Category Archives: Fantasy

SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS (2021): New Trailer Starring Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Michelle Yeoh…

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Awkwafina, Marvel Entertainment
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Awkwafina, Marvel Entertainment

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the latest offering from Marvel Entertainment isn’t something I was expecting. But I sure am glad it’s here.

Starring Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh and Tony Chiu-Wai Leung; director Destin Daniel Cretton’s action/adventure/fantasy movie is based on a Marvel comic book, of course, and it focuses on a character named Shang-Chi who’s forced to deal with his past and the mysterious Ten Rings organisation.

So many reasons to be excited about this one. Firstly, I used to watch comedy series Kim’s Convenience. And it’s so great to see one of its stars (Liu) as the lead in a Marvel movie.

Second, I personally had zero prior knowledge of this story. befor ethis trailer. I therefore can’t wait to find out and enjoy all the ways Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is both similar to, and different from other Marvel movies.

Lastly, who could possibly resist the combination of a troubled father/son relationship, exciting fight choreography and all the usual ‘Marvel cool,’ and more? Not me!

Florian Munteanu, Ronny Chieng, Fala Chen, Dallas Liu, Meng’er Zhang and Kelli Bailey also star.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Release Dates: September 3rd, 2021 (US & UK)…

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LOKI (2021): New Trailer Starring Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino…

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

Is Loki the Marvel Studios/Avengers spin-off series I’m most excited about? Yes! And full disclosure, as a non-reader of comic books, I have no idea about what the synopsis could be, since Marvel hasn’t revealed much and I recall nothing of the last one or two Thor movies. Because I haven’t seen them… yet.

Still, who needs a synopsis anyway, when Tom Hiddleston is reprising his role as the favourite villain of many movie fans?

The excellent cast includes Sophia Di Martino, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Owen Wilson.

How much fun is this trailer? So much fun that it has me ready to place Loki at the currently short list of recent Avengers spin-off shows. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is in second place and unfortunately, last has to be WandaVision, for reasons outlined in the linked post

Richard E. Grant, Lucius Baston, Chris Brewster, Cailey Fleming, Isabelle Fretheim, Michael Rose, Aaron Beelner and Reese Giles also star.

Loki Release Dates: June 11th, 2021 (US), Disney+

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THE SUICIDE SQUAD (2021): New Trailer From Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, Joel Kinnaman, John Cena, Viola Davis…

The Suicide Squad (2021), Idris Elba, Warner Bros. Pictures
The Suicide Squad (2021), Idris Elba, Warner Bros. Pictures

The super-secret and highly shady Task Force X is the team responsible for gathering The Suicide Squad; a selection of Super-Villains including Harley Quinn, Peacemaker, Bloodsport, and other convicts from Belle Reve prison.

Dropped off at Corto Maltese, a remote, enemy-infused island, The Suicide Squad are tasked with destroying Jotunheim, a Nazi-era prison/ laboratory.

Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, John Cena and Viola Davis star, while James Gunn directs.

I still remember how excited I was after watching the trailer for the 2016 Suicide Squad movie. I’m looking at this as a do-over, in hopes that it will be the story that Robbie’s excellent turn as Harley Quinn always deserved.

This is one good looking trailer indeed. I can’t wait to enjoy the dialogue and take in all the colours plus, the exciting spectacle of it all.

Sylvester Stallone, Jai Courtney, Michael Rooker, Alice Braga, Nathan Fillion, Pete Davidson, David Dastmalchian, Sean Gunn and Mikaela Hoover also.

The Suicide Squad Release Dates: August 6th, 2021 (US & UK)…

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SHADOW AND BONE (2021): New Trailer Starring Ben barnes, Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, Freddy Carter…

Shadow and Bone (2021, Jessie Mei Li, Netflix
Shadow and Bone (2021, Jessie Mei Li, Netflix

Based on the books by Leigh Bardugo; Shadow and Bone is a new fantasy/adventure about a young woman with newfound powers who tries to save her land from a powerful, evil force.

Jessie Mei Li, Ben Barnes, Archie Renaux and Freddy Carter are among the key cast.

Shadow and Bone is a title I’d heard before but knew nothing about. Even though very little is revealed in this teaser trailer, the quality that hints at an epic story is the reason I’m intrigued.

By the end f this trailer, I couldn’t help but think of how much fun it was at the height of The Hunger Games. Perhaps this will be as epic and near-enough as all-consuming as that.

Amita Suman, Simon Sears, Kit Young, Julian Kostov, Danielle Galligan, Balázs Megyeri, Daisy Head, Sujaya Dasgupta, Caroline Boulton, Tom Fyans, Jim High, James Littlewood, David Wurawa and Elizabeth Rider also star.

Shadow and Bone Release Dates: April 23rd, 2020 (US & UK)…

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GAIA (2021): New Trailer Starring Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Alex van Dyk, Anthony Oseyemi…

Gaia (2021), Monique Rockman, kykNET Films
Gaia (2021), Monique Rockman, kykNET Films

Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Alex van Dyk and Anthony Oseyemi are the stars of new drama/fantasy horror, Gaia.

Directed by Jaco Bouwer; Gaia follows Gabi (Rockman), a park ranger on a surveillance mission in a primordial forest. A mission that leads to an encounter with two survivalists living a post-apocalyptic lifestyle. One that involves a very mysterious relationship to nature. Following a series of unexplained happenings, the imminence of a greater threat soon becomes abundantly clear.

The super creepy visuals are why I’m most intrigued. I want to believe that I’ll be able to watch this. However, I am in fact known for being quite the wuss when it comes to scary movies. Right now, what I am is equally horrified and very curious, especially where those mushroom/fungus special effects are concerned. Aren’t you?

Gaia Release Dates: March 16th, 2021 (US)…

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MORTAL KOMBAT (2021): New Trailer Starring Josh Lawson, Jessica McNamee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Joe Taslim…

Mortal Kombat (2021), Joe Taslim, Warner Bros. Pictures
Mortal Kombat (2021), Joe Taslim, Warner Bros. Pictures

The search of Earth’s greatest champions, all so they can stand against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe is what’s happening in new action/adventure/fantasy, Mortal Kombat.

Based on the popular video game of the same name, Mortal Kombat is directed by Simon McQuoid; and stars Josh Lawson, Jessica McNamee, Joe Taslim, plus Hiroyuki Sanada.

I definitely like this trailer more than expected. Especially when that perfectly epic music starts at 01:22.

There’s also the matter of the visuals. Particularly the scenes when Bi-Han/Sub-Zero is on screen. I’m sure that he’s the villain but the special effects with the ice, that’s my favourite.

Fingers crossed the story and everything else comes together beautifully. I mean, historically, making a great video game movie is no easy task. Remember Michael Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed (2016)? I don’t because I was scared off after hearing terrible things.

Tadanobu Asano, Mehcad Brooks, Ludi Lin, Lewis Tan, Chin Han, Sisi Stringer, Mel Jarnson, Max Huang and Daniel Nelson also star.

Mortal Kombat Release Dates: April 16th, 2021 (US & UK)…

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JUMBO (2020): New Trailer From Noémie Merlant, Emmanuelle Bercot, Bastien Bouillon…

Jumbo (2020), Noémie Merlant
Jumbo (2020), Noémie Merlant

Jumbo is the story of Jeanne, a shy young woman who’s fascinated with carousels. Her life changes suddenly after an encounter with the new flagship attraction in the amusement park where she works.

Written/directed by Zoé Wittock; Jumbo stars Noémie Merlant, Emmanuelle Bercot, Bastien Bouillon and Sam Louwyck.

I vaguely recall watching a documentary clip about Objectophilia (a form of sexual or romantic attraction focused on particular inanimate objects) and learning that many of those with the inclination are often subconsciously trying to avoiding getting hurt. I’m in to see how Jumbo tackles this very interesting topic.

Barbara Hellemans, Jonathan Bartholmé, Eduard Nemcsenko and Tracy Dossou also star.

Jumbo Release Dates

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EDWARD SCISSORHANDS HAS A SON And His Name Is Edgar…

All-Electric Cadillac LYRIQ (2021), Timothée Chalamet, Cadillac
All-Electric Cadillac LYRIQ (2021), Timothée Chalamet, Cadillac

Before you get excited, an Edward Scissorhands remake/sequel has not been confirmed. But this brand new Super Bowl ad will likely have you thinking: ‘You know, I wouldn’t be opposed to the idea, especially if Timothée Chalamet is the star‘ And who could blame you?

I love this ad and I would not be opposed to a Scissorhands movie starring Chalamet. He can be Edward, Edgar or any other Scissorhands character, and I won’t be mad.

Perhaps the studio is teasing us with this ad, just before announcing that a remake/sequel is in the works. Now I’m teasing myself by allowing my mind to go there. So I’ll stop.

Would you watch a new Scissorhands movie?

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