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5 Things I Want To See In Spider-Man: Homecoming!

With just two weeks to go until the eagerly anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming makes its way into your local cinema, the talk over what will and will not be featured has certainly heated up. To begin with, we know that Vulture, Shocker and The Tinkerer are the villains here, but we may have more to deal with! Also, with the recent news that the Venom movie will actually be part of the same Universe as Spider-Man (and the MCU, sorta, its complicating!) we can start to think what we will actually get in the film.

With a new take on the iconic hero, it will be exciting to see him in this world of established heroes and villains and start even more threads that will weave through this film and into many more. So, what am I hoping we will see in the film? I will just say I have not yet watched the film and have no insider knowledge, this is mostly guess work!

1. This should lead into Infinity War

Depending on how this one ends, we could see a few big marks made in the MCU. It is safe to assume that Spider-Man will very much be an avenger by the time Infinity Wars hits cinema in 2018. Spider-Man will be the hero to bring people hope and be seen as a face for those to trust, even though he is one of the only heroes to not show his face.

We could maybe see Peter Parker discover an anomaly that could be Thanos or even discover the last of the Infinity Stones? Either way, we know that Spidey and Iron Man will both be gearing up for Infinity War after this movie, but it will be to see if they go there prepared…or not!

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2. The Black Suit

Now we have had teases about the Post-Credits Scene for this movie being a “must see!” which I assume is the same for all the films. But, considering Amy Pascal (the woman who suggested certain films for Barack Obama) let slip that Homecoming will indeed be connected to the spin-off films that Sony are releasing.

Before I saw Tom Hardy was cast, I had little to know interest in the film. To now know there is a connection (will talk about Venom in a future post) between the films, I am excited to see what Sony and Marvel will be delivering over the next few years.

Anyway, what I was thinking was that this post-credit scene could be what we have to introduce the symbiote to the MCU and feature a darker Peter Parker in Infinity Wars who dons the Black Suit and finds this then affects him as he tries to save the world…and then finds itself on Tom “best actor in the whole world” Hardy and then Venom is set!

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3. Vulture Will Help Bring A New Villain In

Since hearing that Homecoming and Venom are linked, I started thinking as how they could be joined together. How cool would it be if Tom Hardy actually made his debut as Eddie Brock in Homecoming? With this being possible after Spidey nearly kills Adrian Toombs (Vulture)?

Imagine this, Spider-Man defeats The Vulture with the help of the symbiote suit, but realises it isn’t the best thing to have after it sends him off in a rage and he is isolated from everyone. Maybe we could see Venom actually emerge in this movie? Probably not though.

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4. Don’t Set Up More Than One Or Two Films

This one has to be said, we don’t need teasers for loads of future films. Age Of Ultron very much teased about 5 films with its runtime, and it felt crammed. The only films I think that should really be further teased from Homecoming should be Infinity War ad Venom.

We know what films are coming and we expect a more natural and thoughtful approach to get us excited for the future. We don’t need to allure to Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok (though  a mid-credit or post-credit scene wouldn’t hurt), Ant-Man and The Wasp or any others as they will already have enough on them to make an impact.

Also, this is more to Sony, don’t try and shoehorn in every idea you have for a Spider-Man spin-off, remember how well that worked before?  We don’t need Mysterio or Kraven The Hunter films, I am happy for them to appear in a Spider-Man film, but just sort yourselves out Sony and avoid shooting yourself in the foot again.

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5. Don’t Be Afraid Of Change

This one sounds obvious, but after two Spider-Man film series that felt very close to each other, I am happy to see a whole new direction this time. Can we live without Gwen Stacy and MJ? I think so. Harry and Norman Osborn should be hinted at for a future film.

Also, we can see Peter slowly become a photographer for the Daily Bugle (and fingers crossed I would want J.K. Simmons back!), see his rogues gallery grow on screen and maybe fulfil on potential family storylines a bit quicker and make some sense instead of the Parker’s being on the run and dead…but not dead!

We are going to have a long time with this new Spider-Man and it will be great to see where he takes us. Though I feel the Green Goblin storyline will come into play soon, we can also look at so many other great villains for this Universe. Doc Ock, Mysterio, Chameleon, Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio must come up against Spider-Man!).

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Marvel and Sony have the power to make this Spider-Man the best there has ever been, and we will see in a matter of days how successful they are!

Spider-Man: Homecoming is out 5th July 2017 in the UK and 7th July 2017 in the US.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Alien: Covenant. Film Review!

*WARNING, MILD SPOILERS AHEAD*

Ridley Scott created Alien in 1979, probably the greatest horror movie I have ever seen! While many have tried to replicate that formula, the result has in time become increasingly sour. With 2012’s Prometheus being both a return for Scott and a prequel to this much-loved film, I honestly thought we were about to get another good Alien…but it wasn’t!

Alien: Covenant begins 10 years after the voyage of Prometheus, where we now follow a new crew of disposable humans looking to die at the hands of hideous creatures! Being honest, I enjoy the crew of the Covenant a lot more than the previous, some of the human interactions are pleasant, but there are still some issues.

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Near the beginning, we meet Walter, an upgrade of David from the last entry and a heroic figure who looks after the ship. Slowly we get to meet Daniels (Katherine Waterston who sadly spends a lot of time feeling sorry for herself), Tennessee (the fantastic Danny McBride, probably the only human character I liked) and the other humans who we really don’t get to connect with (the most we get is that shower sex scene which ends in…well, it ends in DEATH).

Ok, I want to make this point clear now. This film is so much better than Prometheus, but overall, it’s not that good. While Michael Fassbender continues to be the best actor on earth, he single-handedly can’t save this film. Now in a duel role, David and Walter display the best chemistry, even though it’s the same actor! You have most of the cast in pairs, but it’s one man acting to himself which seems the most believable.

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Mentioning the 1979 original a bit earlier, the main draw for me is how good that film looks despite being nearly 40 years old. The special effects in space are spectacular, the sets on the planet strike gritty realism and the flashback shot was just…wow! Unfortunately, the built-up sets don’t make it this film a good one.

Ridley Scott can make any world look great, but it is a shame that he opted to make the aliens into lifeless CGI inventions instead of the puppet or manned creations which actually brought H.R. Giger’s horrific monsters to life. The aliens look bad, and bare little resemblance to their original depictions from the first films (the Xenomorph just lacks when full CGI). The story and lack of development is evident throughout and this film is just made to push the creation of the Xenomorphs by giving them an origin we didn’t really need.

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In the end, this film is OK. Not the best, but no way is it a really bad film. There is hardly anything highly memorable and the two twists are seen from about 10 lightyears away. The acting of Michael Fassbender continues to be the only selling point to these Alien prequels, but don’t expect a trio of differently accented Fassbender’s to come to the rescue. The cast are ok, but not at all memorable.

Ridley Scott, you know what you need to do. Remember a few years ago when Neill Blomkamp was going to make a true Alien sequel with Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn and it would have been the film we actually wanted, but you made sure it was cancelled and instead we got this journey into the weird stuff that nobody really cares about? Well, let Blomkamp make Alien 5 and see the film series become popular once again!

Final rating: 5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

P.S. Noomi Rapace is barely seen in this film, that is a tragedy for us all. I loved her in the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy of films!

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2! Review!

Let’s just say this, it wasn’t easy to make a film that could capture you like the first Guardians film. But James Gunn has indeed delivered a worthy sequel which is both very funny, action packed and will make you cry more than the ending of Marley & Me!

Starting just a few months on from the first film and with Awesome Mix Vol. 2 in hand, the Guardians are hired by the Sovereign Race leader Ayesha to defeat the creature the Abilisk. After things go wrong when Rocket tries to rip them off, the Guardians then have to fight to survive the Sovereign when they attack in waves of remote-controlled ships. It’s after this epic sequence that the true storyline begins.

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We know that Ego is the father of Peter Quill, and these two coming together does indeed pack an emotional punch to the gut. But it is the revelations that come later in the film which really brings you crashing down to earth. Kurt Russell does give it a great go as Ego, and he stays more within his origins than I would have believed. In fact, Ego actually does serve a greater purpose for the film than many may think.

I spoke about the emotion and action, but the comedy cannot be denied. Dave Bautista’s Drax is certainly the funniest of the Guardians in the film. Whether it is him trying to define Mantis’s beauty, speaking of how Ego could mate with Quill’s mum or even a discussion on penises (yes, penis jokes and sex with a planet comment is in this movie!). Also, there is plenty of humour from Baby Groot, a lot of which comes from him being the focus of the opening titles.

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This film is not all colours, action, jokes and quips. This film is definitely the most emotional of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you didn’t cry over the death of Peter’s mum in the 2014 film then you are: A. The most heartless person in the world, B. You mustn’t have paid attention at the beginning and C. you will have a tear in your eye when you hit the big revelation about Meredith Quill.

Expanding the Guardians roster is similar to that of The Avengers, and the characters are as unique as they come. Yondu (Michael Rooker on the top of his game) comes to join the Guardians and is effortlessly cool. Nebula (Karen Gillan) reluctantly becomes a member, and you can see she would rather be anywhere else in the universe. The best of the new Guardians for me though is Mantis, Pom Klementieff is fantastic as the character and you almost want to adopt her for how adorable she is throughout. Innocence is rare in this franchise, and it is only her and Groot who are probably the only real innocent characters in the film series.

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Speaking of Groot, it was a stroke of genius to keep him in his smaller form. This does work for many occasions, and it also brings some more comical moments that could not happen with the full-grown Groot. He seems bent on causing a lot of havoc for Rocket, but he does show he cares. Groot does at times seem a bit helpless, but you can’t deny he makes you laugh a lot. Let’s be honest, everyone does bring some laughs.

Chris Pratt still brings his best as Peter Quill and Zoe Saldana likes to play with her chemistry with Quill as the straight-faced warrior Gamora. I really liked Pom Klementieff in this film and I can’t wait to see her part in Avengers: Infinity War. Dave Bautista’s Drax is indeed the scene-stealer each time, he does get the best lines and even all the penis talk is seen as really funny just because it comes from Drax.

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While I may think there are a couple of little issues (number of characters, changes of pace), these are nothing much of concern. I didn’t see this film wanting a clone of the first, I wanted a natural progression. The film flows nicely, all the little easter eggs and nods to the grander Marvel world is very welcome. Also, possibly the greatest Stan Lee cameo ever? It is definitely up there! Then there is the soundtrack! I didn’t think it could happen twice, but it certainly is a highlight again. Songs from Fleetwood Mac, Looking Glass, ELO and more (I think the soundtrack will be a review on its own!).

A movie with lots of humour, so much action and more heart than a Gallifrey full of Time Lords. James Gunn creates another masterpiece which will only build excitement for Avengers 3 and Guardians Vol. 3! Maybe not the best that the MCU has made, but certainly the best blockbuster of 2017 so far!

Final Rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Fast & Furious 8: Film Review

Also known as The Fate Of The Furious…but not in the UK!

Well, they somehow managed to do an EIGHTH film in this franchise. Surprisingly…this is really good!

Vin Diesel puts in one of his best performances so far in this blockbuster. Following on from number seven, Dom and Letty are in Cuba while the rest of the team are off doing their own thing. Hobbs is enjoying time with his daughter and Deckard Shaw is incarcerated. But…then it all changes. Dom comes into contact with the mysterious Cipher (Charlize Theron) and is then seen to change alliances and go against his “family”. What could possibly make Dominic Toretto turn against his wife and his friends? Well…the twist isn’t a big surprise. But it does make for a few twists in this tale.

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The movie does have some really big action sequences. How do you beat cars falling out of a plane or driving between two skyscrapers? You do a massive pile-up in New York and you have a f***ing submarine taking out a load of cars. The only downside about these big scenes is that they already were seen in the trailers, taking away some of the suspense of what will happen next. The comedy is definitely higher in this than many of the other movies, and you can feel there was some real emotion at the few mentions of Brian in the movie. The locations are well thought of and beautifully shot.

Then we have the characters themselves. Arguably, Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw are big highlights of this film. They do carry the film on their shoulders and make up for Dom when he is working for the other side. Then there is the tension between the two in the first half of the movie, which does result in one of the best non-vehicle based action sequences the franchise has to offer. Deckard actually does become one of the more comical characters in the film, especially in the third act of the film. Also, you can’t help but feel bad for Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty as she has no idea why Dom has gone against the crew. Ultimately, Vin Diesel steals the show with Dom having one of his toughest challenges ever (I should mention Ludacris, Tyrese, Kurt Russell and Nathalie Emmanuel are still quite enjoyable. Even the last scene where Nathalie’s Ramsey manages to shut up both Roman and Tej is brilliant).

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As I mentioned, this film is great. The Fast and the Furious franchise has brought some great villains to the front, and Theron’s Cipher is a formidable foe for Dom’s crew. While we know that Fast 9 and 10 are on the way, this makes me feel more hyped for the upcoming films given how the movie ends. There are a good few cameos scattered throughout and it’s good to have some knowledge on the previous movies before you go into this one. Not the best film in the series, but certainly a well-made movie with enough content to make you think “yes, I do want another one”. Paul Walker fans may have wanted number 7 to be the end, but just think of this as a start to a new trilogy with some new rules and it will sit a lot better with you. Look out for Helen Mirren, I do love that woman and she does make a great impact in her limited screen time (bring her back for Fast 9!). Finally, F. Gary Gray is a fantastic director and I hope he does make a return to continue his vision for at least one more part!

Final rating: 8/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Is Spider-Man The Future Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Do we all remember how excited we were when Spider-Man was finally brought into the MCU. We honestly needed him in the film franchise. Not just for the great character that he has been shown to be in Captain America: Civil War, but we also have Spider-Man: Homecoming out in July (co-starring Iron Man too) and we have him in the Avengers: Infinity Wars movie and its sequel, as well as a Homecoming sequel in 2019. While we have waited so long for this to happen, it is fair to say that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is fully integrated into the established movie universe. But, could Sony be about to destroy all of that?

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Announced in the last few weeks, a Venom movie was said to be coming out on 5th October 2018. Now, a Venom movie in the MCU would be good, wouldn’t it? Well tough s**t. Sony are planning to make their own cinematic universe with not just the iconic villain, but also doing a movie with Black Cat and Silver Sable. Sony, why don’t you ever learn?

Now I don’t have a massive problem with them making a Venom spin-off. But considering this is about the 3rd or 4th attempt to do so since 2007’s Spider-Man 3. At that time, people were underwhelmed with Topher Grace’s less than stellar performance. The spin-off would have been a way to bring the then-established Venom to a more favourable view with its audience. If done then, it may have been fine. Ok, so Sony want to make this new universe and really make a mess while continuing on with Marvel and the MCU. At least that will be fine, won’t it?

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Ok, so there has been some chatter this week about how long Spider-Man will be in the MCU. Amy Pascal (the woman whose emails got hacked where she gave her “suggestions” on films that Barack Obama would like and took part in an exchange where Angelina Jolie was referred to as a brat!) has seemingly suggested the partnership for Spider-man in the MCU won’t last for long. If Spider-Man: Homecoming does become a hit (which is very much a certainty), I can see that Spider-Man will be a big part of the MCU and possibly take over Iron Man as the head character of this universe.

Going forward, the best thing we have to look forward to in this deal is the wealth of villains that Spider-Man brings. Already we begin with The Vulture, being played by Michael Keaton. We also have got Shocker and The Tinkerer in the movie. Imagine all the possible antagonists going ahead. Maybe the Sinister Six could come around (but not be stupidly teased like in The Amazing Spider-Man 2) or we could have double trouble with Venom and Carnage. Also, how can we sort this Venom problem?

First thing, make Venom a part of the MCU. No excuses for not having this character as part of the cinematic universe we have come to love over the last nine years. My theory would be that Donald Glover could possibly be a new version of Eddie Brock. Possibly involving an experiment to replicate Spider-Man’s powers, the symbiote is created and attaches itself to Eddie Brock (possibly a former accomplice of Adrian Toomes AKA The Vulture) and plans his revenge against Spider-Man. Then we could get this Venom film as a way of exploring this character and maybe see him face off against Carnage after initially being a villain. The 2018 movie should be part of the MCU, a late entry to phase three and possibly set up a major villain to take on the Avengers after Thanos (Carnage could possibly be a huge villain to take his place. Along with Dormammu).

If we can all agree, how many villains can you name that are normally associated with Marvel heroes when you take away Spider-Man’s rogues gallery? Ok, we had Loki, Zemo, Thanos and Ultron. But then again, you have Doctor Octopus, Lizard, Mysterio, Carnage, Scorpion, Chameleon, Sandman, Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, Black Cat, Rhino, Kraven, Kingpin and many more. In fact, Kingpin has already proven hugely popular in the established universe in the Netflix series Daredevil. We need more of the characters we grew up with and knew really well.

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It is a no-brainer for the Spider-Man properties to stay in the MCU and just get an overall benefit from the collaboration. To see any of these in the MCU would be a massive win. Sony, I know you don’t listen to these comments and won’t change your minds from what I tell you. But, please don’t stop this deal. What you have here is the potential to continually grow this franchise for years to come. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has kept fresh and highly rated as it has explored many genres, tackled multiple subject matters and striking a deal with two huge companies is indeed another big win.

To put it simple, the MCU needs to continue to evolve to keep itself alive and Spider-Man IS the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character has been well received and is always certain to get many people to the cinema. We have probably not got too long left with Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Thor and Black Widow. The Avengers team has changed numerous times and will continue to do so. I can imagine Phase Three will end with our Avengers being Spider-Man, Iron Man, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, The Wasp, a new Captain America, Hulk and Captain Marvel. That is already a massive change. Who knows, we may even get Fantastic Four in phase four and really expand on another level.

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But for now, I am happy to see how the MCU evolves. There are so many avenues to see. We have The Defenders and The Punisher on Netflix to come later this year. The Inhumans TV series is starting to look great and all the upcoming films too! We need this universe, it has proven to be hugely satisfying and to see people continue to grow up with this world is truly special. Imagine in 20 years time and the same universe is still expanding on TV and film? Marvel created one of the most unique cinematic experiences of all time, and I hope this doesn’t stop for a long time to come. The future needs a good lead…and that lead, is Spider-Man!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Spider-Man: Homecoming is coming out 7th July 2017 in cinemas.

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Justice League. New Trailer. Is It Good?

The DCEU has had a lot of people worried now for some time. Man Of Steel was one of the most divisive films of recent memory, and they followed that up with…another divisive film! But, what we did get from Batman v Superman was a great collection of characters who will indeed be taking the world by storm this November. Here is the new trailer…

Do I honestly think Justice League will save the DC Extended Universe? Definitely!

There is a decent level of humour in this trailer, which was hinted in the debut trailer last year. We also get to see more on Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Aquaman (Jason Momoa, who certainly seems to be having fun in the role) and The Flash (Ezra Miller). By November, we would have become more acquainted with Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot was indeed perfect casting) and it is just right seeing Batman lead this group of heroes into the fight against Steppenwolf and his Parademons who have come to earth for three mother boxes that are on the planet (these are supercomputers created in Apokolips, the home to Steppenwolf and DC big-bad Darkseid!).

Also not just teasing the action, we also get to see other characters that will appear in the film, including our first real look at J.K. Simmons becoming Commissioner Gordon, Amber Heard’s Mera and Billy Crudup becoming Henry Allen (Barry Allen’s Dad). The shots we see look great and still no sign of Henry Cavill emerging as Superman…yet! We may be waiting a little while longer for that Batman solo film, but Ben Affleck will be back and leading the charge as the Dark Knight later this year. While we see no sign of Steppenwolf just yet, I am sure we will probably get our first glimpse of him in the next trailer.

Overall, I like this. It may be just what the DCEU needed. But you can find out for yourself when Justice League comes to cinemas on 17th November 2017!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Death Note – First Trailer!

After months of teases and the hype around an adaptation of the popular manga, Death Note is on its way to come out later this year! Death Note is due for release worldwide on Netflix on Friday 25th August 2017. That sounds like a long way away still, but it is only five months to wait. The film stars Nat Wolff, Willem Dafoe and is directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next, Blair Witch and the Cinemax TV show Outcast). Watch the first trailer now!

When a Death Note falls into the human world, it is picked up by student Light. He sees the book as a way to change the world into a better place from his own eyes as the god-like Kira. Finding the power of life and death in his hands, Light is joined in this crusade by Ryuk, the owner of the Death Note. While many see Kira as a hero, there is one who is determined to bring Kira to justice. Only one man seems to know a way to stop Kira…L!

The original anime series is available on Netflix now, I would recommend it to all. I have loved shows such as Dragonball Z, Attack On Titan and Elfen Lied, but they are all just slightly under par with Death Note. Death Note in my opinion is the greatest anime adaptation I have ever seen and I personally hope that the film will do justice to its source material. The trailer does hint to some familiar panels from both book and anime, and Willem Dafoe sounds brilliant as the shinigami Ryuk. Time will tell if Nat Wolff’s Light can compete with what we have seen before. Let’s hope this won’t be a Dragonball Evolution move (and also hope that Ghost In The Shell is good too).

Death Note is available on Netflix everywhere on 25th August 2017

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Eight Star Wars Facts You May Not Know

The Star Wars franchise has been around for 40 years, and with the upcoming release of The Last Jedi this December, there is no sign of slowing down for the hit film series. While many fans may know the inside and out of the films, there are a few facts about Star Wars that may have passed you by. Did you know who almost became Princess Leia or the fact that Jar Jar Binks may be more popular than first thought? Have a read of these eight Star Wars facts and I hope you enjoy them.

Ahmed Best Won An Award For Playing Jar Jar Binks

No, I haven’t been drinking too much of that blue milk. Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best is indeed an award winner for portraying the bumbling Gungan, but it is in the best way possible. While little praise was given to the character in the prequel trilogy, Ahmed made a great comeback with him reprising his Jar Jar role in all the Robot Chicken Star Wars specials. It was in the second special where Ahmed Best finally got rewarded for portraying Jar Jar Binks…and it is done really well. No matter what you thought of the character in The Phantom Menace, you will enjoy this video! And also, do we really believe the Darth Jar Jar thing?

Poe Dameron was meant to die

Hard to believe that the best pilot in the resistance wasn’t going to make it past his first film, but we are certainly glad that he did. In The Force Awakens, the character was originally envisioned to be biting the bullet at that point where the TIE fighter crashes onto Jakku. J.J. Abrams apparently thought better of this after casting Oscar Isaac in the part. While Poe was heavily featured in the first act, he was nowhere to be seen till the final assault on the Starkiller Base (and the rescue of the star map). Hopefully The Last Jedi will see him in a more prominent role throughout.

A Woman Originally Portrayed The Emperor

How many of you remember watching The Empire Strikes Back when it was first released? You may have noticed since re-watching the film once it was released on DVD that it had a noticeable yet justifiable change. We all know that Ian McDiarmid portrayed The Emperor in Return Of The Jedi and again in the prequel trilogy (and he was brilliant). But, the Emperor was first portrayed by Marjorie Eaton. Yes, a woman was The Emperor under a lot of make-up and wearing chimpanzee eyes that had been placed on her. While the woman was the body, the voice was by Clive Revill. Thankfully, this is one thing I am glad to have seen changed and Ian McDiarmid is the better Emperor by far!

Jodie Foster, Sissy Spacek and Cindy Williams Could Have Been Princess Leia

There were a few actresses who apparently went for the role of Princess Leia Organa. While we know that Carrie Fisher eventually got the role, her book ‘The Princess Diarist’ reveals that she auditioned for Carrie at the same time, as did the actress Sissy Spacek. Imagine if Sissy was cast as Leia? Also, Cindy Williams apparently went for the role too and also Jodie Foster. While I think Jodie Foster would have been superb, she would have only been 13-14 at the time of filming and definitely would not help to keep Luke and Leia at the same age. Thank goodness Carrie Fisher took the role.

All The Star Wars Films Have Been Shot In England

That is true, if you leave out the poor excuse of an animated film from 2008 (but I do love the Clone Wars show). All the live-action films so far have been filmed in England, starting with the first movie shooting in Elstree back in 1976 (which in turn has become the basis of its own film). Since then, all the films have been shot in England and places around the UK. Yes, certain desert and snow scenes had been shot in other countries, but the Star Wars franchise can honestly call England its home. Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Alien and even entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe have since come to the UK to shoot mainly because of the great work made in the space opera franchise!

Loads Of People Have Played Darth Vader

We all know Darth Vader as soon as we hear that voice, even in spin-off movie Rogue One we saw James Earl Jones come back as the lord of the Sith! But, the man inside the suit has changed numerous times. Leading the original trilogy in the suit was David Prowse, he had a great presence and even today at the age of 81 has a powerful handshake that will crush your wrist (and the man is a pleasure to meet). We also have Hayden Christensen in the suit in Episode III. Then we also have Bob Anderson, Gene Bryant, Spencer Wilding, Daniel Naprous and Sebastian Shaw inside the iconic black armour. Plus, one last mention to Ben Burtt who made the iconic sounds of Star Wars which includes the breathing of Darth Vader! Darth Vader is one of the biggest villain’s in the world and it is clear to see how much has gone into the character over the years (and don’t even get me started on the animated shows and video game performances).

Rey’s hairstyle for Episode VIII was kept secret

As we saw in the original trilogy, Carrie Fisher’s hairstyle was changed in each film and each look was considered popular and started trends. With the character of Rey, it seemed to start the trends again with her three buns style in The Force Awakens. But, did many of you notice that in the lead -up to this film that she had her hair covered a number of times? There was a workout photo where Daisy Ridley was shown with a pillowcase around her head to keep it secret. With the success of The Force Awakens and the popularity of Ridley’s Rey, I think it is justified that all these measures are made to keep back any spoilers…including the hair on Daisy’s head (and what about Mark Hamill’s beard or the lovely scar that Adam Driver’s Kylo should be sporting?).

Anthony Daniels Is In EVERYTHING as C3PO!

For 40 years, Star Wars has had many constants in it. The lightsabers, the Jedi, X-Wings, exotic planets, superb villains and a certain protocol droid who has been there for all of it. Anthony Daniels has not been afraid of type-casting by taking his portrayal of C3PO to all the different medias that is available. To make it nine out of nine live-action films, Anthony Daniels will be back as C3PO in The Last Jedi. Plus he has appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels, The Muppet Show. Sesame Street, Lilo and Stitch, Robot Chicken and even The Lego Movie in 2014! Also, how many video games and other shows has he appeared in? Anthony Daniels has made C3PO a part of himself and there is no way you could ever have anyone else in this role!

What did you think of these facts? Have you got any facts that you want to share? Message on this post and thank you for reading.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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About Ray / Three Generations Review: Progressive or Regressive? (SPOILER FREE)

By Joanna Cosgrove

 Due for release originally in September 2015, About Ray was awaited by many in Hollywood and in the general population. The story of a transgender teenage boy, seeking to begin hormone replacement therapy is a simple but progressive one – as we all know, transgender people aren’t always highlighted in a positive way in the media. The closest we’ve had before was The Danish Girl, which was a great movie but a rare one in its subject matter.

However, just after its premiere in 2015, there was great backlash from the trans community; this was mainly directed at the casting of Elle Fanning as the title character Ray. Many spoke out against About Ray (also alternatively titled Three Generations) due to the casting of a cisgender female actor as a transgender male character. But I’ll speak more on this matter later. Due to the backlash, the general release was pulled and only recently (13th February 2017) was it announced the movie was to be released in May this year with the title Three Generations.

How did I watch this film if it wasn’t released publicly? My best friend, transgender himself, found it and we viewed it recently, because it had been a mystery to us all since 2015. This review will be a share of my opinion, as well as the opinions of my friends. So let’s have a look into this new-normal story.

The story focuses on mainly three characters: teenager Ray (Fanning), his mother Maggie (Naomi Watts), and his lesbian grandmother Dolly (Susan Sarandon). Also featured in the movie is Ray’s father Craig (Tate Donovan), and Craig’s brother Matthew (Sam Trammell).

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The movie’s main plot is Ray, aged sixteen, trying to get his mother and father sign paperwork to allow him to begin his medical transition. In all honesty, it has a realistic view of families with a transgender child – one of my best friends, a transgender male, is still having a tough time getting his parents to understand his gender, and he told me he felt like he was watching scenes from his own home life. That is a great viewpoint to display, because it holds a sense of realism for the viewer; even someone who isn’t going through any similar experiences.

I will also give kudos to the people working on this movie by having Maggie be a respectful character towards her son: she faces her own doubts on signing the paperwork, and has fears on what could happen to Ray in the future, but she doesn’t try and get him to change his mind or go back to being her daughter, because he isn’t her daughter. He’s her son. It breaks the negative stereotype for trans characters in the media, who usually face hardships and isolation and is treated harshly for being “different” in their society. It gives hope. And it shows when Maggie is constantly correcting people. No one more than her own mother Dolly, who still refers to Ray as “she” and “her”, and even uses the old excuse of “maybe she’s just a lesbian” (spoken by a lesbian, funnily enough). She changes every “she” to “he”, and combats the lesbian comments: “he’s not a lesbian, he’s a boy”. A separation of sexuality and gender is so important in the LGBTQ community; and when it’s clearly stated by someone on a screen, there’s no ignoring it. It sends out a good message to non-LGBTQ viewers, and that’s all that these people aim for.

This movie has great leaps forward, but there are still stereotypes played towards; but then again, this was to be expected.

Ray is characterised as what the typical transgender teenager is usually seen as: quiet, bullied, artistic (he is shown composing music and filming short movies on his phone to document his transition), and with an abnormal family life. Ray’s parents are separated, and he doesn’t have regular contact with his father Craig. Furthermore, Craig is the most hesitant about Ray’s transition; he is the character who uses his birth name most frequently throughout the movie. There is a scene where they are sat together to discuss his signing the paperwork, where he asks Ray if his absence from his life is the reason for his being trans. But points scored for Ray’s constant correction.

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There are twists, and turns, and the story is one that opens your eyes. However, it lacks elements that could have derailed it from the “normal” view of trans individuals, and therefore relatable to more transgender individuals worldwide.

It’s a step forwards, but more steps are still needed. The movie has a happy, albeit abrupt end, and it represents the overall look of the movie: it had the potential to finish happily, but it felt unfinished. It felt as if there were missing pieces that could have completed the story of Ray and his still-learning family.

To finish, let me give my best friend’s view on the casting of Elle Fanning as Ray: Elle was cast because, despite the full existence of talented transgender actors, the character of Ray had not transitioned in any way past appearance (masculine clothing and short hair). Many transgender actors have transitioned physically and medically, and therefore would not be suitable for a pre-everything trans teen; the forcing a trans actor to de-transition enough for the role would be a strain on their mental health and cause them dysphoria. The casting of Elle Fanning was appropriate, but only for a role such as a pre-everything teenager, who still has breasts and a high-pitched voice. If the character of Ray had begun testosterone, and changes in his body were taking place, it would then be best to cast a transgender male actor.

Keep everything in mind if you view Three Generations in cinema from its May release. It’s progressive – but it could still be improved.

Rating: 5/10

The New Logan Trailer

With the final Wolverine film just a matter of weeks away, we have been given a new trailer to the upcoming Fox/Marvel release. Where the first highlighted the darker tone and gritty setting, this one showcases X-23/Laura as she is shown to be very important to the story and gives a bit more into the relationship between Charles Xavier and Logan. Join Hugh Jackman for one last time as he gives all he has to protect the professor and Laura from any harm. Watch the trailer below and think about these 8 points I highlighted from the trailer.

• We now know for definite this is X-23 (or at least the X-Men film universe version of her. Which I think we all guessed. Am I right?)

• X-Men comics in an X-Men movie? That is meta!

• Holy F**k! The R rating is definitely well needed here. The blood and the bloody swearing!

• The relationship between Professor X and Wolverine seems to be the only thing keeping Logan alive till he has to look after Laura/X-23.

• Richard E. Grant is shown…for about 1 second. Looking like himself actually. Maybe he will be more interesting when the film comes out.

• Boyd Holbrook’s Donald Pierce doesn’t seem ready to fight a child, but do you blame him?

• Logan will be in full fighting force, nobody messes with the Wolverine!

• “Two days on the road, only one meal and hardly any sleep. She’s eleven years old and I’m fucking ninety!” Gotta love that quote from Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier.

Logan is out in UK cinemas Wednesday 1st March and US cinemas Friday 3rd March.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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