Category Archives: Adventure

IN SEARCH OF FELLINI (2017): New Trailer Starring Ksenia Solo, Maria Bello, Mary Lynn Rajskub…

In Search Of Fellini (2017), Ksenia Solo
In Search Of Fellini (2017), Ksenia Solo

In In Search Of Fellini, Ksenia Solo is a shy small-town Ohio girl who loves movies but dislikes reality. After discovering the delightfully bizarre films of Federico Fellini, she sets off on a journey across Italy to find him. Maria Bello and Mary Lynn Rajskub co-star while Taron lexton directs…

Although I can’t quite see myself going overseas specifically to search for my favourite director, I too really love movies. I also love to travel so perhaps any excuse to get on a plane to somewhere beautiful is good enough. I already like the Eat Pray Love (2010) vibe of this film. I’m going to hope that the end product is worthwhile.

 

In Search Of Fellini Release Dates: September 15th, 2017 (US)…

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MAZE (2017): New Trailer From Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward, Martin McCann…

Maze (2017), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
Maze (2017), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

In 1983, the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II took place at County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Written and directed by Stephen Burke, Maze is inspired by the true events of the infamous breakout of 38 IRA (Irish Republican Army) prisoners. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward and Martin McCann star…

I don’t ordinarily I seek them out but I definitely haven’t seen a really great and gritty prison drama since Starred Up (2013). It looks as though that’s about to change.

Maze Release Dates: September 22nd, 2017 (UK)…

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THE MUMMY (2017): The Things I Liked…

The Mummy (2017), Sofia Boutella
The Mummy (2017), Sofia Boutella

Starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe and Annabelle Wallis, there are parts of director Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy, a story about an ancient Egyptian princess, awakened from her crypt and determined to wreak havoc, that I enjoyed. An example would be Russell Crowe’s ‘second character’ who proved a lot of fun to watch even though he appears but very briefly.

Another highlight is courtesy of Sofia Boutella, an actress who was introduced to many audiences as Gazelle in Matthew Vaughn’s rather good Kingsman – The Secret Service (2014). I adored Gazelle even though she was a ‘baddie’ and I therefore knew that Boutella would bring something special, especially physicality-wise to the character of The Mummy (Princess Ahmanet).

Princess Ahmanet stood out so much for me that all other performances and characters’s mostly paled in comparison. Perhaps her character was just the most interesting overall. What I know for sure is that I found myself genuinely scared of the idea that I might personally encounter the princess as I went about my day. Something to do with the costume design and special effects, as well as Boutella’s performance. There’s also the fact that a lot of the film is set in London, England my beloved city.

There are points during The Mummy when I thought, ‘this is interesting, I think I’m quite excited about the other movies coming from Universals ‘Dark Universe’. Unfortunately though, by the end of the film, I wasn’t so sure because I ended up feeling as though the movie was far more basic in terms of the story, writing and execution-wise, overall than what I’d been hoping for – especially for a Tom Cruise movie. 

On a positive note, I’m now even more curious about Egypt’s real history and I may just delve into that as a result. I may even…

Who am I kidding? I’m busy and far too in love with film to make time for more history books.

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KONG – SKULL ISLAND (2017): The Things I Liked…

Kong - Skull Island (2017), Tom Hiddleston.
Kong – Skull Island (2017), Tom Hiddleston

Telling the origin story of King Kong – the giant movie monster that looks like an ape, Kong -Skull Island follows a group of scientists who enter an uncharted island in the Pacific looking for monsters. They do not arrive with peaceful intentions and therefore end up having to fight to escape with their lives.

If you’ve seen at least one previous King Kong movie, then you know that at some point, Kong ends up in New York city against his will. None of that happens in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’s fun adventure, at least not in this first instalment. What we do get to see resembles something an aggressor might expect to face when they force their way into a person’s home uninvited; a bloody good fight for survival.

I admit that a tear or two escaped my eyes a I watched the movie. Reason being, I’m a sensitive soul and Kong was peacefully minding his business before ‘the bad men came’. In the name of full disclosure, I may have also shed a few tears because of the knowledge that a certain handsome and well-voiced Mr. Tom Hiddleston may probably never, ever, personally escort me to safety through a treacherous jungle… let alone across a busy street.

Besides the good performances by Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly – to name just a few, the well choreographed human vs monster and monster vs monster showdowns, the story, special effects, musical score and cinematography all did a great job of keeping me engaged throughout.

Watch Kong – Skull Island because it’s good.

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A WRINKLE IN TIME (2018): New Trailer From Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw…

A Wrinkle In Time (2018), Oprah Winfrey
A Wrinkle In Time (2018), Oprah Winfrey

Fantasy / adventure, A Wrinkle In Time is a story about a young girl called Meg. Meg is sent into space with her brother and a friend by three peculiar beings.  Together they must venture there to find Meg’s scientist father after his sudden disappearance. Directed by Ava DuVernay; A Wrinkle In Time stars Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw…

Reasons to watch this movie include the story, which is completely new to me, the magic, the talented cast and the beautiful visuals. I’m liking Oprah Winfrey as the voice of the narrator, as well as the hint of a vibe similar to Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard Of Oz. 

Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis,  Michael Peña, Bellamy Young and André Holland also star.

A Wrinkle In Time Release Dates: March 9th, 2018 (US), 23rd March, 2018 (UK)…

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PILGRIMAGE (2017): New Trailer From Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage…

Pilgrimage (2017), Tom Holland
Pilgrimage (2017), Tom Holland

Pilgrimage is the Brendan Muldowney directed adventure / drama set in 13th century Ireland. Starring Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal and Richard Armitage, the story centres around a group of monks who are tasked with escorting a sacred relic across an Irish landscape that’s fraught with peril…

I don’t know if it’s because Game of Thrones is just around the corner, but I’m kind of in the mood for a movie about an adventure fraught with peril. Perhaps this one will be good.

Pilgrimage Release Dates: August 11th, 2017 (US)…

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DAVE MADE A MAZE (2017): New Trailer From Adam Busch, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Kirsten Vangsness, Stephanie Allynne…

Dave Built A Maze (2017), Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Adam Busch
Dave Built A Maze (2017), Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Adam Busch

Starring Adam Busch, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Kirsten Vangsness and Stephanie Allynne, Dave Made A Maze is a Bill Watterson directed adventure / comedy / horror film. At the centre of the story is an artist who’s frustrated because he’s yet to complete anything of note in his life. Things get interesting when his frustration leads to him building a fort in his living room. A fort that ends up trapping him thanks to the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation…

This is just the kind of crazy I want to watch. I like that it’s unlike most. After this trailer, I’m very curious about what else the maze can possibly do.

Dave Made A Maze Release Dates: August 18th, 2017 (US)…

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JUMANJI – WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (2017): New Trailer From Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan…

Jumanji - Welcome To The Jungle (2017), Jack Black
Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle (2017), Jack Black

Four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji‘s world – pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. They must  beat the game to return to Planet Earth with their lives. Directed by Jake Kasden, the stars of Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle are Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan…

All I remember about Robin Williams’ Jumanji (1995) is that the characters sported khaki attire and ran away from stuff in the jungle. This trailer looks very promising and I’m most excited about the humour.

Nick Jonas, Missi Pyle and Rhys Darby also star.

Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle  Release Dates: December 22nd, 2017 (US); December 29th, 2017 (UK)…

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