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Looking Back On Lucifer Seasons 1-3

Howdy ladies and gents, how’s it going? With Lucifer returning via the power of Netflix on May 8th last week, I decided to rewatch the whole show again from season 1 in anticipation for season 4. In addition to that, I have also thought this would be a good opportunity to talk about the show as a whole over the last few years, going through it season by season talking about the pros and cons, best episodes and how it has evolved to where we are now. Alas, I couldn’t get this post out on time because of a busy week, but hey, better late than never right? Also mild spoilers ahead!

Ah Lucifer, what a great TV show. If you had told me back in 2016 when I reviewed the pilot episode that this show would become one of my favourites, I would have said “Really? That’s unlikely.” However, the show has only improved from season to season with a great sense of momentum, interesting stories, great humour and drama and a cast of characters with really great dynamics and engaging scenarios. So now I will attempt to condense my thoughts on each season and try to tell you why this show is worth watching.

But firstly what is Lucifer about? Well Lucifer Morningstar is essentially the devil, he used to be in hell but besides to go to Earth to hang around with humans to have some fun which involves normally involves parties, women, sex and using his powers of persuasion/revealing people’s hidden desires to get his way. Along the way, he gets involved with detective Chloe Decker and after they solve their first crime together, Lucifer decides to tag along with Decker to experience new and exciting adventures. And what follows is a police procedural drama with some supernational elements on the side, and we have your standard “case of the week” in each episode, there are character-focused story elements that continue throughout each season.

Season 1

The great thing about Lucifer is that it starts out fairly strong and lays down the foundation for some really intriguing material to come down the line. The pilot establishes all of the core elements that the show would be loved by fans in the future. This first season is not only about Lucifer’s experiencing change not only his personality but also his mortality, but it is also about Decker trying to understand who/what Lucifer is and coming to terms with him becoming a part of her life. Each episode presents something new, fun and exciting to watch mainly thanks to Lucifer’s crazy antics and the scenarios he and Decker get into which helps elevate the standard police drama material.

Character-wise, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) is impulsive, tactical and manipulative, suave and hilarious, but he is also a bit of an idiot and sometimes he can cause trouble without being aware of it. Decker (Lauren German) is a by-the-book detective is cares a lot about her job and family, and while she can be a little too serious, she’s tenacious and good at her job. Dan (Kevin Alejandro) is Decker’s ex-husband and while he’s not always got his priorities in the right place, he’s a good guy, cares for his family and is also a source of humour on occasion. Amenadiel  (D. B. Woodside), Lucifer’s brother is confident, self-righteous and very serious about his commitment to god and following his father’s wishes especially when it comes to Lucifer’s behaviour on earth. Dr. Linda Martin (Rachael Harris) is Lucifer’s therapist who helps to understand his emotions and she has some great interactions with Lucifer over the season. Also, there’s Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt), Lucifer’s long-term ally and follower from Hell who enjoys certain aspects of human life but longs to return to hell and has her concerns about Lucifer’s behaviour. And finally, there’s Trixie, Decker and Dan’s child who is super cute and has some fun moments in the show.

Favourite Episodes:

  • Pilot
  • Lucifer Stay. Good Devil
  • Sweet Kicks
  • Favourite Son
  • Wingman
  • A Priest Walks Into a Bar (favourite)
  • Pops
  • St. Lucifer

Season 2

Season 2 takes what worked in the last and magnifies it by 10. I enjoyed how this season was consistent with the last, but created new and interesting scenarios for our established characters. Relationships are tested, new dynamics are formed and struggle is real on an individual level especially for Lucifer, Chloe, Amenadiel, Maze and Linda. This season deals with the introduction of Lucifer’s mother, the ongoing issues related to Lucifer and his relationship with God and more complicated supernatural elements that present new levels of danger for everyone involved. A lot transpires during the season with short and long-term plot points, but for the most part, I found it incredibly fun, hilarious, engaging and helps enhance all of the characters.

I also really enjoyed the new storyline involving Lucifer’s mother, learning about her and the relationship she has with Lucifer and Amendadiel, and the extra background details we learn about Lucifer’s family history. Lucifer grows in this season and though he can still brash and thoughtless, he certainly learns a lot. I also loved seeing the Lucifer and Decker’s relationship develop beyond just being friends to being romantic, seeing Maze and Decker become roommates was a great new change and Linda had a lot of really great moments having great interactions with all of the main cast too. This season also introduced two new characters who would become series staples; Ella (Aimee Garcia) and Charlotte/Lucifer’s mother (Tricia Helfer). Ella is delightful, bubbly, cute, sometimes strange and surprising with her extra skills and history outside of forensic scientist. As for Charlotte/Lucifer’s mother, she’s an intriguing one. On the one hand, her lack of awareness when it comes to human rules leads to some hilarious situations, on the other, she is crafty, deceptive, manipulative and determined. And while she has a twisted sense of logic, she is a caring mother who will do whatever it takes for her children.

There are so much more character and story elements I could mention, but to summarize this is my favourite season just because almost all of the episodes I love because they’re fun, they all have a purpose (for the most part) and engage me on a new level.

Favourite Episodes:

  • Lady Parts (favourite)
  • Weaponizer
  • Monster
  • Homewrecker
  • Quid Pro Ho
  • Stewardess Interruptus
  • Love Handles
  • A Good Day to Die (favourite)
  • Candy Morningstar
  • God Johnson
  • Sympathy for the Goddess
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Crispy

Season 3

This new season introduces Lieutenant Marcus Pierce/Cain (Tom Welling) into the mix with his own demons to take care, but also introduced is the most controversial element of the show so far in the form of the awkward love triangle between Lucifer, Decker and Cain. As much as I and other fans want to see Lucifer and Decker be together, the show seems content with the tiresome trope, “will they or won’t they?’ It’s like the show teases their potential relationship far too frequently that it gets tedious. And that compounded by the Decker and Pierce situation. The two of them have no natural chemistry and besides Ella’s initial speculation, we’re given no reason to believe they’re going to hook up. But because of some arbitrary story purposes, Decker and Lucifer’s relationship deteriorates after so much progress and Pierce and Decker are forced upon us instead. And I wouldn’t mind if they were friends who built to something romantic, but it goes from nothing to something in a few episodes. And watching Lucifer strut and stumble through this season was equally entertaining and frustrating. I know Lucifer is Lucifer and he’s supposed to learn lessons in each episode, however, to see him continuously oblivious to his stupid and obvious mistakes, it was painful and showed how little he’d learnt.

Beyond that, this show still has a lot of great elements. It’s still super fun, hilarious and the dramatic material works well too. Like last season we see the exploration of our characters and some changes to the regular dynamics we’re used to seeing. The return of Charlotte Richards in her original form leads to some interesting material when it comes to her interactions with the cast and the past that she can’t remember. There’s also some good stuff for Dan to get into and this season sees a lot of great development and depth for Maze. Linda and Amenadiel had some interesting stuff to go through together and individually, and seeing more of Ella always makes me happy as well.

In the end, despite a lot of frustration and some stories that didn’t feel as essential as the previous season, when this season works, it works well and officially ended in a really intriguing. Plus the final two episodes had some fun and unique aspects that made them worth watching for sure.

Favourite Episodes:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Mazikeen Smith (favourite)
  • What Would Lucifer Do?
  • Welcome Back, Charlotte Richards
  • Vegas With Some Radish (favourite)
  • Off The Record (favourite)
  • The Sinnerman
  • Let Pinhead Sing!
  • Anything Pierce Can Do I Can Do Better
  • All Hands on Decker
  • Quintessential Deckerstar
  • A Devil of My Word (favourite)
  • Boo Normal

In conclusion, Lucifer has secretly come along and become one of my favourite shows to watch in the last few years thanks to its amazing cast of memorable and engaging characters, the interesting stories and world building and cool balance between humour and drama. While rewatching this show it has certainly become apparent to me how similar this show is to Castle with the story and character dynamic between Lucifer and Decker quite similar to Castle and Beckett, but I guess that’s why I like it, and despite the similarities, I still enjoy this show for its unique elements. And while the show has some issues when it comes to a bit of repetition and some story shortcomings in season 3, it is a show I love a lot and I can’t wait to see what’s going on with season 4! 😀

Thank you for reading and if you’ve seen Lucifer share your thoughts on it in the comments section below, and I’ll see you soon with my review for season 4, laters! 😀

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Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Reviews, TV Reviews

 

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QUICK THOUGHTS: Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker Teaser Trailer

Howdy ladies and gents, I’m back from the underground to talk about some Star Wars! Yeah, so earlier on today we found out not only that Episode IX will now be called The Rise of Skywalker (An interesting title that I shall discuss later), but we also got a teaser trailer and you know I had to share my thoughts on that. So without further ado, let’s talk about that trailer!

Check out the trailer below:

So my initial impressions were this, “Okay, I am intrigued and dare I say excited to see where this is gonna go.” Now I can’t lie, my love for all things Star Wars has diminished somewhat, not only because of my conflicted feelings about The Last Jedi and the haphazard nature of how this new trilogy has been constructed under Lucasfilm and Disney’s watch but also due to some of the really toxic members of the fandom that make it hard to enjoy anything these days… But at the end of the day, I still love Star Wars and want to see more of it and this teaser seems to suggest we’ll be getting something good.

I feel like there’s an interesting tonal balance between the darker and lighter tone, I feel like this teaser is trying to retain what we got from The Last Jedi but infuse it with more of the adventurous side of things we got with The Force Awakens. There’s a lot to like about this trailer, Luke’s voiceover is great, ooooooo Lando! The sense of scale is still really insane, the choice of lighting is nice, it looks like the action will still be intense with a good balance between practical and digital effects and I am just so glad to FINALLY see Rey, Finn and Poe together as a team as that was what wanted in the last film. I’m also really liking the colour scheme and visual presentation as we get shots of Rey in a desert, Kylo Ren in a forest, some aerial shot of a city surrounded by mountains and that awesome shot of Rey, Finn & Poe staring at the remains of the Death Star… But then you hear that laugh at the end, that distinctive laugh. Good god, it’s my boy Palpatine aka Darth Sidious. But what does it mean? Is he alive? Will be some kind of dark side force ghost thing? Will be in a flashback or in some past hologram? I need answers!

On top of that, the title makes me wonder if JJ and the filmmakers will be retconning a few things or not. The title The Rise of Skywalker implies that a Skywalker will be the focus and as we know, Luke is “dead”, Leia can’t be the one and though Klyo Ren is technically of the Skywalker bloodline, he can’t be redeemed (at least I hope not). So who else is left? Is there any secret Skywalkers hiding out there? Or are we gonna retcon Rey’s heritage to make her a Skywalker to explain her abilities and please some of the fans that weren’t pleased with the answer they got in The Last Jedi? Who knows? Either way, I am very curious.

To conclude very intrigued by The Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer, there is a lot of interesting things going on and a lot to speculate about. I have my hopes and fears, but I want to believe that this will be a satisfactory conclusion to this trilogy.

So have you seen The Rise of Skywalker trailer and if so what did you think of it? Are you hyped, curious or underwhelmed? Let me know in the comments section below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2019 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Shazam! Review

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, I know this one is a little late but back on here to share my thoughts on Shazam! in the form of a review via my podcast, Film Focus.

On episode 75 of Film Focus, I share my thoughts on Shazam!, the latest superhero film from DC and Warner Bros. Now, I recall seeing the trailer for this film online during Comic-Con 2018 and being quite intrigued. The concept of a kid being able to transform into an adult superhero with Superman-like abilities is such a crazy and unique idea with lots of possibilities cool superhero adventures. And after the early positive word of mouth came out about the film two weeks ago, I got really hyped to see it. So after seeing it a recently, how was the film? Well, check out this spoiler-free review to find out!

Check out the review:

So have you seen Shazam! and if so what did you think of it? I really want to hear your thoughts on this film so drop your thoughts in the comments below and if you have some spare time subscribe to my podcast, Film Focus on Soundcloud and iTunes. Until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2019 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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AUDIO REVIEW: Us

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, I know this one is a little late but back on here to share my thoughts on Us in the form of a review via my podcast, Film Focus.

Now, this is a film that a lot of people have been looking forward to not only because it was the follow-up to 2017’s Get Out, but also because of the hype surrounding the marketing. Once the trailer came out I recall the internet going crazy for it, but I never saw the trailer or any of the marketing at all just because I was sold on Peele and the cast. And with the early glowing reviews, film fans everywhere were excited to see what the deal was with this new film. So today I share with you my spoiler-free thoughts. 🙂

Check out the review:

So have you seen Us and if so what did you think of it? I really want to hear your thoughts on this film so drop your thoughts in the comments below and if you have some spare time subscribe to my podcast, Film Focus on Soundcloud and iTunes. Until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2019 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Love, Death & Robots

Good day to you ladies and gents, and welcome to the first TV review I’ve done for ages in the form of Love, Death & Robots. I knew after I saw the first trailers for it last month that I’d have to give a watch, and after finishing it yesterday I felt compelled to share my thoughts online. So today I will be sharing my spoiler-free thoughts about this experimental show.

So what’s the show about? Well, it is essentially an 18 episode anthology series full of short stories that vary in tone, length, structure and presentation and relate to love, death and of course robots. The first great thing about the show is its length, these days with so many shows trying to compete for your time and some us (especially adults), don’t have the time to invest in a lot of them not only because of the episode duration but also the number of episodes/seasons as well. Love, Death & Robots is not only 18 episodes, but their duration varies from only 7 to 17 minutes, so getting through the whole thing isn’t too difficult. The issue with that comes with certain episodes feeling like they needed more time to flesh certain elements out or that they end abruptly.

As for the stories themselves, they all vary in quality. Some can be very intense, thought-provoking, disturbing, visceral and magical, other times it can be quite silly, strange, funny, casual and/or pointless. I found my engagement fluctuating from being super invested to disinterested. Some of the episodes felt like they established a whole with rules, mythology and characters you could invest in and wanted to see more of, while others felt like good ideas that needed more fleshing out. Your investment will depend on personal preference and while each episode is worth working, only around half of the 18 episodes left a major impression on me which I shall highlight below.

Favourite episodes:

  • Sonnie’s Edge
  • The Witness
  • Suits
  • Beyond the Aquila (really good)
  • Good Hunting (really good)
  • Shape-Shifters (really good)
  • Helping Hand (really good)
  • Fish Night
  • Zima Blue (best episode)

The performances from the various cast members including Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Topher Grace, Gary Cole, Samira Wiley and Stefan Kapičić, are mostly good with some standing out more so than others, however, some voice performances were a little questionable when it came to doing certain accents.

The main draw for this show is its visual presentation which is all sorts of delicious! Now that may be a bit of an overstatement considering that I’m an illustrator and aspiring animator, so naturally, I gravitate towards those elements. But seriously this is some of the most visually striking and impressive material I have seen put into a TV format. The various studios that worked on the show have crafted visuals that utilise live-action footage, CGI, 2D and 3D animation and rotoscoping, and the way some of these styles are used individually or together is nothing short of amazing. I love the level of realism implemented in the 3D material, while some of the unique art direction for the 2D material was beautiful, some episodes had very vivid and beautiful colour schemes and others had incredible camera work with cinematography equal to a really high-quality video game or Hollywood film.

So to conclude, Love, Death & Robots is a fascinating, intriguing and unique TV experience that needs to be seen. While not all of the stories are compelling and some of the stories, subject matter and violence will turn certain audiences off, I feel like I had a good time with the show I would recommend it purely for the visuals alone as that is the show’s strongest element.

So have Love, Death & Robots and if so what do you think of it? I’m very curious to hear your thoughts, especially from any female viewers considering some of the online articles that have been brought up the way some of the women have been treated in the show. Leave your thoughts in the comment below and until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2019 in Reviews, TV Reviews

 

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Oscars 2019 – A Brief Recap (Audio Edition)

Howdy ladies and gents, how are you? So today is the day after the 91st Academy Awards and I’m here to deliver my thoughts on the results via my podcast, Film Focus! Now, I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t wactually watch the Oscars as I was at work, but after seeing who won I did want to throw my two cents in. so without further ado let’s jump in.

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 an I’ll see ya in the next post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2019 in Films, Media

 

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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 PokĂ©mon 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 SkarsgĂ„rd 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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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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