Category Archives: Fantasy

SUSPIRIA (2018): New Trailer From Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth…

Suspiria (2018), Dakota Johnson
Suspiria (2018), Dakota Johnson

A world-renowned dance company is the setting and the story is about a darkness that swirls at its centre. One that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist.

Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Mia Goth star while Luca Guadagnino directs…

The slight Black Swan (2010) vibes help; however it’s really Swinton and my curiosity for seeing Johnson doing well in a film outside of the Fifty Shades of Grey movies; these are  my reasons for watching.

Lutz Ebersdorf, Angela Winkler, Ingrid Caven and Elena Fokina also star.

Suspiria Release Dates: November 2nd, 2018 (US)…

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DUMBO (2019): New Trailer From Tim Burton – Starring Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito…

Dumbo (2019)
Dumbo (2019)

Directed by Tim Burton, Dumbo is Disney’s re-telling of the story of an elephant ridiculed for his big ears. Ears he’s in fact able to use as wings and fly.

Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito star…

To my surprise his trailer didn’t move me. It is only a teaser so there’s time. I do remember the Dumbo story though only vaguely. Perhaps the next Dumbo trailer will have me more excited, the way the Cinderella (2015 ) trailer did.

Dumbo Release Dates: March 29th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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WONDER WOMAN (2017): Good…

Wonder Woman (2017), Gal Gadot
Wonder Woman (2017), Gal Gadot

As good a film as Wonder Woman is, I’m quite sure that I adore the trailer more. This is probably the first time I’ve said I love a trailer more than I love the film, without meaning that the film is bad. The pace of the movie was OK and the humour was fun but there’s something about the movie’s initial trailer that I just loved more.

Of course, the exceptionally chosen, perfectly rousing trailer music coupled with great editing, storytelling and visuals had much to do with it. With that said, Wonder Woman’s crime, for me, may be that the wonderful high I experienced as I watched the trailer from beginning to end, wasn’t constantly present throughout the film. Not that I’m saying hat would have been a great idea, clearly. Yet the truth remains, there’s no denying, for me at least, the noticeable absence of said high by the end of this movie. Instead of taking my hands to the air whilst silently yelping, so as not to annoy my neighbours (as I did post trailer viewing), at the end of this movie I said out loud, ‘It’s not a bad film’.

Gadot is really great. She’s beautiful, strong, very capable and in my mind, my big sister. You probably already have but I’ll still say it, watch it because it’s good.

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THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS (2018): New Trailer From Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Braxton Bjerken…

The House With A Clock In Its Walls (2018), Cate Blanchett
The House With A Clock In Its Walls (2018), Cate Blanchett

The House With A Clock In Its Walls, features a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world – and young orphan Lewis Barnavelt must aid his magical uncle in locating it.

Directed by Eli Roth, Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Braxton Bjerken are among the stars…

Knowing that Jack Black would be in this movie meant that the trailer had my attention. But, a trailer having my attention is not much compared to how exited I am when said trailer surprises me with the fact that ‘acting queen’ Cate Blanchett is a key cast member. The last time this happened, I was watching the trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella (2015)  – the reason why Cinderella is officially my favourite Disney movie.

Besides Blanchett and Black, I’m in for the mystery and magic.

Kyle MacLachlan, Lorenza Izzo, Colleen Camp, Perla Middleton and Braxton Bjerken also star.

The House With A Clock In Its Walls Release Dates: September 21st, 2018 (US); September 28th, 2018 (UK)…

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WILDLING (2018): New Trailer From Liv Tyler, Bel Powley, Brad Dourif…

Wildling (2018), Bel Powley
Wildling (2018), Bel Powley

In Wildling, a blossoming teenager uncovers the dark secret behind her traumatic childhood.

Liv Tyler, Bel Powley and Brad Dourif style while Fritz Böhm  directs…

Congratulations to the casting director for finding a great match to play a younger version of Powley’s character. Those eyes!

I’m curious to see how good this turns out to be.  I’d also like to know if Powley’s character killed her father… With that said, it’s now officially time to stop myself from thinking about the story too much. Otherwise I may just figure the whole thing out.

Wildling Release Dates: April 13th, 2018 (US); April 20th, 2018 (UK)…

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FANTASTIC BEASTS 2 – THE CRIMES OF GRINDENWALD (2018): New Trailer Starring Katherine Waterston, Jude Law Johnny Depp, Eddie Redmayne…

Fantastic Beasts 2 - The Crimes Of Grindenwald (2018), Eddie Redmayne
Fantastic Beasts 2 – The Crimes Of Grindenwald (2018), Eddie Redmayne

From David Yates (director of several Harry Potter films and the last Fantastic Beasts movie – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Eddie Redmayne is back for Fantastic Beasts 2 – The Crimes of Grindenwald.

Redmayne is joined by Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Johnny Depp, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farell and others for more ‘wandtastic’ adventures as Newt Scamander…

The stunning visuals – including costume design, that’s why I’m in. I also can’t wait to see what Johny Depp’s character gets up to.

I have a feeling that this movie is going to be a constant reminder for of the reason why movies are my absolute favourite. They are, when done wonderfully, a true perfect amalgamation of all the arts.

Fantastic Beasts 2 – The Crimes Of Grindenwald Release Dates: November 16th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (2018): New Trailer From Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer…

Sorry to Bother You (2018), Lakeith Stanfield
Sorry to Bother You (2018), Lakeith Stanfield

Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer and Lakeith Stanfield are the stars of Sorry To Bother You, a comedy / fantasy film based in an alternate present-day version of Oakland, USA.

Written and directed by Boots Riley, Stanfield plays a telemarketer who discovers a magical key to professional success; a key that propels him into…

I’ve been waiting for something crazy and fun; I think this is it! Having seen Get Out (2017), I do rather hope that Stanfield’s character gets out ‘alive’ this time.

This movie really looks as though it was plenty of fun to be part of; I’m smiling just thinking about the onset giggles.

Patton Oswalt, Terry Crews, David Cross, Omari Hardwick and Danny Glover also star.

Sorry To Bother You Release Dates: July 6th, 2018 (US)…

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THE SHAPE OF WATER (2017): The Things I Liked…

The Shape Of Water (2017), Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer
The Shape Of Water (2017), Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer

Set in Cold War era America, circa 1963, director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape Of Water is an other-worldly fairy tale and fantasy / romance about a lonely mute called Elisa. Played beautifully by Sally Hawkins, Elisa falls in love with ‘amphibian man’, a sea creature captured for a secret classified experiment due to take place at Elisa’s work building where she cleans.

Featuring good performances by all, including Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins and Michael Shannon, I found Hawkins to be particularly captivating as Elisa. Her great performance along with the beautiful visuals, filming style – the way the camera barely stood still combined with the editing and pacing managed to keep me engaged.

The Shape Of Water is generally a well executed movie. Nevertheless, I’m not as enthused post viewing as I thought I might be. I understand the film’s message about love and how there are near to zero limitations in terms of where one can find it. Still, perhaps it’s just the kind of film, though good, it doesn’t inspire a certain level of excitement within me. It could have something to do with not really seeing myself ever falling in love with ‘amphibian man’. It could also be that the ‘love can be found anywhere’ message is one I’d already fully digested. Lastly, maybe I loved the first half more than I did the second half, where things got really serious. Yes, that may be it. I think I had more fun when Elisa was happy and tap-dancing in her corridor!

Richard Strickland’s (Shannon) voice and suit before the true nature of his character is revealed, the capabilities of ‘amphibian man’ and Hawkins’ performance are my favourite things about The Shape Of Water. 

Watch it if you’re curious. Maybe you’ll be more wowed and enthused than I. It is the Best Picture Academy Award winner after all.

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