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My Top 10 Films of 2014

Top Ten Films 2014

Howdy people of the internet, the year is pretty much done and all major films that’s come out have come and gone, with all that being said I think it’s about time that I give you my top 10 list of my favourite films of 2014. Now before I get into this list I have to explain a few things:

  1. As per-usual I DO NOT include 2013 films that got released in 2014 here in the UK, and what I mean by that is films like: The Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years A Slave, Fruitvale Station, those were originally released in 2013 in the US and for me they don’t count. I only list films that are new and were released between the start and end of this year.
  2. The following films are listed as such because I had a good time with them but I also tried to categorize them in terms of fun,  surprise and re-watch value.
  3. This list was hella hard to construct because I find it hard to stack certain films on top others when some are clearly better than others, but since it is personal enjoyment it really changes things up.

With all that in mind let’s begin shall we?

10. The Imitation Game

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The last entry on this list was hard because before my final choice there were at least three other films occupying this space, but once I thought about it I found The Imitation Game deserves a spot on this top 10. This was a film I expected to be good however it really surprised me how good it was with a very intriguing story about one man’s goal to help win WWII by cracking an uncrackable Nazi code with a computer, but more so than that, it about a man struggling with his identity in a time when he wouldn’t be accepted for who he really was. And with an incredible performance from my man, Benedict Cumberbatch, it was a great piece of film to watch.

9. Edge of Tomorrow

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I feel bad about Edge of Tomorrow, it is a film I keep forgetting came out this year because it was released in a very specific window of time around Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past, so it sort of slipped under the radar. But make no mistake I like this film, in fact, I REALLY liked. The best thing about this film was the way it surprised me with how fun and awesome it was. I mean the trailer for the film looked so shit and I seriously thought the film was gonna be crap from the way it was marketed, but man I was so wrong. This film’s main aspect was the repetition of going through the same day over and over, however it was handled in such a smart, action-packed and humourous way and with awesome performances from Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton, it was a good time.

8. Godzilla

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Now I can see a lot of people getting on my case about this choice as Godzilla wasn’t everyone’s favourite film and putting above the previous entries will probably annoy some people. But screw it, I don’t care. This film I saw three times in the cinema and had a great experience each time. This was the reboot I wanted and while it had its problems for sure, I will never be able to get over how good the film made me feel with the great visual effects, monster fights, soundtrack and cinematography.

7. How To Train Your Dragon 2

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I think that this is the first film on the list to give me the feels yo (for those who don’t know what that means, it means: A wave of emotions that sometimes cannot be adequately explained). How To Train Your Dragon 2 was a terrific sequel to the 2010 original which pretty much improved the first film in every way possible. The story was deeper, the visuals were detailed, the music was incredible and the characters were so wonderful. Overall the film just gave me an emotional feelings that I haven’t felt in an animated film for a while.

6. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Ah X-Men: Day of Future Past, you lovely film you. This was the film I was really hoping would be good because it could have been a train wreck, but it ended up being one of my favourite experiences in the cinema. This film had some great action, a cool time travel story and an incredible cast of past and present characters. Bryan Singer not only continued the good string of X-Men films but he CORRECTED THE FRIGGING TIME AND ERASED X-MEN 3 AND X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE FROM EXISTENCE! BEST. THING. EVER. It really does annoy me that this film escaped the top 5, however I believe that the next films honestly just beat it out of the higher half of this list.

5. Nightcrawler

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Okay now we’re into the meaty half of the list and here we have a film that I had no expectation for and it ended up being on one of my favourite films of the year. Nightcrawler is one of the most impressive films I have seen in a while as it deals with a subject matter that is very close to life; news reporting. Through a determined yet unsettling main character Lou Bloom, we get to see the inner workings of how news is filmed and presented and the dodgy dealings that go on behind the scenes. The film is disturbing and makes you question the morals and ethics of that line of work and thanks to an epic performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, it was a film I had to watch twice.

4. Guardians of the Galaxy

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Oh yes, Guardians of the Friggin’ Galaxy! This was a film I was hyped for, but didn’t know whether it would turn out to be good or not because it was an unknown Marvel comic book property when compared to its previous films. However Marvel Studios proved that they can pretty make anything work as this was not only one of the best comic book films in recent history but also one of the best sci-fi films for quite some time. It also helped that the soundtrack was amazing, the cast were incredible and the humour was on-point throughout.

3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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This is a film that I think deserved that spot especially after seeing it the second time. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is such a great film, it takes the foundation of the first film and expands upon it in a great and unique way. This was the film where the apes were the focus, it was not only about Caesar but also about Koba too and their relationship. The film was very dark, emotional and tension-filled throughout with awesome performances and incredible visual effects.

2. Gone Girl

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Man, Gone Girl, what a great film. This was almost number one, however I really would have needed to see this film a second time to know if I loved it to the highest degree. That being said this was a film that loads of people were talking about before it was released and then I saw it, and then I believed in the hype. I don’t know how this film compared to book, however as a film I thought it was incredibly thought-provoking, full of tension and had so many unexpected twists and turns. Ben Affleck gave a great performance but I think it was Rosamund Pike that really surprised me with her incredible performance for sure.

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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It was a close call between this film and Gone Girl, however in the end I think I always knew that Captain America: The Winter Soldier would end up being my number one. When considering my first experience with the film, how many times I’ve seen it and how much fun I had with it, I just had to put it as my number one. Cap 2 pretty much outdone the original in every way possible and was the first film since The Avengers that’s truly changed the game for the Marvel Cinematic Universe with its story and genre-focused adventure. Add on top of that great characters, an amazing story, some of the most impressive action sequences and hand-to-hand combat that would make your mind explode, this was one of the best comic book films to come out, ever.

Conclusion

In the end 2014, its had its ups and downs but I do believe that its been a WAY better yeah than 2013. The good films were awesome and made me feel super happy and satisfied with my time at the cinema. With 2015 on the horizon I can’t wait for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Spectre, Jurassic World and Tomorrowland among some of the major films I’m interested in, I cannot wait to see how it turns out.

So how do you feel about my list and are any of your favourites on here? Also do you feel like some of these entries are wrong? And just in general what were you favourite films of 2014? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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My Top 5 Favourite Films of Summer 2014

Yo people, time for me to give you my late list of my favourite summer films of 2014. Now, as I’ve said before in my favourite films of the year so far, this year has been way better for films than 2013 and I’ve had such a great time in the cinema and seen so many films that I not only expected to be good but a lot of which I didn’t expect as well. But before we get into the main 5, I’m just going to go through some of the films that didn’t make the list that was still pretty good.

Runner Ups:

  • Godzilla – Now this was a film that automatically jumped into my top 5 but by the time August came around it had to be removed which really broke my heart. I know this film wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea and I know a lot of people who hated this film (to an unfair degree in my opinion). Sure the film didn’t have a fully compelling human story and the lack of Bryan Cranston was disheartening, however, this version of Godzilla was a fierce beast of a creature. On top of that, the film was tense, atmospheric, had awesome cinematography, music and one of the most badass kills in recent film history.
  • Edge of Tomorrow – I did not expect to like this film at all, the trailers and advertising made it look so shit, but this film was the most unexpected surprise I’ve had in a while. Here we have a sci-fi film with a good story, cool action and a great sense of humour, and on top of that we have Emily Blunt being a total badass and Tom Cruise in his least ‘Tom Cruise’ performance in years and it was awesome.
  • 22 Jump Street – I thought this film would be alright, but I ended up loving it by the time the film was over. 22 Jump Street was definitely more of the same, but that’s what made it so good. The film was self-aware and featured the same kind of fun and chaos that made the previous film so much fun but on a larger scale. Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube are still funny as hell.
  • Begin Again – I expected this to be just some dramatic rom-com about people from different lives coming together through the power of music, but the film was so much more than that. It was a great film about 2 people who were passionate about music and decide to create something amazing together and change each other’s lives. Sure the story is a bit conventional, but the soundtrack and performances from Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley are hard not to like.
  • Hector and the Search for Happiness – I didn’t know what to expect from to like this film I saw the posters and thought it would be another generic British comedic film with a bit of drama. But luckily it was a compelling, funny and quite heartwarming with a great central performance from Simon Pegg.
  • The Expendables 3 – Honestly, this wasn’t one of the best action films I have seen this year and this is arguably the weakest of the Expendables films considering that it doesn’t have as many memorable films stars as before. That being said, I cannot deny the amount of fun I had with this film, seeing Wesley Snipes and Mel Gibson on-screen again after so long along with Antonio Banderas and the rest of the crew was cool and when the action was on-point it was great.

5. The Inbetweeners 2

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I knew that this film would be a good session, that being said, I thought it wouldn’t be nearly as fun as the last film, luckily I was wrong. The Inbetweeners 2 is a film that is just as good as its predecessor, though lacking in originality in some respects. The film has no shame, it is blunt, crazy and is willing to put its main characters through so much for our entertainment. Overall it is strange, cringeworthy and super funny experience when everything comes together.

4. How to Train Your Dragon 2

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This was a film I had hoped was going to be good, but what I didn’t expect was how much better it would be than the previous film. HTTYD2 does everything that an animated film sequel should do, it takes what worked in the first film and makes it better while adding some new elements too. The story is wonderful and heartfelt, the characters were great and the presentation is fabulous.

3. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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I was so worried about this film before it came out, I mean I knew that it would be worth a watch, but considering some of the cast choices and Bryan Singer’s dodgy track record with films since X-Men 2, I had a right to be concerned. Luckily the film was everything I wanted and then some, Bryan Singer and his crew successfully created a great comic book film which took the best elements of the old and new X-Men films and meshed it together with a fabulous cast, awesome action sequences and its use of time travel which re-wrote the timeline and deleted the bad X-Men films from existence which just makes it that much sweeter.

2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Arguably, this film could have been my number one at one point and I am sure for some it is their favourite film of the summer and for good reason too. DOTPOTA takes the foundation that was made in the first film god and amplifies it by ten. Humans take a back seat to this story about the apes as they develop and grow as a community and then eventually face conflict not only from the surviving human but also within their own group too. The tone, atmosphere, performances, cinematography and CGI were all on-point, those visual effects are some of the best stuff I have seen in any film for a while now. Andy Serkis and the rest of the film crew have crafted something really special and made me want so much more in the sequel.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy

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In the end was there any doubt in your mind about what would be number 1 on this list? While some of the other entries on this list are pretty dramatic and different, Marvel still knows how to grab my attention and make films that I want to see even when I have no clue as to how it will turn out. I had a lot of a hope that this film would be good, but what I didn’t expect was how fun and delightful this would be. GotG is pure sci-fi and comedy blended very well, and I liked how the story was about a group of individuals from different backgrounds coming together to become more, it is basically the Avengers, but in space and on a larger and crazier scale. Groot and Rocket Raccoon were the obvious standout characters, Chris Pratt is also amazing as Star-Lord and the gorgeous soundtrack are just a handful of reasons why I loved this film. I want the sequel now! XD

So how do you feel about my list and are any of your favourites on here? And what were your favourite films of the summer? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

Howdy people of the internet, time to review a film I’ve been waiting to watch for AGES, I am of course talking about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of my favourite films of not only 2011 but also of the last few years and I was so hyped for what would happen for the future of this new film series. The trailers have all looked great and the early reviews have just put me in a good mood. So how has this sequel turned out? Well read on and find out!

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Here is the film’s story in summary:

“A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.”

This film is pretty damn good as it tells an intelligent, dark, grim and unsettling tale of survival between two species when they unwillingly collide. This film is really grim with barely any happiness in sight, there is violence, war and death and the level of tension throughout the film is so intense that it will leave you gripping you gripping your seat just waiting to see what happens next. It is clear from the outset that both the humans and apes want to survive, but within their ranks some want peace while others want war and it is cool to see the parallels between the apes and humans. The film is also very tricky and throws you a good few curveballs to keep you from guess what will happen next and just when I thought something was going to happen one way, it totally changed direction which was fun and exciting.

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As for the cast they are all pretty good, but it should be noted that after the film is over you’ll only remember two characters because of their awesomeness. So let’s start with the first of those characters in the form of Andy Serkis as Ceaser. Now Ceaser is character we got to see grow up and learn to find his place in the world in the last film, here he is a leader. The ape’s grown up, he’s the head of tribe of apes and he’s a family man and it quite beautiful and nice to see how far our hero has developed. We see in this film that Ceaser wants to keep his ape clan united, doesn’t want to fight humans and strives for peace, but due to the complications involving humans and apes within his group he is forced to make very tough decisions. I loved seeing the emotional complexities of this character and seeing how far he would go to help humans but also protect his people. Andy Serkis did such an amazing job in this role and he is making it harder to distinguish the difference between performance capture and normal acting.

The other major character who kicks as is Koba played by Toby Kebbell. Damn this character stepped up, I knew from the trailers he would have a bigger role in this film than the last, but his character is just as important as Ceaser in terms of where the story goes. Koba despises humans because of the torture and experiments they did on him in the past, he even has the scars to prove it and while he is loyal to Ceaser, he cannot accept the coexistence of humans and apes and goes to great lengths to make sure that he gets his revenge on them. Koba is mean, he is a dangerous, corrupt and crazy individual, but for all of his wrongdoings you do feel some compassion for the guy because he has had a my crappy life, he’s suffered at the hand of humans and since Ceaser is showing them mercy where he didn’t get any in the past obviously he’s gonna be pissed. Kebbell did such a great job with this character and I’m glad that he was the one to flesh out this character.

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The humans don’t fare as well as the apes as they are not nearly as memorable and for me aren’t as interesting as the cast from the last film bar a few individuals. Jason Clarke is the best of the human characters as Malcolm, a man who has many similarities to Ceaser as he too is a family man and only wishes to coexist with the apes. Malcolm is a courageous and strong individual who goes to great lengths to try and keep things under control even when the situations he’s in are going south fairly quickly. Gary Oldman as Dreyfus was good but severely underused, I love Gary Oldman, any time he’s around you are in for a good time, however while I understood his character’s motives, at the same time he wasn’t in the film nearly as much as I would have liked. Kodi Smit-McPhee as Alexander and Keri Russell as Ellie did their parts well but I wasn’t overly fussed about them. The last mention I want to give is to Kirk Acevedo who played Carver, now this guy was a douche, he pretty much doesn’t care for the apes and blames them for everything that has gone wrong for the humans and his actions pretty set off sparks between humans and apes. I love Acevedo as Charlie from Fringe but here is so cruel and foolish, such bad guy.

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When it comes to the presentation it is simply incredible. Visually this film is insanely beautiful, the CGI work by Weta Digital is nothing short of amazing, they have created incredible environments and along with the motion capture work they’ve brought the apes to life in a way that is so realistic, you actually forget that you’re watching CGI apes. Couple these great visual effects with some lovely cinematography and an interesting colour schemes and you have a wonderful-looking film. Also the soundtrack by Michael Giacchino is pretty cool too, the more subtle and tension-filled themes were among my favourites and use of the wooden xylophone was so cool, but I will say that while I am a massive fan of Giacchino this isn’t one of his memorable soundtracks.

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In conclusion Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is easily one of the best films not only of the summer but also of the year. While the film didn’t turn out the way I expected, the film is still one of the most engaging and dramatic blockbusters we have gotten for some time and while Michael Bay continues to throw dumb and soulless material at audiences with Transformers 4, this happens to be a the total other end of the spectrum. I highly recommend that you go out and see this film as it is SO good and worthy of your time.

Rating: 8.5/10

So what did you think of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Did it make you happy or make you sad or angry? Whatever your thoughts are I’d love to read them, so be sure to comment below so we can start some discussions yo! Laters. 😀

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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June, The Month of Drought For Films

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, time for a film-related blog post. But this time it isn’t so much news or a review as much as it is just an opinion-based piece on the month of June and its films in the cinema, or should I say lack of them, at least good ones…

searching_for_something__by_jashxxx-d317nbuThis is what it is like to look for big films in June, yeah it’s that difficult.

So yeah we’ve had a pretty good run of films since February, we’ve seen the likes of Lone Survivor, The Lego Movie, The Raid 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Edge of Tomorrow to name a few (2013 films released this year don’t count). The have been a few bumps in the road, but I’d say 2014 is on a better level than 2013 was for films by this point in the year.

But now we’ve come to June and now we’re in this barren wasteland for major film releases. I mean sure there’s 22 Jump Street, but besides that ONE film what else is coming out? Think about it… Have you gotten the answer yet? Yeah, that’s right. NOTHING! Obviously there will be films released during this month that will probably be worth watching, but when it comes to what’s come before or what will follow in July and August, it just doesn’t compare.

So you may be asking two things: 1) Why are you making this post? And 2) What does that mean for us? Firstly I am making this blog post to alert all major film-goers and casual people alike that there won’t be anything big or amazing going on in the cinema (at least for the UK), until July when things pick up again. And secondly what this means for us film people we’ll just have to sit down and endure this drought until the next month comes or jump into the cinema and find something of interest to hold us over or possibly just re-watch our favourite films from May if they’re still playing.

All I can say is bring on Dawn of Planet of the Apes in July! CAESER! 😀

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So what do you lot think? Am I right about this film drought throughout July or am I wrong? Comment below yo.

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Trailer #2 Review

Howdy people of the internet, time to review a new film trailer that dropped this week and today I’m gonna be talking the second trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I was already hyped for this film and have been looking for to it ever since the last film in 2011, however I’ve been more hyped up for Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past because they coming out very soon. But then this trailer dropped this week and thank god because I’ve wanted to see some new footage from this film for ages. So how does it look? Well read on and find out!

Check out the trailer below yo:

So to put it simply… THIS. LOOKS. AWESOME.

Honestly I knew this film was gonna be great and while the teaser gave a glimpse as to what was gonna happen in this film, this trailer does a better job at illustrating the overall story, tone and structure. What we basically get in this trailer is that apes live in their own little society until the humans come along and mess with the flow, both sides will collide. And it looks killer.

The first and most obvious thing to talk about in this trailer is the tone and atmosphere. For anyone who watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they will notice too that things are significantly different in tone and atmosphere. In this film things look are a lot darker in terms of lighting with a blue hue, having actual locations to film in also makes this film feel a lot more realistic and there is also a level of detail here in the visual effects on the apes and locations that is just spectacular. At the end of the last film we saw how the plane captain spread the virus around the world and seeing how this film shows that is the result of that virus is great. Looks like the planet has gone to shit. I’m seeing a sort of post apocalyptic style to the city locations like in I Am Legend or The Road.

So it seems like our ape friends have developed a great deal since the last film, their group is much bigger, there are ape children too and they stick together. But even more crazy is the fact that they ride hours and wield guns! Damn, that’s cool. These guys are growing more human by the day. And at the center is our man Ceaser who has grown a lot more than before, he’s a leader and wants to protect his ape family, but he knows that when push comes to shove with the humans he’s gonna have to fight. Ceaser just comes across as a bigger badass mainly because of the improvement of his speech, while he’s not talking in full sentences, his speech is much improved and when he shots lines like “APES TOGETHER STRONG!” “Was has already begun.” You can’t help but freak out about how cool he sounds. Gotta tip my hat to Andy Serkis and the dude proves once again that his motion capture performances are no easy task and can make connect with characters who aren’t just human.

I also like how much the humans are involved in this film. Now obviously they are not as important as the apes and I think most people are more interested in what’s going on with Ceaser and his storyline with his ape colony. But these characters do look compelling. I’m definitely liking the look of Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman’s characters. Clarke seems to be the next main human character in this franchise since Franco’s character no longer alive, it seems like he doesn’t want war and wants to try and be the mediator between the humans and apes and Ceaser acknowledges that, but think I Oldman’s character isn’t having that. It seems like Oldman has a beef with the apes and is tired of being the second the apes and wants to claim back the land for humans and it looks like his motivation maybe the loss of his family (that’s what I assume from that picture with the two kids on it that makes him cry). I also love the fact that my dude Kirk Acevedo (Charlie from Fringe) in this film, totally happy for the guy that he’s in big film like this.

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In conclusion I think that the is trailer is awesome. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes looks like it has the potential to outdo the previous film in every way. The dark and moody atmosphere looks gorgeous, I’m loving the evolution of Caesar and human characters, the action is looking like its gonna get crazy and from what I’m seeing in the trailer I’m loving the way in which the story is heading. Bring on the next apes film, I need my fix yo!

So what did you think of the first full trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Does it make you scream with excitement or yawn with bordem? Whatever your thoughts are I’d love to read about them in the comments below so get talking! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2014 Part 3

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to PART 2 of Films to look out for in 2014! In this series of blog posts I’ll basically be listing a number of films that you should keep your eyes on over the course of the year.  If you missed part one and part two then check those out and come here when you’re down.

The Rules:

  1. Obviously a lot films come out, so if they’re not only my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care.
  2. 2013 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! 😛

Alrighty then, let’s start 😀

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Release Date: July 11th (USA), July 17th (UK)

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This is on my high priorities list of films to see this year. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a surprisingly strong, action-packed and heartfelt reboot of the franchise that gave enough nods to the past while having a few new ideas to make the film its own thing. Dawn looks like it’ll be chaotic and start create the shift that’ll lead to the eventual ape take over that we all know will eventually go down. The teaser looks dark and gritty, the cast is awesome and I’m expecting some cool stuff from Caesar and his crew.

Jupiter Ascending

Release Date: July 18th (USA), 25th (UK)

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Well this film certainly looks interesting and if there’s one thing you can’t knock The Wachowskis for is their continued levels of creativity and crazy visual experiences. This film looks like classic sci-fi with a few new things in the mix. I like Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum is growing on me these days, the film does loo a bit strange and it could be either surprisingly good or really questionable, guess we’ll later on in the year.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Release Date: August 1st (USA & UK)

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Unfortunately at this current point in time there is no official trailer for this film which SUCKS, however if you were lucky enough to see the Comic-Con teaser trailer when it leaked online then you know that this film looks special and totally unique with its interesting sense of humour and action scenes. GotG could be my most anticipated film of the year just because it looks pretty insane and promises to be a superhero adventure unlike any other that Marvel have given us before. Everything that is said about the film sounds incredible, I just want the film to kick ass and be the success that it should be.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Release Date: August 8th (USA), October 17th (UK)

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Now this is a film I’ve been really against ever since Michael Bay’s involvement and then once Megan Fox got cast I think I just mentally throw up and even the after the set pictures were released didn’t help much. However for the hate and animosity I feel towards the production of this film, I still want to see a good Ninja Turtles film, it can be done and with the right kind of care and attention it could be amazing. I seriously want this film to work, but I can’t help but feel like it’s on the path to hell. Can’t believe we’ll have to wait until fucking OCTOBER to see this while everyone else gets this film in August, I may not be overly with the way the film is shaping up but that’s bullshit! Better get a trailer soon.

The Expendables 3

Release Date: August 15th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

It is no secret that I love action films and while The Expendables 1 and 2 are pretty silly, absurd and lack any form of interesting plots, they’re still pretty fun films. Seeing kick ass action stars teaming up and beating the crap of other guys through hand-to-hand combat or an assortment of weaponry is stuff I’m down for. This cast looks incredible and I’m just curious to know what they’re gonna do with the new additions especially finally seeing Wesley Snipes back on-screen for the first time in YEARS! 🙂

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Release Date: August 22nd (USA), 29th (UK)

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The only justification I have for me wanting to see this film is that the first film was awesome and now I wanna see the sequel. I highly doubt that it’ll be as good as the 2005 film, but the cast look pretty solid and if the filmmakers are somehow able to capture the magic from the last film then we’ll have a good sequel.

The Boxtrolls

Release Date: September 26th (USA) 12th (UK)

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So far the animation studio Laika have yet to make a bad film. Coraline and Paranorman are both key examples of how to be a fine stop motion film and make it fun and engaging for all audiences. Laika’s film’s also look incredible with the most absurd attention to detail that I’ve ever seen and this film looks like it’ll follow suite too. Whether it’ll be as good as their previous efforts remains to seen, all I know is that they have a new film and I’ll be there to watch it opening weekend. 🙂

Interstellar

Release Date: November 7th (USA & UK)

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Okay, here we have another Christopher Nolan film and finally its NOT Batman, yay! Chris Nolan is a director who hasn’t made a misstep as a director yet so I hope that this new film follows that trend. Even though the teaser trailer tells you absolutely NOTHING about the film and cannot engage anyone who isn’t in the know about the film or the director, I’m sure it’ll do well.

Dumb and Dumber To

Release Date: November 14th (USA), December 19th (UK)

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Now under normal circumstances I’d totally dismiss a sequel to a film that only a certain number of people from a specific decade would remember, however I will make an exception with this film. I’m not sure if it is nostalgia talking or natural curiosity that is drawing me towards this sequel, I think it’s a bit of both, either way I hope that this follow-up with worth our time and not another failure from Hollywood as they continue to push out their sequels, remakes and reboots.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Release Date: November 21st (USA & UK)

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If you had asked me this time last year, “Would you be looking forward to the next few Hunger Games film sequels?” I would have said no straight up. But after the really good Catching Fire, I really wanna know where they go with the story and find out how Katniss ends up after the end of the last film. I want more danger, more drama and more footage from the other districts. Don’t let me down now Mockingjay – Part 1!

The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Release Date: December 17th (USA), 19th (UK)

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Now I dunno about you, but The Desolation of Smaug was pretty much awesome thanks to one key aspect, a big massive dragon voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch! Don’t get me wrong, I really loved the like the last Hobbit film with all of its action and additional character development, but Smaug really made the film for me. So I’m curious how this Hobbit trilogy will be concluded later on this year, I just hope it’ll be satisfactory and not feel like a cop-out.

And that is it! PROJECT OVER! That is the rest of my picks for films to look out for from August straight through til December! So yeah there’s my picks from the summer, make sure to come back to the blog asap as I finish the year off with part 3! 🙂

P.S. What do you think of the list? Also is there any films you think I’ve left out? Feel free to drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you asap. Until the next time, peace out! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Matt Reeves to Direct Planet of the Apes 3

So Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is only a few months away now and the hype is definitely building after the teaser trailer came out a little while ago. But now we have another interesting news story concerning the future of this franchise as you can see from this superherohype article below:

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20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment have signed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes helmer Matt Reeves to direct the third installment of the franchise, reports Deadline.

Reeves will co-write the script with Mark Bomback, who wrote the script for the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which earned $482 million worldwide in 2011. The trade says that Reeves will likely go right into the third film after finishing “Dawn.”

In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo and Judy Greer star in the July 11 release.

Reeves’ other directing credits include Cloverfield and Let Me In.”

Well this is interesting indeed, it seems like 20th Century Fox have a lot of faith in this sequel if they’re already signing on Reeves to direct again and letting us know that a third film is on the way too. I mean sure a third film would have to happen, but unless the content that comes before is a solid piece of film material you should never make plans for a third.

But anyway this seems like a good idea, I just hope Dawn of the Planet of the Apes delivers.

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Trailer #1 Review

Alrighty then, besides seeing the trailers for Amazing Spider-Man 2 and GodzillaDawn of the Planet of the Apes is the one film I’ve wanted to see a trailer for, for a long-ass time. I’ve literally been continuously asking myself, “When will the trailer actually come out? ” Well luckily the teaser came out this week so let’s talk about it!

But prior to that, have a look for yourselves below:

Okay so initial thoughts after seeing the teaser? Pretty cool, though, I wanted more apes. At least this trailer did more than the Interstellar teaser did. So what do we see in this trailer? Well there is a really dark and misty atmosphere, shit has happened, the human race are in a really bad place and are looking to possibly go to war and the apes are in the forest ready for battle. Interesting stuff yo.

This teaser heavily emphasizes the humans and their struggle as you can hear from the beginning from the voice over from Gary Oldman (who looks and sounds very much like Commissioner Gordon from the Chris Nolan Batman films), he speaks of the troubles of the humans, how they’ve struggled, had some shit go down for 4 years and how they’re gonna band together to take back their land. There are shots of the forest and some city locations, it’s all run-down and looks like things have happened. Gary Oldman looks cool, some random shots of people happen and we see Jason Clarke (this film’s new leading human) walking into the forest and shouts “I need to speak to Caesar.” Then we get a look at Caesar in the trees looking all badass along with the rest of his comrades, just waiting to give the go ahead and as soon as that arm drops, the apes spring into action as the trailer ends.

The teaser seems cool and shows that there’s been a lot of time that’s pasted and many developments for the humans, I just wish there was more time for the apes, this is after all their film. Especially all the build up in the last film. I guess their still working on the special effects so I shouldn’t expect too much apes at this point but I just wanted to see more of Caesar because he’s my boy and he’s badass!

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So what did you think of the teaser? Sound off your comments below. 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2013 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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First Image From Dawn of the Planet of the Apes!

Hi peeps, more Comic-Con stuff to talk about today and now I move onto the subject of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I dunno if you lot have seen it yet, but an interesting image was released yesterday in relation to the film which I think is worth showing so yeah I’m gonna talk about it.

Here’s the image:

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Look at this badassery. There is so much you tell or speculate just from this image alone.

Well this is a surprising image, just looking at it you can see that the tone and atmosphere are completely different from the previous film. There seems to be a much darker feel, Caesar  looks like a hardened warrior who’s seen rough times and he and his mates look like they’re ready of action at any given time. I actually forget that this film takes place a fair amount of time after the last film (I think by at least 10 years). Here he have Caesar along with his ape people in the trees. What I get from this image is that a lot of time has passed since the film, and I can only assume that things haven’t gotten easy for Caesar and his friends. This looks like a scene from the film where the apes are travelling but are told to stop by Caesar for some reason.

Well in conclusion I’m liking the look of this image and can’t wait to see more images and info emerge over time.

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Gary Oldman Boards Dawn of the Planet of the Apes!

It seems like there really hasn’t been that much news on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for quite some time, but it seems like we have some new information relating to not only casting but the story too. The following article comes from superherohype:

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“Things are really ramping up for Matt Reeves’ upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. In addition to the returning Andy Serkis, recent reports name Jason Clarke and Kodi Smit-McPhee as two of the sequel’s principal cast. Now, ComingSoon.net has learned exclusively that Gary Oldman will be boarding the project as the leader of a human colony!

Set 15 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn finds most of humanity wiped out and the intelligent apes ruling over the world. Part of the film’s focus is said to be on a small group of San Francisco-based scientists that are forming a resistance against the apes and part follows Serkis’ Caesar as he, like his namesake, tries to maintain order and power within his new civilization.

A name very well known to cinephiles, Oldman recently starred in John Hillcoat’s Lawless and reprised his role as Commissioner Gordon in last summer’s The Dark Knight Rises. He can be seen later this year in Robert Luketic’s Paranoia and early next year in Jose Padilha’s RoboCop.

Featuring a screenplay by Mark Bomback, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes starts filming this spring for a May 23, 2014 release. Peter Chernin, Dylan Clarke, Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa are producing.”

Firstly I love me a bit of Gary Oldman so I am really happy that he’s joined this film’s cast. But what’s even more interesting is this mini synopsis for the film, it sounds pretty interesting. I am quite surprised that the film is actually set 15 years after the last, that is a pretty big gap and obviously a great deal of things could have transpired between then and now. I was hoping the gap between films would be a lot shorter maybe ranging between 3-6 years or something. I’m guessing Caesar will be a great deal older in this next film. I just hope that we get to see how events transpired over the years and we get to see how the human race fell prey to the virus. I just hope the humans will be interesting but not outshine the apes. Anyways overall I am looking forward to this sequel even more! 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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