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Mission: Impossible – Fallout & Ant-Man and the Wasp Reviews

Good day to you ladies and gents, I know it has been a little quiet on the review front, but I have been watching films, I just have been busy with my job and other personal projects to upload in a decent time. So today I just wanted to share with you my thoughts on Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Ant-Man and the Wasp via my podcast, Film Focus. 😀

So first up is my review for Mission: Impossible – Fallout, I have seen the film twice and would like to see it again before it leaves the cinema, I had originally posted this review online around 2 weeks ago but I didn’t have the time to upload it at the time. But anyway check out the review below:

Next up is Ant-Man and the Wasp, the film us UK viewers had to wait for AGES to see, I saw the film last week, twice, but had a lot of stuff to do and work was busier than usual so I pushed the review back by a week. Anyway check out the episode below:

So have you seen both films and if so what did you think of them? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comment section below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! 😀

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Posted by on August 10, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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REVIEW: Whitney

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to my first written film review for a while and today I’m going to talk about the new documentary released about Whitney Houston entitled Whitney. Now I only heard about this film around a week ago and I just happened to be in a city where the film was being shown, and while I’ve never been the biggest Whitney Houston fan, I’ve liked a lot of her music and wanted to see what light this film could shed on her that I wasn’t aware of, and I believe this film did a good job.

Most people are probably aware of who Whitney Houston is and know of her music unless you’re super young, but for those not aware, the life of Whitney Houston is one of triumph and tragedy, she started out so well, ascended into the stratosphere and then unfortunately fell and never quite recovered. and after all of her success, there was a lot of media coverage about Houston’s life mostly all in a negative light with many accusations, rumours and big reveals, but as we all know there’s a lot more to the lives of celebrities beyond what the media presents. I recall how much she was brought up in the news from the good stuff in the 90’s the all the bad stuff in the 00’s because of the drugs or marital issues with Bobby Brown. And while this film wasn’t as comprehensive as it could have been, it was emotionally charged, haunting and informative.

I feel like the film did a good job of introducing itself in a positive manner highlighting the best/fun part of Houston’s life but then changed things up immediately with some darker/negative elements, and that felt like it set the tone for the rest of the film as there were plenty of moments where the film changes its tone at several points throughout. The film confidently goes through a lot of her life from childhood to her first tv appearance to her initial explosion onto the music scene to marriage to problems with drugs and her downward spiral towards death. It is fairly comprehensive with great use of audio and video archive footage which shows every side of her whether she’s playful, funny, shy, sassy, aggressive, sad, exhausted and so on. I loved seeing her in her youth being so cute and crazy but also seeing how human she was dealing with some of these insane situations with varying degrees of success. The editing and use of sound are excellent, making you feel immense joy at one point, but then feeling scared or depressed in another. There’s also plenty of interviews from everyone close to her from her mother to her brothers to her ex-husband to family friends to music management, and so on. And they all give very detailed information about Houston’s experiences, the good and the bad and how some of them contributed to the long-term issues that became major hurdles for her later on. And the film isn’t afraid to go to those really dark places and ask questions that were dark or uncomfortable, there was a lot of rumour and speculation in the media about what Houston got up to, and while not every question is answered, there was a fair amount of clarification and certain revelations about Houston that was quite shocking and highlight that her life was anything but simple and that there were many factors that made things turn out the way they did. One moment, in particular, was a pretty major eye-opener that left me in stunned for a little while too.

And of course, the watching this film frigging hurts especially if you’re a fan of Houston, to you see this beautiful lady with such talent rise and then fall so hard that it’s hard to watch at times. I wasn’t alive or old enough to experience the Houston in her prime, but this film really highlights how much of big deal she was, how she changed things and made an impact with America and the world, black people, female singers and so on. When the film ended I really just felt like crying. This documentary did a great job of revealing Houston’s life, showing off outside influence and showing off what she meant to people, how big of a star that she was and highlighting her raw talent.

In conclusion, Whitney is pretty solid documentary that is emotionally engaging and very insightful, and if you are even remotely interested in this documentary I would recommend it, Kevin MacDonald did a fine job at asking the right questions and presenting the life of one of the world’s most interesting, brilliant and tragic celebrities. If you’ve seen the film I’d love to hear your thoughts about it in the comments section below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters. 😀

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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So it’s Birthday Time Again, Yay!

Howdy people of the internet, how are you? So as you can see from the title of this blog post today is my birthday, I am one year older and as is tradition I feel the need to blog about it haha. 😀

You know what? I’ve been writing these posts for a good few years and I never have a clue how to write these things out, there’s no proper format, I just wing it and hope for the best haha. And so far today has been nice and relaxed. I have received 3 birthday cards all of which have been great especially the one from my bestie from Sheffield 😛 And I have spent most of my day in the cinema so far firstly rewatching Black Panther for the 4th time and finally checking out Isle of Dogs; with the former I still really like the film a lot, for my full thoughts I recommend reading my review, but in short I love the characters, themes, the film score, some of the cool combat scenes and traditions and visual style. As for Isle of Dogs, I have a fair amount to say about the film which I will dish out in an upcoming review, but what I will say it was very unique and different from I expected, but the visual material was incredible and the voice cast was really good. So with my films so far I’ve enjoyed myself.

Right now I’m pretty much chilling listening to some nostalgic sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire and plotting my movements for tonight when I head out for some night time shenanigans with my friends haha. I also have some fun stuff planned for tomorrow and potentially on Sunday too so hopefully this feeling of happiness and good times carry on through til the end of the weekend. 😀

Other than that I’m thinking I really gotta sort my life out, I’m pretty close to 30 and I only have a handful of achievements to my name, and I know there’s no set way to live life, but I do feel like I need to be doing better and I have gotten a few things worked out with my podcast and illustration material in full swing at the moment. So hopefully 2018 will be a year for change and progression, but I guess we’ll see and take things as they come. Anyways I’m gonna go finish some illustration stuff and look forward to my review for Isle of Dogs which will be coming soon, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2018 in Life

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a new film review and today I get to talk about a film I’ve wanted to review on here since I think 2013, and that is Fantastic Mr. Fox! So yeah I know this film is not new, it is from 2009 and I saw it in the cinema and I really liked it at the time and said to myself that I’d rewatch it again at some point. And yet even after buying the DVD around 5 or 6 years ago while at university I never got around to it just because of timing and being in the right mood. That being said, since 2014 I’ve really gotten into Wes Anderson’s films and with Isle of Dogs coming out tomorrow here in the UK I thought I’d rewatch my first Wes Anderson film and see if it still holds up.

The story for the film can be summed up as the following:

“The film is about a fox who steals food each night from three mean and wealthy farmers. They are fed up with Mr. Fox’s theft and try to kill him, so they dig their way into the foxes’ home, but the animals are able to outwit the farmers and live underground.”

I like the story because it has a lot of layers, there is the main narrative that goes on throughout the film, but there are also a number subplots introduced that eventually come to a head as the film progresses and what I like is that all of these plot elements are character-driven, have significance and the payoff feeds back into the main plot. And for a film about animals dealing with dangerous humans, it introduces some interesting themes dealing with breaking habits, doing what you’re good at, living up to expectations, being different and a number of other elements that are easy to relate to. And it is presented in a story that has a strange, quirky and fast-paced nature to it, and it very funny on numerous occasions and comes at just the right point with incredible timing, however, it also has brilliant moments of seriousness, darker moments and slows down just enough to have these special moments between the main characters.

As for the characters they are all very fun, interesting and feel like well-rounded individuals even if they’re secondary characters. George Clooney is fabulous as Mr. Fox, Clooney brings his natural charm to this character who is charismatic, daring yet selfish and not fully aware of his actions. Meryl Streep as Felicity Fox is a strong, smart and caring woman, but is also very stern and doesn’t take any shit from anyone. Jason Schwartzman stands out as Ash Fox, I guessed Schwartzman in this role just because Ash reminded me of Max from Rushmore in the sense that Ash is another young man with personal issues that lead to awkward relationships with others, but here Ash is a lot younger and immature and his journey through the film is quite engaging despite his rude and insensitive nature. Bill Murray was delightful as Clive Badger and had some great moments with Mr. Fox, Willem Dafoe’s role as Rat was unexpected, funny and strange and Wallace Wolodarsky as Kylie was one of the most memorable characters due to his subdued yet hilarious nature. And finally, Michael Gambon as Franklin Bean made for a strong and memorable protagonist, Gambon has such a presence with his voice and puts it to good use in humourous and intimidating scenarios.

From a presentation point of view, the film’s incredible. Visually the film’s use of stop motion animation is fluid, stylish and unique. While stop motion has a certain type of movement due to the way it is created, this film goes a step further by presenting movement in a number of ways that looks like frames are missing, but the movement is dynamic, exaggerated and elastic giving them a great sense of charisma and realism at the same time. The choice of camera angles and the general cinematography looks like a mixture of a stage play, a normal film and old film techniques used during driving sequences. I also want to talk about the character models and set design, the models have such an intricate level of detail for the fur and clothing and the sets vary from being large or very small, but they are all well-crafted with a lot of attention to detail from the foreground to background material looking realistic but also stylised. It is elaborate, grand in scale and has such incredible scene transitions. The film score by Alexandre Desplat is wonderful and works very well in each scene it’s used in and the soundtrack is filled with a great variety of songs that really enhance the scenes they’re used in the way that only Anderson can pull off.

In conclusion, Fantastic Mr. Fox is still a wonderful film and perhaps foolishly I was surprised how well it held up after so many years. I may be biased as I really LOVE Wes Anderson’s approach to filmmaking, but even if I was to take that element out of the equation, the film is not a conventional animated kids film, but that’s why I love it. The film, it is fun, exciting, engaging, quirky and hilarious, and yet it also has an engaging story, with fully formed characters that you can understand and relate to. If you haven’t seen this film I highly recommend it especially if you like Wes Anderson films.

So have you seen Fantastic Mr. Fox and if so what did you think of it? Drop me your thoughts in the comment section below and I’ll see you in the next review, so until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Tomb Raider

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a new film review and today I’m going to talk about the latest video game film, Tomb Raider. Now I could say a lot about this film but I will attempt to keep things brief this time around. So Tomb Raider, where to start? Well firstly let’s just get some background info out of the way:

  1. I never watched the Angelina Jolie films because I didn’t have the interest at the time.
  2. I also never really played any of the Tomb Raider games until last year when I played the 2013 reboot game.
  3. The marketing didn’t do much to convince me that the film would be worth watching. However, I wanted to remain optimistic because the film was based on strong source material.

So with all that out of the way what did I think of the film? It was fine, but it won’t break the video game film curse.

The story in the film involves a young woman by the name of Lara Croft who goes on a trek to discover what happened to her father who went missing years ago and uncover the mysteries surrounding his research. What follows is a journey of action, danger, self-discovery and interesting revelations. What I applaud the people behind the film for is taking so much of the 2013 game and incorporating into this film. The basic elements of the story, key locations and action set pieces were lifted from the game, and while a great deal was changed and streamlined, some of it was effective and I appreciated how much of that content was put into the film… That being said, the film features so many of the basic and cliché elements that made these big budget action-adventure films so average to watch. The story plays out almost exactly as you’d expect with certain twists and reveals you could see coming a mile away, the dialogue can be so cheesy and dull at times, and while some of the humour works, some of it really cringeworthy and there was one scene in the first trailer I prayed wouldn’t make it into the final film and just near the end it showed up and I was very sad haha. 😛 I’m only harsh on the story because the game had such a great foundation to jump off from and while there was only so much time available, certain story and character elements were needlessly omitted or changed resulting in a story that had less of dramatic and emotional resonance.

As for the cast they did their jobs well enough but none of the characters was all that unique or memorable beyond the main character. Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft was fine, she played the stubborn, smart and physically capable girl with issues relating to her past, she’s a fine enough hero with a great body and can handle herself in tough situations, but she doesn’t have that “je ne sais quoi” that makes a protagonist endearing. Dominic West as Lord Richard Croft was decent, though I wasn’t keen on how his character was handled in the story. Daniel Wu as Lu Ren was fine, I wasn’t sure how he’d fit into the overall narrative but it was revealed in a logical manner and I liked his character, but I thought Wu was underutilized considering his good work on Into the Badlands. Kristin Scott Thomas as Ana Miller was fine, and Walton Goggins as Mathias Vogel was okay as the bad guy, he did what he could with the material he was given, but it wasn’t a captivating or memorable villain, unfortunately. From a presentation point of view, the film has pros and cons. Visually, for the most part, the film looks good, most the visual effects are solid (safe for some questionable CGI and green screen), some of the action sequences were cool especially with the chase scenes, and like I said before, seeing several of the set pieces from the game implemented into this film did make me grin. And the film score by Tom Holkenborg was a little lacking in presence and didn’t do much to elevate the action on-screen.

So to conclude, I think most people reading this may think I hate the film but that is not the case. Tomb Raider a is a fine yet unremarkable film. I think there will be varying opinions about this film from fans of the games and those who are not. It does some things well and Alicia Vikander did a pretty good job in the main role, but alas the film’s story, action and characters are very plain and generic, and I think that there was so much material from the game that could have been adapted much better. Anyway, if you’re curious about this film give it a watch, it wasn’t as inconsistent as Warcraft and nowhere near as boring as Assassin’s Creed, but this isn’t the film to usher in the new era of video game films, nuff said.

So have you seen Tomb Raider and if so what did you think of it? Drop me your thoughts in the comment section below and I’ll see you in the next review, so until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Oscars 2018 Recap (Audio Edition)

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

Anyway here’s the episode:

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

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2018 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2018 Part 3

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

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

  1. Obviously, a lot of films come out, so if they’re not on my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care…
  2. 2017 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there. 😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

The Predator

Release Date: August 3rd (USA & UK)

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

Captive State

Release Date: August 17th (USA & UK)

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

The Darkest Minds

Release Date: September 14th (USA & UK)

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

Boy Erased

Release Date: September 28th (USA)

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

A Star Is Born

Release Date: October 5th (USA)

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

First Man

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

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

Mowgli

Release Date: October 19th (USA & UK)

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

Widows

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

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

Creed 2

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

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

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

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

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

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Release Date: December 14th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

Mortal Engines

Release Date: December 14th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

Aquaman

Release Date: December 21st (USA & UK)

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

Mary Poppins Returns

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

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

So finally that’s PART 3 done. Thanks a lot for reading. Are any of the films listed on your personal list of films to watch? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to drop them in the comment section below and come back soon to see my Most Anticipated Films of 2018! Peace out. 😀

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2018 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2018 Part 2

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

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

  1. Obviously, a lot of films come out, so if they’re not on my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care…
  2. 2017 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there. 😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

A Quiet Place

Release Date: April 6th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

You Were Never Really Here

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

Trailer:

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

Chappaquiddick

Release Date: April 6th (US)

Trailer:

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

The New Mutants

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

Trailer:

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

Beirut

Release Date: April 13th (USA)

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

God Particle

Release Date: April 20th (USA)

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

Disobedience

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

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

Avengers: Infinity War

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

Trailer:

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

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Release Date: May 11th (USA)

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

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Release Date: May 25th USA & UK)

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

Deadpool 2

Release Date: June 1st (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

Incredibles 2

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

Trailer:

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

Sicario 2: Soldado

Release Date: June 29th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

Ant-Man and the Wasp

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

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

Alita: Battle Angel

 

Release Date: July 20th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

Mission: Impossible 6

Release Date: July 27th (USA & UK)

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

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

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2018 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2018 Part 1

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

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

  1. Obviously, a lot of films come out, so if they’re not on my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care…
  2. 2017 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there. 😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

The Commuter

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

Trailer:

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

Proud Mary

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

Trailer:

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

12 Strong

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

Trailer:

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

Early Man

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

Trailer:

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

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

 

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

Trailer:

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

Winchester

Release Date: February 2nd (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

Black Panther

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

Trailer:

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

Nostalgia

Release Date: February 16th (USA)

Trailer:

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

Annihilation

 

Release Date: February 23rd (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

A Wrinkle in Time

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

Trailer:

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

The Upside

Release Date: March 9th (USA)

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

Gringo

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

Trailer:

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

Pacific Rim Uprising

Release Date: March 23rd (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

Isle of Dogs

Release Date: March 17th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

Ready Player One

Release Date: March 30th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

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

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2018 in Films, Media

 

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EPIC REVIEW: Justice League

Howdy ladies and gents, its time for another review and today I get to talk about one of the biggest films of the year, Justice League. Now to say that the lead up to this film has been rough would be an understatement, with the mostly negative feedback to Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad and the success of Wonder Woman, the odds were stacked against this film. Add on top of that the fact that Zack Snyder left the film because of family tragedy, Joss Whedon had to step in to finish the films and since then there were numerous conflicting reports about what had changed, and how much of the film was changed because of Whedon’s involvement. Anyway, the film’s out, the reception’s been mixed and now its time for me to throw my thoughts into the mix! 🙂

So the plot can be described as the following:

“A new evil force comes to Earth threatening to bring about the end of the world, and so Bruce Wayne and Wonder Woman work together to find and recruit a team of special individuals including Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash to stand against this newly awakened threat.”

So the plot of the film was good, not great, but solid. Firstly I liked the backstory involving the main villain, different races and the Mother Boxes, that along with certain dialogue about locations, history and characters helped flesh out the world and create mythology that was interesting and intriguing, it not only built on what we got in Man of SteelBatman V Superman and Wonder Woman, but helped make this film more engaging and left the door open for future films to build on. I also appreciated how the story was simple, yet layered with themes relating to teamwork, death, leadership, moving on from the past and finding courage in the face of uncertainty. There was also some wonderful references to the comics with certain scenes and dialogue which made me smile a lot too. That being said there were some issues, certain scenes dragged or felt boring, there were some tonal inconsistencies, and some of the humour was good and some of it fell a bit flat and ill-timed. And some of the plot decisions were a little basic and certain dramatic or important elements were resolved quickly without enough time to simmer.

As for the cast, I liked them, some more than others. Let’s start with Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, now some people like him as Batman, some hate him, I fall into the former category. Affleck’s portrayal of Batman was one of my favourite parts of BvS and he’s put to better use in this film. I liked how Bruce was strong-willed, focused, yet reckless and uncertain. Gal Gadot was quite good as Wonder Woman, it was interesting her in the modern world, dealing with issues not only with her past but also with some of the actions of her teammates too, Gadot has certainly found her groove with this role and besides being super beautiful, she’s confident, strong and smart. Ezra Miller as The Flash was a worry for me before watching this film because of my love for Grant Gustin’s version, but I did like this cooky, strange and lighthearted guy, he was mainly there for comic relief, but he some serious and smart moments too, and Miller’s charisma was magnetic. Jason Momoa as Aquaman was cool, he’s this serious, yet chilled out and funny kind of guy who does the right thing when the tie is right. The real surprise was Ray Fisher as Cyborg, I thought he looked like the most boring character from the trailers and he ended up being one of my highlights of the team with his attitude towards the way he was created, his interactions with the team and his importance to the plot, Fisher’s portrayal was quite engaging. The team as a whole had a wonderful dynamic filled with humorous and aggressive tendencies which made their eventual formation and scenes on and off of the battlefield nice.

Ciarán Hinds had a nice intimidating presence as the voice as Steppenwolf, unfortunately, the villain was a little on the generic side. I also liked Henry Cavill is definitely in the film and he was quite good (not a spoiler, it’s in the trailers), Jeremy Irons as Alfred was just as fun, as he was in BvS offering insightful information while providing some good jokes here and there, seeing the return of Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, was welcomed, Amy Adams and Diane Lane was fine as Lois Lane and Martha Kent, Joe Morton as Silas Stone was fine, but I thought it was more interesting that he was the guy from Terminator 2 in this film haha, and Amber Heard’s introduction to this world as Mera was cool. And finally, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon was good and liked his version of the character, I just wish there was more of him, there wasn’t enough! 😛

When it comes to the presentation it was good for the most part. Visually the film was nice, the was some lovely attention to detail with the way certain shots were framed and the cinematography the action sequences were a mixture of creative and fun scenes that ranged from the heroes fighting the bad guy, to the heroes fighting each other and many others, and it looked great. But there were a few moments where following the action was a little tricky, the GCI was also a little dodgy with certain faces, body movements and locations lacking in detail. The music from Danny Elfman was something I was paying attention to from the beginning and I quite enjoyed it. Elfman’s score is one that has a presence, it is full of impact, drama, triumph, playfulness and while it isn’t as memorable as some of his previous work, the way he worked in the classic Batman and Superman themes, from Batman 89′ and Superman 78′ was delightful.

In conclusion, what can I say? I liked Justice League, it was much better than I expected considering my low expectations, and while this film doesn’t reinvent the genre or does anything in an amazing fashion, it was pretty fun with some good action, good characters and solid music. Besides issues with the story, tone and villain, the film was certainly a step in the right direction for this cinematic universe,

So have you seen Justice League and if so what did you think of it? Was it better or worse than you expected? Also, how does it compare to the previous DCEU films? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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