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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.

‘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.