Category Archives: Science Fiction

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review (Non-Spoiler and Spoiler Thoughts)

1-JJKathy-NO-LOGONow that the hype has died down and I have seen the film, multiple (5) times, to see if I wasn’t Phantom  Menacing it, I have some final thoughts about the polarizing 2015 space opera. Just a warning the  review will be split into two sections, spoilers and non spoilers. Continue reading Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review (Non-Spoiler and Spoiler Thoughts)

Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

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2015 has been one of the largest year’s ever anticipated in film. Great movies or unasked for nostalgia? Who cares? Here
are my top 30 most anticipated films of 2015. Continue reading Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

Top 20 Films of 2014/Top 5 Worst Films of 2014

Best-of-20142014 ended with a bang, a crash,and a hell of a lot of great film. This is my countdown for the best 20 films of 2014. This is a list of film I saw, I can;t include stuff I didn’t see, feel free to leave suggestions in the comments below. Continue reading Top 20 Films of 2014/Top 5 Worst Films of 2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron Images Released

avengers-age-ultron-logoA week before comic con and Marvel keeps building up the hype. Yes, today after showing a new female Thor off for the comics and possibly the films yesterday, they just released images from behind the scenes of the second Avengers film. As these images were released, Marvel comics also showed a teaser for a new comic to be released tonight on Colbert. Of course, all of this is ahead of the grand spectacular convention in San Diego which will encourage people to go to Marvel’s Panel this Saturday. However, since I will not be attending comic con, I will talk about each of the images down below…

The-Avengers-2-Age-of-Ultron-Photo-EW-Captain-America-Thor-612x370Captain America Winter Soldier was a huge success both critically and financially this image seems to combine both styles of a modern and old fashioned Cap. Although this is just an image of two characters standing around, they’re avengers on screen together. Thor looks similar but more beaten up in this image, probably in a gathering place to meet or recruit temporarily with other avengers.

The-Avengers-2-Age-of-Ultron-Photo-EW-Costumes-612x370A behind the scene costume image does not reveal any other new avengers costumes(expect that for comic con) but it is a humorous look at all the main old avengers and their new designs. Nick Fury’s costume is up here, but he is only slated for a cameo appearance at this point.

The-Avengers-2-Age-of-Ultron-Photo-EW-Hawkeye-612x370Hawkeye’s new costume is actually more of a successor to the comic books version without a cowl. I like this image as it shows him possibly get more screen and action time with the avengers. This may be a solo image but previous recorded images have shown him with the likes of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

The-Avengers-2-Age-of-Ultron-Photo-EW-Stark-Tower-612x370Located at most likely, the newly christened Avengers Tower, a meeting or gathering of the tired avengers. They(Iron Man, War Machine and Hawkeye) seem to be speaking about something dire while Cap and what looks like Hulk(Banner) and Thor are having a bit of fun. This image teases team ups of multiple avengers with Black Widow being the only original avenger not present.

The-Avengers-2-Age-of-Ultron-Photo-Scarlet-Witch-Quicksilver--612x370Another look at the infamous twins looks clear and true to the concept art Marvel showed in their TV special this year. The characters costumes fit the universe, but like all of Quicksilver’s costumes it is quirky, or like Kick Ass’. Scarlet Witch looks far better and more dark. They seem even from the photo to have a good dynamic.

The-Avengers-2-Age-of-Ultron-Photo-EW-Banner-Stark-612x370Deemed the science bros, Ruffalo and Downey Jr.(Banner and Stark) look afraid or in awe of something they’ve created. Also located in Avengers Tower. Nothing much here, but another team up image to give excitement.

The-Avengers-2-Age-of-Ultron-Photo-EW-Black-Widow-612x370Black Widow looking much like her Iron Man 2 self, she looks to be on reconnaissance or a new mission, also look at the new toys on her wrists. It looks like a more true adaptation of the comic costume much like Hawkeye’s suit.

The-Avengers-2-Age-of-Ultron-Photo-EW-BTS-Twins-612x370The only true BTS image with Whedon directing Scarlet Witch(Olsen) and Hawkeye(Renner) in a fight in a foreign country. This was also was seen in set vids earlier this year with Ultron. However I question how much they will use the twins since all we’ve seen of them is from this set.

These set photos give us a good look at the production of Age of Ultron and exciting and clear new looks at Avengers. Obviously comic con is coming up and Marvel will release more in time, but there is a possibility of a teaser being shown in comic con for a release with Guardians. There’s whispers it may be the after credits scene. Otherwise expect one in the latter part of the year meaning October to December. Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for May 1, 2015. Comment below on what you think of the  set photos as well as what Marvel will do at comic con.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How different is Disney’s Big Hero 6? Cast of Voices and Images Released

8dd185ba21dab49b60a5e8bace229c33318e3bbdFollowing the 2013 megahit Frozen is Big Hero 6. And Big Hero 6 is a risk. For one thing the concept is outlandish and eastern based. It’s source material is a Marvel anime which marks the first collaboration between Marvel and Disney in animated films. It is about a group of ragtag people/robots/creatures who basically become superheroes/crimefighters in San Fransokyo. Disney’s track record in the past few years has been exceptional with three hits in a row(Frozen, Wreck it Ralph and Tangled). So I have a feeling that they won’t mess up even with the odd source material. All of that aside, I keep gaining excitement for this new project. It looks fun and visually beautiful from what Disney has released. And they have released a lot. Which comes to my next news story of the casting and images. And from what it looks like, it feels like it’s getting and Incredibles-esque universe. I also love how each character has alter egos as well. Images follow:big-hero-6-hirobig-hero-6-baymax1big-hero-6-fredbig-hero-6-go-go-tomagobig-hero-6-wasabibig-hero-6-honey-lemonAs you can see by the designs, you have similar looks from other Disney universe characters. Most notably Honey Lemon as Rapunzel in Tangled. However I don’t see this being  a problem considering the film was critically adored. It’s cast includes Ryan Potter as Hiro, Scott Adsit as Baymax, Jaime Chung as Go Go Tomago, Damon Wayans Jr. as Wasabi and Genesis Rodriguez as Honey Lemon. Other voices involved include the talented Maya Rudolph, Alan Tudyk and James Cromwell. Character descriptions were given for each member of the team as well. Hiro is an inventor and leader of the team, Baymax is a medical robot, Fred is a creature in disguise, Go Go Tomago is an adrenaline junkie, Wasabi is a smart and skillful fighter and Honey Lemon is a smarter character involved on the team. Anyway the film is scheduled for a November 7, 2014 release, check it out and let me know what you think in the comments down below.

Doctor Who Series 8 Full Trailer Breakdown+Review

The new doctor looks FANTASTIC! The tone at first seemed scattered, but continuing in through the trailer it is focused and relatively darker. Steven Moffat, showrunner, promised it would be. Of course we get glances at the upcoming season which seems to have the most beautiful and expensive visuals of any season yet, including a rampaging Tyrannosaurus Rex through London. There is a problem between the Doctor and Clara, it is clearly visible through the way they communicate. She does not know if he is a good man. But she did know when Matt Smith was Doctor. However, these trust issues are only slightly hinted at in the end, but what this series won’t lack is action. Trailer: A It’s  quick, it’s fun,its’s dark and it’s just what Doctor Who needs. 

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HBO’s Westworld Adaption Gaining Speed

Westworld_ver2On HBO they recently green lit a new series based on the 1973 film, Westworld, about a futuristic theme park gone wrong. In a recent interview at TCA, Abrams, the shows creator said “Hope we’re going to start filming this summer, We’re casting right  now. Announcements will come when deals are made.” Abrams goes on to praise the exciting scripts and says there will be a change of tone from the original film. Christopher Nolan will co direct the pilot with Abrams and stand by as a co creator of the show. No word yet on the premiere but it is said to take place next spring. Come back for more Westworld and other movie and TV news. Comment below.

Snowpiercer Review

snowpiercer-poster-102077This film from South Korean director, Bong Joon Ho, is about humanity in 2031 where a global warming experiment gone wrong has wiped out most of the human race, leaving the world in a second ice age. The film houses the remainder of humanity on a train that travels around the planet at super speed. In the train a revolution is brewing with the back of the train, the mistreated and poor, led by Chris Evans and John Hurt in turmoil over the front of the train’s politics. This leads to a battle for control between the caste system, set up by the front’s legendary leader Wilford.

Snowpiercer is excellently received by critics and I’m sad to see such a GREAT film lose to a shit film like Transformers 4 at the box office. It’s not surprising, but still the movie is not getting the credit it deserves. The Weinstein Company made the right decision with leaving the film the way the director wanted it. I can’t believe this film’s ambiguous/ambitious setting and beautiful visuals could not get an audience. For a mid level budget it is fantastically realized.  Snowpiercer has few flaws, if any. From start to finish this film is fast paced, gritty and fantastically acted. Chris Evans is heartbreaking as the tortured leader and passenger while others soften the mood and sometimes help it. Octavia Spencer and Jaime Bell perform and increasingly grow out of their comfort zones. The score by Marco Belltrami is beautiful and rattling (like a train),the sound design and production design are often chilling and various in size and ambition. Of course the script could’ve faltered with such an outrageous sci-fi concept but it didn’t, the characters were amazingly well written and had likable pieces of themselves. This script is sounds crazy but well done. This is what makes this film worth 5 stars or an A+. It is entertaining, thought provoking and sometimes disturbing, but this forces the audience to think. Snowpiercer is a rewatchable masterpiece made both for the small screen as well as the big screen that also can evoke emotional responses from its audience and surprise in all fields. This is an excellent film that deserves to be a part of your next blu ray purchase. It is currently showing in limited theaters and VOD on Amazon, Vudu and ITunes as of today for 6.99.

A+                  What did you think of the film let me know in the comments? And let me know what movie(s) I should see and review next.

Director: Bong Joon Ho

Written by: Bong Joon Ho and Kelly Masterson

Starring: Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Ko A-Sung, Tilda Swinton, Jaime Bell, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill, Ewen Bremner and Ed Harris.

Rated R for violence, language and drug content

Studio: Radius-TWC(The Weinstein Company)

Runtime: 126 min., 2 hrs and 6 min