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‘The Green Knight’ Trailer

Strap in for this re-imagining of the story of Sir Gawain and the Green King by director David Lowery in this impressive debut trailer.


So this trailer just kind of came out of nowhere and blew us away? Giants, Kings and foxes oh my. From David Lowery director A Ghost Story, comes this fantasy world where the things aren’t quite quote on quote, normal.

Dev Patal stars as Gawain, King Arthur’s nephew and one of his Knights of the Round Table. It looks like the film centres around his story and how he potentially becomes King? Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris fill out this lovely cast.

The cinematography is stunning, with some crazy imagery that leaves you wanting more. Some mysterious looking shots that leave you questioning exactly what is going to happen.

The Green King just shot up the leader board for most anticipated. This looks original, beautiful and more importantly really well acted.

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‘The French Dispatch’ Trailer Arrives!

Hop into the wonderful mind of Wes Anderson once again, as his latest film looks as zany as ever.


You’ll need to watch this trailer multiple times for multiple reasons. First and foremost to truly get a grasp on what the heck is actually going on and secondly to count the number of famous faces you can spot. Both great reasons to watch this delightful little trailer again. We all know that Wes Anderson has a certain style and flare to his work. His craft is unique and truly stands on its own and The French Dispatch seems no different.

This is a smorgasbord of talent. They even had a nice joke when referring to the amount of people that will ultimately pop up in the movie. Most importantly Bill Murray of course! It looks like a whole lot of interconnecting stories that centres around a love letter to journalists.

The trailer was a ton of fun, it’s just so refreshing seeing his new work, because of how it stands out so much and so much on its own. Whenever Wes Anderson makes a movie you expect his cast to be diverse and deep. That’s what usually makes his movies so entertaining, you get to see all these actors who probably under any other circumstance wouldn’t be sharing the screen together. But somehow he manages to get them all in the same movie. Wes always manages to get the best out of people, even if they only have one scene. Expect this to make some noise next year at the Oscars.

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‘Birds of Prey’ Review

The first trip to the movies in 2020 was not ideal. Turns out the Birds of Prey doesn’t have much wind beneath their wings, as DC continues to find their footing.

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After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.


People will do drastic things to fit in with the popular crowd. Change their hair, wear different clothes, even adapt to a new speech. The same can be said for the movie industry. Dating all the way back to the beginning of the DCEU, and even at that time, WB didn’t really know what they were doing. It wasn’t until they decided to go ahead with BvS and I truly believe that was never their original plan before the release of Man of Steel. Since then it’s been a rollercoaster, to say the least. Sure, they’ve made plenty of money, but the reception from not only critics but fans has been divided. There were a few standouts, mostly surrounding the casting of key characters in this rich and diverse universe. One, in particular, was none other than Harley Quinn herself, with the casting of Margot Robbie. So after Suicide Squad came and went it was only a matter of time before she got her own solo flick, and I’m going to be perfectly honest, WB once again dropped the ball.

Birds of Prey. Say that to any random moviegoer, and they will shake their head with curiosity and slight confusion. Unless you are a major DC fan or know the deep lure of the comics, it’s hard to put people in seats, when the average ticket buyer doesn’t know who the Birds of Prey really are. Sure they were marketing the shit out of Harley Quinn, but the movie was about so much more, and I thought they did a poor job at executing a well-put-together game plan on how to market this film. Harley Quinn has big as she is, well, she’s not Batman, or Superman or even Wonder Woman, DC’s biggest star at the moment. So if you’re going to center a film around a team of female super-heroes, why not let us all know who exactly we will be rooting for when we go purchase our tickets.

I’ll admit, BOP can be a ton of fun in moments, and the chemistry between all of the ladies is terrific. Quinn (Margot Robbie) Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) Black Canary (Jurnee Smollet-Bell) Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez). When they are all finally teaming up and kicking some butt, it’s entertaining, but it’s certainly not enough to save the entire film. One of the big issues I had with this film, is the lack of backstory we get for any of our characters. Mostly Black Mask (Ewen McGregor) and Black Canary. This movie just expects you to know who these people are and give us very little insight into how they arrived at their place in Gotham. For instance, Black Mask is a pretty great Batman villain, and McGregor is a terrific actor, but they give us no explanation to his name, or why he likes to wear masks, and most importantly, why he dawns his iconic “black mask.” That is a little scene they needed to shuffle into the film. Much like Black Canary, who does, in fact, have a superpower, and when she finally uses it, they don’t explain how or why she is able to do that. fans that know the character, sure, but for the people meeting her for the first time, might be a little confused. It’s just things like that, for me, that bogged down the film.

The film takes a while to get going. Slowly introducing our new female heroes. Huntress really steals the show, and she’s barely even in the thing, which shocked me, to be honest. It just feels all over the place, where random circumstances are leading all these ladies to finally meet up. This wanted to be Deadpool so badly, they decided to go with an R-Rating, which was a massive mistake in my mind. This is a film that wants to be hardcore but doesn’t need to be. That wants to drop ‘F-Bombs’ throughout and they didn’t have to. Harley is breaking the 4th wall, and that’s fine, but the cursing was so forced and just felt awkward at times. It could have benefited more with a lesser rating and kept the action pretty much the same. There is one sequence inside of Gotham Police Headquarters that was the highlight of the film, featuring a really cool fight in one of the cell blocks with Harley.

This just wasn’t the proper next movie for this important character and not having Joker involved was weird. I know Jared Leto might be done, but you got to slip him in for one scene. Because if he doesn’t exist anymore in the DCEU, then I’m not sure why this movie needed to be made? The whole concept and idea behind the film are based on the fact that she and Mr. J just broke up.

I’ll leave it with this. It’s fantastic that a movie like this gets to be made in 2020. An all-female lead comic book movie. Directed by a woman (Cathy Yan) who crafted a pretty unique experience and written by a woman (Christina Hodson). That doesn’t mean it gets a free pass and shouldn’t be criticized. I just didn’t really like the direction that they took Harley in. This for me isn’t the Harley I want to see in live-action. There’s no reason for her to be foul-mouthed the way she’s portrayed here. Again, I think WB thought the R-Rating would benefit this character, wherein all reality, I think it just dumbed her down. For me, go back and watch Batman The Animated Series, where it all began with this character. That’s the true Harley Quinn and the one we deserve on the big screen. Can we get her in the traditional Jester outfit already?

Birds of Prey = 60/100

 

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First ‘Morbius’ Trailer Arrives

Jared Leto is switching sides. He’s trading in his clown makeup for some fangs and thirst for blood in the first trailer for Morbius.


If you’re a character in a comic book, chances are you will be getting your very own movie someday. The newest entry, Michael Morbius. The scientist turned vampire, who’s just looking for a miracle cure to his almost incurable disease.A very unknown character, this comes across as a big risk for the MCU, but that’s right Morbius will be apart of the MCU. It was unclear until recently and the big reveal at the end of the trailer cements it fully. Micheal Keaton returns as The Vulture. Even if it’s a brief cameo we now know that Morbius will eventually go toe-to-toe with Spider-Man. Morbius will serve as a launching pad for another Spider-Man baddie, and one that could finally not be connect to Tony Stark which would be refreshing to say the least.

The trailer itself is just okay, it actually reminds me a lot of Venoms first trailer. They obviously don’t want to show off his look to much right away and want to save it for the films release. The little we did see looked pretty creepy. Whether or not they will be making him another anti-hero reminds a mystery. This looks dark and will be the closest horror MCU movie we may ever get.

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Final ‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer!

2020 is officially belonging to the women of the DC Universe. Birds of Prey is going to certainly pack a punch.


Right off the bat, just a terrible song choice to pair with this trailer. I’m not sure why movies decide to do this? It almost takes you out of the trailer, it’s a big risk, if the song pairing isn’t in synch with the footage it can make for a disaster. Luckily, it’s just the song that is the bad thing going on here.

Zany, wacky, insane, all of these words can be used to describe Harley Quinn. The same can be said for this trailer. She’s on her own, but not for long. Harley as a ton of people after her and more importantly that want to kill her. So it’s only natural for her to migrate towards others of the same nature. This is where we are going to meet the birds of prey, fully on display here in the trailer. We finally see the iconic mask of Black Mask and a ton of other goodies.

The brightness, the colour scheme, they both pair really well with the material being presented and even the action sequences look unique in their own regard. It’s going to be a violent film, and it was the only route to go when exploring Harley Quinn further. The trailer is a lot of fun, the girls all seem to have terrific chemistry and Ewen McGregor seems like another great DC villain. It’s only a month away, but I expect this to be received really well, and be a box-office success.

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My Most Anticipated Movies of 2020

As we enter into a new decade of cinema, the landscape of it is vastly different from when we entered into it. 2019 was a great reminder of how speical movies can be and lets just hope 2020 follows suit.


Seeing how last year I did so many movies, and some of them weren’t even released, I’m scaling it back this year and not even going in any real order. 2020 is going to be an odd year, with no real giant “event” movies happening, like Endgame or Star Wars, but yet we have a Christopher Nolan film, Edgar Wright and Denis Villeneuve to keep us afloat. Here are the movies, that I know of coming out in 2020 that I’m most looking forward to seeing!

Underwater: Director; William Eubank. Release Date; 1/10/20 

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One, this lowkey could be a new Cloverfield movie. It’s about monsters and it’s been under hush-hush the moment the first trailer arrived. Alien but underwater instead of space? Sign me up! Kristen Stewart replacing Sigourney Weaver as the new female action star badass? Sign me up again! This has all the signs to be a major let down, January release dates are never really a great sign for a movie, and the fact that it’s not really being talked about is another troubling sign. But if we get a cool new monster movie that explores new territory and feels original even in a tiny way, this could be a hit. It just feels like one of those movies you have to see in because you know at some point a curveball will be thrown our way and you’ll want to be apart of that discussion.

Birds of Prey: Director; Cathy Yan. Release Date; 2/7/20

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Margot Robbie legit put the world on notice when she arrived in The Wolf of Wall Street. Not long after that, she turned every nerd’s head when she suited up as everyone’s favorite sideshow clown sidekick with Harley Quinn. Now she’s ditching Mr. J and even Jared Leto himself and getting her own solo flick with Birds of Prey. No Batman, no Joker, no one to bring her down. But she’s not alone, she’s bringing some serious girl power with her, and DC is about to unload a ton of terrific female characters onto the world. Also starring Ewen McGregor as Black Mask, which has a chance to be really special, considering one, how talented he is and how unique and awesome the villain he is portraying is. With a rating of R, this movie is certainly going to pack a punch and will no doubt be a box-office success. DC is about to have a wonderful start to the 2020 campaign. Look out for Mary-Elizabeth Winstead, who will be the standout of the movie, calling it now.

Sonic The Hedgehog: Director; Jeff Fowler. Release Date; 2/14/20

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I know what you’re thinking. Nate, this is a video game adaptation, there’s almost a zero percent chance this is going to be good. Considering how things started off with this movie. They release the trailer, the entire world freaks out about the design of Sonic, so the studio goes back and changes the entire thing. Sometimes internet cry babies can be useful. If you are going to make a Sonic movie, rule number one, make him look like Sonic, please. So now we are back in business and this movie just looks like a lot of fun. There’s no better pairing than Jim Carrey and him portraying Dr. Robotnik and even Ben Schwartz voicing the little blue speedster seems like a home run. I grew up playing these games for countless hours, just for the love of everything that is holy, please make this guy go super-sonic in the movie, that’s all I ask. Actually, have him fight a giant robot, but that’s it I promise.

The Way Back: Director; Gavin O’Connor. Release Date; 3/6/20

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I already know, this movie is going to break me. Basketball, booze, and Ben, now that’s a triple B I can get behind and support. An alcoholic whos finds new life when he starts coaching the basketball team at his old high school. The catch, he used to be a star there. His life has become mirky ever since, with his battle with booze and personal issues. Gavin O’Connor loves to tell emotional redemption stories and I’m sure this won’t be any different. It also touches home for Affleck who has battled these problems in his own journey in life. Affleck is going to have a monster 2020.

A Quiet Place 2: Director; John Krasinski. Release Date; 3/20/20

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Gotta get this out of the way now. I have ZERO ideas on how you keep a baby quiet in a world where, if you make a sound, you die. They better not skip over this giant detail in the movie, because other than that, I’m pretty excited for this world to be explored more and it to be opened up into a vast universe. When A Quiet Place dropped two years ago, it really blew audiences away. Original, great cast, well-made, and now a sequel only 2 years later. Sometimes rushing into something is a bad idea, but hopefully, this can stand out like its predecessor and knock us off our asses yet again. This time Cillian Murphy joins the fight and we get to learn more about what caused this disaster and more about our alien friends.

Mulan: Director; Niki Caro. Release Date; 3/27/20

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Mulan is one of the most important Disney properties ever created is now getting the live-action treatment. Here’s the thing, we have gotten a ton of these in recent years, but this one feels different, it looks different. They took this property and the altered it, they cut out some of the unrealistic parts, sorry to the Mushu fans, and there’s no singing. Disney is kind of going serious with Mulan and it seems to have paid off, because all of the trailers look great, and it seems to be pretty epic. This should be Disney’s biggest moneymaker of the year, and it could be the movie that makes the most money in 2020. Legit can’t wait for this.

No Time To Time: Director; Cary Fukunaga. Release Date; 4/8/20

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It’s time for the swan song for this beloved James Bond. Daniel Craig is suiting up one last time and it looks like a doozy. He’s been apart of some of the most memorable bond movies and moments and let us hope this is the proper send-off he deserves. This cast is stacked, and most notably entering the franchise is Lashana Lynch who is playing a ’00 agent herself and could be legitimately taking over the bond mantle once Craig hangs it up. Ana de Armas is a new bond girl and she looks fabulous doing so and fresh off his Oscar, Rami Malek is playing the film’s villain. Oh, and toss is Christoph Waltz and Jeffrey Wright just for fun. With Fukunaga behind the camera, a man known for his horror roots, and creepy imagery, you know this will be a different and eerie bond film. Something that is always welcomed, because seeing the same bond movies over and over again can become a bore. I know myself, that I will miss Craig, he has made for one hell of a 007.

Fast & Furious 9: Director; Justin Lin. Release Date 5/22/20

You think the team is heading to space? The team is clearly heading to space right? The only logical thing to do is push this franchise so far into the wacky. After Hobbs and Shaw this past summer, where it is now clear that these people are straight-up superheroes, why not strap them into a rocket ship. One of the biggest franchises this world has to offer right now, you never know who’s going to pop up and who’s going steal the show. From where this all started, to where it is now, honestly, no other franchise has grown quite like Fast & Furious. Love it or not, you have to give it some credit. This was about street racing, and now they might be racing on the moon, that’s remarkable. John Cena is coming into the mix, I put a photo of him above, you just can’t see it.

Wonder Woman 1984: Director; Patty Jenkins. Release Date 6/5/2020

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This is a female-led year for DC Comics. Wonder Woman is getting the sequel she rightfully deserves and it promises to be a banger. Ever since Gal Gadot showed up in BvS the world has fallen in love with her portrayal of Princess Diana. The Amazonian God who just wants to fit in. This is shaping up to be bigger, brighter and way more badass. Now, there are a few things that are going to certainly make or break this film. How they decide to bring back Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and it all has to make sense as to why he is alive and well in this sequel. Pedro Pascal as Maxwell Lord looks fantastic and he’s going to be playing a much larger role than the trailer suggests. The biggie though is Kristin Wig and her role as Cheetah. The arch-nemesis to Wonder Woman, it’s a massive feat on its own and we haven’t even gotten a photo of her yet. If this works out, I truly believe this could be DC’s best movie because she’s such a unique and interesting villain. She’s getting all sorts of new suits and everything just seems more cheery and colorful from the previous installment. It’s a homerun already regardless, let’s see if it can reach grand slam territory.

Top Gun: Maverick: Director; Joseph Kosinski. Release Date; 6/26/20

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Biggest chill moment of cinema in 2020? When ‘Danger Zone’ starts playing in the new Top Gun movie. Perhaps one of the most unnecessary sequels to ever happen? With that being said, it doesn’t mean this movie can’t seriously rock and deliver another classic. Tom Cruise is back and this time the student has become the teacher. Teaching at Top Gun Academy, he will come across “Rooster” the son of his trusty sidekick Goose. I’m sure that is going to open up a serious can of worms. This cast is one dude short of the handsome Olympics with a ton of talent. Looking forward to seeing Jon Hamm and Tom Cruise on screen together. Don’t forget the iconic reunion of Maverick and Iceman!

Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Director; Jason Reitman. Release Date; 7/10/20

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“A gunner seat?” Sweeter words have never been spoken in the Ghostbusters universe. Since I’m not doing this list in any particular order, I’m not really ranking these movies in any sort of way. But If I had to only see 1 movie in the year 2020, Ghostbusters: Afterlife could be it. Building upon already rich soil, this trailer really blew me away. If you’re going back into the well, but the original guy isn’t available, there’s nobody more suited for the job than his own son. Jason Reitman hops into the director’s chair. This movie might not feel like the original, there’s no way it ever could, but it seems to be building on something that a lot of people hold dear to their hearts. It helps that they are bringing back all the big guns. Annie Potts, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, and Ernie Hudson. That moment when everyone is back on screen will be emotional, to say the least. The leader of the bunch Harold Ramis will be smiling from above. We have no idea how they will be back, perhaps Bill will get his wish and he’s coming back as a ghost. But I hope they are strapping on the proton packs and taking down some ghosts. Paul Rudd is also welcome to bust some ghosts. We are finally getting the third installment we have been craving for decades, and let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint. If some how Stay Puft shows up, I will actually be going into shock in theatres, I’m hoping to go into shock!

TENET: Director; Christopher Nolan. Release Date; 7/17/20

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July might be my favorite movie month of 2020. Ghostbusters and TENET back to back weeks. My two most anticipated films of the entire year and I get to see them both within a week of one another. Life is good folks, life is good! Are we officially calling Nolan the Clock King? The man loves time more than the Batman villain himself. It’s his trope, and time will tell if it has become a crutch. TENET is no different, with things happening within the trailer that kind of blow you away, and you’re not even sure as to why. Time is moving in one direction while the characters within the film are moving in another. Fascinating stuff, but what do you expect from one of the best working directors today. Nolan loves to push boundaries, test the audience and really try to show us something that has even been seen before. I haven’t even gotten to the best part, the two leads. John David Washington, coming off his monstrous performance in Blackkklansman and Robert Pattison, you know the guy who is putting on the cape and cowl in 2021. These two are destined to be an epic pairing, and for some reason, I think Pattison is going to end up being the villain in the movie. It would really be something to see him go from baddie to the ultimate good guy the following year. Shrouded in mystery, I truly hope whatever is going on isn’t revealed until the movie itself.

Last Night In Soho. Director; Edgar Wright. Release Date; 9/25/20

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We are getting late into the year here people! September release dates, you know what that usually means? No trailers, hardly any set photos, essentially nothing. All I know is that Edgar Wright is dropping a movie in 2020, that’s always something special. Coming off the incredible Baby Driver, a unique and original film. This time around, he’s directing a psychological horror film, that has some great young talent. There is ZERO information floating out there about this thing, but it doesn’t matter. When Edgar Wright makes a movie, that means I’m there opening night. He’s one of the few directors not to have a letdown film and keeps reinventing himself. With his visual flair and his unique sense of style, the fact he’s deciding to shift his focus onto horror has my ears perked.

Venom 2. Director; Andy Serkis. Release Date 10/2/20

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Ain’t no party, like a Spider-Man party. Remember when the world thought Venom was going to be a total misfire, an utter box-office bomb, and not only did it go on to almost gross a billion dollars, but it also was a ton of fun and spawned a sequel only 2 years later. They left us with a serious cliff hanger, introducing us to Cletus Kasady, also known as Carnage, played by Woody Harrelson. The thing about Venom, it knew exactly what it wanted to be. Cheesy in certain moments, but also exploring the character in a way that Spider-Man 3 didn’t do. Tom Hardy was perfect for Eddie Brock/Venom and he totally ran with the wackiness of the film. The design of Venom was pretty much flawless, and now they are bringing in, the king of motion capture, Mr. Andy Serkis himself. Venom 2 has so much potential, with a great cast and a director that knows what he is doing. Carnage and Venom squaring off only seems like the inevitable conclusion. All that’s missing is Spidey and we know that Tom Holland is back in the MCU safe and sound. But don’t be surprised if somehow he pops up in this thing. Or maybe SONY will have their very own web-slinger. Super excited to see how these two are going to look this time around, you know with Serkis behind the camera it will be special.

Deep Water: Director Adrian Lynch. Release Date; 11/13/20

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So these two are falling out of love and people around them start to die? Hot couple alert. A new psychological thriller from the mind of Adrian Lynch brings these two stars together. Ana de Armas is having herself a serious run right now in Hollywood. That’s the real reason I’m so hyped for this. Yes, it helps starring next to my dude, someone who is going to have a massive year in 2020.

Godzilla vs. Kong: Director; Adam Wingard. Release Date; 11/20/20

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Titans. Gods. Giant freckin monsters. Who doesn’t love a good monster movie? Well, when done properly. We got reintroduced to King Kong, with Skull Island and Godzilla a few years prior. Guess what my most anticipated movie of 2019 was? Godzilla: King of Monsters. Guess what the biggest disappointment of 2019 was? Godzilla: King of Monsters. It was a bore, it was actually just awful. The trailers alone had me gushing. I couldn’t believe we were getting something of this magnitude. Turns out, the trailers oversold this movie, because the real thing was honestly so mishandled. So many beautiful creatures and monsters, but again, they let the human characters take center stage. This will probably be no different, but with another great cast and this feels like a BvS type showdown, I’m sure certain moments will blow us away. You know, that they will become friends to take down a bigger foe. After the reception and box-office failure of the latest Godzilla, WB regrouped and decided to tweak this thing and make it a little more fan-friendly. Still waiting on that first trailer, I’m thinking they might pop up during a certain football game in the next few weeks. Or at least if I was working for WB, that’s when I would show this off to the world.

Dune: Director; Dennis Villeneuve; Release Date; 12/18/20

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2020 is going to be such an interesting year.

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‘1917’ Review

Strap in for an adrenaline rush from start to finish. 1917 takes you on a war journey in a way never seen before in cinema. It’s an epic tale of bravery, determination, and friendship, that pushes the limits for two World War 1 soldiers.

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Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldier’s brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap.


How far would you go to save the lives of thousands of your fellow comrades? What if one of those men happened to be your older brother? Would you travel through essentially the depths of hell, during World War 1 to do so? For Corporal Blake (Dean-Thomas Chapman) and his best friend Corporal Schofield (George MacKay) that’s exactly what they plan to do. After getting word that 1600 men are about to walk into a trap set by the Germans, they are sent on a mission to warn these soldiers before it is too late. Chaos is probably the best word to describe war, and in 1917, that’s exactly what you get. Director Sam Mendes, fresh off Skyfall, is attempting something never done before, a one-take war film. That’s the draw, and for a movie that’s so full of chaos and intense set-pieces, it honestly is one of the most remarkable accomplishments I’ve ever witnessed in a movie.

In a time where everything seems to be shot on a green-screen, or nothing ever really seems “real” anymore in cinema, well 1917 will simply blow you away. Shot by the legendary Roger Deakins, one of the greatest cinematographers this world as ever seen, and his entire repertoire is on display here. From the very opening shot of the film, you just know that this is a different breed of movie-making. Seeing this tale play out in almost real-time, as we watch our two soldiers cut across No Man’s Land, escape an aircraft that is crashlanding and fight their way through enemy territory, all without a single cut, no edits in time, nothing.

As our two men journey out into the abyss, it is quite clear that they know there might be no coming back, but in order to save the lives of so many men, they know it’s a worthy sacrifice. Blake, the boy-scout of the two, naive at times, all while being able to crack a joke, even moments after a harrowing near-death escape. Alongside him, the veteran, the beaten-down Schofield, who would rather be out on the battlefield then back home, where things no longer make sense for him anymore. They play off each other so well, they have terrific chemistry and it’s an unlikely bond that drives the movie forward from the very beginning. This is their movie, they are the focal point, it’s their adventure we see unfold, while certain characters pop up briefly, some nice cameos from Benedict Cumberbach, Richard Madden and Colin Firth, they are all on screen a combined 5 minutes. They are just there to elevate important scenes, that need those certain faces to help you realize what’s at stake.

The whole movie builds to its the inevitable outcome, will they arrive in time to prevent a massacre? The final battle sequence is probably one of the most beautiful things shot on film this century. The use of bodies, literally the number of extras, the color scheme and all the madness occurring is breathtaking to watch. It’s like ballet, it’s so eloquent like there’s so much going on, but it’s shot so well, and so perfectly, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. You’re looking around the screen trying to find some flaw, but none are there.

You feel every bullet, every footstep, every mistake these men are making, because you are right beside them, every step of the way. How Mendes and Deakins managed to pull this off, I will never know. It makes you believe in cinema again, that truly great pieces of art can be made still. It’s just something you need to go experience because there’s a lot to say, but I wouldn’t want to spoil any of the jaw-dropping moments. I will say, they probably have the best use of flare guns, in a movie that I have ever seen. How they capture the lightning with everything going on around it. The worst part about it, the projector crapped out with 30 minutes left and it just threw me for a loop, this is a rewatch on the big screen no doubt. One of the best pictures of the year. Don’t be shocked if this wins a ton of Oscars.

1917 = 88/10

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‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker”

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The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga.


Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday that the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens came out? A lot can change in just over 5 years, and that couldn’t be more true for the Star Wars universe. The new trilogy promised new characters and to finish what George Lucas started all those years ago, the proper send-off for the Skywalker family. The new trilogy has been all about family, finding out where you came from and who you truly are. This wasn’t just a Skywalker story, it was just a small piece in something much greater. Ever since this new trilogy was announced, it has divided fans like no other fandom, and to no surprise here, this conclusion will be something discussed for many years to come. Rise of Skywalker ultimately fails to deliver a proper send-off and is without a doubt the biggest disappointment for a Star Wars movie ever.

This is it, don’t get scared now. The final curtain call for the Skywalker family. Everything has been building for this moment. So many questions, so few answers us fans have gotten. There’s always hope in the Star Wars universe, no matter the stakes, no matter how tall of a task, hope is what propels these characters forward, no matter how difficult the circumstances may be. After the events of The Last Jedi and the death of Luke, the Resistance is looking towards a new savior, a new hero, Rey. Is she able to muster up the strength necessary to lead them to victory or will her enemy/friend Kylo Ren stand in her way?

This is an early review, so spoiler-free. Seeing how this is the grand conclusion to one of the most beloved stories in the history of cinema, it kind of felt rushed? Lacklustre, almost sloppy at times. When they decided to bring back Star Wars, it’s shocking that they didn’t have a better overall concrete story put in place. There is plenty of action, space battles, a Mad Max Fury Road inspired desert case. But at the end of the day, it just wasn’t enough to save the messy story, and it just felt like one long quest to find the missing piece of the puzzle. The best part about Star Wars is the lightsaber, one of the coolest weapons ever created. Simply put, there’s just not enough in this final instalment. It what separates Star Wars from every other franchise and not having one last epic dual was disappointing.

Everyone is back for one last journey and the team unlike in The Last Jedi, is together for the majority of the film. Rey and Finn and Poe all play off each other so well, and it just felt right for Finn and Rey to be together because they really are the heart and soul of the new trilogy. They started this thing, it’s only fitting they try to end it together. There are a ton of surprises awaiting any fan, and seeing old but familiar faces is always a shot of nostalgia morphine.

At the end of the day, this felt more like The Force Awakens than The Last Jedi, obviously with JJ Abrams being back behind the camera that makes sense. Disney should have never had a different director come into the scene. Not because The Last Jedi isn’t a fantastic movie, but because of how different these two men and their styles clash at times. That is the biggest flaw in this whole thing. At times this just feels like a Force Awakens sequel rather than the conclusion to everything that came before it. One thing is certain, this didn’t feel like the proper ending for something that had been cooking for 40 years.

 

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker = 45/100

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‘Knives Out’ Review

The latest “whodunit” from Rian Johnson brings an all star cast together in one of the most entertaining movies of the year.

A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family


Nothing brings family together quite like a good old fashioned murder. That’s exactly what happens in Rian Johnson’s latest film, that stars so many famous people, it’s like a buffet of Hollywood’s elite. You’ll have a ton of fun with Knives Out, it keeps you guessing until the very end, and isn’t just a run of the mill murder mystery. With top-notch performances and fantastic cast, this is the movie to see right now in theatres. Legit the perfect date night movie.

Everything is going as usual at the Thrombey residence, it’s Harlan Thrombey’s (Christopher Plummer) 85th birthday and the entire family has gathered to celebrate. He’s an extremely wealthy man, a celebrated author and has collected a vast wealth over his life span. Here’s the thing, he’s growing weary and tired of his blood-sucking family who essentially have been leaching off him for their entire lives. His children Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis) Walt (Michael Shannon) and Joni, who is his daughter-in-law but treats her as his own (Toni Collette) are all after one thing, money. Even their own children have turned into money craving lunatics. There’s one person who Harlan wants to spend time with, his only true friend left on planet Earth, his nurse Marta (Ana de Armas). So when dear old dad dies, it’s a legit free for all on who is going to get what. That’s also not a spoiler, it’s in the trailer. Ana de Armas is so lovable and sweet throughout the movie. She might not be a giant household name, but she’ll be climbing those ranks after this.

So obviously with a murder it brings police. Not only that it brings world class detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) who has been tracked down and hired to help solve this case. Here’s the kicker, he is usure of who as contacted him and hired him, but he’s here none the less. Daniel Craig is so good here, he’s got this deep southern accent that gets you every time. Actually referred to as “CSI KFC” at one point. There’s so much talent on screen at all times, Don Johnson, LaKeith Stanfield, and then the standout of the film, Captain American himself, Mr. Chris Evans. Who plays Harlan’s grandson Ransom, who is known as the black sheep of the family. Chris Evans is so awesome in this, funny, charming, bit of a prick. It’s always nice to see actors step away from the capes and turn in a memorable performance. It’s refreshing to see Evans in a role like this, complete opposite of what we are used to as an audience, and he really comes in during the second half of the film, but he fills up the box score pretty quick with limited minutes.

Movies like Knives Out are complicated to discuss because well you don’t want to ruin or spoil a single thing. This movie is just so well made, from the production design, the whole thing is basically set in the Thrombey mansion and it’s spectacular. Everyone is having so much fun “hamming” it up with their performances. We often don’t get movies like this, and it’s one of the best “whodunit” movies in recent memory. Rian Johnson just continues to impress the hell out of me. 3 movies in a row, 3 vastly different genres and they’ve all been great. That’s a hard feat to pull off.

Try to go into Knives Out knowing as little as humanly possible. Watch maybe a trailer but not even. I guess if you’re reading this review prior to seeing the movie, you know just enough. It’s just a crap load of fun at the movies, you’ll be entertained the entire time, and it keeps you guessing the entire time, I thought I knew what was up within 10 minutes, I was so wrong. Just go see this movie so we can get more like it will ya.

Knives Out = 88/100

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‘Waves’ Review

A pulse pounding, emotional roller coaster that will leave you breathless.

Traces the journey of a suburban family – led by a well intentioned but domineering father – as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together.


They don’t really make many films like this anymore. Waves is a literal gut-punch of raw and intense emotion, that tells the story of what happens when things suddenly fall apart in the lives of a perfect family. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, a millisecond, your entire life can shift from one extreme to the other. There are no guarantees in life and certainly no free passes. At times Waves can become a difficult watch, not due to the movie being bad but because of the context being presented. Certain scenes and certain moments will leave you floored, in fact the entire audience during my screening let out a collective gasp at the exact moment during one of the most emotionally driven scenes I’ve seen all year.

Trey Edward Shults writer and director has crafted something so beautiful, so powerful so well-made it’s remarkable he was just 30 years old when he filmed it. The opening scene is so beautiful and so happy, you know from the very opening moments that this experience will be something you remember. Waves is essentially two different movies in one. A Moonlight blueprint as you will, where it tells two different stories, each complimenting each other, while neither could exist without the other. The first half of the film follows Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jr) in his quest to please his father Ronald (Sterling K Brown). His father is trying to push his son not because he wants to but because he has too. You see Ronald believes they have to work 1000 times harder than anyone else to get anywhere in life. Being now successful himself he wants to install that knowledge and work ethic into his son. Even if that means Tyler does almost anything to make sure he doesn’t disappoint his dad. Their relationship is a complicated one, because it appears they spend a lot of time together, yet they are never really truly bonding as a father and son should. Waves is definitely one of those films where the less you know going in the better the experience is going to be. Even the trailer does a fantastic job at providing a background but doesn’t spoil anything, the movie I thought I was going to see and the movie I ended up watching were completely different things, and I’m glad.

When tragedy strikes it’s a ripple effect for those closest to you. That’s where the second part of the movie comes in. It deals with Tyler’s sister Emily (Taylor Russell) who finds herself lost and without anyone to connect to. Waves does a fantastic job at showcasing how a tragic event can follow you not just in a personal manner, but in an online way as well. How you can’t really escape something from your past. Soon Emily meets Luke (Lucas Hedges) and they quickly bond and it’s the driving force for the second half of this film. It’s such a shift in everything we are watching in the first hour and in most cases when films do this, it just doesn’t work. For me, this works so incredibly well and really puts a nice bow on the entire thing. Hedges and Russell just have terrific chemistry, seeing Hedges act as a goofy high school kid was charming and he sweeps Emily off her feet just when she thinks all hope is lost. When a family is shattered to pieces it takes time to put it back together. It’s piece by piece but sure enough everything will fall back into place.

Waves is tricky to discuss because you don’t want to spoil anything and going in blind will lead to the most satisfying experience. Sterling K Brown is a tour de force yet again, every time he is on screen it’s a treat. I honestly can’t say enough good things about this movie and I certainly can’t wait to talk about it with anyone who sees it. There’s a 20 minute stretch that is just heart breaking material and I haven’t stopped thinking about since I walked out of the theatre. This is right now the leader in the clubhouse for my favourite movie of the year.

Waves = 96/100