Category Archives: Fantasy

ELF (2003): Will Ferrell Makes It Good

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Elf (2003), Will Ferrell

Silly, with several funny and moving moments, plus all the right messages for the christmas season is just one way to describe Elf, starring Will Ferrell in the title role.

Directed by Jon Favreau, I’ve heard many people refer to Elf as their favourite Christmas movie. I can’t say it’s mine but Ferrell does a positively memorable job with his character.

If you weren’t already a fan of Ferrell, it’s quite likely that after the movie, you’ll recognise and applaud his  capabilities. Just make sure you’re in the mood for some silly.

Zooey Dechanel’s beautiful singing voice and the characters played by Faison Love and Peter Dinklage are a few of my favourite things about the movie.

Watch it for a reminder of why so many people can’t help but look forward to Will Ferrell in comedy roles. Daddy’s Home (2015) is Ferrell’s latest comedy which will be here just in time for Christmas 2015.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (2016): New Trailer For The Alice In Wonderland Sequel

Alice Through The looking Glass (2016), Mia Wasikowska
Alice Through The looking Glass (2016), Mia Wasikowska

I had no idea that what was missing from my life was another Alice in Wonderland movie. That was until I saw the rather beautiful new trailer for Alice Through The looking Glass

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

I remember loving Alice In Wonderland (2010); may this be just as good as it’s predecessor – at the very least. Especially since Tim Burton’s highly imaginative brain isn’t the one in the director’s chair this time.

Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter make up some of the colourful cast.

Bring on the colours, the rhymes and the brilliant costumes!

Release Date (s): May 27th, 2016 (UK & US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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WARCRAFT (2016): New Trailer From Ben Foster & Travis Fimmel

Warcraft (2016), Travis Fimmel
Warcraft (2016), Travis Fimmel

I don’t usually write about 15 second teaser trailers but the one for Warcraft ooks rather good – and yes, it’s based on that very popular video game by Blizzard Entertainment…

Teaser trailer

Full trailer

Trailer 2

Directed by Duncan Jones; Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Dominic Cooper and Toby Kebbell are the stars of.

I’m certainly not a gamer, though I think the full trailer may have convinced me to watch.

Release Date (s): June 10th 2016 (US), June 3rd 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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STAR WARS EPISODE 7 – THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015): Well Done Trailer Maker

Star Wars Episode 7 - The Force Awakens (2015), Harrison Ford
Star Wars Episode 7 – The Force Awakens (2015), Harrison Ford

Star Wars Episode 7 – The Force Awakens, the trailer is here and John Boyega pays a…

Epic looking and with great trailer music, especially at the beginning. Something tells me that writer / director J.J. Abrams is going to make serious fans very proud indeed.

Time for me to get moving and watching the previous films if I don’t want to be completely clueless for what is likely the biggest film event of the year if not of all time.

Release Date (s): December 17th 2015 (UK), December 18th 2015 (US)…

Happy Film loving 🙂

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AVENGERS – AGE OF ULTRON (2015): It’s Really For The Comic Book Fans…

Avengers - Age of Ultron (2015), Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth
Avengers – Age of Ultron (2015), Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth

I’m not a comic book reader myself, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed The Avengers, back in 2012.

The main reason I was excited after seeing the trailer – for the sequel is James Spader’s Ultron voice and dialogue. When I did finally watch the movie, I found myself selfishly wanting more screen time for Ultron. He just seemed a lot more interesting than all the other characters; perhaps in part because he’s new to me.

As for how I feel about the film overall, director Joss Whedon hasn’t delivered a bad movie. Even though it felt slow in parts and I found the dialogue about Thor’s hammer at the rather awkward party repetitive. In the most part, I’m just bored of the film’s heroes and tired of the same ‘the world needs saving’ dramatics.

Avengers - Age of Ultron (2015), Mark Ruffalo
Avengers – Age of Ultron (2015), Mark Ruffalo

Besides Ultron, I did enjoy Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal of The Incredible Hulk and the main fight scene between Hulk and Ultron. Beyond that however, saying that I found the film’s trailer more thrilling than the movie is unfortunately, more true than not.

The fact it, it may actually be time for me to leave Avengers to the serious fans who really love the comic books. I say this because it’s unlikely that superhero movie fatigue will ever be a real thing for them. Tuning in to a brand new Avengers movie, for me, will likely be about the hope of seeing a seriously badass scene; like the lift sequence in Captain America: A Winter Soldier (2014) and the majorly thrilling vehicular pursuit of Nick Fury in the same movie. That’s about it.

Watch it if you really must and to see the above mention highlights.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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CRIMSON PEAK (2015): Great Trailer Starring Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska & Jessica Chastain

Crimson Peak (2015), Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska
Crimson Peak (2015), Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska

Crimson Peak might just be my first horror film in a very long time. Considering the stunning beauty of acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro’s new trailer, it shouldn’t be too surprising…

The stunning cinematography and impressive talent, namely Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam, I’d really like to consider myself back into horror movies. At least this particularly seductive gothic romance.

All I need to do now is decide how I feel about potentially losing a week of sleep as a result. Quite likely, especially if Crimson Peak has the same effect on me as watching The Omen (1976) at age 12 once did.  I want to think that I’ve matured since then. Either way, the massive bags under my eyes or lack thereof will let everyone know.

Release Date (s): October 16th 2015 (US & UK).

Happy Scary Film Loving 🙂

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THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016): New Trailer Sees The Return Of Mowgli & Baloo

The Jungle Book (2016), Neel Sethi, Scarlett Johansson (Kaa voice)
The Jungle Book (2016), Neel Sethi, Scarlett Johansson (Kaa voice)

It’s time for another re-imagining of a popular story from your childhood…

I recall the story somewhat vaguely and I do like the cast. Idris Elba, Neel Sethi, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o and Christopher Walken make the cast of this Jon Favreau directed version.

Having just seen the above trailer I’m curious to find out whether I’ll warm to Scarlett Johanson’s Kaa voice. Not quite sure at this point. I’m most ready for Bill Murray’s Baloo voice.

Happy The Jungle Book 🙂

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CINDERELLA (2015): Watch It For The Spectacular Win Against The Bullies & Cate Blanchett, Of Course

Cinderella (2016), Lily James
Cinderella (2016), Lily James

My reason for watching the new version of Cinderella had very little to do with the romance. I watched the movie because of the cast, particularly one of my favourites, super Australian Actress, Cate Blanchett.

The well edited trailer with the perfect musical score also helped, but ultimately, I was most excited to see how Director Kenneth Branagh handled cinderella’s battle with her evil step mother and horrid step sisters.

The film is beautiful thanks to Branagh and his well chosen cast which includes Lily James in the title role, Helena Bonham as the Fairy Godmother and Richard Madden portraying Prince Charming.

Besides having good dialogue and being quite the visual spectacle, the movie had me reflecting on my own experience of courage and the gift of kindness, especially when it comes from the most unexpected place.

Cinderella (2016), Cate Blanchett, Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger
Cinderella (2016), Cate Blanchett, Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger

Watch to see a rightful win and of course there is the fairytale romance.

Happy Cinderella 🙂

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