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Top 10 Favourite Films of 2016

Hey, hey, hey ladies and gents, how’s it going? So 2016 is almost over and most of the major film releases have come and gone and while tis year has been a bit on the disappointing side when it comes to some of the major blockbuster films and the summer in particular, there has still been some really cool films that’s dropped this year and I’m here to give you my top 10. Now before we begin know that this is my opinion so don’t get on my case if your films aren’t on my list, okay? Cool, let’s get going

Honorable mentions:

  • The Nice Guys
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Moana
  • The Accountant
  • Don’t Breathe
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • Arrival
  • Hunt For the Wilderpeople

10. Green Room

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Original review available here

This is a recent entry in my list as I saw it last week and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, I mean I’d heard a lot of good things about this film over the course of this year but when watching it was just super engaged and captivated by the chaos, violence, darkness and the characters. I’m not a fan of horror films at all, but this film had me from beginning to end and I think I liked it more because I went in blind with little information on the story, the performances were all really solid especially from Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Imogen Poots and the late Anton Yelchin.

9. Hell or High Water

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Original review available here

This film was such a nice surprise, it was one of the few films that was hyped up during the early reviews that lived up to the hype. This film was engaging, dramatic and featured incredible performances from Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine especially. I wish more people had seen this film, I recall it being pretty intriguing in the beginning, but it just got better and better and by the end I was loving it.

8. Zootopia

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Original review available here

Zootopia was a film I had next to no expectations for, the trailers looked interesting enough but I thought this would just an okay to decent Disney film, and yet it ended up being one Disney’s best films in recent times. This film was fun and colourful little adventure, and yet it did get pretty dramatic, emotional and had a lot of interesting themes and issues that relate to the world we live in today. I loved the characters, animation, soundtrack and the pop culture references, and just the fact that was humour for kids and adults was just want I wanted.

7. Doctor Strange

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Original review available here

I really like this film, one of the best aspects was the fact that it was another origin story that was familiar yet unique with its mythology, locations, characters and mystical/supernatural powers and locations. The film had an interesting interpretation of magic, really cool and vivid visual effects, crazy and creative action sequences, a lovely film score and really solid cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

6. Jungle Book

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Original review available here

Jungle Book was another one of the best surprises of 2016, I thought the film would be decent, but ti was so much better than I expected and I enjoyed it more than the original in a lot of ways. What I loved about this film was its ability to take the foundation of the orignal cartoon but find ways to modernise it with some updated story and character elements, and by expanding upon a few elements, it made for a more interesting experience with more depth and darkness. The voice cast were great especially Idris Elba as Shere Khan and those visual effects were INSANE, so damn impressive and probably the most realistic talking animals ever produced in film.

5. Midnight Special

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Original review available here

I was really annoyed I missed this in the cinema because when I watched it in the summer I enjoyed it so much and it jumped into my top ten immediately. I love sci-fi films and love films with mystery and suspense, and this film had that. I really liked the story and characters just wanted to know how everything would play out, and throughout the film’s engaging and making you question the end game. And while the ending has led some to either love or hate the film, I thought the ending was solid and fascinating, oh and the performances were all really good especially from Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton.

4. Rogue One: A Star War Story

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Original review available here

This film has a lot of elements that I would consider to be favourite of the year material, but there are a few minor issues that prevent it from being in my top three. Rogue One presents a side of the Star Wars universe that we’ve not yet seen in live-action, mainly the darker, grittier and realistic side of things. While we know of the tale of how rebels stole the Death Star plans, but we never saw the specifics, and this film told that story in an interesting way which expanded the mythology of SW, showed more the war-like events that take place in this universe and had great ties to the all of the SW films and TV shows. With really impressive visual effects, cool characters, awesome action sequences and one of the most exciting third acts of any film ever, Rogue One ended up being a really good session considering all that the reshoot hullabaloo.

3. Kubo and the Two Strings

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Original review available here

Ah Kubo, I really wish more people had seen this film. Laika is a studio that I had a great deal of respect for and ever since Coraline they’ve been delivering new and interesting content in their films in terms of the stories, characters and especially with the animation and this film I think might be their best to date. I saw this film opening day and then again around a month later and still really enjoyed it, besides the gorgeous art direction and animation, the film had a great sense of atmosphere, adventure, playfulness, drama and emotion, with great characters and a story which felt familiar yet had really important themes and mythology thanks to the Japanese setting.

2. Captain America: Civil War

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Original review available here

What can I can about this film that hasn’t been said already? Civil War was a damn good time in the cinema and in a lot of ways set a benchmark for not only superhero films and mainstream blockbuster films to follow, and I think a fair amount of people agreed that there wasn’t many, if any films that was able to match the quality that this film provided. Now sure the villain wasn’t the best, there were some convenient plot elements and if you weren’t up to date with the MCU films then you wouldn’t be able to fully invest in the story, but the pros of this film outweigh the cons by miles. This film was dramatic and hilarious, introduced Black Panther in fabulous way and reintroduced the world to Spider-Man, had some incredible action sequences and delivered great fan service for comic book fans. This was easily one of my favourite experiences in the cinema. 😀

1. Sing Street

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Original review available here

While I loved Civil War, I think Sing Street just edges it out for being an original film that came out of nowhere as one of the best feel-good films I’ve seen in a while. I had heard a lot of talk online on Collider Movie Talk and Schmoes Know Show about this film so I checked it out in September and was really surprised with how heartfelt, beautiful and fun the film was with its story, characters and soundtrack. It had the right balance of realism and fantastical elements. Oh and can I just mention that soundtrack again, all of the 1980’s choices of songs were great, but its the orignal songs that will make you want to buy the soundtrack, the sounds of “Up” and “Drive It Like You Stole It” are my favourites. 🙂

So that’s my top 10, hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to drop me a comment below, tell me you like my choices or tell me I’m totally wrong, I don’t care. 😛 Anyway thanks for reading and I’ll see ya with new film reviews in 2017! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Zootopia (Zootropolis)

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a new film review and today I’m finally getting around to talking about the latest film from Disney; Zootopia (aka Zootropolis for us over here in the UK). I’ve been looking forward to this film for a while since I heard a lot of good things about the footage shown at D23 last year, and thanks to Cineworld and their early Unlimited screenings I’ve gotten to see the film a little earlier than its eventually release a few weeks from now.

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So the story goes down like this:

“In a world where animals have adapted to the world like humans, Judy Hopps is bunny who has dreamed of being a police officer since she was young and when she finally reaches her goal things don’t initially turn out the way she’d hoped. However when a big case comes her way, she must form an unlikely alliance with a crafty fox named Nick Wilde to uncover the mystery of her case and prove herself as a true enforcer of the law.”

Zootopia’s story represents Disney at it’s best with a tale that was familiar, yet fun, hilarious and heartwarming. One of my favourite aspects of this film was that it was able to strike that balance between being funny and serious, the sense of humour and timing of the jokes whether they’re physical or verbal, they’re done here so well. When the film wasn’t being light and funny, it did touch upon themes of prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes, and it was handled with such realism and felt very relevant to present times. This story felt like classic Disney with all the standard codes and conventions you’d expect with certain character and story beats, but with some modernization that made the film feel even fresher than previous Disney films especially with the use of technology and dialogue. I was surprised by how much this film got me emotionally, there were some absolutely delightful and joyful moments in this film, but then there were some super emotional and heartbreaking moments that resonated with some of my life experiences that reminded me of why I love Disney films so much.

The cast was all great in their roles. Ginnifer Goodwin was incredible as Officer Judy Hopps, this character was so tenacious, upbeat and relatable that she was easy to root for and I loved her backstory and journey throughout the film. And Jason Bateman was also awesome as Nick Wilde, Nick was cool, slick and had a way with words, but beyond his external demeanour was a much deeper character who was just as relatable as Judy. Together Judy and Nick had some wonderful chemistry and some of their more dramatic scenes together were some of my favourite parts of the film. Idris Elba was badass as Chief Bogo, this guy was really good and Elba really excelled in this role where you could feel his charm, intensity and personality through this character even though you couldn’t see his face.  J.K. Simmons was great as Mayor Leodore Lionheart, much like Elba, Simmons’ voice added an extra layer of awesomeness to the character and made them more engaging. Jenny Slate did was a wonderful job as she was both cute and funny as Dawn Bellwether,  Tommy Chong and Octavia Spencer were good as Yax and Mrs. Otterton, and Nate Torrence was just lovely as Officer Benjamin Clawhauser, because he was so bubbly and funny. Shakira was also fun as Gazelle, Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake were great as Bonnie and Stu Hopps, Alan Tudyk had some great moments as Duke Weaselton, Maurice LaMarche did very well as Mr. Big and Raymond S. Persi had some of the best moments as Flash.

Oh and the presentation was AMAZING! I don’t know how Disney have kept doing it, but with one of their new films come out, they find a way to up themselves when it comes to the visual side of things with insanely good CGI and art direction. This film’s locations, lighting and weather effects looked so real that if you took the animals out of the equation it would look pretty close to a live-action film. And speaking of the animals of them were uniquely crafted little such great attention to detail with the hair, facial and body movements, and I liked how the animators were able to make these humanoid characters retain all of their animal-like qualities. And the film score by Michael Giacchino was very nice and the song “Try Everything” by Shakira was really catchy too.

At the end of the day with Zootopia, Disney are still teaching life lessons and providing audiences young and old with entertaining material which is topical, lighthearted, emotional and funny. I cannot recommend this film enough as it may be my favourite Disney film in recent memory and I can’t wait to see it again.

Rating: 8.5/10

So have you seen or are you going to watch Zootopia? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2016 Part 1

Howdy people of the interweb it’s time of year again when we have a whole year of films ahead of us and as I’ve done since 2013 I’m going to do my own personal preview of upcoming films that I believe deserve your attention entitled: Films to look out for in 2016! In PART 1 I’ll be covering films coming out from now until March.

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

  1. Obviously a lot films come out, so if they’re not on my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care…
  2. 2015 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there. 😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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Release Date: January 15th (USA), January 29th (UK)

Trailer:

I want to give this film a chance because the subject matter is interesting and I think the trailer illustrates a lot of tension, high stakes and action that I like in the thriller genre, plus it is a Michael Bay film where there aren’t any Transformers involved, that’s a good thing right? Honestly I’ve been wanting to see what Bay could do with other material outside of the Transformers franchise since 2011 and I didn’t mind Pain & Gain so I can only hope this is the film that puts him on the right track again as a filmmaker.

The 5th Wave

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Release Date: January 22nd (USA & UK)

Trailer:

This film looks like it could be pretty good (average) or kind of lame. I like the concept, I mean alien invasion, Earth getting destroyed and aliens disguised as humans, it’s all stuff that’s been done before, but I’ll always watch it again if its done right. This film reminds me of Independence Day mixed with The Maze Runner or Insurgent films, and I don’t like the vibe I’m getting from the latter two films. But hell I may give it a watch just because I like

The Boy

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Release Date: January 22nd (USA), February 19th (UK)

Trailer:

I’m not really a fan of horror films, however, if there are actors/actresses that I like or a certain about a buzz behind the film then I’ll give it a shot and this is one of those kind of films. I’m curious to see how Lauren Cohan fares in her first major role that isn’t related to The Walking Dead, plus I’m interested to see Rupert Evans again since the last I saw him was back in 2004 with Hellboy. This films does seem to have all the generic modern horror film traits like jump scares, a possessed doll, some mystery about someone dying, and few other things. This film could be another standard bad horror film near the start of the year but I guess we’ll see in due time.

Dirty Grandpa

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Release Date: January 22nd (USA), January 25th (UK)

Trailer:

While this film could just end up being another generic comedy focused on sex, age and other silly elements that come with adult-focused humour, but I do like Robert De Niro and Zac Efron and they look like an interesting combination and hope that their performances and the story will be good. Also Aubrey Plaza is in the film too, that’s an automatic viewing experience for me.

Jane Got A Gun

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Release Date: January 29th (USA)

Trailer:

I remember when I was talking about this film last year and yet it did not appear! Next thing you know the film’s delayed again to 2016 and while there’s no UK release for the film yet, I just glad that the film’s finally seeing the light of day. Like I said before I’m a massive fan of Ewan McGregor, I also really like Joel Edgerton as well, but I’m curious to see Natalie Portman the most because this is her first leading role since Black Swan to my knowledge. And I’m curious to see how this tale of revenge turns out, and after seeing the trailer I’m liking what I’m seeing.

The Finest Hours

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Release Date: January 29th (USA), February 19th (UK)

Trailer:

This film looks insane and the fact that it’s based on a real life event just increases my curiosity and need to see the film. This looks like it’ll be a pretty incredible tale of survival for the people stranded at sea, but also of a rescue mission that is just as dangerous. The visual presentation looks great with good special effects and cinematography for all the crazy action in the ocean, and the cast also has me interested with Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Eric Bana being involved, plus I’m also curious to see Holliday Grainger again. I’m hoping that this’ll be a big success for Pine because he really needs to something bigger than Star Trek.

Kung Fu Panda 3

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Release Date: January 29th (USA), March 11th (UK)

Trailer:

Firstly can I mention how I hate the fact that this film won’t be released until March for us in the UK, that’s just mean. With that out of the way I am interested to see how this third entry in the Kung Fu Panda series will turn out. I liked the first and really enjoyed the second for the creativity, humour and difference in style and action when compared to other animated films, and it looks like this film will be similar. I love the art direction, use of colour and charismatic characters, plus the story seems like it’ll have some unique and interesting elements with Po finally meeting his father and having to train other Pandas.

Hail, Caesar!

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Release Date: February 5th (USA), March 4th (UK)

Trailer:

Anytime the Cohen brothers are coming out with a new film it has my interest, since their version of True Grit I’ve been following their work and while I didn’t love Inside Llewlyn Davis, I did enjoyed the performances and music a lot, and this film certainly looks intriguing. I like the concept of there being dodgy dealings in 1950’s Hollywood on such a large production and the sheer number of cast members also excites me too.

Deadpool

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Release Date: February 12th (USA), February 10th (UK)

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I want this to be good, I really do. I didn’t get into Deadpool until around 2006, but since then I’ve loved the character and his strange, violence and humourous nature that he brings to the Marvel universe. And after that shitty version of the character we got in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, we’ve needed a correction for the public to see this character properly. This film looks like it’ll be a lot of fun with the violence, action and humour, I just hope the humour is unique and well-written and not just adult and sex-filled for the sake of it like some of the worst episodes of Family Guy.

Zoolander No. 2

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Release Date: February 12th (USA & UK)

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I didn’t see Zoolander until I was around 18 or 19 back in 2009 I believe and I really liked it, wouldn’t call it one of my favourite films ever, but it was still pretty good, and while I don’t like sequels that come out a good number of years after the previous entry especially when there’s no one asking for it, Zoolander 2 looks like it could be fun. I didn’t see the full trailer until a few weeks ago but I was surprised by how much it made me laugh. I looks like Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell haven’t lost a step and the humour looks solid enough, plus I loved Benedict Cumberbatch’s appearance and the celebrity cameos look interesting, so I’m down for this.

Eddie the Eagle

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Release Date: February 26th (USA), April 1st (UK)

Trailer:

This film looks very interesting. Taron Egerton was great in Kingsman and this role looks like this is a good progression for him as an actor, and it looks like he’ll kill it in this role, plus we also have Hugh Jackman and I’ll watch him in almost anything. This looks like one of those interesting trial over adversity kind of films and I’m down for it, especially with Dexter Fletcher (one of my favourite people from Hotel Babylon) directing it.

Triple 9

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Release Date: February 26th (USA), February 19th (UK)

Trailer:

I like thriller films especially those with a heavy crime/heist element and I’m down for this film. The cast alone had me down for this film when I thought it was coming out this time last year, but I’m also a sucker for thrillers where blackmail and corruption within the police force involved.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

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Release Date: March 6th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I heard about this film on Collider Movie Talk and after seeing the trailer I’m interested in this film for sure. I love Tina Fey and this comedy-based war film looks unconventional and yet quite fun. Plus I’m always down to see more of Alfred Molina and Martin Freeman, plus checking out more of Margot Robbie’s talents in different films is always fun too.

Zootopia

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Release Date: March 4th (USA), March 25th (UK)

Trailer:

This is a film I’ve heard a lot about especially after D23, but for whatever reason the story on paper didn’t sound like it’d be for me, however, after seeing the trailer I’m down for it for sure. Disney in the last few years have been stepping it up big time with their animation material and this looks like it’ll be another win for them. I’m getting that great sense of humour, adventure and drama that Disney films are known for and I’m liking how colourful, detailed and vivid this film looks.

Midnight Special

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Release Date: March 18th (USA), April 15th (UK)

Trailer:

I feel like I’m repeating myself but it bares mentioning again, this was a film that I had on my list for 2015, but hasn’t shown up until now, however now that there’s a trailer I’m down for it more so than before. I reminds me a lot of Looper when it comes to the special kid with supernatural abilities. I looks like Michael Shannon has a son who has powers and he’s trying to protect him, and I like Shannon and I’m curious to see what Adam Driver and Kirsten Dunst bring to this film.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Release Date: March 25th (USA & UK)

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I want to love this film but for some reason I can’t get into it like everyone else can. That’s not to say I won’t watch the film though, I will be their opening weekend. I want this film to succeed so that that DC film universe can get started, and so far I’m hyped for Ben Affleck as Batman, I liked Henry Cavill as Superman, and so far their material when they confront each other looks great. But I’m not down with Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, I have my concerns about Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and that second trailer looked like it showed certain elements of the third act of the film that I would have preferred to have seen in the cinema. With that being said, I hope that this film will be fun.

Alrighty then, that’s PART 1 done. Thanks a lot for reading. Are any of the films listed on your personal list of films to watch? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and I’ll see you for PART 2! Laters 😀

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2016 in Films, Media

 

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