Month: March 2017

It – Trailer

Are you ready to be scared shitless? Then you best check out the trailer for the new movie adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘It’, which gives us an insight into what promises to be one of the scariest movies of the year.

Cool fact – the trailer for the 2017 movie mirrors that of the 1990 mini TV series shot for shot and it’s equally as creepy, if not more so.

If you hate clowns, it’s probably best to stay indoors when ‘It’ is released 7th September – but for now, here’s a taster of what’s to come:

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Spider-Man: Homecoming – Trailer

The new trailer for the latest member of the Avengers squad dropped today, giving us a better look at Michael Keaton as villain, The Vulture as well as the father/son like relationship between Peter Parker and Tony Stark.

Brit Tom Holland, who we got a brief glimpse into the background of in Captain America: Civil War, returns as schoolboy turned Avenger, Spider-Man, attempting to balance his normal life with that of a superhero, under the guidance of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)

Watch the latest trailer for Spider-Man – Homecoming below, with the movie set to be released 7th July.

Justice League – Trailer

The new trailer for Justice League has dropped and has everyone scratching their head wondering where the hell Superman is?

Bruce Wayne AKA Batman (Ben Affleck) assembles his team of extraordinary beings including Aquaman (Jason Mamoa), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and the Flash (Ezra Miller), in order to face the world’s latest threat.

But the latest insight into one of the year’s most anticipated movies has left a lot of fans wondering where Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill) is. He is being credited with a role on IMDB and a brief shot of Lois Lane (Amy Adams) suggests that he will be making some form of appearance.

Nevertheless, enjoy the latest trailer for Justice League below:

The Problem With Disney Reboots

The release of the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast perhaps wasn’t greeted with the most sparkling reviews it was originally anticipated. It was by no means a bad watch – it looked fantastic, the songs were beautifully performed and it held a pleasant level of charm. But it certainly lacked that special something that I was hoping for, so much so that all I wanted to do when I came out of the cinema was to go home and watch the original and fall in love with it all over again. I’m sure that was the case for a number of people and I imagine that they will also agree with the idea that no matter how good these reboots are, they will never outdo or be loved any more than their animated originals.

Beauty and the Beast of course isn’t the first Disney live-action reboot we’ve been treated to with The Jungle Book and Cinderella released within the last couple of years and we also have a whole host of remakes coming up including The Lion King, Mulan and Dumbo to name a few. In fact, there aren’t many of the iconic Disney movies that aren’t getting the live-action treatment so why are so many of these movies being remade when everyone knows they will never better the original version? Will the new adaptations of these films be rewatched over and over like their animated counterparts are now years after their original release? I don’t think so.

There’s always financial motivation behind reboots and sequels, and there’s no doubt Beauty and the Beast will absolutely rake it in, but you hope that it’s more in an attempt to bring these outdated products into the 21st century and submerge children into a more diverse movie atmosphere. That said, let’s delve deeper into Beauty and the Beast – headed by celebrated feminist actress, Emma Watson. She plays Belle, who was billed as having a job. She doesn’t – she’s an inventor, without pay, so she has a hobby. That’s fine, but what’s her proudest invention? A washing machine…I’ll just leave that there. She may also make out as if she “is not a princess” when all the supernatural furniture attempts to drape her in the finest rags, only to display the iconic yellow dress during the ballroom scene nearer the end and looking absolutely splendent, ultimately contradicting her anti-princess approach.

Now think about the story of Beauty and the Beast as well. Ultimately the message is that inside beauty carries far more power than aesthetically so is the ending of the story, in which the prince’s curse is lifted and his good looks return, truly a positive moral? Granted, these issues are particularly picky and if too much were to be changed, the story would lose a lot of its origin and we’re then talking about a different movie entirely. Nevertheless, the updating of diversity isn’t necessarily as blatant as the producers and many others affiliated with the film have made out.

Moving on to a slightly more obvious issue – live action and the use of CGI. There’s no doubt that the rereleases of Beauty and the Beast, as well as The Jungle Book and Cinderella, look visually stunning. All used CGI in the correct way, musical sequences were beautifully portrayed and generally, they were all enjoyable movies. But there’s something about animation and Disney animation in particular, that offers that something special and more appealing on a visual basis. Take Cogsworth and Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, the beloved clock and candlestick that are brought to life. There’s a much more potent appeal for the animated version of these characters than the CGI adaptations. They’re more whimsical and slightly less sinister looking and ultimately just a lot pleasant to look at.

Again, are the CGI variations of these characters going to be remembered and treasured as much as their animated predecessors? You wouldn’t think so. In fact, think of the original animations that Disney is still making now – Tangled, Frozen, Zootopia, any Pixar creation. These will still be watched in five/ten years’ time because of the brilliant animation, the new Beauty and the Beast probably won’t. And I imagine the same will be said upon the upcoming spate of Disney live-action reboots but I suppose that’s for the new generation to decide and not an old traditionalist such as myself.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – Trailer

Here’s the new trailer for this summer’s Captain Underpants (as presented to by leading actors, Ed Helms & Kevin Hart).

Based on Dave Pilkey’s much loved children’s book series, this animation follows the story of two school kids who hypnotise their principal, turning him into their comic book creation, Captain Underpants.

The trailer looks hilarious, just like the books – so much anticipation for the release of this one!

Captain Underpants hits UK cinemas 28th July

Beauty and the Beast – Review

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Diversity is the main component that you take away from the new live action remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. After 26 years since the original Disney animated version was released, the reformation of one of Disney’s most beloved creations has certainly been brought into the 21st century. But like its fellow recent live action remakes, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ fails to live up to its animated predecessor.

Emma Watson plays Belle, an outcast of her village for not being a typical girl but instead she enjoys reading and has a keen eye for a new invention – a fresh trait of the character and the first indication of diversity in the movie.

When her father, Maurice (Kevin Kline), is captured on his travels and locked away by the Beast in his castle, Belle seeks to rescue him, only to take his place in the prison. Once a handsome prince, the Beast is seeking true love to overturn a spell cast on him by an enchantress for his selfish ways as well as a number of household appliances who were once bubbly human beings.

There’s no doubting the image of the film is captivating. The CGI is done magnificently and as a result, there’s a beautiful artificial look to the movie. On top of that, there are moments throughout that allude back to the original animation, whether it’s the score in the background or just something as simple as a subtle facial expression from the Beast.

The problem with the movie, and it was the same with the similar remake of Jungle Book, is that the original animated version of the movie will never be outdone or emulate just how much they were loved by audiences of all ages. Of course, a lot changes in 26 years, and there’s no disputing that creating an updated version to match today’s social approaches is a positive factor. Most notable is Josh Gad’s Le Fou, sidekick of Luke Evans’ Gaston, who has caused much of a stir for appearing to be gay, although very subtly indeed and completely blown out of proportion on a political level. The changing portrayal of a Disney princess is perhaps more important as there seems to be a lot more to Belle than just a bog standard girl with typical female attributes – she certainly has a lot more to offer on a humanitarian level this time around. Two interracial couples that are revealed towards the end of the movie are also offering an insight into the movie’s diverse awareness.

Other positive aspects of the movie are the performances with Emma Watson putting in a solid performance as Belle and a number of pleasing cameos from the likes of Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci. Arguably the best performance of the bunch however is Evans’ portrayal of Gaston – strong and confident, with an edge of humour about him, whilst also carrying a dark atmosphere at times. They all also perform exceedingly well during the much-loved musical numbers, which are beautifully depicted.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ is an enjoyable watch and has many promising elements to it, but it is always performing in the shadow of its original, which has become so iconic for a generation. Referring again to ‘The Jungle Book’ and also to Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Cinderella’, they were never going to out-do their predecessors so it almost begs the question as to why make them as you come out of the movie just wanting to watch the original.

Despicable Me 3 – Latest Trailer

One of this summer’s most anticipated movies is the third instalment of the Despicable Me series.

The gang return as they meet Gru’s long lost brother…Dru (also voiced by Steve Carell) who unlike Gru is still entangled in the criminal world.

Naturally, the trailer looks hilarious so check it out below:

Despicable Me 3 is set to be released on 30th June this year.

Wonder Woman – Trailer

Check out the latest ‘origin’ trailer for Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine.

Following her brief (and slightly confusing) cameo in Batman vs Superman, we get a more in depth look into the Amazonian, Diana Prince. After leaving home to explore the world, she soon discovers that it is down to her to save it.

Get a look at the explosive new trailer below:

Wonder Woman is set to be released 2nd June this year.

Rough Night – Trailer

It’s International Women’s Day and to celebrate, here’s the first trailer for comedy, Rough Night, starring Scarlett Johansson.

A bachelorette party in Miami goes horribly wrong, leaving the girls having to deal with the dead body of a male stripper. The movie also stars Jillian Bell and Kate McKinnon and judging by the trailer, we’re in for a few laughs – check out the trailer below!

12 Actors You Probably Didn’t Notice In These Movies

Whether it was before they were famous or just the briefest of cameo roles, you might be surprised to discover the movies the following actors and actresses featured in:

Kevin Hart – The 40 Year Old Virgin

Now one of America’s most successful comedians, Hart featured as CJ in Scary Movie 3 shortly before making a cameo appearance in the slightly more bearable movie, The 40 Year Old Virgin, playing a disgruntled Smart Tech customer back in 2005.

Seth Rogen – Donnie Darko & Anchorman

One of Hollywood’s most beloved comedy actors had small roles in both of these major movies. Firstly, he featured as one of the Donnie Darko bullies back in 2001 and three years later he was given a handful of lines as a cameraman for channel 4 news.

Nick Offerman – Sin City

Parks and Rec’s very own Nick Offerman featured as Mr Shlubb AKA Fat Man in 2005’s Sin City – a slightly different role to his portrayal of Ron Swanson as we know and love him for now.

Quentin Tarantino – Little Nicky

No stranger to a small cameo role is the legendary director, who here portrays a preacher who recognises Adam Sandler’s character as the devil’s son in Little Nicky from 2000.

Cate Blanchett & Peter Jackson – Hot Fuzz

It’s becoming common knowledge that Oscar winning actress Blanchett makes a small appearance as Nicholas Angel’s girlfriend Janine in Hot Fuzz, albeit wearing a hazmat suit, mask and goggles. What you may not know is that Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson, also shares a small cameo, playing the crazed Santa Claus who stabs Angel in the hand during the opening montage.

Kristen Stewart – Panic Room

The Twilight star was indeed Jodie Foster’s diabetic daughter in David Fincher’s Panic Room from 2002. She even received a nomination for a Young Artist Award for her performance. Stewart also appeared prior to that in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas where she played a young ring toss girl.

Josh Hutcherson – Kicking and Screaming

Almost a decade before girls started going crazy for him in The Hunger Games, Hutcherson starred alongside Will Ferrell in the soccer based, Kicking and Screaming in 2005. A year later he also featured as Robin Williams’ son in RV: Runaway Vacation.

Ryan Gosling – Remember the Titans

The first time we were all properly introduced to the recently Oscar nominated actor was in Disney’s 2000 American football flick, Remember the Titans in which we also saw a young Hayden Panettiere.

Chris Pratt – Moneyball

Before he became one of Hollywood’s sought after actors, Pratt featured as baseball player Scott Hatteberg alongside Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill in baseball based, Moneyball, back in 2011.

Ryan Reynolds – X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Seven years before the release and subsequent success of Deadpool, Reynolds had actually already played the role of Wade Wilson alongside Hugh Jackman in the origins story behind Wolverine – which wasn’t adored quite as much.

Elijah Wood – Back to the Future 2

This one isn’t that difficult to spot given the fact that Wood hasn’t changed at all since the release of Back to the Future back in 1989. The Lord of the Rings actor played a young gamer boy who takes on Marty McFly at some classic video games.

Megan Fox – Bad Boys II

You can be forgiven for missing this one as Fox made the briefest of appearance dancing in a nightclub scene in 2003’s Bad Boys II. Controversially, she was wearing a stars and stripes bikini, a red cowboy hat and six inch heels at the tender age of 15…