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PODCAST: Film Focus Episode 36 – Theme Songs In Superhero Films

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, as some of you may have seen, last year I started a film podcast entitled Film Focus and on this podcast, I talk about various topics in film and reviews as well on a biweekly basis. As for the latest episode, it was actually done a few weeks ago and the topic was on theme songs in superhero films.

Anyway here’s the episode 36:

In this episode, I cover theme songs in superhero films and their importance not only to the characters they represent but also how they enhance the overall film experience when you have memorable themes. So from the John Williams Superman theme to Danny Elfman’s Spider-Man theme to the recent theme from Batman V Superman/Wonder Woman by Junkie XL, I cover some of the most recognisable and less notable themes that I feel should be talked about. Now I should have uploaded this podcast episode weeks ago but I got super busy and then forgot until now. Scheduling around work has become a tad complicated and tedious. Hopefully, the latest episode will be done soon.

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

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

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Posted by on August 31, 2017 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Rewatching Films At The Cinema

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, how are you all doing today? I just wanted to do a blog post on something that I like to do from time to time which is rewatching films in the cinema.

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There is something wonderful, fun and kind magical about watching a film on a projector in room full of other people who are sharing the same/different emotional responses. Most big film fans are all about this kind of thing. If you like a film a lot, then you’ll want to check it out again right? Multiple viewings of films in the cinema is something that people do for many reasons whether it is to show support for their favourite films or for bragging purposes or just because they’re obsessed.

I love getting the chance to a film more than once in the cinema, however it wasn’t always like that for me.

As a child to my mid/late teens, going to the cinema used to be reserved for special events like birthdays, major film releases or family outings (going with my dad and sister). So unless my dad was taking me or I was out with my friends, then the cinema was not a very regular thing. But all that changed in 2008. Now before that year I had watched a few films more than once in the cinema, but I never had the money or desire to see any of them more than twice… But then May of 2008 came around and I saw Iron Man, and honestly that film changed my world. Now I had seen many comic book films, but that film was the first film that seemed like a comic book come to life, but with a great sense of realism, like it could exist in our world. It was so much fun and that was the main factor that grabbed me. So I watched it two more times which made Iron Man the first film I saw three times. It was totally bizarre to me to be sitting in the cinema watched the film again for the third time, but that’s how obsessed I was with the film.

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Then after 2008 I ended up watching a good few films more than once on numerous occasions. In 2009 I ended up watching the J.J. Abrams Star Trek three times as well, that film really left impression on me, as a person who grew up seeing the different Star Trek incarnations on TV and seeing it become a more action-oriented sci-fi adventure, it was a surprise, a bloody delightful surprise. The following year was the major turning point for me as watching films started to become an addiction. The brilliant Toy Story 3 came out in the summer of 2010, and it made me shed manly time each time that I saw it during the final scene. I didn’t think I would cry the third time, but somehow that film was still able to get the better of me. But even more hardcore was my viewing experience came from watching Inception. Christopher Nolan was a director I had come to respect from his work on Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Memento, so I was hyped for Inception, but the end result was so much more. The film had action, thriller and sci-fi elements all in one place with lovely execution and an amazing soundtrack. The film captured my soul and I watched it again, THREE MORE TIMES. People thought me insane for watching the film that many times, however, I loved the film that much I just had to see it again (that it took me three times to fully understand the film lol).

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From there I took things one step beyond. From 2011-2013 I ended up seeing a lot of films on three occasions Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Dark Knight Rises (that may have been four times) and Man of Steel (though that was accidental), and in 2012 I saw The Avengers four times (much love for Marvel Studios as you may be able to tell). But my biggest repeat viewing comes from 2011 when I saw Thor, FIVE TIMES! Now that may seem quite absurd considering that it is one of the lesser liked films of the MCU and because there are better films that I’ve listed beforehand, however, I do love Thor, but seeing it in the cinema that many times was accidental. I saw it with my friends, then once again with my sister, then with another friend, then with my family and then finally with my uncle. It was just a case of going with the flow which resulted in a lot of time with the god of thunder, but it was hella fun so I’m not complaining.

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So why did I make this blog post? Well I just wanted to share with you some of my crazier cinematic adventures and show you how much I love going to the cinema. Now as you may have noticed a lot of those films happen to be superhero-based and that’s mainly due to the fact that they’ve proven to be the most entertaining and rewarding experiences for me. That and films of the sci-fi genre too. I can easily say that without my Cineworld Unlimited Card I would not have seen as many films as I have over the last six years. Getting to see good films in the cinema more than once is a good feeling and I’m looking forward to 2015’s future films like Avengers 2, Star Wars, Spectre and Mad Max 4 to name a few.

So do you like to rewatch films in the cinema and if so what’s the most amount of times you’ve seen a film in the cinema? Please let me know in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2015 in Films, Life, Media

 

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Man of Steel Video Review

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Alrighty then well Man of Steel is out and I’ve already done my written review a little while ago. But in case you’re not keen on reading I’ve done a video review for you lot to have a look at if you’re interested. Please check it out as I would like a few more views please! 🙂

Here’s the link below:

So what did you think of Man of Steel? Do you agree with me or think I am mental for my score? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya one the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Man of Steel Review

Okay then, now it’s time review what is probably the biggest film of the year, Man of Steel. There has been a lot of hype and marketing promotions going around to make sue that people know that this film is coming out. It has been suggested many moons ago that this would be the film of the year. So now that I’ve seen it, is Man of Steel the triumphant return of Superman? Well I can say that this is finest Superman film that’s come to exist since the original 1978 film.

The premise for this film is as follows:

“Clark Kent is a humanoid alien who after being transported to Earth from the dying planet of Krypton, was adopted as a child by Jonathan and Martha Kent. Raised with the values of his adoptive parents, he feels alienated because of his unique super powers and struggles to find his own place in life. When the world is attacked, he becomes the hero named Superman to protect Earth and its people.”

The story in this film definitely was different. In comparison to the previous Superman films it is a lot more serious, realistic and modernized from the original source material. We get to see more of Krypton, learn Zod and his crew and have more for Superman do too. The film’s overall narrative works though it doesn’t always feel cohesive at points. This film finds a way to tells Clark’s story through flashbacks and for the most part it works, though sometimes it doesn’t work as effectively. In truth I found the first half of the film not as interesting as the second half, some points just felt like they dragged or didn’t properly connect, but eventually the film finds its feet and gets really cool especially towards the end.

Also for those who have seen Superman 1 & 2, you’ll notice the similarities to the previous films and how some of these story elements or characters have been updated/changed for this film. Some of it works a lot better in this film whereas some of it works in the classic films instead. I can’t go into spoilers so watch the film and then you’ll see what I’m talking about.

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When it comes to the characters of the film the cast do a great job of bringing these characters to life.

Let’s start with Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman/Kal-El (he has many names lol). Cavill shows that he has true star power as he gives us probably our best version of Superman. I like how this version of the character is conflicted, isolated and a little more serious and had a good sense of justice too. I guess my only nitpick would be that Cavill was a little too serious and wasn’t too jolly and that’s something I missed from the Reeve version of the character. Then there’s Amy Adams as Lois Lane, I like Adams as an actress and I thought she was good in the film, all I need to say really. Now to talk about Michael Shannon as General Zod. I really was looking forward to seeing Shannon in this film because I’m a massive fa of his and while he was good in the film, I guess he wasn’t as epic as I thought he’d be (believe me he can be even more intense than this.

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Russell Crowe as Jor-El was definitely different and had a more active role than Marlon Brando back in the old films, I did like this version of the character Crowe did it was cool. Also Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent were awesome, I loved their portrayals of the characters, they were active in Clark’s life and offered some great advice and life lessons for him and I felt like this was the best version of the characters I’ve seen so far. Laurence Fishburne was as Perry White but I wish I’d seen much more of him. Antje Traue as Faora, one of Zod’s followers, she was pretty badass in the film but I didn’t really care for her character as much as Superman and Zod. And lastly Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van was lovely as Kal-El’s mother, she had a much more active role than the actress in the first film and I liked how this film made her feel a lot more relevant.

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When it comes to the presentation I can easily say that it’s the BEST aspect of the film. This film looks amazing, the cinematography is great, the look and style of the film was nice and the CGI was great. The visual feats crafted in this film was nothing short of amazing. This film finally gave us a film where Superman looks and feels like Superman. His powers were beastly and really came to life in this film in ways the previous films couldn’t do (like Superman’s laser eyes, they were perfect in this film). Plus we get to see Superman fight people IN ACTUAL COMBAT AND IT WAS BADASS. The scenes were intense, epic in scale and great to watch. As for the soundtrack, it was handled by the brilliant Hans Zimmer and I really liked it. Obviously it was a tough challenge to follow-up the iconic score and themes created by John Williams, but Zimmer does a great job at giving us some beautiful and dramatic that sometimes sounds similar to Inception on occasions too.

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In conclusion Man of Steel wasn’t a disappointment by any means, I guess I just expected more because of the critics who hyped this film up to the heavens. I had absurdly high expectations and I guess some of them weren’t met. That being said, Man of Steel is the definitely a good modernized and dramatic take on the classic character and its also most action-packed DC film I’ve seen for a while now. While I’ll probably have to see the film again before I can truly tell whether I love it or not, most people will fall in love with it straight away. Go check this film out, it’s finally a Superman film that works in the present realm of superhero films.

Rating: 7/10 (The most epic Superman film that’s come into existence)

So what did you think of Man of Steel? Did it met your expectations or were you let down? Do you agree with me or think I am mental for my score? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya one the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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My Beef With Superman

Hello people of the north, south, east and west. Time for me to voice my opinion though my blog again and see what kind of response I’ll get haha. No but seriously this is a blog post I’ve been meaning to put up for a while now and I feel like now is the best time considering the fact that Man of Steel is just on the horizon.

Now as you may have seen on this blog I haven’t posted nearly as much Man of Steel news as I have for say Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Guardians of the Galaxy and so on. This not only because I am a Marvel fanboy but it is also because I don’t really care for Superman. In truth I just don’t like him all that much. Now before his legion of fans come to crucify me I feel the need to explain why I feel this way and clarify a few things.

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You know it hasn’t always been this way, there was a point when I actually used to love Superman. Let’s rewind back to the 90s when I was a kid. Back then I used to be obsessed with the guy, I wouldn’t say it was as hardcore as Spider-Man or Batman, but I liked Superman because of all his fancy powers. Especially because he had one major advantage when it came to all other superheroes… He could fly. That has been and always be my favourite super power if I were to ever have one. I am obsessed with the concept of flight and Superman had that. That’s why I loved him as a kid.

I think my first experience of Superman was with the 1978 film and possibly a viewing of the sequel that I saw on TV a few times (both films I reviewed recently by the way). I guess they really captured my imagination. But I think it was the Superman: The Animated Series that I really started to dig Superman, I’ve always been a fan of good animated TV shows and this was a pretty cool one to accompany Batman: The Animated Series. Add to that I used to watch a lot of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (yes I admit it) even though it used focus more the relationship between Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane, it was still pretty nice and had a cool TV theme tune. And eventually with the Justice League cartoon series my interest in Superman continued into my teens.

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This series was the reason I was mainly interested in Superman in the first place.

Then of course Superman Returns came out in 2006 and it was meant to be the big awesome return of Superman in the cinema, but in the end it wasn’t exactly the big triumphant return that the filmmakers were hoping for. And I think it was in my late teens when I came to the realisation that Superman isn’t all that cool. Don’t get me wrong, he does have a hell of a lot of powers and he can fly, but it was just too powerful for my liking. He was basically a god with a small weakness in the form of Kryptonite. The more I thought about it the more I just started to think that he just wasn’t all that interesting, and when compared to a lot of superheroes on the Marvel side of things Superman was just too out there for me. Eventually I just stopped caring altogether.

So now we’re in 2013 and we have the release of Man of Steel, the next big Superman film from Warner Bros. and DC Comics. They’ve taken a good few liberties and made a much more realistic version of the character and I’m not sure how I’m feeling about this film. I am basically in two minds about it. Part of me really wants this film to be totally badass and really blow me away in a way that just no other comic book film has done before. But at the same time there’s a lot of changes to the source material and I’m really not a fan of the is dark, grounded, realistic approach that the Christopher Nolan Batman films have administered on some comic book films and their audience. Somewhere in the back of my mind I don’t want this film to succeed just so Warner Bros. and DC can fail and rework their strategy for the future films. I know that’s a cruel thing to say but hey I have some cruel tendencies.

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This film will seriously have to be the best thing ever in the history of life in order to impress me.

Anyways to conclude, Superman is a superhero I have lost a lot of love for and it kind of bugs me that people go on about him like he’s the best thing ever. I mean sure everyone has a right to their own opinions, but I don’t care for the guy and I’m waiting to find something that to convince me otherwise. Hopefully Man of Steel will be the film to sway my opinion.

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2013 in Films, Media, Television

 

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Man of Steel Trailer #3 Review

I wasn’t actually going to review this trailer because I really hate the way most trailers give away all the good stuff before watching the main film. However after looking at it I thought “Why the hell not?” So yeah let’s talk about Man of Steel, again!

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Here’s the final trailer:

 

So yeah a hell of a lot shorter than the last trailer and to that I say GOOD! Luckily this trailer showcases some new stuff in a short time but still leaves a lot to mystery which is fine.

What we see now is a lot more presence of General Zod played by Michael Shannon and he seems as cool as ever.

Basically this trailer shows a transmission being displayed to Earth from Zod telling the people of Earth that they’re not alone in the universe, that Superman aka Kal-El is among them in disguise and if he’s not presented to Zod within a certain time period people will die. Nice.

There’s a lot to appreciate in this trailer, like the distorted transmission in the begin, the larger-than-life CGI and the dialogue. The dialogue here is awesome like “I have journeyed across an ocean of stars to reach you.” or “You will not win. For every human you save, we will kill a million more.” Frigging hell! Who comes up with this stuff? It is some badass material yo and I’m loving the way it sounds.

As I said before there’s a lot of new stuff here including new shots of Zod’s invasion via his massive alien ships, flaming objects falling from the sky, buildings getting smashed, members of Zod’s team getting some screen time, a nice shot of Superman flying in a nice tracking shot. Just a lot of cool things going on in this trailer. I’m also digging the music too, if this part of Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack then yay I’m a jolly man lol.

Anyways to summarize I need June 14th now so I can experience this damn film already!

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Man of Steel Trailer #3 Review

Alrighty then here we are in April and Man of Steel is set to come out in 2 months so what better time to bust out a new trailer. Now as you might have seen across the internet there’s been a lot of news, images and new footage showing up for this film and I haven’t been blogging about it. There’s a reason for that. Up until now as much as I’d like to see a good new Superman film, nothing Man of Steel has shown me so far has gotten me overly excited. But now we have this trailer and for the first time I’m genuinely feeling hyped up. Check out this beastly trailer below:

We open the trailer with a familiar scene to those who know Superman’s origin story, the destruction of Krypton and seeing baby Superman being set off in his space pod to Earth. This new version is nicely handled and features some lovely dialogue like when Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer) says “They’ll kill him.” to which Jor-El (Russell Crowe) replies “How?” That was just some sweet ass dialogue yo. So then we cut to a lot of scenes we’ve seen before in regards to shots of Clark when he’s younger running around with his cape to the scene when he saves the kids on the bus. And then there’s this lovely scene between young Clark and his foster-father Jonathan Kent where Clark discovers his alien origins. We also get a voiceover from Louis Lane (Amy Adams) where it sounds like she’s possibly looking for Superman and states that he’s been moving from place to place and has performed acts and feats that’s made people aware of his presence. and then after a nice monologue from Jor-El with footage of Superman in the icy location the cool stuff starts to kick in.

There’s also scenes of the city of Metropolis is under attack and there’s all these big ass alien stuff causing havoc and we even get to finally hear Michael Shannon as General Zod and he sounds epic. “I WILL FIND HIM!” Jesus, no that’s the sound of a man on mission and Shannon sounds almost as scary as he is in Boardwalk Empire. We also get to see Superman fly around, save people, get taken prisoner and get interrogated by Lois  Lane we she asks him about the ‘S’ on his chest and he’s that it isn’t an ‘S’ and it is at this point where she’s about to call him Superman but it cut off by the man in question. And then just in the last part Superman seems to be dealing the damage to someone in some high-speed punching in the air and that was sweets as hell.

Even though there’s still a very emphasis on Superman’s origins, he’s alienation from the human and all that talk of him being a saviour, there is also a lot of action and that’s what I’ve been looking for. For a while I’ve wanted to see what kind of cool ass stuff Superman could do in this film and what kind of threats he’d face and finally we get glimpses of that here. Superman seems pretty damn fast, way faster than before and literally moves from places to place at a speed where if you blink you’d probably miss him! And that is cool. Visually some of these action scenes, sequences and set pieces look insane! But since it’s a Zack Snyder film that’s to be expected. I’m loving the scale of all this destruction and chaos going down, it looks just as big as the New York invasion in The Avengers!

I guess the only thing I didn’t like about the trailer was the music, it came across a bit lame and didn’t have that right sound to it. I mean some could argue it has some degree of epicness, hope and maybe even a heroic side to it. But for me it came across a bit meh, it was just there and a little bit cheesy.

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Overall this is the first thing I’ve seen since the teaser trailer that’s actually makes me want to watch the film. Man of Steel is finally looking like a badass Superman film that I’d want to watch, I just hope that it’s ‘grounded and realistic’ approach doesn’t take too much away from the comic book source material, I don’t need another Dark Knight styled film.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Warner Bros. President Says Christopher Nolan is Not Involved with Justice League

This is only a small news story but it is a significant one that has my attention and news to be blogged about. As per usual this comic book film news comes from superherohype:

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“One of the juiciest rumors to come out in the past few months was that Christopher Nolan, the director of The Dark Knight trilogy, would be shepherding the Justice League movie at Warner Bros. We’re sad to report that this was a case of ‘too good to be true’ as EW has confirmed with Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov that this rumor is not true.

When asked if it was true that Nolan would be bringing the project to life with his former Batman Christian Bale, he left no room for interpretation and simply said “No, it’s not.”

Christopher Nolan’s representatives also confirmed that Nolan was never involved with the project and is working solely on his upcoming film Interstellar.

We know you were really looking forward to this, but take heart that it would appear the film is still on track to eventually get made. Man of Steel producer Chris Roven says the upcoming Superman reboot will pave the way for future films.

“It’s setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward, In that, Man of Steel is definitely a first step. Nolan’s Dark Knight series was deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone. The world the films lived in was very isolated, without any knowledge of other superheroes. What Zack and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.”

Man of Steel hits theaters June 14 while Justice League is rumored to be targeting a summer 2015 release date.”

Alrighty then so the President of Warner Bros. has ruled out Christopher Nolan, however one can never say never in Hollywood and when it comes to superhero films you can’t always assume things as truth. I pray that this president stays true to his words though.

So what do I think of this news? Well all I can say is…

Yes! Yes! And yes again! This is GOOD NEWS! Now I can see loads of Nolan fanboys freaking out all over the internet saying stuff like “Oh now this film will fail!” or “Why isn’t he attached to the film he made great Batman films!” But there’s the problem; Nolan’s Batman films. Now don’t get me wrong, The Dark Knight Trilogy is great and it works on its own. But attach that to the realm of the Justice League and it WOULDN’T WORK! Why? Because Chris Nolan’s Batman universe is overly dark, gritty and realistic and while that works for Batman, that would not translate well with a live-action adaptation Justice League. Plus add to that the Justice League comics and animated adaptations is anything but realistic, it’s all completely fictional, fantastical and larger than life. Warner Bros. and DC already have problems trying to find a way to adapt their crazy characters to film, if they changed it to the dark and realistic style of Nolan’s Batman films not only would it be unfaithful to the source material, but it’d be horrible. The reason why the film would be horrible is because we’ve endured three “dark” Batman films already, they were good at showing a different style of making comic book films, but I think people have had enough of that and want something different. Many fans and critics have said it before and so have I, Chris Nolan is great, but not for the Justice League movie.

Now just to clarify again, I do not dislike Chris Nolan, I think he is brilliant and there’s not one of his films that I’ve seen that I’ve not liked or loved. But for Justice League I can’t help but think that he’ll turn it into another dark Batman film or some sort of absurdly realistic film with all the good comic book elements taken out. I dunno who would be a good director for this JLA film but I know Chris Nolan isn’t the right fit.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Films to look out for in 2013 Part 2

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to the part 2 of Films to look out for in 2013! If you haven’t seen the last part then click here in order to see my last list of films. Like the last blog post I’ll be listing a number of films that you should check out over the course of 2013, and this time I’ll be covering 14 films instead of the 12. Now as I said before there may be some films that won’t be on the list either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care about them, simple as. Anyways let’s start this start:

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Release Date: April 12 (US), May 2 (AU)

I saw the first trailer for this film a few months ago and was immediately interested in watching it when it comes out in the cinema. Most films based on true events have a good story to tell and this film about Jackie Robinson, a black baseball player showing off his skills while dealing with the racism that was the norm at the time looks like some very intriguing and dramatic stuff. I guess the main reason I’m interested in this trailer is because as black person myself, seeing films about famous black figures in history rising up and making something of themselves just makes me smile. So anyways 42 looks hot and I can’t wait to see it in April.

Evil Dead

Release Date: April 12 (US), April 19 (UK)

All I can say is after watching the Red Band trailer for Evil Dead I am feeling so creeped out right now. I thought the first trailer was filthy and freaky, but this latest trailer just takes the cake! What the hell is all this filth! Man I swear when I see this in the cinema all be freaking out like a little girl haha. Now I’m not really into horror films purely because I hate being scared out of my wits, that being said I am VERY interested in watching this remake of Evil Dead. I still haven’t watched the original films in their entirety but I know that they have a huge following. I mean this remake has to be worth a watch; both Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell have been heavily involved in the production of this film so that must have helped to modernize the classic film too. Anyway 2013 sees its fair share of remakes so I hope this one stands out.

Oblivion

Release Date: April 12 (US & UK)

Firstly I love how Tom Cruise is again playing a character called Jack, I hope this continues into his later films so that he can sent a trend or something haha. Anyway, Oblivion to me looks pretty awesome. The trailer seems to show us this post-apocalyptic look at Earth with Tom Cruise and some other lady sorting out the mess that was left being after some massive attack took place. But then enter MORGAN FREEMAN! This guy is one of the most legendary people ever and in this film he is totally looking badass like Morpheus from The Matrix. It’s not until halfway through the trailer when things start to get interesting and we see that not everything is as it seems. There seems to be a lot mystery, conspiracy and deceit going down for Cruise’s character and I’m interested to see where that goes.

Pain and Gain

Release Date: April 26 (US), May 3 (UK)

Oh what’s this? A Michael Bay film that doesn’t involve robots? And it has just humans as the main focus of the film? Okay you have my attention. No offence to people who like the Transformers films but they have numbed my brain to the point of no return so whenever I hear anything to do with Michael Bay on the internet I switch immediately, but this film looks like it could be fun. Pain and Gain honestly comes across as a bit ridiculous, but at the same time it looks like fun and I did smile a few times. Plus I like Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson so there may be hope for this film yet.

Iron Man 3

Release Date: April 26 (UK), May 3 (US)

I think I have made my thoughts on Iron Man 3 pretty clear already but for those not in the know let me just say this… I WANT IRON MAN 3 RIGHT NOW! The word ‘excited’ doesn’t even begin to comprehend how hyped I am for this film. Besides Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 3 has been on my radar ever since I finished watching The avengers in cinemas last year, and when the trailer dropped in October I blew up! It looks so frigging badass, the drama, the scope, the action; I like what I am seeing. I’m just hoping that that this film is better than the last Iron Man film and is more in line with the first one. This could be the best Iron Man film or it could very well be the worst, let’s just hope that Sir Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin can be the kick ass villain from the comics that we know he can be yo. Bring on May 2013!

The Great Gatsby

Release Date: May 10 (US), May 17 (UK)

I don’t really know much about this film besides the fact that it was meant to come out last year but got pushed back to this year and that the film features Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan as lead roles. There has been a lot of talk and hyped surrounding this film and there have been good few film adaptations of the novel before this film so I’m wondering how it’ll fair. I finally seen the most recent trailer and I can see why this film is causing a lot of commotion, it looks very interesting, dramatic and potentially Oscar-worthy too.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Release Date: May 17 (US & UK)

Like Iron Man 3, my hype for Star Trek Into Darkness is beyond words. I WANT THIS FILM IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW! I loved the 2009 film; it rebooted the franchise in a wonderful way and put Star Trek back into mainstream media. Sure one could argue that the last film pushed the Star Trek series into a more action-oriented direction, but I think it benefitted from this and picked up the pace from slower episodes in the series. But let’s move onto this new film, it looks epic! The first teaser trailer had me totally hyped out of my mind. Seeing all of the chaos, amazing visuals and awesome shots of the cast just makes me so happy. I’ve also got mad hype for Benedict Cumberbatch and I can’t wait to see what kind of issues he presents for Starfleet and the crew of the Enterprise.

Fast & Furious 6

Release Date: May 24 (US & UK)

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Yay! Another Fast and Furious film! Fast Five was awesome and arguably the best film in the series so to see the films continue is not a problem for me as long as its good. The cast of series including veterans Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster, along with Dwayne Johnson and new faces Gina Carano and Luke Evans who plays the villain. Justin Lin returns to direct and apparently this film reunites the gang for their most dangerous adventure yet. Now obviously by the time Fast Five had come out this film series had become less about car driving and had become a whole new type of elaborate action film. But that wasn’t an issue for me, as long as Fast and Furious 6 gets the car scenes down, has a decent story and has a rematch for Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson then I’ll be happy.

After Earth

Release Date: June 7 (US & UK)

I want this film to be good. I want so badly for this film not to suck. It features not only my favourite actor ever, Will Smith but also his son Jaden (who is starting to become a really good rapper), and the trailer for this film actually looks pretty intriguing. What we see in trailer is a lot of interesting locations and landscapes and cool shot of Will Smith looking badass, and a lot of shots of Jaden in different locations and flying around in a squirrel suit haha. I like Will Smith’s voiceover in the trailer; it really sets the tone for the film and explains a lot about what the planet was like prior to its current state and leaves room for mystery. The only looming shadow over this film is M. Night Shyamalan, he hasn’t done a good film in years and I fear the Smiths will suffer because of his curse on films. But again I PRAY that this film doesn’t suck!

Man of Steel

Release Date: June 14 (US & UK)

Ah a new Superman film that’s directed by Zack Snyder of 300, Watchmen and Sucker Punch. It’s being produced by Christopher Nolan of The Dark Knight Trilogy and being written by David S. Goyer. This all sounds both intriguing and questionable. Why? Well firstly there hasn’t been a good Superman film since the first two films decades ago. Plus Zack Snyder as good as he is at creating great visual spectacles in his films, he has a bad habit of using slow motion too much and Sucker Punch left a bad taste in my mouth yo. But I assume that Chris Nolan will keep this project afloat and stop it from sucking, plus I think Snyder’s eye for good action sequences will benefit Man of Steel. The first full trailer seems like a very different and colder interpretation of the Superman source material, and while it doesn’t make me overly excited, it does make me curious.

This is The End

Release Date: June 14 (US), June 28 (UK)

This is another film that I didn’t know existed until very recently and I watched the Red Band trailer and have to say it looks pretty jokes. While the thing with Seth Rogen and James Franco gotten a little to drawn out in the beginning, the rest of the trailer looked crazy with all this chaos, death and funny exchanges between some of the characters involved. Plus Craig Robinson was just funny as hell in this trailer. It looks like it’ll be a good time; I just hope it’ll be worth my time because I am very picky when it comes to comedy films.

Monsters University

Release Date: June 21 (US), July 12 (UK)

The teaser trailer above was the first look I got of Monster University and it does seem like it could be fun, I’m not overly keen on the whole “Monsters Inc.: The College Years” idea, but maybe Pixar had a good idea for this tale. Now even though I have this film in my list I can’t say I’m that hyped about it. I though Monsters Inc. was a good film, not a great one but a good watch. But man it didn’t need a prequel. I say it all the time, certain films don’t need continuations or backstories because they work fine on their own and most of them are only created to make more money for the studios involved. But heck I could be wrong. Monsters University could be awesome and could put Pixar back on the map as the animation studio that can’t do any wrong (they need it after the disappointment that was Brave).

Kick-Ass 2

Release Date: June 28 (US), July 19 (UK)

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I thought Kick-Ass in 2010 was pretty awesome and gave us a realistic take on what superheroes would look like in real life. It was funny, action-packed and way better than I expected. And so now we have Kick-Ass 2 in which Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse return as Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist where new adventures and adversaries. I am curious to see how new director Jeff Wadlow takes over from Matthew Vaughan, and I’m also interested to see how this film adaptation varies from the comics and how much it’ll be toned down by too. All I need a bloody trailer and I’ll be happy.

White House Down

Release Date: June 28 (US), September 6 (UK)

Now I didn’t know about this film’s existence until I saw it in IGN’s 2013 film guide and the following premise alone got me interested:

Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx).  Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group.  Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it’s up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.

Most films with Jamie Foxx are worth watching and this is main I’m keeping my eye on White House Down, well that and the plot sounds cool too.

Alrighty then well that is part 2 of my film list over, hopefully you enjoyed my picks and look forward to the next part when it comes around (part 3 may take a little longer than the last 2). Peace out! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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David S. Goyer Talks About Man of Steel

Okay so anytime there’s news about Man of Steel I have to see what’s going down. It is one of the films I am most interested in this year. The following article is from superherohype:

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“Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel will fly into theaters this summer and according to writer David S. Goyer, it’s the kind of movie that we need to see. He spoke with Access Hollywood about his involvement in the film and he likes what he’s seen. You can watch the full interview below!

“I’m really proud of it,” he said, “I never thought I would be doing a Superman film, but I think the only possible way to top myself or ourselves on Batman is to tackle Superman whose kind of the Granddaddy of all the superheroes. He’s trickier, it’s kind of easier doing a dark character who doesn’t have any super powers but I’m really proud of what we’ve done and I can’t wait for people to see it. I think the movie is going to be the right movie for the times. I’m happy that movie is coming out in the summer, because I think it’s the kind of movie that the world needs right now.”

In the June 14, 2013 release, Henry Cavill plays Superman. The film also stars Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Laurence Fishburne as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Diane Lane and Kevin Costner.

Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Michael Shannon, and Faora, Zod’s evil partner, played by Antje Traue. Also from Superman’s native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s mother, played by Ayelet Zurer, and Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Russell Crowe. Rounding out the cast are Harry Lennix as U.S. military man General Swanwick, as well as Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy.”

From what I hear from David S. Goyer everything sounds in check. I really want this film to be good, but the thing I want th most for this film is for it to feel like a Superman film and not try to change it too much from the comic book source material.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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