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REVIEW: Michael Giacchino at 50

Good day to you ladies and gents, how’s it going? Last night I had one of my favourite experiences of 2017 in the form a concert held at the Royal Albert Hall entitled Michael Giacchino at 50.

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So what is this event about? Well, essentially it was a concert where you had an orchestra play several pieces of music from the numerous films, TV shows and video games that Giacchino’s score over the years. If you’ve checked out this blog for any amount of time you’ll know I have not only massive love for good film scores, but for Michael Giacchino in particular, so when I heard about this even back in February, I bought my ticket as quickly as possible. And so finally, the time had come yesterday, alas the London Underground was closed by the time I arrived at St Pancras just after 6pm, so I had to use Google Maps to run down to Royal Albert Hall, luckily after taking a few wrong turns and running through a dark park with no lights, I got to the venue with around 30 minutes to spare.

And I’ll say it right now, the concert was frigging awesome! We were introduced to a gentleman with a sousaphone (whose name I cannot recall, unfortunately) who played the birthday song and got the crowd involved. From there we were introduced to Adam Savage, the host for the event and he was wonderfully funny and charismatic, and in between the music, he’d appear in interesting costumes and introduce the special guests too. And speaking of the guests, we got to see several of the directors Giacchino’s worked as well as some actors featured in the films he’s worked on come onstage and share some kind words about Giacchino and his work. There were appearances from Colin Trevorrow, Andrew Stanton, Gareth Edwards, Matt Reeves, Carlton Cuse, Pete Docter, JJ Abrams, Benedict Wong, Raffey Cassidy, and Gonzo too. 😀

So what about the music? Well, it was all delicious! The concert started off perfectly with The Incredibles, taking all of the key themes from film and blending them together to show off the bombastic, sassy, playful and badass music, clearly, the people behind this show knew what the deal was by opening with that Pixar classic. Next up was some music from Medal of Honour, I was never into shooting games but I really felt like I may have missed out on something special as the music had some gorgeous sounds which felt like a mix of Lost and Jurassic Park. Though I don’t recall much from Jupiter Ascending, the music was and still is really intense and wonderful. Jurassic World had some lovely pieces which I had honestly forgotten about, the compositions Giacchino made for that film were so heartfelt and made me almost shed tears. The Marvel suite featured music from the Marvel Studios logo sequence which was great, the awesome sounds of Doctor Strange (mainly “Strange Days Ahead”) and the upbeat and heroic sounds of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The music for Rogue One had a selection of the best material from the middle and final parts of the film which was really special and powerful. And then there was Lost, so glad I watched the first season recently as the piece they used from the end of the first season and it was frigging perfect and made me well up because it was hella beautiful. And so that ended the first half.

In the second half we had some of the key music from Up which was beautifully handled by the orchestra and the string quartet Bond, then there were the humourous sounds of One Man Band and the final piece of Pixar piece was from Ratatouille. From here my memory gets a little hazy so excuse any mistakes I make if you attended and have the programme. There was also a haunting piece from Cloverfield I think before going on to do the sounds from War for the Planet of the Apes which was really dramatic and cool. Next up was the really beautiful sounds of John Carter, I’d honestly had forgotten about that film and hearing that music really brought back some memories of certain scenes I remembered from 2012. Oh, and the sounds from Tomorrowland was quite nice having a hopeful and majestic sound. And then we had the Star Trek suite which had the sounds of the 2009 film, Into Darkness and Beyond which was easily a highlight for me as it is some of my favourite material in any film ever. Then we had Gonzo come along and had some fun with the audience and then did a bit of a duet with Giacchino on “I’m Going To Go Back There Someday” from The Muppets Movie. And the final music was from Super 8 played with some archive footage of Giacchino’s childhood films he made with his friends which were perfect. But it wasn’t over, after a standing ovation we had our first encore was in the form of Speed Racer,  and then the next encore was a preview of Coco which was so playful and catchy and the final encore was from Alias.

Musical highlights:

  • The Incredibles
  • Jurassic World
  • The Marvel Suite
  • Lost
  • John Carter
  • Star Trek Suite
  • Coco

Overall Michael Giacchino at 50 was a fabulous session and I was glad I was able to attend, there was a lot of laughs and comedy, and insightful and heartfelt moments from Giacchino, his home movies and the kind words from his friends/work colleagues, and of course the work put in from conductor Ludwig Wicki, the Cinematic Sinfonia and the English Chamber Choir was nothing short of amazing as they brought Giacchino’s music to life in such a special way.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2017 in Films, Media, Music

 

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Jurassic World Review

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to another film review, today I give you my review of Jurassic World! Now anyone who’s followed this blog for a while will know I wasn’t terribly excited for this film when the first trailer came out, but over the last month or so I really started to get on board with it because of the recent footage and interviews with the direct Colin Trevorrow, and after watching all three previous Jurassic Park films on Blu-ray recently I was super hyped. So I saw the film yesterday and now I’m read to pass judgement.

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The story can be described as the following:

“Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.”

So this is essentially another film about humans messing with things they don’t understand and paying the price in the long run, but it works. What I liked about this story is that it was something familiar and yet fresh. Seeing the trailers you get the general gist of what to expect but luckily there’s still a lot more to the story and I’m glad that there were certain choices made to keep things unexpected. That being said there were some plot points you can see coming miles off when it comes to the characters or dinosaurs especially if you’ve watched the previous JP films, though these elements don’t detract too much from the film. The people behind this film clearly know the source material and know what this film is. It is a straight up monster movie, the dinosaurs are the stars, however the human characters have to be relevant and this film fives a good explanation for why the humans have ended up in this kind of situation again, plus there’s something surmising revelations with certain characters that definitely gives this film more depth. I also appreciated that the film had the right balance between seriousness and humour, and didn’t ignore the tension, mystery and awe that comes from these kinds of events. There’s also a great amount of respect given to Jurassic Park as there are a lot of visual and verbal references for keen-eyed fans to enjoy as well. OH and one more thing I should mention, there’s a certain pint in this film that reminded me a lot of the Toho Godzilla films, I won’t go into it specifically, but anyone who’s watched an old school kaiju  film will know exactly what I’m talking about (hopefully haha).

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As for the cast they are all pretty good, but some do stick out more than others. Firstly Chris Pratt as Owen Grady was awesome, I was worried that Pratt would be a little goofy in this film because of the humour shown in some of the trailers, however his character is a very smart, serious and down-to-earth kind of guy who happens be an expert at training Velociraptors. Owen is such an awesome person and he’s exactly the kind of person that you need in situations like this, he’s logical but is also a risk-taker too. Bryce Dallas Howard also does a fantastic job as Claire Dearing, as the operations manager she has to oversee the whole park so she’s uptight, bossy and a little uncaring and she’s mainly all about the business side of things and only seems to care about profit. But when things gets complicated she has to adapt to things quickly to safe her nephews and the people of the island. Besides still being incredibly pretty, Howard is really good in this film and with Pratt they have some good screen time together. Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins do well as Zach  and Gray Mitchell, I would say I liked Simpkins more because his character captured right kind of reactions to this kind of theme park and was the more interesting of the two brothers.

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Also Vincent D’Onofrio as Vic Hoskins is great, his character is a bit of asshole but he’s likeable because of his cocky and chilled out personality. Irrfan Khan was very interesting and fun as Simon Masrani while Omar Sy as Barry was pretty cool too. I was so happy to see the return of B. D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, he was one of my favourite characters from the first film and I’m glad that this film fleshed out his character, gave him more history with the park and dinosaurs similar to the source material. Jake Johnson and Lauren Lapkus were nice as Lowery Cruthers and Vivian, they had some great moments together and individually, especially with Johnson, he made me laugh a lot which was surprising considering that I didn’t find him funny at all in Let’s Be Cops last summer.

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When it comes to the presentation it’s pretty damn good. Visually the film looks and feels like a JP film, the cinematography is great and the action set pieces are awesome, dynamic and very chaotic. As for the special effects they are on top form, most of the dinosaurs looks great and are really detailed, however sometimes the CGI did look a little blurry and some of the dinosaurs felt like they lacked a bit of weight to them. As a long-term fan of the series I’ve gotten used to the mixture of practical and digital effects when it comes to the dinosaurs, and while it was mainly done in the past due to technical limitations, when it was used effectively it looked brilliant. These days everything can be done with CGI and that’s all well and good when it’s at the highest quality possible, but there is something lost when there’s isn’t something physically there. I looked very carefully and I’m not sure there was any practical effects in this film, there were a few occasions where I couldn’t tell for sure, but I’m certain it mainly digital. As for the soundtrack, the brilliant Michael Giacchino steps in to do the score for this film and the man delivers a wonderful score full of mystery, power, tension and awe, and of course he incorporates the original John Williams theme in there to great effect too. I definitely got some Dawn of the Planet of the Apes vibes and that was great as well.

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In the end Jurassic World is a return to form for this franchise, it captures the nostalgic elements of the first film, but mixes things up in new and interesting ways. While the film definitely is not without its faults, it is a lot of fun and at the end of the day that’s all I needed it to be. If you’re a fan of the Jurassic Park series you should check this one out as soon as possible.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen Jurassic World and if so what did you think of it? Please be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters!

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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My Top 11 Most Anticipated Films of 2015

Yo yo people of the internet, time for the penultimate blog post in this series based on upcoming films in 2015 with my top 11 most anticipated films of the year.  If you haven’t already, check out PART 1, 2 & 3 of my 2015 film preview. It does seem a little late now considering that we’re just over two weeks into January, but I feel like I had to be done after the film preview and I guess it’s better late than never right? With all that in mind let’s begin from number 11 to 1.

11. Jurassic World

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At one point I wasn’t going to put this on this list. The first trailer didn’t wow me, however, in the end, it’s another Jurassic Park film, I need to see it. after all these years of talk, rumours and speculation, we’re finally getting another Jurassic Park film. One that ties back to the first film, it has a great cast including Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D’Onofrio among others, and it introduces a story that mixes in elements new and old. That being said, the concept of genetically modified dinosaurs sounds questionable, pet velociraptors and re-hashing “humans getting eaten by dinosaurs” doesn’t give me much hope. I PRAY that future trailers get me more hyped up and that the whole film is great.

10. Ant-Man

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Ant-Man is another film that I’ve been interested in seeing, but also had a lacklustre teaser trailer. Now this is a character I’ve never been th biggest fan of, however, I’ve warmed to him in recent years and since Marvel Studios have come to the point where they can make anything look cool in a live-action film, I have to believe they’ll do the same with this. They have a great cast, an original and unconventional hero and a different kind of superhero story. Even though Edgar Wright is gone and some of us just haven’t gotten over it, I do have faith that Peyton Reed, Kevin Feige and everyone behind the film will give us something worth watching… Unless it fails completely, which will be a first for Marvel.

9. The Peanuts Movie

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Out of all of the animated films coming out in 2015, this is the one I’m looking forward to the most. The Peanuts Movie is very important, because like a few other films on this list, the characters are part of history and the source material is very reach and nostalgic for many generations of people. After so many years with no Peanuts material, we have a new film, in 3D CGI, but with the right look and sounds of the old TV show. Now this good be beautiful or it could fail terribly and turn out like The Smurfs or Garfield, but I hope for that it turns out great.

8. Mission: Impossible 5

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So now we have Mission: Impossible 5. After the badassery that was Ghost Protocol, I knew I had to see more Ethan Hunt adventures and in the latter part of 2015 we’ll get to see this crazy man start all over again. Now I feel like this film will not be as good as the previous one, but if it can be at least half as fun and action-packed as the last film then I’ll be happy for sure.

7. Tomorrowland

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I’m super curious about this film, there hasn’t been that much information provided about it beyond a few images and a really intriguing teaser trailer. But to be honest that’s all I need. That and the fact that Brad Bird is directing it makes me so hyped to see what he’ll do with this.

6. In the Heart of the Sea

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This is a film I have a lot of hope for. After Rush in 2013, I knew I had to see whatever Ron Howard was up to next and this film looks incredible. The trailer I saw was amazing and gives us a look at a film which is dark, mysterious, large in scope and epic in action. Plus the cast for this film looks really good and the story seems like it’ll be a one of hardships and tragedy. I can’t wait.

5. Furious 7

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Now we have the 7th film in the Fast & Furious series, it is really weird to think that this series has been going on for this long, that being said after Fast 5, I think everyone was ready for more F&F action. That first trailer was awesome, it was like a mini preview of the film and while I don’t like to see too much of a film in the trailers, I feel like the teaser for Furious 7 was enough to get me hyped.

4. Mad Max: Fury Road

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I have been watching this film from afar, but it wasn’t until the last trailer came out that this film got on my radar. I’ve not seen any of the previous Mad Max films, however, I’m not that bothered, if this film is half as good as the trailers are letting on then it’ll be a hell of a good time. I love Tom Hardy and the action sequences look mental, I want it in my system now! XD

3. Spectre

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After 3 years we have the next James Bond film in the form of Spectre. There is no official images or a trailer, but my anticipation of this film is very high, I really liked Skyfall and since most of the cast and crew are back for the next adventure makes me smile. I’m not sure what to expect, but with Sam Mendes at the helm I’m hopeful that he’ll do us Bond fans proud once again.

2. The Avengers: Age of Ultron

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I am surprised this ended up being at number 2, because to be honest it is my most anticipated film. I am I’m a comic book nerd and these superhero films are my crack. Marvel Studios have been giving me the good stuff for the last 7 years and now we’re heading towards the second Avengers film which promises to give fans everything they liked about the first film and more with darkness, drama and a badass villain.  That first trailer blew me away and the second trailer gets my hype juices flowing and so now we’re around 4 months away (3 for us UK people) and the wait, ah man, it is killing me, I just need it now.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Ah man, it was a very close call between this and Avengers, but in the end the top choice had to be this film. I mean it’s frigging STAR WARS! Now I know this film could go one of two ways; it could either be great or a terribly disappointing, however it doesn’t matter, Star Wars is one of the biggest parts my childhood and is part of cinematic history regardless of whether you like it or not. For a lot of people this is their major film event of 2015, after the prequels most fans have been waiting for a proper SW film with the original cast and they are finally getting their wish. The short teaser trailer was FRIGGING AWESOME! And now loads of people are hoping that J.J. Abrams doesn’t mess this film up.

So that’s it, my top 11 list done, hope you enjoyed my choices. Now I shift my focus to you, the readers, what is your most anticipated films of 2015 and are any of your entires on my list? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2015 Part 2

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to the second part of my special series of blog posts dedicated to the films that you should be looking out for this year entitled: Films to look out for in 2015! It’s a preview to this year’s selection of films in the cinema and I’m basically going to highlight why I believe they’re worth paying attention to. Before checking this out be sure to read PART 1 first.

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

  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. 2014 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there.😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

Furious 7

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Release Date: April 3rd (USA & UK)

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I don’t think anyone expected the Fast & Furious film series to survive this long. I now its been said many times before, but before the fourth film, this series was pretty much on the way out. It wasn’t until the fourth film when things picked up, and then with the fifth, that’s when the series became a totally different beast. Fast 5 was amazing and Fast 6 reinforced the fun factor of this new series, and now we have the SEVENTH film in the series. Furious 7 is a very important film in this series, besides looking to be awesome with more-the-top action sequences and having Jason Statham added to the film, this is also the last film to feature Paul Walker. And I think a lot of fans are wondering how his character’s story will be concluded. I just hope we’ll get another great film with a good final send-off for Walker.

Child 44

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Release Date: April 17th (USA & UK)

I don’t know much about this film is about, it doesn’t even have a trailer, however I am intrigued by the cast alone. I love Tom Hardy and there can never be too much Gary Oldman in anything. And then add on top of that Noomi Rapace, Vincent Cassel, Jason Clarke and I think we’re in for an interesting experience. And with a premise that sounds interesting enough, I hope that this film turns out to be good.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Release Date: May 1st (USA), April 24th (UK)

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Oh yes, this is the big one! The Avengers was one of my favourite films of 2012 and I have been eagerly anticipating the sequel ever since… And now in 2015 the film’s nearly upon us! The teaser trailer pretty much blew me away and ever since I’ve been shivering like a man on crack just waiting for my next fix. This film looks like all shit hits the fan, the Avengers all have individual struggles to take on and on top of that have to deal with Ultron, the new crazy robot wanting to destroy humans. The action looks heavy, the drama is everywhere and it looks like there are going to be crazy repercussions. I can’t wait to see Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and of course ANDY SERKIS! 😀

Mad Max: Fury Road

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Release Date: May 15th (USA & UK)

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I’ve been curiously watching this film from afar for so long, but it wasn’t until that last trailer when this film jumped on radar and smacked me in the face. The last trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the most hardcore trailers I have seen in quite some time. I love the cast, the story and setting looks interesting and with those crazy action sequences with car chases, explosions and massive sandstorms, I’m all over it. I want this film now.

Pitch Perfect 2

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Release Date: May 15th (USA & UK)

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The first film really surprised me and I found it to be one of the best musical-based experiences I’ve had in the cinema, maybe ever. I just love good singers and good acting, and Pitch Perfect had both. So when I heard there was going to be a sequel, I was dubious, but since I like the last film, I thought I’d give this sequel a chance. The trailer looks interesting, the scale is bigger, there are more music groups and Rebel Wilson looks like she’ll be just as fun as last time. I hope Elizabeth Banks’ direction work for this sequel.

Tomorrowland

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Release Date: May 22nd (USA & UK)

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So now we have Tomorrowland, a film that’s been shrouded in secrecy for a while and even after the trailer came out we only learn a few details about the film in terms of the story, setting and characters involved. That being said, the trailer did spark my curiosity and the fact that it’s being directed by Brad Bird, the man behind two of my favourite films (The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) automatically makes this a film worth watching.

San Andreas

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Release Date: May 29th (USA & UK)

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This is a film I had head about but never seen nothing about until I watched the trailer recently. It has been a while since the last disaster film, and while they are very predictable, over-the-top and quite silly, there is something about seeing the world going to shit that always draws people in, me included. This films looks like fun and I like the cast, Dwayne Johnson, great choice and look there’s Paul Giamatti and the gorgeous Alexandra Daddario, I’m down.

Jurassic World

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Release Date: June 12th (USA & UK)

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You know wasn’t blown away by the teaser trailer, in fact ever since it came out I’ve been in two minds about the film. On one hand we have the first Jurassic Park film in 14 years and there is a lot of potential with the cast and modern visual effects. That being said on the other hand this film could just rehash ideas from past films with nothing new being added and whatever new elements included (hybrid dinosaurs, scientists meddling with stuff they should, big theme park full of people, trained velociraptors, etc) don’t seem as exciting as they could be. I’m willing to give the film the benefit of the doubt and I PRAY that it’s good, but right now the film doesn’t give me much hope.

Inside Out

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Release Date: June 19th (USA), July 24th (UK)

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Okay so now we have the next Pixar film which I’m hoping will be good. Pixar for me haven’t done a truly great film since 2010 with Toy Story 3 and in recent years Disney, DreamWorks and other animation studios have been stealing their thunder. So now we have Inside Out, a film that has an interesting premise, and while the first trailer didn’t grab me, the latest trailer (as seen above), gives me a better idea of what to expect. The film seems incredible inventive, colourful, funny and true to life.

Terminator Genisys

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Release Date: July 1st (USA), July 3rd (UK)

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This film, boy oh boy, I really hope this film is good. The Terminator film series has never been able to rise above the first two films with a decent third film and forgettable fourth one. These days I think people are in two camps; those who want more films and those who can’t be arsed with it. I would like to see the Terminator series get back on track, but with the right amount of care and attention that Jame Cameron put into the first two films. But since that isn’t happening anytime soon, we have Alan Taylor at the helm instead with an interesting cast and a crazy variation on the basic Terminator mythology. It looks interesting for sure, but it looks so dodgy at the same time with some references to the past that a little too on-the-nose for me. But here’s hoping.

Minions

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Release Date: July 10th (USA), June 26th (UK)

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I’m not one of those super obsessed fans of the Despicable Me films or the Minion characters. That being said I do like the films, I think they’re fun and the Minions were definitely one of the best parts of Despicable Me 2, and with them getting their own film, I thought initially this was overkill and unnecessary, but after seeing the trailer I think it may be worth watching. The concept of the Minions being so old, surviving throughout time and trying to have leader who they don’t inadvertently kill looks hilarious. The trailer is full of humour, charm and all that good stuff that has come before. I hope this film is doesn’t kill my love for these guys.

Ant-Man

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Release Date: July 17th (USA & UK)

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Now this is the next big Marvel film to break into Phrase Three and while I’m naturally excited for any new film that Marvel Studios will put out, this is the project I’m most concerned about. It has had a long time in production, last year it lost Edgar Wright (most people’s sole reason for watching the film) and the recent teaser trailer hasn’t given many much reason to be excited. However, it is Marvel Studios and if they can make Guardians of the Galaxy work, then hopefully they can do the same for this.

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 be sure to drop them below and I’ll see you for PART 3! Laters 😀

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2015 in Films, Media

 

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Jurassic World Teaser Trailer Review

Okay ladies and gentlemen, an important day has come, a day I have looked forward to for a while now; the day, when the Jurassic World teaser trailer was released. Now the teaser was meant to come out on Friday, however it got released early, TODAY and now I have to talk about it!

Check out the teaser below:

My first reaction after seeing the trailer? Underwhelmed.

Now, before you people attack me for expecting too much, allow me to explain. Do not misunderstand me, I do like the teaser, there are a lot of interesting things to take away from this trailer. That being said, this trailer didn’t knock my socks off or speak to my nostalgic inner child.

With those first factors established, let me talk about the major points of interest in the trailer.

  1. Isla Nublar Has Turned Into A Futuristic Orlando Resort: I think the most interesting element of this trailer is the fact that Isla Nublar, the island from the first film, has been converted into the equivalent of Disneyland and Orlando Resort, but more so Orlando than anything else. Looks like Jurassic Park is now this massive tourist location with hundreds of customers, it is filled to the maximum! People casually travel by these clear, spherical cars to watch dinosaurs or catch a big water show with a huge dinosaur (like when you watch a show with a killer whale or dolphins). I can’t wait to see this place get trashed.
  2. Dinosaurs Everywhere!: It seems like we have a good few dinosaurs on display like Brachiosaurus, Gallimimus, Velociraptors and something that looks like a Pliosaurs. Seems like there will be a lot of dinosaurs on display and hopefully they will be around to cause some chaos and eat people too.
  3. Humans Never Learn & People Will Die: Since this is a sequel, the film exists in canon to the previous films. You’d think that these scientists would know not to tamper with this science stuff. Even more so the visitors, are they all brain-dead? Going to an island theme park filled with dinosaurs, don’t you think there might be some danger involved? I can’t help but feel like these humans will just be cattle for the slaughter and have no reason for me to care about them when they get eaten.
  4. There’s A New Dinosaur In Town: In this trailer there’s talk of a new genetically modified dinosaur, one that’s a big deal and has the people who work at the park worried. We cannot see the dinosaur, but it seems pretty dodgy. The only thing that troubles me is that it maybe a dinosaur/human hybrid like the concept art which was released online a little while ago, those things were ugly!
  5. Raptors! But They’re Not Attacking The Human?: Right at the end of the trailer we see Chris Pratt on a motorcycle along with the legendary Velociraptors, but one thing looks off about these monsters; they’re not attacking Pratt. Instead it looks like they’re running and fighting with him. So what, are they docile now? Do they have a close attachment to Pratt’s character? Or do they see something more interesting ahead of them? One can only speculate at the moment.

Other than that Chris Pratt looks pretty cool and Bryce Dallas Howard seems to be a smart person caught in the center of the chaos. There isn’t much detail about the story, but that’s to be expected at this point. Also let’s talk about the CGI. Now I know one should not knock a teaser trailer for its special effects considering that it is still over half a year away, but, the trailer has been released as it is, so naturally people are going to be critical of things that aren’t finished. With all that being said, the GCI, it looks good for the most part, however there is no denying the fact that it looks a bit rough and nowhere near as polished as the original film (the scene with the shark comes to mind). I think the reason why people go on about the special effects is because in 1993, the first film created some of the most impressive-looking visual effects in film history and it is insane to think that visual effects companies still can’t seem to reproduce the same results as a film that’s 20 years later. But hell, we’ve got time, hopefully things will look super slick by June next year. I also hope that the story holds up, I mean this film does just look like humans messed up and now the dinosaurs are on the attack again, but let’s hope that there is more to the film than that.

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In conclusion the first trailer for Jurassic World looks interesting. The whole concept of an Isla Nublar being a theme park is very intriguing and different from the previous films and the idea of there being a genetically modified dinosaur which hasn’t been seen has my interest. Along with Chris Pratt’s involvement and my massive nostalgic love from Jurassic Park, Jurassic World will be watched in cinema regardless of how the film ends up.

So what do you think of the teaser trailer for Jurassic World? Does it fill you with excitement or are you not very impressed? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to comment below and let me know. See you on the next review yo. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Colin Trevorrow Talks Potential Sequels to Jurassic World

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, it has been a good while nice I posted news on this blog for a while and to be fair there’s a lot of news that’s been going down, but nothing that makes me want to blog about it… Until now. The following information comes from superherohype:

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“Next summer, Universal Pictures will be bringing us the fourth entry in the fan favorite “Jurassic Park” franchise with Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, and they’re not planning on stopping there. Speaking with Empire, Trevorrow says the topic of sequels to the 2015 release is something they’ve already been talking about, saying:

“We definitely talked about [sequels] a lot. We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story.”

Even though we know very little about the new characters that we’ll be seeing in Jurassic World, Trevorrow mentioned one of them in particular who the focus could potentially be on, X-Men: Days of Future Past star Omar Sy.

“He’s essentially Chris Pratt’s best friend. They work together and have some pretty cool action scenes together. I wanted to create a relationship there that could be memorable and potentially carry on to future films.”

Trevorrow also laid out a very cryptic teaser for the upcoming film, which will return to Isla Nublar, the island from the first film.

“It’s about alpha dominance and the fact that humans have been the alpha species for a very long time, and so now we’ve brought back another that happened to be the alpha species during its time, and we have to co-exist, so what is that relationship?”

The highly-anticipated sequel also stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, BD Wong, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath and Lauren Lapkus.

It will be directed by Trevorrow from a draft of the screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley are producing. Jurassic World is set for released on June 12, 2015.

Okay well this sounds pretty interesting and I’m seeing a lot of potential in Trevorrow’s words. In terms of creating a story arc for this new film with the chance of sequels after this one is a good call, I mean no film that’s part of a massive franchise like this doesn’t plan for sequels these days. The filmmakers and studios are always planning ahead and are all about that money, so it is unsurprising that Jurassic World is not the only film on the production line here, and I would like to think that there would be more if this new one works. As for Trevorrow’s comment on the relationship between Chris Pratt and Omar Sy, I like it. So we know that these two will have a lot of interaction and action scenes, and I LOVE action scenes lol. I’m getting Alan Grant and Ian Malcolm vibes from the director and while I don’t think we’ll ever be able to re-create that kind of banter and chemistry again like the awesomeness that was Sam Neil and Jeff Goldblum, I feel like it would also be a great opportunity to try and get another kind of on-screen relationships again. And lastly hearing about this alpha species has me intrigued, I am super curious to know what is, what is looks like and how it’ll attack the humans. Also will be more hardcore than the classic T-Rex, my favourite dinosaur ever? I want to know! XD

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Colin Trevorrow Talks Jurassic World in Exclusive Interview With IGN!

Howdy ladies and gents, time to talk about some film news. There hasn’t been that much talk about Jurassic World in recent times, but thanks to IGN, we have some new information to talk about from the director himself, Colin Trevorrow. The following info comes from IGN:

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“Writer-director Colin Trevorrow is about to head to Hawaii to start work on his second feature film – namely the Jurassic Park sequel Jurassic World.

Before he commences principal photography however, the Safety Not Guaranteed director granted IGN an interview to discuss some of the rumours that have been swirling around the project, and to announce one unexpected but actually pretty logical piece of casting news…

IGN: Writing and directing a Jurassic Park movie is a pretty big step-up from Safety Not Guaranteed in terms of scope and scale. What’s been the biggest challenge thus far?

Colin Trevorrow: Getting the script right was the tough part. There are a hundred different ways to tell any story, finding the right one takes persistence. Jurassic Park movies don’t fit into a specific genre. They’re sci-fi adventures that also have to be funny, emotional and scary as hell. That takes a lot of construction, but it can’t feel designed. The characters have to be authentic, the situations real. Derek [Connolly, co-writer on the film] and I started with a blank page and worked all the way through the summer. The process got easier when we decided not to rush to meet that 2014 release date. There just wasn’t enough time. Steven [Spielberg] had the foresight to make that call, the studio was supportive, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

IGN: Can you tell us anything about how the film will look?

Trevorrow: We’re shooting 35mm and 65mm film. We’re also using an aspect ratio that hasn’t been seen theatrically in a very long time. The movie will be presented in 2 to 1. It’s basically a middle ground between 2.35 and 1.85. It allows us enough height to fit humans and dinosaurs into a single frame, without giving up that sense of scope. It’s very close to the ratio of the digital IMAX screens, so it will look great in large format. I think other filmmakers will want to give it a try when they see how it looks. It’s very comfortable.

IGN: Will any of the characters from the original films be returning for this one?

Trevorrow: I know a lot of fans want to see the original characters back. They’re iconic. But I respect those actors too much to shoehorn them into this story for my own sentimental reasons. Jurassic Park isn’t about the bad luck of three people who keep getting thrown into the same situation. The only reason they’d go back to that island is if the screenwriters contrived a reason for them to go. But there is a character from the first film who makes sense in our world. This hasn’t been announced yet, but BD Wong will be returning as Dr. Henry Wu. He had a much larger role in the original novel, he was the engineer of this breakthrough in de-extinction. He spent two decades living in Hammond’s shadow, underappreciated. We think there’s more to his story.

IGN: What can you tell us about Chris Pratt’s character in the movie?

Trevorrow: He’s a classic hero in a very modern context. He’s the guy who will get you through the jungle alive – but like Malcolm, Grant and Sattler, he’s an expert in a scientific field that’s connected to our story. The character allows us to explore some new ideas about our relationship with these animals, without losing the humor and sense of adventure. He’s a great contrast for Bryce Dallas Howard’s character, who starts off very corporate, very controlled. Until the running and screaming starts. Then they need each other.

IGN: How will your Jurassic movie differ to the previous films?

Trevorrow: I’m not on a mission to separate this film from the ones that came before. That will happen naturally – I have different instincts. But, like a lot of people my age, I grew up on Amblin movies. They’re a part of who I am as a filmmaker, and arguably as a person. This film will have a lot of new ideas in it, but I think the spirit will be familiar. It will have an old soul.”

Well this is definitely an insightful review. Not only do we get some information about when the film goes into production (which is tomorrow apparently), but we also get info on the characters and how this film relates to the novels. Let’s talk about the biggest news that will get fans of the first Jurassic Park talking and that is the fact that BD Wong’s Dr. Henry Wu will be coming back for this new film. Out of all of the cast I don’t think anyone would have seen this coming, but listening to Trevorrow’s comments, it makes sense for him to be there. If the character has more relevance and plays a key part in the science aspect of the recreation of the dinosaurs, then I want to see how this ties into the new film. I’m also liking the sound of Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard’s characters, I can see them in these roles now and it seems like it’ll be really cool.

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Chris Pratt Teases Details About Jurassic World

Hello again ladies and gents of the interweb, time to rely upon you some more film news and we finally have something interesting to report related to Jurassic World. Yay! 🙂 The following information comes from superherohype:

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“On the heels of yesterday’s update which named several shooting locations for director Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic WorldMTV News sat down today to speak with leading man Chris Pratt (who also stars in this week’s The LEGO Movie), who dropped a few plot and character details about the June 12, 2015 release.

“What I liked about it is that it answers the question of, ‘Why would they do that?'” says when asked what drew him to the project. “How do you suspend disbelief to be like, ‘Oh, yes! Let’s make this mistake again! We haven’t learned our lesson about dinosaurs. We should definitely live with them and see how that works out!” After three tries, they answer the question really well through the script. Colin did a great job of writing it and justifying it. Kind of, in his own way, having fun with that so that anybody who goes in with that question will be really amused the way I was.”

Pratt also talked briefly about his character, comparing him to Sam Neill’s Dr. Alan Grant and Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm.

“He’s got a little of both [characters],” Pratt explains. “He’s got a little bit of the Goldblum cynicism, but also the Sam Neill excitement at the wonder and the biology of it all.”

The much-anticipated sequel is also set to star Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson and Irrfan Khan. It will be directed by Trevorrow from a draft of the screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley are producing.”

I’m liking Pratt’s comments right now, he’s saying the right things to keep me intrigued and wanting to see this film unfold when it eventually comes out in 2015. The best thing comes from the segment where he says that obviously the whole dinosaur problem has happened three times already and that us humans should know better, but obviously have gone back and done it anyway. So if he believes the script justifies the actions of making this dino madness go down again then it must be a story worth telling. Also the fact that his character has personality traits of both Ian Malcolm and Alan Grant, the two best people in the Jurassic Park films, that can’t be a bad thing. I’m totally interested to see what he does in the film.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Sam Neill Won’t Be Visiting Jurassic World

Okay then, kind of late posting this story but yesterday was a bit of busy day for me. Yesterday there was some info about Jurassic World and today we’re gonna talk about it, the following information comes from superherohype:

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“Fans hoping for Sam Neill to appear in director Colin Trevorrow’s upcoming Jurassic World will today be disappointed to learn that the franchise is moving forward without Dr. Alan Grant.

“I’m sure it’s going to be great,” Neill tells The Examiner (via fansite JurassicWorld.org), “but they don’t need me… I think there’s a whole new cast and a whole new look at things, and I think that’s great. As I said, I’d never say no, but I wish them [well].”

Set to star Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson and Irrfan Khan, Jurassic World will be directed by Trevorrow from a draft of the screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley are producing.”

Well at least we have an answer now. To be honest I expected this so that’s why I’m not too disappointed. I mean don’t misunderstand me, Alan Grant is like my favourite character in the series of films (even with the hilarious Jeff Goldblum being a fan-favourite), he is just cool, smart and seems to be in the thick of the action. After the all these years I can imagine that Neil has other things on his mind other than returning to the film franchise with dinosaurs. While a cameo would have been cool from him or any of the old cast, at the same time Jurassic World seems like a new chapter in the series so I would believe that moving ahead with a whole new cast would be the right move and not rely too heavily on nostalgia.

So what do you think of this story? Leave your comments below yo. 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Josh Brolin In Discussion To Star In Jurassic World

Alrighty then, it’s fairly late where I am but I don’t care, film news has no time specifics. Anyways continuing with the recent Jurassic World casting news, we finally have a popular face outside of Bryce Dallas Howard to add to the collection according to this report from ComicBookMovie:

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“Deadline is reporting that Josh Brolin (“Men in Black 3”) is close to signing on for a lead role in Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World.

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Well this is odd. If any you remember back on September 26th when Variety announced that Bryce Dallas Howard had landed a role in Jurassic World, they also mentioned Josh Brolin landing a part as well. That information was removed from the article fairly quickly.

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By the way, I love me some Jeff Sneider. I’m merely using his tweet to explain the interesting part of this story. So anyways, today Deadline has learned that Josh Brolin is very much in contention for a part in Jurassic World.

Universal Pictures is circling Josh Brolin to star in Jurassic World, the Colin Trevorrow-directed 3D sequel that the studio will release June 12, 2015. No deal yet, but I hear it’s headed that way. CAA-repped Brolin next stars in the Spike Lee-directed remake of Oldboy. Ty Simpkins and Bryce Dallas Howard have been cast so far.”

Well this is cool, now Josh Brolin, while he may not be one of my favourite actors he is still one of the coolest ones I’ve come across. Most films I’ve seen him in have been good, I can imagine him in the main role unless another male actor gets announced and if he does join Jurassic World then I’m down for it.

How do you lot feel about Brolin’s involvement in the film? Drop them in the comments below! 🙂

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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