Neel’s Highlights Reel – 13th August, 2018

Happy Monday everyone! Yes I know there’s no such thing and this day can honestly fuck off and die. EVERY. WEEK. But here’s some trailers, posters and other bits to get you through the second worst day of the week (Tuesday is the worst, it serves NO purpose). Anyway, check out a couple of mini reviews I’ve done, as well as a new Bumblebee poster, whatever the hell Slice is, a few words on the new award at the Oscars and so much more.

Have a great week!

Trailers and Posters

Small Foot

A bunch of new character poster for Small Foot have been released ahead of the film entering theatres in October. In a flip to people questioning his existence, a Yeti is looking for clues as to whether humans are real. Clever…


Yet another beautiful poster for the first Transformers spin-off, Bumblebee🐝. Hopes are high for this one, mostly because it’s Michael Bay-less


A visually stunning feast for the eyes is coming to Netflix and starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in a Superbad reunion although this looks a bit different. Maniac is about two people who enter a clinical drug trial for medication which can cure anything to do with the mind. Intriguing! It also stars Sally Field and Justin Theroux and will be available to stream from September 21st.


I shared this poster earlier last week because it is just amazing! And what’s even more amazing is the plot. It’s about a murdered pizza delivery driver. The suspects? They include ghosts, drug dealers and a disgraced werewolf! Yeah, get your head around that!

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

An over the top, utterly absurd looking trailer for the new Nutcracker film which stars Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman and Richard E Grant and Mackenzie Foy. OH! There’s a horrid poster too. Gross.

The Kindergarten Teacher

Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Lisa Spinelli a kindergarten teacher who becomes obsessed with a gifted pupil. Looks like an interesting performance from Gyllenhaal who kind of vanished for a while…



It’s been announced that Chris Rock has been cast in the next season of Fargo, which isn’t out until 2020! Interesting choice and I need to catch up with this show!

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Margot Robbie gives us a first look at her character Sharon Tate from the upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino. The controversial film deals with the shocking Tate murders conducted by the Manson family in 1969.


Supergirl movie is currently in development at Warner Bros. which is going to be part of the DCEU with Oren Uziel on writing duties. Perhaps work on what you’ve already announced rather than revealing more projects DC!

House of Cards

Well well! Look who’s coming back! The final season of House of Cards (thanks Kevin Spacey) will be available to stream from November 2nd. Keep ’em peeled then.

Creed II

A couple of stills have been released of Creed 2 as he gets ready to take on Drago in the sequel to the 2015 hit. Directed by Steven Caple Jr. Creed 2 stars Michael B Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson.


Ruby Rose has been cast as Batwoman who will appear in the Arrowverse as part of its annual cross over episode before getting her own show. Thoughts on this casting? Good or bad? Art work by the always talented Boss Logic.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Ben Schwartz of Parks and Recs fame has been cast as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog in the upcoming CGI movie. He joins Jim Carrey and James Marsden on a film which seems really weird. It just doesn’t feel like this will actually be made. But perhaps I’m wrong, what do you think?


A new still from Halloween which is coming in…Halloween. Anyway, here’s Jamie Lee Curtis looking petrified as she protects her daughter (I think) Judy Greer.


Tom Hardy embodies Al Capone in his latest role as a real life criminal, following on from his stints as Charles Bronson and The Kray Twins. In Josh Trank’s Fonzo, Hardy portrays a post prison Capone who becomes haunted by his past.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Gal Gadot has announced that she is taking up her first ever voice role as Shank in Ralph Breaks the Internet. Please be good! I didn’t like the first one, I’m sorry! The film also stars John C Reilly and Sarah Silverman both of whom are reprising their roles from the 2012 original.

Industry News 

A Women’s Animation Symposium Is Coming In October

Women in Animation, USC, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), and CalArts are hosting a symposium in October. The aim is to empower more women and LGBTQ+ people by highlighting their contributions in the world of animation as well as explore solutions to sexual harassment, bias and lack of diversity in the industry. For more about this symposium check out my article here.

BFI London Film Festival

It’s been announced that the American Express Gala at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival is to be The Favourite. A film by The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos, it stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. Love this man’s work, it looks quintessential Lanthimos. AND I GOT MY PRESS PASS CONFIRMED! BOOM!

New Award At The Oscars

A new award has been announced by The Academy this week which focuses on popular films. Here are a few pros and cons I came up with regarding this shake up.


Mini Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen.

Following the events of Civil War, Scott Lang is under house arrest and with a few days left before his release, Hank Pym and his daughter Hope being a new mission which deals with the past and teams Ant-Man with the Wasp.

An incredibly funny film which is the perfect antidote after the devastation of Infinity War. Peyton Reed has upped his game without jeopardizing what Ant-Man is and that is the fun light hearted part of the MCU which never takes itself too seriously especially during a montage in which Scott is crying to The Fault in Our Stars. Reed also gives Evangeline Lilly a lot more to do by creating some incredibly inventive fight scenes and resting most of the emotion on her shoulders, both of which help this to become a very enjoyable film. Oh and if you’re wondering, yes you should stay until the very end!

4 out of 5.

Mini Review: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies

Starring Scott Menville, Tara Strong, Khary Payton, Will Arnett, Kristen Bell, Nicholas Cage

The five teens battle against a new villain in town called Slade whilst dreaming of becoming Hollywood stars with their own film.

Thanks to the amount of superhero movies of late, Teen Titans is one of the funniest films of the year. Using tired superhero tropes including dead parents and constant reboots/sequels, the film goes out of its way to make fun of the similarities between so many of our on screen heroes. From the fake film posters (Yawn of Justice and Aqua Manitee) to the team going to a premiere of Batman Again, the jokes come thick and fast whilst telling a well rounded story about those who are outsiders wanting to be accepted for who they are. Look out for the best cameo Stan Lee has ever done.

4 out of 5.

Keep. It. Reel.

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