Category Archives: Fantasy

THE LIGHTHOUSE (2019): The Things I Liked…

The Lighthouse (2019), Robert Pattinson, A24
The Lighthouse (2019), Robert Pattinson, A24

The Lighthouse, a fantasy / drama / horror about two lighthouse keepers struggling to maintain their sanity while living on a remote, mysterious New England island is a movie that noticeably builds and builds; especially where the tensions between its two characters is concerned. It also becomes more and more intriguing, fantastical and has a permeating sense of dread as it plays, resulting in an ending that makes sense but also left me with some questions.

I definitely can’t deny overall that writer / director Robert Eggers’s 1890s set film is a good one. I enjoyed the cinematography, some of the dialogue and definitely the great performances by Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. In terms of how I feel about Eggers’s movie in its entirety, for reasons that include the film’s genre (fantasy especially) and the general loudness based on the sounds and noises the two men had to endure; plus the inclusion of much of the less than sanitary / unsavoury aspects of being a lighthouse keeper in the 1800’s, I can’t say that I loved The Lighthouse. 

Should you find yourself quite curious, give it a chance because it’s unlike most. It also has that stage play quality, likely due to the dialogue style and single setting. Who knows, you may just find yourself far more enthused by the whole experience overall than I was.

I know for sure that during the movie and when it was over, I desperately wanted to believe that the job and experience of being a lighthouse keeper these days is quite different; at the very least, far more sanitary.

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DOLITTLE (2020): New Official Trailer Starring Robert Downey Jr., Kumail Nanjiani, Tom holland, Antonio Banderas…

Dolittle (2020), Robert Downey Jr, Universal Pictures
Dolittle (2020), Robert Downey Jr, Universal Pictures

Dolittle, the Stephen Gaghan directed fantasy / comedy about a physician (Robert Downey Jr.) who discovers he can to talk to animals has a brand new trailer.

Additional key cast includes Kumail Nanjiani, Tom Holland, Antonio Banderas…

Perhaps it’s the music. Maybe it’s Downey Jr. Wait! it’s got to be the animals, right?

What am I saying? Clearly it’s all three things that made me strangely emotional as I watched this trailer. Looking forward to being moved and seeing how different things might be if we really could talk with animals.

Also, I’m definitely really looking forward to Nanjiani as the ostrich.

Emma Thompson, Marion Cotillard, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Sheen, Jessie Buckley, Selena Gomez, Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, and John Cena also star.

Dolittle Release Dates: January 17th, 2020 (US); February 7th, 2020 (UK)…

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GRETEL AND HANSEL (2020): New Trailer Starring Sophia Lillis, Alice Krige, Samuel Leakey, Jessica De Gouw…

Gretel And Hansel (2020), Orion Pictures
Gretel And Hansel (2020), Orion Pictures

Starring Sophia Lillis, Alice Krige, Samuel Leakey and Jessica De Gouw, Gretel and Hansel is a new fantasy / horror thriller based on the classic story of Hansel and Gretel.

Directed by Oz Perkins and set in distant fairy tale countryside, this is the story of a young girl who leads her younger brother in to a dark wood in a desperate search for food…

What a perfectly creepy trailer.

For a long time I’ve known that the Hansel and Gretel story was much darker than many realise. Now I get to find out just how dark.

Manuel Pombo, Abdul Alshareef, Ian Kenny, Beatrix Perkins and Charles Babalola also star.

Gretel And Hansel Release Dates: January 31st, 2020 (US)…

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MIRACLE WORKERS – DARK AGES (2019): New Trailer From Daniel Radcliffe, Geraldine Viswanathan, Steve Buscemi, Karan Soni…

Miracle Workers - Dark Ages (2020), Daniel Radcliffe, tbs
Miracle Workers – Dark Ages (2020), Daniel Radcliffe, tbs

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Geraldine Viswanathan, Steve Buscemi, Karan Soni and directed by Simon Rich, Miracle Workers is a comedy series set in the offices of Heaven Inc.

After learning that God has plans to destroy the Earth, two low-level angels bet him that they can pull off their most impossible miracle yet to save humanity…

Season 1 Trailer

Season 2 Trailer

I actually haven’t watched season one of this series but after seeing the trailer for season two, I’m interested. Especially in filling in the gaps between the seasons, since I rather like the humour in the second trailer; which also happens to remind me of the quite fun British comedy series Plebs.

Jon Bass, Karan Soni, Sasha Compère, Lolly Adefope, Mike Dunston, Theresa O’Shea, Caleb Emery, Joey Thurmond and Myles Evans also star.

Miracle Workers Release Dates: January 28th, 2020….

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WONDER WOMAN 1984 (2020): New Trailer Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Pedro PascaL, Robin Wright…

Wonder Woman 1084 (2020), Gal Gadot
Wonder Woman 1084 (2020), Gal Gadot

Patty Jenkins returns to direct the sequel to Wonder Woman (2017), Wonder Woman 1984

Pedro Pascal, Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Robin Wright are among the key cast…

Interesting…

How is Steve alive? Why 1984? This trailer isn’t bad but why did I think it would be as thrilling as the fantastic trailer for Wonder Woman (2017)?

Right now I only have the answer for one of those questions.

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: June 5th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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PARADISE HILLS (2019): The Things I Liked…

Paradise Hills (2019), Emma Roberts
Paradise Hills (2019), Emma Roberts

Starring Emma Roberts, Awkwafina, Eiza González and Milla Jovovich, Paradise Hills is not the kind of fantasy movie that I’d shout about so that no one misses out on the experience of seeing it. Yet, I wouldn’t say that it’s a completely terrible movie either. 

Set in a mysterious boarding school with a mission to transform wayward girls so that they fit heir surroundings’ exact desires, it was inevitable that some of the girls were going to resist and rebel. A rebellion led by Roberts’s Uma character because she has zero desire to marry the man her family insists that she does. 

What grabbed me immediately about director Alice Waddington’s film, besides a plot about rightful youthful rebellion is the generally visually pleasing colours, costume and set design. Paradise Hills has a general look and theme that reminded me of Melanie Martinez’s recent K-12 (2019) music film. I liked that the movie became more disturbing in a way that proved entertaining towards the end. I’m also glad for the one or two twists I didn’t see coming.

A definite downside to Waddington’s movie however is that something about the fantasy elements of the story and the films general  execution didn’t quite have me fully buying into everything that was happening. This is likely why I wasn’t as horrified as I perhaps should have been when the most disturbing things were happening.

I was still very much about the uprising and grateful for the thrilling moments in the second half. Yet there remained an air of  ‘this isn’t at all real’ and that truth very probably made me that little bit less invested emotionally in all that was happening. In other words, everything I needed wasn’t there to make me fully immerse myself and get lost in the story.

With that said, watch Paradise Hills you’re really curious.

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STAR WARS – THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (2019): New Final Trailer Starring Adam Driver John boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Daisy Ridley…

Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker (2019), C-3PO
Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker (2019), C-3PO

It’s time for the final Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker trailer; co-written / directed by J.J. Abrams and starring John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o Adam Driver…

Confronting fear, is the destiny of a Jedi

I like this statement because it makes me think that confronting fear is the destiny of all of us and in that way, we are all Jedi. Right? Right?

Additional key cast includes Dominic Monaghan and Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Domhnall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac …

Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker Release Dates: December 19th, 2019 (UK); December 20th, 2019, (US)…

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BLOODSHOT (2020): New Trailer From Vin Diesel, Guy Pearce, Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan…

Bloodshot (2020), Vin Diesel, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Bloodshot (2020), Vin Diesel, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Bloodshot is a new Vin Diesel action / drama / fantasy about the popular comic book story of Ray Garrison, a slain mobster re-animated with superpowers.

Directed by Dave Wilson, Bloodshot also stars  Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Guy Pearce…

This looks pretty good. Maybe it’s time for my favourite Vin Diesel movie. Maybe.

Toby Kebbell, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Talulah Riley, Maarten Römer, Tamer Burjaq, Patrick Kerton, Alex Hernandez, Lamorne Morris and Siddharth Dhananjay also star.

Bloodshot Release Dates: March 13th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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