My Top Anticipated Releases For July 2018

(Sorry I missed June, I had work commitments)

My Top Anticipated Releases For July 2018

It’s summer time! Get the sun cream out, put on the shades and head down to the cinema because we have some brilliant films lined up this July. Ranging from Musicals, action films , animation and Marvel. Trust Marvel to have ANOTHER MOVIE OUT. So without further ado, here are my top anticipated movie releases for July 2018.

4) Hotel Artemis (Drew Pierce, 2018) Out 20th July in the UK

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A secret underground hospital for criminals. Sound badass enough. But wait there’s more. when one of the patients at this infamous hospital/ hotel steals something extremely valuable from a very powerful man, Aka Jeff Goldblum, all hell breaks loose. Good job the staff take the care of their patients very seriously. ‘Visiting hours are never’. The film does look like another action packed futuristic movie with an interesting spin and A GREAT CAST but I love a good fight scene/ heist movie so I am dead excited to see this out in a few weeks.

3) Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (OI Parker, 2018) Out 20t July in the UK.

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It seems that the 20th July is a good day for cinema goers with another movie released.  A not so guilty pleasure of mine is musicals and no group produces absolute bangers quite like ABBA, combine the two and you are given Mamma Mia! With the first movie making 615 Million, I am not surprised that a second one will be hitting our screens this summer. When Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) sits her 3 fathers down and asks about their past, we are given a musical version of ‘How I met Your Mother’. It may sound dull but I cannot wait for this all singing all dancing spectacular to be on the big screen, for me to yell ABBA lyrics at anyone unfortunate enough to be in the room.

2) Incredibles 2 (Brad Bird, 2018) Out 13th July in the UK.

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Did you really think I would leave this off the list? After 14 years of waiting it’s finally here. The sequel to one of the best animated movies of all time! Leave your children at home. This one is for us adults who have spent far too long wondering how they beat the underminer and how Violets date went. This time Elastagirl (Holly Hunter) gets to save the day while Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) stays at home and looks after the kids. This Friday 13th won’t be unlucky! It’s time to get on your super suit and relive your childhood.

1) Ant-Man And The Wasp (Peyton Reed, 2018) Out 5th July for Russia and later for the UK…. Well  August.

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Any time of the year my number one choice for Anticipated Release of the Month will be whatever Marvel movie is out.  I have a weakness OK! We are getting a second round of the surprisingly great Ant-Man. This time its better with two, as Ant-Man teams up with the Wasp to take down Marvels second female MCU Villain. After Hela from Thor Ragnarok (Taika Waititi,2017) I have total faith in her character. In additional, it will be interesting to see how the film fits in with Infinity War (Russo Brothers, 2018). Hopefully this one won’t make me cry as much.

Have any movie you are looking forward to this month?

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Hereditary (Ari Aster, 2018)

Another horror movie labelled ‘The scariest film of the year’ is… Hereditary. This is a phrase overused within the industry and is basically a ploy to trick movie goers into watching their crappy mediocre fear fest. If they want to use this description, they got to know how to deliver. So is Hereditary the scariest film of the year? Let’s get into it.

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Plot: After the death of a beloved daughter, what is a mother to do but grieve. In the process she uncovers the secret of her family and their involvement with the supernal.

Trailer:

I am just going to start by saying NO, this film is far from being the ‘scariest film of the year’. Ok, review over, goodbye… Okay it isn’t scary but this doesn’t mean that the film was bad. Hereditary seems to be having an identity crisis, labelling itself as a horror when it is clearly a dark family drama with elements of the supernatural chucked in at the end. It was more intense than actually scary. The film follows the themes of loss, family relationships and mental health, all themes explored in a good drama.

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Even though the film can’t really deliver us much of a scare, Hereditary is an impressive watch. The entire film is incredibly well shot, with interesting scene transitions and use of screen space. I always love an extreme wide shot in horror! However, one particular technique that stood out was the use of the dollhouse to create space and optical illusions in terms of object size. You would be looking at a dolls version of a room and suddenly be transported into the real version. This factor was clever and engaging but I can’t help think that they could have used the doll houses for horror, not just matching scene transitions.  It is clear that there was a lot of thought and effort into how it was filmed, rather than just the narrative, red hearings and jump scares. These filming methods are used to produce a spectacle for movie geeks, rather than to create horror.

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The way Hereditary is filmed is great but you need the subjects on screen be greater, AKA. a fantastic narrative and character development. This is not usually as dominant in horrors but in a dark family drama with elements of the supernatural, you need an engaging storyline. The plot itself starts strong in terms of action and events. However, the middle segment of the film seems to drag out for far too long, focusing largely on character development. This shows the strong elements of drama reinforced through the incredible acting. After an hour or so the film tries to jump back into the horror side of things. This is fairly sudden and for me was  unsuccessful and confusing. Again, I believe the film works well as a drama but not so much a horror.

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As I said earlier, the acting is incredible and goes past the usual teen supernatural. Through exploring themes of loss and family, the cast are given the opportunity to portray these difficult scenarios and are provided the space to shine. The mother/ Anie Graham in particular played by Toni Collette, was fantastic. She was believable in her grief, something rarely seen in horror actors. There were some who seemed to be partially out of the depth, such as Peter Graham (Alex Wolff). Alex was brilliant at acting scared but his crying seemed forced. But he could still do a better job than I could so who am I to judge?

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If you have read my reviews in the past, it is obvious that I LOVE a good sound score. The music needs to enhance the action and tone of the film whilst being good enough to listen to on its own. Unless it’s a slasher soundtrack with far too many violins at once. The music in Hereditary was weird and fit with the way the film was heading. There was a lot of heavy base, used to recreate the human heartbeat and the pace was often erratic. It was unique and slightly weird, again like the film. However, some people I watched it with and even a few movie reviewers were put off by the sound score.

Overall, as a drama the film was great. The narrative and character development was strong, backed up by brilliant acting, interesting use of music and fantastic filming techniques. However, as a horror the film was unsuccessful, confusing and took itself too seriously. So to sum up Hereditary is not the ‘scariest film of the year’ but it is a good watch.

Have anything you would like me to review? Leave a film or show in the comments!

 

Into The Spider- Verse (2018) Trailer Drop.

Christmas can’t come soon enough! A brand new SpiderMan has been dropped and this time, it’s animated! This honestly looks like it could be one of the superheros best movies (sorry Tom Holland). The style, interesting narrative and great characters looks like a brilliant addition to the franchise.  Could the film connect all three SpiderMan actors? Take a look at the trailer below and let me know what you think.

 

Preacher Season 3 Trailer Drop

The fantastic Comic based TV series created by Seth Rogen and Adam Goldberg (the same guys who made Sausage Party)  is returning… finally. Available to watch on Amazon Prime in the UK on the 24th June.  See the trailer below:

Deadpool 2 (David Leitch, 2018)

The sequel to the funniest Marvel movie is finally out, after what seems like far too long. Yes, DeadPool 2 was released this May. You know what that means? We have been blessed with not one but two Marvel films out in cinemas at the same time! Probably to help ease the pain from Infinity War. Although I don’t think that is really possible. With DeadPool rocking it on the marketing side, we must ask ourselves, is it as good as the hype and more importantly, how does it compare to the first? These are questions I will be answering so sit tight and keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times.

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Spoiler Free plot:

DeadPool (Ryan Reynolds) must protect a young mutant from Cable (Josh Brolin)…. simples.

Trailer:

 

Review:

To start off, the film is hilarious, as per usual so you don’t need to worry about being let down by Wilsons sense of humour. Once again the film relies on one liners, 4th wall breaks and the interesting use of music. Any piece of music that in no way fits with what is happening on screen is sure to make even the toughest of people laugh. There is also some visual comedy chucked in there for all you film nerds who love a good camera technique. Comedy is also created through some brilliant film/pop culture references. In particular, links to both the DC and Marvel universe, showing the 4th wall comedy at play. There are some unexpected cameos (the best kind) and recurring gags set from the previous movie. However, for me, the funniest part of the film was the end credit scene. Therefore, a word of advice is “suck it up and wait a few extra minutes”! It is a hilarious bonus and lasts much longer than a traditional Marvel end credits scene. Finally, we are given more than 15 seconds of footage.

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You can tell from this list of funny features, that DeadPool 2 is brilliant at creating comedy. Nevertheless, I am still unsure if it is as good as the first. Additionally, It is also safe to say that some of the humour is removed, as some of the great one liners we shown in the trailers. This did remove the impact of these jokes, as we have already heard them once before but don’t worry, there are still plenty more unspoilt gags within the film.

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Moving away from my little genre analysis, it’s time to get into the narrative. The film carries itself as a traditional Marvel movie, despite being separated from the MCU. Everything is action packed while focusing on characters overcoming personal issues and there is usually some form of love interest involved. Check, check and check. It plays out how you would expect but it’s how the film gets to that end point that is the important part. Once again, like any superhero movie (not just Marvel), the actions of the characters have no real consequence. You never really need to worry about what happens to anyone, a convention that DeadPool sticks to. Despite this, the film is quite emotional. I never thought that DeadPool would make me cry but I was proved very wrong. DeadPool was supposed to ease the pain from Infinity War, not just give us more pain! The mood created by Marvel really has changed since April.

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Another similarity between Infinity War and DeadPool 2 and even Black Panther is the motive from the villain is merited and we are given a background story to give us to context. You understand and kind of support his reasons for carrying out his mission. For me, the best villains are those who make you question whose side you are really on. I am not going to go into any more detail about this, as I don’t want to spoil anything.

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Keeping with the theme of characters, the overall cast of this film was great. There was such a diverse representation within the film, including races, sexuality, sexes an even medical conditions. This was something that Reynolds wanted to include and I am so glad he did. I am pleased that films have started to include a large variety of people, to ensure that everyone is represented. We got lesbian superheroes! People come in all shapes and sizes so our heroes should too.

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Overall, DeadPool two is exactly what you would expect and more. It is hands down hilarious, sticks to the Marvel narrative tropes and shows a diverse range of characters. Anyone who loved the first or any action comedy should definitely give this one a watch.

Have a film you want me to review? Let me know in the comments.

 

Top Film Score Composers

If any of you read my Avengers Infinity War review, I promised a blog post on my favourite composers who produce music for movies. Now these may not necessarily be the world’s best but they are the composers that I listen to the most (yes, I am one of these people who listens to movie scores when I am working). I would also like to point out that I don’t know a lot about sound within cinema so please don’t expect me to use technical terms throughout this post.  So in no particular order, here are my top music composers, known for working in film.

Hans Zimmer:

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The German film score composer and record producer is definitely one of the most talented sound workers I have listed to during films. His use of timing and ability to make any scene dramatic and memorable is a spectacle to behold. Everything he has created in my opinion, has created tension and enhanced the cinematic experiences of the film he has worked on. From the representation of time passing within Dunkirk to the fear of space within Interstellar, leave it to Hans to keep us on the edge of our seats. As a friend of the Incredible Christopher Nolan, a director named within my Top Directors (list :My favourite directors of all time.),there is no wonder that he has been given a large number of opportunities to immerse us in some dark and exciting universes. His music really has defined epic! With film such as, Inception, Lion King, Interstellar, Dunkirk, The Dark Knight, The Holiday and Pirates of The Caribbean, there is no wonder that Hans Zimmer is a common name within the households of movie fans.

John Williams:

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The American composer, conductor, and pianist is a name that everyone knows, or at least knows some of his work. Any great soundtrack you know, has probably been composed by Williams. I think If I didn’t include him in my list, you would think I was mad. For me, his music creates the movies and will add nostalgia to your cinematic experiences. Who hasn’t seen a picture of a dinosaur and hummed the Jurassic Park theme or crept up on someone whilst singing those infamous two notes ‘Du Dun Du Dun’? Basically, if the film was by Spielberg, the music was by John Williams. I think that the success of a lot of these films can definitely be to do with the sound scores. He is responsible for the well known themes from film such as : Star Wars, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Superman, E.T, Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, Indiana Jones, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse and Home Alone. That really is an impressive list!

Danny Elfman:

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The American composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer, is a name that may be unknown the the regular movie goer. However, If you have watched any Tim Burton film, chances are, you have heard some of Elfman’s Music. He is a master of twisted fantasy, brilliant enough to bring the weird and wonderful mind of Burton (another one of my top directors) to life through music. He has been responsible for creating the music from some of my all time favourite movies so he holds a special place on this list. He can send you down the rabbit hole or into the land of the dead. It is safe to say that he has a type cast but when you are that talented at fantasy, might as well stick to it. His films include: Alice in Wonderland, Beetlejuice, Batman, The Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Big Fish , Mars Attacks and Justice League. Yes I know, 9/10 of them were Tim Burton.

James Newton Howard:

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is an American composer, conductor, music producer and musician. He is a recent addition to my favourites thanks to my obsession with the Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them soundtrack. Listening to just the sound score alone put me in the immersive universe of witchcraft and wizardry, showing how great Howard is as his job. With plenty of fantasy films under his belt, much like Elfman, there is no wonder that he can add spectacle to the genre. His films include: The Hunger Games, The Sixth Sense, Batman, I am Legend, Signs and King Kong. Like all great composers, his music takes you through a wonderful journey. His work with the Harry Potter spin off, showed awe inspiring magic, incorporating elements from John Williams and brought to life the mischievous characteristics of the beast. His music doesn’t just create a world but the characters within.

 

Honorable Mentions

 

Jerry Goldsmith: The Omen, Star Trek, Alien, Gremlins, Basic Instinct, Mulan, Rambo.

James Horner: Titanic, Avatar, Aliens, Braveheart, Jumanji.

Thomas Newman: Finding Nemo, The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, The Green Mile, A series of Unfortunate Events.

Alan Silvestri: The Avengers, Polar Express, Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, A Night at The Museum.