11 Most Anticipated Films of 2019

In 2019, Disney will release not one, not two, but three live-action adaptations of their animated classics, namely Aladdin, Dumbo and The Lion King. This alone should be testament to how packed 2019 is going to be with films I can’t wait to catch in cinemas. Needless to say, this list was rather difficult to make given the sheer number of potentially amazing films on the calendar, but here are my eleven most anticipated films of 2019.   Continue reading

Black Panther Thoughts/Analysis/Review (some spoilers)

Hey guys,

I recently watched Black Panther in theatres, as I’m sure many of you also have, given the hype surrounding it, so here goes my thoughts on the film.

Firstly, I must say I found it overall to be a good experience. To begin, I thought the characters were all really interesting in their own right. I thought Okoye, Nakia and Shuri, played by Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o and Letitia Wright respectively, were amazing as the supporting cast – in fact, they almost felt like co-leads with their unique personalities and significant parts to play in the storyline. The spear-wielding Okoye gave me hands down the most badass fight sequences of the movie. I thought the establishing shot of her, in a meditative position made of almost perfect symmetry, is testament to her unmovable loyalty to Wakanda, and a reflection of those values. Nakia holds her own alongside T’Challa as his romantic interest. The establishing sequence, where she stops T’challa from killing a soldier who’s ‘just a boy’ immediately reveals her very innate humanity, which permeates throughout the film. Perhaps Letitia Wright is the biggest breakout here for me though – Shuri offered some of the film’s lightest and most humorous moments with her witty and playful nature. Also, as a side note, I thought her sense of style in the movie was amazing! I felt it really fuelled her image as a modern, in-with-the-times sort of girl who’s taking on the world one vibranium-powered invention at a time.

As for the titular character himself, I thought he was well-developed and powerfully played. Interesting to me are the tensions he grappled with regarding the distinctions between a good and great leader; it seems he realises towards the end that being a good leader overreached that of being a great leader. As his father says near the start (which I can’t quote word for word because I can’t remember it fully haha), it is hard for a good man to be king. Killmonger may have made a great leader with his thirst for justice and conquest, but it is T’challa’s goodness that will drive Wakanda in the correct direction; as we see towards the end, he initiates outreach programmes rather than employing aggressive methods of expansion. This goodness prevails of course, and the final scene of Killmonger and T’challa together against the Wakandian sunset is definitely defining; by bringing Killmonger to overlook Wakanda, literally, instead of slaying him on the spot, as Killmonger had unsuccessfully done earlier, the two leaders behold the beauty of Wakanda, especially Killmonger, who perhaps even accepts the notion that it was a beauty worth keeping and not destroying through conquest. It is all too late however, as Killmonger decides to end his life on his own accord, a final testament to how despite everything, he did not belong.

Onto the more technical aspects of the film, I thought the visuals were absolutely stunning. The highlights for me were the establishing shots of the Jabari kingdom and of course the extended action sequence in Busan, which offered non-stop thrills and laughs. The score was almost amazing; I thought it had a very nice blend of tribal and modern hip-hop & techno music, which is in line with one of the film’s main themes; which is the clash of old vs new, traditional vs modern, and how Wakanda needed to strike a balance between both. While M’Baku criticised Shuri’s disrespect for tradition, Nakia disagreed with Okoye’s traditional mindset of unmovable loyalty to the throne. The Elders do not see reason to involve themselves in worldly matters, while W’Kabi expresses a need to do so before the rest of the world catches up. As visible, the tensions are very blurred and grey, and I think it is solved to some extent at the close of the film, where T’challa initiates his outreach program, straying from the traditional way of keeping to themselves, while not going the way of modern times, which is established to be wrought with violence.

I guess those are some of the more prominent thoughts that came to my mind after the film… overall, I thought it was a splendid film! 🙂

Rating: 8.5/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Most Anticipated Films of 2015!

Hey guys!

Sorry for the lack of posts these past few days, I’ve been busy with all those new year kinds of stuff. So basically, it’s (kinda) the start of 2015, and that means a whole new year of film ahead of us! Of course, that means that I’ll have to share with you what my most anticipated films for this year are!

Oh yea, you might be wondering why I haven’t yet uploaded my list of Favourite films of 2014. I DEEPLY apologize for that, but it’s because I haven’t watched so many films that I”m sure would make my Top Ten list, and intend to watch them in the next few days (incl. Birdman, Still Alice, The Imitation Game)

But that aside, let’s get started with this list! Continue reading

Movie Update [October – Mid-ish November]

Hey guys!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something here, and in the time since the last post, I’ve watched a few movies that I am really excited to share about :D. I watched three new movies in this period:

The Book of Life, Love,Rosie and Interstellar.

As you guys would know if you read one of my posts from earlier this year, these three movies were all on my top ten most anticipated movies (list) for this year :O And I guess… I was mostly satisfied with the outcome.

First, let’s start with Book of Life.

If you don’t know, it’s an animated film by the awesome Guillermo Del Toro, and is set in a really mexican/medieval setting, with fun elements of supernatural and fantasy added, namely places such as The Land of the Remembered, The Land of the Forgotten and all those crazy spirits and entities we see throughout the movie.

First off, I want to say that this movie was just so much fun throughout. The constantly vibrant and colourful visuals really add to the experience, and the somewhat unique animation style added a slightly more “fantastical” element for me. The “action” scenes in particular benefitted most from these awesome visuals IMO, notably those seen as the protagonist makes his way towards The Land of the Dead. (The “Maze of Death”, that giant sword dude etc)

Plot and character-wise, it wasn’t exactly powerful/significant for me; there was nothing really thought-provoking about it, though the concept/lore in itself was enough for me. The script flows along really fluently though, it kept me laughing and entertained throughout, and every single song (I didn’t realise this was a musical type movie) added thoughtful meaning to the story, and for me, they really helped in the character development department.

Overall, the highlights of the film were firstly, the visuals; which are just so vibrant and colourful that it would probably light up your day at least for the duration of the movie; not to mention the beautiful (IMO) scenery/view of the Land of the Remembered, which honestly seems like such a perfect place to retire to after life. Oh and I just love La Muerte and Xibalba haha.

The comical script/catchy songs also definitely added to the film, ensuring I was never bored throughout.

Lowlights: Character development + plot? TBH it’s not that it faltered badly in those departments, it just didn’t impress.

Final rating: 8.8/10

OK, next, Love, Rosie

As you might recall, this was the chick-flick/rom-com pick of the year I was looking forward to, as it’s based on one of my favourite books of all time: Where Rainbows End by Cecilia Ahern.

Overall, I guess I have mixed reactions to the film, based on several factors.

First, in terms of plot. It definitely seemed lacking to quite some extent; while I know it’s unfair to compare it to the content in the book, due to simply the sheer amount of content, which would probably encompass a 4 hour long movie; it definitely seemed to skim over too many important plot points and developments. Sure, some of the major plot points were there (the kiss at the start, Rosie getting pregnant etc), though it was altered quite a lot even then. I think they still did a decent job of forming a satisfactory storyline, though that might be me being biased.

Next, characterisation. For the average moviegoer who hasn’t read the book, they would probably give this section an immediate fail, since I can tell that this department was severely lacking. For me though, I didn’t exactly experience that since I was basing them off the characters who already existed in my mind from my reading of the book, so…while I do have to deduct some points in this aspect, I have a feeling that the amount of points I deduct aren’t exactly my most critical gauge. On a personal note, there were so little scenes with Ruby. She was definitely, hands-down my favourite supporting character in the book, with all her sass and snide remarks and dancing competitions and useless husband etc. In the movie, she has very little significant plot-wise TBH, pretty much just playing the supportive best friend, not having much development, though I was satisfied with the way her character was portrayed at least.

The acting/visuals were good, above-average ish? I was able to emotionally connect with Rosies’ character on many occasions and actually cried quite a lot in certain parts (usually when she’s crying too), so at least on the base level, it was an emotionally fulfilling experience for me :).

Overall, I definitely liked it, if not for certain factors such as plot development/characterisation that kind of disappointed. As an adaptation though, I think it succeeded, at least to my expectations.

Final rating: 6.4/10

Finally, the latest movie I watched (in mind-blowing IMAX): Interstellar.

Ok TBH, I’m not sure if I loved this film or was just weirded out by it. I mean, it was my most anticipated film of the year, so my expectations were definitely high, and while in certain aspects they were met, in others it seemed a little dubious.

Firstly, the easiest areas to cover: visuals and acting. Both were impeccable and stunning and awesome and Oscar-worthy, and definitely met my expectations. I was pleasantly surprised by how emotionally powerful Jessica Chastains’ performance was; I thought her role was really minor lol. (Oscar for Best Supporting Actress? :O)

Then, when we move into plot, that’s when things get a bit muddy.

I’ve always loved the intricate and thought-provoking nature of Christopher Nolan’s storylines (for his movies, of course). For eg, The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception are both to me some of the strongest films in terms of plot structure and development. (IMO, Inception especially) But as for Interstellar… the resolution (or third act? is that what it’s called?) was kind of questionable; basically the part where Cooper enters this five-dimensional place. I mean, it’s not really about the scientific accuracy to me, it’s more about how… random it seemed; like how would he suddenly enter a place that was somehow tied directly to this tiny place on Earth o.0. While Inception was clearly science-fiction, it was extremely believable to me, but somehow, the resolution for Interstellar felt really questionable to me :/. IDK about you… leave a comment below or something.

Another small point, it was less “take-your-breath-away” kind of impressive and intense than I had hoped; maybe I kind of expected it to be like Gravity? Because while there were certainly some intense and impressive sequences, overall it felt a little slow and draggy at points. (sorry)

Overall though, I was a really great movie experience (and a really long one too), and it definitely met/surpassed my expectations in certain aspects, though falling a little short in some.

Final rating: 8.5/10

And that’s it!

I will definitely be updating my Top Ten Favourite Films of the Year list soon, though I want to wait for Mockingjay: Part 1, which comes out in a week. I CAN’T WAIT OMG. + Big Hero 6 is out (I think), and I’ve heard really good things about it, so I’m definitely excited to catch that one too :D.

Until then, thanks to all of you who have been viewing/following this little blog :D. It’s honestly a great feeling when you’re sharing about something you love and have people view and read your opinions 🙂

Please comment/follow/share!

-J.K

[End August Update] Top Ten Favourite Movies of the Year (So Far)

Hey guys!

So it’s nearing the end of August, and I won’t be free for the next few days, so I decided to do this update today. Basically, it’s a modification of my first Top Ten list after watching the movies that came out after the previous list. Enjoy!

SIDE NOTE: I’m SO sorry that I probably won’t be able to post the ANTM Episode 2 recap/random opinions thing for at least a few days, but hopefully I’ll get it out before EP3 comes out 😦

In case you missed it, you can go through my first selection for this list here.

SO..

as usual, I’ll start with stating some of the films I DIDN’T watch, which could potentially end up in the list:

The Grand Budapest Hotel (didn’t come out ANYWHERE near me)

Chef (didn’t come out ANYWHERE near me)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (exams D: )

The Fault in Our Stars (exams D: )

Begin Again (exams D: )

22 Jump Street (exams  D:)

Possibly… Noah (too many other interesting films came out around then)

1% chance: The Expendables (just couldn’t be bothered)

Let’s begin.

10. The Giver

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Full review here.

Highlights: The montages of memories, Odeya Rush, Final scene.

9. Neighbours

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Aaah this is the only comedy left on the list lol. Let’s hope there are good comedies/romcoms/chickflicks later in the year! (that’s right Love, Rosie)

(adapted from previous post) One of the funnier films of 2014 so far. 22 Jump Street might have taken its place… but let’s not go into that. The plot is simple but really fun and engaging… it’s the typical “an eye for an eye” type of movie, where the two sides keep finding mischievous and hilarious ways to get back at each other. The chemistry between Seth and Zac is definitely there… their one-on-one fights/moments were really interesting to watch. But for me, Rose Byrne stole the show. I definitely remember her best from Bridesmaids, where she delivered perfectly the intolerable and bitchy (sorry) character of Helen Harris III, and here, I really enjoyed her portrayal as a crazy, ingenious mama bear. I mean, who else could pull off that scene where she manipulates Pete and Brooke into having sex? (I should probably put some kind of PG guidance thing here). And not to mention that outrageous (if slightly irkish) scene with the breast milk.

All in all, this was one outrageous and hilarious movie which I will not be forgetting soon.

Highlights (in a few words): that scene where they imitated celebrities voices. that last firework scene.

8. Godzilla

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Honestly in any of the previous few years this would definitely have made the Top Ten at the end of the year. But now that seems slightly dubious :/ Aah well, we’ll wait and see. My opinion might change 😮

(adapted from previous post) Ok, we’re starting to get into the blockbusters. TBH, just a note, I thought almost all the blockbusters this year were actually really well made, with only a few exceptions. (I’m looking at you, TAS2, Transformers 4… urgh). Godzilla felt pretty dark to me, but all the more suspenseful. I would pick those fight scenes with Godzilla over the ones in Pacific Rim any day (I’m sorry), because they were simply EPIC. That atomic breath… WOW. I actually found the way they changed perspectives from one human to another to be really interesting as well… since it kind of showed that, well, this mega-sized (and at times, kind of awesome) destruction was happening just about… everywhere. Those long-legged creatures/parasites or whatever actually scared the crap out of me. The visuals were stunning in a big-scale, buildings-getting-destroyed-like-cardboard kind of way, which was expected. As for Godzilla itself (himself?), I don’t know if it’s just me, but I had SO much respect for it (him?). Yea he’s some gigantic, slightly paunchy lizard, but his resilience brought tears to my eyes.

Highlights: The Atomic Breath. Sally Hawkins (because it’s Sally Hawkins), looking at how useless man-made technology was. Las Vegas destroyed.

7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Another one like Godzilla. Again, we’ll just wait and see what happens to this.

(adapted from previous post) I watched this really recently, so it’s still pretty fresh in my mind. I know there’s some message about humanity etc etc, but to be honest I’ve had enough literature for the term, so I’ll not delve into that. I thought at the main antagonist, Kova, was really what drove the film. He was so brutal, so savage, that any scene with him (which was pretty much almost every scene) kept me by the edge of my seat. When he shot Caesar and those watchmen, I flinched so hard the guy beside me spilt his popcorn. That huge scene where the human base is attacked was so intense and brutal I was literally shaken after that. It was really impactful to me. But perhaps more so was the final fight between Kobo and Caesar, honestly I wasn’t sure how much damage either party was going to take before one of them came out on top. It ended on a slightly cliched note, with the typical “villain-hangs-by-the-edge-of-a-cliff-while-protagonist-looks-on.” kind of thing. But really, that last part was a really fitting end for Kobo.

Highlights (in a few words): that big orange ape (Maurice). that book scene with Maurice and Alex. the final explosion.

6. The Lego Movie

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Still my top animated pick of the year! I really have to get around to watching HTTYD2 though lol. Also still waiting on Big Hero 6 and The Book of Life.

(adapted from previous post) Not to be cocky or anything, but I could tell instantly this was going to be a huge hit the moment the first marketing materials came out. And it was. I think the theme song holds completely true, everything IS awesome about this film. Like, literally every part of the movie seemed to be a highlight. The film was funny, reaaally smartly written, visually appealing, and had a really interesting plot. All the characters are so unique and hilarious in their own ways, from Emmet’s “nobody, yet somebody” character, to Batman’s narcissistically hilarious character, to Unikittys overly sweet and chirpy facade. I loved the cast as well, Chris Pratt (from the awesome Parks and Rec), Elizabeth Banks (THG, Pitch Perfect), Morgan Freeman (is it just me, or is Morgan Freeman in like every known movie). That twist at the end where we see a real-life Will Ferrell was pretty cool, and the final confrontation between Emmet/Lord Business, Will Ferrell’s char/his son was really touching, and was probably just about the best conclusion I’ve seen to a movie yet.

Highlights: If I have to choose… The Spaceship Dude. All the Batman-nisms.

5. Edge of Tomorrow

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Heard that it barely made enough at the box office or something. Might just be the lowest grossing blockbuster of the year lol. Though that won’t change my opinion of how good the film was.

(adapted from previous post) The most overlooked film this year, in my opinion. The box office receipts definitely wasn’t proportionate to the quality of this film… to me this was definitely one of the best films of the summer, if not the best. The “Live, Die, Repeat” sequence in the film was really interesting and intriguing to watch, and for once, we really see the impossibilty of Tom Cruise’s stunts (through his constant deaths). The chemistry between Emily and Tom’s character was actually one of the strongest and most interesting for me, as personally, I thought that both their warrior-like hearts shone really powerfully, individually, and when put together… wow. I thought the design of the Mimics was really cool, and overall, as the marketing material very correctly states, this film was smart, exciting and unexpected. Those scenes on the beach were so intense, and seeing the intricately planned motions which the two characters went through was almost better than every coordinated mission in the MI series. It was funny, hilarious even, to watch the way in which these plans were made out, which I thought added a nice and appropriate touch of humour to the film. Overall, this is my definition of a GREAT film.

Highlights (in a few words): The (entire) final action sequence. Emily Blunt’s sword action.

4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Yup… this is no longer my top Marvel pick of the year. Who would’ve known? I mean, it was definitely an awesome movie, just didn’t think that GOTG could actually top it. Just top it.

(adapted from previous post) The first one was good… but this REALLY showed what Marvel can be made of. I thought it’s straying from the typical “beating-up-bad-guys” thing all Marvel movies seem to have made this film SO much better. After the disappointing Thor 2 last year, I went in with my expectations slightly muted. And boy, was I blown away. The action throughout most of the film was far from Avengers-esque, but more with a touch of Black Widow to it, which I really loved. The whole idea of Hydra completely infiltrating Shield really helped made this film so much more suspenseful for me, it honestly felt to me that it was Chris and ScarJo (and that falcon dude) versus the world, since EVERYONE seemed to be against them. The final sequence with those huge helicarriers felt so unique and enthralling to watch. The way those ships blew each other up at the end…. WOW… the chills… Perhaps more so though, was the connection between The Winter Soldier and the Capt. After the first film, where I really liked the friendship between the two, I thought their fight scenes were more like a fight between two best friends, which is SO much more emotionally conflictive than one between worst enemies. That was definitely the emotional highlight for me through the movie. The chemistry between Chris and Scarlett was good as well, and once again, Scarlett is back in her lovely lethal and sarcastic character, though with a nicely added vulnerability. Maria Hill and Nick Fury also played really interesting roles, and I actually half-believed that Nick Fury had actually died there at the start.

Highlights (in a few words): The helicarrier guns. Colbie Smulders. Emily Van Camp. The emotional conflict between Capt and TWS.

3. Guardians of the Galaxy

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The first time I watched this and reviewed it, I gave it like a 7.8 or something. Then I watched it again… and realised just how good it actually was. I was actually REALLY conflicted as to whether I preferred this over Captain America 2, but in the end, I think just the whole idea of these 5 anti-heroes working together and kicking ass pushed this over the edge.

Full review here.

Highlights: Karen Gillian/Nebula. The Blockade. Chris Pratt dancing.

2. X-Men Days of Future Past

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OK I am REALLY conflicted about this one. I mean, there are just SO MANY THINGS to adore about this movie, that would potentially push it back into the No. 1 spot for me. If this came out in the few years before, this would have been No. 1, hands down, but… :/

(adapted from previous post) No questions asked, this was THE movie of the summer for me. Where do I even begin? The concept felt really refreshing and new for the “going back in time” thing, to start. And all the scenes in the future… SOO awesome. I was actually hoping there were more of them. The fight scenes in the future were SOOO intense, the most intense ones I’ve seen yet. Frankly, it’s pretty enthralling yet frightening to see my favourite heroes from the original X-Men series (Iceman, Colossus, Storm) fighting such an impossible battle, not to mention the equally awesome newcomers (Blink, Sunspot, Bishop etc.) The Sentinels were shit-your-pants scary, easily the most intimidating antagonists of the summer. It was SO painful to watch those drill-like hands impale so many of the X-Men. The emotional engagement of this film was also… wow. The scene with old/young Charles brought SO MANY tears to my eyes I was bawling like a little baby. That final climactic scene, which flashes the Mystique/Magneto confrontation and the final battle… the chills and feels were just… overwhelming. This film went beyond awesome for me, it had such a poignant, powerful pulse to it, like the beating of a human heart. (Ugh I’ve been drowning myself in literature for my exams). I watched this film 5 times in theatres… more than any other film this year, and each time I felt so equally engaged. Oh of course, the cast. I mean, what can I say? This ensemble cast could easily outmatch The Avengers cast. All in all, this was the film of the year. (so far)

Highlights (in a few words): BOBBY 😀. That 2 seconds of Rogue. All the future fight scenes. Blink’s portals. Old/young charles scene. Storm’s storm/lightning. The love/hate relationship between (young and perhaps old) Magneto and Charles. The Sentinels rising to Magneto’s side. The slow-mo prison break scene. Mystique’s fight scenes. The stadium descending around The White House.

1. Boyhood

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Like I said, kinda conflicted about this actually. I mean, Boyhood is beautiful, but there are just SO many things to love about X-Men Days of Future Past. Ah well, we’ll see what happens.

Full review here.

Highlights: Honestly, the beauty of this film is in its holistic experience.

And that’s it! This is my updated list of my fav. films this year. What do you think? Please comment/like/follow 🙂 It would mean the world.

All my best,

-J.K

Top Ten Anticipated Movies of 2014 (that haven’t already come out.)

Hi all!

So since I’m something of a movie freak, I decided to start my first top ten list with my most anticipated movies of the year! (that haven’t already come out).

It’s been a fun year at the movies, if slightly less than last year, and I’ve already seen many movies that would potentially make my top ten list for best film this year. But that will have to wait till year’s end. For now, let’s count down my most anticipated movies for the rest of the year! 😀

10. Exodus: Gods and Kings

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For me, this brings to mind The Prince of Egypt (1998), which I actually really liked. I’m actually really interested to see what a big budget, live-action version of this story would look like on screen; I’ve seen the trailer, and honestly it looks pretty awesome. That last scene there? Epic. Oh, and I think Sigourney Weaver will do great as Tuya. I watched Noah earlier this year, and really liked that. Seems like Hollywood is really into remaking biblical tales now. Excited for this one. Let’s see how it turns out, shall we?

9. Birdman

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I mean, have you seen the cast?! This looks like it’s going to be reeaally fun to watch. I’ve seen the trailer and it’s… interesting, if a bit hard to grasp at points. So, just in case you have no idea what Birdman is about, it’s about a once famous actor (played by Michael Keaton), who used to play an iconic superhero (Birdman), and is now trying to mount a broadway play on it. Nowadays they usually have one comedy that goes big at the Oscars, and I’ve a feeling it’s this one. Definitely keeping my eyes on this one.

8. Horrible Bosses 2

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The first one was downright HILARIOUS. I know what they say about sequels, but honestly I’m REALLY excited for this. The teaser trailer that was released a while back? Gold.

7. Guardians of the Galaxy

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Ok, so this one is hitting theatres really soon, but I had to put it in here. I’m guessing this is kind of a “wild card” movie from Marvel, but from what I’ve seen, I think it’s just going to add even more to Marvel’s already colossal film franchise. The trailers and previews all looked awesome. That annoying song even got stuck in my head for a while lol. Really hoping this one’s good. You can bet I’ll be there in my local theatre the first day this is out.

6(tie). Big Hero 6

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6. (tie) The Book of Life

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I guess you could probably say these are my animated picks for the year. And honestly, I couldn’t decide between them, since they both look SO good. It’s been a pretty good year for animation; The Lego Movie and How To Train Your Dragon 2 are brought to my mind quickly; two films that I would be glad to put on my Top Ten List at the end of the year. So after I watched the trailer for these two, (well, the one for Big Hero 6 was an incredibly short teaser) I was pretty hyped up. The Book of Life may have the slight edge, here, since it’s by Guillermo Del Toro (whose work I loove) and the animation looks stunning. But then again, after Frozen, my faith in Disney was kind of restored (well, kinda), and the animation there looks really clean and amazing too, if slightly less colourful and eccentric looking as TBOL. Either way, these two are going to be real treats for me :D.

5. Into The Woods

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I think if any musical is going to stand a chance at the Oscars this year, it’s this one. I mean, that is some strong acting power. Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt (sorry, Chris).These are actually some of my favourite people in the movie business. And I guess if there’s any movie this year where I’m driven to by the cast, it’s this. I haven’t actually watched the Broadway production of it, (I know, shame on me, right?) but I’ve heard it’s emotional, funny and heartwarming; just the kind of thing I want to hear that’ll gets me super excited for this. PLEASE don’t pull a Maleficent. I really want this to be good.

4. Love, Rosie

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So I guess this is my romcom/chickflick pick of the year. The book it’s based on, Where Rainbows End by Cecilia Ahern, is actually one of my favourite books of all time. I even liked it better than The Notebook (ugh, no hate please). When I watched the trailer, there was just this feeling crawling up my skin, like nostalgia but not really that? I don’t know, it felt kind of “goose-ish?” (is that even a word). I guess I really felt for both of them, since their ending was really bittersweet and honestly it actually brought tears to my eyes. I know, I found that strange too. Anyway, I won’t spoil anything, you can go wiki it for a little more info, but seriously READ THE BOOK FIRST for this one. I’m hoping that they stay as close as possible to the book, though I’ve honestly seen some differences which would make sense, since if the entire book were translated into a movie, I suspect it’s probably going to be at least 3 hours long. Quick note on the cast: I thought Lily Collins and Sam Claflin were really good choices for this one; if it’s as good as the book, I might even start seeing them as Rosie and Alex after this instead of Clary and Finnick :).

3. The Hobbit – Battle of Five Armies

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Ok, honestly, if the first two movies in the Hobbit trilogy had been as good or even came close to the standard of LOTR, this would be have my top pick. Like, hands down. Period. Case closed. But after the first two, which were kind of like meh, I’m not too sure about this one. I’m hoping Peter Jackson pulls a Return of the King and produces the movie of a lifetime but at this point I’m really unsure. Quite conflicted about this one. But it’s here, well, because it’s the Hobbit.

2. The Hunger Games Mockingjay – Part 1

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So this just had to be here. I mean, what can I say. It’s The Hunger Games. (Mockingjay: Part 1) Well, tbh I don’t really have much to say about this yet. I mean, I know it’s going to be good, though right now I’m not all that hyped up yet. Let’s wait for the trailer. Then we’ll start talking.

1. Interstellar

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Number 1!!!! Interstellar! OK THIS ONE. First, I ADORE pretty much anything by Christopher Nolan. Next, THE CAST, oh and HAVE YOU SEEN THE TRAILER? This really looks like it’s going to be the Gravity of this year. (I loved Gravity by the way) And honestly, I want this to blow me away. Like, seriously. I really want this to be awesome. And if it does, I’ll be rooting for it all the way up till Oscar night.

Well… that’s it. I’m kind of a newbie at this kind of things. To be honest, it’s my first blog post, so I know it’s far from perfect, but give me time. I have exams for the next week or so, so I probably won’t be able to post anything for at least that amount of time, but I’ll try to get something else up ASAP! Please comment and share this with your friends, it’ll mean the world :).

~J.K