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Oscars 2020 – A Brief Recap

Howdy ladies and gents, how are you? So today is the day after the 92nd Academy Awards and I’m here to deliver my thoughts on the results via my podcast, Film Focus! So another Oscars has come and gone and while my interest this year was pretty much nonexistent, there was a handful of specific awards I wanted certain films and individuals I wanted to win. Now like last year I didn’t watch the Oscars but I saw most of the winners as it was happening online yesterday, so like last year I wanted to do a brief and casual recap of the winners.

Anyway here’s the episode:

So what did you think of the Oscars, whether it be the winners, losers or anything else, please drop them in the comment section below and I’ll see ya in the next post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2020 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2020 Part 3

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to Films to look out for in 2020! 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 April, in PART 2 I covered May to August and in this post, I’ll be covering September to December. I had to be incredibly selective this time around so I hope you appreciate my choices. 🙂

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…

Okay then, let’s start 😀

The King’s Man

Release Date: September 18th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I’ve had an interesting change of opinion with this film. I initially wasn’t interested in this film due to how Matthew Vaughn handled Kingsman: The Golden Circle; a film not without merit, humour and creative action, but it was largely missing a lot of the charm, wit and restraint of the first film. So when I heard there was a prequel I was like “No thanks.” But then I saw the trailer and was like “Okay, Mr Vaughn you have my attention.” It genuinely looks like fun, very creative and has a great cast including Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou and Charles Dance.

The Many Saints of Newark

Release Date: September 25th (USA & UK)

At the time of writing this, I haven’t actually finished The Sopranos yet, but I’m currently enjoying and I’m very curious to see how a prequel will play out. Seeing the early adventures of Tony Soprano is intriguing, but what gives me hope is that original creator David Chase is directly involved and they’ve assembled a solid cast including Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Joey Diaz, Michael Gandolfini and Ray Liotta.

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Release Date: September 25th (USA & UK)

The plot can be summed up as the following: “Based on the story of the Chicago Seven, a group of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to anti-Vietnam War and countercultural protests that took place in Chicago, Illinois, on the occasion of the 1968 Democratic National Convention.” I only found out about this film in the last week and it sounded pretty interesting. Plus the cast is one of the most impressive sets of actors I’ve seen assembled for a while including Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alex Sharp, Thomas Middleditch, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton and Mark Rylance.

Last Night in Soho

Release Date: September 25th (USA) September 18th (UK)

Any time Edgar Wright makes a new film I’m down, the guy is such a unique director who has such great handling on character, style and humour. Plus he’s made two of my favourite films in the last decade with Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and Baby Driver so he automatically has my money long before the film’s release. But besides the interesting premise involving time travel and fashion design, I’m curious to see how it plays out as it’s labelled as a psychological horror on Wikipedia which is very different from the genres that Wright’s tackled in the past.

Venom 2

Release Date: October 2nd (USA & UK)

I’m not going to lie I wasn’t overly keen on Venom, there were some decent ideas and moments, and the look of the characters was definitely better than what we got in Spider-Man 3, but that still wasn’t a very good representation of Eddie Brock or Venom. My interest in the sequel was probably less than 20%, but then Andy Serkis stepped on as director and that got my attention. Clearly, he must have seen something interesting in the story in order to take the project on and I hope that he’ll add a little flavour to the film and make it something worth watching.

Death on the Nile

Release Date: October 9th (USA & UK)

I know a lot of people weren’t overly keen on the 2017 version of Murder on the Orient Express, but I thought it was fun for the most part and I was down to see a curious to see a sequel. So now Hercule Poirot has to find a killer while on holiday in Egypt, and I love the choice of location and another murder mystery film is always welcome if handled well. I’m also feeling this cast, alongside Kenneth Branagh returning we get some new faces like Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Rose Leslie, Sophie Okonedo, Dawn French and Russell Brand.

Respect

Release Date: October 9th (USA)

Trailer:

I didn’t even know this film was coming out until my sister mentioned it to me recently, so I looked up the teaser and damn, Jennifer Hudson already has me sold. Hudson has one of the most amazing voices ever and it doesn’t get to be shown in films as much. She was one of/if not the best part of Cats, but here I feel she’ll be able to really show off her terrific seeing and acting skills. I don’t know much about Aretha Franklin beyond her music so I’ll be fascinated to see how it pans out.

Halloween Kills

Release Date: October 16th (USA & UK)

Halloween from 2018 was a nice surprise, I didn’t think it was gonna work, but it was quite fun, had some solid kills and had some depth with Laurie Strode dealing with PTSD from her experiences in the first film. While I knew there’d be a sequel, I am very curious to see how Michael made it out of his last situation because he was pretty cooked the last time around. As long as the kills are good and the themes of the last film aren’t ignored and the film plays with our expectations it’ll be entertaining.

Those Who Wish Me Dead

Release Date:  October 23rd (USA & UK)

So here’s the premise for this film: “A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert tasked with protecting him — and a forest fire threatening to consume them all.” So beyond that interesting plot summary, I like the casting of  Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult, Tyler Perry, Jon Bernthal and Aidan Gillen. But most importantly the film is directed by Taylor Sheridan who wrote both Sicario and Day of the Soldado, Hell or High Water and Wind River, so I’m hyped.

The Eternals

Release Date: November 6th (USA & UK)

To be honest, while I’m excited to see how this film turns out, I’d be lying if I said my hype levels were super high for the film. I’m down to see any new Marvel adaptation especially when you have a cast including Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan and Kit Harington. But I’m more curious about director Chloé Zhao, both of her previous films; Songs My Brothers Taught Me and The Rider did really well in film festivals and are critically well-received. I just hope Marvel will allow her style to shine through to deliver a different kind of comic book experience.

Godzilla vs. Kong

Release Date: November 20th (USA & UK)

I feel like I should be more hyped for this but I’m basically just whelmed at the moment. I was one of the few people who really liked Godzilla (2014), I though Kong: Skull Island was fine and Godzilla: King of the Monsters from last year was fun for what it was, but I felt like it lacked the tension, scale and scary factor. But I doubt the new film will have any of that as it is just a big fight between two notable titans. I just hope that Godzilla gets to kick some ass as I know he’ll probably be jobbed because of the western love for King Kong, but I guess we’ll see. I just hope the action is well-choreographed and that the reason for these two characters coming to blows makes some sense and that the human story isn’t too dumb.

Dune

Release Date: December 18th (USA & UK)

Denis Villeneuve is one of those directors who always makes something interesting and after Blade Runner 2049 especially I’ll watch anything he makes. I’ve not seen any of the previous adaptations of Dune, but I know this will be solid with Vileneueve behind it. Plus the cast for this film is insane, it includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem. I really hope it’ll be good.

News of the World

Release Date: December 25th (USA)

Here’s the premise: “A Texan travelling across the wild West bringing the news of the world to local townspeople, agrees to help rescue a young girl who was kidnapped.” Sounds cool, but the main reason I’m down for this film is the inclusion of Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass. The last time these two worked together we got Captain Phillips and that was my favourite film of 2013, so I can only hope this film will be close to that level of quality.

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 2020! Peace out. 😀

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2020 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2020 Part 2

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to Films to look out for in 2020! This is my preview of upcoming films that I believe you should check out. In PART 1 I covered films from January to April, and in this post, I’ll be covering May to August.

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…

Okay then, let’s start 😀

Black Widow

Release Date: May 1st (USA & UK)

Trailer:

This is a film I’ve been waiting for since 2014 after Winter Soldier came out and I had hoped at the latest it would have come out by 2016, but alas we had to wait just a little while longer to get a solo film for one of the most notable and well-received Avengers; Black Widow. Now I know there have been detractors for years claiming that we didn’t need a Black Widow solo film because it would be boring or there wouldn’t be much story to tell and so on. But considering how diverse the world of comics is, how much of her past remains a mystery and we also don’t know what she does when she’s not hanging out with her other superhero friends, there’s been plenty of opportunities to tell a kick-ass action spy thriller story surrounding Natasha and tense and dangerous situations she gets up to. I love the cast especially with Rachel Weisz and David Harbour being included, some of the action looks like it comes from the Bourne films which I love, and while the latest trailer didn’t wow me, I’m very much all for this film and pray that it is the spy adventure I’ve always wanted.

The Woman in the Window

Release Date: May 15th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

This film looks crazy and I wat it now. While I’ve seen elements of this kind of story in other films, I think the premise alone has me very much intrigued. The concept of a woman who can’t go outside who seemingly witnesses a murder of a friend and then is investigated by the police only to find the woman is actually a different person and there may be a conspiracy afoot? Cool. This kind of psychological madness is very enticing and since it’s coming from director Joe Wright and features an exceptional cast, this is high on my list for 2020.

Fast & Furious 9

Release Date: May 22nd (USA & UK)

Now at this point, you’re either on board with this franchise or you’re not, and while my interest in it has definitely waned in recent times, I’m still curious to see what they come up with. This franchise is just dumb and ridiculous and I want to know what kind of over-the-top material they’re going to do with the story and action, though I hope it is better than the 8th one.

Artemis Fowl

Release Date:  May 29th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I totally wrote about this film last year and it was set to come out last summer but got delayed to this year. I only just watched the trailer today and it looks pretty cool. Now Disney adaptations in recent times have been a little questionable in recent times and there’s a lot of people who read the source material complaining that the film already deviates from the book (not that they don’t have a right to voice their concerns). But for me as a casual viewer, it looks interesting, not sure what to make of it, but it looks intriguing enough and I want to see what Kenneth Branagh does with this.

Wonder Woman 1984

Release Date: June 5th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I know a lot of people have gone gaga over this trailer, and while I will admit there were some hype moments in the trailer when it comes to some action and the choice of music is quite effective, I’m not losing my mind over it. I was already down for a sequel after the first film really won me over in 2017, now I’m just curious to see how Steve comes back and whether Pedro Pascal will make for a better villain than the first film. Plus I hope the action is more intricate and less slow-mo focused.

Soul

Release Date: June 19th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Now, this is the kind of Pixar film I want. No offence to any of their recent efforts (except for Coco, that film was great), but this teaser trailer already gives me good vibes and tells me I’m in for something special. I love the visuals, how the art is a mixture of realism with such strong and distinctive character design and the story looks like it’ll be humorous and emotional and I can’t wait. Plus any film with a focus on jazz and following your passion automatically has my vote.

Top Gun: Maverick

Release Date: June 26th (USA) July 17th (UK)

Trailer:

So here’s the thing, I don’t even love Top Gun. I just think it’s a fun film from the ’80s with a few fun moments and one of my all-time favourite songs “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins. And yet after seeing the trailer for this film last year, I was totally in. Maybe it is this current era we’re living in where Tom Cruise just does crazy action roles and has the charisma to carry them along and I’m just down for that. I’m also curious to see what’s happened to the character since the last film and what kind of tricky stuff he’ll do in this film now that they’ll be filming the flight scenes in more intricate ways than before.

In the Heights

Release Date: June 26th (USA) August 7th (UK)

Trailer:

I’m not big into musicals, but I have been swayed by a few in recent times including Sing Street and La La Land, and watching this trailer recently I can say that this may be a contender for one of my favourites of the year. There’s a lot of heart, soul and energy in this film and it looks like it could be fun, plus it got the interesting combination of directed by Jon M. Chu and Lin-Manuel Miranda, so this will hopefully be something special.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Release Date: July 10th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I love the first Ghostbusters film, it is one of my all-time favourite films and while I’ve never needed another entry in the series, I’ve always been curious to see where the world go in the modern era of filmmaking. And while there was the 2016 version, that just wasn’t my jam as Paul Feig’s humour isn’t my jam at all. But this trailer looks pretty interesting with the more serious tone and having a direct link to the original films. I hope that it’ll be good.

Tenet

Release Date: July 17th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Christopher Nolan is one of those directors who for the most part is liked by film fans and some adore everything that he makes. For me, I like most of his filmography but sometimes feels like he’s a little overhyped. But his films are always interesting and I will always give the next entry in his filmography a watch, and Tenet… Looks mad! I only watched the trailer today and my literal reaction was “What!?! What is that?” I am confused and I want to see this film so bad now. It seems mysterious, suspenseful and crafty with some possibly time manipulation/time travel involved? Whatever the case is, I’m in, looks like fun.

Bill & Ted Face the Music

Release Date: August 21st (USA & UK)

now I’m not gonna act like I’m the biggest fan of Bill and Ted, but in my childhood, I remember a time where they were my everything. I just loved how chilled out, cool and quirky they were and the crazy adventures they went on especially in the animated series. It’s just nice to see after all the years of ifs and maybes that this film will finally be coming out and I’m very curious to see if that magic can be replicated in the modern era.

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 10, 2020 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2020 Part 1

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, it’s a new year so once again its time for my preview of this year’s films that I believe are worth viewing entitled: Films to look out for in 2020! In PART 1 I’ll be covering films released from now until April, and while these aren’t necessarily the best films that’ll be coming out during this period, I do believe there’s merit to all of the films on this list.

Now before we begin I have one thing I need to specify:

  • 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…

Okay then, let’s start 😀

Bad Boys for Life

Release Date: January 17th (USA)

Trailer:

I’ve never been the biggest fan of the Bad Boys films, but I’ve definitely enjoyed them more than most of Micahel Bay’s filmography. And for what they are, just fun action films with moments fo humour, there’s fun to be found in them (though I really like the first as opposed to the sequel). I’m interested in this film for a couple reasons: 1) This film has been talked about for YEARS and for it to finally be happening feels so surreal. And 2) I want to see what a Bay Boys film looks like in the modern era of Michael Bay post Transformers, Pain and Gain and so on. Will it have the better elements of his filmmaking or the worse stuff? Here’s hoping for the former.

The Last Full Measure

Release Date: January 24th (USA)

Trailer:

I only found this film was in existence recently. I think this looks like a pretty compelling film with a story that gets more complicated as it progresses. I enjoy films that involve cover-ups and deception on a large scale and an individual who has to uncover the truth against tough odds. Plus I love that Sebastian Stan is the leading role alongside other actors I like including Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Ed Harris and Samuel L. Jackson.

The Rhythm Section

Release Date: January 31st (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Oh my gosh, this was one of the films I put on my list this time last year! Then I remembered seeing the trailer for this in the cinema a good few months ago and was like, “Oh, is that Blake Lively? Interesting.” While this kind of thriller has been before, the premise seems intriguing enough that if handled well it good be a good time. I’ve never big into Lively but this looks like it could be a good/different role for her, plus I like Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Release Date: February 14th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Look, I know this film probably won’t be very but damn it I have to know how bad it’ll be. After all media buzz surrounding the film with its first trailer and Sonic’s initial design which was atrocious to the redesign and second trailer which people liked a lot more, I just need to see what kind of madness these filmmakers have crafted. I mean I hope that it’ll be good, that’s all I can hope for (says every Sonic fan about any new material especially when it comes to the video games).

Fantasy Island

Release Date: February 14th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I never saw the TV show, though I am aware of its existence and some of the parodies that have come over the years, but I am always down for a new reboot if it looks good enough, and this film looks like it could be fun. Now granted it has a lot of the tropes of modern horror films which I do make me want to roll my eyes, but the premise of going to an island, having fun and fulfilling your desires with a dark twist seems like it could be fun. Here’s hoping it is at least entertaining.

Wendy

Release Date: February 28th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Well, this certainly looks interesting. At first, I thought I was watching some sort of variation on Lord of the Flies, but as the trailer continues I’m like “Is this like a different take on The Lost Boys from Peter Pan?” Now I’m intrigued. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Peter Pan in many of the adaptations that exist besides Hook, but there are several aspects of the world and characters that’s always stuck with me and this new twist on that world might be what I’ve been looking for.

The Way Back

Release Date: March 6th (USA), March 13th (UK)

Trailer:

This has one of the most emotionally effective trailers I’ve seen for a while and that’s due to not only the brilliant choice of song, but also because of Ben Affleck’s character and how much it relates to what was happening recently in real life. Seeing Affleck playing an alcoholic trying to make his life better but struggling with his demons, fuck man it just hit me in a certain way. And sure we’ve seen films like these before and probably know how it’ll play out, but I like Affleck as an actor plus Gavin O’Connor did a great job with Warrior and The Accountant so I believe this film will be another win.

Bloodshot

Release Date: March 13th (USA), February 21st (UK)

Trailer:

I think this film has the potential to be fun, the premise is pretty unique and it looks like it could be a good role for Vin Desiel to play around with. The action and visual effects looks solid, I just hope it’s not too predictable and generic with the story material.

A Quiet Place: Part II

Release Date: March 20th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

A Quiet Place was one of my favourite films of 2018 because of the unique story, great acting, sparse dialogue and the brilliant utilisation of sound and the lack of it. So when I heard there was a sequel, while I didn’t think it’d be necessary, I was also down for it regardless. And after seeing that new trailer I’m in. This definitely looks more expansive than the last film with more action, but I hope the tension and scares remain intact and I can’t wait to see what Cillian Murphy brings to the sequel.

The New Mutants

Release Date: April 3rd (USA)  April 8th (UK)

Trailer:

Feels crazy that this film is actually coming out after so much talk online from various parties talking about whether the film would be released or shelved or changed because of some background details going on with the Disney acquisition of Fox. But it was just announced recently that the film will come out in April and the newest trailer definitely looks like fun with these characters who all have different abilities and troubled histories. And I hope the story, horror and suspense are solid.

No Time To Die

Release Date: April 10h (USA) April 2nd (UK)

Trailer:

Now I’m not gonna lie I haven’t been too hyped for this upcoming Bond film. Spectre left a bad taste in my mouth and I wasn’t sure that, despite the assembling of a solid cast and the great director in the form of Cary Fukunaga, that they would be able to entice me to watch another adventure. But this new film does look like fun, I’m feeling the mystery and intrigue and some of the action sequences look pretty cool. Plus I want t see what Rami Malek brings to this film because I like that guy.

Antlers

Release Date: April 17th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I didn’t know this film even existed until today and I have to say it’s piqued my interest very much. I’m not big into horror, but I do like creepy stuff with a supernatural twist. Plus I like Kerri Russell and Jesse Plemons and the fact that 1) Guillermo del Toro is producing is cool. But more importantly 2) Scott Cooper is directing, a name I didn’t recognise, but when I looked up his filmography I’ve enjoyed almost all of his films besides Hostiles which I haven’t seen ey. So I’m curious to see how he’ll handle his first horror film.

Promising Young Woman

Release Date: April 17th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I didn’t know this film existed until today and now that I’ve seen the trailer I’m actually stupidly excited to see it. The concept seems so intriguing and scary to me. You have Carey Mulligan running around as a crafty lady on a mission to fuck some dudes up in a strategic and possibly/probably painful manner. Good god, I’m so interested not only because it looks like it’ll touch upon current issues surrounding sexual misconduct between men and women that’s become more notable in recent years, but also because o the different kind of character Mulligan is playing. And finally, I can’t deny how much I love that sexy version of Brintey Spears’ “Toxic“, man it just intensifies the unsettling nature of this film. I’m all in.

Antebellum

Release Date: April 24th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

And here we have another film I didn’t know about until day and you know what I’m all in again. You had me when you said Janelle Monáe was gonna be in it. But beyond that, it looks creepy, unsettling and confusing and I love it. Such a short trailer with a serious of clips arranged in such a way that you can’t help but be intrigued and want to know what’s going on. Someone in the Youtube comments section described it as a black person’s nightmare and yeah I can definitely get those vibes from the trailer. I hope that it’s good.

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

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2020 in Films, Media

 

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Shazam! Review

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

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

Check out the review:

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

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

 

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AUDIO REVIEW: Us

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

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

Check out the review:

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

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

 

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Oscars 2019 – A Brief Recap (Audio Edition)

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

Anyway here’s the episode:

So what did you think of the Oscars, whether it be the winners, losers or anything else, please drop them in the comment section below an I’ll see ya in the next post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2019 in Films, Media

 

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PODCAST: Film Focus – 2019 Most Anticipated Films

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

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

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

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

Check out my thoughts on the film below:

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

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2019 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2019 Part 3

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to Films to look out for in 2019! This is my preview of upcoming films that I believe you should check out this year. In PART 1 I covered films from January to March, in PART 2 I covered April to June and unlike previous years in this post, I’ll be covering July to December.

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

  1. Obviously, a lot of films come out, so if they’re not on my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care…
  2. 2018 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there. 😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Release Date: July 5th (USA & UK)

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

The Lion King

Release Date: July 19th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Release Date: July 26th (USA & UK)

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

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Release Date: August 2nd (USA & UK)

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

Artemis Fowl

Release Date: August 17th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

It: Chapter Two

Release Date: September 6th (USA & UK)

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

Spies in Disguise

Release Date: September 13th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

Gemini Man

Release Date: October 4th (USA)

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

Joker

Release Date: October 4th (USA & UK)

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

The Goldfinch

Release Date: October 11th (USA & UK)

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

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Release Date:  October 11th (USA & UK)

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

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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

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

Terminator 6

Release Date: November 1st (USA & UK)

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

The Good Liar

Release Date: November 15th (USA)

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

Knives Out

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

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

Star Wars: Episode IX

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

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

So finally that’s PART 3 done. Thanks a lot for reading. Are any of the films listed on your personal list of films to watch? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to drop them in the comment section below and come back soon to see my Most Anticipated Films of 2019! Peace out. 😀

 
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Films To Look Out For In 2019 Part 2

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to Films to look out for in 2019! This is my preview of upcoming films that I believe you should check out. In PART 1 I covered films from January to March, and in this post, I’ll be covering April to June.

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

  1. Obviously, a lot of films come out, so if they’re not on my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care…
  2. 2018 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there. 😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

Shazam!

Release Date: April 5th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

Pet Sematary

Release Date: April 5th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

Hellboy (2019)

Release Date: April 12th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

Missing Link

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

Trailer:

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

Avengers: Endgame

Release Date: April 26th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

Detective Pikachu

Release Date: May 10th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

John Wick 3: Parabellum

Release Date: May 17th (USA & UK)

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

Ad Astra

Release Date: May 24th (USA & UK)

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

Brightburn

Release Date: May 24th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Release Date: May 31st (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

Rocketman

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

Trailer:

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

Men in Black: International

Release Date: June 29th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

Toy Story 4

Release Date: July 20th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

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

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

 
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