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Movies 2017 – what I am looking forward to!

So here is my list on movies out 2017 – some are most see, some want to see and some maybe will see?? (in UK release date order):

  • XXX: Return of Xander Cage 19 January
  • Split 20 January
  • T2: Trainspotting 27 January (every seems to love the first one. Only seen once but don’t remember particular liking it. But could be one of those movies every watches – nostalgia)
  • Bastards 3 February
  • The Lego Batman Movie 10 February (really liked Lego movie and best character was Batman. But can it be a whole movie about him?)
  • John Wick:Chapter 2 17 February (bit worried they may ruin it. Loved first one)
  • The Great Wall 17 February
  • Logan 3 March
  • Kong: Skull Island 10 March
  • Beauty and the Beast 17 March
  • Power Rangers 24 March (never really watched the kids show. But could be good)
  • Wilson 24 March
  • Ghost in the Shell 31 March (may be too “out there” for me. Trailer looks made. I know nothing of the anime)
  • Going In Style 7 April (probably rubbish but like the cast)
  • Fast & Furious 8 (The Fate of the Furious) 14 April
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 28 April
  • The Circle 28 April
  • Baywatch 12 May
  • Snatched 12 May
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 26 May (although not seen 3rd one and 2nd one was rubbish)
  • Wonder Woman 2 June
  • The Mummy 9 June
  • World War Z 2 9 June (US release date) (I think critics didn’t like the first one and it had problems during the making if it but I liked it. Even though not really a fan of zombies etc – one reason I stopped watching Walking Dead)
  • Rock That Body 16 June
  • Transformers: The Last Knight 23 June (personally I find the other  Transformers movies overall enjoyable. Some more than others admittedly)
  • Despicable Me 3 30 June (even though only seen first one)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming 7 July
  • War of the Planet of the Apes 14 July
  • Dunkirk 21 July (not a fan of war movies but seen it on many peoples lists of 2017 movies to watch etc)
  • The Dark Tower 28 July
  • American Made 25 August
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle 29 September (really liked first one. Potentially for them to ruin it)
  • The Snowman 13 October
  • Logan Lucky 13 October (US)
  • The Commuter 20 October
  • Thor:Ragnarok 27 October
  • Justice League 17 November
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII 15 December
  • Downsizing 22 December (US)
  • Pitch Perfect 3 22 December (liked first one, not seen 2nd one yet)
  • Bad Boys for Life (although this may be 2018 now but love the Bad Boys movies)

And out of the above, the top ones which I will definitely watch and go to cinema (tried to narrow to a 10 but couldn’t) – you can tell the type of movies I think I think!:

  • John Wick:Chapter 2
  • Logan
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Fast & Furious 8
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
  • Wonder Woman
  • The Mummy
  • World War Z 2
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • War of the Planet of the Apes
  • American Made
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  • Thor:Ragnarok
  • Justice League
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII

(Never seen any Alien movie – I know! So not bothered about Alien: Covenant).

Movies in 2016 – thoughts

So last year (2016), I thought overall it was a pretty poor year. Especially for blockbuster type movies – which is generally the movies I watch. Especially in the cinema. Here is my regular look back at the movies released in the year.

The standout without a doubt was Deadpool. But if I am honest, there are many movies which are I am sure good but I never watched. There are a couple movies I have watched actually last couple days in 2017 which were released in 2016 so can consider them – The Accountant, How To Be Single.

The (Very) Good

So in no particular order, the good movies which I really enjoyed:

As I said Deadpool easily the best movie but also liked Captain America: Civil War.

The Good

Eddie the Eagle was quite enjoyable.

Ghostbusters – After all the “uproar” about Ghostbusters, I thought it was pretty good. Just the Chris Hemsworth character annoyed me. I know he was supposed to be stupid and its a reversal in gender role type thing but I thought went too far – too stupid to know how to use a phone??!

The Accountant was pretty good. I like the 2 lead actors. I remember when it was on and Ben Affleck talking about the movie poster – and how if it didn’t show a gun, people would be expecting a much different movie (of someone doing taxes!).

Doctor Strange – Another blockbuster movie which was are good and I liked was Doctor Strange. I knew nothing about the character really beforehand. Liked the story, acting and effects.

Deepwater Horizon – slight documentary feel at some points but when the action is going, it really gets going. Great special/visual effects.

Rogue One – was OK. I am not a huge Star Wars fan so may be a factor. I liked the characters although I thought Felicity Jones character could have been better. I much prefer Rey from Force Awakens. The last 3rd of Rogue One is particular impressive though. But overall, I liked it.

The Average

Ones which were not rubbish, but not worth going on the good list:

Star Trek – I liked this movie – although can’t remember too much about it!

The Magnificent Seven – decent movie. A solid 3/5

Central Intelligence – OK movie and only on this list because of The Rock who is awesome and Kevin Hart. Too much Kevin Hart being Kevin Hart would have been too much but I think he toned it done a bit.

Suicide Squad – don’t know why the critics (and many other people to be fair) had problem with this. It wasn’t that bad. The main bad guy of the movie wasn’t the best character ever but overall I thought it was OK. And Margot Robbie is really good as Hayley Quinn. Maybe if I knew more about the Suicide Squad from comic books etc my opinion may be different?

The Bad

The movies which are not good. But actually not expecting too much.

Allegiant – but wasn’t expecting too much so not that disappointed really.

Midnight Special – maybe a bit controversial as seen it on some lists about best movies of year etc and although was interesting story, I found it boring.

(and) The Ugly

And the stinkers. The difference between bad and ugly is that ugly movies are bad but expected much more because of either the actors, characters and the previous movies in the “series”.

Inferno – rubbish. How could a film be so bad with Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in it

X-Men:Apocalypse – not good. Not all bad as the Quicksilver scene was good. Much like the previous X-Men movie where the best bit was the Quicksilver scene.

Jason Bourne – not as bad as Bourne Legacy.

Independence Day – can see why Will Smith turned it down

Batman v Superman – almost forgot this movie (thought it was out 2015 for some reason). Anyway, it was crap. Stupid. Overlong. I actually wrote a blog post about it and my thoughts on Batman V Superman.

Right, probably forgot some. And there are many movies which I have not seen but were either “big” movies or ones which were apparently good  (including many animation movies – I heard it was good year for animation) like –

  • La La Land
  • Hell or High Water
  • Zootopia
  • Secret Life of Pets (actually heard this isn’t good)
  • Moana
  • The Nice Guys
  • Finding Dory
  • The Jungle Book
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Sully
  • The BFG

Anyway, now to think about 2017 and potentially some really good movies out! Will blog post about 2017 movies soon.

Comic-Con – Trailers

I have watched a load of the movie and TV trailers which were shown during Comic-Con (in San Diego) recently. It used to be that the to see the trailers, you used to have to watch for rubbish quality cam video but they are released officially now.

I usually avoid trailers, especially the later ones, because of spoilers. I don’t mind teasers and do sometimes watch the 1st trailers if not sure about it. I think also with Comic-Con it will be more of a teaser and not give too much away – which seems to be the case.

Movies

Out of the movies, I am most looking forward to Wonder Woman (especially with her easily being the best thing in Batman v Superman), Justice League, Lego Batman, Kong: Skull Island (hopefully the producers do a better job than they did with Godzilla!).

Here is probably my fav trailer, Lego Batman:

Here is trailer for Wonder Woman, which although is still gritty/dark like DC Comic movies tend to be but doesn’t like as grim (and basically miserable) as Batman v Superman. Zack Snyder doesn’t direct Wonder Woman, although he is one of the producers, so maybe that helped? (hopefully has!):

Although talking about Zack Snyder, he did direct Justice League. The “special footage” (Warner Brothers not calling it a trailer) does look good though – more lighthearted, although still a bit dark (lacking of colour):

I didn’t watch Suicide Squad trailer since the movie itself is out in a few days. The trailer for Snowden – was mostly distracted by JGL’s accent.

TV

There were several TV trailers which looked good. Some for shows I already watch like Arrow and Flash but a few Netflix Marvel shows like Iron Fist, Luke Cage and The Defenders. American Gods looks pretty epic. Plus Star Trek: Discovery. Been ages since we got a Star Trek TV show!

Batman V Superman. My thoughts

2117Spoilers ahead (of course).

I planned to write this blog post about a few weeks ago after watching a midnight screening of Batman V Superman. Everyone had their say about it – it seems that all critics didn’t like it and “real people” opinion on it was mixed.

Personally I didn’t like it. It wasn’t awful but not good. But made a bit worse because of what it could have been all it was a movie with Batman in it and Superman in it.

The recent Superman movies I don’t really like myself – I think most people don’t like them really either. The recent Batman movies are much better – although personally I am not as much a fan of Dark Knight / Dark Knight Rises. For me have their faults. I much prefer Batman Begins.

Anyway, back to Batman V Superman:Dawn of Justice.

  1. Lex Luthor – so annoying! Its like he was told to act as Mark Zukerberg (from Social Network) who was told to act like the Joker.
  2. Lois Lane – she was basically just the “damsel in distress”. Its 2016 – really!!
  3. Wonder Woman – saying that about Lois Lane, Wonder Woman was good and a strong female character. But she was hardly in it. Either don’t have her in or in it more. (I know there is going to be a Wonder Woman movie but still!)
  4. Dreams/flashbacks – was confusing with all the flashbacks and dreams and wasn’t clear when it was a dream and when it was a flashback. And what was happening in them I wasn’t clear what was happening.
  5. Doomsday – disappointing.
  6. Why did Lex Luthor kill everyone in the courtroom – including his trusted assistant?
  7. Actually why Batman and Superman decide to fight. And then decide to stop fighting.
  8. Jimmy Olsen – he has an old 35mm camera. Really??! Seriously?! And having a tracker in the film canister??!
  9. Superman – not supposed to kill anyone. But he does within minutes of the start of movie. Or certainly don’t guy probably wont be walking ever again.
  10. Perry White – who is the editor of the Daily Planet. He tells Clark to write some sports story. Clark, who is not a sports journalist, writing about sport instead of the other, like several, sport journalist the major newspaper has.
  11. The “I thought she was with you” line. Funny in the trailer. And actually in the movie. But then thinking about it – Batman knows who she is. He met her at the party.
  12. Why does Lex Luthor create Doomsday? He doesn’t have control of it. As well as potentially killing Batman and Superman, it could kill him and destroy everything.

batsignalI know some of the things I didn’t like in the movie would have been understood if I read the comic books. But I don’t. And I reckon the majority of people who watch the movie would be the same.

And its not all bad. As I mentioned Wonder Woman was good. And I thought Ben Affleck did a good job as Batman. Henry Cavill didn’t have much to work with. But Superman was basically just moody and spends must of the movie moping about – there is a difference between being moody and dark. Superman should be “more cheery”.

Movies 2016 – most looking forward to

Here is a simple list of movies released in 2016 which I am looking forward to watch. Looks a good list! (Dates in bracket is release date in UK)

  • The Revenant (15 January)
  • Deadpool (10 February) Watched
  • Triple 9 (19 February) Watched
  • London Has Fallen (3 March) Watched
  • Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (25 March)
  • Batman v Superman (25 March) Watched
  • Eddie The Eagle (28 March)Watched
  • Whisky Tango Foxtrot (22 April) Watched
  • Captain American: Civil War (29 April) Watched
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (19 May) Watched
  • The Nice Guys (20 May)
  • Independance Day: Resurgance (24 June) Watched
  • The Secret Life of Pets (24 June)
  • Now You See Me 2 (8 July) Watched
  • Ghostbusters (15 July) Watched
  • Star Trek Beyond (22 July) Watched
  • Jason Bourne 5 (27 July) Watched
  • Finding Dory (29 July)
  • Suicide Squad (5 August) Watched
  • Mechanic: Resurrection (26 August) Watched
  • Sausage Party (2 September)
  • Bridget Jones’s Baby (16 September)
  • Inferno (14 October) Watched
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (21 October)
  • Doctor Strange (28 October) Watched
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (18 November)
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (16 December) Watched
  • Passengers (23 December)