in the cinema. While COVID19 has pretty much shut down most forms of outdoor entertainment, especially watching films at the cinema, it got me thinking about not only how much I miss it but also how pivotal it is. So join me a casual discussion about my own experiences and why I think its still the best way to experience new and old films alike.

Anyway here’s the episode:

If you haven’t checked out my podcast before you can find it here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So what are your views on the cienmatic film experience? Do you think its important or not? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2020 in Films, Media

 

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Oscars 2020 – A Brief Recap

Howdy ladies and gents, how are you? So today is the day after the 92nd Academy Awards and I’m here to deliver my thoughts on the results via my podcast, Film Focus! So another Oscars has come and gone and while my interest this year was pretty much nonexistent, there was a handful of specific awards I wanted certain films and individuals I wanted to win. Now like last year I didn’t watch the Oscars but I saw most of the winners as it was happening online yesterday, so like last year I wanted to do a brief and casual recap of the winners.

Anyway here’s the episode:

So what did you think of the Oscars, whether it be the winners, losers or anything else, please drop them in the comment section below and I’ll see ya in the next post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2020 in Films, Media

 

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My Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2020

Howdy people of the internet, hopefully you’ve seen PART 1, 2 & 3 of 2020 film preview, and yes it’s just over halfway through January but I’m finally getting around to showing my 10 films I’m looking forward to the most via my podcast Film Focus.

Check out the episode below:

So that’s my top 10 list done, hope you enjoyed my choices. So what are your most anticipated films of 2020 and are any of your entries on my list? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see you on the next post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2020 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2020 Part 3

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to Films to look out for in 2020! 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 April, in PART 2 I covered May to August and in this post, I’ll be covering September to December. I had to be incredibly selective this time around so I hope you appreciate my choices. 🙂

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…

Okay then, let’s start 😀

The King’s Man

Release Date: September 18th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I’ve had an interesting change of opinion with this film. I initially wasn’t interested in this film due to how Matthew Vaughn handled Kingsman: The Golden Circle; a film not without merit, humour and creative action, but it was largely missing a lot of the charm, wit and restraint of the first film. So when I heard there was a prequel I was like “No thanks.” But then I saw the trailer and was like “Okay, Mr Vaughn you have my attention.” It genuinely looks like fun, very creative and has a great cast including Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou and Charles Dance.

The Many Saints of Newark

Release Date: September 25th (USA & UK)

At the time of writing this, I haven’t actually finished The Sopranos yet, but I’m currently enjoying and I’m very curious to see how a prequel will play out. Seeing the early adventures of Tony Soprano is intriguing, but what gives me hope is that original creator David Chase is directly involved and they’ve assembled a solid cast including Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Joey Diaz, Michael Gandolfini and Ray Liotta.

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Release Date: September 25th (USA & UK)

The plot can be summed up as the following: “Based on the story of the Chicago Seven, a group of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to anti-Vietnam War and countercultural protests that took place in Chicago, Illinois, on the occasion of the 1968 Democratic National Convention.” I only found out about this film in the last week and it sounded pretty interesting. Plus the cast is one of the most impressive sets of actors I’ve seen assembled for a while including Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alex Sharp, Thomas Middleditch, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton and Mark Rylance.

Last Night in Soho

Release Date: September 25th (USA) September 18th (UK)

Any time Edgar Wright makes a new film I’m down, the guy is such a unique director who has such great handling on character, style and humour. Plus he’s made two of my favourite films in the last decade with Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and Baby Driver so he automatically has my money long before the film’s release. But besides the interesting premise involving time travel and fashion design, I’m curious to see how it plays out as it’s labelled as a psychological horror on Wikipedia which is very different from the genres that Wright’s tackled in the past.

Venom 2

Release Date: October 2nd (USA & UK)

I’m not going to lie I wasn’t overly keen on Venom, there were some decent ideas and moments, and the look of the characters was definitely better than what we got in Spider-Man 3, but that still wasn’t a very good representation of Eddie Brock or Venom. My interest in the sequel was probably less than 20%, but then Andy Serkis stepped on as director and that got my attention. Clearly, he must have seen something interesting in the story in order to take the project on and I hope that he’ll add a little flavour to the film and make it something worth watching.

Death on the Nile

Release Date: October 9th (USA & UK)

I know a lot of people weren’t overly keen on the 2017 version of Murder on the Orient Express, but I thought it was fun for the most part and I was down to see a curious to see a sequel. So now Hercule Poirot has to find a killer while on holiday in Egypt, and I love the choice of location and another murder mystery film is always welcome if handled well. I’m also feeling this cast, alongside Kenneth Branagh returning we get some new faces like Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Rose Leslie, Sophie Okonedo, Dawn French and Russell Brand.

Respect

Release Date: October 9th (USA)

Trailer:

I didn’t even know this film was coming out until my sister mentioned it to me recently, so I looked up the teaser and damn, Jennifer Hudson already has me sold. Hudson has one of the most amazing voices ever and it doesn’t get to be shown in films as much. She was one of/if not the best part of Cats, but here I feel she’ll be able to really show off her terrific seeing and acting skills. I don’t know much about Aretha Franklin beyond her music so I’ll be fascinated to see how it pans out.

Halloween Kills

Release Date: October 16th (USA & UK)

Halloween from 2018 was a nice surprise, I didn’t think it was gonna work, but it was quite fun, had some solid kills and had some depth with Laurie Strode dealing with PTSD from her experiences in the first film. While I knew there’d be a sequel, I am very curious to see how Michael made it out of his last situation because he was pretty cooked the last time around. As long as the kills are good and the themes of the last film aren’t ignored and the film plays with our expectations it’ll be entertaining.

Those Who Wish Me Dead

Release Date:  October 23rd (USA & UK)

So here’s the premise for this film: “A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert tasked with protecting him — and a forest fire threatening to consume them all.” So beyond that interesting plot summary, I like the casting of  Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult, Tyler Perry, Jon Bernthal and Aidan Gillen. But most importantly the film is directed by Taylor Sheridan who wrote both Sicario and Day of the Soldado, Hell or High Water and Wind River, so I’m hyped.

The Eternals

Release Date: November 6th (USA & UK)

To be honest, while I’m excited to see how this film turns out, I’d be lying if I said my hype levels were super high for the film. I’m down to see any new Marvel adaptation especially when you have a cast including Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan and Kit Harington. But I’m more curious about director Chloé Zhao, both of her previous films; Songs My Brothers Taught Me and The Rider did really well in film festivals and are critically well-received. I just hope Marvel will allow her style to shine through to deliver a different kind of comic book experience.

Godzilla vs. Kong

Release Date: November 20th (USA & UK)

I feel like I should be more hyped for this but I’m basically just whelmed at the moment. I was one of the few people who really liked Godzilla (2014), I though Kong: Skull Island was fine and Godzilla: King of the Monsters from last year was fun for what it was, but I felt like it lacked the tension, scale and scary factor. But I doubt the new film will have any of that as it is just a big fight between two notable titans. I just hope that Godzilla gets to kick some ass as I know he’ll probably be jobbed because of the western love for King Kong, but I guess we’ll see. I just hope the action is well-choreographed and that the reason for these two characters coming to blows makes some sense and that the human story isn’t too dumb.

Dune

Release Date: December 18th (USA & UK)

Denis Villeneuve is one of those directors who always makes something interesting and after Blade Runner 2049 especially I’ll watch anything he makes. I’ve not seen any of the previous adaptations of Dune, but I know this will be solid with Vileneueve behind it. Plus the cast for this film is insane, it includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem. I really hope it’ll be good.

News of the World

Release Date: December 25th (USA)

Here’s the premise: “A Texan travelling across the wild West bringing the news of the world to local townspeople, agrees to help rescue a young girl who was kidnapped.” Sounds cool, but the main reason I’m down for this film is the inclusion of Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass. The last time these two worked together we got Captain Phillips and that was my favourite film of 2013, so I can only hope this film will be close to that level of quality.

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 2020! Peace out. 😀

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2020 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2020 Part 2

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to Films to look out for in 2020! This is my preview of upcoming films that I believe you should check out. In PART 1 I covered films from January to April, and in this post, I’ll be covering May to August.

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…

Okay then, let’s start 😀

Black Widow

Release Date: May 1st (USA & UK)

Trailer:

This is a film I’ve been waiting for since 2014 after Winter Soldier came out and I had hoped at the latest it would have come out by 2016, but alas we had to wait just a little while longer to get a solo film for one of the most notable and well-received Avengers; Black Widow. Now I know there have been detractors for years claiming that we didn’t need a Black Widow solo film because it would be boring or there wouldn’t be much story to tell and so on. But considering how diverse the world of comics is, how much of her past remains a mystery and we also don’t know what she does when she’s not hanging out with her other superhero friends, there’s been plenty of opportunities to tell a kick-ass action spy thriller story surrounding Natasha and tense and dangerous situations she gets up to. I love the cast especially with Rachel Weisz and David Harbour being included, some of the action looks like it comes from the Bourne films which I love, and while the latest trailer didn’t wow me, I’m very much all for this film and pray that it is the spy adventure I’ve always wanted.

The Woman in the Window

Release Date: May 15th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

This film looks crazy and I wat it now. While I’ve seen elements of this kind of story in other films, I think the premise alone has me very much intrigued. The concept of a woman who can’t go outside who seemingly witnesses a murder of a friend and then is investigated by the police only to find the woman is actually a different person and there may be a conspiracy afoot? Cool. This kind of psychological madness is very enticing and since it’s coming from director Joe Wright and features an exceptional cast, this is high on my list for 2020.

Fast & Furious 9

Release Date: May 22nd (USA & UK)

Now at this point, you’re either on board with this franchise or you’re not, and while my interest in it has definitely waned in recent times, I’m still curious to see what they come up with. This franchise is just dumb and ridiculous and I want to know what kind of over-the-top material they’re going to do with the story and action, though I hope it is better than the 8th one.

Artemis Fowl

Release Date:  May 29th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I totally wrote about this film last year and it was set to come out last summer but got delayed to this year. I only just watched the trailer today and it looks pretty cool. Now Disney adaptations in recent times have been a little questionable in recent times and there’s a lot of people who read the source material complaining that the film already deviates from the book (not that they don’t have a right to voice their concerns). But for me as a casual viewer, it looks interesting, not sure what to make of it, but it looks intriguing enough and I want to see what Kenneth Branagh does with this.

Wonder Woman 1984

Release Date: June 5th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I know a lot of people have gone gaga over this trailer, and while I will admit there were some hype moments in the trailer when it comes to some action and the choice of music is quite effective, I’m not losing my mind over it. I was already down for a sequel after the first film really won me over in 2017, now I’m just curious to see how Steve comes back and whether Pedro Pascal will make for a better villain than the first film. Plus I hope the action is more intricate and less slow-mo focused.

Soul

Release Date: June 19th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Now, this is the kind of Pixar film I want. No offence to any of their recent efforts (except for Coco, that film was great), but this teaser trailer already gives me good vibes and tells me I’m in for something special. I love the visuals, how the art is a mixture of realism with such strong and distinctive character design and the story looks like it’ll be humorous and emotional and I can’t wait. Plus any film with a focus on jazz and following your passion automatically has my vote.

Top Gun: Maverick

Release Date: June 26th (USA) July 17th (UK)

Trailer:

So here’s the thing, I don’t even love Top Gun. I just think it’s a fun film from the ’80s with a few fun moments and one of my all-time favourite songs “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins. And yet after seeing the trailer for this film last year, I was totally in. Maybe it is this current era we’re living in where Tom Cruise just does crazy action roles and has the charisma to carry them along and I’m just down for that. I’m also curious to see what’s happened to the character since the last film and what kind of tricky stuff he’ll do in this film now that they’ll be filming the flight scenes in more intricate ways than before.

In the Heights

Release Date: June 26th (USA) August 7th (UK)

Trailer:

I’m not big into musicals, but I have been swayed by a few in recent times including Sing Street and La La Land, and watching this trailer recently I can say that this may be a contender for one of my favourites of the year. There’s a lot of heart, soul and energy in this film and it looks like it could be fun, plus it got the interesting combination of directed by Jon M. Chu and Lin-Manuel Miranda, so this will hopefully be something special.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Release Date: July 10th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I love the first Ghostbusters film, it is one of my all-time favourite films and while I’ve never needed another entry in the series, I’ve always been curious to see where the world go in the modern era of filmmaking. And while there was the 2016 version, that just wasn’t my jam as Paul Feig’s humour isn’t my jam at all. But this trailer looks pretty interesting with the more serious tone and having a direct link to the original films. I hope that it’ll be good.

Tenet

Release Date: July 17th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Christopher Nolan is one of those directors who for the most part is liked by film fans and some adore everything that he makes. For me, I like most of his filmography but sometimes feels like he’s a little overhyped. But his films are always interesting and I will always give the next entry in his filmography a watch, and Tenet… Looks mad! I only watched the trailer today and my literal reaction was “What!?! What is that?” I am confused and I want to see this film so bad now. It seems mysterious, suspenseful and crafty with some possibly time manipulation/time travel involved? Whatever the case is, I’m in, looks like fun.

Bill & Ted Face the Music

Release Date: August 21st (USA & UK)

now I’m not gonna act like I’m the biggest fan of Bill and Ted, but in my childhood, I remember a time where they were my everything. I just loved how chilled out, cool and quirky they were and the crazy adventures they went on especially in the animated series. It’s just nice to see after all the years of ifs and maybes that this film will finally be coming out and I’m very curious to see if that magic can be replicated in the modern era.

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 2020 Part 1

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, it’s a new year so once again its time for my preview of this year’s films that I believe are worth viewing entitled: Films to look out for in 2020! In PART 1 I’ll be covering films released from now until April, and while these aren’t necessarily the best films that’ll be coming out during this period, I do believe there’s merit to all of the films on this list.

Now before we begin I have one thing I need to specify:

  • 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…

Okay then, let’s start 😀

Bad Boys for Life

Release Date: January 17th (USA)

Trailer:

I’ve never been the biggest fan of the Bad Boys films, but I’ve definitely enjoyed them more than most of Micahel Bay’s filmography. And for what they are, just fun action films with moments fo humour, there’s fun to be found in them (though I really like the first as opposed to the sequel). I’m interested in this film for a couple reasons: 1) This film has been talked about for YEARS and for it to finally be happening feels so surreal. And 2) I want to see what a Bay Boys film looks like in the modern era of Michael Bay post Transformers, Pain and Gain and so on. Will it have the better elements of his filmmaking or the worse stuff? Here’s hoping for the former.

The Last Full Measure

Release Date: January 24th (USA)

Trailer:

I only found this film was in existence recently. I think this looks like a pretty compelling film with a story that gets more complicated as it progresses. I enjoy films that involve cover-ups and deception on a large scale and an individual who has to uncover the truth against tough odds. Plus I love that Sebastian Stan is the leading role alongside other actors I like including Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Ed Harris and Samuel L. Jackson.

The Rhythm Section

Release Date: January 31st (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Oh my gosh, this was one of the films I put on my list this time last year! Then I remembered seeing the trailer for this in the cinema a good few months ago and was like, “Oh, is that Blake Lively? Interesting.” While this kind of thriller has been before, the premise seems intriguing enough that if handled well it good be a good time. I’ve never big into Lively but this looks like it could be a good/different role for her, plus I like Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Release Date: February 14th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Look, I know this film probably won’t be very but damn it I have to know how bad it’ll be. After all media buzz surrounding the film with its first trailer and Sonic’s initial design which was atrocious to the redesign and second trailer which people liked a lot more, I just need to see what kind of madness these filmmakers have crafted. I mean I hope that it’ll be good, that’s all I can hope for (says every Sonic fan about any new material especially when it comes to the video games).

Fantasy Island

Release Date: February 14th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I never saw the TV show, though I am aware of its existence and some of the parodies that have come over the years, but I am always down for a new reboot if it looks good enough, and this film looks like it could be fun. Now granted it has a lot of the tropes of modern horror films which I do make me want to roll my eyes, but the premise of going to an island, having fun and fulfilling your desires with a dark twist seems like it could be fun. Here’s hoping it is at least entertaining.

Wendy

Release Date: February 28th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Well, this certainly looks interesting. At first, I thought I was watching some sort of variation on Lord of the Flies, but as the trailer continues I’m like “Is this like a different take on The Lost Boys from Peter Pan?” Now I’m intrigued. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Peter Pan in many of the adaptations that exist besides Hook, but there are several aspects of the world and characters that’s always stuck with me and this new twist on that world might be what I’ve been looking for.

The Way Back

Release Date: March 6th (USA), March 13th (UK)

Trailer:

This has one of the most emotionally effective trailers I’ve seen for a while and that’s due to not only the brilliant choice of song, but also because of Ben Affleck’s character and how much it relates to what was happening recently in real life. Seeing Affleck playing an alcoholic trying to make his life better but struggling with his demons, fuck man it just hit me in a certain way. And sure we’ve seen films like these before and probably know how it’ll play out, but I like Affleck as an actor plus Gavin O’Connor did a great job with Warrior and The Accountant so I believe this film will be another win.

Bloodshot

Release Date: March 13th (USA), February 21st (UK)

Trailer:

I think this film has the potential to be fun, the premise is pretty unique and it looks like it could be a good role for Vin Desiel to play around with. The action and visual effects looks solid, I just hope it’s not too predictable and generic with the story material.

A Quiet Place: Part II

Release Date: March 20th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

A Quiet Place was one of my favourite films of 2018 because of the unique story, great acting, sparse dialogue and the brilliant utilisation of sound and the lack of it. So when I heard there was a sequel, while I didn’t think it’d be necessary, I was also down for it regardless. And after seeing that new trailer I’m in. This definitely looks more expansive than the last film with more action, but I hope the tension and scares remain intact and I can’t wait to see what Cillian Murphy brings to the sequel.

The New Mutants

Release Date: April 3rd (USA)  April 8th (UK)

Trailer:

Feels crazy that this film is actually coming out after so much talk online from various parties talking about whether the film would be released or shelved or changed because of some background details going on with the Disney acquisition of Fox. But it was just announced recently that the film will come out in April and the newest trailer definitely looks like fun with these characters who all have different abilities and troubled histories. And I hope the story, horror and suspense are solid.

No Time To Die

Release Date: April 10h (USA) April 2nd (UK)

Trailer:

Now I’m not gonna lie I haven’t been too hyped for this upcoming Bond film. Spectre left a bad taste in my mouth and I wasn’t sure that, despite the assembling of a solid cast and the great director in the form of Cary Fukunaga, that they would be able to entice me to watch another adventure. But this new film does look like fun, I’m feeling the mystery and intrigue and some of the action sequences look pretty cool. Plus I want t see what Rami Malek brings to this film because I like that guy.

Antlers

Release Date: April 17th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I didn’t know this film even existed until today and I have to say it’s piqued my interest very much. I’m not big into horror, but I do like creepy stuff with a supernatural twist. Plus I like Kerri Russell and Jesse Plemons and the fact that 1) Guillermo del Toro is producing is cool. But more importantly 2) Scott Cooper is directing, a name I didn’t recognise, but when I looked up his filmography I’ve enjoyed almost all of his films besides Hostiles which I haven’t seen ey. So I’m curious to see how he’ll handle his first horror film.

Promising Young Woman

Release Date: April 17th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I didn’t know this film existed until today and now that I’ve seen the trailer I’m actually stupidly excited to see it. The concept seems so intriguing and scary to me. You have Carey Mulligan running around as a crafty lady on a mission to fuck some dudes up in a strategic and possibly/probably painful manner. Good god, I’m so interested not only because it looks like it’ll touch upon current issues surrounding sexual misconduct between men and women that’s become more notable in recent years, but also because o the different kind of character Mulligan is playing. And finally, I can’t deny how much I love that sexy version of Brintey Spears’ “Toxic“, man it just intensifies the unsettling nature of this film. I’m all in.

Antebellum

Release Date: April 24th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

And here we have another film I didn’t know about until day and you know what I’m all in again. You had me when you said Janelle Monáe was gonna be in it. But beyond that, it looks creepy, unsettling and confusing and I love it. Such a short trailer with a serious of clips arranged in such a way that you can’t help but be intrigued and want to know what’s going on. Someone in the Youtube comments section described it as a black person’s nightmare and yeah I can definitely get those vibes from the trailer. I hope that it’s good.

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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