Category Archives: Fantasy

THE MIDNIGHT SKY (2020): The Things I Liked…

The Midnight Sky (2020), George Clooney, Netflix
The Midnight Sky (2020), George Clooney, Netflix

George Clooney’s latest acting/directorial effort The Midnight Sky has scenes that will likely stay with you for quite some time. Scenes linked to the visual presentation and specific performance moments.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the earth has suffered a mysterious global catastrophe; Clooney’s character is Augustine, a lonely scientist on a race to stop an astronaut and her team from returning back to earth.

Before watching the movie, I encountered a review headline for The Midnight Sky that used the word ‘boring.’ Now, as any serious Clooney, Kyle Chandler, Felicity Jones and David Oyelowo fan would do, I had to find out for myself if I agreed.

Post viewing, I must say that even though the films tense and anxiety-inducing moments initially kept me engaged, there soon a came a time or two when I reached for my phone; partly due to the story editing and things happening at a slower pace than preferred. However, I was also trying to distract myself from emotional stress. That caused by the bleak realities of Augustine and the astronauts’ situations.

There’s even a specific scene where you know a tragedy is happening any moment now. And you’re not sure you want to hang around to see it unfold; partly because you’re mad that you were able to guess what was coming next. But you’re also displeased because you’re not a big fan of the continued depressing mood of the story and you want some normalcy again.

Curiosity about the ending, the acting, plus visual moments that impressed are what kept me watching The Midnight Sky. Generally, everyone performs well. Two specific highlights being the closeup of David Oyelowo’s character’s profile as he digests the meaning of a very unsettling bit of news. And the second is every time the camera was on young Caoilinn Springall who plays Iris.

The most visually impressive moments include the colour-rich scene at the beginning that features Jupiter. Another at a later stage involves the removal of a helmet.

Give The Midnight Sky a chance if you’re curious. The premise is certainly intriguing. It’s just unfortunate that I’m convinced there’s a more engaging story, with better character development and maybe even a less moody/depressing creative execution I could have enjoyed more.

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LOKI (2021): New Trailer From Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, Richard E. Grant…

Loki (2021), Tom Hiddleston, Marvel Entertainment
Loki (2021), Tom Hiddleston, Marvel Entertainment

Tom Hiddleston, Sophia Di Martino, Richard E. Grant and Owen Wilson are the stars of new Marvel Entertainment/Disney+ series Loki.

Hello, beautiful trailer!

I have no idea why they’ve chosen to call this a ‘clip;’ especially considering the editing. Anyway, what a magnetic villainous presence Hiddleston conveys. I’m excited to see his Loki being as simultaneously cool and bad, as only the very best villains can be.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lucius Baston, Chris Brewster, Cailey Fleming, Isabelle Fretheim, Michael Rose, Aaron Beelner and Reese Giles also star.

Loki Release Dates: May, 2021 (US), Disney+

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THE MIDNIGHT SKY (2020): New Trailer From George Clooney, Felicity Jones, Kyle Chandler, David Oyelowo…

The Midnight Sky (2020), George Clooney, Netflix
The Midnight Sky (2020), George Clooney, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  The Midnight Sky (2020).


Directed by and starring George Clooney; The Midnight Sky is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi/drama about Augustine, a lonely scientist in the Arctic.

Augustine is on a race to stop Sully and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.

Additional key cast includes Felicity Jones, Kyle Chandler, David Oyelowo and Sophie Rundle.

The music suggests an emotional film but the way Oyelowo asks: ‘Why is it so quiet?’ got me right in heart, and a little in the tear ducts.

I’ve actually been looking forward to a new Clooney movie for a while and the premise of this one is very interesting. Lastly, how disturbing is what happens at 1:38 in this trailer?

Ethan Peck, Miriam Shor, Demián Bichir, Tim Russ, Tiffany Boone, Edan Hayhurst, Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir, Atli Oskar Fjalarsson, Tia Bannonn and Grant Crookes also star.

The Midnight Sky Release Dates: December 23rd, 2020 (US)…

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MONSTER HUNTER (2020): New Trailer Starring Milla Jovovich, T.I. and Meagan Good, Tony Jaa…

Monster Hunter (2020), Milla Jovovich, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Monster Hunter (2020), Milla Jovovich, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Directed and co-written by Paul W.S. Anderson; Monster Hunter is the latest action adventure starring Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, T.I. and Meagan Good.

Based on the video game by Capcom, the story follows Lt. Artemis (Jovovich) and her loyal soldiers as they fight for survival in a new world. One where they engage in a desperate battle against enormous enemies with incredible powers.

I’m not expecting anything particularly unique and new with this one. However, something tells me that I’ll enjoy the CGI monsters and seeing very believable action woman Jovovich do her thing.

Diego Boneta, Josh Helman, Jin Au-Yeung, Ron Perlman, Jannik Schümann, Hirona Yamazaki, Nic Rasenti, Nanda Costa, Aaron Beelner, Schelaine Bennett and Adrián Muñoz also star.

Monster Hunter Release Dates: December 4th, 2020 (UK); December 25th, 2020 (US)…

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NINE DAYS (2020): New Trailer Starring Winston Duke, Bill Skarsgård, Zazie Beetz, Benedict Wong…

Nine Days (2020), Bill Skarsgård, Sony Pictures Classics
Nine Days (2020), Bill Skarsgård, Sony Pictures Classics

Nine Days is a new drama/fantasy film about a reclusive man as he conducts a series of interviews with human souls, to determine which one can be born on earth.

From writer/director Edson Oda; Nine Days stars Bill Skarsgård, Zazie Beetz, Winston Duke and Benedict Wong.

I’m so curious to see how the topic of ‘pre-life’ will be covered because I have so many questions. For example, what is pre-life really like and why is life on earth so very appealing? To what extent can a soul know the type of life experience they’re likely to have once on earth? How much joy versus suffering? What kind of human being are they likely to become? And so on.

In part because of the premise, this trailer and the one for Sound of Metal are in my top five of 2020’s best indie trailers.

Tony Hale, Geraldine Hughes, David Rysdahl, Arianna Ortiz, John Forker, Perry Smith, Dave Bresnahan, Logan Smith, Rachelle Hardy, Lisa Starrett and Sammie Edgington also star.

Nine Days Release Dates: January 27th, 2021 (US)…

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THE CRAFT (2020): New Trailer From Cailee Spaeny, David Duchovny, Lovie Simone, Michelle Monaghan…

The Craft (2020), Lovie Simone, Gideon Adlon, Cailee Spaeny, Zoey Luna
The Craft (2020), Lovie Simone, Gideon Adlon, Cailee Spaeny, Zoey Luna

A remake of the 1996 film of the same name, new fantasy/horror movie The Craft follows Hannah (Cailee Spaeny) a newcomer to a Catholic prep high school who falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft.

Also starring David Duchovny, Michelle Monaghan, Lovie Simone and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones; the girls soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who anger them.

Teenage me would be very excited about this. As for my non-teen self, I’m intrigued because this trailer isn’t bad (even though the wire work at 1:14 into the above edit seems questionable). I also I can’t remember much about the 1996 movie besides the fact that Neve Campbell is in it.

Just to be clear, I’m not a witch. OK, maybe that one time, for Halloween. I really just want to know more about the nature of their powers.

Zoey Luna, Gideon Adlon, Nicholas Galitzine, Charles Vandervaart, Donald MacLean Jr., Hannah Gordon, Julian Grey and Mike Dara also star.

The Craft Release Dates: October 28th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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WONDER WOMAN 1984 (2020): New Trailer Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Pedro Kristen Wiig…

Wonder Woman 1084 (2020), Gal Gadot, Warner Bros. Pictures
Wonder Woman 1084 (2020), Gal Gadot, Warner Bros. Pictures

The new trailer for director Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman 1984 is here.

This time we get to meet the two new villains Diana Prince, a.k.a. Wonder Woman has to face; Pedro Pascal’s Max Lord and Kristen Wigg as The Cheetah.

I’m very excited to see Gadot in action one more time. She really does shine during the combat action sequences.

As for Wiig’s The Cheetah character, so far I’ve tried and failed at not thinking of Cats (2019) when I saw her in full The Cheetah costume. There’s a chance I’ll completely forget about Cats when I get into the the movie of corse. Let’s hope.

Kristen Wiig, Connie Nielsen, Spencer Trinwith, Jamal Alkhaldi, Chris Silcox, Rick Kelvin Branch, Justin Sisk and Thomas Clay Strickland also star.

Wonder Woman 1984 Release Dates: December 25th, 2020 (US)…

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THE SECRET GARDEN (2020): The Things I Liked…

The Secret Garden (2020), Julie Walters, Studio Canal

I had hoped that watching The Secret Garden would take me back to the pre-teen phase of my life. A period when I loved to read.

Having now seen this remake of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel about an orphaned girl who discovers a magical garden hidden at her strict uncle’s estate, director Marc Munden’s movie did take me back. It also reminded me that The Secret Garden was a book I recall having to read for school. However, even though it featured a magical garden, which I imagine young me would have loved. I don’t remember particularly loving the book – and this is why I shouldn’t be surprised to realise that I don’t love Munden’s movie.

The actors including Colin Firth, Julia Walters’s and Dixie Egerrickx performed well enough. I just found this version of the story to be quite simplistic and lacking in depth. In fairness, it is based on a Children’s story. Yet I had hoped to find it more than watchable at best.

My favourite thing about The Secret Garden is the actual garden itself. I mean, who wouldn’t want their own lush, colourful secret garden with magical properties?

Besides my issues with the story, my only other complaint is about the moments the musical score seemed to be unnecessarily loud and overbearing.

Watch The Secret Garden if you’re especially curious. Or, you could watch the 1993 film adaptation of The Secret Garden instead. I hear it’s much better.

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