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New Years Resolution

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As mentioned in my last post, 2016 was not a great year. We lost many beloved celebrities, saw a ridiculous, allegedly corrupt, billionaire become President-elect (I’m still half trying to wake up from that nightmare), and the UK left the EU (which we still have not even started experiencing the fallout from).

As last year left me disgruntled and extremely deflated, I decided that I was going to take charge in 2017, and make this THE year. The year of reflection, the year of growth and the year of change. I am hoping that 2017 will be the gentle (and much needed) cathartic to calm the pain and stress of the unintentional and unwarranted hangover of 2016.

Now at the beginning of last year, I set my aims high by declaring that I would make lots of New Years Resolutions, and stick to these. I, ashamedly, have not followed through on a single one of these. I quit learning Spanish after my first lesson, I gained weight, I have not become more ‘cultured’ nor confident. Therefore, this year I set myself goals I knew I could achieve (to buoy myself, gain my desired confidence, then aim higher next year). Consequently, (as we are now half way through the first month of the year), I have decided to reflect on my aims of 2017 that I set out a little over 2 weeks ago.

My first resolution is that I want to read 50 books, and my second is to watch 100 new movies (ones that I have never watched before) within the year. The below link (to an Independent article) is perfect, as it combines both of these desires. It outlines 29 novels which have been adapted into film, due to be released later this year. As I have not read any of those listed, I cannot wait to read and watch some of the classics (including Murder on the Orient Express) and popular modern books, by authors like Stephen King (including It and The Dark Tower), that I have been holding off on reading. These release dates will definitely give me a drive to read them before they’re released.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/movie-book-adaptions-to-read-a7524471.html

Some of my favourite movies in the world are based on books! These include; the Harry Potter franchise, The Godfather trilogy, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Great Gatsby and Gone Girl. This article made me realise how fantastic both mediums are, and made me so optimistic about my New Years Resolutions. To add to this list, I cannot wait to see the new ‘Blade Runner’ (1982) film (‘Blade Runner 2049’ (2017)). I watched the original last night for the first time (which is based on a book called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), and it made me realise that I am definitely becoming a fan of the sci-fi genre (which I never used to like). This has a lot to do with it being an 80s film (I love this period of film-making), and the fact that the protagonist is Harrison Ford (what a babe), as well as the incredible use of light (Ridley Scott is a visionary). I hope the sequel is as good!

Ultimately, from the above mentioned link, 2017 looks like it’s going to be a healthy, productive year. So far I have read 4 books, watched 9 films, and am highly optimistic about the future of film.

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‘Deadpool 2’ – Teaser Review

Deadpool 2

Release date:
12th January 2018

Directed by:
David Leitch

Written by:
Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza, Rhett Reese, and Paul Wernick

Genre:
Action/superhero film

Cast:
– Ryan Reynolds
Synopsis:
This is the sequel to the 2016 film ‘Deadpool’, a superhero film in which Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), a former Special Forces operative, develops cancer, takes experimental treatment to try and overcome this, but instead develops accelerated healing powers when an  evil scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein) tortures and disfigures him. The rogue experiment leaves Wade with accelerated healing powers and so he develops the alter ego of Deadpool. With help from 2 X-Men mutant allies called Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool uses his new skills to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Sadly, this teaser gives nothing away about the sequel for this film, other than the superhero Cable will probably be featured (especially as this character is referenced in the post-credits of ‘Deadpool’).

Reactions:
As this is just a teaser trailer, little can be deduced from this about ‘Deadpool 2’, other than the superhero Cable is more than likely going to make their screen debut. It is also rumoured that Domino (another superhero from this multiverse) is rumoured to be making a  screen debut. Additionally, Wade’s partner Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarin) might be returning, along with Wade’s sidekick Weasel (T.J Miller).

I have read a couple of articles regarding this film, so can pass a little judgement on this. Firstly, the original ‘Deadpool’ director, Tim Miller, has pulled out of productions for creative differences with Ryan Reynolds (essentially that Miller wanted a mega-budget superhero film, whereas Reynolds wanted an inexpensive raunchy movie, like the first). I feel that if they’re going to make another movie (which I personally don’t think they should), they should stick to a similar style to that which they’ve made before. The reason I feel that they should not make a sequel is that the bar is raised so high from the first film that I worry they won’t be able to meet expectations with a sequel. The humour and fight scenes are on point with the first film, and I worry that they won’t be able to replicate this, and that if they do, it will just be a generic duplication.

Secondly, I read that ‘Deadpool’ took a decade to make, but according to IMDB, the sequel was announced 3 days before the original was released. This shows how successful the movie was. I read that it’s the most successful X-Men movie made, but (as mentioned above) hope that it does not get caught up in its own success and create a never ending series of movies that repeat jokes and undermine the original.

That being said, I do not know much about comic books or superheroes (I am new to this but am keen to learn), but am aware that Cable (the son of an X-Men) stars alongside Deadpool/he often plays the straight man to Deadpool’s antics. I am also aware that Venessa (Deadpool’s girlfriend) has mutant tendencies, and is better known as Copycat (which ‘Deadpool 2’ has the potential to explore). These characters, like the Deadpool plot itself, are part of a bigger X-Men multiverse, so this film has he potential for greatness. Deadpool’s pre-existing humour and style has so much potential too, especially as the  original poked fun at superhero movies, so no doubt the sequel will – which is my kind of superhero film.

‘Dunkirk’ – Trailer Review

Dunkirk

Release date:
21st July 2017

Written and Directed by:
Christopher Nolan

Genre:
Action/war film

Cast:
– Tom Hardy
– Cillian Murphy
– Mark Rylance
– Kenneth Branagh
– James D’Arcy
– Fionn Whitehead
-Harry Styles

Synopsis:
This film is based on the WWII Battle of Dunkirk, in which 400,000 British and Allied troops are surrounded on the beaches of Dunkirk in France by German troops.

Reactions:
Earlier this week, the trailer for the new Christopher Nolan film ‘Dunkirk’ was released. This is the new war film documenting the Battle of Dunkirk, an important battle of the Second World War which took place on the beaches of Dunkirk in France between the Allies and Germany. This was the defence and evacuation of British and Allied forces in Europe between the 26th of May and 4th of June 1940.

I must say that I am not that well read up on the background of this film. From first glance, this looks like it has the potential to be a fantastic WWII film. It looks gritty and full of suspense, like a war film should be. It has a sombre feel to it, and could hopefully get across the message of the historic story of Dunkirk in a tasteful way.

The main character (played by Fionn Whitehead) is a relative newcomer to the film business. In spite of this, the rest of the cast is that strong that they will no doubt buoy his performance if he does not deliver (which I am sure he will). Similarly, Christopher Nolan is such an experienced director (with films like ‘The Dark Knight’ (2009) and ‘Interstellar’ (2014) under his belt), so is more than capable of handling such a daunting subject as The Battle of Dunkirk, let alone a war film.

I am really looking forward to seeing ‘Dunkirk’. I like war films (if they focus on the history and gripping scenes, rather than focusing predominantly on the emotion in an overwhelming way that overshadows anything else). I like most of the actors in this film (Tom Hardy is such a strong, diverse actor, as is Cillian Murphy), and the director Christopher Nolan has a flare that makes me consider him to be one of my favourites – both of which will undoubtedly get the story across in a concise yet dramatic way. It will be interesting to see how Harry Styles plays his role. I hope that the focus does not fall completely on him (being a One Direction member) when it comes to this film, as it has so much potential to be a classic war film.

 

‘Gold’ – Trailer Review

 

Gold

Release date:
25th December 2016 (limited release)

Directed by:
Stephen Gaghan

Writers:
Patrick Massett and John Ziman

Genre:
Adventure

Cast:
– Matthew McConaughey
– Bryce Dallas Howard
– Toby Kebbell
– Edgar Ramírez
– Rachel Taylor

Synopsis:
Set in the 1980s,  ‘Gold’ is about Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey) and Michael Acosta (Edgar Ramírez) travelling to the Indonesian jungle in search of gold – and the trials and tribulations that come with this seeming success.

Reactions:
I Googled the UK release date, and the search engine’s response was ‘limited release’, and I think this is for a reason. I initially saw an Instagram post about this film, and so Googled it to see what it was all about (as I like following Matthew McConaughey’s career) – but instead of finding this film, I accidentally stumbled across a the single ‘Gold’ by Kiiara, which is fantastic!

This film, however, looks generic. From a distance, this film looks like it will be a mixture between ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ (2013) (a film also set in the 1980s about the US stock-market),’The Big Short’ (2015) (about America’s mortgage situation before the 2008 recession), and ‘Fools Gold’ (2008) (an adventure film about a couple of married treasure hunters). The former are 2 great films about the highs and lows of economic systems in America, the latter is just shit – and ‘Gold’, to me, looks like it will be a mixture of all 3 films.  I am going to watch it if it comes to a cinema near me (which I doubt it will), but I probably won’t like it/definitely would not pay to see it. It’s sad because I thought Matthew McConaughey was coming into his own in terms of acting in the past few years… but it looks like a similar role to his previous characters (like that in ‘Fools Gold’). I hope I am wrong….

Films to Get Excited About

I haven’t been writing much, so this is just a quick post to get back into the swing of things…These are 3 films coming out in the New Year that look amazing.

 La La Land

Release date (UK):
17th January 2017

Written and directed by:
Damien Chazelle

Starring: 
– Ryan Gosling
– Emma Stone
– John Legend
– Rosemarie DeWitt
– J. K. Simmons

Genre:
Romantic musical comedy-drama

Synopsis:
‘La La Land’ is  about Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress who waits on movie stars, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a jazz musician who plays cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, both of whom aspire for greater things. As success hits, the fabric of their love affair begins to fray, and the American Dream they worked so hard to maintain begins to tear them apart.

Why to be excited:
This film is written and directed by Damien Chazelle, who wrote and directed ‘Whiplash’ (2014), which is one of my favourite films about music. Chazelle did such a fantastic job of recreating the passion/emotion musicians feel at striving to hit their musical potential in ‘Whiplash’ (both J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller did amazing jobs), so I am extremely excited to see what he does with this musical. ‘La La Land’ has the appearance of a classic Hollywood style romance film (with the movie studio settings, the mood lighting and the romantic colours), which I adore. I only like certain romance films, and this has the winning composition to be included in this list. It looks really classy, and Ryan Gosling is devastatingly handsome, and I can’t wait to watch this….

 

 

 

Split

Release date (UK):
20th January 2017

Written and directed by:
M Knight Shyamalan

Starring: 
– James McAvoy
– Haley Lu Richardson
– Anya Taylor-Joy
– Kim Director
– Betty Buckley

Genre:
Psychological Thriller

Synopsis:
‘Split’ is about a man named Kevin (James McAvoy), who experiences extremely bad schizophrenia (a mental illness where Kevin is able to change his body chemistry with his thoughts – he essentially has a split personality). He kidnaps a car of 3 girls, and holds them captive. They then have to deal with Kevin’s 23 different personalities in order to help them escape. However, a final personality (“The Beast”) begins to materialise…

Why to be excited:
This film is written and directed by M Knight Shyamalan, who is best known for his film the ‘The Sixth Sense’ (1999), which in my eyes is an absolute classic, and still retains the impact it had on me when I first watched it! Similarly, last year I watched ‘The Visit’ (2015), which is another psychological thriller that I frequently recommend to people as it blew me away. This is because M Knight Shyamalan’s films are predominantly psychological thrillers, which have a style that border on horror (as they are so dark). Their psychological element toys with your mind, and make you unsettled and captivated in the same instance, which is why they leave such a lasting impression. From the advert, I can tell that ‘Split’ will no less do this, especially with James McAvoy at the helm. Definitely another film I am extremely excited to see!

 

 

 

 

Live by the Night

Release date (UK):
13th January 2017

Directed by:
Ben Affleck

Written by:
Ben Affleck and Dennis Lehane

Starring:
– Zoe Saldana
– Ben Affleck
– Elle Fanning
– Scott Eastwood
– Chris Sullivan
– Sienna Miller

Genre:
Gangster crime thriller

Synopsis:
‘Live by Night’ is set in 1920s America during the Prohibition era, when an underground network of gangsters helps to ensure the flow of booze to speakeasies across the country. Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck) is the son of the Boston Police Superintendent, but turns his back on his strict upbringing for the spoils of being an outlaw. However, Coughlin crosses a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll, which ultimately ends badly.

Why to be excited:
I studied American Studies at University, and this my favourite era in American history (I love the music, literature, fashion, and overall culture of the 1920s). There is something about gangster films that are so seductive and badass, that it’s just hard to get a gangster film wrong. Furthermore, there are a lot of big names behind this film (it is produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, and is edited by Oscar-winning William Goldenberg – to name a few), and is written and directed by Affleck himself. I am so excited about this, as the last film I watched with him in (that he had written and directed) was ‘The Town’ (2010), which was a modern-day bank robber film, and was just perfect. ‘Live by the Night’ has the same potential.#
2017 looks amazing for films (especially with the Oscars just around the corner).