Trailer of the Week!

This weeks trailer of the week is:

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (final trailer)

Avatar meets the Fifth Element…I hope. That’s how I would describe what Valerian is to someone who’s never heard the name, and that sounds pretty good to me honestly. Valerian and the city of a thousand planets is the latest from long time director Luc Besson. Based on the Valerian and Laureline, a french 1960s comic book series, it sees the title characters on an adventure set on the planet like city of Alpha, a city thats home to a vast array of species and creatures.

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The movie stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevigne in the title roles, but also boasts a solid supporting cast of well known actors and personalities. I’m personally a big fan of DeHaan’s acting, and think he brings both an intensity and a down to earth-ness that gives him a presence on screen while keeping him identifiable. Delevigne on the other hand, still has yet to impress me, and even in her best on screen performance so far in Paper Towns, I still don’t know if she can hold her own both against DeHaan and as a co-lead here.

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Valerian is set to be one the most visual journeys of the year, but will it be able to put the backbone of story that a movie like this needs. If Besson can deliver another movie on the level of his Fifth Element, but with the added benefit of modern day technology. Are you excited for Valerian? Were you planning to see it, or are you considering it now?

Review : Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales

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“Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon.”

When the first Pirates movie came out in 2003, it was a real surprise, partly because it had a real magic to it, and in large part because of Johnny Depp’s turn as Captain Jack Sparrow. And its the character of Caption Jack Sparrow, that has been the driving force of the pirates series ever since. Fast forward to 2017, and there has been a change in our beloved Captain, and not a change I like. This movie in particular brings to character to his lowest low, and relegates him to much more of a bumbling drunk that gets by solely on luck, when before Jack certain had his way with rum, but he was also always the most clever person in the room. The plot of this movie is there, and it makes sense mostly, but it also seems a lot more convoluted that it needed to be, and it felt like most of it really didn’t matter. There are even some characters in here, that just honestly didn’t feel like they needed to be, more would it matter if you cut them out of the movie. Javier Bardem’s Captain Salazar is a well done (looks wise) character, and he’s a lot of fun when he’s on screen and he certainly does bring a certain presence to the role. There are nice appearances from some of the original cast here also, but don’t look for them too much. All in all, Pirates 5 is a fun movie with some nice looking big set pieces, but it all feels a bit soulless.

Review Score : 5 out of 10

Incase You Missed It!

American Honey :

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How can I explain the film that is American Honey…Firstly, I’m not sure there is anyway to really know what you’re getting into going this movie. American Honey to me really feels like an experiment more than anything else. Its almost like a case study, in character studies, in character journeys.

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One part of this movie, is its road trip of misfits. Like if the Goonies were teenagers, but also gutter rats, really poor, had no general direction in life, and were stranded in middle America. The movie does a very interesting job at presenting the dynamic between such a group of youths. And as over the top as some of their personalities might be, their interaction comes across in such a sincere manner, like they really have been sharing the same van and motel rooms for months together.

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Another major aspect of this movie is love, but love in a few ways. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a representation of love like this movie portrays in any other movie. For one, it goes after the concept of love when contextualized by your financial stature, but it goes further also and looks at both young love, and the way in which that can shape our lives. It doesn’t try ever to romanticise it or make it seem like something to fight for, but more as this force of nature that sometimes we just can’t fight, and we can’t leave alone.

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Thats why I say its so hard to describe or explain what this movie is to people. I don’t think I know myself, but, I don’t think that means that this movie shouldn’t be seen. I think there needs to be some warning that this movie can be very explicit and its done in such a real and honest manner that some people might not be expecting based on what I’ve said before. American Honey I think is a movie about ideas and experimentation, and if you’re a fan on film and film making on a whole, then give this movie a look.

Trailer of the Week!

This weeks trailer of the week is:

Okja (official trailer)

This week brings our first real surprise winning trailer, and it isnt just the kind of movie we’re talking about here, but also who made this movie. We have our first Netflix entry here with the first main trailer for Okja. Okja is the nest entry from writer, director Bong Joon Ho of Snowpiercer fame, and he manages to stack another impressive cast here. The movie stars Tilda Swindon, Paul Dano, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito, Jake Gyllenhaal, and a many more. The movie centers around the idea of a near future cooperation, that through scientific advnaces, creates an entirely new breed of animal, called a super pig in the trailer as a new means to feed the world. Problems soon arise when a young girl who becomes best friends with one of the animals has it taken from here.

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The movie deals with many different concepts from factory farming to our thoughts on even eating meat. But more than that, the movie uses its narrative to tell what should be a heart warming story that has these higher more complex ideas weave around and through it to keep it grounded. So what do you think about Okja? Does the concept intrigue you, and what do you think about the visuals? That will no doubt be one of the biggest points on which this movie will likely live or die, but it is our trailer of the week, give it a look and tell me what you think.

Review : Alien – Covenant

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“The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.”

5 movies deep into the franchise that Ridley Scott himself started, comes the sixth and newest installment in Alien: Covenant. Taking the franchise back to basics in many ways, but keeping the perks of modern day film making, Covenant manages to return he chills and thrills of the more horror based movies that started this all off. This movie definitely has its suspense, tension, and terror going off on full blast. There is more here though, as the movie being a prequel, does a lot more to add and build upon the mythology of the aliens themselves and there coming to be. The real stand out here though, is Michael Fassbender. He plays two roles here, and he plays them perfectly right down to a T. His portrayal of the androids, or synthetics as they are known here in David and Walter, allowed for him to play essentially the same character, but worlds apart that allow them to be truly unique and identifiable. Of course this wouldn’t be an Alien movie without the titular Xenomorphs, and they are here, and they are frightening. We also get a few different variations on them, but we do get the most from the Giger monster we know and are scared as hell off. you do kind of need to have seen prometheus for this movie to make the most sense, and for you to get the full impact of the story, but if you don’t need to go super deep, you can see this movie by itself. All in all, if you’re looking for a deep and interesting look at the beggings of the Alien franchise, or if you just want to see a more than well done space horror, then look no further.

Review Score : 7 out of 10

Review : King Arthur – Legend of the sword

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“Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not.”

Is this the best film adaptation of the King Arthur story and mythos? Yeah most probably,  its also bad ass and a whole lot of fun. Now to be clear, I don’t think this movie is for everyone, but it should be entertaining to more audience members than less. King Arthur: Legend of the sword brings Guy Ritchie’s signature and infamous style, to a story and genre that its never been mixed with before, and works most of the time, and the times it works are so much fun. It adds more than just Ritchie’s fast paced dialogue and cuts though, it takes the mythology and ramps it up to 11 and isn’t afraid of going there. Filled with a stellar cast that are all built to deliver the quick one liners and tight action sequences, and a real tension building and pulse pounding score, King Arthur knows when to be light and when it can get heavy. There is also I think something to be said for having an English directed and English acted movie, thats based on an english tale. It manages to lend the movie a feeling of legitimacy, even with 100 foot tall elephants. All in all, I think Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur is a real refreshing and original take on an old and known story. Especially if you’re a fan of Guy’s style, and I can honestly say Charlie Hunnam comes of really great in the role. (ps don’t know why the critics are being so hard on this movie right now)

Review Score : 8 out of 10

Trailer of the Week!

This weeks trailer of the week is:

Blade Runner 2049 (Trailer #1)

 

A slower week for trailers than last week, but we still got ourselves a hit with the first full length trailer for the upcoming Blade Runner 2049. After getting a tease last week, we only had to wait a few days to get first official trailer for long in demand sequel. The film sees the return of the title character portrayed by Harrison Ford, but not as the lead character here. That honor goes to Ryan Gosling, who plays a new young blade runner, who seeks some answers and Ford’s former blade runner might be his only help.

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Set in the same futuristic world created by Ridley Scott back in 1982, new director  Denis Villeneuve takes over the reigns here and while he doesn’t seem to be trying to change the look of the movies too much, he certainly up dated them and is clearly also adding some of his signature directing style that he has come to be known and respected for. With a list of previous movies boasting Arrival, Sicario, and Prisoners, I personally think there wasn’t much of a better choice to lead this new Blade Runner movie to hopefully new heights. Are you excited for Blade Runner 2049, and how do you think it will do compared to the original?