Category Archives: Fantasy

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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TED (2012): Silly, Filthy & Good

Ted (2012), Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane
Ted (2012), Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane

You wouldn’t be blamed if after hearing the concept of Ted, your reaction was, really? Please!

But then you learn a little more and realise that the movie is  the brainchild of Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy. He not only stars as the voice of Ted but directed and wrote it too.

Fans of the very successful Family Guy series would be the most excited. Just a little more perhaps, than fans of general good humour – particularly humour  that’s silly and filthy in parts.

Also starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, there’s plenty of funny dialogue. One of the key highlights for me is Donny, the character played by Giovanni Ribisi and his highly peculiar dance moves. Lastly, who could forget the scene with all the ‘white trash’ names…

Mandy, Marylyn, Tiffany, Candace, Brandy, Heather Channing, Brianna, Amber Sabrina, Melody, Dakota, Ciara, Bambi, Christal, Samantha, Autumn, Ruby, Taylor, Tara Tammy, Lauren, Charlene, Chantal, Courtney, Misty, Jenny, Christa, Mindy, Noel, Shelby, Trina, Riba, Cassandra, Nikki, Kelsy, Shauna, Jolene, Earlene, Claudia, Savannah, Casey, Dolly, Kendra, Kylie, Chloe, Devon, Emma-Lou, Becky, Brandy-Lyn, Heather-Lyn, Tammy-Lyn

Looking forward to watching the sequel, Ted 2 (2015) in a few days.

Happy Ted 🙂

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BATMAN v SUPERMAN – DAWN OF JUSTICE (2016): Official Trailer

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Ben Affleck
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Ben Affleck

Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg and  Gal Gadot as Wonder woman, the DC Comics’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie  trailers look good…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

Intense, interesting are two words that come to mind. I’ll be watching for reasons including the seemingly promising dialogue. Though, I do wonder how much longer it’s going to be before comic book movie fatigue sets in on a large scale, if it does. Either way, right now it’s the fans who really, REALLY love these stories that I’m most excited for.

Perhaps Wonder woman will get the two  superheroes to work together. Quite likely.

Release Date (s): March 24th, 2016 (FR & GER); March 25th, 2016 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving  🙂

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JUPITER ASCENDING (2015): What I Enjoyed Most? Mila Kunis’ Royal Outfits

Jupiter Ascending (2015), Mila Kunis
Jupiter Ascending (2015), Mila Kunis

Directed by The Wachowskis, the duo behind The Matrix (1999) trilogy and starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne, I had relatively high hopes for how Jupiter Ascending would turn out… admittedly, mostly because of Redmayne.

After the event however, it would be quite the stretch for me to call Jupiter Ascending a ‘good film’ – though there are some things I enjoyed. Namely, Mila Kunis’ royal outfits, the visuals of Jupiter and the rather disturbingly good theory about ‘harvesting’ planet earth.

Everything else was just unconvincing. I found myself unable to properly buy into any of the characters let alone the central love story.

Jupiter Ascending (2015), Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis,
Jupiter Ascending (2015), Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis,

Usually I can suspend my disbelief given that a story is executed well – whether it be sci-fi, fantasy, etc. That’s just not completely the case here.

I still love Mila Kunis, especially in That 70s Show, Family Guy and Black Swan (2010) – just not in Jupiter Ascending.

Happy film loving. Now, go watch The Matrix 🙂

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BATMAN v SUPERMAN – DAWN OF JUSTICE (2016) Interesting…

Batman v Superman  Dawn Of Justice (2016), Ben Affleck
Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice (2016), Ben Affleck

I thought I’d be more excited after seeing the Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice teaser trailer. Perhaps it’s something to do with the fact I’m still living in the past of Christian Bale as the caped crusader…

Not quite sure about my super heroes fighting each other – as the trailer and title suggest. Either way, I hope the film turns out great. Perhaps by 2016 I won’t be so attached to Bale as Batman… probably not. He did such a brilliant job!

Happy Batman v Superman 🙂

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