Patient Zero Gets A Star Studded Trailer

Whenever there are zombie movies or TV shows, are they ever referred to as zombies? I don’t think so anyway, correct me if I’m wrong but they are called something like walkers, biters, infected and so on. Well here’s another zombie movie without (with) zombies called Paitent Zero.

Starring Stanley Tucci, Natalie Dormer and Matt Smith, this is the new film by director Stefan Ruzowitzky who has an action/thriller background, sprinkled with horror here and there.

Written by Mike Le, the story involves a global pandemic in which humans are subjected to infections which cause them to act out violently. Those who have not been infected are trying to find a cure in the form of patient zero. Matt Smith’s character, Morgan, gas been bitten but did not turn. Thanks to this he is able to communicate with those who are infected like no one else. With the assistance of Natalie Dormer’s Dr. Gina Rose, they hope to extract what they need from Stanley Tucci aka The Professor. 

Due out in America in August and September for the UK, the film has been produced by Vincent Newman Entertainment whose film history includes Red Dawn, We’re the Millers, The Betrayed and A Man Apart.

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Weekly Round-Up: 15th July, 2018

So, this is a bit later than normal. To be fair I was relaxing on Sunday and time just got away from me. Yes I was being lazy… I was going to mention the World Cup and England but it seems redundant now after France won it yesterday. Congratulations by the way.

Anyway, this has been a great week for creepy posters (hello Winnie you weirdo), getting our first look at Glass, an exciting BFI London Film Festival announcement and yours truly received a history lesson. Apparently I don’t know everything.

Trailers and Posters

The Favourite

Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz star in The Favourite, the latest offering from Yorgos Lanthimos. An unstable Queen Anne (Colman) sits on the throne whilst her friend Lady Sarah (Weisz) starts to bond with a new servant Abigail (Stone). It looks as odd as you’d expect from Lanthimos.

 

Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black isn’t just the current President, it’s also a damn good TV show. Although I’m a few seasons behind, I’d love to catch up! Here’s a new poster and trailer for the upcoming sixth season

 

Christopher Robin

Creepy in the trailer and creepy in the posters. Say what you want, these characters look freaking weird! Check out the new trailer and character posters for Christopher Robin.

Life Itself

Life Itself tells the story of a couple who after meeting at college, get married and have a baby. Their life and relationship creates events which echo across the world. Starring Oscar Isaac, Olivia Cooke, Mandy Patinkin, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas and Annette Bening.

 

Castle Rock

More of Stephen King’s writing is getting it’s own adaptation. This time it’s Castle Rock, a fictional town in which strange things start to happen after a young man shows up at Shawshank prison

 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

The (potentially pointless) reboot of Sabrina aka Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, has an eerie new poster in which Salem takes centre stage. Why? Not a clue! Coming to Netflix in 2018 and a trailer is landing at this year’s SDCC.

 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Coming from it’s success at Sundance The Miseducation of Cameron Post has an official trailer. Showing an oppressed young girl who is forced in gay conversion therapy

 

Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots has a couple of character posters which have a grainy painted effect. Nice! Starring Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan it tells the story of how Mary Stuart attempts to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I and is condemned to prison. (My knowledge of history is terrible normally but I nicked this from IMDB ) There’s also a trailer which looks pretty good but I’m feeling a bit meh about this film…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Meg

The Meg is about to have a furry snack, not the dog you bastard! Why would you do that?! 🐶🦈

News

Captain Marvel

It was confirmed this week by none other than Brie Larson that they have wrapped on Captain Marvel. Exciting times for the 21st MCU movie which is out on March next year, JUST before Avengers 4. This will be the first MCU movie which has been fronted by a female lead character and after 10 years it’s about time.

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The Predator

A couple of new images of the upcoming new Predator film, showing off some new hardcore armour. Starring Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Sterling K Brown, this rebooted version will be out in September

 

Lando Calrissian Returns In Episode IX

It seems the unanswered question of where the hell is Lando is finally being answered after it was announced that Billie Dean Williams is returning as the charismatic character in 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX. More on it here.

 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

A new image from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has been released. Here’s Newt Scamander in all his glory, I hope this is better than the last one which, let’s be honest, was pretty average…

 

Birds of Prey

I must have missed this but there’s yet another Harley Quinn movie in production, this one is called Birds of Prey and will be directed by Cathy Yan. To sum up there’s this, Gotham City Sirens, Suicide Squad 2 and a Joker/Harley Quinn movie (plus other non Harley Quinn films) all in the works. Seems a bit much DC!

 

Robocop Returns

Neill Blomkamp is making a return to the big screen after 2015’s Chappie with Robocop Returns, a sequel to the 1987 original. *sigh* how about we do something original instead?? 

 

Shazam

The first official image of the utterly ridiculous looking Shazam . I mean, really?? 😂

 

Glass

A few brightly coloured images have been released for Glass, the sequel by M. Night Shyamalan which merges Unbreakable and Split into one. A bizarre concept which feels like it could just work. Starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Sarah Paulson

 

Black Widow

Cate Shortland has been picked from a long list of directors (apparently it was about 70 ) to helm the solo Black Widow movie. Traditionally an indie filmmaker, it’s great to see a big budget film go to her. Looking forward to see what they will do with this

 

Godzilla: King of Monsters.

The first images for Godzilla: King of Monsters have been released and it looks like he’s got a bit of bad breathe… Starring Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler and Charles Dance, the next in the monster franchise is out in 2019

 

Widows

After being announced as the opening film of BFI London Film Festival, here’s a new image from Widows. Directed by Steve McQueen the film is out in November.

 

A Downton Abbey

A Downton Abbey movie has been confirmed by Hugh Boneville’s Instagram account. The script has been written by Julian Fellowes and will be directed by Brian Percival who helmed the Downton Abbey pilot. Out in 2019, this should class the cinemas up a bit 

 

Industry News

DreamWorks Animation Launches New Programme

A new animation which has been designed to be more inclusive and focus on short animated films has been launched DreamWorks Animation. For more on this story, please click here.

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BFI London Film Festival

The opening film of the 62nd BFI London Film Festival has been announced as Steve McQueen’s Widows which is the directors return to the big screen after 2013’s 12 Years a Slave. Read more about this exciting announcement here.

Reviews

Mini Review: Skyscraper 

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Noah Taylor

A man is framed for causing a life threatening fire in the world’s tallest building. He must battle against the odds in order to clear his name and save his family.

Thanks to Dwayne Johnson and the outrageous stunts he pulls off during the film, Skyscraper is exactly what you expect it to be. It has a pretty thin plot with characters who are never fully fleshed out but it’s so much mindless fun, you won’t care about that. With action sequences that’ll make you feel and wince, Skyscraper is the dumb summer film we’ve been waiting for.

3 out of 5.

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Opening Gala Announced For BFI London Film Festival 2018

The opening film of the 62nd BFI London Film Festival has been announced as Steve McQueen’s Widows which is the directors return to the big screen after 2013’s 12 Years a Slave. The international premiere will take place on 10th October 2018, the festival’s official opening date.

Talking about his film and the festival, Steve McQueen has said, “I am absolutely delighted that Widows will be opening this year’s BFI London Film Festival. Watching the UK TV version of Lynda La Plante’s original thriller as a teenager in the 80s had a major impact on me and so it feels very special to be sharing this film with a UK audience.”

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Starring Viola Davis,  Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo, Widows, McQueen’s fourth feature length film, takes place in Chicago with themes of crimes, corruption and passion. It tells the story of a group of men who, in the middle of an armed robbery are all killed by the police. Leaving their wives behind, they take it upon themselves to finish what they started and take back what is theirs. Also starring Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.  It’s based on the TV series Widows by Lynda La Plante, and is written by McQueen and Gillian Flynn.

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Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Artistic Director says, “We treasure the work of BFI Fellow and Festival alumni Steve McQueen, so it’s an utter pleasure to open our Festival with the International Premiere of WIDOWS. Adapted from a ground-breaking UK television classic into a feature to savour on the biggest cinema screens, this is scintillatingly rich storytelling from a magnificent filmmaker, probing issues around race, class and gender, while always delivering immense style and crackingly sharp thrills.”

The festival takes places from 10th to 21st October 2018 and will take place at venues across London with hundreds of films including studios movies and independent projects from across the globe. Stay tuned for more on the festival, looking forward to this one.

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Billy Dee Williams Is Returning As Lando Calrissian In Episode IX 

When the Force Awakens was released in 2015, one of the questions it raised was where is Lando?? Well it seems JJ Abrams would like to answer that for you since it’s been announced that Billy Dee Williams is making a comeback as Lando Calrissian. After Donald Glover’s turn as the charismatic character, it seems they want to keep him around. It’ll be interesting to see where he’s been.

How he will fit into the film is anyone’s guess but at least he’s in it. At the moment Keri Russell is in talks to join the eleventh live action Star Wars film as the cast list grows. Whilst he may have been away for a while and only appeared in two films, Williams has voiced the character on other occasions including The Lego Movie as well as Star Wars Rebels.

Joining Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong’o, the film due for release in December 2019 with Abrams working the script with writer Chris Terrio who has previously written Argo and Justice League. 

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DreamWorks Animation Launches Shorts Programme

A new programme from DreamWorks Animation has been launched in which the company focusses on their short animation projects. Announced by Studio President Chris deFaria, it’s been designed to be more inclusive and diverse with regards to representation. 

The first two releases are Bird Karma and Bilby. Directed by William Salazar, Bird Karma is about a long legged Bird who eats a fish instead of befriending it. He is subjected to karma shortly after due to his actions in this 2D animated short. The film has an Indian theme throughout which is amplified by Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum’s score. 

The second short, Bilby is about a marsupial who lives in the desert and looks after a small baby chick in the harsh Australian outback. Directed by Pierre Perifel, JP Sans, and Liron Topaz, this story came from a cancelled project called Larrkins which centred around a similar character. William Salazar, who has worked on all of the Kung Fu Panda films as well as Shark Tale, discusses his project and his pitch, “I didn’t want to make a cute movie for children and they pretty much went with it. The first minute and a half was animated more than 20 years ago and the remaining three and a half minutes were completed in the last six months of 2017. The bird doesn’t change its nature.

He continues, “First, we decided not to do clean-up and keep the lines rough and sketch-like. For the paper texture, we used transparency, where the white of the paper comes through the painting and you have layers upon layers of water color. This is very different with flat characters because inside the characters you have the bleeding colors.”

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Weekly Round-Up: 8th July, 2018

Yet another week has gone by and here’s it is. Sunday. Tomorrow is another shitty Monday, back to sodding work. OH GOD WHY OH WHY?! Sorry, bit of a mini breakdown there. ANYWAY, we’ve got some interesting casting news for Star Wars: Episode IX, the Men In Black reboot and Top Gun: Maverick, plus the first images of Julia Roberts’ TV show, a couple of reviews (yeah only 2, I’ve had a busy week plus yet another wedding) and some interesting posters…

Trailers and Posters

Skyscraper

For some reason there is yet another Skyscraper trailer but we’ve been assured this is the final one. It’s marketing like this which makes me think that most of the movie has been shown in trailer format already, there’s just too much. But to be fair the posters are very cool, check out the old school one and the one paying homage to Die Hard.

 

Star Wars at SDCC

In preparation for San Diego Comic Con taking place later this month (I will go one day, ONE DAY), a stunning new poster for Star Wars combining the three trilogies has been created. Episode IX, the concluding film in the current trilogy is going into production this month with a release date of December 2019.

Creed II

Not much I can say about this, it’s the exact same as the last one but with Stallone aka Rocky. Erm…here it is. It’s nic isn’t it??

The Meg

Can someone tell me why there’s another poster for The Meg?? Yes you’re trying to prove how big it is, now put it away! (That’s what she said…)

Siberia

Keanu Reeves new film Siberia has a new poster but is it a diamond on his back OR a parachute?? 🤔

Mission Impossible: Fallout

What in the actual fuck is this? What child created this on PowerPoint?? I mean, come on! This must be a joke of a poster! The character ones were so good!

News

Men in Black

The confusing new Men in Black movie has added a couple of names to its cast list. Kumail Nanjiani and Rafe Spall have joined Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Liam Neeson. 

Homecoming

Here are the first images from Julia Roberts’ Amazon TV series called Homecoming. The plot revolves around employees at a secret government agency who are eager to re-enter civilian life. So nothing to do with Spider-Man unfortunately.

IT: Chapter 2

Together for the first time is the (older) Losers Club for It: Chapter 2. Taking on the roles with a 27 year gap between the first and second film include Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Bill Hader and Andy Bean.

Little Women

It seems yet another remake/reboot/whatever you want to call it of Little Women is on its way with the announcement that Greta Gerwig is eyeing up this as her next project. With a possible cast which could include, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, this will be one not to miss Take a look at more about this upcoming project here.

Top Gun: Maverick

Miles Teller is feeling the need, the need for speed! No, not the drug! What is wrong with you?! He’s been cast as the son of Goose in Top Gun: Maverick. Fun fact: He beat Nicholas Hoult, Glen Powell, Dylan O’Brien, and Austin Butler for the role.

Charlie’s Angels

Kristen Stewart, Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Scott have been cast in a reboot for Charlie’s Angels. *sigh* these actresses deserve so much better!

The Walking Dead

A couple of first looks of The Walking Dead season 9. Rick’s had a hair cut and I thought that was St. Pauls in the background but no. They are in America and it’s now been pointed out this ignorant buffoon that it’s the Capitol building.

 

Child’s Play

Reboots and remakes are now part and parcel of the movie industry, we have to get used to them whether we liked it or not. Some can be good whilst others are rubbish. It seems that they are hoping for a good one because a Child’s Play reboot is currently in the works. Check out more on the story here.

Steve Ditko

Steve Ditko, co-creator of some of Marvel’s most iconic characters has passed away aged 90. His most notable work includes Doctor Strange and one of my favourite Marvel characters, Spider-Man. A sad day for comic book fans, rest in peace.

 

Pride London

This isn’t exactly news but Pride took place this weekend and from what I hear it was incredible! Love is love and it never discriminates. I really wanted to share this image to May the Pride Always by with You. 🧡💛💚💙💜

Star Wars: Episode XI

Keri Russell is currently in talks to join Star Wars: Episode IX. The as of yet untitled finale to the current saga is being directed by JJ Abrams and is due for release in December 2019. Quite a nice gap in between the films this time…

Reviews

Mini review: Leave No Trace

Starring Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie

A father and daughter living in the wilderness have their lives upended after being found by local authorities.

In a beautiful character study of someone dealing with their past, Leave No Trace shows the difficulties of moving on despite your best efforts. As they try to adapt to their new surroundings Foster and McKenzie give sterling performances of a father and daughter trying to find their place in the world. Combining the dispossessed masses of the military, the movie makes a hard hitting comment on the state of those who have served for their country.

4 out of 5.

Mini review: Tag.

Starring Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Lil Reg Howery, Isla Fisher

A group of friends who have been playing the same game of tag for one month each year for 30 years hatch a plan to get the one person in their group who has never been it.

A silly, fun and funny way to spend a couple of hours which shows if you have a little you can still do a lot. Each character has plenty to do and what you get is a laugh out loud treat. If you’re looking for emotional moments which could fill the running time you’re in the wrong movie.

3 out of 5.

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Chucky Reboot In The Works

Reboots and remakes are now part and parcel of the movie industry, we have to get used to them whether we liked it or not. Some can be good whilst others are rubbish. Take the recent remake of IT, a damn good film which improved upon it’s predecessor with a sequel on the way. Well it seems the producers of that want to recreate the success with another old horror franchise, Child’s Play. That’s right, the terrifying doll known as Chucky is said to be returning to the big screen with a new rebooted film in the works. 

Producers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith who were part of the producing team of 2017’s IT and are hard at work with the sequel want to give us a new Chucky film in which no doubt the annoying shit of a doll will terrorise more people. He really is a complete prick. 

The story details are being mostly kept secret but its been said that it could centre around two teenagers similar to that of Stranger Things or the Losers Club. Lars Klevberg is set to direct with Tyler Burton currently working on a script although that’s just a rumour at the moment. Brad Dourif who has voiced all 7 iterations of Chucky has stated he will not return this time around. I don’t blame him because do we really need an 8th film?? 
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Greta Gerwig Taking On Little Women

After her success with Lady Bird and becoming an Oscar nominated director, Greta Gerwig is setting her sights on something even bigger for her next project. She is currently in talks to take on Little Women with a cast which includes Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone and Florence Pugh.

Greta has been attached to the project for quite some time as a writer however it is now being said that she will direct and re-team with Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet from Lady Bird. This will be the latest version of the classic tale by Lousia May Alcott which is about the lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, as they wrestle with family, relationships, and their own growth from childhood to womanhood.

Sarah Polley was on script duties before Greta came on-board in 2016 after Sony set the film up at Columbia Pictures. This is one of many adaptations of the well-known novel with the 1994 version being the most popular and starring the likes of Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes and Kirsten Dunst.

The cast has had a pretty busy time lately with Timothée starring in Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird plus his upcoming role in Beautiful Boy which just had a trailer released. Saoirse who also appeared in Lady Bird, starred in On Chesil Beach as well as filming Mary Queen of Scots and The Seagull. This will be the first project of Greta’s since becoming an Oscar nominated director.

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Weekly Round-Up: 1st July, 2018

This is now my fourth week doing these round-ups and I’m quite enjoying them. I get to share more, write more, create more and annoy you more. You lucky readers! This week I got to go to a poster exhibition, see a couple of films (which weren’t as good as others have been saying) and see the first poster for Glass which doesn’t feel as if it should work as a film but I think it will. Come back and comment after you’ve watched it to let me know i I’m right or wrong. OR don’t.

Trailers and Posters

King of Thieves 

Another film about the Hatton Garden heist is coming out to rob you blind…at the cinema. This is daylight robbery! Starring Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Michael Gambon, Charlie Cox, Ray Winstone, Tom Courtenay and Paul Whitehouse, King of Thieves is directed by James Marsh and is the third film covering the heist.

The Predator

Shane Black (who starred in the original which I only just learnt last week!) has directed the rebooted version and the film has had a new poster and full on trailer released this week. Check them out below.

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The Meg

Jason Statham and a harpoon gun vs. a massive shark. I think you’d be better off if you just punch him in the face… 🦈

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Bad Times at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royale releases a bunch of character posters. Oi you lot! Turn around…rude!

Yardie

Idris Elba shows off his big screen feature debut as a director with these new posters for Yardie. The film is out in August this year and had been adapted from the 1993 novel of the same name.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Here’s a new poster for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms which must take place at the Kremlin otherwise this is just stupid. Directed by Lasse Hallström and starring Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Matthew Macfadyen and Helen Mirren the Disney musical will be released on November 2nd.

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Matt Groening’s Disenchantment

Matt Groening has quite a knack for animation after his success of The Simpson and Futurama.  In his new show Disenchantment, he explores the medieval past of a hard-drinking princess, her feisty elf and her personal demon. Not quite the history lesson some of you may be after but it sounds like pretty solid entertainment. Here’s more on the Netflix show including the new trailer.

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Assassination Nation

Telling the story of how the town of Salem lost it’s mind with trigger warnings and provocative imagery, Assassination Nation probably isn’t for everyone  Starring Suki Waterhouse and Bill Skarsgård, the new film by Sam Levinson is out in November.

The First Purge

The First Purge is making the entire nation of America into a crime scene. So a bit like it is now…

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The House with a Clock in its Walls

The bizarre looking The House with a Clock in its Walls tells the story of a 10 year old boy who goes to live with his uncle in an old house which carries in intriguing secret… IT’S MAGIC!

Beautiful Boy

Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet are father and son in Beautiful Boy which looks to be an Oscar contender already. Felix van Groeningen’s new film deals with a family who face up to the reality of addiction across several years. If you don’t cry to this trailer, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!

Glass

One of the most unexpected but highly anticipated sequels has a fantastic new poster but why is David Dunn in chains?? All will be revealed in M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass to be released in January 2019.

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News

Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 3

James Gunn shared this image of his Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 3 script which he is currently working on with a plan to shoot for 2019. Now that is ALL I WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT. THIS IS ENOUGH JAMES. SHARE NO MORE!

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Jared Leto to play Morbius

Yeah I don’t get it at all either, he sucked as the Joker (don’t even think about arguing with me, he was shit) and now Jared Leto is to play yet another villain but in a Marvel film of Morbius. If you’d like to find out more about the character and film take a look here.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Here’s your first look at Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the new Tarantino film which is about the Charles Manson murders, stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino. I have serious issues when it comes to this film and the release date (it comes out on the 50th anniversary of these murders) but that’s a very Tarantino.

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Wonder Woman 1984

Above is the first image released, by Patty Jenkins of Kristen Wigg in Wonder Woman 1984 who plays Cheetah. Below is how she looks in the comics however I think she’ll have a completely difference appearance in the film 🐆

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Industry News

Prop Store Movie Poster Exhibition

Prop Store held a movie poster auction on Friday 29th June (yeah sorry, too late to bid now but they have other stuff too!) and for that they exhibited a lot of the artwork going on sale. Around 400 pieces were being sold from 320 films, which included Jungle Book, a few James Bond, Blade Runner and lots of Star Wars ones (thee was a VERY rare Revenge of the Jedi poster there, I tried to steal but the GF told me off…). Check out what I saw here.

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The Academy Invites 928 New Members

It’s been announced that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 928 new members to join in an effort to become more diverse. About time too, it’s always felt as if this lack of diversity has severely affected the industry. Here’s hoping it will change a lot more in the coming years. Take a look at the full list here.

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Reviews

Mini review: Hereditary

Starring Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne and Alex Wolf.

After their grandmother dies, a family starts to experience strange supernatural occurrences in their everyday lives.

What starts off well, has exceptional performances and some very intriguing moments with striking imagery throughout, it’s a shame that the second half descends into fairly typical horror tropes. There is nothing wrong with doing this but Hereditary doesn’t even try to do anything that original with its material.

3 out of 5.

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Mini review: Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado.

Starring Josh Brolin, Benelicio Del Toro, Isabela Moner and Catherine Keener.

As the drug war escalates at the US Mexico border with the cartel smuggling terrorists to attack the States, Matt Graver and Alejandro team up to defeat them.

Not a patch on the original film, Sicario 2 is missing the style of Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins. The pair created some stunning shots and intense sequences in the preceding film, something which is lacking here. Whilst this is a decent film overall, there are one or two too many plots which creates a messy narrative and has little room for any real development.

3 out of 5.

 

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Incredibles 2

The Parr family come back after 14 years and yet nothing has changed. This time Elastigirl is thrust into the foreground thanks to plan to make Superheroes legal again. As she battles a new villain, Bob aka Mr Incredible is left as home with the kids to face some rather hilarious challenges of his own. Check out my full review here.

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Incredibles 2, review

Starting where we left them 14 years ago, The Incredibles return with Helen at centre stage. After the events of the previous film, an attempt is made to make superheroes legal with Elastigirl as the family’s primary hero whilst Bob is left at home to take care of the kids. 

Brad Bird has returned to write and direct the follow up to the best version of the Fanstasic Four we will ever get. It may not reach the heights of its predecessor, however it’s a worthy sequel thanks to its inventive action sequences whilst keeping it about family.

When we left our favourite superhero family at the end of the first film, they were facing the Underminer, a villain who comes from the underground to launch his attack. Their proceeding efforts to thwart him get the family arrested under the breach that they are no longer supposed to be active. A lot of property damage later and the Parr family are living in a motel with no backup plan after the superhero programme is shut down. It doesn’t take long for a new opportunity to arise in the form of philanthropist Winston Deavour and his tech genius sister Evelyn, who want to see the heroes of their childhood back in the limelight. A plan is presented which involves putting Helen at the centre with Bob side lined to take on a challenge of his own: staying at home to look after the kids.

With a 14 year break between the two films you’d be forgiven for assuming that there would be a time jump however Brad Bird stated that he wanted to have some time in between the two films if he were ever to do a sequel. Continuing in this way has allowed the dynamic to switch between Helen aka Elastigirl and Bob as Mr Incredible naturally expects to be the at the centre of this new scheme. Elastigirl truly takes the reigns of this film and steers it in her direction, calling back to her old interview where she doesn’t want to leave it to the men to save the world. She takes on a new villain known as Screenslaver who preys on those who rely on technology and can enslave anyone using any sort of screen or monitor. Her chase scenes and fight sequences are proof of Pixar’s technology improving due to their slickness.

Whilst Bob may feel he’s been sidelined, some of the best moments comes from his struggles at home as he attempts to remain as grounded as possible. His issues in dealing with Dash’s homework (“Why would they change math?!”) as well as Violet whose adolescence kicks into full gear are aspects which many parents can relate to. However without question it’s Jack-Jack who becomes the biggest challenge as he steals every scene with his adorable innocence, especially when he becomes part of an unlikely double act. He comes into his own with the multiple and unpredictable powers he possesses during a scene which has to be one of the finest Pixar moments as he faces down a raccoon. It’s a sequence which matches that of any classic silent comedy.

Most comedy sequels amplify the personality of its characters, be they main or supporting, there seems to be some ridiculous shift in how they behave. However The Incredibles 2 keeps its characters on a believable level, with each interaction feeling natural and needed. Especially when Frozone is being yelled at by his wife again and Edna is as Edna as ever. Whilst not as good as the first it is still a worthy sequel, going deeper thanks to the dynamic switch and showing the mounting pressure parents are under their children no matter what. It’s a thrilling film with some incredible sequences better than most modern action films we have whilst keeping it’s heart and family values firmly at the centre.

4 out of 5.