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AUDIO REVIEW: Captain Marvel

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, I’m here again to bring you another review and today I’m sharing my thoughts on Captain Marvel via my podcast, Film Focus.

Now here’s the thing, I saw this film over a week ago, and I uploaded the review on Soundcloud at the start of last week, and yet I just didn’t get around to posting it on here. So yeah my thoughts may seem a little redundant considering how quickly people take information these days, but for those who are interested in my opinion, well here it is:

So have you seen Captain Marvel 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 18, 2019 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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Marvel Studios Announces Ant-Man and the Wasp Movie for 2018, Plus 3 Mystery Films!

Howdy people of the internet, time for some film news which I haven’t done for some time and today while I was out there was some Marvel news that dropped and obviously I have to talk about it. The following information comes from superherohype:

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Marvel Studios has announced a bit of a shift in their plans for Marvel Phase Three with the announcement of a new movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp, featuring the return of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang alongside Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne. The movie will debut on July 6, 2018, the original release date for Marvel’s Black Panther, which will now open in theaters on February 16, 2018. The announcement comes following the success of this summer’s Ant-Man, which brought in $178.5M at the domestic box office and $231.3M internationally for a global total of $409.8M.

In addition, Marvel has announced that the long-awaited Captain Marvel film will shift from its November 2, 2018 release date to March 8, 2019.

Finally, Marvel has set release dates for three more mystery films which will premiere on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020. Which movies do you think will hit on those days?

The other films for Marvel’s Phase Three include Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on May 5, 2017, their Untitled Spider-Man Film on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017, Avengers: Infinity War Part I on May 4, 2018, Avengers: Infinity War Part II May 3, 2019, and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.

Well  the main thing to take away from this is that Ant-Man is getting a sequel! This is certainly a surprise! I mean I had hoped that it would get a sequel especially considering how surprising of a hit it was with fans and skeptics alike, but I didn’t think it would happen for a long time considering the Marvel Studios films slate is booked out until like 2020. But it seems like surprises happen all the time and the fact that Wasp’s name is in the title just gets me giddy. The fact that she’ll be appearing in the MCU before Infinity War is awesome and I can’t wait to see how her powers and teamwork with Ant-Man will play out. And now because of this film’s release date, the dates for Black Panther and Captain Marvel have been shifted and moved back again, but since they isn’t much confirmed details on either I can deal with it for the time being, but the wait for Black Panther is killing me. And then of course there’s the three hidden films, those I couldn’t even speculate on so I’m not gonna bother.

So that’s my thoughts on this story, but how about you? Are you hyped for a Ant-Man sequel? And what do you think these mystery Marvel films are? Be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2015 in Films, Media

 

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MARVEL FILM NEWS EXPLOSION! BLACK PANTHER, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, INFINITY WAR & MORE ANNOUNCED!

I leave the internet for just around 9-10 hours and the world of comic book film news blows the hell up! Marvel, man, they know how to drop bombs of information. Looks like the cinematic universe is about to expand tenfold between now and 2019! The following information comes from superherohype:

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ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype’s Silas Lesnick attended the Disney and Marvel Studios press event today where Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige made a number of huge announcements including that the title for Captain America 3, starring Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., will now be called…

Captain America: Civil War!

At a Q ‘n’ A following the announcement, Feige confirmed that “Civil War” will be a “global superhuman registration with a specific inciting incident” and that, “Secret identities aren’t as important in the MCU version of the story.”

Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (who actually wasn’t mentioned, so perhaps the deal isn’t done) and directed by Scott Derickson, is officially scheduled for November 4, 2016.

James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has been moved forward a few months to May 5, 2017!

July 28, 2017 will now be the release date for… Thor: Ragnarok! (A few of our readers called this one.) Of course, both Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston will be returning as Thor and Loki. Feige says that it will immediately follow the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron with the goal to take Thor to “another level of his own franchise.”

The big news is that Marvel’s Black Panther is indeed getting his own solo movie with Black Panther scheduled for November 3, 2017 and the Black Panther will be played by…. Chadwick Boseman!

So that’s two sequels and one new character movie in 2017, Marvel Studios’ first year with three movie releases. Feige said that there is an easter egg in the Avengers: Age of Ultrontrailer for the Black Panther movie, which is probably that Andy Serkis plays Panther villain Ulysses Klaw.

Two more big announcements for new characters being brought to the Marvel Cinematic Universe are a Carol Danvers Captain Marvel movie for July 6, 2018 and an Inhumans movie for November 2, 2018. Both of these movies have been rumored for a long time, but now it’s confirmed that Marvel will have two new character movies in 2018 with the May 4, 2018 being…

Avengers: Infinity War – Part I!!!!

and with Avengers: Infinity War – Part II scheduled for May 3, 2019!

Feige said that the Hulk will appear in all of the Avengers movies and that a standalone Hulk movie may still happen. “We’ll see,” he said.

When asked about a Black Widow movie, Feige said the reason it hasn’t happened is “because she’s so good working with the Avengers and says that the Hulk is, at the moment, the same way.”

As far as rumors that Spider-Man might come over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Feige was vague saying that it was either “not true at all” or “something not ready to be announced yet.”

As far as the long-rumored Runaways movie, Feige said that he’s a big fan of the script they have, but it just isn’t ready yet. The Runaways “come up quite a bit in both TV and film discussions.”

Jesus Christ! Talk about news overload. Just when you thought Marvel have pretty much won the internet over with the début of the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer, they take it one step further. Everything before this feels like a raindrop by comparison, Marvel Studios is like the cool kid at the pool party that knows how to make the best cannonballs and just when you though they’d made the biggest splash already, Marvel come back and do it again bigger and better. So now we have the Marvel film line-up from now up until 2019, that’s 5 years from now, that’s good planning and while some of the following films were obvious, some are definitely surprising.

Now I’m going to talk about the films individually:

Captain America: Civil War

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So, Captain America 3, guess it is Civil War after all. I laugh at all the people that said that there was no chance that the Civil War storyline would be adapted, that it was just rumour and nothing more. But then comes Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios like, “We can do whatever we want, yeah, even Civil War.” Now that this is official I can’t wait to see how it turns out, since secret identities aren’t the main focus, I really want to know what this “inciting incident” is. Bring it on, I can’t wait.

Doctor Strange

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So Doctor Strange, yeah that’s happening and it is set for November of 2016. I’m down with that. There hasn’t been any information additional information released story or cast-wise, that being said I’m not expecting too much at this point in time because of all the hype and planning surrounding Avengers 2 and Ant-Man. But I hope that the title character is cast soon and announced in the next two or three months, tops.

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Then of course there’s the recent news about Benedict Cumberbatch being attached to title role, of course it was rumoured before, but now it seems a little more legit because of the whole ‘in talks’ element that’s come into play. Now it hasn’t been made official by Marvel yet, however it seems like it would be the next logical announcement for this film. Now while I would have liked to see what would kind of performances would have come from Joaquin Phoenix or Ethan Hawke, at the same time I LOVE Cumberbatch as an actor and if he joined the MCU I would blow up.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

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This was a given and obviously was announced back in the summer just after the first film came out. No new information about the film other than the fact that its been given other than the fact that the film’s release has been moved up by about 2 months I think.

Thor: Ragnarok

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So Thor 3, its Ragnarok and I knew it would head in this direction. It is one of the most classic and epic of stories in the comics and Norse mythology to my knowledge, and the only way to make this Thor universe more hardcore would be to incorporate Ragnarok. I’m also curious to see what Thor and Loki are up to and how this film ties in to Avengers 2 as well.

Black Panther & Chadwick Boseman Announcement

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But the biggest announcement for me was the confirmation that Black Panther IS happening and it WILL be part of Phase Three in November of 2017. To say that I am happy would be an understatement. It feels like I have been waiting for AGES for this to be announced. Since the time Wakanda was shown on that map in the background in Iron Man 2, I have been waiting for some sort of solid confirmation that Black Panther would be part of the MCU and now we finally have it. After having us transported to Asgard, a World War II setting and the far reaches of space, I feel like we’re now ready for an adventure set in Africa with the inhabitants of Wakanda. It could be a special and interesting film if handled correctly.

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So then there’s the casting the title character and it is being played by Chadwick Boseman. While he was not my first choice, at the same time he is not a bad one at all. I’ve only seen him in 42, but I could already see that Boseman was talented and was going to go places in the future, and with the positive reception I’ve heard from some critics on Get On Up, I assume he’ll definitely be an actor to look out for after he debuts as T’Challa/Black Panther. And then there’s that concept art:

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All I can say is damn, this looks sweet as hell, if the final costume looks anything like this then I will be SO happy. Black Panther has always had one of the coolest costumes in the comics and this concept art looks like a great adaptation of the original while also being very practical and stylish.

Captain Marvel

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Then there’s this film, the one that’s been rumoured for such a long time and people have been asking for since around just after The Avengers came out (at least that’s what I observed online on many comic book websites). So it looks like a female-lead superhero film starring Carol Danvers is actually happening. Probably won’t hear much on this for a while (or at least until DC’s Wonder Woman gets another major announcement), but for now I’m just glad that it is happening.

Inhumans

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Here we have another film that was hinted at and rumoured about for years, but has never had any validity until now. Now I know next to nothing about the Inhumans, I’ve only gotten small amounts of knowledge through Marvel Ultimate Alliance and the Fantastic Four cartoons. Something tells me that there will be some connectivity to at least Captain Marvel, Guardians 2 or Avengers 3. They seem like an interesting bunch and could be the next big group next to the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Avengers: Infinity War – Part I & II

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So now we have the final piece of the MCU puzzle. After all this planning, crafting and hype, it all comes to this, the 3rd Avengers film where the big bad titan, Thanos will finally come to the forefront of these films and probably kick the Avengers to the curb. I believe that the Earth will not be the only place in danger, this may even extend to space (it is a possibility considering the over-the-top  nature of the comic stories). This will probably biggest event ever, and if it take two films just for the Avengers to win or survive, then this will have to be one hell of a film filled with epic stakes, incredible action and character moments that will be notable and unforgettable.

In conclusion, the Marvel hype train has reached a new level and I’m frigging hyped, so frigging hyped it is not even a joke. I want the future now, I want these films now! Give it to me now Marvel! XD

So what do you think of this epic Marvel film announcement? Are you happy about the films announced or not, and out of the films announced which one are you the most excited about? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next blog post yo, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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