After stealing the show in Civil War (well I think he did anyway) Chadwick Boseman’s stand alone Black Panther film looks like it’s going to be one hell of a ride.
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The trailer for Thor Ragnarok has finally been released! And it looks like it may be the Asgardian’s best solo outing yet!
Well well well Autumn has reared her head and it’s getting chillier by the day, also as we are edging towards awards season and away from the blockbuster bonanza that is summer October is a little bit of a dry patch in terms of volume of films, but I guess it’s all about quality and not quantity that counts!
I think literally everyone read the book that this movie is based on when it first came out, well perhaps except me but I am currently 142 pages in, I have paused momentarily as I think I might watch the film before finishing the rest of the book so that I go into the movie without knowing the twists and turns. The premise is very Gone Girl (another book to film adaptation that I’ve watched but not read) but thats not necessarily a bad thing as the David Fincher directed adaptation was a fantastic ride so I must admit that through those comparisons I have got very high expectations for The Girl on the Train.
I think we all knew this film would be on my most anticipated list, to be honest it is perhaps my most anticipated film of the year!! That’s quite the statement really so I really hope the film delivers what I think it will which is great acting, an interesting (and perhaps a mind F*** of a) storyline, fantastical visuals and a better filmic villain role for Mads Mikkelsen (lets face it if given the chance Mikkelsen would have made Le Chaffre ten times the villain he was in Casino Royale, and how do I know this? One word…Hannibal). And when I heard that we here in England were getting the film on the 25th and not the 28th I actually cheered…out loud…in public😳.
So these are the two films I’m counting down the days to this month, let me know in the comments section which movies your anticipating the most this October.
It’s finally here! Our first glimpse into the world of Doctor Strange is indeed strange but also very intriguing, this may just be marvels most ambitious movie yet!
I really can’t wait to see this film in November. I’m actually really glad its taken them so long to put a trailer out because it is giving me less time to obsessively watch the trailer and get too hyped up too early, so okay I still have around 8 months to wait but i think I can live with that. Also I think I’ve just seen the trailer to my favourite Marvel film, it’s not even out yet but I think its going to be insanely brilliant. Is that too much of a bold statement to make? Who else thinks Doctor Strange will easily become their new favourite Marvel film come November?
Film was once the be all and end all for its dramatic and compelling story telling but now so many TV Shows have almost surpassed the quality of most films being made right now due to the fact that TV Shows have a lot more time to delve into a character’s psyche for much longer than any film can, thus some of the most interesting characters are now found on TV.
Here’s a list of my favourite TV Shows right now:
So this is a pretty obvious one, anyone who knows me knows that I adore this show. It’s probably the biggest TV show in the world right now and like millions of other fans I am counting down the days for its return (I’ve been counting down since the last episode of Season 5). 19 for those who didn’t know. The Jon Snow is he dead or alive debate is still as fresh as the moment he was stabbed by his fellow “Crows” last year. Personally, I think Melisandre’s going to work her magic and bring Snow back from the dead. Remember that interaction with Thoros of Myr, and Melisandre queried him on his ability resurrect Beric Dondarrion, Thoros said: “I have no power, I ask the lord for his favour and he responds as he will”. So my theory (and probably everyone else’s) is that Melisandre’s totally going to bring Snow back (Fingers crossed) because he is far too important to just die and she had a thing for him as well. Resurrect away Melissandre and you may just redeem yourself.
Seasons 1-5 Box Set’s from Amazon:
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I am still devastated that NBC cancelled Hannibal as it was one of the most stunningly original TV Shows that I’ve ever watched. The cinematography was better than most films, with an utterly gorgeous colour palette and sophistication in direction, Hannibal may just be the best-looking show ever. And while it’s easy for aesthetics to get in the way of good content, Hannibal is also one of the most cerebrally stimulating show’s that I’ve watched. The subject material is so rich in intelligence and class it’s unreal. But perhaps the main selling point of the show is Mads Mikkelsen’s Hannibal Lector who is so charming and handsome but utterly twisted and diabolical. This is a show that everyone should watch, add it to your Bucket List people!
The Complete Collection 😭 (Bryan Fuller I beg you to change this, give us another season somehow!) on Blu-Ray from HMV
The Complete Collection from Amazon:
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This Sci-Fi show is so addictive due to its fast pace and the intriguing mystery that flows from season to season. The backbone of the show, of course, is the brilliantly talented actress Tatiana Maslany who portrays over 10 different clones with distinct personalities and mannerisms. She nails every single second that she is on screen (Which is practically every second of the show). The real mind-blowing moments are when Maslany has to tackle clones impersonating other clones, which is superbly used for both comedic and dramatic effect.
Streaming wise you can check out Orphan Black on Netflix (Seasons 1 & 2) or Amazon Instant Video (Season 1 only)
Benedict Cumberbatch is just simply brilliant in the role of a modern day Sherlock Holmes, his quips are witty and his insults are legendary. The humour in the show is perfect. Ah, I could gush about this show all day! But I think literally everyone watches this show anyway, and if you don’t then give it a go!
This show is epic. Marco Polo follows (well you guessed it) Marco Polo’s adventures in the court of Kublai Khan, what is interesting is that this is mainly a show for westerners as the Mongolian and Chinese courts speak for the most part with crisp RP accents whereas Marco Polo speaks with a very heavy Italian Accent, this makes Polo feel more like an outsider which I thought was a clever way to present the title character. While Marco Polo is a great character and his navigation of the Mongolian court as an outsider is really intriguing but I would have to say that the best character has to be the absolutely fantastic Hundred Eyes the blind monk who’s Martial Arts Skills are insane and Taoist wisdom is awe inspiring. He is so awesome Netflix released a special episode dedicated to telling the origin story of Hundred Eyes and it was really great and inspiring to see how being blinded only strengthened his spirit rather than defeated it. Another thing I love about this show is its soundtrack, it mixes in traditional throat singing and really great cello riffs! So basically watch the show people, watch the show!
This show is so good, most people probably dismiss it because they think that you need to love classical music to enjoy the show, truth is it helps but it’s not necessary because the show is ultimately about the characters who just so happen to work at an orchestra. The best part of the show is perhaps the eccentric Rodrigo, Gael García Bernal plays the maestro (conductor) with a fervent energy and it is just great to watch his escapades unfold. I really recommend this show as it is just a fun and clever half-hour comedy that I personally think is really underrated.
A little of a cheat listing two shows as one, but they are leading to The Defenders series later on. Daredevil is awesome, season 2 was even better than season 1 which I didn’t think was possible, but I guess when you look at Batman Begins it’s a great film but The Dark Knight is superior in every way. Season 2 introduces Elektra, The Punisher and The Hand which are all iconic characters within the Daredevil and Marvel canon. I binge watched the whole series over the weekend of its release, that should be enough to tell you how good it was.
Jessica Jones surprised me, I didn’t really know what it was going to be about other than the fact that she was a badass private detective. The show turned out to be really compelling especially the weird relationship between Jessica and Kilgrave who was played exceptionally by David Tennant. And that Tennant portrayed the idea of Kilgrave being a desperate and petulant childlike man who is always used to getting his own way due to his power of persuasion was really creepy and interesting. Plus we got a bit of Luke Cage who’s show will be coming to Netflix at the end of September!
So it took me an abnormally long time to check out this show, don’t ask me why because I really don’t know what took me so long. But after watching the first episode I was hooked and couldn’t stop watching, The Wachowskis are insane genius’ their concepts are so out there but they work! The show revolves around a group of characters who come from so many different walks of life, the main thing they have in common is that they are psychically linked and share the same birthday. The show revolves around this diverse group trying to navigate their everyday lives with the interruptions of psychic encounters which make for some of the funniest moments of the show, also to make matters worse they are also being hunted down. My favourite characters have to be Sun (Doona Bae is really awesome in this role) a badass Korean businesswoman by day and badass kickboxer by night and Wolfgang a Safe Cracker and career criminal from Berlin (His shoot out was awesome) who continually pops up in reluctant bride-to-be Kala’s life (these two need to get together!). Overall I would probably say this is the best new tv show that I have seen in a really long time and I really can’t wait for season 2!
Frank Underwood may just be one of the most repugnant but fascinating characters on tv, Kevin Spacey plays him to perfection and his fourth wall breaking is a highlight of the show. Normally I avoid anything politics related for the fear of being utterly bored but Underwood’s ruthless climb to presidency is just so compelling to watch. Also, his determination to get what he wants (Except for the murdering part) is quite inspiring but I don’t think it’s socially acceptable to say that Frank Underwood is my spirit animal, is it?
Anyone who knows me knows that I love anything related to Gothic Literature thanks to studying it for my English Literature A Level so it was no surprise that I would love Penny Dreadful as the show literally takes all of those iconic characters from that genre and mashes them up into Victorian England. Eva Green plays one of the only original characters in the series Vanessa Ives, and she is such a compelling enigma and very much the force behind the intrigue of the show. Green plays her vulnerability and strength sublimely which is perhaps why Vanessa is one of my favourite tv characters ever.
Lena Dunham’s look into the lives of four twenty-somethings is in its penultimate season right now which is a little saddening as I literally have loved this show since it aired, but all good things come to an end and at least there is another season to go to tie up loose ends and give Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna a proper send off. I personally think this season has perhaps been the best yet as the four girls seem to slowly be growing up into semi-decent people, I also particularly enjoyed the episodes following Shoshanna in Japan as it let the viewers see a different side to her character, however, I was a little bit disappointed at how Shosh and Yoshi’s relationship took an abrupt turn, a more organic finish could have been formalised but I guess this is Girls after all and most of the characters actions are pretty rash. Moreover, one of the most surprising character developments this season has been with Jessa who is trying to become a therapist and she finally seems stable in her life without drugs and from the support of Adam. The season is only halfway through so it will be good to see where the rest of the episodes take the characters.
So there are my favourite TV shows currently, there are probably more that I could list but that would mean that this post would last forever. Let me know what shows you guys are watching and feel free to pop some recommendations down bellow.
Finally 20th Century Fox have released the trailer for the much anticipated X-Men: Apocalypse and it did not disappoint me in any way other than the fact that I can’t go see it now!
What I liked:
This may just be the best superhero film yet, forget The Avengers its all about the X-Men.
So the tables have turned and a hero is made enemy. This concept is really quite interesting and seeing as these guys are so strong and quite frankly dangerous they should be monitored right? With this question the MCU delves into a complicated moral dilemma which should make it a little bit more refreshing than previous fare.
Things to note:
After Deadpool was butchered in X-Men Origins: Wolverine I wasn’t expecting to see the character for a very long time or again for that matter. But luckily Marvel listened to their fans and have brought the Merc with the Mouth back and he looks funnier and better than ever.
Great things about this trailer:
Well 2016 looks to be shaping up as the year of the Anti-Hero. Marvel’s Deadpool vs. DC’s Suicide Squad. May the most messed up win.
Ant-Man is another triumph for Marvel and perhaps it is arguably the studio’s funniest venture yet. Sure it’s silly but it is silly in a really cool way, it plays like Ocean’s 11 but with ants. The story follows Scott Lang a recently released convict on a journey of redemption to become the dad his daughter deserves and to do so he must Suit Up and become The Ant-Man to save Hank Pyms tech from falling into the wrong hands.
With a script written by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay and Ant-Man himself Paul Rudd it’s no surprise that this film is really funny. And much of this humour comes from size manipulation with the large becoming tiny and the tiny becoming large. Also another moment of comedy gold is via Michael Peña’s Luis the fast talking cultured gangster and his retelling of how he got his tip offs. These scenes are classic Edgar Wright (very reminiscent of Shaun’s plan in Shaun of The Dead) and Pena’s delivery was perfect and perhaps stole the film.
One of the best spectacles in the film was the first time Lang tries on the suit where we see him navigate a bath tub, a party and the inside of a Hoover. All these moments offer a weird perspective of usual everyday objects and occurrences for humour and to introduce us to the marvel (Pun very much intended) that is the Ant-Man suit and proves that he may just be a little bit more awesome than some of The Avengers. Also the kaleidoscopic exploration of the sub atomic plane was quite a beautiful and almost poetic visual that was very evocative of Cooper’s descent into a Black Hole in Interstellar and was quite a suprising part of the film (I’ll say no more!)
Other interesting things I liked:
Other things I didn’t like:
Overall I give this film ****
All in all the film was a highly entertaining and fun way to spend the evening. Moreover I felt it was a much better film than Age of Ultron and I am looking forward to the Return of Ant-Man (and I have my fingers crossed for the return of Luis and his gang).