Teaser for ‘The Emoji Movie’: I’m positively euphoric right now

The first teaser for the long-awaited Emoji Movie has finally arrived, check it out below;

As someone who doesn’t use/care for emojis, I thought this trailer was a lot of fun. I don’t understand the like to dislike ratio here. It doesn’t look too dissimilar to your average animated movie skewed towards kids.

Having “express yourself” play over the top of the trailer, is a little on-the-nose, but I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the song and Meh’s enthusiasm, or…lack thereof.

The Emoji Movie releases August 4th, 2017, starring Steven Wright, T. J. Miller, and James Corden.

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A, somewhat accurate representation of my reaction to the trailer

Alright, I’m genuinely curious; what is it that everyone hates about this trailer? Did it not do justice to the source material, what is it?

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Teaser for ‘The Emoji Movie’: I’m positively euphoric right now

Star Wars: ‘Rogue one: A Star Wars Story’ a not-great name for a pretty-alright movie (Spoiler review)

Alright, here it is. You didn’t ask for it, you didn’t want it, I made it anyway. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: A Spoiler review of a Star Wars Story: Rogue one. It’s kind of long, so strap in.

This review may come across as a little negative. So, I should preface this by saying; I really enjoyed the film, I had a lot of fun with it. This is a long review, but the bulk (if not all) of it is made up by minor nit-picks…there’s just a lot of minor nit-picks.

Pacing issues

It comes as no surprise to any of us who like movies that are coherent, that this would be addressed. To be fair, it’s mostly the first act, or even, the first half of the first act. But boy, was it jarring.

Visiting three locations in under three minutes was fun, in the sense that I liked that the characters were scattered across the galaxy doing their own thing. But, you know what would be more fun? Spending more time at those locations, and with those characters to develop them a little more.

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NB-Just quickly on character development: all the characters were underdeveloped. That’s right, I said it.

Score

The score, it was kind of dull overall, and very noticeable at times for all the wrong reasons.

Bear in mind, Michael Giacchino only had about 3-4 weeks to work it. Had he had adequate time to truly nail-down, I’m sure we would have gotten something akin to his work on Jurassic World. A Score, which I feel, rode on the success of its predecessor, whilst adding its own little flare in there.

Instead…this.

There was two main moments were the music just wasn’t quite right, and it took me out of the scene.

The first being; when Ando, Jyn, and K-2SO arrive on Jedha.

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Their ship lands off-screen, then hard cut to a shot of the three of them from a distance climbing a rock with menacing music playing. We later learn that the menacing music is playing because the camera pans up to a shot of a Star Destroyer.

Which just makes you notice the pan, and the hard cut from the ship, and the “why didn’t we just see them land” of it all. It’s more of an editing issue than the music itself, however, it was the music that drew attention to the edit.

The other moment is when the Hammerhead ship was pushing a neutralized Star Destroyer into another, cutting it in half. That’s an incredible moment! Undercut, only by the bizarre musical choice, which didn’t convey the epic imagery on the screen.

Deaths

Let’s take a moment to honour the Rogue One members who died. And by that, I mean literally all of them, they all died.

As sadistic as it sounds, I’m glad Donnie Yen’s, Chirrut Imwe, was the first to go.

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If you did your best to avoid spoilers before seeing Rogue One, then this may have been a surprise.

However, if you’re like me and are ambivalent towards spoilers/kind of hate yourself, then you’d know that during Star Wars Celebration Europe, Wen Jiang (who plays Donnie Yen’s force sceptical partner in crime protecting crystals, or something) casually mentioned the death of Chirrut to highlight a “…big thing.” that he does. Just between you and me, it wasn’t that big.

As the naïve young man, I was at the time, I thought Chirrut was going to be the one and only death of the Rogue squadron. But, well…no.

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For some reason, Bodhi’s death was the most emotional and impactful, to me at least.

Maybe it was because he was the second to die, which suggests that the rest of them are probably going to die. Or perhaps it’s that Rogue One (the ship) dies with him, meaning their one way off Scarif has been destroyed, which again eludes to the fact that they’re kind of f@&ked. Or maybe it was simply Riz Ahmed’s performance with a final look, accepting the situation knowing he did his bit for the cause.

Whichever way it was, Bodhi’s death brought another level of tension to the third act, knowing that anyone could go at any moment.

That moment everyone’s been gushing about

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Despite the film’s technical flaws, the final scene, alone, is worth the price of admission. Watching Vader cut through a handful of rebels, like a knife through butter, was extremely satisfying.

One final nit-pick, the movie would have been more impactful if it had cut to credits on the shot of Vader looking menacing out of an exposed docking station (that’s not a euphemism or anything).

Ranking

As far as Rogue one’s ranking among the rest of the saga, it’s in the upper half of the franchise. That’s not really saying that much considering about half of the Star Wars movies are kind of garbage. To rank it more specifically, I would slot this in 4th, behind A New Hope, Empire, and Force Awakens.

What did you guys think of Rogue one, and where would you rank it compared to the other Star Wars films?

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There, it’s done. If you made it this far…one final spoiler: you might hate yourself, almost as much as I hate myself for writing this. Still, I admire your endurance.

Star Wars: ‘Rogue one: A Star Wars Story’ a not-great name for a pretty-alright movie (Spoiler review)

Director, Justin Kurzel confirms: no Dues Ex Machina hay bales in ‘Assassin’s Creed’

If you’re a fan of the Assassin’s Creed universe, then you’d be more than aware of the trope of falling from a great height and landing comfortably in a bale of hay, dubbed the “Leap of Faith”. Now, this great height can vary from a couple of metres, to several-hundred stories on a whim.

Since this trope has come to be one of the franchise’s greatest critic, it’s to be expected that we won’t be seeing this specific adrenaline pumping, physics defying stunt in the movie.

In an interview with Gizmodo, director Justin Kurzel commented on the use of hay bales to brake an assassin’s fall;

“You’ll see a leap of faith, you won’t see it in a hay bale…It’ll end in a surprising way…I managed to find another way, in which an Assassin lands in the film.”

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It sounds like we’re going to see a nice nod to the old ways of faith-leaping, probably in the background after Michael Fassbender’s, Aguilar, recovers from the leap.

Assassin’s Creed lands in theatres December 21st starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, Directed by Justin Kurzel.

How do you think the leap of faith will end in Assassin’s Creed?

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Leaping into water seems like an obvious solution, however it does pose it’s own complications from a great height.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6p8NptTLl8&list=WL&index=85&t=218s 

 

Director, Justin Kurzel confirms: no Dues Ex Machina hay bales in ‘Assassin’s Creed’

‘La La Land’: The ‘Grease’ for a new generation

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La La Land is the latest musically invigorating film from director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. When an aspiring actress (Stone) has a chance encounter with a down-on-his-luck Jazz pianist (Gosling) a captivating relationship blossoms in the heart of the City of Angels.

Right off the bat; this film is visually gorgeous, and a little misleading to some degree. Chazelle’s use of flamboyant colours alongside Justin Hurwitz’s score and Mandy Moore’s dance choreography, made for some true theatrical eye candy.

However, I often caught myself thinking; “Oh, that’s right, this isn’t set in the ‘70s, it’s modern day.” There are some very subtle costume and set designs that creates this 1970s-era vibe, which trickles through to the rest of the movie and brings a Grease-esque element, to the first act especially.

As, La La Land, is Chazelle’s second mainstream indie film, I’m beginning to pick up on a common theme. That theme being; really pushing that; “Jazz is dying” PSA. To some extent, I see this as a good thing. Well, if it means that we’ll keep getting these jazz-infused cinematic masterpieces, I’m right on board. Let’s continue pushing jazz off the plank.

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Or, you know, just rip it half. That works too. 

On the note of music; (I see what I did there) Chazelle has, once again, collaborated with Justin Hurwitz for a Golden Globe nominated score, that really makes up the backbone of this film. From hundreds of people dancing atop their cars (in what could only, otherwise, be described as mentally unstable behaviour) to LSD-like montages, this film wouldn’t work if the music wasn’t on point. Luckily, we don’t have to worry about that, because Hurwitz delivers on every emotional beat, as the film requires them.

My only nit-pick with this movie is that Gosling’s singing, particularly his solo moment, is a little rough. And you know what; it’s not even that he’s bad, it’s just that there has been such a high-bar set for the rest of the film, that it highlights his much-better-than-mediocre singing voice.

All previously mentioned points, accompanied by an unconventional happy ending, makes La La Land a strong Oscar contender amongst various categories, and the perfect date movie.

‘La La Land’: The ‘Grease’ for a new generation

Jennifer Lawrence wants to play Mystique in the MCU before doing another X-Men movie

During the press junket for Passengers, Lawrence was asked by MTV how she would feel about Joining her co-star in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Lawrence responded;

“I would choose that over doing another X-Men…I won’t be Mystique in the X-Men movies, but I would love to be Mystique in Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Given the tone of the interview, it’s clear that this was meant as playful banter with an interviewer. But at the same time…get S@#T on 20th Century Fox.

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Now, I’m sure I don’t have to reiterate to any of you that this isn’t going to happen. Spider-man joining the MCU was a one-off that occurred due to Sony’s financial situation.

Fox, on the other hand, is doing quite well with the X-Men franchise. Or, at least, well enough that they don’t need to trade off creative rights to their characters whilst maintaining revenue from them.

Check out the brief video below;

Jennifer Lawrence wants to play Mystique in the MCU before doing another X-Men movie

Margot Robbie reteams with David Ayer for a female lead DC film

The Hollywood Reporter are reporting (funnily enough) that there’s a new DC/Warner Bros. film in the works, titled Gotham City Sirens (GCS). The film will more than likely follow the comic arc of the same name, focusing on three of Batman’s more famous female villains; Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy.

Margot Robbie is set to return to the role of Harley Quinn, with David Ayer returning to direct a DCEU film off the back of Suicide Squad.

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Now, if it’s concerning to you to hear that David Ayer is returning, I can’t really blame you for that. I enjoyed Suicide Squad however it did still leave a bit of a bad taste in the mouth. Though, I think that had more to do with studio intervention than Ayer himself. Ayer has more-or-less a hit or miss filmography, but when it lands it lands well (End of Watch, Fury).

Hopefully DC and Warner Bros. will have learned from their mistakes and will give Ayer a little more creative freedom. And I wouldn’t mind seeing an R-rated film in the DCEU as was, reportedly, Ayers intention for Suicide Squad.

GCS is yet to receive a release date (also, you know, to be confirmed as a thing in general by Warner Bros.)

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Who would you guys like to see fill the roles of Catwoman and Poison Ivy?

Personally, I’d like to see Daisy Ridley and Bella Thorne respectively, but that’s just me.

 

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/gotham-city-sirens-movie-david-ayer-margot-robbie-reteam-all-female-dc-villains-project-

 

Margot Robbie reteams with David Ayer for a female lead DC film

Jumanji reboot plot details revealed

Thanks to Jeff Sneider from Mashable reporter, we have our first plot details of the reboot of the iconic Jumanji, starring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black. Sneider tweeted that the film will follow four kids in detention who find, and are sucked into the game. Other tweeter users added that the game will be in the form of an old video game console, and that each kid will have control of one of the main cast members in an avatar fashion.

Dwayne Johnson recently tweeted the younger cast-counterparts welcoming them to the production and dubbing them, “Jumanji Juniors.” The younger cast includes; Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Ser’Darius Blain, and Morgan Turner.

I actually really like this new direction of having avatars in the game world. I feel that it gives this reboot enough free rein to create an authentic story in what is a fairly beloved franchise. Given that these are teenage kids controlling this cast of celebrity adults, there’s no doubt that we’re going to get plenty of “Damn, The Rock is buff” jokes, as well as Karen Gillan is hot jokes.

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This plot detail revealing that the movie takes place in a video game also explains Karen Gillan’s wardrobe. A lot of people took issue with Gillan’s costume being 6 sizes too small for her when the first set photo was released, but it’s actually a pretty classic, Tomb Raider-esque, female video game character outfit. Whether you like it or not is another story. But given the nature of the game, it does make sense.

It’s hard to say at this point whether-or-not there will be a stampede overflow into reality like the original. I guess they could do it, but the question there would be if the kids still have control over their assigned avatars? I think it’d be fun if the avatars had their own conciseness in the real world, and had little awkward standoff moments with their corresponding kid-counterpart about how they were controlled.

P.S. Checkout Dwayne Johnson going full Bear Grills in this production video

Jumanji reboot plot details revealed