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QUICK REVIEW: X-Men: Days of Future Past – Rogue Cut

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen of the world, its time for another film review and today I’m gonna be talking about X-Men: Days of Future Past – Rogue. Now I loved Days of Future Past last year, it was a wonderful experience in the cinema and when I heard about the extended cut that was going to be released with Rogue included, I was hyped! So I eventually got it on Blu-ray recently and now I’m ready to pass judgement! Oh and before I do this review, I won’t repeat myself by talking about the same aspects of the film, instead I’ll talk mainly about the differences. Minor spoilers to follow for people who haven’t seen Days of Future Past

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So the story goes something like this:

In the future the machines known as Sentinels have taken over the Earth and enslaved mutants and humans alike, and many have lost their lives fighting for justice. Now Professor X, Magneto and group of other mutants are the only survivors and the only way for them to save the future is to change the past. So Wolverine is sent back in time to the 1970’s to get the younger versions of Professor X and Magneto to band together and stop the Sentinel programme from coming into existence.

The plot for the film is essentially the same as the theatrical release, with one major change; the inclusion of Rogue. Now Rogue was absent from theatrical version of this film besides a quick cameo, but here in the future she has a more significant presence as her whereabouts are disclosed and she actually gets to contribute to the main mission. It was definitely nice to see Anna Paquin again as Rogue, however, I don’t feel like she added much to the film, more like her appearance offered an alternative take on some of the future timeline. What I did appreciate was the additional scenes in the future, while they were mainly scenes of additional dialogue, it really added to the plot, developed some of the characters a little more and felt like a positive inclusion. I loved the additional scenes with older Professor X and Magneto, the small yet important scenes with Bobby and Kitty and the extra scenes for the new mutants like Bishop, Sunspot, Blink and Warpath. In the past, the plot doesn’t change, rather there are a few variations on certain scenes or some additional scenes added, but these don’t really add anything to the plot and feel unnecessary. Even one additional scene with Beast and Mystique/Raven, as good as it is, again doesn’t really feel entirely needed.

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Beyond the changes, everything that you liked about the original version of the film is intact and awesome. I still love the action, drama and the performances from the cast involved. And on Blu-ray everything looks very sharp, clean and pretty. Some of my issues with the film haven’t been ironed out like the use of the 70’s Sentinels and the lack of really badass screen time for Storm still bothers me.

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In conclusion X-Men: Days of Future Past is a great alternative to the theatrical version and if it is your first experience of the film then it should be a good time regardless. That being said I believe that some of the changes and additions to this extended cut aren’t necessary or superior to the original and some of the additional scenes actually ruin the pacing of the film too. It really depends on how much you love the X-Men film universe and whether the new stuff adds or detracts for you personally, I’d say its good version, but not a better one.

Rating: 8/10

So what do you lot think of the X-Men: Days of Future Past? Have you seen it and if so which version do you prefer, the Rogue Cut or the theatrical version? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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My Top 10 Films of 2014

Top Ten Films 2014

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

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

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

10. The Imitation Game

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

9. Edge of Tomorrow

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

8. Godzilla

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

7. How To Train Your Dragon 2

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

6. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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

5. Nightcrawler

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

4. Guardians of the Galaxy

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

3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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

2. Gone Girl

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

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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

Conclusion

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

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

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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My Top 5 Favourite Films of Summer 2014

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

Runner Ups:

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

5. The Inbetweeners 2

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

4. How to Train Your Dragon 2

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

3. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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

2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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

1. Guardians of the Galaxy

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

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

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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My Top 5 Films of 2014 So Far.

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, we’ve passed the halfway point of the year already and June’s pretty much over but on this last day I would like to give you my picks of the top 5 films I have enjoyed the most so far. Now I normally do this around mid-June however a combination of moving back home and laziness have contributed to this late blog post. So with that in mind let’s start.., But before that, HONORABLE MENTIONS!

Here is a few films that I saw this year that just missed the list but are still worth mentioning:

  • Lone Survivor (one of the best war films I have seen in years with great acting, incredible action, cinematography and sound design)
  • The Lego Movie (one of the most creative, funny and kick ass animated films with kick ass humour, action and amazing voice performances from the cast involved)
  • Edge of Tomorrow (the biggest surprise of 2014 so far, this is an interesting, humourous, dramatic and action-packed sci-fi film with awesome performances from Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise

Remember 2013 films released this year DON’T COUNT! So with that out of the way here are my favourite films from 2014, IN REVERSE ORDER!

5. THE RAID 2: BERANDAL

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So yeah this one is at an interesting place in the list. Check it, I really liked The Raid: Redemption, it was some filthy martial arts action in a confined location and had some of my favourite kills in any film ever. But I felt like it wasn’t quite enough to blow me away. So in comes the sequel and it pretty much outdoes its predecessor in every way. The story is much denser and more complex, the fight choreography is even more chaotic and complex than before and the cinematography was lovely throughout. Some people will probably say that this film should be much higher on the list, but for me there were a few nitpicks. I felt like there was a bit too much going on in the story department, some of the fight scenes went on a little longer than I would have liked and the overall length of the film I felt could have been shorter. But all that said I REALLY liked this film and it is one that any fan of martial arts or action films in general should check out.

4. 22 JUMP STREET

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Now 21 Jump Street was a surprisingly fun film and in the sea of horrible comedy films I’ve had to sit through in recent years this was one I liked, so I was looking forward to the sequel but was also cautious because I didn’t want to be disappointed. Luckily 22 Jump Street was badass and pretty much exceeded any expectations had for it as it was the funniest film I’ve seen in AGES. Phil Lord and Chris Miller do the impossible and create one of the most, if not the most funny comedy sequels ever. The film is self-aware, repeats many of the plot elements from the previous film and yet is still ridiculously funny thanks to the script and brilliant acting from Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and an especially awesome Ice Cube.

3. GODZILLA

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This is probably where things are gonna get a bit more controversial, but I don’t care, bring the fire people! For me, Gareth Edwards’ new interpretation of Godzilla is pretty kick ass and considering all of the things that could have gone wrong with this film, the end result is bloody impressive. There is a story that feels big and moves across several locations, we also get treated to a cast of characters who are relevant to the plot and we also get monsters, but the one thing this film gets right more so than anything else in the presentation. The CGI was super impressive and seeing Godzilla fighting 2 other monsters was SO awesome and this film also features one of the most badass kills in any film ever. Now sure there are problems like: a strong start for the story but never stays that consistent, too much teasing for the monster fights, not so interesting human characters and the death of Bryan Cranston early on in the film. But all that aside, for all the haters of this film, just remember this… Godzilla (2014) is FAR better than the 1998 Roland Emmerich version. would you rather have that film as your only western adaptation of Godzilla again? Thought not.

2. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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Honestly if you had told me that X-Men: DOFP would be totally badass, I would have looked at you and said “Are you sure?” Believe me, I saw the trailers and really liked them, but since Bryan Singer hadn’t made a good film since X-Men 2 I was worried for this next instalment. Fortunately my worries were misplaced as the film was SO good and it was like a love letter to fans of the film series and comics. It bridged the gap between the newer and older films and united a massive cast of actors and actresses in one place. There was so much to love about the film from like the action set-pieces, references to comics, visual style and direction, darker and more mature tone and the film’s great sense of humour. But the best thing about the film was the fact that it pretty much fixed the X-Men film timeline by creating a new reality that destroyed the previous one (take that X-Men 3!). For some this is the best comic book film of the year, but for me there is still one that is rises above.

1. CAPTAIN AMERICA 2: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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For the people who know me I’d have to ask you, “Was there any doubt in your mind?” I only got to see this film twice, but it still left a massive impression on me. The reason why Captain America: TWS is still my favourite film of 2014 is because it was everything I wanted and then some and considering how plain the first film was, this sequel was a massive surprise for a lot of people. This was a genre-specific film (political thriller mixed in with action) and it did many things that no one expected, in particular re-introducing Hydra and breaking the  secret organization known as SHIELD. What we were given by Marvel Studios was a comic book film which was smart, quick in pace and had lovely character moments too. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson pretty much perfected the roles they’ve been playing for a while now and Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan did such a great job in their roles as well. I don’t think anyone expected a Captain America sequel to be so good, but it pretty much was the best effort from Marvel since The Avengers and some believe to be even better than that.

Well that’s my favourite films of 2014 so far. It has been a good year from what I’ve experienced and I’m having a much better time than I ever did this time last year. So what do you think of my choices? Do you like them or hate them? And what are your picks for th year so far? I’d love to read them so comment below and let me know. Until next people, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Surviving The Storm Known As University

Good day to you ladies and gents, today I blog to you as a person who is different from before, a person feels like the weight of the world has been lifted off his shoulders, a person who now can live a partially care-free life again. This is all because my time with education is well and truly over.

sigh-of-reliefHonestly this is how I felt on Thursday morning this week, I was like “Thank you god!”

Now if you have followed this blog for a year or more you would have seen my many complaints, rants or unhappy blog posts relating to university and the problems it has given me in terms of how it affected me emotionally and how it conflicted with my blog-based activities. Heck at one point I was ready to throw in the towel last year and call it quits, but somehow I bared with it. The sleepless nights, all those days I procrastinated and danced the line between education and fun, that stuff doesn’t matter anymore, because I beat the system! Honestly the day I escaped the clutches of the education system has been something I’ve dreamed about for months and never thought the day would ever come so soon, but now all I can do is just raise a can of beer to the air and just go, “I have survived.”

So what have I done with my newfound freedom? Well that should be obvious, I went right back to the cinema haha. After only being able to go there for the major film releases like Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Godzilla and missing how many films for the last month, I started by watching experience properly with X-Men: Days of Future Past which was awesome and then on Friday I re-watched Godzilla in IMAX and had a hella good time. So now I’m gonna chase up a few films at my local Cineworld while I’m back at home in the south-east of England again.

So expect a lot more blog posts from me in the coming weeks, I’m coming back to this blog with a vengeance! 😀

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Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Life

 

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen of the world, its time for another film review and today I’m gonna be talking about the next big film of the summer in the form of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now the X-Men film series has had a bit of a rocky road but for the most part it has been good and in recent years it has been getting a bit of a resurgence and now we have Days of Future Past, a film that intends to bridge the gap between the X-Men films new and old. So has it succeed? Well read on and find out!

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So the story goes something like this:

In the future the world is pretty much in pieces, the machines known as Sentinels have taken over the Earth and enslaved mutants and humans alike, there is no happiness or hope, only pain, suffering and death. Many have lost their lives fighting for justice and now Professor X, Magneto and group of other mutants are the only survivors and the only way for them to save themselves is to change the past. So Wolverine is sent back in time to the 1970’s to get the younger versions of Professor X and Magneto to band together and stop the Sentinel programme from coming into existence.

The story in this film is very good, smart and entertaining throughout, sure there’s the occasional plot hole and some head-scratching elements that’ll leave you with some unanswered questions, but overall this film has its heart in the right place. The themes of changing fate, rewriting history, bonds of friendship and having hope in the face of adversity are on display in a wonderful and powerful way and I loved how things in the past were relevant to the future and vice versa. This film also doesn’t hope back on the level of loss and devastation caused by the Sentinels in the future, there is a lot of drama and emotion and you buy that this is not a world anyone wants to live in and I love how the stories of the past are just as interesting with characters being so different and having all of the politics involved with mutants and the dawn of the Sentinels through Trask Industries. But the best thing about this film is that it feels right, this film pretty much rectified a lot of the mistakes of this franchise and gives you something that feels good, fresh, fun and by the end of the film you feel like you’re in a happy place with yourself, well I know I did.

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As for the cast they are all on top form with some giving us some of their best performances to date. So let’s start with the young cast first. James McAvoy is still great as Charles Xavier, like in First Class you’re still seeing sides of him that you never knew existed and it only makes his character more layered and easier to relate to. In this film Xavier in the 70’s is a mess and for good reason, but it is seeing him deal with his pain and then journey back the place where he needs to be which is so rewarding. Michael Fassbender is still killing it as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, if you thought this guy was cool in the last film then wait til you see this one. This Magneto definitely has more of the McKellen side of the character in him in the way in which he acts, speaks and uses his powers and just like Xavier he’s in a very different place than his older self and seeing the emotions with him and choices he makes only makes him more badass. Jennifer Lawrence returns as Raven/Mystique and she too have never been better. This is more in line with the character we knew from the old films, but still with the emotional conflict and beauty we got from her in First Class. I liked how agile, cool and acrobatic she was, but more so than that, I liked how much of a central role she had in the film, it made me smile so much. I also really liked Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy/Beast, he was funny and whenever he was in blue mode he was awesome, but I also liked how he’s still there for Xavier and is really smart.

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Now let’s talk about the veterans. Firstly there’s Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine and do I really have to say how good he is in this film? Come on its Hugh Jackman, he’s automatically awesome. Again this film gives us fans what we love with all the smug, cool and humourous elements of the character, but rather than making the only character that matters, others are given screen time to develop, grow and have action moments in the spotlight, sure this guy is at the center of things a lot, but not as much as he has been before. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are still fantastic as old Professor X and Magneto, both of them have a screen presence and gravitas about their acting that is impossible to not enjoy, but beyond that you believe in their connection and there are some really emotional moments between them. Ellen Page gives her best performance as Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat as she is much smarter and serious in terms of her personality and use of her powers, she has a central role to this film and the way she is handled was carefully done. Seeing Shawn Ashmore as Iceman again brought joy to my heart as this was the Iceman I’ve wanted to see for so many years, he was cool and had some lovely moments. I was also glad to see my man Daniel Cudmore back as Peter Rasputin/Colossus, he was a joy to watch and it was nice to see him get some screen time even if he didn’t say much, and Halle Berry returns as Storm and while she doesn’t really do much beyond what we’ve seen in previous films, she is still has her moments to shine.

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Now let’s talk about the new people. Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask is very good, he is a man who is anticipating the future and wishes to keep the world save and in his mind he is the good guy for doing what he’s doing and creating the Sentinel programme. He’s smart, determined and kind of smug when it comes to his research and technology and Dinklage is just awesome. Evan Peters as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver was actually one of the best parts of the film, while the costume still looks a bit off, his performance and use of his character was very effective. Omar Sy as Bishop was really cool, I don’t really know anything about this character from the comics but he had a cool and badass screen presence and liked a lot of his action scenes. And finally Fan Bingbing stars as Clarice Ferguson/Blink and Booboo Stewart stars as James Proudstar/Warpath were lovely additions to this film universe, while there was a lot going on with other cast members I was happy that the got a decent amount of screen time too.

When it comes to the presentation it is very, very good. Visually the film is impressive, firstly you can also tell that this is a Bryan Singer film, the look, style of camera work and the use of visual effects is just like the stuff he did with the first two X-Men films, and I can tell you this guy knows his stuff. The action sequences are beautifully shot and framed, there are sequences both in the past and future that are worth talking about and they all look lovely. As for the soundtrack John Ottman returns to score the film and I can say it is nice to have him back, he gives this film the trademark film theme back which was a welcome return for me, however his soundtrack was just alright and doesn’t reach the epic and emotional heights of Henry Jackman’s work on First Class.

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In conclusion X-Men: Days of Future Past is a great comic book film, it takes the source material, adapts into a film format that bridges to worlds of X-Men films while also setting up for future X-Men films. While not everything works and some people cold have used more screen time, it is hard for me to criticise a film that gave me everything I could have wanted and then some. I left the cinema thinking to myself “I feel good about that film and I can’t wait for the sequel.” I highly recommend this film as it is X-Men in probably its finest hour. P.S. All I can say is thank god Bryan Singer didn’t mess this up, Mr. Singer you are alright again. 🙂

Rating: 8.5/10

So what do you lot think of the X-Men: Days of Future Past? Have you seen it or are you gonna watch it? Also if you’re a fan of the series did it meet your expectations or were left disappointed. Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer #2 Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen of the world, its time for another trailer review and today I’m gonna be talking about the second trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now the first trailer was pretty good, but since then it has sort of slipped away from my mind, weighed down by all the other trailer releases like Godzilla, Captain America 2 and Amazing Spider-Man 2. So how does the second trailer look? Read on and find out!

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But first have a look at the trailer below:

So my first thoughts after seeing this trailer? Damn! I am pretty impressed yo.

Now the first trailer did well to establish the tone and feel for this new X-Men film giving us visions of the past and future and when the two intervene. But this trailer just takes it to a whole new level diving deeper into the drama, emotion and chaos that will take place.

Straight from the beginning you know shit is serious when you see this desolate, dark, post-apocalyptic city  with scenes of the past and future Professor X and Magneto and Storm looking like she’s about to get stabbed by a Future Sentinel? I looks mental. Along with this wonderful look at the future we get a off-screen monologue from Patrick Stewart’s Professor Xavier talking about how many battles have gone done but nothing like what him and the mutants are experiencing in the future. He questions whether the future is set or whether you can change it and I think that’ll be one of the main themes of the film; can the future be changed?

It seems like mistakes were made somewhere between the current point in the X-Men franchise and the future because the mutants are being hunted by what seems to be massive ships full of robot Sentinels flying all over the place like swarms of bees. So to rectify this old Professor X wants Wolverine to convince the younger version of himself to unite the mutants and save the world from the future, however he and Magneto know it won’t be an easy task as now in the 1970’s both men aren’t on the same page and are on totally different paths. I like how young Magneto is totally hands-on-deck and is proactive, whereas young Professor X is in a depressed, moody kind of place and Wolverine has to shift him into gear.

There is so much to take in that is easy to miss the subtle things. So here are a few of the things that stuck out for me:

  1. Old Magneto’s Lament: It is interesting to see old Eric admit to Charles that fighting him for all those years was a wasted effort. Just to see him in a position of regret is surprising and quite beautiful.
  2. Wolverine’s Lost People: Just hearing that Wolverine has lost people in the time where he’s from means that things must be real bad and the way he said felt really heartfelt. So I’m curious to know just who bites the bullet.
  3. Young Charles and Eric Bickering: Charles says that Eric took everything from him, to which Eric says that he should have fought harder. That is a great moment for me and I think Charles may be referring to Raven among other things, but I like how Eric does give a fuck and is more serious.
  4. Bolivar Trask Talks Mutants: Trask knows of the mutants existence and seems to have a weapon ready to take them on, the Sentinels.
  5. Mystique Picks A Side: It seems like Raven aka Mystique is fighting against the humans and from her lines in the film it seems like we see where her more hateful side comes into play.

I love the montage towards the end of trailer with all this dramatic scenes of action and emotion. People shout, buildings fumble, Future Sentinels are running amuck and several mutants are running around doing mutant things, its kick ass yo. And while the visuals look a little questionable in clarity and sharpness, I assume they’ll be fixed up in the final film. But what they do have on display is awesome. I love the look of the Future Sentinels, the X-Jet looks sexy in the night sky, the effects used on some of the mutants especially Mystique and finally seeing Bobby Drake in full-Iceman mode, also a lot of additional special effects added to some of the scenes that were shown in the last trailer look so much nicer.

If I had one nitpick it would be near the end with the Future Sentinel head beam attack, I’m pretty sure it was ripped straight from the Destroyer Armour from Thor, it is almost exactly the same. But hey that’s just a tiny thing.

In conclusion X-Men: Days of Future Past looks pretty awesome and I can’t believe that I had sort of written this film off beforehand. Days of Future Past is back on my radar and I can’t wait to see it. All that being said, I’m still cautious of this film, it has the potential to be the best or worst X-Men film ever, but it all depends on the execution and whether Bryan Singer can make it work again. I pray that this film is as good as the trailers make it out to be.

So what do you lot think of the second Days of Future Past trailer, sound off your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya later. 😛

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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X-Men: Days of Future Past’s Future Sentinel Explained

Okay peeps, time to drop someone more comic book movie news on ya and this one is on the recently controversial Future Sentinel in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. As usual the following info comes from superherohype:

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Yesterday, after many hours of waiting, we finally got our first look at the “future Sentinels” in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past (See gallery viewer below.) Many of you compared the design to the T-1000 from Terminator 2, GORT from The Day the Earth Stood Still, and some even questioned the engineering of the robot. Now we’ve got an explanation for the design and how the robot will function in the film.

Speaking with Empire, production designer John Myhre had this to say about the design: “They’re biomechanical weapons. We had to come up with what would be the ultimate version that could actually, in principle, stop the X-Men. We started with this idea that they were almost made up of magnetic plates slapped over one another, imagining that the plates could contract or grow, so the Sentinel can be skinny to get through a small space or the plates can open up to become a bigger shape. So they have become virtually unstoppable.”

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Interesting response. In truth when I saw the design for the Future Sentinels earlier on today and I thought it looked pretty cool, it is different and very strange, but I’m digging the design and the colour scheme. As for the reason for their existence I buy it. Why? Because too often than not these comic book films never put the heroes up against a really good enemy or an enemy that will take a degree of effort to defeat, so yeah bring on the upgraded Sentinels if it means the X-Men will have an actual challenge. Lay it on me.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2014 Part 2

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to PART 2 of Films to look out for in 2014! In this series of blog posts I’ll basically be listing a number of films that you should keep your eyes on over the course of the year.  If you missed part 1 you can read it here.

The Rules:

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

Alrighty then, let’s start 😀

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Release Date: April 4th (USA), March 28th (UK)

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Okay, this is where the year starts to get serious with its films. Entering a lot earlier than previous Marvel films is Captain America 2 and I CAN’T WAIT! This film looks incredible, the trailer looks lovely and all the interviews with the cast, directors and Kevin Feige all point towards greatness. What I see is the potential for a kick ass action thriller with politics, wonderful fight scenes and the adaptation of one of the best Captain America comic book storylines. I pray that this film works out.

Sabotage

Release Date: April 11th (USA), 25th (UK)

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It’s 2014 and we have another Arnie film, life is good again. While Schwarzenegger has add a bit of a bumpy year in 2013, this looks like it could be his return to form. It is a genre he is familiar with, the supporting cast are good and story seems like it could work and potentially be something specially with the director being the man behind Training Day. Here’s hoping that it works yo.

Transcendence

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

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Now while this film isn’t on my high priorities list, it does look unique and interesting. I am very weary about films with Johnny Depp in them, but this looks like it could be good with the whole science and subconsciousness stuff. Plus the director, while I’m not too keen on his comments about The Avengers, looks like he could craft a good film on his own with his really good cinematography. Guess we’ll see what happens.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Release Date: May 2nd (USA), April 18th (UK)

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I’ve said it countless times before but I’m gonna say it again, I did not like Amazing Spider-Man. It was alright but nowhere near as “amazing” as the name suggests. However this trailer looks a HELL of a lot better than the last film with the new set of villains, storylines and potential tie-ins to the comic book source material. The film does look a bit crowded and we could be potentially looking at another Spider-Man 3, but I pray to god that this is the Spider-Man film that fan deserve.

Godzilla

Release Date: May 16th (USA & UK)

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Trailer:

Oh my god, I need this film now! I need this film to be good. I have been a fan of Godzilla for a good few years now and us western audience need a proper version of Godzilla made that will be shown in the cinema rather than having to search around for it on DVD. This film looks like it’ll be badass, the teaser trailers look kick ass with some incredible visuals, a wonderful dark tone and a good cast. I hope that it’ll be the one and conquer 2014!

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Release Date: May 23rd (USA), 22nd (UK)

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Ah X-Men, for the longest time you only had two good films to your film series, however luckily First Class changed the game and The Wolverine, while not perfect had the best interpretation of the title character yet. So Days of Future Past has a lot to live up to. It looks pretty solid, the cast are big and incredible and Bryan Singer is back to direct. But those points I just stated both excited and scare me. I want this film to succeed and I NEED it to succeed. However there are so many potential red flags that come up, I’m afraid. I just pray that it works.

Maleficent

Release Date: May 30th (USA & UK)

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This film is something that I’m curious about and yet not overly interested in at the same time. I thought the teaser trailer looked interesting and the character is one of the coolest and most terrifying female villains I have known since my childhood. A film centered on the character could go one of two ways; it could be either really good or really bad.

Edge of Tomorrow

Release Date: June 6th (USA), May 30th (UK)

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Now this is a film I’ve been following for a long time since the first imagine of Tom Cruise in his exoskeleton suit came online. The overall trailer wasn’t what I expected, however I feel like it is again a unique enough concept to made a story around and justify the crazy action going on. My current issues with the film trailer make me believe that we may have another Oblivion on our hands and some stupid story that won’t get a proper satisfactory ending, but hell we’ll see what happens.

22 Jump Street

Release Date: June 13th (USA), 6th (UK)

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21 Jump Street from 2012 was one of the better films I saw at that point in the year and was surprisingly fun, while I didn’t love it as much as a lot of other people did I still found it to be enjoyable. So with there being a sequel I’m down, the trailer looks just as ridiculous as the last film and as long as it makes me laugh then we’re gonna have a good time.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Release Date: June 13th (USA), July 4th (UK)

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And lastly we have the sequel to the Dreamworks film that everyone wouldn’t shut up about back in 2010. I still haven’t seen the first film, yes I said it. Back at the time I had no interest and I was very picky with children’s animated films. I’ve been meaning to watch it for a while but just haven;t gotten around to it. I’ll be sure to check it out before this sequel comes out, I’ve heard good things about the trailer so I’ll be in the cinema when it shows up in June.

Alright then, part two is done! That is your fix from April to July, the months that matter! So yeah there’s my picks from the summer, make sure to come back to the blog asap as I finish the year off with part 3! 🙂

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

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Bryan Singer Talks X-Men: Apocalypse

Alrighty then time for some film news, just when I feel like there’s nothing to report about in the world of film, out of nowhere several news stories will hit and give me such a happy feeling so that I can blog about it haha. Yesterday Bryan Singer gave us a little more information about the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse set to come out in 2016. The following information comes from superherohype:

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X-Men: Days of Future Past doesn’t hit theaters until May 23, but Bryan Singer is already working on X-Men: Apocalypse, which was recently set for a May 27, 2016 release.

Talking to EW, Singer said he is “co-writing the story and I’m producing it. I’m negotiating to direct. We’re in the process. We’re trying to figure it out, schedules. My desire would be to direct it.”

He also told the magazine that he’s not sure if “Days of Future Past” will include a tease for “Apocalypse.” “I’m still deciding that. Something that happens in this movie causes what’s going to happen in that movie.”

And what can he reveal about the 2016 movie? “It will also address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.””

Okay, well this is some interesting news. Seems like Singer will be very much involved in the next episode of the X-Men film series, the only question is now is whether he’ll direct or not. Probably would be a logical choice to put him back in the director’s chair, however until I know how good Days of Future Past is when I see it in the cinema, I will hold off on having him direct again. Also I’m liking the potential of an Apocalypse cameo, but like it needs to be handled properly and not just thrown in there for the sake of fan service. And lastly I’m liking the sound of X-Men: Apocalypse, it seems like it’ll be a really intriguing and deep kind of comic book film if they can get the script done right.

So what do you think of Bryan Singer and the info he has divulged? Drop you comments below! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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