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.

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/movies/a10312219/disney-live-action-aladdin-cast/

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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.

SDCC 2017 – News & Trailers

Pacific Rim: Uprising (Teaser Trailer)

And rise we will

I’m so ashamed to admit that I haven’t seen Pacific Rim by Guillermo Del Toro, really. It’s definitely on my ‘to watch’-list, but with the abundance of films that come out each year, it always get pushed back and back and I never get around to it. I might have to change this now. Just because of this teaser. It looks great. It doesn’t give anything away from the story, nothing really. But the images look great. The appeal is definitely there. And with John Boyega (a bit more serious than we’re used) and apparently Scott Eastwood attached as well, this movie can’t be anything but great. If the story isn’t there, at least the images will look great and it will be a true spectacle. I can’t wait.

Wonder Woman #2 has been confirmed

Oh, she’ll be back

News_01It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody that, after the huge success Wonder Woman had at the box office, WB decided to make a sequel of it. It still hasn’t met all expectations, but her run isn’t over yet and I’m sure she’ll even surpass the sum Batman v Superman made. DC and Warner Bros finally found their way and it would be a total waste if they didn’t go further with this character. This news was nearly drowned under all the other amazing clips, trailers and news that was released at Comic Con, but for me it is an important one, so I wanted to add it in right here.

 

Justice League – Trailer

All In

This looks epic. After watching this trailer I’m left behind with jitters all over my body. The different action sequences look insane. The interactions between the characters are so interesting and funny. I’m a huge fan of Aquaman and The Flash, so I’m so happy to see they get their fair share of screentime and we get the first scenes underwater as well. I just hope they don’t go to dark with the story, but that they keep it a bit lighter that we’re used from DC. To be continued.

Ready Player One – Trailer

Finally we got images

This is another story, movie, event I’m hugely looking forward to. This seems amazing. I haven’t had the chance to read this book yet, but a lot of my friends have and they absolutely love it. When I heard Steven Spielberg would direct, my excitement for this movie rose and I have been eagerly waiting for a few snippets here and there. Off course they would release this trailer on Comic Con and I absolutely love it. I do get a bit of a Tron-vibe, but that is maybe because I don’t really know the story. I can’t wait to see this one and I’m sure it’s going to be an epic adventure.

Thor: Ragnarok – Trailer

The latest by our favourite God

I still have the feeling that I’m looking at a trailer for the next Guardians of the Galaxy. The way they use the music, the way they get a group of misfits together to overthrow a goddess in this case and save the world. I’ve been there and seen that. The only thing that does differ is the world their one. And Cate Blanchett looks just epic as Hela. Can’t wait to see her in all her forms and use her magic. I’m still very excited for this one, because Thor will forever hold a special place in my heart, but I do hope they didn’t lose too much of what him Thor.

Off course there has been so much more that has been released at Comic Con, but these are the ones that I am most excited about. What news or trailers were you excited to see or read about? What did I overlook? Let me know in the comments below and let’s discuss.

Series Review – Legion

Legion_06Oh My Fu***ing God.

David Haller is a troubled young man diagnosed as schizophrenic, but after a strange encounter, he discovers special powers that will change his life forever.’ (IMDb) (8 ep. of apx. 1h)

This is Awesome. Yes, Awesome with capital A. I was so surprised by this series and I honestly to god do not know how I feel after finishing it. Each episode is crazier then the one before. I won’t really do an episode-by-episode review, but the main review will be mostly about the first 4 chapters/episodes.

May contain small spoilers

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The first episode starts with a short montage where we see David grow from a baby and where we see the first moments his power escapes him. It’s interesting to see, because the way it was filmed and edited gives us a small preview of how the series will be. It will be fucked up, full of colours and will give us an inside look of how his brain works.

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The entire episode is a mix between the real world, where it’s made clear to us it’s real, and the inside of David his brain, with quickier editing, full of colours (red and others) and flashes of light. It’s crazy, it’s colourful, it’s bright, it’s flashy and it’s so, so good. Next to the fantastic cinematography and the crazy editing, we also have some amazing actors.

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Dan Stevens, who we all know and love from Downton Abbey, gets all the attention here. He’s marvelous. He’s crazy, but human. You immediately feel sorry for him and you immediately feel with him. Here Dan gets full freedom to showcase his incredible acting skills. The important thing here is that he’s supported by other amazing characters. Next to David’s craziness, it’s the realness of the side characters that made this a real treat and really interesting. Here I want to give a big round of applause to Aubrey Plaza who gave a beautiful, yet crazy rendition of Lenny Busker, David’s best friend in the hospital. She grounds the story and makes him a bit more human.

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While I will try to not give any spoilers here, or at least try to, I still want to give a quick note about the second episode. Here we get to the mutant base, where David gets to know his real powers. He’s told repeatedly that he’s not crazy, but just super powerful. He needs to control it, because he’s the key. To what? Nobody knows. They tell him the key to winning the war but also to something else. We get a lot of questions, that aren’t all answered in this season.

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In the third episode we get even more questions. Who is Division 3? What do they want from David? What does Dr. Melanie Bird want from David? The dynamic here between David and Syd remains the same. We see Syd being a more reasonable voice in the craziness of David’s life and actions. She’s there to pull him back and to keep him from making rash decisions.

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Something else I loved in this series are Ptonomy’s powers. Going back to ones memories and seeing them again is just so interesting. Here we get to know a bit more about David’s history and what he went through. But it gets crazier. Syd implored them to take her with them in his memories because she believes she can help, and what they get to see is mindblowing. In the crazy-sense of the word.

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They see his nightmares, things he was afraid of when he was little and the more he sees these things, the more he gets out of control and the more his powers control those of Ptonomy and kicks them out. After sedating David to a point where his powers can’t affect them anymore, they go back in and there shit hits the fan. I’m not going into details here, because you have to see it to experience it fully, but this is an excellent piece of montage and lighting, giving us a sense of how his mind works and how crazy it all is in there.

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The entire series is an introduction to the characters, to the world and to the story they want to tell. You have to get used to the way they want to tell the story, but once you get used to it, it’s a rollercoaster of craziness. I liked it a lot, because it showcases the talents of the editors, but showcases the craziness that is this world and this story as well.

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It’s definitely a must-watch and I can’t wait until the second season to see where they will take this story. I hope they go even further and keep those crazy revelations coming. This entire season had twists and turns in every episode and it’s so binge worthy that I already told all my friends to watch it.

8/10 stars.  

New Trailer Reviews (#9)

The Greatest Showman

A musical about the start of Showbizz

This original take on the start of showbizz has some great actors and actresses linked to it. We off course have Hugh Jackmann, who already showed us one of his strength is in musicals. Zac Efron is going back to the genre after High School Musical. We see Zendaya taking on a more mature role than we’re used from her and even Rebecca Ferguson and Michelle Williams are joining the party. From this trailer I have the feeling this will be a perfect blend of music, cinematography, colours and light. They didn’t give us a clear view on the storyline, except on the start of the show, but I do think this will be one to watch.

A Bad Moms Christmas

The bad moms are back

And they’re tackling the most fun holiday of them all: Christmas. The original was one of my favourites movies of the past year, just because it was so funny and the perfect movie to go see with my friends. Now we’re getting an entire new movie in an entire other setting and period. Christmas is going to get dirty and bad and I love it.They can do so much fun things with this holiday and these characters and I can’t wait to see what they get up to next.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji is back

And yet again we have a remake. Ok, it’s not really a remake, but you know what I mean. The last year filmmakers and studios have been delving back in their archives to see what other stories they could bring back to life in a ‘newer’ look. Here it is time for Jumanji. The original was one of my favourite childhood movies, one I always watched when I was at my grandmother’s home, so it does have a special meaning for me. The first thing they changed is the game itself: it’s not a board game anymore, but it’s now a videogame. I don’t think this was an important change, but it does go with the way they want the story to unfold. The fact they change into another body, is an interesting change and will give a lot of opportunities for jokes and other events. I’m not entirely sure I will watch this one in cinemas, but it is one I want to watch at some point.

Death Note

American take on a Manga

If only this will come out ok. I’m so afraid of what they’ll do with this story. I’m a huge fan of the Manga and I’ve been devouring them. These are the kind of books you just can’t put down. With twists and turns at each turning of a page, you keep wanting more and I desperately want to know how it ends. With this movie, Netflix takes a chance and even though they already told that they took a lot of creative freedom, by putting the name ‘Death Note’ on it, you can’t but leave the fans with a certain expectation. Putting the white washing aside, I do hope that they keep to the core of the story and that it’ll be the most faithful adaptation as possibly can, storywise at least. I’ll have to see, but I’ll only watch it if I read all the Volumes. I do not want to be spoiled by this Netflix movie.

Breathe

“I don’t just want to survive, I want to truly live”

Andy Serkis brings us a tale of love, true strength and endurance set in a time not that far away. We follow the story of Robin who falls ill with Polio and starts losing all ability to walk and breathe. He finds strength in the love of his wife and sets on a marvellous adventure to find a way to live, truly live and not just survive. This seems like such a beautiful drama set at the beginning of this century. I like movies that are set in the not so distant past and that tell us stories of remarkable human beings that are not always put forward. This is also the first movie directed by Andy Serkis so I can’t wait to see how he tackles an entire movie. He previously directed some scenes in the Hobbit trilogy and these were already breathtakingly gorgeous, so I can’t wait to see his full creative vision in play. This will definitely be one I will check in cinemas.

Marvel’s Inhumans (ABC Tv Series)

Marvels takes over another network

This show seems a little strange. I honestly don’t know anything about this comic and the story and I didn’t get a lot of information from the trailer either. There is one who can’t speak of won’t speak because his power is connected to it. Iwan Rheon is back playing the bad guy. And there are a lot of other characters that come to earth and then problems arise and that is the only thing I got from this. The special effects do look incredible and that would be the only reason I would check this out. That and Iwan Rheon playing a bad guy again. I’m not sure about this one. 

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

New Trailer Reviews (#6)

The Mountain Between Us

Idris Elba and Kate Winslet try to survive

I don’t really know what to think of this movie. It’s packed with star power. Idris Elba and Kate Winslet are both great actors with different awards behind their names and now they are acting together in a disaster movie. Do they want to attract award nominations and make a really serious movie about survival, or do they just want to make a good disaster movie, full of action, survival and suspense? I just don’t know and this bothers me a bit. Normally a trailer is more ‘open’ about the way they want to take this movie, but here I frankly don’t know. I prefer to know it before I watch a movie so I can put myself in the right mindset. Maybe trailer #2 will give me another perspective on this. I will watch it, but probably not in cinemas.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Funny and Action, I’m in

Now, this seems like a fun movie. With Ryan Reynolds as the bodyguard charged with protecting Samuel L. Jackson as the hitman, this movie has a lot going for it. Next to them we can also see Salma Hayek and so many others. It seems to has a nice plot, a lot of crazy action scenes and gives of a little bit of a Deadpool and Kingsman vibe. This will definitely be one I’ll be seeing in cinemas, just to experience it in all its glory on the big screen.

Murder on the Orient Express

A huge cast tackles this well-known tale

This was a trailer I waited so long for and it looks great! The huge cast they got together is just so impressive that I’m sure this film will be amazing. The cinematography looks great. The music seems on point. The graphics are perfect. It all seems so well put together and the tension is already real in the trailer. I can’t wait to see this great story turned to the big screen again with some of the biggest stars of the moment. November can’t be here quick enough.

Coco

The latest Pixar Movie

Yes, Pixar is back! And this seems like the cutest film ever. I already saw the teaser trailer, but here we get to see more of the story and the feel of the movie; At first sight, it does remind me a bit of ‘The Book of Life’, but I hope the story takes us a totally different way. I think they will focus more on family and the differences between their worlds. The images and graphics look great, as per usual with a Pixar movie and I’m sure it will hit us right in the heart. Definitely one I will watch in cinemas.

Black Panther

Damn

I like where Marvel is heading with this one. I watched it three-four times in a row just to be sure that I catched up on all the little details. Because, wauw. The way they blend African culture with the modern world is amazing. The action scenes look mindblowing. The costumes are ridiculously gorgeous and the story will be, in my opinion, one of the more interesting ones in the Marvel universe. Only negative point is that we’ll have to wait until February of next year until we can see it.

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

New Trailer Reviews (#3)

 

Tulip Fever

Tulip, Art and The Netherlands…

Being from Belgium, I’ve known a little bit about the history of the Netherlands and their beautiful flowers, the Tulips. Here, this movie will give us a combination of what they’re known for the best: Tulip and art. Now, this story does remind me a little bit of ‘The Girl With The Pearl Earring’, working with a similar story (painter falls in love with his subject). But with Alicia Vikander and Dane DeHaan, I can’t expect anything but greatness. These are highly talented actors and I can’t wait to see what they bring to the story.

Colossal

Anne Hathaway is a kickass Monster

Now this one seems interesting. Anne Hathaway gets her chance here to put her comedic talent to use in an action movie. It seems an interesting story, another twist to a genre overly present on screens nowadays. It seems dark and funny and I can’t wait to see what turn this story will take. I hope it doesn’t take itself too seriously or too funny, but that they easily find the perfect combination. This is a must-see for me.

The Defenders (Netflix)

Netflix Latest Marvel Story

I’m just not convinced. I’m not… You can say what you want, but they don’t seem an interesting match to me. The fun thing about the Avengers is that they are all so different and their differences make their combination interesting. Daredevil, Jessica Jonas, Luke Cage and the Iron Fist are all broody, dark people and I’m afraid they will all be mushed together. I’m just not sure about this one.

The Dark Tower

Another Stephen King Adaptation

Sometimes I get the feeling they don’t know what to film anymore. They keep picking up other stories that already have known success. This one seems  rather interesting, but I’m a bit scared that the trailer looks too good to be true. Knowing Stephen King and his Fantasy stories, there will be a lot of background and story you’ll have to know before understanding the entire world and I’m afraid the movie won’t be long enough to be explained logically. Either it will only be explaining the world to set everything up for the next film (if there is one). Or it will be more action and we’ll be guessing how the world works. I’ll definitely check this one out, but I’m not entirely sure whether I’ll see it in cinemas or at home. One thing I am excited about seeing is Matthew McConaghey as a bad guy. That must be so interesting.

Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan tackles a War story

This is one of my more anticipated movies of all time! Okay, of 2017. I mean Christopher Nolan who tackles the story of Dunkirk, what could go wrong. This can’t be any more than perfection. I can’t wait to see how he brings this story to life and if you look at the cast (except of Harry Styles, I mean, Euhm what the hell?) this movie will be brought to life by some amazing actors. I just… I can’t put my thoughts and emotions on paper, because I’m so excited! I’ll definitely check this one out in cinemas.

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

New Trailer Reviews (#2)

There are plenty of new trailers that dropped the last few days/weeks. So I wanted to sum some of the more memorable ones.

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor is now entirely in space

This looks crazy. When looking at this trailer I got a mix of feelings. First I thought I was looking at the first mashup between Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor. Honestly, I was looking for Starlord, Gamorra or Groot to step out of the shadows at any moment. The colours, the story that takes place entirely in space on his planet and the music just made me think of that other Marvel story. On the other hand it’s way darker than any Thor or other Marvel movie has ever gotten. With Cate Blanchett (Cate Blanchett!!) playing the Baddie here (she’s playing Hela, Goddess of Death), Thor will have some difficulties in this story. The trailer starts with his hammer Mjölnir being broken by her, so I don’t really know what’s going to happen after this.

It doesn’t really tell us what the story will be about. We’re just seeing some fun and darker moments, showing us how the movie will be, look and feel like. Thor will forever hold its special place in my heart (because I first saw it on Erasmus in Rome with some of my new friends) and I’m highly anticipating this third installment. See you on the 2nd November in cinemas!

Atomic Blonde

Charlize Theron is Atomic.

I’m not a huge fan of Charlize Theron. There is something about her that makes me disconnect from her acting. I have no idea what it is or what it could be. And although this movie looks kickass and has a strong female character in it (all things I like in movies), it just doesn’t really speak to me. I’m not really excited to go see it. I’ll probably see it when it’s on TV, just because Sofia Boutella and Bill Skarsgard are in it, but I won’t catch in cinemas.

Detroit

Kathryn Bigelow is at it again

Aargh… Aargh… AAAAAAAAAAH. This looks so good. Now this is a movie I’m excited to see. I’ve been a huge fan of Kathryn Bigelow since The Hurt Locker, devouring every movie she has made and feeling her love for the different subjects in every scene she put out there. She doesn’t shy away from tackling difficult stories, but always with a sense of respect. All her movies have this documentary feel to it, which makes her style so unique.

Here she tells the story of one of the largest citizen uprisings in the US, in Detroit. With John Boyega, Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie, John Krasinki, and even more, this movie is going to be awesome. So much acting talent in one movie and one of the most gripping stories will make this a movie that will have an impact. Especially with everything that is happening in the world right now, it’s time to come out with such stories so we never forget and finally start to learn from everything that has happened in the past.  I will see this one the cinema as well.

American Assassin

Dylan O’Brien goes rogue…

I’m a huge fan of Dylan O’Brien and I feel with this film he’s growing up from Teen Wolf and The Maze Runner, tackling more serious roles and showing all his acting abilities. Next to Michael Keaton and Taylor Kitsch, this trailer is packed with action, suspense and some amazing shots. I didn’t have to opportunity to read the book, but after seeing this trailer, I’m highly anticipating this one and I’ll definitely pick up the book just to see what it’s about. 

I’m not sure I’ll be catching this one in cinemas, just because there are so many movies like this one and I’m afraid to be disappointed. I think this is one of those cases where I have to see the second trailer, before making up my mind.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

What… The … Kingsman

We don’t get to see much. It all goes by so quickly. But what we get from the flashes seems so crazy and cool. The first Kingsman was a total surprise hit to a lot of people and some, myself included, became instant fans from the first scene on. So when the news came that a second one was in the making, I couldn’t stop being excited. And with this teaser, because it definitely is a teaser, I’m more excited than ever.

And now the full-on trailer.

This trailer has me even more excited. It shows us a little glimpse of the story, but most of all we get awesome shots of the movie and how it will look like. This will be packed with action sequences, funny little moments, darker scenes… They don’t shy away from the genre and the look of the first film and thank god for that. I can’t wait to get more of the darker, grittier, funny and raunchier Kingsman. An action film to my heart, this one is.

The Exception

Hell of a Cast, Hell of a Story

I knew this film was coming, because I once was in the running to help on this set. Some of it was shot in Belgium and that gave me the opportunity to work on it. But unfortunately, due to a conflict in my schedule, I had to drop out of it and since then I have been waiting to see how it would turn out. I must say, this trailer actually looks rather interesting. Lily James takes on a more dramatic, darker role, one we aren’t used from her. Even in Downton Abbey she was more the sparkly-one. I have a weak spot for Jai Courtney. I find him one hell of an actor and I can’t wait to see what he does with this part. He’s going to be able to showcase his more dramatic side, a more softer side and still show he is a kick-ass person. And with Christopher Plummer and Janet McTeer, this movie has an amazing cast. I’m excited to see this, because of its love story, because of its setting, but most importantly because, even though this is a fictionalised story, this is a part of history that I haven’t seen yet on film. Can’t wait and I’ll definitely be catching this one in theatres as well. 

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