Movie & TV News (#5)

The latest news, not SDCC ‘17 related

Doctor Who #13

The new doctor has been revealed and she’s a woman! I couldn’t be more excited about it. I watched the announcement video the moment I saw it on my Facebook feed and looked in anticipation to see who will take over the torch of this iconic character next.

From the moment the hand opened, I gasped, because even though I felt it was woman, my mind told me this couldn’t be true. There were already rumours that they maybe for the first time ever would make the doctor a woman, but I also thought that they wouldn’t do this right now. But oh my god they did, and it’s Jodie Whittaker who will take over the role. She is an amazing actress and has put down an amazing performance in Broadchurch and I can’t wait to see how she’ll give her twist to the Doctor.

Disney’s Aladdin has been cast

D23 has revealed many things this past weekend, next to new poster for the Star Wars movie, the news that came that was most interesting to me, is the casting of the live action movie of Aladdin. I’m a huge fan of the animated movie, and after the successful adaptation of Cinderella and Beauty & The Beast, I’m eagerly waiting to see how they’ll adapt this one.

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The movie will be directed by Guy Ritchie. Best known for Sherlock Holmes, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and his latest King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, his films are always beautiful action scenes with funny characters that give us a bit of a breather. Will Smith has been previously revealed as Genie. Unfortunately, this is a choice I’m not so happy with. But maybe this is because in my mind Genie will always be Robin Williams. Mena Massoud has been cast as Aladdin. I haven’t seen him act before, so that’ll be an interesting one as I don’t know how he’ll be, but he looks like Aladdin, so that’s a plus. Ending with the casting of Jasmine, we have Naomi Scott. She acted in Lemonade Mouth and Terra Nova, where I liked her okay-ish. Her latest big role was as the Pink Power Ranger in the 2017 remake. I’m not quite sure how I feel about this one, as I’m not blown away by her skills, but I’m willing to give her a chance.

As we’re just getting casting news and other little snippets here and there, we can’t expect the movie within the year. I do look forward to seeing the trailer and the first pictures, just to get a feel of how this movie will turn out. I’m especially excited to see how they will portray Genie and how Naomi and Mena look in their costumes. A story to be continued…

First Teaser for Mother

To say that I’m excited to see the latest movie by Darren Aronofsky, is an understatement. After Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, he put himself on the map as one of the most edgy directors out there and one who likes to push the limits of cinema and of his public. His choice to work with Jennifer Lawrence and to put her across Javier Bardem and Michelle Pfeiffer, shows his skills and with this crazy teaser, you can be sure he’s going to go all out and push his actors to his limits.

The teaser focusses on Jennifer Lawrence, but gives us flashes of what we can expect. With the sounds and the quotes in the background we get a first look on what the story will be about. And with a lot of screaming and flashing images, you can be sure that this movie will be crazy. August 8th we will have the full trailer. Keep an eye out for my trailer review in one of my next posts.  

First look at Domino (Deadpool 2)

Give it to Ryan Reynolds to give us an awesome first look at Domino from the upcoming Deadpool movie. You can see the picture on his Twitter.

https://twitter.com/VancityReynolds/status/892049064858075136/photo/1

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Off course the tweet itself is hilarious, as is always the case with Ryan Reynolds/Deadpool. Honestly, they can’t be kept apart anymore. Ryan Reynolds is deadpool. So it’s so fun when he releases such snippets. And I mean, look at her! She’s gorgeous. Her hair is wild. She looks fierce, and on top of it all and she seems like she doesn’t care. It’s going to be amazing to see her opposite Deadpool. I can’t wait.


What do you think? Which of these news are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments below.

New Trailer Reviews (#10)

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The weather goes crazy

I don’t really know what sort of vibe I have to get from this trailer. The music gives the trailer and the movie a more fun vibe, a bit like Guardians of the Galaxy. But the story in itself is more serious, with a lot of action, destruction and terrible, terrible weather. The premise is interesting and there are a lot of different directions they can take us in. But I don’t really know what direction they want to go to from this trailer. I hope the second trailer will give us a better direction, but for now this is one my watchlist. But I will see this one at home when I don’t have anything else to see.

The Wall

Mesmerizing Thriller

This seems like such a great movie. If you lose the promotional sentences throughout the trailer, you get an intense story about two comrades in arms divided by a wall, trying to survive a sniper that just wants to chat. This seems like such an action-packed movie, with so many thrills and one that will keep my on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to see where this story takes us and if the last movies of Doug Liman can be any indication at all (Edge of Tomorrow and Mr & Mrs. Smith), this movie will be beautifully shot and the action will be on point. A must-watch for me.

Darkest Hour

Churchill gets another film

This is another movie about Churchill and World War II. What I find interesting about this one is that they seem to not shy away from the darker side of Churchill. Is this the truth? Probably not, and we will never really know how he was during that time or what he was thinking. But what we do know is that he was a difficult man to live and work with. So this movie will be an interesting point of view and I’m especially looking forward to see how they will show this difficult relationship of Churchill with his wife, his secretaries, the outside world, the politicians. A must-watch for me.  

A Wrinkle in Time

The latest from Disney

I do not know the original material on which this movie is based and I do feel that this will put me in a disadvantage. This movie, this story looks big and if you don’t know the backstory, I think you might lose the essence of the story. I hope that Disney learned from Tomorrowland and that they will make this story accessible to anyone, even those you haven’t read the book, not really simplifying it, but making it understandable to everyone. For the rest, I do think the trailer looks good. It promises to be a story full of magic, colour and an overwhelmingly big and well known cast. Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis… are all in this movie. I’m a bit hesitant, but I think I’ll have to see this one in cinemas, just to be able to see all the colours and the action and the magic fully… I’m excited to see the full trailer.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Behind The Scenes)

Star Wars VIII has wrapped

I know this isn’t a real trailer and we don’t see a lot about the story, but the few images we get to see, have gotten me so excited for this movie. There will be a lot of action, lightsaber fights, new creatures, new characters and the story will apparently, if we can believe the interview bits, take us into new grounds and give us a new sense of Star Wars. It’s a sequel, but feels like a standalone. I’m so excited and I can’t wait to see the real full trailer to see where they will take us next.

Blade Runner 2049

The Sequel that no-one saw coming

We finally get a glimpse of the story in this full trailer. And this is the trailer I have been waiting for. Blade Runner being one of my number one favourite Sci-Fi film, I hold it near to my heart so I’m anxiously waiting for this film. I already know, I’ll either love it or hate it. And it all depends on the story. Here we see Officer K (Ryan Gosling) looking for Rick (Harisson Ford) because he found something that might change the world and he needs Rick to help him… understand? To testify? The exact reason we don’t know, but I do think the teaser we got from the story is an interesting one. But the images look great as ever and the music was here so well incorporated, it got me excited for the actual soundtrack.

What do you think? Are any of these films on your watchlist? And which ones will you be seeing in cinemas?

New Trailer Reviews (#7)

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

Olaf is back !

This looks so sweet. After seeing the short film which was centered around Spring, now we get to see them at Christmas time. And this is my favourite holiday. December is my favourite month. Frozen is one of my favourites films. So I couldn’t be more excited. Especially because it’s linked to Coco, the newest Pixar Film. We will have new songs about Christmas and family. I mean, who wouldn’t be excited? I do hope they don’t milk the story too much. I’d rather see a full length second film really soon, then 10 little short films. Disney get at it.

Flatliners

Students go further than ever to get a rush

This movie started out looking like a movie about students and partying, but then took a turn for the worse. Actually for the better, because it seems like a really interesting movie with great actors, a lot of possible crazy plot points and amazing action scenes. The concept is actually so interesting and one that has been touched upon here and there, but not in a full-blown movie. I can’t wait to see what they do with it and how it’ll turn out. I hope it doesn’t get stuck in its seriousness about the afterlife, but that they focus on the thriller aspect of the movie.

Jungle

Daniel Radcliffe is stuck in the Jungle

What is it with movies lately, this is the second trailer where the story takes us a certain way at first, and then turns it completely around and goes the thriller route? It’s build the entirely same way as Flatliners. First giving us a more ‘Into the Wild’-vibe. Daniel Radcliffe is on a journey around the world, travelling, experiencing life as it comes, seeing beautiful new places. Then he meets someone who takes him and a few others into the jungle to explore and leaves them all behind and then shit happens. It does seem like a great movie, with a lot of action and suspense, but the way the trailer was built, just reminded me a lot of the other one. I’m not sure I’ll see this one in cinemas though. Depends a bit on the second trailer. I’m more into the sci-fi storyline of Flatliners.

Goodbye Christopher Robin

story of the creator of Winnie The Pooh

This seems like such a cute movie, a bit like Paddington. The images look great and from this first look it seems a perfect blend of cinematography and music. I’m excited to see how Margot Robbie’s British accent will be. But I’m mostly excited to see how they’ll tell the story. I hope it will be full of fantasy, really putting the stories they tell on our screens in combination with their actual story. Just a bit of a mix like with Big Fish. We’ll have to wait and see. But I’ll be sure to check this one in cinemas.  

Daddy’s Home 2

Meet the Fockers #2

I wasn’t really interested in the first film, but this one seems actually really funny. Plus, I must be honest, I’m a sucker for a good Christmas movie. It does remind me a lot of Meet the Fockers and Meet the Parents. But with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell it will have it’s own type of humor. And I can’t wait to see Mel Gibson and John Lithgow clash. This will be one I will watch in the month of December, at home, and add to my pile of Christmas movies to get me excited for the holidays. I’m already in the mood for it. ^^

Home Again

Another Romantic Comedy with Reese Witherspoon

Now this second trailer has me a bit more excited for this film. The short sentence I read on IMDb, doesn’t really come over in the trailer though. I didn’t get the feeling they were moving in with her and her family, but I do think this will give a more interesting twist to the story and i can’t wait to see how it will turn out. I won’t go see it in cinemas, but I’ll pick it up when I want to watch a movie on a lazy night or for a fun girlsnight.

What do you think? Are any of these films on your watchlist? And which ones will you be seeing in cinemas?

Movie News – New Pictures for Mary Poppins Returns

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Entertainment Weekly has released some new pictures of this highly anticipated film. I myself am so looking forward to it, especially after seeing the first picture. If I’m not mistaken we could only see Emily Blunt’s back with her typical little hat and she looked just perfect.

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And now with these pictures I’m even more excited. It looks magical with a typical Disney look to it. And also the pictures from the cast rehearsing spark my interest.

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Have you seen these pictures of the concept art? I mean, these are gorgeous. If the movie is as beautiful as these pictures, then I’m sure we’ll have a heck of a movie. Check the full article right here.

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Credits goes to Disney for these pictures…

Movie Review – Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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Tale as Old as Time

An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.’ (IMDb) (by Bill Condon, 129 min.)

 

Beauty & The Beast is one of those classics that are written in the memories of countless childs all around the world. It’s also the first animated movie being nominated at the Oscars for the Academy Award for Best Picture, so you can immediately see that this was a huge success and a truly remarkable film. One of a kind really.

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When you do look closely to the animated feature, you can see there are some plot holes that aren’t explained and for which there still aren’t any answers. But the sheer beauty of the picture and the story, make that you don’t notice them or don’t mind them. I didn’t and I still don’t. But when Disney announced they were making a live-action version, everybody, myself included, hoped they would do something about those plot holes.

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And the most important question of them all: will this movie, with a long list of A-list actors and actresses, be any good? The director and actors, the producers and the entire team stood before a huge piece of work with a lot of expectations from all different sides. First pictures that were released eased the minds of many and when the first trailer dropped you could feel the pressure release a little bit. Yes, this movie would be beautiful. Yes, the beast does look a bit strange, manipulated by a whole lot of CGI. But yes, Emma Watson is marvelous as Belle and can actually sing.

So, what did I think of the movie? (because off course, I had to see it as quickly as I could.)

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It was marvelous, just marvelous. I enjoyed it so much. From watching the trailer, you could already tell that they would follow the story of the original closely. But after reading here and there, it became clear they would give a lot more information, a lot more background story and they would fix a few plotholes. Are they all fixed? No. There are still some burning questions that aren’t answered. But most of them are. What happened to Belle’s mother? If Beast is a prince, where are the king and queen? Where is Mr. Pot? Etcetera…

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With the different backstories and some other little things that help to understand the story better and to make it feel whole, you feel absolutely absorbed by this film. The narrative is the same as the animated movie. You do recognize everything and our favourite songs return. With some new songs (Evermore, the most important addition and to my opinion one of the bests) the movie flies and takes us on a story we know and love.

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It all blends beautifully together. The graphics are amazing. Lumière and Cogsworth are funny and recognizable, but still a bit more modern and given a bit more expression in their ‘new’ bodies. Emma Watson is beautiful as Belle and her costumes were an ode to the animated movie. Especially the yellow gown was flowing, beautiful, but simple. A bit more refined than in the original, but I thought it was gorgeous. The one thing I was worried about was the Beast. In the trailer you could easily see that they used a whole lot of CGI to make him as real as possible and I thought it looked a bit fake in the trailer. And I had the same thought when I first saw him in the shadows. But then he came into the light and everything changed. It was as if I saw him for the first time together with Belle, and all my thoughts about CGI and other graphics faded away. I was lost in his eyes, in they way his mouth moved. I’m highly anticipating the release of the Blu-Ray to see how they made it all possible. To see a sneak peek of how this came to be.

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The blend of the actors, the music, the cinematography, the songs, the costumes, the production design… Everything felt beautifully in place and you just feel the love for the original of all those who participated in making it. Bill Condon stayed true to the original, but found a beautiful blend between the original material and his new ideas, a perfect blend between the style of the animated feature and his own.

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A beautiful rendition of a classic and one you must go see in cinema to see it in all it’s glory. The reason I only gave it 8.5 stars, is because I still wanted more. This is a world I love and I revisit every time to dream away with the music and the story. And while I’m glad they sticked to the story and gave us a little more backstory, there are still some questions left unanswered. The second reason is the freaking effects they put on Emma’s voice. You feel Disney and Emma herself as well, weren’t a 100% sure if she could carry the songs, so they decided to help it along and put some auto tune on it. That’s really unfortunate, because I do believe she would have been able to carry it completely.

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I’m loving it though and I already want to go back to the cinema to see it again… It’s a real charm…

8.5/10 stars

Movie Review – Inside Out

by Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen

by Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen

‘After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.’ (IMDb) (by Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen, 94 min.)

This movie was one of my favourites. I saw it I think three times in total in the cinema and I just couldn’t get enough of it. The entire concept is so unexpected and new.

With almost every movie Pixar puts out there, you can say it’s a masterpiece. It has so many layers and can be enjoyed by all, small or old. It’s beautifully animated and the idea that we have these small voices in our head that makes us act and react is so enjoyable.

I saw it recently again and with each viewing I see new things and I notice other things. There are so many details that you just can’t get enough out of it by just watching it one time.

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I especially like the combination of Joy and Sadness. The quirkiness and happiness of Joy, maybe the excess of joy, is a nice contrast to the realness and the slowness of Sadness. Seeing them on their way, with the rest of the group (Anger, Disgust and Fear) trying to balance Rileys life and getting her through this huge change in her life, is really entertaining.

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Pixar doesn’t shy away of getting real, showing how fickle memories are and how we forget some things that once were really important to us. Here I especially think of Bing Bong, another quirky character in this gorgeous movie. This was something I didn’t see coming at all and shows how brave and fearless Pixar are to tell a story, not shying away from harder themes.

This is a marvelous story and one I’m eager to share with my little nephews and nieces when they’re old enough.

8/10 stars

 

Movie Review – Cinderella

by Kenneth Branagh

by Kenneth Branagh

‘When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.’ (IMDb) (by Kenneth Branagh, 105 min.)

I didn’t expect much of this film, except cuteness and a beautiful love story. I wanted it to be a typical Disney film full with magic and adorable characters. And it was exactly what I got.

It wasn’t the best movie, but the chemistry between Cinderella and Prince Charming was spot on. Cate Blanchett was amazing as the evil stepmother and the entire movie had a bit more story than the original animated feature. That part was really interesting to me.

The only thing I found a bit disappointing, was that Cinderella was still a bit shallow. I had hoped they would make her a bit more active, with a bit more substance. They did it with the evil stepmother. She got an entire backstory. We got introduced to Cinderella’s mother in the beginning of the film, but for me it didn’t give the story an extra boost.

Overall I liked this film a lot, and it was fun to see a different version of this story. It was not my favorite Disney animated feature, but this movie did deliver as a typical Disney movie, and as a huge fan of Disney, I couldn’t be more pleased.

3,5 out of 5 stars.