Super Bowl 2018 TV Spots

There was an idea. To bring together a group of remarkable people. To play American football. YAWN!

Last night it was the Super Bowl, some sort of huge American football event where two teams play each and it’s a bigger deal than any other match. Frankly I couldn’t give a patriotic fuck about it, not a clue who won and I’m just not a fan of sports (this coming from someone who likes to sit down watching things and then pass judgement upon them).

However something fantastic happened last night, which occurs each year at around this time. Multiple trailers and TV spots were released, giving us something much more exciting to looking forward to. There’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, some new footage for Avengers Infinity War, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (okay that’s not looking very exciting) and the highly anticipated (despite the fact that Disney allegedly think it’s going to tank) Solo: A Star Wars story.

Here are hopefully all of the ones that showed last night, if I’ve missed any please tell someone who cares! Well, enjoy!

Avengers: Infinity War

Release date: April 27th

______________

Red Sparrow

Release date: March 1st

______________

A Quiet Place

Release date: April 6th

______________

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 

Release date: June 6th

______________

Solo: A Star Wars Story 

Release date: May 25th

______________

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Release date: July 27th

______________

The Cloverfield Paradox  (TV spot 1)

The Cloverfield Paradox  (TV spot 2)

Release date: Out now on Netflix

______________

Westworld. Season 2

Release date: April 22nd

______________

Skyscraper 

Release date: July 13th

______________

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

Release date: 2018

Keep. It. Reel.

Ron Howard Confirmed As Director Of Han Solo Project 

After the recent shock departure of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the Star Wars spin off Han Solo project, there were rumours which quickly sprouted of Ron Howard taking over. Well, it seems in a rare twist a rumour turned out to be true! The director of Rush and Apollo 13 has been announced as the replacement director, taking over for the next few weeks of shooting as well as the films planned reshoots, scheduled for later this year.

Ron, who has been previously rumoured for Phantom Menace, will be working for the next 3 weeks, ensuring it’s steered in the right direction. It’s unclear what credit Lord and Miller will receive if any who allegedly had several disagreements with producer Kathleen Kennedy.

Lucasfilm moved quickly to find a replacement due to the fact that they are not changing the scheduled release date. Shooting is due to resume on July 10th, giving the crew time to take stock of the situation. Kennedy said, “At Lucasfilm we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began 40 years ago. With that in mind we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew and the absolute commitment to make a great movie.”

It was announced that Lord and Miller left the project due to creative differences. Hearsay from the set says that the directing duo were not happy with the control Kennedy had over the creativity of the project. It’s been rumoured that they didn’t have as much control as they would have liked and also butted heads with writer and Star Wars veteran Jon Kasdan.

With the movie taking a break until next month, they’ll have to work fast to have it finished on time. Let’s hope this doesn’t have an affect on production.

Starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, the movie is to be set around the early days of the Millennium Falcon pilot as a smuggler. It also stars Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Michael K. Williams and Emilia Clarke. The project is still slated for release on May 25th, 2018.

Keep. It. Reel.

Lord and Miller Fired From Han Solo Project 

It’s been announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller have left the Han Solo project after clashing several times with producer Kathleen Kennedy. The pair left on Tuesday after they were not being given the freedom to run their own production of the Star Wars spin off movie.

In a released statement, Lord and Miller have said, “Unfortunatemy, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this clichè is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.”

Lord and Miller also butted heads with writer and producer Larry Kasdan, who has been part of Star Wars ever since Empire Strikes Back. It’s claimed that he was never a fan of the pair’s directing style.

Kennedy said, “Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who assembled an incredible cast and crew but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film and we’ve decided to part ways.”

With a few weeks still left to shoot, plus reshoots planned for later on, the Han Solo movie needs a new director. Ron Howard has been rumoured but nothing is being confirmed as of yet.

Starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, the movie is to be set around the early days of the Millennium Falcon pilot as a smuggler. It also stars Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Michael K. Williams and Emilia Clarke. The project is still slated for release on May 25th, 2018.

Keep. It. Reel.

The week in news: November 28th 2016

So much news. Very little time. A week to be exact. With any luck this will be a regular feature every week on either Sunday or Monday where I round up a bunch of news, just in case you’ve missed anything. Yes, I can be THIS nice. As well as these regular news updates, I’ve got a few new bits coming in the new year which I’m hoping will become regular features. Stay tuned. In the mean time, let’s get this started.

Cars 3

And we begin with Cars 3 trailer. This is without question the least Pixar the Cars movies has ever looked. A very gritty, off-kilter, shocking and a greyish trailer which comes with a message: From this moment everything will change. What does that mean? Are they destroying Cars as we know it? Will people actually like this one? (I’ve not seen either of them so I can’t comment but apparently Cars and Cars 2 sucks.) Has the colour been turned down for good? No-one knows but we will certainly find out in 2017.

John Boyega in Pacific Rim: Maelstrom 

We’ve just seen John Boyega featuring in a new image from Pacific Rim 2. It was announced a while ago that he was part of the sequel, he then released a photo to show us the title which is Pacific Rim: Maelstrom. And that’s it. That’s pretty much all we know (without reading more about it to avoid spoilers) however I do hope that we’ll see more dumb awesomeness with even more massive robots punching massive monsters!

john-boyega-pacific-rim-2

Release of Rogue One tickets

They are out people! This is not a drill! I’ve booked my ticket to watch it on the 17th December. I’m very excited, I love the idea for this film and it look great from the trailers. Rogue One this year, Episode VIII in 2017, Han Solo movie in 2018, Episode IX in 2019 and another spin-off in 2019. So much to look forward to if you’re a Star Wars fan, which I wasn’t a while ago. But that’s something for another time. You can book your tickets here.

rogue-one-imax

 

Deadpool 2 director announced

Director of Deadpool 2 announced as  David Leitch, who is the man behind 2014’s John Wick starring Keanu Reeves. This is going to be a challenge for Leitch. First of all, John Wick was very successful, enough to make a sequel in fact, however it was dark, there wasn’t much humour in it. But the action scenes were superbly choreographed and the entire film was well directed. It’s an interesting choice after Tim Miller departed due to creative differences (there are lots of rumours, related to budget constrictions, disagreeing on who to cast as Cable and so on) but it’ll be a good one that’s for a sure.

david-leitch-deadpool-2

Emilia Clarke in Han Solo movie

That’s it. This is all we know. She’s paying the female leads apparently and that’s it. I think it’s a good move for Clarke to go into such a major franchise considering her work besides Game of Thrones hasn’t exactly been strong. Time will tell, this is going to be the second spin-off for Star Wars with many more planned especially as they have recently announced that after Episode IX, there will be no more Episode films. It makes sense, there’s only so far a story can go and there are plenty of other ideas to be explored.

Silence trailer and poster

Can you imagine working on something for 28 years, finishing it off and then releasing it to the world? Well this is exactly what the film Silence is to Martin Scorsese. The trailer for his epic new film, starring Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson has finally been released. Check out what all the fuss is about right here. They also released a poster, looking forward to this.

silence

Sherlock Season 4 images

We’ve seen the trailer, now check out these images! Yeah okay, they aren’t that great but frankly I very eager to see what they have planned for this set of episodes which might be the end of Sherlock. It certainly needs to end. Season 3 was good but not as good as 1 and 2, plus the main duo are constantly busy with other films and stage performances. It all beings again on January 1st 2017. I’ve thrown in all of the new images, a couple of old ones AND the trailer. Enjoy your Sherlook-gasm…

The Comedian trailer

This is what he doe best. Good character acting. I love the look of this film, it looks charming, funny and warm, plus the role of DeNiro’s character seems to be a much stronger one than he’s played recently (all I will say is Dirty Grandpa). Check out the trailer below.

A few more trailers from the week

The Book of Love Official Trailer

T2 TRAINSPOTTING International Trailer

Barry trailer

 

Keep. It. Reel.

 

Star Wars. Episode VII: The Force awakens, review

Back in 2012, when Disney bought the rights for Star Wars from Lucas Film, they immediately announced a new movie for 2015. It was met with fear, trepidation and excitement which is understandable, due to the previous trilogy having been a huge disappointment to all Star Wars fans. It’s hard to believe that Episodes I through III came from the same universe as Han Solo, the Millennium Falcon, and the Death Star. J.J. Abrams understands the legacy the original trilogy still has and he knows first, how to play on the nostalgia without going over the top and second how to create a brand new story whilst linking it to the initial movies.

Set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is missing and there are a lot of people looking for him. The First Order, who have risen from the ashes of the Galactic Empire, are on the hunt for a map that will lead them to Skywalker. During a reconnaissance mission they capture Poe Dameron (Oscar Issac), a pilot for the Resistance, who has hidden the map in the impossibly adorable BB-8, a one of a kind droid. Not unlike Leia using R2D2 to send a message to Obi Wan Kenobi. After meeting Poe, we are introduced to Finn (John Boyega) a Stormtrooper who has a crisis of identity and defects onto the side of the Resistance after the village they are searching in is put to death. The droid makes his way (BB-8’s gender was confirmed back in November) to the planet Jakku where he finds Rey, a scavenger who makes a living by hunting through old wreckages for parts to sell. She’s unwillingly dragged into the story after a moment of sympathy from the hard-shelled outcast.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens..L to R: BB-8 and Rey (Daisy Ridley)..Ph: Film Frame..? 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Right Reserved..

Star Wars: The Force Awakens..L to R: BB-8 and Rey (Daisy Ridley)..Ph: Film Frame..? 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Right Reserved..

Finn and Rey are a couple of brave new characters who fit into the Stars Wars world well. She’s rough, tough and knowledgeable. He is a part brave, part nervous hero who comes to the aide of Rey after spotting BB-8. Finn is unsure of who he is exactly whilst he wants to leave The First Order, he’s a reluctant hero, initially. His nervous and ever so slightly awkward manner holds him back and creates some funny moments. Rey has been alone for a long time and manages to form an attachment to BB-8 and an unwanted one to Finn. The two immediately have on-screen chemistry that’s hard to fake with their lines bouncing off of one another and gelling so well, especially during a sequence when they are being chased.

Amongst the newcomers we have Poe Dameron, a Resistance pilot with a confident cocky personality, but not so much that you hate him. Think of a young Han Solo with a bit more attitude. Clearly a born leader, his dry sense of humour is consistent through any situation he finds himself in. He shares some early and enjoyable screen time with Finn, who he seems to take under his wing. Then there’s the Yoda-like Maz Kanata voiced by Lupita Nyong’o, who offers her wisdom and guidance to those looking to fight against Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). It’s difficult to believe that some of her scenes were allegedly cut as this was a note perfect performance from one of the best characters in the entire film.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens..Finn (John Boyega)..Ph: Film Frame..? 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Right Reserved..

Star Wars: The Force Awakens..Finn (John Boyega)..Ph: Film Frame..? 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Right Reserved..

With Star Wars, comes a certain amount of nostalgia, but it’s not too heavy handed. Han Solo along with Chewie (who hasn’t aged at all!) make a welcome return when they appear on the Millennium Falcon. Solo still has his confident cockiness  and whilst he’s still a culprit for trouble, he’s mellowed ever so slightly with age. Whilst BB-8 is impossibly cute, we will always have a special place in our hearts for R2D2 and C3PO, who both have relatively brief but important roles to play. And of course the renamed Princess Leia who goes by General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) shows off her leadership skills when leading the Resistance into battle and doing what she needs to do in order to protect the galaxy.

The atmosphere of the original trilogy can be felt throughout, with the TIE fighters battling against X-Wing Fighters, the simplified yet beautiful lightsaber battles and the story of good vs. evil, being told in a way that relates back to friendship and family. They have also involved the Stormtroopers more than ever before which was a stroke of genius, getting them to interact in scenes when, in previous films, they have mostly been in the background. Even their suits have had a modern upgrade.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens..Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)..Ph: David James..?Lucasfilm 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens..Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)..Ph: David James..?Lucasfilm 2015

The primary antagonist is Kylo Ren, a man in dark clothing and a mask which disguises his voice as much as it does his face. He idolises Darth Vader, at one point speaking to his extremely damaged helmet. He’s in charge of locating a piece of evidence that will lead him to Skywalker, killing all those who come in his way. His techniques are brutal; slaughtering an entire village, using the Force to torture his victims and pulling out his lightsaber sword for the smallest provocation. He is comparable to Vader however Driver has brought an emotion to this role that makes it feel even more personal. With his emotion, comes naivety, you get the sense that he still has much to learn. He is joined by General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), whom he butts heads with several times. It seems these two are on the same level when addressing Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), the less said about him the better. Gleeson’s performance comes across as a fearless and ruthless dictator, there is almost something of the Third Reich in his delivery, perfect to put the fear of The First Order in you.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens..L to R: Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) ..Ph: David James..?Lucasfilm 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens..L to R: Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) ..Ph: David James..?Lucasfilm 2015

The final lightsaber battle is one we have been wanting to see ever since the disappointing over the top versions in the prequel trilogies. Gone are the unnecessary flips and various somersaults, replaced by a duel that can easily be compared to those in Episodes IV, V and VI. With its use of the force, a sword-like lightsaber and brutal scars, the magic of an old school lightsaber duel is back.

The very first spoken words are “This will start to make things right” and you get the sense that this is more for the audience. As if this film is an apology for what fans had to endure from 1999 to 2005, that this will restore the faith in all Star Wars fans everywhere and take away the memory of the much hated prequels. J.J. Abrams has managed to bring back what we really loved about these films and he has created a galaxy that no longer feels far far away, it’s right here and it’s now.

5 out of 5

Keep. It. Reel.