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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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QUICK REVIEW: Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!

Howdy ladies and gents, time a film review from the cinema and this is a review I didn’t expect to be writing as I’m gonna be giving you my thoughts on the latest Pokémon film, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! Now I heard from a friend that this film would get a UK release but thought it’d be exclusive to London where I could see it, but after a friend mentioned on Twitter that she was gonna see it in Sheffield, I looked at my local cinema and to my surprise, they had two screenings! So I watched the earlier screening and I’m ready to share my thoughts.

Now before I go on with the review I’m going to say this up front, I have a MASSIVE nostalgic love for Pokemon when it comes to the original games and first anime series, so this review will be a little on the subjective side. With all that being said let’s begin.

Firstly there’s the story which focuses on the journey of Ash Ketchum and Pikachu along with two new companions who join him on his quest to find the legendary Pokémon, Ho-Oh. So the interesting thing about the story is how its a loose retelling of the original 1997 anime with focus on Ash and Pikachu and how their journey began, there’s a lot of fun, smart and delightful callbacks and direct references for those who watched that show and I was smiling so much. 😀 I enjoyed the plot borrowed the anime and referenced the video games, but was largely its own original tale. It was full of adventure, fun, hardship, danger and more, the film’s core themes about friendship, learning from your mistakes, good triumphing over evil and being good to Pokemon should come as no surprise to veterans of the show, but they are handled very well and have more dramatic and emotional weight than a good few of the original films. There was one part where I rolled my eyes because it felt like a direct reference to The First Movie and one line of dialogue which was just cheesy as hell, that being said the film’s made with children in my mind so I got over it.

As for the characters, I thought they were solid for the most part. Ash Ketchum was the same character I knew from the show, a young, strong-willed and passionate trainer who is inexperienced and has a lot to learn. I was surprised how much of douche Ash was in this film, but it certainly worked in the context of the story, I still was annoyed with him at times, but he wasn’t as much of a bonehead as he was in the old anime, and Sarah Natochenny did a decent job as Ash considering her deeper voice. I liked Pikachu too, he was a sassy little prick at first but that was a good point in my mind, afterwards, I really grew to like him a lot more and his bond with Ash was cute to watch. The new characters Sorrel and Verity were interesting new companions, some will complain they aren’t the original characters, but I thought they added something new with their backstories and personality traits. Cross was the new rival/bad trainer who was the definition of an asshole, but he was great and had a solid arc in the film, I liked the quirky old man Bonzi and Marshadow, I liked at first but it really became a little pest later on. And finally Professor Oak and Ash’s mother return and feel just like the original selves, and Even Team Rocket return and they have some fun moments, but I swear they were even more useless than before and really added nothing to the film which was a shame after their initial introduction.

When it comes to the presentation I really liked it. Visually the film was solid. The way the camera work added a cinematic approach to that the anime lacked, certain shots are framed and tracked in cool and dynamic ways. Also, the art and animation were very nice, all of the characters and Pokemon had a loose yet fluid style to their movements and the colour scheme was good. I will admit the detail in the art was lacking occasionally and some of the 3D CGI didn’t always blend well with the 2D material, both those are minor nitpicks. The film score was fairly good, it had the right sound for each moment and worked effectively in the emotional moments, though sometimes the music didn’t match the action on-screen. And while the music is primarily original compositions, there are some cool references to the original soundtrack and theme song which was much appreciated.

In conclusion Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! was really fun, intriguing and much better than I expected, it captured the spirit of the original show but also did a lot of new things to keep things interesting. If you’re a fan of the show you may be disappointed with some changes, however, if you’re willing to accept a few changes you’ll have a lot of fun. And stay for the credits, its hella fun and nostalgic! 🙂

So have you seen this film and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya on the next review! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2017 in Anime, Film Reviews, Media, Reviews

 

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AUDIO REVIEW: Thor: Ragnarok

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, how’s it going? Today I return to bring you my thoughts on Thor: Ragnarok, the latest film from Marvel Studios. Like the Blade Runner 2049 review, this review won’t be written but is an audio review via my podcast, Film Focus on Soundcloud. Anyway check out the review below:

So that’s my review people, hopefully, you found it to be an engaging listen, like Blade Runner, I felt like doing an audio review would be easier and better to do than writing something up. I will admit that a lot of the review was ad-libbed but it was the easiest way for me to get my thoughts out there.

Also, what did you think of Thor: Ragnarok? Is it the best film from Marvel yet or were you left wanting more? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below, until next time peeps, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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AUDIO REVIEW: Blade Runner 2049

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, how’s it going? Anyway today I am here to bring you my thoughts on Blade Runner 2049, however, unlike most of my reviews that are written on this blog, I decided to do an audio via my podcast, Film Focus on Soundcloud as it felt better and easier to do. Anyway check out the review below:

So that’s my review people, hopefully, you found it informative and interesting to listen, and I hope my voice wasn’t too grating on your ears haha. While I don’t think I will be phasing out the written reviews altogether, at the same time there are certain times when doing a recorded review allows me to creatively get my thoughts about a film across better than when I’m sat in front of my laptop trying to form sentences and paragraphs. But we’ll see, hopefully, you’ll be around to check out later reviews via my podcast.

Also, what did you think of Blade Runner 2049? Was it the sequel that you hoped for or was it a disappointment? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below, until next time peeps, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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PODCAST: Film Focus Episodes 38 & 39 – It & Kingsman 2

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, as some of you may have seen, last year I started a film podcast entitled Film Focus and on this podcast, I talk about various topics in film and reviews as well on a biweekly basis. And since I didn’t do an immediate post for the last episode I’ll be showing off episodes 38 and 39 which feature reviews for It and Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Anyway here’s the It review in episode 38:

And here’s the Kingsman 2 review in episode 39:

Now I already did a written review for It not too long ago, but with Kingsman 2, I just decided that doing an audio review would be best so if you want to hear my thoughts on Kingsman 2 then be sure to check out the episode as it is spoiler-free and then there is a spoiler section around 23:29. 😛 Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the episode. 🙂

As I mentioned before in each episode I’ll cover a different topic or review and since I don’t have much in the way of listeners or promotion, I’m here to spread the word about my podcast. 🙂

You can find my main site on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

Or if you’re on iTunes subscribe and rate me on there: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/film-focus/id1114233892?mt=2

So if you have some spare time on your hands and would like to listen to the ramblings of a passionate/strange man then please check it out, and share it with your friends if you can. Also, you have any feedback or if you’d be interested in joining on future episodes be sure to let me know, until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2017 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: It

Howdy ladies and gents, time for my first review from the cinema since I saw The Hitman’s Bodyguard and today I’ll be talking about It. Now while I never needed another adaptation of this story, I was always curious to see how It would work with modern horror filmmaking. And with the awesome trailers and good worth of mouth coming out early on I was hyped. So now I’m ready to give you a mini review for It.

The plot can be summed up as the following: “In the town of Derry where a number of children have disappeared, a group of children band together to discover  the mysteries behind their town, but also try to figure out how to destroy the evil Clown that has been terrorising them.

Now I am going to try and be as vague as possible. As someone who doesn’t really like horror films I really liked this film, while not perfect, it gave me almost everything I wanted to see in a horror film and then some. This is also not a conventional horror film as it is half horror and half coming of age story. I enjoyed seeing all of the main kids come together and form a bond as the film perfectly captured the joys and struggles of growing up in school and dealing with issues like being a social outcast, bullying, abuse and more. They all felt like relatable, young and awkward individuals, but had a great sense of chemistry, naivety and come together in a natural way. One of the things that really impressed me was how freaky the film was from the beginning, the sense of dread, unsettling atmosphere, suspense and tension was present and set you up for what follows. On top of that, the film definitely used its 15/R rating as it got pretty dark, and violent for certain situations, but that also allowed fed into the film’s humour which was bloody hilarious and creative with the use of certain language. The performances from all of the cast was great especially from the main kids with main shout-outs going to Jaeden Lieberher as Bill, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben, Sophia Lillis as Bev, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie and my man Finn Wolfhard (from Stranger Things) as Richie, the latter of which was my favourite because he was so funny and little obnoxious. But you cannot forget to mention Bill Skarsgård as It/Pennywise, his performance was really good, very engaging and magnetic, so disturbing, a little funny, odd and unnerving. Visually the film was great with its muted coloured, use of low lighting and interesting camera work which framed the action in a close, intimate and sometimes claustrophobic manner. So of the deaths in the film was pretty brutal and violent, and the scares were solid for the most part. I feel like the trailers did show a little too much because some of the scares I knew were coming, and overall while I certainly felt fear and tension, t\but he film could have been much scarier and some of the horror sequences felt unintentionally funny as there were a good few people laughing during certain sequences. The film score from Benjamin Wallfisch was really good as it helped elevate the film with music that felt dramatic, emotional and disturbing. In conclusion, It was a pretty good film and in a lot of ways it was everything I had hoped for from the trailers, besides having a stellar cast and characters you care about, but the atmosphere, tension and scares come together it’s REALLY GOOD. That being said I feel like the film could have been scarier and at points it was unintentionally funny which undercut the fear factor. But with all that being said, It is a film you should see in the cinema, everyone seems to love it and if you’re a horror fan you probably will too.

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

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Howdy ladies and gents, it’s time for my second review of a recent film in the form of The Hitman’s Bodyguard, a film I wasn’t too interested in watching until recently when certain reviewers convinced me to give it a go.

The plot can be summed up as the following: “The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.” The plot wasn’t bad but felt incredibly familiar to other comedy films I’ve seen. The plot tries to be a little more serious with the emotional material relating to the two main characters but also with the political material, it doesn’t quite work because the film’s largely focused on humour and the tone is fairly silly and over-the-top, some of the more heartfelt or realistic moments don’t resonate because it doesn’t gel with the rest of the film. That being said the film’s silly nature is what makes it fun to watch, and while I could predict how certain events played out, it was still a decent time. The cast was good. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson were really good as Michael Bryce and Darius Kincaid, both of these characters have different personalities, styles and ways the take out their enemies and seeing their worlds collide was fun. Reynolds and Jackson were essentially playing themselves or at least versions of characters they’ve played in other comedy films, but luckily their chemistry and screen presence elevates their characters. Elodie Yung was good as Amelia Roussel, she had a key part to play and I enjoyed how much screen time she had and anytime Salma Hayek is involved I am there, I love that woman and she was very fun as Sonia Kincaid. Hayek is so aggressive, sassy and crazy in this role and its fun to watch her rant and rave. The only person that didn’t leave an impression was Gary Oldman as Vladislav Dukhovich, this character barely did anything and could have been played by anyone and Oldman was wasted in this role. The action in the film was pretty good, there was some really fun and creative material that went into the hand-to-hand combat, gunfights and the car chases, the latter being my favourite with the chase sequences being shot very well. In conclusion, The Hitman’s Bodyguard was a basic yet decent film, it does nothing new but the chemistry between Reynolds and Jackson, along with some ridiculous humour and good action scenes keep it from being completely forgettable.

So have you seen The Hitman’s Bodyguard and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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