Category Archives: Sci-Fi

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

X-Men - Dark Phoenix (2018), Jessica Chastain, Sophie Turner, 20th Century Fox
X-Men – Dark Phoenix (2018), Jessica Chastain, Sophie Turner, 20th Century Fox

Director Simon Kinberg’s X-Men – Dark Phoenix has a good looking new trailer.

Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Sophie Turner, X-Men – Dark Phoenix is all about their team member Jean Grey’s new incredible corrupting powers and how the rest of the X-Men deal with it…

I’m in to enjoy the stunning visual effects and find out if Jean Grey will fully embrace her dark side. Before doing all that though, I’m a tad behind so I just need to watch all the movies after X-Men First Class (2011).

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

X-Men Dark Phoenix Release Dates: June 7th, 2019 (UK & US)…

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VENOM (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Venom (2018), Tom Hardy
Venom (2018), Tom Hardy

Even though Marvel’s Venom is definitely not in my top five list of favourite superhero movies – or my top five list of Marvel movies for that matter, I still found a scene that I loved.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer; starring Tom Hardy, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, I’m not sure that the worst thing about Venom is the performances. For me, the key issues exist in three areas, the story editing / script, the final version of the fully formed CGI embodiment of Venom and Venom’s actual speaking voice, All these elements left me less impressed than I’d hoped to be.

To give an example of my issue with the story, I know that Brock, who later becomes Venom is supposed to be an antihero but because of his highly inconsiderate behaviour during the Colton Drake interview early on in the movie, I think I had trouble fully being on his side after that. I mean, he’s still the protagonist and I didn’t want him to get hurt; yet I was reasonably annoyed for his girlfriend. As a result, it wasn’t actually until the desperate scene in the restaurant that I was most moved; both by how helpless Brock seemed in those moments and by Tom Hardy’s arresting performance.

Along with a less cartoonish looking CGI version of Venom and Riot, I really did expect a far slicker execution from Marvel Studios overall; one where the finished product hit all the right notes in terms of what makes a good film and had me feeling like: Yes! YES! I knew this would be good!instead of: ‘Yeah… it’s really not the best. What a shame.’

Watch it if you’re curious enough and if you’re a serious comic book fan, no doubt you’ll have a better time than I did.

For me, the title of ‘favourite superhero movie’ still belongs to The Avengers (2012).

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IO (2019): New Trailer From Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley, Danny Huston…

IO (2019), Margaret Qualley
IO (2019), Margaret Qualley

Directed by Jonathan Helpert; Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley and Danny Huston are the stars of IO. 

IO is a new sci-fi movie about one of the last survivors on a post-cataclysmic Earth. A place where a young scientist has dedicated to find a way for humans to adapt and survive, rather than abandon their planet. Unexpectedly, she begins to question her decision following the arrival of another survivor…

I’m intrigued by the premise and I like Mackie, especially ever since I saw his great work in The Hurt Locker (2008).

Then there’s the fact that the last time I put my trust in Netflix and sat down to watch one of their sci-fi movies, namely Extinction (2018), I found myself wanting. I wish my expectations were higher with this, nevertheless move move forward with hope.

IO Release Dates: January 18th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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BIRD BOX (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Bird Box (2018), Sandra Bullock
Bird Box (2018), Sandra Bullock

Knowing my history with Netflix movies and how I’ve found the vast majority to be quite disappointing, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel after Bird Box. The good news is, I actually enjoyed director Susan Bier’s post apocalyptic sci-fi thriller more than I expected to. 

Intrigued by the story of a how a woman and two children were going to escape the mysterious force that compels all who see it to kill themselves right away, I couldn’t wait to see how the characters would survive, especially since they have to be blindfolded when outside.

As soon as the opening scene in Bird Box started to play, I had a good feeling because of how the scene immediately held my undivided attention. Leading up to the final thirty minutes of the movie there were other very engaging, ‘edge of your seat suspenseful’ moments. However, the best stretch of time and my favourite part of  Bird Box is without a doubt the last thirty minutes. It is the scenes when the key characters are truly most vulnerable and there are endless near disasters happening one after the other. 

Similar to 2017’s A Quiet Place, Bird Box will likely ave you thinking about parenthood and the gargantuan undertaking that it truly is. I enjoyed leading actor Sandra Bullocks performance, plus the moments in the story that moved, thrilled and surprised me, especially the last thirty minutes. 

As for the parts of Bird Box I wish weren’t quite so, those would include approximately thirty minutes into the film when, instead of being fully engaged, I found myself distracted by the fact that I hadn’t seen the ‘monster’ yet and I really wanted to. Secondly, I think there were too many characters ‘in the house;’ one or two of whom proved quite annoying and a number of whom resembled props who were just  there to play their relatively small parts just to move the story along and sometimes provide a fast thrilling moment. 

Thirdly, I understand the reason for the ‘flashback and back to present day’ editing choice. However, it had a little bit of a negative effect on the flow of the story and subsequently had me wondering how different it could all have been if everything had played out in regular order.

Overall I say give Bird Box a chance because it has some great moments and for me personally, it’s definitely an improvement on the last few Netflix movies I saw or tried to see.

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MEN IN BLACK INTERNATIONAL (2019): New Trailer From Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Rebecca Ferguson…

Protectors of Earth from the scum of the universe, the Men In Black are back with new F. Gary Gray directed sci-fi / action / comedy, Men In Black International. 

Starring Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Neeson and Rebecca Ferguson, the focus this time is to deal with a new big threat, a mole in the Men in Black organisation.

The on screen chemistry between Thompson and Hemsworth is just great. I cant wait to see this new ‘international’ angle. It helps that it’s set in my beloved London town but really, this trailer is pretty well done.

I’ve been a fan of Rebecca Ferguson as an action star since Mission – Impossible Rogue Nation (2015), and now based on this trailer Tessa Thomson is definitely another new favourite.

Fingers crossed that Hemsworth’s seemingly British accent turns out great.

Emma Thompson, Rafe Spall, Kumail Nanjiani and Davina Sitaram also star.

Men In Black International Release Dates: June 14th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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CAPTAIN MARVEL (2018): Trailer 2…

Captain Marvel (2018), Brie Larson
Captain Marvel (2018), Brie Larson

Trailer 2 for Captain Marvel has landed and it has me thinking about how cool it would be to have blue blood, ‘live stronger, longer, superior and be reborn’. Basically I’d have to be Captain Marvel herself and since I can’t really do that, I’ll settle for the movie…

I don’t know if the line ‘Nobel Warrior Heroes’ is a joke but it sounds quite a bit like a great example of ‘doing too much’. Nevertheless though, I’m definitely very ready for the human and alien action sequences.

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck; key cast includes Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan, Mckenna Grace, Annette Bening, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou…

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

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REPLICAS (2019): New trailer From Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Emily Alyn Lind, Thomas Middleditch…

Replicas (2019), Keanu Reeves
Replicas (2019), Keanu Reeves

Directed by  Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Replicas stars Keanu Reeves as a scientist determined to bring back his wife and children who died in a traffic accident.

Other key cast includes Alice Eve, Emily Alyn Lind, Thomas Middleditch…

More than the story and even though I’m far from a scientist, I find myself most interested in the cloning process and what Eve’s character felt as she realised something was wasn’t quite right.

John Ortiz, Emjay Anthony, Nyasha Hatendi, Amber Townsend, Amber Rivera and Aria Lyric Leabu also star.

Replicas Release Dates: January 11th, 2019 (US)…

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JURASSIC WORLD – FALLEN KINGDOM (2018): The Things I Liked…

Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom (2018), Chris Pratt
Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom (2018), Chris Pratt

As was the case with Jurassic World (2015), I enjoyed Chris Pratt’s brand of charm in this  J.A. Bayona directed sequel Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom. Yet surprisingly even more than that, I really liked the screen time dedicated to the dinosaurs. In particular the way Bayona’s movie not only told us about the intelligence of the dinosaurs, but we got to see a well executed display of said intelligence.

Another key highlight is the final and unfortunate scenes on ‘the island’ towards the end. Particularly the way it reminded me of how the movie Kong – Skull Island (2017) made me feel. By this I mean both films are fun and thrilling but they also made me sad because the creatures in both movies were either existing / resting peacefully until human interference.

Just like in Jurassic World, in Fallen Kingdom Pratt and Howard’s character’s romantic connection was a plot device that I found myself unenthused by.  Particularly because it felt even more unnecessary this time round.

Definitely watch Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom, especially if you liked the first movie. It’s still quite fun overall and even more so if you like dinosaurs.

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