Category Archives: Sci-Fi

JONATHAN (2018): New Trailer From Ansel Elgort, Patricia Clarkson, Matt Bomer, Suki Waterhouse…

Jonathan (2018), Ansel Elgort
Jonathan (2018), Ansel Elgort

Ansel Elgort, Patricia Clarkson, Matt Bomer and Suki Waterhouse are the stars of new drama / sci-fi Jonathan.

Directed by Bill Oliver, the story follows Jonathan who leaves the office everyday at noon. He gets home and goes to sleep. Each morning when Jonathan wakes up, there’s a breakfast prepared for him along with a video telling him about the second part of his day…

I rather enjoyed the mysterious nature of the above synopsis. Upon seeing the trailer, I’m definitely quite intrigued and find myself thinking of cloning as a key theme. It could also be interesting if I were wrong – especially since I do enjoy a well executed story surprise.

Douglas Hodge, Souleymane Sy Savane, Ramses Torres and Jeff Kim also star.

Jonathan Release Dates: November 16th, 2018 (US)…

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X-MEN – DARK PHOENIX (2019): New Trailer From James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner…

X-Men - Dark Phoenix (2018), Sophie Turner
X-Men – Dark Phoenix (2018), Sophie Turner

In X-Men Dark Phoenix, the X-Men must decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world. Reason being, Jean Grey has began to develop incredible corrupting powers that will turn her into a Dark Phoenix.

Directed by Simon Kinberg; key cast includes James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner…

I just recently finished watching Captain America – Civil War (2016) and the plot of Dark Phoenix reminds me of  it. I’m blaming that for my slightly subdued enthusiasm. Well, that and the fact that this trailer didn’t quite induce the expected yelp of excitement it’s predecessors did. I actually thought that the Lawrence, McAvoy and Fassbender phase of X-Men had been wrapped up. I’m not mad that it hasn’t yet, but I just wish that overall, this trailer had me more enthused.

My favourite line so far is ‘I’ve seen evil, and I’m looking at it now.’ It’s therefore unsurprising that what I’m most excited about overall is Sophie Turners ‘good girl gone bad’ performance.

Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, Alexandra Shipp, Ato Essandoh and Summer Fontana also star.

X-Men Dark Phoenix Release Dates: February 5th, 2019 (UK); February 14th, 2019 (US)…

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CAPTAIN MARVEL (2018): New Trailer From Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan, Mckenna Grace…

Captain Marvel (2019), Brie Larson
Captain Marvel (2019), Brie Larson

Directed by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck and set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is the story of Carol Danvers. Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

Key cast includes Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan Mckenna Grace…

Once again, another well edited trailer from Marvel Studios and featuring just the right music.

I’m in to see what I think is Marvel’s first female superhero movie. The ‘Earth caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races’ scenario is certainly very intriguing too. I wonder if I’ll still love Wonder Woman most after watching this movie.

Annette Bening, Jude Law, Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou also star.

Captain Marvel Release Dates: March 8th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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CAPTIVE STATE (2019): New Trailer From Vera Farmiga, John Goodman, Machine Gun Kelly, Ashton Sanders, Madeline Brewer…

Captive State (2019), John Goodman, Vera Farmiga
Captive State (2019), John Goodman, Vera Farmiga

Director Rupert Wyatt’s Captive State is a new sci-fi / thriller set in a Chicago neighbourhood almost ten years after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force.

Starring Vera Farmiga, John Goodman, Machine Gun Kelly, Ashton Sanders and Madeline Brewer; Wyatt’s film will explore both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents…

I’d love for this to be good – especially following my disappointment with the execution of the really great premise of Extinction (2018), the last sci-fi movie I was excited about.

Captive State could definitely be great. Fingers crossed it all works out great.

Alan Ruck, Jonathan Majors, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Ben Daniels, KiKi Layne and Kevin J. O’Connor and also star.

Captive State Release Dates: March 29th, 2019 (US); April 12th, 2019 (UK)…

‘Let us, give thanks.’

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JURASSIC WORLD (2015): The Things I Liked…

Jurassic World (2018), Chris Pratt
Jurassic World (2018), Chris Pratt

Besides reminding me to be grateful that humans no longer share planet earth with dinosaurs, Jurassic World has officially awakened me to Chris Pratt’s super charismatic magic. A magic when combined with a good script among other key elements, the result is a very entertaining movie.

I’ve never been especially into dinosaurs myself but director Colin Trevorrow’s movie really is a fun ride. One that features a good number of wow moments. Impressive moments courtesy of great special effects and a beautiful overall visual style.

Also starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Nick Robinson, Jurassic World is set on the original site of Jurassic Park where a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur has now been created. The films true action really begins when said dinosaur escapes and commences a very well-captured killing spree.

My overall favourite thing about this movie is pretty much every scene featuring Pratt. You know, on account of his charisma as well as good dialogue. There’s also all the scenes featuring talented and adorable young actor Ty Simpkins who plays Gray.

As for the things that spoilt this movie just a little for me, there’s the scene where Gray and his  brother Zack (Robinson) are able to light a match even though I could have sworn that matches are impossible to light when wet. Did I perhaps miss a part where it was revealed that the matches were contained in a waterproof case? The second thing I didn’t quite buy into is Pratt and Dallas Howard’s characters as a couple. On the other hand, there are many unexpected couples in real life too, so…

You’ve likely already seen this movie but if not, do so for the fun ride, shooting style, that Pratt magic and especially if you love / or once loved dinosaurs.

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I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW (2018): New Trailer From Elle Fanning, Peter Dinklage, Paul Giamatti, Charlotte Gainsbourg…

I Think We're Alone Now (2018), Elle Fanning
I Think We’re Alone Now (2018), Elle Fanning

In I Think We’re Alone Now, the apocalypse turns out to be a blessing in disguise for one lucky recluse. That is until a second survivor arrives with the threat of companionship.

Directed by Reed Morano, Elle Fanning, Peter Dinklage, Paul Giamatti and Charlotte Gainsbourg star…

I want to see how well the film works with such a small cast. I’m hoping it’s an adequately engaging story and that the on-screen chemistry is great between Dinklage and Fanning.

I Think We’re Alone Now Release Dates: September 21st, 2018 (US)…

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UPGRADE (2018): The Things I Liked…

Upgrade (2018), Logan Marshall-Green
Upgrade (2018), Logan Marshall-Green

Written / directed by Leigh Whannell and set in the not to distant future, Upgrade is the action / sci-fi story of Grey. Grey is a self-identified technophobe whose only hope to set things right after his world is turned upside down is an experimental implant called Stem.

Starring Logan Marshall-Green, Upgrade isn’t bad but I didn’t exactly love it either. What I did love were specific impressive moments in the film. Moments of well delivered dialogue, my favourite of which happens at the very end. Said dialogue is even more impressive considering the very cool last shot. I enjoyed the fight choreography. For example some of the moves and the way Marshall-Green was able to remain expressionless at certain points whilst looking like he was applying all his strength.

As for why I’m not in love with this movie, there’s a certain quality to Upgrade that made it feel like something was not as right as it could have been. Perhaps it’s the the writing / structure and how it didn’t have me feeling as connected to the protagonist or any of the characters as I needed to be. Maybe it’s it the film being set near enough entirely during night time. I just know that instead of making me want to fully sing it’s praises, Upgrade randomly brought to mind other movies I absolutely love. In no particular order: Blade Runner 2049 ( because of the fight choreography), Ex Machina (because of the A.I. element) and Locke (something to do with the night time setting and colours, probably.)

No one in Whannell’s film  performed especially badly. I hadn’t really heard of Marshall-Green until this movie. I’m now quite certain I’m going to remember him moving forward and I admit that the bass in his voice has a little something to do with it.

Watch it if you’re so curious.

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BLACK PANTHER (2018): The Things I Liked…

Black Panther (2018), Chadwick Boseman
Black Panther (2018), Chadwick Boseman

Black Panther is a traditional superhero movie in the way that its’ a fun, partly humorous, definitely colourful and action-packed visual experience. It’s the classic story of a hero rising to defend the many from a destructive outside force. This time, instead of the main location being somewhere that’s recognisably the United States, the main setting is a fictional African nation named Wakanda.

Directed by Ryan Coogler of Creed (2015) and Fruitvale Station (2013), including all that this movie means in terms of representation, Black Panther is also memorable for me thanks to the great visuals and the ways in which the story is that little bit different from other superhero movies. There’s also the undeniable cool factor thats courtesy – in part of the stunt work, and shooting style.

I liked all the performances and particularly enjoyed seeing Andy Serkis in a role I wasn’t expecting him to play. The smart, empowered and powerful female characters were another highlight.

In terms of what’s next for the franchise, the way Black Panther ends certainly has me very intrigued about how the follow-up will unfold. Particularly since I’m  someone who’s quite aware of the nature of humans when it comes to power and resources.

No doubt you’ve probably already seen this one but in case you haven’t, watch it because it’s a good and fun… and Marvel.

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