Dive back into the anime smash hit and rejoin humanity’s last stand with an “Attack On Titan” event like no other. A big screen director’s cut with all the shocking reveals and harrowing horrors of Season Two, there’s no better way to jump back into the fray.
The battle against the Female Titan ended in bittersweet victory, but the struggle for humanity’s survival rages on. Eren Jaeger and the Scout Regiment are only just starting to unearth the mystery of the ferocious Titans when they are thrust into a terrifying battle once more. Facing horrifying new threats and colossal truths that will shake them to the core, does humanity stand a chance of survival when we don’t even know who to trust?
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After the shocking revelations at the end of “Attack On Titan” Season One, we couldn’t wait to sink our teeth into the next chapter. What exceeded our expectations in 2013 were just the tip of the iceberg and just when we thought the fight couldn’t get more personal, the colossal truths that unravel left us wondering who we really know and can trust, even on the brink of humanity’s extinction.
New life is breathed into the acclaimed kinetic animation of WIT Studio (“Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress”) in a theatrical director’s cut that showcases every twist and turn of Season Two in a bite-sized package perfect for anyone wishing to relive this new chapter, or experience it for the first time.
Director: Masashi Koizuka (“Attack On Titan” Assistant Director)
Assistant Director: Hiroyuki Tanaka (“Attack On Titan”, “The Empire of Corpses”)
Character Designer: Kyoji Asano (“Attack On Titan”, “Psycho-Pass”)
Art Director: Shunichi Yoshihara (“Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure”, “Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress”)
Music: Hiroyuki Sawano (“Aldnoah.Zero”, “Kill la Kill”)
Production: WIT Studio (“Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress”, “The Ancient Magus’ Bride”)
Yūki Kaji (“My Hero Academia”, “Tokyo Ghoul”)
Yui Ishikawa (“A Silent Voice”, “NieR Automata”)
Marina Inoue (“My Hero Academia”, “The Seven Deadly Sins”)
Writer: Tom Benedek (Screenplay) David Saperstein (Story)
Starring: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg, Maureen Stapleton
Plot: When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigour.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Enjoyable Sci-Fi Film
Story: Cocoon starts as we enter the retirement home where Art (Ameche), Ben (Brimley), Joe (Cronyn) and Bernie (Gilford) like to sneak off to the neighbouring abandoned property for swimming, but when Walter (Dennehy) and his cousins rent the property they lose their hide away.
When it turns out Walter and his family are aliens, the guys from the retirement home get to continue using the swimming pool which seems to cure their illness and making them young once again giving them a new lease for life but how long can this last.
Thoughts on Cocoon
Characters – Art, Ben and Joe are the three retirement home guests that enjoy breaking the rules swimming in the neighbour’s pool but when new neighbours rent the place they start to become younger again leading to their friendship being tested as they need to learn to keep the secret. Walter is the leader of the aliens that is trying to save the few that we left behind all those years ago, he wants peace and quiet but is willing to let the guys use the pool.
Performance – The performances from the whole cast are great, be it the retirement home guys, the aliens or younger folk. The whole cast comes together to make this a film about uniting as one.
Story – The story here shows us how elderly people in retirement homes do want to continue their lives like how they used too, we also see how not all aliens are bad they just come in peace. We do get to see how people can get affected by being given a chance at the fountain of youth and how this gives people the wrong idea of how to act if they were given this chance. overall the story shows us that people are going to take advantage of a chance to youth or death they will get carried away.
Sci-Fi – The sci-fi side of this film brings us the into the world where aliens do exist but in peace which is a nice swap for what we are used too.
Settings – The retirement home setting takes us to a location we don’t see often in this genre, it shows us the unity between the residents as they take their risks to remain young.
Special Effects – The effects for the time were fantastic and to be honest they have barely aged a day while watching for the first time in 2017.
Scene of the Movie – The full breakout.
That Moment That Annoyed Me – The carers are a bit shit.
Final Thoughts – This is one of the all time classic sci-fi films, it has heart, aliens and a story that shows how people should be treating each other.
Writer: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig, Tom Vaughn (Screenplay)
Starring: Helen Mirren, Sarah Snook, Jason Clarke, Angus Sampson, Eamon Farren, Laura Brent, Tyler Coppin
Plot: Eccentric firearm heiress believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.
Tagline – Terror is Building
Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Good Horror Moments
Story: Winchester starts as we follow Dr Eric Price (Clarke) as he must travel across America to San Jose to the Winchester residents, Sarah Winchester (Mirren) has been building her mansion believing she is can help spirits killed by her husband created that are coming for vengeance.
The spirits have been contained like normal before, but this latest spirit has targeted her niece’s Marion (Snook) son Henry. And Eric must learn that Sarah isn’t as crazy as her fellow board members believe she is.
Thoughts on Winchester
Characters – Sarah Winchester is a lady that has become part of spiritual legend, she believes the ghosts of the victims of the Winchester rifles have come to haunt her, which leads her to build rooms for these spirits to be left at peace, she now must battle the deadliest spirit and prove that she isn’t insane. Eric Price is a doctor that has been battling his own demons, his addictions have shadowed his judgement, now he must face his own past to help Sarah through her problems.
Performances – Helen Mirren is the main draw for this movie and she fits this character wonderfully as you fully believe her as this mysterious lady. Jason Clarke comes in as the male lead and he is good through the film, the character he plays needs to be frightened but not scared by what he sees. This has a good supporting cast that deliver through the film.
Story – The story here is built on a legend that hasn’t been solved, it follows Sarah Winchester who has put her mansion into constant construction believing she needs offer spirits the chance to rest after their deaths. This is the fact behind the story, whether it is true is another question, this is what you would expect this movie to be about. This decides to lose the maybe question and just focus on the doctor needing to help tackle the deadliest spirit yet, so it becomes a dealing with a haunted house movie. It gets rounded off nicely, but you can see the twists coming from a mile away which just disappoints when looking at a story that has much more history about it.
Biopic/Horror/Mystery – When hearing of the story of Sarah Winchester is something that should be mysterious and interesting, this doesn’t show enough of this history. This effects the mystery because we need to be left up in the air about what is happening rather than it being, this is a ghost haunting movie. The horror elements are the strongest, we have plenty of jump scares which use the house well through the film, but you are left wondering why people follow noises all the time.
Settings – The film is set in the Winchester mansion, it checks all the boxes need for the film because we know this house has the mystery about it, but strangely we don’t get the labyrinth scale of the mansion.
Special Effects – The effects work for the most part of the film, the ghosts do have a different look about them and even with the weaker moment we can see past for what is happening.
Scene of the Movie – Final showdown.
That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not being given a chance for the story to be potential in her head.
Final Thoughts – This is a solid horror, it has good moment of scares, but when this isn’t happening the film does feel flat for the most part.
2018 is well underway and all our players have their own picks for what films they want to see this year, but which one is the one they want to see the most?
Next Round – Favourite Steven Spielberg Movie – Closing Date Friday 2nd March 2018
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Deadpool was one of my favourite superhero movies, it was loud and happy to push the limits with violence and language. We had Ryan Reynolds shining and now we want to see where he takes the character next, while I am not familiar with the source material we do get a fan favourite Cable joining the cast too.
There are a ton of upcoming movies in 2018 that have potential to be hits however, the one that stands out to me is John Krasinski’s upcoming horror thriller, A Quiet Place that he also acts in with his wife, Emily Blunt, playing a couple. Horror movies that manage to use quiet to their advantage tend to easily build incredible amount of tension and atmosphere and that is what I hope this movie will achieve.
Ugh. I know most people are excited about the 2018 movie releases but, looking at the list of films, I kind of lose the will to live. HOW many superhero movies?!?! Can no other type of movie be made anymore??? These are the main 2018 films that jump out as being ones I really want to see: Cloverfield Movie, The Shape Of Water, Ready Player One, Annihilation, Halloween & Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. Yeah, I doubt any of those will be the “winning choice”. Okay. I have to pick just one? I don’t want to be all mainstream & boring plus the backlash against this movie worries me, but… Screw it. I’ll go with my heart. My choice is Ready Player One. It’s a 1980s-loving Spielberg movie & I’m an 80s kid. So sue me. I want a fun blockbuster. At least it’s not a superhero movie! 🙂
As the culmination of essentially every Marvel film since 2008, Infinity War (assuming it’s all done right) will surely be the cinematic event of the year (of the decade, even) and watching tons and tons of our favourite superheroes squaring off against Thanos in an infinitely huge galactic adventure will hopefully bring endless thrills, chills, shocks and drama.
It’s all too easy to get our hopes up, to majorly overhype it, but this one will be a must see – a major cinematic event which will surely storm the box office and get us all talking about it for a long time afterwards.
Okay, I’m not the most ‘up-to-date’ and clued up movie fan (as I’m sure we all know) so I had to look up a BIG list of 2018 anticipated movies. I saw quite a few I wouldn’t mind watching (mainly horrors and that Cloverfield one) but in all honesty, The Meg is the one I was most delighted and excited to read about. It’s a science fiction / horror starring Jason Statham (!) AND A SEVENTY FOOT MEGALODON SHARK – I’m assuming this will be played by CGI because that particular, huge species of shark is now (thankfully) extinct.
But yeah, a film about a seventy foot shark REALLY appeals to me and best of all, it very well might end up being complete nonsense, but should at least still be fun. It sounds like SO much fun! And the tagline? – “the most feared predator in history…is no longer history”. Genius. Or something like that. I can’t wait anyway, bring on the big shark!
As a HUGE Star Wars fan, I have always highly anticipated any films form the franchise.
I was so pleased with what was done with Rogue One, that I hope that they are able to once again create an amazing side story to the events and characters of the story that happened a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.
My most anticipated film for the year 2018 is The Nutcracker and The Four Realms, and the reasons are obvious: it is inspired by a classic novella from E.T.A. Hoffmann, which never gets old and which can put anyone in a Christmas mood; uses the music by Tchaikovsky; has a stellar cast, including Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren; and promises to be a visual delight, as seen from its trailer (it will also be in 3D!). I think it will be better than Disney’s Alice in Wonderland instalments, because with its accent on both Russian ballet and music, The Nutcracker promises to be both an unparalleled entertainment and a cultural delight.
The film I’m looking forward to most in 2018, has to be without a doubt Deadpool 2. Having seen the trailer with my thoughts here, and the first of Ryan Reynolds ventures – as the anti- hero for adults only – as Deadpool link to here, he’s definitely one of the best of the Marvel dudes. I loved Deadpool’s wisecracks, his pop culture references, the soundtrack and his devotion to Vanessa, his girl in the first movie. It was the Valentines Day movie, I’d been waiting for – as opposed to a bunch of acting types headed by Jennifer Aniston celebrating love in about 5 different ways, in an ensemble by the numbers rom com. Yawn. So this year, Deadpool’s up against Cable played by Josh Brolin- and it will be interesting to see Deadpool up against this Goonie. As Goonies never die right?!
While there are many big new superhero stories on the way, I am most eager for the return, 40 years on, of Jamie Lee Curtis to “Halloween!”
Laurie Strode was one of horror’s first “empowered women” – she fought back against evil – and that evil turned out to be her brother! Jamie Lee Curtis playfully teased her return to the “Halloween” franchise, and I hope they respect the original while invigorating the story for a new generation.
Here is a linkto my whole story on the iconic Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis:
The way I see it, any upcoming Marvel Cinema Universe (MCU) film will be highly anticipated not only for die-hard comic fans but for anyone looking to escape at the pictures. This is why for me Venom will be a film I look forward to the pleasure of viewing. Directed by Reuben Fleischer (Zombieland) he has promised, “badass action, Venom’s Dark humour” and what would excite any filmaholic “an absolutely stunning performance by Tom Hardy.” Hardy also reinforced that he won’t let the audience down stating “I give you my word of honour that I’m going to do everything that I can to deliver the best Venom that I possibly can muster. I know how important he is to you and I know important he is.” Following the recent popularization of the superhero film genre in releases such as Dr Strange, Deadpool, yet another Thor movie and the reinvigoration of the Spiderman franchise, this film already has serious artistic and commercial momentum. Does 2018 get more promising than this?
My most anticipated film of 2018 is definitely The Incredibles 2. Animation is my favorite medium for film and I love Pixar. I personally have enjoyed on some level all of their films and I adore the original Incredibles. They have the entire team back including director Brad Bird. I just can’t wait for to be with this family again and go on another adventure
After thinking long and hard about whether I was more excited for Avengers: Infinity War or Ready Player One, I decided they’re about equal, but Ready Player One has the added perk of being something we’ve never seen before, as opposed to more superhero stuff (which granted, I still love). Based on Ernest Cline’s awesome futuristic novel, Ready Player One promises to be a geek’s paradise, full of pop culture references that will likely be the subject of countless analysis videos for years to come. With Steven Spielberg himself at the helm and Cline supervising the script, I cannot wait for this movie and all the nerdy coolness contained in its virtual world.
There are many superhero films coming out this year that I am greatly looking forward to: Black Panther, The Incredibles 2(FINALLY!!), and Deadpool 2just to name a few. However, my excitement for any these pale in comparison to my excitement for Avengers: Infinity War. The past 10 years of Marvel superhero movies have been leading up to this incredible story. There have been a few bumps along the way but for the most part, Marvel has delivered some pretty spectacular heroes and characters. With Infinity War, that all comes clashing to a head. I watched the first trailer released so many times it might have been detrimental to my expectations of the film. But I don’t care. This is what I have been waiting for during the past decade and the hype could not be more real.
Plot: In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father’s research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.
Runtime: 2 Hours 12 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Beautiful Love Story
Story: Call Me by Your Name starts as Mr Perlman (Stuhlbarg) and his family in Northern Italy open their doors for one of his assistant American Oliver (Hammer) for the summer, Elio (Chalamet) the eldest son must give up his room for Oliver and notices the behaviour of Oliver being different to what he is used to seeing.
When Elio and Oliver start hanging out more, it starts with a mentoring effect, but soon turns into something else, a sexual relationship which posses its own problems for the two, with Elio’s age being one of them.
Thoughts on Call Me by Your Name
Characters – Elio is a 17-year-old music and book lover, living in Northern Italy, he is trying to learn how to seduce women and when Oliver arrives on the scene, he starts to learn a few things, but then he starts to question his own sexuality after he becomes attracted to Oliver. Oliver is an American research assistant working with Elio’s father, he is a charismatic man who grabs the attention of the people he is around, he takes a shine to a local woman, but the attention he really wants is Elio’s, he knows this could be bad for his career, leaving us to wonder if it is work the risk. Mr Perlman is the father of the house, he has ben working on a ground-breaking historical discovery and Oliver is part of his research team.
Performances – Armie Hammer is an actor that has always been braver with his own career decisions, this would be considered his bravest choice and his best performance, he is engaging through each scene as you just want to know where he will take the character next. Timothee Chalamet could easily be the biggest breakout star this year, he is fantastic in this leading role, where he shows the lost innocence while trying to discovery his characters sexuality. The rest of the performance in the film are great but don’t take away from the leading two stars.
Story – The story examines the idea of needing to understand your sexuality when going into adulthood, the story does a good job of showing both of Elio’s choices, either being with Marzia or with Oliver, because this only continues to show the decision and discovery that he is looking to make about himself. The one weakness I did find in the story, which is part my own confusion I think, is that it never feels like a forbidden love, but it also feels like it was meant to be, forgive me if this doesn’t make sense.
Romance – The romance side of the film is the whole deal, we get to see the whirlwind summer romance between Oliver and Elio, while also seeing the idea that Elio could have to avoid his homosexual side in the future.
Settings – The settings are breath-taking landscapes of Northern Italy which could be postcard after postcard of beauty spots.
Scene of the Movie – Distant bike ride.
That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not really knowing if it was a forbidden love or not.
Final Thoughts – This is a wonderful acted movie, visually pleasant experience with the landscapes, but if we are being honest, this film isn’t going to be for the casual audience, even with the fantastic story of love.