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PODCAST: Film Focus Episode 59 – 2018 Summer Movie Recap

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, as some of you may have seen, in 2016 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. And the latest episode is a casual discussion on the summer films of 2018.

Here’s episode 59:

This was a topic I wanted to cover almost 2 weeks ago but because of work, rescheduling and the release of The Predator, I had to push it back. But I knew I had to do it as I had so much fun last year, plus there were a good few films I never got to review on the blog or podcast, so this is a meaty episode but a fun one for sure. However, I am not alone, to help me with this task is returning guest Eddie from Jaccendo and Sidekick Reviews. From Avengers: Infinity War to Incredibles 2 to Crazy Rich Asians and The Predator, we cover a bunch of notable releases that came out from April through to September.

In this episode Eddie and I discuss the following:

1) Our general thoughts on the summer films of 2018
2) We talk about all of the films we saw during the summer
3) After the main discussion, we then highlight both our favourite and most surprising films of the summer

P.S. There are a few mistakes in terms of misspoken names of actors, characters and so on, I’m aware of them, I can only apologise in advance.

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. 🙂

You can find my main site on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

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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 they are fans of film discussion. Also, you have any feedback or if you’d be interested in joining in future episodes be sure to let me know, until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Top 11 Most Anticipated Films of 2018

Howdy ladies and gents, I know its almost two weeks into January but today I shall be sharing with you my top 11 most anticipated films of 2018. I finished PART 1, 2 & 3 of my Films to Look Out For in 2018 lists, and now I’m finally ready to reveal the films I’m most looking forward to. Now, this list wasn’t too hard to put together unlike last year, though the placement was tricky after number 6 onwards. Anyway, let’s get on with this list. 🙂

11. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

So here we have another Spider-Man film, except with two very big differences: 1) It is an animated film and 2) Miles Morales is the main character instead of Peter Parker. These are aspects that make this new Spidey film very compelling to me. Also with Donald Glover voicing Miles and that wonderful teaser trailer that dropped a little while ago with that distinctive art style and animation, it has the potential to be a very interesting superhero film this year.

10. Mortal Engines

This is the first notable film from Peter Jackson since his Hobbit trilogy between 2012 to 2015, and I only watched the trailer not too long ago and I thought it looked crazy cool and intriguing.

9. The Predator

I really want this film to be good. Predator is one of my favourite films ever and since that first film, each new entry in the series has failed to capture the magic and badassery of the original. Predator 2 was interested in setting and situations but didn’t hold a candle to the original and Predators from 2010 had some great moments on the space planet and the one-on-one sword film with the Asian guy, but overall just felt like an imitation of the first with weak new elements. So with Shane Black returning to this franchise to write and direct I feel a sense of hope for this franchise, I just pray that it is good.

8. Mission: Impossible 6

It’s weird that this franchise has gone on for as long as it has, but I’ve been a big fan since the 4th film and Rogue Nation was another impressive entry in the series and introduces us to Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa Faust who was incredible. So with this new film, I have no clue what the story will be but I’m just excited to see this crew come back together, get into some crazy action sequences and take on Henry Cavill’s villain character.

7. Sicario 2: Soldado

I liked Sicario in 2015, mainly the introduction and the last third of the film, more so the latter because of what happened with Benicio del Toro’s character. So when I heard there’d be a sequel with his character being the focus I wasn’t super interested because I thought the first film worked as a solo adventure, however, after seeing the trailer I am way more excited for this film that looks even more aggressive, unfiltered and dirty.

6. Ready Player One

This film could just be okay, but I will admit that my hype levels for this film are pretty high. The concept sounds interesting, and all of those references from pop culture set my soul on fire! It looks like pure insanity and I know that visual spectacle and fan service doesn’t make a great film, but regardless of how it turns out I still think Steven Spielberg will deliver something fun.

5. Annihilation

I loved Ex Machina, it was in my top 10 of 2015 and since then I’ve been eagerly anticipating what Alex Garland would come up with and this film looks fascinating, strange and intriguing with a solid cast, interesting story and striking visuals.

4. Isle of Dogs

When I saw the trailer for this last year I thought it looked and felt like a Wes Anderson film and sure enough his name showed up in the trailer. The story sounds intriguing, the voice cast is insane and visual style is distinctive and eye-catching, this film may not be for everyone much like Fantastic Mr Fox but I really liked that film and this film looks like it’ll be a great adventure.

3.Black Panther

I have been waiting for this film for what feels like an eternity and while I have said that about a good few films over the last 4 years, this definitely applies to the Black Panther film. Black Panther was my favourite character from Civil War and I was ready for his solo film back in 2016, so after all the trailers, promotional images and interviews with the director and cast I’m stupid excited for this film.

2. Incredibles 2

14 years… 14 BLOODY YEARS! I have not wanted a sequel to a film as much as I have for The Incredibles. I saw it a few years after everyone else, but it captured my heart and imagination and remains to this day not only one of the best-animated films ever but also my of my all-time favourite films. And regardless of where the story goes, I need to experience it opening weekend! 😀

1. Avengers: Infinity War

Anyone who knows me knew that this would be number one. Regardless of the MCU formula when it comes to the story, tone and humour, I really love their films for the most part and this film has me the most hyped I’ve been for a film since Civil War in 2016. This is the culmination of 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so many years of build-up, creating this wide and varied world with cool characters and interesting stories, and now we have pretty much all of the characters joining up to take out the big bad; Thanos. And with that teaser trailer that got released not too long ago, my hype levels are stupidly high, I know I could be disappointed, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be one hell of a good time in April. 😀

And that’s my list finally done. So what are your most anticipated films of the year? Drop me a comment below and I’ll see ya in the next blog post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2018 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2018 Part 2

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to Films to look out for in 2018! This is my preview of upcoming films that I believe you should check out. In PART 1 I covered films from January to March, and in this post, I’ll be covering April to July.

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

  1. Obviously, a lot of films come out, so if they’re not on my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care…
  2. 2017 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there. 😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

A Quiet Place

Release Date: April 6th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

The main reasons I’m interested in this film is due to Emily Blunt’s involvement and the premise of a family hiding from a supernatural evil by not making noise and using sign language. It is an intriguing angle for a horror film considering how important sound is to the genre and that trailer was really atmospheric and cool so I’m curious to see how this

You Were Never Really Here

Release Date: April 6th (USA), March 9th (UK)

Trailer:

I had heard rumblings about this film via Collider Video or some online film-related thing online about this film from the Cannes Film Festival, so naturally, I want to see what’s going on with this film, plus it has Joaquin Phoenix in it too so I’m definitely interested.

Chappaquiddick

Release Date: April 6th (US)

Trailer:

This seems like such a crazy story and the fact that it’s based on true events only get me more excited to see how this story unfolds. While I’m not overly into political films, the cast and premise make this a film I have to see.

The New Mutants

Release Date: April 11th (UK), April 13th (USA)

Trailer:

I am very, very curious to see how this film turns out. The 20th Century Fox X-Men universe has been a series of highs and lows, and their best material with Deadpool and Logan have been isolated from the main series of films with a few references here and there. So I assume this film will follow suit. The teaser trailer was interesting but looks like another random horror film, the reason I’m interested is because of the horror mixed in with superhero source material. I hope it works out.

Beirut

Release Date: April 13th (USA)

I feel like a broken record but I like the premise of this film: “A former U.S. diplomat returns to service in order to save a former colleague in Beirut.” Add on top of that the writing talents of Tony Gilroy and the acting talent of Rosamund Pike, Jon Hamm and Shea Whigham, and you have an interesting political thriller worth checking out.

God Particle

Release Date: April 20th (USA)

Funnily enough I still haven’t seen 10 Cloverfield Lane yet and I can barely remember Cloverfield from the two times I saw it on TV around 6-8 years ago, and yet I’m still interested in watching God Particle because of the ties to the previous films but also because of the cast including Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, John Ortiz and David Oyelowo? I’m down.

Disobedience

Release Date: April 27th (USA), August 24th (UK)

“A woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish home after the death of her rabbi father and stirs up controversy when she shows an interest in an old childhood friend.” Interesting, plus it has Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz involved too

Avengers: Infinity War

Release Date: April 27th (UK), May 4th (USA)

Trailer:

Here we have the big film I’ve been waiting .for, the wait for Infinity War has felt like the longest thing ever and now it is only a few months away! The teaser trailer made me go crazy with excitement and while I know this film could potentially disappoint me because of my absurd hype levels, I have faith that the Russo Brothers, Kevin Feige and the cast will deliver an epic superhero adventure that will finally show us why Thanos is a badass villain.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Release Date: May 11th (USA)

Here we have another film I didn’t know about until I looked it up. The premise sounds interesting: “After her anxiety-ridden mother disappears, 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process.” Plus I like the cast including Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Judy Greer and Laurence Fishburne, and it is directed by Richard Linklater who is a great director and since he did School of Rock, Boyhood and one of my personal favourites, A Scanner Darkly, I’m curious to see how this film turns out.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Release Date: May 25th USA & UK)

I am SO curious to see how this film turns out. Now I never wanted this film to happen, I still don’t think it should exist, however, considering the behind-the-scenes drama with the production of this film, I want to see how it turns out. Will this be a good film or the worst of the new Star Wars films so far? I hope Ron Howard delivers the goods.

Deadpool 2

Release Date: June 1st (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I liked Deadpool from 2016, but I don’t think it was this super amazing comic book film that everyone was going on about. It was certainly different, violent, had good action and some funny moments, but I think some of the best jokes and action scenes were shown in the trailers and the majority of the film felt like the raunchy adult comedies that I don’t care for. I hope that the humour will be better and the action will be more extreme than before. The weird Bob Ross-inspired teaser was decent, but I hope I’ll like the new film more than the first.

Incredibles 2

Release Date: June 15th (USA) July 13th (UK)

Trailer:

14 years… That’s how long its been since the first Incredibles. I can’t believe it has taken so long for this sequel to be made, but I guess it is better late than never and with Brad Bird back to direct I’m sure he and the other members of Pixar have come up with a solid film. I just want to see what happened to this family after the original and see what they look like with today’s CGI.

Sicario 2: Soldado

Release Date: June 29th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

Back in 2015, I liked Sicario, mainly the beginning and the final act, but it was that latter half of the film involving Benicio del Toro’s character that captivated me the most. So when I heard there was a sequel with his character as the focus I was excited and concerned because the first film worked well as a singular story. However, I don’t care, that trailer got me hyped. It looks similar to the first film but with a larger scope, no rules and more intensity.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Release Date: July 6th (USA), July 28th (UK)

Ant-Man was a surprise for me back in 2015, I enjoyed it far more than I expected and by the end of it I was very much looking forward to a sequel, and after the events of Civil War I really want to see how much crazier/worse Scott Lang’s life gets when he goes back to working on his solo adventures with mentor Hank Pym and new partner Hope as Wasp. I hope this film will have the same kind of creativity with its action sequences large and small, I’m also looking forward to Scott and Hope’s hero dynamic and I’m also ready for more of that great humour especially from Michael Peña.

Alita: Battle Angel

 

Release Date: July 20th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

It still feels a little surreal that this film is actually coming out. After so many years for being in development with James Cameron and then never coming to fruition in his hands, we eventually got another director, cast and fast forward to this year, and we have a trailer and release date of June. The trailer has me intrigued, and I hope that the film will be good.

Mission: Impossible 6

Release Date: July 27th (USA & UK)

I really liked MI5, it had really great action scenes, the good chemistry between the cast and wonderful introduction of Rebecca Ferguson’s character who returns for the new film. I have no clue what the plot’s about, but I’ll be looking forward to more adventures with the main heroes, crazy stunts and what Henry Cavill brings to his role.

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

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2018 in Films, Media

 

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