Category Archives: Sci-Fi

THE TOMORROW WAR (2021): New Trailer From Chris Pratt, Sam Richardson, Betty Gilpin, Yvonne Strahovski…

The Tomorrow War (2021), Chris Pratt, Amazon Prime Video
The Tomorrow War (2021), Chris Pratt, Amazon Prime Video

Chris Pratt, Sam Richardson, Betty Gilpin and Yvonne Strahovski are the stars of The Lego Movie (2014) director, Chris McKay’s new action/adventure/sci-fi, The Tomorrow War.

The promising trailer has Pratt as Dan, a family man tasked with annihilating a future threat to humanity’s very existence.

I’m in for the Pratt brand of charm and action. Also, Gilpin appears to be in the wife/mother role for this one. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m hoping she gets to kick some alien behind. Especially since she was so great in The Hunt (2020).

J.K. Simmons, Seychelle Gabriel, Alan Trong, Jasmine Mathews, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Keith Powers, Mike Mitchell, Chibuikem Uche and Felisha Terrell also star.

The Tomorrow War Rel;ease Dates: July 2nd, 2021 (US), Amazon Prime Video…

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MARVEL STUDIOS CELEBRATES THE MOVIES (2021)…

I wasn’t even aware that it was Stan Lee narrating at first. I was moved when the music started at 0:36 seconds. Then the sight of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther happened, and I was reminded of the emotionally taxing mess that was 2020.

Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and particularly the first movie, along with its incredibly thrilling Comic-Con trailers are the reason that DC will always have a small piece of my heart. The largest part of my comic book movie appreciating heart, however, that’s allocated to Marvel Studios superhero movies because they get so many things too right to fail at being my favourite. 

That’s not to say that I consider every movie/series Marvel makes perfect. Their trailers, action sequences, the music they use and how much sense the execution of their universe makes strategy-wise is the most impressive to me. And that’s just me writing as someone who’s never read a Marvel comic book, or any comic book for that matter. I simply love movies as ‘the perfect amalgamation of all the arts’ that movies are.

To think that the above three minutes and ten second celebration has even more Marvel stories and characters for me to discover gives me much to look forward to. Even if I don’t love everything released, I know I’ll find something memorable. How can I not with two of my favourites, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie as fresh additions to the Marvel family?

Black Widow (2021), Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Marvel Studios
Black Widow (2021), Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Marvel Studios

Of all the Avengers movies I’ve seen so far, the action sequences I remember most fondly take place in Captain America – The Winter Soldier (2014). Specifically, the Nick Fury vehicular chase sequence and the epic elevator scene that follows soon after. Just thinking about it recently had me interrupting my writing session to click on Disney+ to re-watch the scene. Only, I ended up watching the whole movie and liking it even more than the first time. I also properly noticed Robert Redford’s character; how well written it is. No wonder he said yes to the part.

There are only two months to go until my first visit to the movie theatre for a Marvel film. It will probably be my second cinema visit in 2021 because the first movie on my list is A Quiet Place Part 2which comes out a month earlier. Which movie will mark your return to the theatre?

Black Widow, July 9th, 2021

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, September 3rd, 2021

Eternals, November 5th, 2021

Spider-Man – No Way Home, December 17th, 2021

Doctor Strange – In the Multiverse of Madness, March 25th, 2022

Thor – Love and Thunder, May 6th, 2022

Black Panther – Wakanda Forever, July 8th, 2022

The Marvels, November 11th, 2022

Ant-Man and the Wasp – Quantumania, February 17th, 2023

The Guardians of the Galaxy – Vol 3, May 5th, 2023

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AWAKE (2021): New Trailer Starring Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Shamier Anderson, Ariana Greenblatt…

Awake (2021), Finn Jones, Gina Rodriguez, Netflix
Awake (2021), Finn Jones, Gina Rodriguez, Netflix

In the world of new sci-fi/thriller Awake, a devastating global event has wiped out all electronics and eliminated people’s ability to sleep. Gina Rodriguez stars as former soldier Jill, whose daughter may just be the solution.

Directed by Mark Raso; additional key cast includes Barry Pepper, Shamier Anderson, Ariana Greenblatt and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

The chaos of it all is what I’m drawn to; the idea of a world functioning on zero sleep. I mean, many well-rested individuals make terrible decisions, which begs the question, precisely how scary can we expect things to get?

I’m in for the answer to the above while hoping that this movie will exceed all my expectations.

Frances Fisher, Gil Bellows, Finn Jones, Sebastian Pigott, Sergio Di Zio, Alex House, Michael Hough, Lucius Hoyos, Trevor Hayes and Shawn Ahmed also star.

Awake Release Dates: June 9th, 2021 (US & UK)…

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THE TOMORROW WAR (2021): New Trailer Starring Chris Pratt, Betty Gilpin, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Sam Richardson…

The Tomorrow War (2021), Chris Pratt, Amazon Prime Video
The Tomorrow War (2021), Chris Pratt, Amazon Prime Video

New action/adventure/sci-fi The Tomorrow War has Chris Pratt playing Dan, a man drafted to fight in a future war. One where the fate of humanity relies on his ability to confront his past.

Directed by Chris McKay; additional key cast includes Betty Gilpin, J.K. Simmons, Sam Richardson, Edwin Hodge and Yvonne Strahovski.

Hello, interesting movie premise!

I’m also in to see Pratt in an action movie role; the kind that seems to have strong Tom Cruise vibes. Perhaps it’s just the shot at 16 seconds into this trailer that has me making the Cruise connection.

Also, there’s Gilpin. I feel as though her character is going to be quite the badass. If you’ve seen The Hunt (2020), then you know that she’s great at that.

Jasmine Mathews, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Keith Powers, Mike Mitchell, Seychelle Gabriel, Alan Trong, Chibuikem Uche and Felisha Terrell also star.

The Tomorrow War Rel;ease Dates: July 2nd, 2021 (US), Amazon Prime Video…

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GODZILLA vs. KONG (2021): The Things I Liked…

Godzilla vs. Kong (2021), Warner Bros. Pictures

The main reason I wanted to watch Godzilla vs Kong is the monster fight. What proved most disappointing is that I found the fight sequences to be ‘just ok’ at best. 

The special effects were impressive and I particularly appreciated the city lights in Hong Kong, as well as the film’s smart use of colour. Other highlights include Brian Tyree Henry who came across very convincingly as the investigator/conspiracy theory enthusiast. 

As someone who enjoyed Kong Skull Island (2017), I was expecting an equally engaging story with Godzilla vs Kong. Especially where the fight sequences were concerned. It’s unfortunate that by the twenty-minute mark, I found myself wanting to fast forward to the monster face-off, rather than sit through the tired human stories I was supposed to buy into.

My desire to skip to the fun moments is partly because I wasn’t able to suspend my disbelief enough, not to notice how silly and cliché the story felt at times. I also missed Tom Hiddleston’s character from Kong Skull Island and found myself wishing he were in this movie. Because that way, he’d have helped ground things a little more. 

If you’re curious about the special effects, watch Godzilla vs Kong. You may find yourself thinking that it feels sillier than expected, but you will most likely enjoy the CGI and the lights.

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MADE FOR LOVE (2021): New Trailer Starring Cristin Milioti, Billy Magnussen, Ray Romano…

Made for Love (2021), Cristin Milioti, Billy Magnussen, HBO Max
Made for Love (2021), Cristin Milioti, Billy Magnussen, HBO Max

Cristin Milioti, Billy Magnussen and Ray Romano are the stars of new sci-fi/comedy/drama, Made for Love.

Milioti is Hazel, a young woman who suddenly realises that her husband (Magnussen) has implanted a revolutionary monitoring device in her brain . A device that allows him to track her every move.

Talk about a super controlling maniac. After spotting the detachment in Hazel’s eyes at 0:37 seconds into this trailer, I was committed to see her get out of there.

This kind of entrapment is absolutely crazy. Yet, it’s also not completely outside of the realm of what will become possible in the future. That’s of course, if it isn’t already very possible right now.

Caleb Foote, Noma Dumezweni, Augusto Aguilera, Dutch Johnson, Raymond Lee, Dan Bakkedahl and Tom Jenkins also star.

Made for Love Release Dates: April 1st, 2021 (US)/ Internet

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STOWAWAY (2021): New Trailer From Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Toni Collette, Shamier Anderson…

Stowaway (2021), Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Toni Collette, Netflix
Stowaway (2021), Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Toni Collette, Netflix

Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Toni Collette and Shamier Anderson’s latest sci-fi/thriller is all about a mission to Mars that runs into a series of unintended challenges, after a stowaway is discovered on board.

Surely there’s no way that this ends well for all involved. I feel as though my heart just broke multiple times while watching this trailer. Still, I’m in for that special Kendrick, Collette and Kim magic.

I also want to see how it all unfolds because I could be wrong, but it seems as though some secrets are bound to come out.

Lastly, will this movie be as good as or better than Netflix’s other recent space movie, The Midnight Sky (2020)? I wonder.

Stowaway Release Dates: April 22nd, 2021 (US)…

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OXYGEN (2021): New Trailer From Mélanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric, Marc Saez…

Oxygen (2021), Melanie Laurent, Netflix
Oxygen (2021), Melanie Laurent, Netflix

Imagine waking up in a cryogenic chamber with no recollection of how you got got there, and you have to find a way out before you run out of air.

Directed by Alexandre Aja; Mélanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric and Marc Saez are the stars of new sci-fi/thriller, Oxygen.

This is only a teaser trailer, but assuming that all the action takes place inside the cryogenic chamber, I’m in to see how engaging this viewing experience will be.

Hoping this is a good movie; though I can’t imagine this being too fun for the claustrophobic.

Malik Zidi, Eric Herson-Macarel, Cathy Cerda, Pascal Germain, Laura Boujenah, Marie Lemiale and Lyah Valade also star.

Oxygen Release Dates: May 12th, 2021 (US), Netflix…

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