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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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Posted by on January 7, 2019 in Films, Media

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #13 of my Month of Superhero Film Reviews! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. Now we’re gonna continue the adventures of Hellboy with the 2008 sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

So after the success of Hellboy, there had to be sequel made. I thought the first film created an interesting world  with a likable hero and at the end of the film there’s was room for these characters to grow and this crazy supernatural world to expand. So then Hellboy 2 comes out in 2008 and to be honest I was hyped and was hoping for something better than the last film, unfortunately at the time I was left disappointed and haven’t watched it since that time in the cinema. So now having seen again has my opinion changed? Read on and find out.

In terms of the plot here’s a small summary:

“In this continuation to the adventure of the demon superhero, an evil elf breaks an ancient pact between humans and creatures, as he declares war against humanity. He is on a mission to release The Golden Army, a deadly group of fighting machines that can destroy the human race. As Hell on Earth is ready to erupt, Hellboy and his crew set out to defeat the evil prince before The Golden Army can destroy humanity’s existence.”

I thought the story in this film was pretty good, while it missed the more serious nature and isn’t as heavy as the previous film, the story here is different, swifter in pace and still good enough to hold your interest throughout. There’s a lot more humour to be found in this film and in some areas it works really well and in others it is a bit weird to watch. I liked seeing more of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, it really has a Men In Black feel to it in terms of having this secret organization that handles creatures that us humans need protecting from, except it’s a little more fantasy/supernatural than it is sci-fi. I liked the continuation of the characters from the last film though I am gutted to see that John Myers is gone completely and dismissed after his character was given a lot of purpose in the last film from  Trevor Bruttenholm.

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Now let’s talk about the cast because they were pretty cool for the most part. Ron Perlman still continues to kick ass as Hellboy, you honestly can’t imagine anyone else in the role and Perlman is still as perfect as ever. I love how he doesn’t give a monkeys about anyone but himself and how funny he is even in the face of danger and his constant use of the word “crap” is hilarious. Selma Blair continues to be good as Liz Sherman, while I wasn’t crazy about her and Hellboy’s relationship issues, I like how much hotter she was with her new haircut and work uniform. Doug Jones is wonderful as Abe Sapien, he has a bigger role in this film and I liked seeing more him in his typical logical/funny mannerisms. Also Jeffrey Tambor as Tom Manning is still a bit of an asshole but its in that way where he’s still funny and the subject of Hellboy’s jokes, Manning I feel is slightly funnier in this film and I welcomed that.

And then there’s Luke Goss as Prince Nuada who I liked a lot. I’m always more of a fan of villains who can fight and take on his enemies with strength and style and Nuada had that. Goss was great, as a villain he had lovely screen presence and was a constant threat. And lastly there’s Anna Walton as Princess Nuala is very pretty, had nice relevance to the plot and I liked how she spoke too (I’m not sure why haha).

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is great, the CGI is pretty nice, there’s some wonderfully choreographed fight scenes with Luke Goss and the creature designs, make-up and amount of violence in the film was very much appreciated. As for the soundtrack, I didn’t know it was handled by Danny Elfman, no wonder it sounded better than the last film. It didn’t have that typical Elfman sound that I can easily recognize but it didn’t have an emotional sound to it which was nice.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well as I said before I’m not familiar with the comics so I can’t talk about that it again (I’m become pretty useless in this department haven’t I?)

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So to conclude Hellboy II: The Golden Army is good follow-up to the last film. While not as serious as its predecessor, it has a lot of new story and character elements that make it work in a different way. It’s still not an amazing film but its a lot better than I remembered and I think I like it slightly better than the last film. I really hope that there’s a Hellboy 3 eventually, this serious needs to have at least one more instalment!

Rating: 7.5/10 (Just as good as the last film if not a little better)

So there’s my review people, only 17 more to go. So have you seen Hellboy II: The Golden Army and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Hellboy

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #12 of my Month of Superhero Film Reviews! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. Now we’re gonna return to 2004 with the film adaptation of Hellboy.

Ah Hellboy, I remember seeing this in the cinema when it came out, I remembered it being pretty cool. Then over the years the more I watched it, the more unremarkable it became. I’ve actually only seen this film about 4 or 5 times but I’ve never really considered it a necessary buy for DVD because it’s on TV every so often. So now I’ve watched it again, has my opinion changed? Well read on and find out.

In terms of the plot here’s a small summary:

“In the final days of World War II, the Nazis attempt to use black magic to aid their dying cause. The Allies raid the camp where the ceremony is taking place, but not before a demon – Hellboy – has already been conjured. Joining the Allied forces, Hellboy eventually grows to adulthood, serving the cause of good rather than evil.”

What I liked about the story was how different it was, you had ties to the past linking to WWII, dark magic and supernatural happenings and gateways to other dimensions. It wasn’t your typical material. After seeing a lot of superhero films that follow the basic formula of having an origin story and then becoming a hero not long after, Hellboy’s story is totally different. His situation is different and he’s not your true blue superhero but he does have connections to villains in the film and it makes for an interesting story.

Now let’s talk about the cast because they were pretty cool for the most part. Ron Perlman as Hellboy was the best part of the cast hands down. Perlman has a great screen presence and was pretty funny throughout with his dialogue and actions. Also John Hurt as Trevor Bruttenholm was nice, he had some great lines in this film and I liked his character, not much to say really. Selma Blair as Liz Sherman was good, I like her character’s backstory and crazy powers. There was something mysteriously hot about Blair in this film and that point before she unleashed her powers near the end of the film was cool.

Rupert Evans as John Myers was nice, his character was sort of like the audience in the sense that he was being brought into this crazy new world after working with the FBI, so he’s experiencing all these new and unnatural things for the first time. As for Karel Roden as Grigori Efimovich Rasputin, he was very strange and mysterious and I liked that about him, though I don’t feel like he was that great of a villain as he didn’t feel a constant threat. Jeffrey Tambor as Tom Manning was decent, his character was a bit of a pain in the ass at first but he had moments of humour and eventually became a design character. And lastly Doug Jones as Abe Sapien was cool, his character had some really interesting powers and I liked his dialogue and strange yet funny scene and David Hyde Pierce who did the voice for the character should be given credit too.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is good, it is dark, kind of moody and has a good mix of practical and special effects. The CGI looks decent and it used to create some nice visuals and spectacle. I also really like the make-up and creature designs which are all wonderfully done in this film. This is another one of those film you can deal is directed by Guillermo del Toro, it has a nice level of violence, strangeness and has funky and interesting creature designs which is right up del Toro’s street if you’ve seen some of his other films. Also just wanted to point out that all the fight scenes with Karl Ruprecht Kroenen was awesome, the way he killed people in such a flashy fashion with such cool choreography was totally awesome. As for the soundtrack by Marco Beltrami is good, I like the way it composed and it seemed to work well for most scenes where music was involved. The score was mainly epic and loud, but found time to be softer and sometimes playful too which I appreciated.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well unfortunately I’ve never read any of the material from Dark Horse Comics, but according to the Wikipedia page on the origins of Hellboy the film seems to be pretty faithful to the story and characters involved just with a few modifications here and there.

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So to conclude Hellboy is decent film, it has an interesting premise, a likeable and unconventional hero and enough action to satisfy most needs. I guess the reason I don’t love it is due to that fact that it looks awesome but doesn’t do much that makes it truly state out from the Batman, Spider-Man or X-Men films that inhabited the superhero genre space at the time and compared to today’s superhero films the same rule applies, the film is good, just not amazing.

Rating: 7/10 (It’s fun little movie but its nothing spectacular)

So there’s my review people, only 18 more to go. So have you seen Hellboy and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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