Neel’s Highlights Reel – 6th August, 2018

YAY! It’s weekly round-up time! Oh, I mean it’s time for my Highlights Reel. Woop! Aren’t you excited?? No? WELL GET EXCITED! We have lots of cool stuff! Like new (creepy as fuck) poster for Christopher Robin, a supportive letter for James Gunn from the cast of Guardians, the closing film for the BFI London Film Festival, th end of Sharknado, a couple of review and more. ENJOY!

Trailers and Posters

Aquaman

Yet another busy poster which indicates a CGI fuckfest but that’s DC I suppose.

Christopher Robin

I will say this once more. KILL. THEM. WITH. FIRE.

Stan & Ollie

Coming out in 2019, Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly star in Stan & Ollie aka Laurel and Hardy as they attempt to reignite their film careers.

The Meg

Shut up (The) Meg. Not long until we get to see the biggest battle we’ve ever seen: Jason Statham vs. A MASSIVE SHARK. A new poster and some survival tips from Warner Bros. Stay safe!

Venom

Whilst trying to decide whether I like this new trailer for (We Are) Venom, it does raise a valid point: The World has enough superheroes. Not that I’m complaining. Check out the overly long trailer for the second comicbook movie in which Tom Hardy stars as someone who mumbles.

Apostle

Gareth Evans’ new film about a man rescuing his sister from a cult has a poster. Out in October on Netflix, Apostle stars Dan Stevens, Lucy Boynton and Michael Sheen.

Hunter Killer

A new poster for Hunter Killer in which the US Navy Seals attempt to rescue the Russian President. I haven’t shared the trailer because I don’t want to subject you to the awful and triumphantly shit Gerard Butler.

If Beale Street Could Talk

The follow up to Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight has a trailer. If Beale Street Could Talk is about a pregnant woman who is trying to prove her fiancé is innocent of a crime in Harlem.

The Predator

Out next month, The Predator gets a new and rather colourful poster. After finally seeing the original recently it’ll be interesting to see what Shane Black does with this.

King of Thieves

One hell of a cast with Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon and Ray Winstone lead the way in the Hatton Garden robbery. Directed by James Marsh, King of Thieves tells the story of one of the biggest heists in history when a group of men stole £200 million worth of valuables from the Safe Deposit Company.

Sharknado: It’s About Time

Apparently this is the sixth and final Sharknado movie which means I’ve got some catching up to do with this stupidity.

News

Star Wars: Episode IX

Star Wars Episode IX will feature Carrie Fisher by using unused footage from Force Awakens. It’ll also star Mark Hamill along with the additions of Richard E. Grant and Naomi Ackie. Exciting times! AND an image shared from JJ Abrams as they have now started shooting.

24

A prequel TV series, focussing on Jack Bauer’s life before CTU, is in the works at Fox. I will say that this could be interesting BUT do we need it and do we want it?

Terminator

Linda Hamilton makes a return as Sarah Connor for the sequel/reboot to Terminator. Here she is joined by Mackenzie Davis and Natalia Reyes in this first image released of the Tim Miller directed film which should be out in late 2019.

Spider-Man: Far From Home

The sequel to Spider-Man Homecoming, Far From Home has a title logo. Yes I know we’re still waiting for a couple of other Marvel films especially after the events of Infinity War but IT’S STILL SO EXCITING BECAUSE SPIDER-MAN IS MY FAVOURITE!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse gets a new image. Showing off a bunch of Spidey suits which we’ll no doubt see him in, our new animated hero is ready for action. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rotham, the latest animated Spider-Man movie is coming out in December.

Men In Black

Rebecca Ferguson is adding another franchise to her repertoire after signing up for MIB (why?! You’re better than that!) She’s joining a cast including Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Liam Neeson.

Industry News

James Gunn

An incredibly powerful open letter from the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy, signed by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff and Michael Rooker in defence of James Gunn.

Stan & Ollie

It’s been announced that the closing film of 2018’s BFI London Film Festival will be Stan & Ollie which stars John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy and Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel. Here’s an incredible photo of the pair, very much looking forward to it! (Fingers crossed I get my press pass)

Reviews

Mini Review: Apostasy

Starring Siobhan Finneran, Sacha Parkinson, Molly Wright

A mother and her two young daughters have their faith in Jehovah Witness tested when an incident involving their family occurs.

Dealing with the subject of religion and in particular Jehovah Witness, writer/director Daniel Kokotajlo uses his own experiences to tell a seemingly truthful story. His script explores the deeper issues of what is seen as a somewhat controversial religion. With his excellent cast, in particular the mother played by Siobhan Finneran, Apostasy shows the multiple ways in which a person’s beliefs can deeply affect a group of people for the rest of their lives.

4 out of 5

Mini Review: Mission: Impossible Fallout

Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Vanessa Kirby, Simon Pegg, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett

Ethan Hunt and his team return to face a new nuclear threat, confront faces from their past as well as battling their own government.

A high-octane, action filled movie which takes the character of Ethan Hunt deeper thanks to a script which delves into his past. The plot is as you would expect involving a nuclear threat and a shadowy organisation linked to the previous film’s Syndicate but it’s something you will go with. What started as a one man mission, this feels like the biggest team effort since the third film. Christopher McQuarrie who is the first ever returning director stuck to mostly practical stunts which pays off beautifully. A superb and smart action film.

Keep. It. Reel.

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