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PODCAST: Film Focus – 2019 Most Anticipated Films

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, this may seem a little late but I just had to share with you the latest episode of my podcast Film Focus as the new episode features a nice little preview of some of my most anticipated films of 2019 alongside returning guest Eddie from Sidekick Reviews 😀

Now I went through all of the major releases from now until December and there’s a lot of interesting and exciting films coming out, however, we couldn’t cover them all. So I collated 24 of the most interesting films that were a combination of popular and some not so popular films. So from Alita: Battle Angel to Star Wars Episode IX, we have an interesting and varied collection of films. On top of that, we leave some time to discuss some other films, not on the list and some films we’re not looking forward to as well. All of it made for some fun discussion between me and Eddie which you will hopefully enjoy.

So join us as we go through some of the most anticipated films of 2019!

P.S. Around 16 mins in I mentioned that I saw Get Out last year, I meant to say 2017.

Check out my thoughts on the film below:

So have you seen Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us and if so what did you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are, drop them in the comments below and if you have some spare time check out my podcast, Film Focus on Soundcloud and iTunes. Until next time, laters! 😀

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Posted by on January 14, 2019 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2019 Part 3

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to Films to look out for in 2019! 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 June and unlike previous years in this post, I’ll be covering July 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. 2018 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there. 😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Release Date: July 5th (USA & UK)

Now depending on who you talk to, Spider-Man: Homecoming is either a pretty good Spidey film or a rubbish one, I fall into the former category. While Homecoming didn’t rock my world, it was still a really fun film and a different take on Spidey than what’s coming before. I am very curious to see how this sequel continues young Peter’s school adventures after all the drama of Avengers 3 & 4. I’m hoping Spidey’s new adventure will be more unique, focused on him and have better action sequences and film score.

The Lion King

Release Date: July 19th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I used to love The Lion King as a kid, I watched it SO much for years, however, after my VHS got stolen and I got a lot older I just wasn’t feeling it as much. And once the film somehow blew up in the late 2000s as like the best film ever, I just couldn’t watch it because of the hype surrounding it. Anyway I know everyone and their mother is excited to see this remake and I still haven’t seen the teaser trailer yet, but I’m curious to see it because of the cast, but more so for what Jon Favreau will bring to this film like he did for The Jungle Book.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Release Date: July 26th (USA & UK)

I have been looking forward to watching this for ages for two reasons: 1) It’s a new Tarantino film and I know some people are over his films but I still look forward to what he’ll release. And 2) The cast. Having Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie in the same film makes me giddy.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Release Date: August 2nd (USA & UK)

Now I know a lot of people weren’t keen on The Fate of the Furious for the lack of Paul Walker, not as good story and the way they changed Shaw from a villain to semi-good guy. But I thought the film was fun and Johnson and Statham had the best parts in the whole film, so even though the idea of this film feels weird, I’m down for it just to see how these two will bounce off of each other.

Artemis Fowl

Release Date: August 17th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I’m mainly interested in this film because it is from Kenneth Branagh and I like his work as a director and I hope that this film is good.

It: Chapter Two

Release Date: September 6th (USA & UK)

IT was such a wonderful surprise back in 2017 and while it wasn’t the scariest thing ever, it was very atmospheric, dark, creepy and had a brilliant young cast and Bill Skarsgård who did a great job in the titular role. So I’m very curious to see how this sequel works with the adult versions of these characters and whether the fear factor will be just as strong, if not more so.

Spies in Disguise

Release Date: September 13th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I’ve only heard about this film around a month ago and heard that Will Smith and Tom Holland was starring in it and I was like “I’m in.” Now, this is a film from Blue Sky Studios who are a little hit and miss with their material, but I hope that this is good like The Peanuts Movie.

Gemini Man

Release Date: October 4th (USA)

Now I heard about this film last year and thought it was interesting just because of the combination of an Ang Lee-directed film with Wil Smith starring. But on top of that, you have a cast including Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Benedict Wong and an intriguing premise that reads as follows: “Henry Brogen, an aging assassin seeking to exit his career finds himself going against a younger clone of himself, who can predict his every move.” I really hope that this film is good.

Joker

Release Date: October 4th (USA & UK)

I have been pretty much on board with this film because of the setting, story, the initial involvement of Martin Scorsese and a cast including Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro and Zazie Beetz. I am very curious to see how this turns out, there is a lot of potential for brilliance and for us fans to have a great version of the Joker and his story that hasn’t been portrayed onscreen before.

The Goldfinch

Release Date: October 11th (USA & UK)

I like the sound of the premise which reads as follows: “As a child, Theodore Decker survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum — an attack that kills his mother. From there, he tumbles through a series of adventures that finds him living in Las Vegas with his deadbeat father and, later, involved in art forgeries.” Plus I’m curious to see how Ansel Elgort fares in this after his great debut in Baby Driver.

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Release Date:  October 11th (USA & UK)

Are You Afraid of the Dark? was one of my favourite TV shows as a kid even though it scared the crap out of me with some of those episodes, so it was a massive surprise to me to see it listed for a film adaptation in October of this year. There’s no casting as far as I’ve seen, but it’s being directed by  D.J. Caruso and his films haven’t had the best track record when it comes to their reception. But I want to see this just see how it turns out.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Release Date: October 18th (USA), November 1st (UK)

I heard about this film via The John Campea Show on YouTube and being from the UK I never knew of the significance of Mister Rogers until I heard Campea talking about Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and the next film featuring Tom Hanks portraying him. The premise sounds interesting: “An award-winning cynical journalist, Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write an Esquire profile piece on the beloved television icon Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks) and Vogel’s perspective on life transformed after his encounter with Rogers.” And I will watch Hanks in almost anything so I hope this film is good.

Terminator 6

Release Date: November 1st (USA & UK)

Now I feel like I’m an idiot for putting this on my list because I kept getting disappointed by each Terminator sequel that’s come out since Judgment Day, and since Genisys was one of the most forgettable films of that year I gave up on hoping this franchise would be good again… However, this film is being treated as a direct sequence to T2, Linda Hamilton is back which is good and there are two cool new additions in the form of Mackenzie Davis and Gabriel Luna. I have no clue what the story will be like but I hope that its better than the last film.

The Good Liar

Release Date: November 15th (USA)

A seasoned conman finds himself growing to care for the woman he orchestrated his latest scheme against after meeting her online.” So here we have an interesting premise, a solid director in the form of Bill Condon and the two main stars being Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren? Sounds good.

Knives Out

Release Date: November 27th (USA), November 29th (UK)

So this is the newest film from Rian Johnson and I know a lot of people have dismissed him from existence because of The Last Jedi, people shouldn’t forget about the great stuff he’s done beforehand with Breaking Bad, Brick and Looper. I’m just hoping with an original project it will fare better than taking on a major franchise that loads of people are very attached to. Beyond that, I love that this film is a murder mystery and features an incredible cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, and Christopher Plummer.

Star Wars: Episode IX

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

So I’m pretty sure a good number of people are checked out of the Star franchise now due to the way in which The Last Jedi and Solo turned out, and while I hated neither film, both films could have been handled very differently and could have been a lot better. That being said I’m still curious/hopeful for Episode IX. I don’t think this new trilogy is unsalvageable and while J. J. Abrams will have to do a lot course correct some of the unliked story and character material from Episode XIII, I am hopeful that Abrams will bring things back around.

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 2019! Peace out. 😀

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2019 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2019 Part 2

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to Films to look out for in 2019! 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 June.

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. 2018 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there. 😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

Shazam!

Release Date: April 5th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

So back during Comic-Con when the trailers for Shazam! and Aquaman was released, it was the former that grabbed me. This film looks less familiar, a little more original and fun. I think this film could succeed in the same way Wonder Woman and Aquaman did because of its unique direction and lack of ties to the larger connected universe. And while I absolutely hate the flossing in this trailer and the potential cringe that I’ll have to endure because of the weird things teenagers find cool these days, I love the concept of Shazam, his abilities and mindset and I want to see if it’ll work in live-action.

Pet Sematary

Release Date: April 5th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I have only really heard about the original film through pop culture references and South Park parodies, but after seeing this trailer I was like “Screw it, I’m in.” This trailer looks really creepy and unsettling. I hope that it’s good.

Hellboy (2019)

Release Date: April 12th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I know a lot of people have written this film off because of the lack of Ron Perlman and that questionable first trailer, but I still have hope for it because of the interviews with the David Harbour and how the people behind this film want to make a darker and more comic book accurate version of the character. I really want this film to be good because as much as I like del Toro’s films, I always thought the action was a little lacking and I hope this film will have more unique and memorable action sequences.

Missing Link

Release Date:  April 12th (USA), April 5th (UK)

Trailer:

I had no clue this was coming out until I looked it up recently and after seeing the trailer I’m hyped. Now I will watch anything that Laika makes because most of their films are great, plus Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings are like two of my favourite films ever. And while this trailer presents a film with a more comedic and lighthearted tone which isn’t necessarily my jam, some of those moments were pretty funny. Plus the character design, colour scheme and overall look of the film are very impressive. I can’t wait.

Avengers: Endgame

Release Date: April 26th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I don’t think I need I to explain why I’m hyped for this, but for those uninformed, I’ll give a brief summary. I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe and while not all of their films are good or unique, Marvel Studios have crafted a wonderful world of interconnected films and last year’s Infinity War really did bring everything to a head with several of the individual characters/groups coming together to battle Thanos from Earth to space and all the planets in between. And so this film will be about the remaining heroes dealing with the fallout of the last film and finding the courage to defeat Thanos. It is bringing years of this version of the world of the MCU to a close an I can’t wait to see how it turns out regardless of whether it’s good or not.

Detective Pikachu

Release Date: May 10th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Even though the more realistic style of the Pokemon still looks a bit odd/wrong, I am very much intrigued by this film. While this is still a strange direction to go for the first Pokemon film considering that most people don’t know about the original 3DS game, it does look strangely fun and intriguing and if this film works it couldn’t open up a multitude of opportunities for more live-action Pokemon films.

John Wick 3: Parabellum

Release Date: May 17th (USA & UK)

The first John Wick was fun and while the sequel didn’t have the same wow factor, I think Chapter Two was really fun and I think I loved it just as much if not more than the original because of the over-the-top and creative action sequences, cast and expanded world of the assassins and their code of conduct. Considering how the last film ended I’ll be curious to see how John survives this next adventure and with Halle Berry included I’m curious to see how she and Reeves play off of each other.

Ad Astra

Release Date: May 24th (USA & UK)

As soon as I read the premise, saw the genre and the cast involved I knew I’d have to put this on my list. Firstly the genre is a sci-fi thriller, secondly, the premise reads as follows: “Twenty years after his father left on a one-way mission to Neptune in order to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence, Roy McBride, an Army Corps engineer travels through the solar system to find him and understand why his mission failed.” And you have a cast including Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga and Donald Sutherland? Sounds like it could be a good time.

Brightburn

Release Date: May 24th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

As soon as I saw the trailer for this last year I was all in because it was pretty much Man of Steel until the point when everything went sideways. We essentially have a Superman origin story except as a kid he turns evil and starts running amok and that intrigues and excites me.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Release Date: May 31st (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Now I was a big fan of Godzilla from 2014 and while I know a fair amount people weren’t as keen on it, I loved the atmosphere, scale and awesome action sequences (when they happened). When that first trailer for King of the Monsters came out during Comic-Con last year I was in love. It was a beautifully crafted trailer that had wonderful glimpses of Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah and beautiful music, and while the second trailer wasn’t nearly as elegant, it did have more shots of monster carnage and I can’t wait.

Rocketman

Release Date: May 31st (USA) May 24th (UK)

Trailer:

I can’t say I’ve ever been the biggest Elton John fan, however, I have been curious about this film since Tom Hardy was attached to portray John. But then I saw that Taron Egerton was in the starring role and Dexter Fletcher would be directing and I thought “This sounds like it could be interesting.” I have just seen the teaser trailer and it certainly looks interesting, very vibrant and fantastical. I am very curious

Men in Black: International

Release Date: June 29th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Now Men in Black is one of my all-time favourite films because of its blend of sci-fi and comedy, the unique world with this cool and invisible organisation taking care of aliens that the general public isn’t aware of. It is a great concept. And while the sequels don’t leave up to the original, I think there are certainly fans who have wanted to return to this world again. I have been wary of this new film, but after seeing this trailer it certainly looks like fun. I love the pairing of Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, the story seems interesting enough and having Emma Thompson return from MIB3 is a nice bit of continuity. Hopefully, it’s good.

Toy Story 4

Release Date: July 20th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Like I have said before, in an ideal world I would prefer if this film didn’t exist and we just left the Toy Story series with three films, however, this fourth entry is already out there and will be released in the summer and after seeing the short teasers I am on board again. While the teaser trailers don’t show anything about the story, I do love these characters and seeing them again is just nostalgic fun for me. I can’t wait to see how this pans out, I hope those people at Pixar know what they’re doing with this new film.

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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Posted by on January 7, 2019 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2019 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 2019! In PART 1 I’ll be covering films released from now until March, and while these aren’t necessarily the best films that’ll be coming out between now and the end of March, I do believe there’s merit to all of the films on this list.

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. 2018 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there. 😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

Replicas

Release Date: January 11th (USA)

Trailer:

The plot can be described as the following: “A daring synthetic biologist, after a car accident kills his family, will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force and the physical laws of science.” So this film caught my eye because of Keanu Reeves and Alice Eve’s involvement and the sci-fi thriller angle, and sure after seeing the trailer  it does look very familiar to films we’ve seen before and it could be pretty bad, however, I’m a little curious to see Reeves in this kind of role and how the story unfolds..

The Upside

Release Date: January 11th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Now, this is a film I actually had on this same type of list last year, so its weird to be writing about it again. But I am still very much interested in this especially after seeing the trailer. The premise still sounds interesting: “A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy paraplegic and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him.” And while the trailer has a familiar feel and story of two unlikely people forming a bond, but it does look like fun and Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston seem to be having fun.

Glass

Release Date: January 18th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Mate, this is the first major film of the year that I’m really looking forward to. Split really surprised me back in January 2017 with its interesting story, incredible central performance from James McAvoy and of course its later reveal that it was connected to the brilliant Unbreakable. And with the release of each trailer I’ve gotten more and more excited, the concept of seeing Mr. Glass, The Beast and David Dunn in the same space and seeing this strange, dark and intriguing superhero world that Shyamalan created come together fills me with excitement and curiosity.

Serenity

Release Date: January 25th (US), March 1st (UK)

Trailer:

This film caught my interest for a few reasons: 1) I saw Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are involved. I’m in. 2) It’s directed by Steven Knight who directed Eastern Promises and wrote Hummingbird. And 3) The brief story summary caught my attention with it following a fishing boat captain who is approached by his ex-wife to murder her new husband, very interesting.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Release Date: February 8th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Now the first Lego Movie I loved back in 2014, I thought it was one of the most incredible things ever for its super fun, hilarious and crazy nature, the cast was great and amazing stuff that was done with the stop-motion/CGI visuals was top notch. However, over the years my fondness for the film diminished, so when the trailers for the sequel came out I wasn’t as into it as a lot of people. That being said I’m still curious and hope that this film can capture the magic of the first while delivering a solid follow-up to the last film.

Cold Pursuit

Release Date: February 8th (USA), February 22nd (UK)

Trailer:

Like last year I find myself looking at another new Liam Neeson thriller where is off going to kill some people, and while the trailer and premise is very familiar territory especially for Neeson, this one has just enough differences from what I’ve seen before that I want to watch it. This story looks a little more complicated than a simple revenge tale, pitting to crime groups against each other, having a man who kills based on a book that he read and with a little comedy mixed in? Okay, I’m curious.

Alita: Battle Angel

Release Date:  February 14th (USA), February 6th (UK)

Trailer:

So this was one of my most anticipated films of summer 2018, but then it was delayed, and then delayed again to where we are now. I feel like I have been waiting for AGES for this film to come out, I was on board from the first trailer because of the casting, the post-apocalyptic setting and the origins/journey of Alita.  I just hope that after all the development and work that went into this that the film’s good.

 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World 

Release Date: February 22nd (USA), February 1st (UK)

Trailer:

Now the first HTTYD I thought was good, but the sequel was one of my favourite films of 2014 for its visuals and emotional story. I’m not stupidly hyped for this new film, but I will say that the trailers did get me hyped with the visuals, colour scheme and new scenarios relating to the villain and new white dragon that looks like Toothless.

The Rhythm Section

Release Date: February 22nd (USA & UK)

The premise for this film caught my attention: “A woman seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family.” I do love a good mystery thriller with a hint of revenge and this seems like it could be interesting.

Chaos Walking

Release Date: March 1st (USA & UK)

I remember hearing about this film a while ago and though I knew nothing about its story, I was on board because Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley were starring in it and the film was being directed by Doug Liman, the man who gave me two of my favourite films The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow. The premise sounds pretty interesting: “A dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each others’ thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.” And I like a bit of sci-fi so hopefully, this should be good.

Captain Marvel

Release Date: March 8th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Now I have been following Captain Marvel for a while now and until the trailers, I was stupidly hyped for this as the first female-lead superhero film for the MCU and knowing of her power from the cartoons I’ve seen and games that I’ve played, I know she’s awesome. However, the trailers haven’t gotten me that me that hyped. The first trailer had a nice tone, atmosphere and mystery to it, and the second trailer had some cool shots of Carol Danvers in full uniform flying around looking cool and stuff. But those trailers haven’t been nearly as exciting or badass as some of Marvel’s previous material. I really hope this film is good because if it works it’ll open so many opportunities for the MCU.

Us

Release Date: March 15th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I haven’t even watched this trailer yet, even after all the hype that spread online about it, I’m just lazy haha. However, I will be watching this film just because of Jordan Peele’s involvement. That guy surprised me so much with Get Out from last year, so I can’t wait to see what his follow-up film will be like, it also helps that two of the main stars are Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke. I can’t wait.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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

Trailer:

I only found out about this film while looking through films that’ll be coming out over the next two months and what grabbed me was the premise and the fact that Cate Blanchett was involved. And then I saw that Richard Linklater was directing this, now I’m very excited to see how this pans out.

Captive State

Release Date: March 29th (USA) April 12th (UK)

Trailer:

And this film comes out the day before my birthday so hopefully, it makes for a good watch but from what I’ve read so far it is totally up my alley. It is a sci-fi film, its directed by Rupert Wyatt who did Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it has John Goodman and Vera Farmiga starring in it and the film and the plot seems pretty intriguing. I really 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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Posted by on January 6, 2019 in Films, Media

 

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End of Year Review 2018

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Good day to you ladies and gents, so 2018 has come to an end and it is once again time for my annual END OF YEAR REVIEW! Now I think the year has been pretty good all things considered, I’ve had an interesting rollercoaster of highs and lows, but the pros have definitely outweighed the cons. As with previous entries, I will talk about the year as a whole from my perspective, break it down into sections and then conclude with a summary. You ready? Cool, let’s go!

Video Games

2018 was a great year for gaming and looking back on everything that was released this year and comparing it to last year, it really is hard to say which year had the better selection of games to play. The games industry has had a lot of dodgy and questionable stuff going on with the ongoing issues related to gambling and microtransactions to the poor PlayStation Classic to Nintendo’s bad online service to Metal Gear Survive to Bethesda and the never-ending dramas of Fallout 76. But I will say that my overall gaming experiences were better last year because I played a lot more, however, the 2018 games that I did will stay with me for a good while. This year I finally gave into the hype and tried out Fortnight and I dabbled for a little while and gave up because I just wasn’t into it haha. I also restarted Zelda: Breath of the Wild and got lost in that world again and good god that game is SO much fun, the exploration and traversal just put me in a good mood especially when you end up playing for a good few hours. Another game  I also bought Rocket League and discovered the joys and frustrations that come with that game, I also played a fair amount of Fallout Shelter and discovered the addictive nature that comes with micromanagement and expansion, and Pokemon Quest was another one of those games that ended up getting way more of my attention than I expected, like 10 plus! 😛 But here’s my top 4 games:

  1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  2. Spider-Man PS4
  3. Sonic Mania Plus
  4. Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu
  5. Dragon Ball FighterZ

Oh look Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is my game of the year, who would have guessed? Haha! 😛 But in all seriousness Smash is my everything, it is my favourite gaming franchise and after the E3 reveal I was all in and the game is pretty much everything I wanted. The game mechanics are as fun as ever, the music selection is AMAZING, the amount of characters to mess with is fabulous and World of Light and Classic Mode are very unique and lengthy, though the former gets a little tedious after a while and the CPU difficulty is a hell of a lot harder than before. When it comes to Spider-Man I think it would have been my game of the year if Smash hadn’t come out, I REALLY had a great time playing that game and I’m still annoyed I never reviewed it back in September. The game is best Spidey game so far with its incredible web-slinging and overall movement, the versatile combat, wonderful selection of suits and a story that takes so many wonderful aspects of Spidey’s source material and adaptations and crafts its own unique and beautiful story that’s up there will the best of the Spidey material. Thanks to the Plus DLC, I ended up revisiting Sonic Mania and fell in love again. And while I still haven’t played Encore mode yet to my shame, I did love messing around with Ray and Mighty’s new game mechanics. As for Pokemon Let’s Go I was surprised by how captivated I was for the first few days. After seeing some of the videos and positive word of mouth around the game when it released I caved in and bought the game. I loved the nostalgic feelings the game gave me from seeing the enhanced visuals to the wonderful soundtrack, and on top of that, the seeing Pokemon in the overworld was cool and the new catching mechanics being easy to do for the most part. Alas, the changes to some of the core mechanics of battling and level grinding and a lack of features from later generations meant that my engagement waned. And finally Dragon Ball FighterZ I only played for a little while but it left a really good impression on me, while I wasn’t very good at it due to its technical aspects similar to the Marvel Vs. Capcom games, but I loved the visuals, the attempt at a story mode and attention to detail when it comes to the voice acting and specific finishing attacks.

Films

For me, 2018 was a good time for films and while I didn’t watch as many films as last year, I feel like I saw most of the films that I wanted/needed to. I had a lot of fun, interesting and surprising experiences in the cinema this year but definitely tried to watch more films at home. Also for those who aren’t aware, I’m only counting films released in 2018, films originally released in 2017 that got a UK release this year DOESN’T COUNT! And with that out of the way, these are my favourite films of 2018:

Top 11 Films of 2018

  1. Searching
  2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  3. Avengers: Infinity War
  4. A Star Is Born
  5. Annihilation
  6. Crazy Rich Asians
  7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  8. Bumblebee
  9. Whitney
  10. Widows
  11. A Silent Place

Honourable Mentions

  • Bird Box 
  • Incredibles 2
  • Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Overlord
  • Creed 2
  • Sorry To Bother You
  • Blackkklasman
  • First Man
  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Ready Player One

Top 4 Worst/Disappointing Films of 2018

  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  2. The Predator
  3. Tomb Raider
  4. Den of Thieves

Top 5 Surprising Films of 2018

  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • A Star Is Born
  • Bumblebee
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Deadpool 2

Television

Man, my TV viewing experience for 2018 was a far cry from last year and it’s not because I’m getting bored or not interested in what’s available and more to do with the fact that I just haven’t had the bloody time to watch everything like I used to haha. 😛 That being said I was able to check out a good few shows here and there and I will say that most of them were worth watching. From finishing the super fun Tournament of Power arc in Dragon Ball Super to enjoying the second season of The Tick to really liking the direction of the first half of season 3 of Into the Badlands (which I hope comes back at some point). When it comes to new shows I liked Disenchantment with its weird sense of humour, world and ongoing storyline, I also liked Altered Carbon for its visual design, an interesting cast, and on Amazon, you had Jack Ryan which was quite captivating with its plot, cast and the concise number of episodes. Daredevil season 3 and Bojack Horseman season 5 have been my favourite TV from this year giving just wanted while also providing me with content I didn’t know that I’d love as well. And finally Lucifer‘s season 3 got really good towards the end, and for a little while my show was cancelled, but then Netflix gave us a miracle and picked it up for season 4, sweet!

Top 10 TV Shows

  1. Daredevil (season 3)
  2. Bojack Horseman (season 5)
  3. Altered Carbon (season 1)
  4. Lucifer (season 3)
  5. Jack Ryan (season 1)
  6. Into the Badlands (season 3)
  7. The Tick (season 2)
  8. Disenchantment (season 1)

Music

In 2018 I wasn’t as overly fussed about music as much as last year, there wasn’t much new music that caught my ears, however, there have a been a few new songs that have caught my ears from new and established artists which have made my year quite enjoyable. Interestingly enough a lot my favourite music hasn’t been from mainstream radio but more so from films in the cinema and other places. There have been a good few films with nice film scores from Avengers: Infinity War to Solo to Annihilation to Incredibles 2 and son. But it’s Ludwig Göransson’s score for Black Panther that I’ve remembered with “Wakanda” being my absolute favourite! Firstly there’s the return of Justin Timberlake with his Man of the Woods which was a nice album with a good variety of tracks and a catchy first single with “Filthy“. I’ve also been continuing to listen to SG Lewis and his EP, Dusk has been one of my favourite listening experiences this year with “Aura” being one of my favourite songs of the year. AFI came back with The Missing Man and I really liked that EP especially with the songs “Get Dark” and “Trash Bat“. Also, there’s the Eurovision Song Contest, I haven’t followed this event since 2010 or 2011, but this year had a good number of really good songs, but my favourite was “Dance You Off” by Benjamin Ingrosso, that song was SO catchy! And finally there’s Tee Lopes, crafter of the brilliant Sonic Mania soundtrack who released his debut album Youinverse which is wonderful, but my favourite song is awesome “Gray City Day“.

Favourite Songs

  1. Ludwig Göransson – Wakanda
  2. SG Lewis – Aura
  3. Justin Timberlake – Filthy
  4. AFI – Get Dark
  5. Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off
  6. Tee Lopes – Gray City Day

My Experience

All things considered, 2018 was a pretty decent year and in a lot of ways has been my best year in quite some time just because, looking back on the year as a whole, I dealt with a fair amount of bullshit, but it wasn’t nearly as troublesome or time-consuming as previous years. As for the stuff I got up to, there weren’t as many crazy adventures but I did have some fun here and there and experienced some things for the first time. Firstly there was my trip to the MCM London Expo with my best friend for our 10 year anniversary since we went in 2008, I also gave blood for the first time after talking about doing it for around 5 years haha, I also attended my first hen do and first baby shower which were surreal and delightful experiences. And I also did my annual volunteering for the 5th year and it was just as fun as ever. But on top of that, I feel like I’ve started to find my creative side again with all the drawing and animation stuff I’ve been doing which has been way more than previous years. Plus my mental state of mind I think has gotten to a place where I’m stable and can live with myself and have a good outlook on life which has been great especially in the last few months.

There’s also a lot of stuff that happened in the world, too much to mention, from the ongoing fears and dramas surrounding Brexit to Theresa May and her weir “dancing skills” to the absurd amount of memes we went through from Ugandan Knuckles to Bowsette to the recent Bird Box film. And then there was the death of certain celebrities this year as well, but the main two that hurt me the most was the passing of Jon Schnepp and Stan Lee. Schnepp has been one of my favourite people to watch on AMC and then Collider because he was such a passionate nerd and taught me so much, also her Superman documentary was great and even met him 2015. So his passing just sucked. But then there was Stan Lee’s passing, that felt so surreal and unnatural. I always thought the guy would live forever and it still feels weird to talk about him in the past tense, but I sort of knew he would pass on at some point but I was not prepared at all. I am forever grateful for not only being able to meet him but for all of his creations that made me the person I am today.

Conclusion

In conclusion, this year was a good time, had some good and bad experiences, learnt some life lessons and yeah I don’t have nearly as much to complain about which can only be a good thing right? Well 2018, its been fun but its time to say goodbye, and hello to 2019 because it will be a year of big changes for me which I can’t wait to share in due time. 🙂

Well, thanks for reading. So how was your 2018? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below and finally, have a happy new year and I hope I’ll see ya in again in 2019. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2018 in Films, Life, Media, Music, Reviews, Television, Video Games

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Mary Poppins Returns

Howdy ladies and gents, for the first time in a while I’m doing a written review and I just wanted to share my quick thoughts on Mary Poppins Returns as I saw it today and wanted to talk about it. 🙂 So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! 😀

The plot can be summed up as the following: “Set in 1930s London, twenty-five years after the events of the original film, it sees Mary Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks, returning after a family tragedy.” So as someone who only saw the original Mary Poppins in full earlier on today (which held up fairly well I might add), I was very curious to see how this sequel would pan out, and I thought this was as a nice little sequel. The film certainly had a lot of similarities to the original in terms of the story structure and some of the problems that the main characters faced, and by the time the film concluded, a lot of the issues were resolved in quite an easy and familiar way. That being said the film did look very nice with great set design, clear, bright and distinctive visuals that call back but also expand upon the original. It was especially strange to see how much larger the exterior locations were from the original and the sense of realism due to the London locations. The soundtrack was nice and some of the new songs were pretty catchy, I also really liked the choreography of those dance scenes especially with the lamplighters who had some impressive stunt work. And the cast was solid with the performances from Emily Blunt, Ben Whishaw and Lin-Manuel Miranda being especially strong and memorable. Blunt is one of those women I will watch in anything and she did very well in this film, she emulated all of the core traits of the character from Julie Andrews nicely, Whishaw who I have liked since Skyfall is pretty good in most films and I think this may be my favourite performance because of how much emotional turmoil and struggle his character went through, and finally Miranda was essentially Bert from the first film, but he was very fun, charismatic and was probably my favourite person in the film. So in conclusion, while Mary Poppins Returns, isn’t as good as the original and felt a little too familiar to its predecessor when it worked, it worked quite well and as someone who isn’t overly keen on musicals, I enjoyed it.

So have you seen Mary Poppins Returns and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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QUICK THOUGHTS: Detective Pikachu Trailer

Good day to you ladies and gents, I’m back to give you some thoughts on a recent trailer in the form of the Detective Pikachu film that will be out next summer. Now I have been following this film on and off for a while now just because I thought that it was a little weird to have the first major live-action film based on the Pokemon franchise be adapted from the Nintendo 3DS game that only a handful of people would have played and probably would confuse those who have a casual knowledge of who Pikachu is. However, the first trailer has come out and wow, just wow. I was a little taken back by it yesterday, though, having had to time to watch it again and process it, I think I’m warming up to it.

Check it out the trailer below:

To put it simply, I find this fascinating.

The main that stands out beyond the fact that we have a Pikachu that’s voiced by Ryan Reynolds, is the fact that we have these super realistic Pokemon and it was freaking weird! Now I think any long-term Pokemon can understand where I’m coming from when I say that I know what Pokemon look like, even in the 3D, but to see so many of these classic Pokemon put into live-action with all this extra fur, detail and facial expressions that look better/normal in cartoon form to be given a realistic makeover is a little shocking. If taken out of context and just shown to you, you’d think these were creepy nightmare versions of those of these characters used for a Creepypasta or something. Pikachu’s dark eyes look a little freaky in some of the darker scenes, but alongside Justice Smith, he actually looks not too bad. Now this isn’t the first time Pokemon have had their designs changed up for a more realistic look, just look back to Pokken Tournament, though that game kept the characters looks a little more link their original designs, Bandai Namco did change things up where I’d say it was sort of halfway between this film and the original designs.

But this film does take it to another level, but at the same time it intrigues me, plus I love looking out for all the Pokemon I know. From Charmander and Dodrio to Bulbasaur and Jigglypuff to Psyduck and my boy Greninja, and of course, my favourite Charizard who looks so intense with the new scaly design. And I can not go on without mentioning Mr. Mine, I think that guy has been a bit of a joke character for a while, but here he’s this cross between creepy and funny, his design is probably the most accurate to the original, just with stranger/more realistic facial expressions. I just want to see more Pokemon and what their redesigns will be like.

What stands out to me is the tone of this film, it feels like what Pokemon would be like if westerners implemented their style of visuals, humour and action in only a way a Hollywood film can. I also like the inclusion of Ken Watanabe and Justice Smith, though he pissed me off SO much in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom with all that yelling, I do like him as an actor so I’ll be curious to see how his character’s story pans out. And finally there’s Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, he wasn’t my first choice, but he’s growing on me. Though, when he speaks all I can hear is Ryan Reynolds or to a more notable degree, DEADPOOL! If Reynolds wasn’t already so well-known for playing Deadpool, then his voice wouldn’t feel so distracting here, but it does and I’m sure I’ll eventually get over it when the film comes out but for the time being, I can’t unhear it.

So to conclude, while I was initially sceptical about this film, I am getting more and more intrigued and dare I say excited just to see how it’ll pan out. As long as it is fun and not too creepy-looking with those Pokemon then I’ll totally down to watch this. Just no creepy Mimikyu, please. 😦

So what did you think of the first trailer for Detective Pikachu? Did like it, hate it or were you confused by it? Also, what do you think of the super realistic-looking Pokemon? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments section below and I’ll see ya on the next video, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2018 in Films, Media

 

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RIP Stan Lee

Good day to you ladies and gents, today I am writing a blog post that I hoped I wouldn’t have to write any time soon, but alas, Stan Lee, a legend in the world of comics and entertainment and beloved nerd and creator for many fans across the world unfortunately died yesterday and even now it feels so surreal. So today I just wanted to share my thoughts on what he meant to me and share my respects.

So every once in a while in life, there emerges an individual who goes on to become someone special and Stan’s one of those individuals. To have such an interesting life journey and career from being in the army to writing comic books and then having what you created reach so many people, and have those properties be taken on by new writers and artists for decades to come, and then, of course, have those creations get adapted into various animated and live-action TV shows and films… All that from one guy and his collaborators. It is truly incredible.

Stan Lee is a man who has fascinated me since childhood, and as I’ve gotten older and learnt more about him through research, written and video interviews and so on, I’ve only appreciated him more and more. I’ve always loved hearing the stories about how he created some of his most notable characters like the Fantastic Four or Spider-Man or the X-Men, how he had the knowledge and guts to tell stories about flawed/troubled individuals that made them relatable to the readers. It just shows that this guy was on the ball and perceptive.

But beyond the wonderful characters, stories and worlds he’s given us over the years, he had such a wonderful personality. Stan Lee always looked like he was having the time of his life in a lot of his old photos working at Marvel, he’s always smiling, and through articles and interviews he’s always come across as a sweet, cool and kind man who had time to pass on his knowledge and had great stories to tell. The guy was fantastic and every time I saw him in an interview he’d always make me smile and laugh because he was also quite funny.

But I think where a lot of people have gotten to know Stan from in recent times is through his cameo work in the Marvel Studios films. Now Stan is no stranger to being part of the properties he’s created. He’s narrated for TV shows and video games, made numerous appearances in live-action films going back to the first X-Men film from 2001, he’s made appearances in the cartoons and has been a playable character in games like Amazing Spider-Man 2 or Lego Marvel Superheroes. He’s been all over the place and I’ve always seen him pop up as it always brought joy to my soul.

And now I would like to share some of my favourites that aren’t from the MCU and probably aren’t as well known.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series

This Stan Lee appearance will always hold a special place in my heart. It was probably the first time I sort of got an idea of who Stan was as a kid. I remember being maybe 8, 9 or 10 years old when I first saw this episode and I thought it was hella cool that Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-Man, made an appearance in the 90’s cartoon show. And every time I saw it since it made me so happy. It is a short yet wonderful moment filled with fun, reflection and humour, and seeing Stan get left on the roof without any way to get down and hoping the Fantastic Four would give him a lift, priceless.

Spectacular Spider-Man

This is a small and probably insignificant cameo for most, but I remember watching Spectacular Spider-Man’s second season and just loving this cameo. Here Stan’s just a guy who states the stuff he hates and I think we can relate to that. But it is the line “Are we being punked? I hate that.” Haha. I’ve always loved it.

Spider-Man 3

This one has always stuck out for a number of people and I’d be inclined to agree, it is such a simple yet beautiful bit of dialogue that perfectly sums up Stan’s positivity and then work that Peter had done up to that point. And it is probably the highlight of that entire film really.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I almost forgot about this cameo until I saw it on my YouTube search. I remember watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. during season 1 and thought this was the greatest cameo just because it came out of nowhere and made me laugh so hard. It wasn’t enough that Simmons was giving Coulson a hard time with this fictional story that everyone on the train cart was paying attention to, but for Stan to step in, sympathise with her and then scold Coulson so hard was an incredible moment in time that I’ll never forget. 😛

But of course there are the Stan Lee cameos from the MCU and there are many to pick from, and while a lot of them were just minor appearances, some of them were quite funny and significant. So here are some my favourites:

  • Thor: When he tried to pull Mjolnir out of the ground with his truck and failed.
  • Avengers: “Superheroes in New York? Gimme a break.” Love that line.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Seeing him hanging out with the Watchers was one of the best nerdiest things I’ve ever seen. 😀
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming: When Spider-Man gets scolded by a bunch of people and Stan shouts at him from a window, great moment! 😀
  • Avengers: Infinity War: “What’s the matter with you kids? You never seen a spaceship before?” I frigging loved that line, such a casual thing for an old bus drive to say. 😀 😛

Here’s an epic compilation to check out below:

Anyway, to conclude, Stan Lee, all I can say is thank you for everything that you’ve given me and many fans young and old throughout the many decades that you were with us. And like many I’d like to thank you and Ditko for Spider-Man, he’s one of my favourite characters in fiction and I’ve learnt so much from him and have loved all the heroes, villains and stories that you’ve given Spidey over the years and my life wouldn’t be the same without that character. And also it was an honour to be in your presence in for a moment in time, but meeting you in 2014 was one of my life goals that I never thought I’d get to do and it was one of the best experiences of my life that I will cherish forever.

RIP Stan Lee and thanks for everything. Excelsior!

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2018 in Films, Life, Media, Television

 

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QUICK REVIEW: AFI – Get Dark

Howdy ladies and gents, it has been almost a month since the last time I posted something on here, terrible I know, but today I’m back to share my thoughts on the latest song released from AFI; “Get Dark“.

Now for those not aware, AFI is one of my all-time favourite bands, since 2008 their sound has filled my life with endless hours of joy, but also has helped me get through some of the tougher periods of my life in the past. And even though I had played to review the AFI (The Blood Album) last year, I just lost a lot of my writing passion in 2017 so I never got around to it. But after hearing this new song I knew I had to get on my blog and talk about it.

Here’s the song:

So yeah “Get Dark” just dropped online out of nowhere almost a week ago, I saw it in my YouTube subscription page and clicked immediately while half awake in bed. Upon my first listen I thought it was good, had a fast and upbeat tempo which I really liked and catchy/memorable chorus, but it didn’t blow me away. However, I listened to it again a few days ago and recently the song’s just got stuck in my and I’ve found myself singing the chorus while at work or walking around the house. Fastfoward to today and I’ve listened to the song 5 times since release (which is a lot for me when it comes to new music). I think its safe to say that I’m a fan of this song.

Similar to “I Hope You Suffer” back in 2013, I think this track is one that grows on you (though “I Hope You Suffer” grabbed me a lot quicker). “Get Dark” feels like a continuation of some of the sounds that AFI did with Burials and The Blood Album, this song’s intense, swift and catchy, it hooks you and since it comes and goes so quickly it leaves you wanting more. I really like the drum beat, the chorus and that guitar solo towards the latter half of the song. This song is just delicious and addictive. And when I found out this was going to be one of more tracks coming from the band I was ecstatic. I might pre-order The Missing Man EP just so I can half that music ready to download on the day of release haha.

So to conclude I think “Get Dark” is another great song from AFI, like their recent albums it’s different yet familiar and if you like this band this song should be right up your street. So have you check out this song and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below and I’ll see you with more content soon, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2018 in Media, Music, Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #41

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to What I’m Currently Watching, a blog series where I give you an update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. It is week 41, and after watching a few shows recently I have felt inspired to once again share my thoughts on them online. So today I once again be talking about Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, but I will also be talking about DisenchantmentTom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and Bojack Horseman. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (Eps 13-25)

Ah, Gundam Wing, after watching those first 12 episodes I was all in on this show, but as the show went on it changed, evolved and then became something more complex than I expect. Seeing the 5 main Gundam pilots go on their own adventures on Earth, unfortunately lose their robots and eventually travel into space to the colonies and continue their mission was fascinating because of how it affects them mentally and emotionally. I thought it was pretty intriguing and surprising to see how the Gundams were this unstoppable force, but as OZ made their advancements in mobile suits technology and had the larger numbers in the army, they were able to take out the heroes and so it really looked like the bad take over especially with how they convinced the colonies that the Gundams were bad and that OZ’s military force was for security purposes. I loved seeing more of the designers behind the Gundams, those dudes were cool, and Lady Une, someone I absolutely hated at first, she ended up being one of the most engaging characters because of her split personality and seeing more of Relena and Zechs was cool especially after Relena learns of her relation to her brother. And though I love Heero, it was really cool to see more of Trowa, his journey was probably the more interesting a varied of the pilots, but Quarte, that dude had one hell of a journey, losing the plot and becoming disillusioned to the mission and going on this crazy hunt to destroy the colonies, that was intense. After finishing episode 25 it definitely felt like the end of an era within this show and it was transitioning into something different with the state of the government, OZ and their military powers, the new Gundams and the state of the original Gundam pilots. I’m still very much invested in this show even if some of the storylines aren’t as consistently interesting as others.

Disenchantment (Season 1)

I remember hearing about this show for the first time back in the summer and then seeing the first trailer just after Comic-Con at thought it was a strange and new direction for Matt Groening considering the setting and characters, but I was curious to see how it turned out. And the initial reactions after the show dropped were mixed to lukewarm to what I’d seen briefly online so I expected the worst, but after the first episode, I was totally on board. I watched the first few episodes in random patches and on finished the last 3 episodes in the last week. So after watching all 10 episodes, I can say that I enjoyed Disenchantment, it certainly has its flaws, but I when it worked I was entertained, I laughed and it was mainly engaged thanks to the characters. I really liked the world, its strange and interesting rules and law, and the humourous approach to most things that shouldn’t be funny like death. The humour doesn’t always land, but when it did I laughed mainly due to the stupidity or absurdity of what happens to characters with well-timed physical or verbal jokes. I love the theme song, I hummed it every time it came on after the first episode haha. But it is the characters that really make the show work, Bean, Luci and Elfo are an interesting bunch of individuals who work really well as a group with their banter and chemistry, I cared about them not only because they made me laugh, but because I liked what they did and how they grew as people especially towards the end of the show (well not so much Luci). I liked how the show felt episode but had continuity over the course of the season, it was surprising to learn where the story was ultimately going, learning of certain mysteries and revelations and having certain plot points from the start of the season finally have pay-off towards the end. And while I appreciated the more heartfelt approach to the show towards the end, at the same time I didn’t feel as emotionally invested as I think show wanted me to be and was surprised that story ended the way it, not in a bad way but just not in an overly satisfying way. But in the end, I enjoyed the show and will watch another season. 🙂

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Season 1)

So this show wasn’t really on my radar, I mean I was certainly curious about it from a distance because it was another Jack Ryan adaptation and I was curious to see if it would fair better than the 2012 film Shadow Recruit with Chris Pine. But last week I had some free time and my mum and I just binged the show over two sessions, and you know what it was some good tv. I’m not overly into political thrillers just because sometimes they can be complex, layered and hard to follow and politics just never holds my interest in films (with a handful of exceptions to the rule). But this show was pretty clear in terms of what it was, how it progressed and concluded. I also enjoyed the cast especially John Krasinski as Jack Ryan, he was heroic, but also impulsive and didn’t always have the right solution for every situation and Wendell Pierce as James Greer was awesome as Ryan’s boss, he’s a bit of a hard-ass, but as the show progresses we learn more about him and he eventually chills out a little bit. I also loved the relationship between Ryan and Greer, they’re normally at odds with each other because of their different tactics but I liked seeing their relationship evolve. Abbie Cornish was also good as Cathy Mueller, and Dina Shihabi was very impressive as Hanin Ali, Suleiman’s wife. And finally, there’s Ali Suliman as Mousa Bin Suleiman, he was really intimidating and quietly intense as an Islamic terrorist and because we learn of his backstory and attachment he is to his family, he ended up being a captivating villain. I also enjoyed how the show didn’t just focus on the Jack Ryan’s perspective, but also on the main villain Suleiman and his motivations so you could understand why he does what he does. One of the best aspects of the show beyond the performances was the rising tension and escalation of danger and chaos, once certain situations start to play out the show just ramps up and never stops moving and that sense of urgency was very engaging and addictive. In a way I thought the overall plot could/would have carried over into season 2, but it was nicely wrapped up over the 8 episodes.

Bojack Horseman (Season 5)

Last year Bojack Horseman became one of my favourite TV shows in recent years because of its dramatic, uncomfortable, yet engaging and humourous content, and after the emotional rollercoaster that was season 4, I was totally ready for the next season. And season 5 has been one hell of a journey, building upon the foundations of previous seasons and presenting new and familiar characters and scenarios resulting in very engaging TV which was very hard to watch at times. While this season didn’t have the same emotional gut punch of season 4, it did have plenty of really insightful, poignant and agonizing moments that remind me of not only how incredible the show is thanks to all the writers, but also how much these stories and flawed characters remind me of real life. It was interesting to see Bojack and the rest of the cast end up making this TV show, and how their stories progressed on and off of the film set through non-linear storytelling, trips out of town, flashbacks and episodes that blurred the lines between fiction and reality. All of it was handled in creative, raw and hilarious ways. I found myself shouting at my laptop in disbelief at some of the stuff that happened on-screen and at several points I just had to stop and take in what happened because some of the issues the show tackles is deep and thought-provoking. .Also, the show’s funny, I’ve never found the show to be super hilarious, but this season may have some of my favourite laughs of the show so far with some of the one-liners and physical humour.

As for the cast is incredible, Will Arnett (Bojack), Amy Sedaris (Princess Carolyn), Alison Brie (Diane), Paul F. Tompkins (Mr. Peanutbutter) and Aaron Paul (Todd) deliver some of their best material to date alongside some great supporting and new cast members. I love learning more about Princess Carolyn’s past, seeing what Diane was up to and how she’s dealing with her own drama and the ever surprising and crazy life of Todd has never been funnier. Also shout outs to Rami Malek as Flip McVicker, Stephanie Beatriz as Gina, Issa Rae as Dr. Indira and Wanda Sykes as Mary BethBut. But now I wanted to focus Bojack specifically, he’s someone I really disliked in season 1, but later on I grew to cheer for him, for as shitty as he was and all the horrible things he’d gotten up to over the seasons, I could relate to his emotional state on several occasions and as he started to learn about himself and grow, I just wanted to see him change for the better. And while he does learn and grow, he also has to face up to all of his transgressions, and this season was the first time where I just couldn’t support him, he went to some dark and troubled places that were almost unbearable to watch and I’m not sure he’ll recover from it, but damn Will Arnett did damn good work with is voice acting. And after all of the drama and chaos the season ends in the place that I thought it would, not to give any spoilers, but after everything that happened with Bojack, the final moments of the show felt like the only logical conclusion and it was handled very well. I don’t know if I can handle any more of this show’s crazy and intense drama, but it’s so good that I can’t help but want to see what happens if and when season 6 rolls around.

Well, that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen any of these shows and if so what do you think of them? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching too. Until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2018 in Reviews, TV Reviews

 

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