Other Films Of Note Due For Release In 2017

22 02 2017

the-last-jedi (Lucasfilm - 2017)

As you may know (or not know if this is the first time you have visited, in which case “Hello”), whenever a new year rolls around I like to celebrate my favourite movies of the previous year, and also look ahead into the coming year to see which films are taking my eye. I do this by doing some Top 5/Top 10 posts and choose a selection of which films I am most looking forward to. Sometimes though it can be the case that some films which I also like the look of don’t get much of a mention. This can be particularly sad if those said films turn out to be better than the ones I was looking forward too, and even more if I find out about them later on. Anyway, with a lack of decision-making in terms of posts to write about at the moment, I thought I would do a separate post, highlighting films due out this year that I am also currently looking into.

the-great-wall (Universal Pictures - 2017)

One thing I am going to do though is not rank them. These films look interesting, but at current details are still small in my mind and I don’t want to rank them based on very few details. Instead, I have ordered them by which ones I wrote down first to last when looking them up on Wikipedia (and moved one around for the benefit of the post). So this is more of a general post than a ranked post allowing each one to state their case more equally than based on favoritism. The other rule I have done is; that I think it would be a little unfair to name films that have already been released (at least according to my knowledge), as they may no longer be out and it’s a bit late to mention them (for which I apologize). Anyway, I hope you enjoy this post (I’ll try to be as brief as I can be) and maybe also gain some more insight into this year’s set of movie releases.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Warner Bros. - 2017)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law and Eric Bana; Legend of the Sword follows a young Arthur on his journey to becoming the great King of Legend. Do you remember when back in the summer of 2009 a trailer was released for a Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey Jr? I do quite fondly. It was an interesting idea seeing the American actor of Iron Man playing a role that was quintessentially British; either way it worked out really well. Sherlock Holmes was a terrific film and still stands today as a terrific film. While we wait in the wings to see if a third film gets made, it’s good to see that Guy Ritchie has been at work taking another quintessentially British character on a road leading to another big budget movie. This is of course not the first time that King Arthur has had his time on the big screen, but it has been a while. It’s interesting to see the perspective Ritchie has chosen for this film. Upon looking at the trailer, it goes more down the route of fantasy than historical, but also it appears to carry the traits of Ritchie’s earlier works in British gangster and heist movies, with Arthur being something of a rogue before ascertaining his royal lineage. It’s an interesting looking film so far with some great differences in perspectives and is shaping up nicely to become one of 2017’s biggest epics.

Alien: Covenant (20th Century Fox)

Alien: Covenant – Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Michael Fassbender; Covenant tells the tale of a colony ship which lands on a remote planet, where they discover a lone android and a race of monstrous creatures. Do you remember (again) when Ridley Scott announced plans to make a prequel film to his science fiction classic Alien? It was pretty exciting news, but the more details that were released before and upon release suggested that it was not exactly the prequel we thought it was, rather a film set some time before Alien and featuring a different mythology (I quite enjoyed it). Yes, while technically meant to be a sequel to Prometheus, Scott has decided that instead of taking a proposed long route round, it might be better just drop some Aliens on a planet and let the feast begin. From first looks, it does look pretty much like most Alien films released to date, but the setting looks a lot nicer being on an earth planet like surface with some foliage instead of an inhospitable wasteland made up entirely of rocks and craters. Popular elements of previous Alien films look set to return, but hopefully it won’t entirely involve the same old plot of someone wanting to keep the creatures alive for the sake of financial gain. From the looks of the trailer it’s looking like a nice combination of action meets real horror and it’s going to be fun to see where this one leads us next (maybe even allowing Neill Blomkamp to have a go).

Despicable Me 3 (Universal Pictures - 2017)

Despicable Me 3 – Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and starring Steve Carrell and Kristen Wiig; Despicable Me 3 continues the tale of former evil genius Gru now set on his new path as a secret spy trying to bring down a former child star who is obsessed with the 80’s. When the first Despicable Me was released, I was not all that interested, but upon seeing it, I really enjoyed it and was excited to see more. Since then the Minion characters have become stars in their own sense (even though their standalone movie was pretty pants), but have stayed loyal to the series that made them stars. Given the way the story was told for the part of the small girls, with Margo having main light in the first film, and Agnes in 2, it would be nice to see Edith get her turn in this film maybe. Either way, given what the series has delivered so far, hopes are high as Despicable Me returns for a third outing later this year.

lego-ninjago-movie (Warner Bros. - 2017)

The Lego Ninjago Movie – Directed by Charlie Bean and starring Dave Franco and Jackie Chan; The Lego Ninjago Movie sees a group of teenagers hired by an old master to become Ninja Heroes and use spectacular vehicles to protect their home from an old warlord who desires revenge. In honesty I don’t know all that much about this Lego product, I have heard about it and have seen board games of it, but due to my lack of knowledge have not really looked into it. Then when I went to see The Lego Batman Movie last week and saw a trailer for Ninjago, I was mightily impressed. It looked like a good fun animated action film with some level of plot based comedy such as the hero son and villainous father (but not in a way that made me think of Star Wars Episode V, VI; and probably VIII); one thing though that I could not help but think was how similar this looked to Power Rangers.

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Geostorm – Directed by Dean Devlin and starring Gerard Butler; Geostorm is about a man who goes into space to try and prevent climate controlling satellites from creating a mega storm, while back on earth; everything is not so rosy. Currently details are rather sketchy with this one, but I do have a major reason to be excited about this one. You see, this is the feature directing debut of Dean Devlin. While that name may not stand out for many people, Devlin does have over 20 years’ experience producing several major titles as a producer; with films to his name including Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla (1998), The Patriot and Independence Day: Resurgence. OK, yes he has worked a lot with Roland Emmerich, but given what this film currently looks like, and the projects he has worked on over the last 20 years, I think it’s going to be interesting to see how this film translates, and what kind of Director he becomes in the process.

wonder (R.J. Palacio - 2012)

Wonder – Directed by Stephen Chbosky and starring Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts; Wonder follows the story of a young boy born with a facial deformity who tries to fit in at a new school, and in the process teaches others around him that beauty is not constrained to the outside. When I was studying Creative Writing at the University of Central Lancashire, I did a module on Writing for Children, a module I still consider the best and most fun module I studied. During this module, one thing we did as a class was read the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio of which this film is based on. It was a very interesting book (which I managed to complete in one sitting) which really did show what it was like for someone to live with a facial deformity and how it impacted the lives of others around them. Upon hearing about this film earlier this year, my interest was immediately grabbed. It’s a very thought-provoking book and if the film does the same thing it could be an interesting film. One thing that grabbed my attention was the choice of Owen Wilson. Now given that I have not seen him much in a non-comedic role, my thoughts began to wander as to what this film turns out to be like. As I have not seen him in a non-comedic role it would be interesting to see how it turns out, but my one hope is that this film does not accidentally become a comedy for some audiences. One of the real beautiful things about the book is that even though you know the character of Auggie has this deformity, the book is respectful not to describe it, nor have other characters do the same; more just suggest it, keeping a level of respect for those who do. Having seen images of the film, it’s hard to really see how they are going to do it, but given that it appears to be in the third person, it does bring a level of worry and caution that needs to be respected throughout, as in my belief, this film should really be seen from the eyes of Auggie when he is in the scene, keeping that respect and magic from the book into the film, because in the third person I don’t know how respectful some audiences are going to be towards that character.

10-cloverfield-lane (Paramount Pictures - 2016)

God Particle – Directed by Julius Onah and starring Daniel Brühl; God Particle is about a group of Astronauts aboard a space station  who must fight for their survival after the Earth disappears, and a space shuttle appears. Yes, it does sound like Alien, and normally films like these don’t grab my attention, but this one does as it’s a part of the now finally running Cloverfield Franchise. While not a sequel to the wonderful 10 Cloverfield Lane or the first Cloverfield, a spin-off still gets me excited. Details are a bit low right now but one positive is that series creator J.J. Abrams is actively producing it. While it does sound a lot like the original Alien, given what the this franchise has delivered so far, I think it deserves the benefit of the doubt on this one and the allowance to speak for itself.

colossal (Voltage Pictures - 2017)

Colossal – Directed by Nacho Vigalondo and starring Anne Hathaway; Colossal focuses on a young woman who upon losing her job moves back to her hometown. Weirdly however she appears to be very connected with a Giant Monster (or Kaiju) currently in the process of attacking Seoul. This is a pretty recent discovery for me, which is strange given my love for Monster Movies. The trailer looks pretty good and the film is already set to be quite an interesting science fiction as well as a potentially laugh out loud comedy. It has some traits of Godzilla 2014 in its visual effects while also carrying elements of an inspired mix of both The Host and Cloverfield in its look and ideas. I don’t really have an idea of what this going to be like on the whole, but from what I sort of know and have seen so far, I am pretty, if only minorly, excited by this.

GENEPOOL (If there is anything else not mentioned here that you are looking forward to, please let me know).





Top 5 Films Of 2012

15 07 2013

Film 2012

Some of my more eagle-eyed readers may have noticed I have yet to write a Sam’s Rant Film Awards for 2012. While I do like to produce those, I have decided to retire them for the following reasons. Firstly it takes a lot of time for me to produce them; while over the years I have tried to make them as brief as possible it can still take a lot of time to bring the whole thing together. Secondly, while I do watch lots of films during the year, I sometimes have to wait to watch all the films I wanted to see before I produce the post, which can get irritating when I have lots of work to do and cannot get round to watching them. This past year there was a couple of films I wanted to watch but have not. While I decided to leave Battleship after taking a brief look at it, I still have and want to watch Iron Sky. Thirdly, every year, due to the amount of Awards at Film Award Ceremonies, I feel like almost doing as many and usually the Sam’s Rant Film Awards get bigger and bigger every year. The fourth and final reason I have decided to retire the Sam’s Rant film awards is that most of the time I just want to get straight onto the Top 5 films of the year. So while my film awards have been retired, they will be replaced by posts stating what the Top 5 Films of the past year were.

13 Assassins (Toho Co., Ltd. - 2010)

One issue I automatically have with this system is that some of my favourite films from the year were not necessarily released from that year. By this I don’t mean films (no matter how better they are) that I have seen before, I mean films that I have only just seen for the first time. For example this year I have seen Battle Royale for the first time and out of the films I have seen so far at time of writing (as Pacific Rim will only have just come out when this post is published) it’s the best one. In 2012 I saw the Fantastic 13 Assassins which is better than most films I have seen in 2012 despite the fact it came out in 2010. So, the upcoming top 5 list will feature only those that have come out in 2012, while I cannot name 13 Assassins, I suppose I could do another post of other films I have seen for the first time in 2012 despite the fact they did not come out in 2012. So, here we are Ladies and Gentlemen, feast your eyes upon the Top 5 best film released in 2012.

Prometheus (Scott Free Productions - 2012)

5. Prometheus – From legendary film director Ridley Scott came this work of art. While under development for a long time due to many people wanting a new Alien film, an entirely new film was created by the man who invented the genre of Space Horror. Prometheus was not about Alien, it was set in the same universe but the film is a standalone film that has its own mythology about a species of space being that appeared in the original Alien. I personally find it hard to watch an Alien film as it is too grotesque for me, but I decided to be brave and go and see Prometheus. I enjoyed it to the core. A Great cast featuring the Fantastic Idris Elba among others, Great Setting and amazing but not overboard Special Effects, much like Ridley Scott’s late Great Brother Tony.

The Avengers (Marvel Studios - 2012)

4. The Avengers – From the mastermind behind Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Joss Whedon), The Avengers went on to become the highest grossing film of 2012. Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film brought together the main cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe including The Hulk, Iron Man and Thor. While a big challenge to produce it was cleverly brought together despite the strong possibility that this film was going to be bad due to the amount of content that was going into it. The film was not just a big action film, it also had scenes that touched your emotional and personality side also with scenes between the main cast. The only real problem I could find with this film is that it has the potential to ruin The Marvel Cinematic universe completely due to films like Iron Man and Thor being expected to constantly reference The Avengers instead of being more independent in their own content.

The Dark Knight Rises (Legendary Pictures - 2012)

3. The Dark Knight Rises – The Conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s epic Film Trilogy, one of the Top Best film series/trilogy’s to date. I was both excited and worried about this instalment as I wanted it to be good, but what was I thinking, of course it was going to be, it was directed by one of cinema’s Greatest Directors. Set several years after the events of The Dark Knight, the film takes a different tactic of going back to Batman Begins on all levels. The story directly features Batman Begins and Bruce Wayne in a sense has to learn to become Batman again. One of the best executed stories in Cinema of this current decade and an Amazing cast Including Tom Hardy’s excellent performance as Bane with an Amazing Soundtrack from Hans Zimmer. An absolutely Fantastic film and the Perfect conclusion to a Brilliant story.

Snow White and the Huntsman (Universal Pictures - 2012)

2. Snow White and the Huntsman – In 2012 two films were released to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the original story of Snow White. One of them was the rather dull and predictable comedy film (personally not seen it but I can work it out) Mirror Mirror, and then there was Snow White and the Huntsman. Starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, Snow White and the Huntsman took a very different look to the well-known fairy-tale while also keeping important elements in. The film was more like a fantasy epic than a fairy-tale. With a villain that you, as an audience member had no sympathy for, and an all-star cast including screen Legends Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins and Ray Winstone; this teamed with the Amazing scale of the locations and terrific action of the battle sequences, not to mention the awesome soundtrack made this one of the years stand out films.  

The Hunger Games (Lionsgate - 2012)

1. The Hunger Games – Starring the Amazing Jennifer Lawrence along with Josh Hutcherson and acting Legend Donald Sutherland and directed by Gary Ross, The Hunger Games is a one of a kind film based on the book of the same name by Suzanne Collins. I had not heard of The Hunger Games before seeing the film but the film impressed me so much, I could not think of anything else for about 4 weeks. The film came at an interesting time for me as I had just finished reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy and this helped put me in the position of Katniss in the film, and it struck a chord with me. The Soundtrack was Brilliant and the effects were Amazing. The film also had another effect on me; it got me back into reading. My reading had been stagnant for a while, but the day after I saw this film I bought the book and before the end of the week, had already bought the other two in the series. Not only one of the Best films in a long time, but also the Best film of 2012.

GENEPOOL (You see ACTIVISION; the best way to complete a trilogy is to not fire the directors).





Christmas Present Ideas – 10 Films

5 12 2012

Presents

With Christmas just around the corner (have you just noticed, seriously?) I thought I would make a series of posts giving you ideas about what you should buy. Now I originally thought of doing this like a top 10 but then I decided to just give you some ideas of what to buy. Rating them in a top 10 may suggest which is better and in some way I would put it in that order but right now I am trying to recommend all these present ideas to you and so putting them in a top 10 list may not be such a good idea under the basis you may ignore whatever number 10 may be even if it is the 10th best Christmas present in the history of Christmas. Now I will be using the same format for all the other posts in this series, this also allows me to talk more about the films instead of just reviewing them.

This series will also include such topics as Board Games, Video Games and as you can read by the title, films. I will also be doing a list of monster movies too. This way I can suggest more than 10 films as well as give movie ideas for those who do not like Monster movies (which is a shame because they really are missing out) as well as ideas for those who do like Monster movies. I may also do some other topics for present ideas if I can think of any, maybe TV shows on DVD, maybe. One final thing, all suggestions will be available to UK residents, because I live in the UK and almost all my friends live in the UK and I am recommending the ideas to everyone which of course includes them. Anyway, onto the films.

Seven Samurai (Toho - 1954)

Seven Samurai – From Legendary director Akira Kurosawa comes the best film I have seen this year, which is surprising seeing as it came out 58 years ago. It tells the story of a group of Samurai who are hired to protect a village who are attacked by a group of bandits every year. The film is one of the most highly acclaimed films in cinema history featuring in several top films lists as well as being one of only a few films to achieve a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (take that Lord of the Rings). Six years later the film would be remade in America as The Magnificent Seven. Starring Takashi Shimura the Great Toshiro Mifune , This is truly one of the Greatest films in the history of cinema and anyone who disagrees simply has not seen it. I am telling you to watch it, WATCH IT NOW, FORGET SEEING THE HOBBIT, IT WILL ONLY DISAPPOINT YOU, SEVEN SAMURAI WON’T, I GUARANTEE IT, JUST WATCH IT, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, WATCH IT.

The Hunger Games (Lionsgate - 2012)

The Hunger Games – The second best film I have seen this year and the best film I have seen this year if you do not count Seven Samurai which was released in 1954 and not 2012. Anyway, The Hunger Games is based on the book of the same name by Suzanne Collins (which I also recommend along with the other 2 books in the series, I am halfway through Catching Fire). The story follows Katniss Everdeen who is forced along with 23 other children to fight to the death. While it may sound gruesome, don’t knock it until you have seen it (and read it), the story explains it a lot more in detail. Each way, it’s fantastic. Featuring Jennifer Lawrence in the title role along with stars including Josh Hutcherson and the Great Donald Sutherland. Much like I stated for Seven Samurai (and all the films in this list So I don’t have to repeat myself), WATCH IT, WATCH IT, WATCH IT.

13 Assassins (Toho Co., Ltd. - 2010)

13 Assassins – from Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer and Audition) comes the best period piece since Seven Samurai. The film follows a group of Samurai who have been hired to kill someone who if he comes to power will cause chaos for the people of Japan. The film is a lot like Seven Samurai with warriors in the group like Hirayama who is a lot like Kyūzō. A fantastic Film with Great Scenes, Great Music and a Great Story that needs to be watched. I think you get the point now, WATCH IT, WATCH IT NOW.

Unstoppable (20th Century Fox - 2010)

Unstoppable – From the Late Great Tony Scott (Top Gun and The Taking of Pelham 123) comes a film based on a true story. The film follows Chris Pine and Denzel Washington as they attempt to stop a runaway train. The film contains a huge amount of action which only gets faster and faster and does not stop until the film ends and no matter how many times you watch it, it does not get boring (I guarantee it). An action packed thrill ride from one of cinemas greatest Action Directors (Tony Scott, We Miss You). GET DOWN TO THE SHOPS AND BUY IT, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, GO AND WATCH IT.

Snow White and the Huntsman (Universal Pictures - 2012)

Snow White and the Huntsman – based on the classic 200-year-old fairy-tale, Snow White and the Huntsman follows the story of Snow White as she escapes with the help of a huntsman from the Evil Queen who wants to drain her beauty to be the fairest of them all. Starring an all-star cast including Kristen Stewart (Twilight Saga) in the title role along with Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Charlize Theron (Monster) and Ian McShane (Deadwood), Bob Hoskins (The Long Good Friday), Ray Winstone (The Departed) as 3 of the seven Dwarves (there are seven in total, don’t worry). Beautifully crafted and beautifully written, this is a film the whole family can enjoy. So, WATCH IT, WATCH IT, WATCH IT NOW.

Prometheus (20th Century Fox - 2012)

Prometheus – If you have children and want them to behave over this festive season, buy them Ridley Scott’s Alien. If you have children and want them to behave over the festive season without scarring them for life buy them Prometheus which happens to have also been directed by Ridley Scott. The story is set on a distant planet as a group of astronauts try to find the beginning of mankind, what they however could spell the end of mankind. Starring Noomi Rapace (The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo), Charlize Theron (Monster), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) and the Fantastic Idris Elba (Thor) While it is a prequel to Alien, the film has its own mythology and the only real connection to Alien is within the story of this film. There you go, two Scott films in this list, BUY BOTH OF THEM AND WATCH THEM.

Rashomon (Daiei Film Co., Ltd. - 1950)

Rashomon – From Legendary Director Akira Kurosawa (the same man who did Seven Samurai) comes the film that revealed Japanese Cinema to the world. The story is a real who done it mystery as a crime has taken place and each witness to the crime gives a story that contradicts the previous, it’s not until the truth is revealed that everything comes clear. Starring Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura, Rashomon would go on to be the inspiration for films including The Usual Suspects, Vantage Point and Hero. With great use of Weather techniques and a story that will get you thinking, WATCH THIS FILM, WATCH IT, TWO FILMS BY AKIRA KUROSAWA, HOW ARE YOU NOT GETTING THIS, WATCH IT NOW.

Ice Age (20th Century Fox - 2002)

Ice Age – With Christmas being in winter and Snow usually coming down (well at least for some people) why not combine all that with the first film in Blue Sky Studios Ice Age series (and you thought it was DreamWorks or Pixar, well you were WRONG). In my opinion, the best(CGI) Animated Film to date. The story follows a Ground Sloth, a Smilodon and a Mammoth as they try to re-unite a baby with its family. It would be the start of a series that would span over 4 (and possibly 5) films and become the 11th most successful film series to date grossing well over 2.5 billion dollars. For me this is the best in the series. A great combination of characters, cast, story, animation and music to make a film THAT YOU SHOULD WATCH, DO YOU LIKE ANIMATED STUFF? WELL WHY HAVEN’T YOU WATCHED ICE AGE YET? (No offense to those who have watched ice age, you have made a wise decision).

Pan's Labyrinth (Warner Bros - 2006)

Pan’s Labyrinth – From one of the only true visionaries left in Hollywood, Guillermo Del Toro, comes a film filled with fantasy. A small girl comes into contact with a Faun who tells her that if she passes 3 tests she will take her place in the fairytale kingdom that she came from. Set in post-civil war Spain, the film is filled with action and many interesting and some terrifying creatures from the world of Fantasy. With stars including Sergi López, Maribel Verdú and Ivana Baquero in the lead role, go and make your dreams come true BY GOING DOWN TO THE SHOPS AND BUYING IT, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, WATCH IT.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

The Lost World: Jurassic Park – The sequel to the Mega film that was Jurassic Park with Steven Spielberg returning to direct. The film follows a group of people travelling to the breeding ground for Jurassic Park whose job it is to document all the species on the island before a greedy business man can use them for his own selfish needs. Starring Jeff Goldblum returning from the previous film to lead the explorers alongside the Late Great Pete Postlethwaite (No rhyme or pun intended) playing the part of African hunter Roland Tembo (look out for him, all his scenes are brilliant, that’s a fact). With Great Special Effects that not even Avatar could beat, this is a definite must see, SO THERE IS NO REASON WHY YOU SHOULDN’T, GO AND WATCH IT, IT CAME OUT IN 1997, YOU HAVE HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO WATCH IT BY NOW, GET YOUR CREDIT CARD OUT AND DRIVE TO HMV NOW.

So there are some films I highly recommend you watch, and when I say that, you know it’s true, SOW HAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, YOU COULD HAVE ORDERED THESE FILMS OFF AMAZON BY NOW, BUY THEM, WATCH THEM, BUY THEM, WATCH THEM, BUY THEM, WATCH THEM, WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS, WATCH THEM, WATCH THEM, WATCH THEM NOW.

GENEPOOL





Movie Preview: Prometheus

24 05 2012

Next month one of the biggest films of the year gets released. It came in 10th place on my list of Most Exciting Films Of 2012. From the director (Ridley Scott) of the original Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator and Robin Hood comes his first Sci-fi film since Blade Runner. However this is more than just a Sci-fi film, it has a connection with one of the most legendary of all film series, a film series he started, if you have not figured it out yet, it’s Alien. It is important though to point out that while this film will have an essence and DNA of Alien, it is not Alien, it is something else. I bet it is more than likely that there will not be a single Alien Egg, Face Huger, Chest Burster or even The Alien Creature itself in the film. There may be the odd Easter egg pointing towards this that only the die-hard fan will notice (a sort of nod) but it is important to realise that Prometheus is its own film entirely. Technically the only potential sign of The Alien Creature that has been so far is something that is spotted in the trailer.

While there is no sign of The Alien itself there is another Extra-terrestrial. In the original Alien there was a scene where a creature was discovered in a derelict space ship. The Creature has come to be known as the Space Jockey, throughout the trailer scenes can be seen of this creature, so it is fair to say that this is the alien creature in Prometheus, an additional creature is also spotted attaching itself to one of the characters arms. The film’s premise is (according to Wikipedia) “In the late 21st century, a star map is discovered within the archaeological imagery of several otherwise unconnected cultures, including Magdalenian, Mesoamerican and Mesopotamian civilizations. The crew of the vessel Prometheus is sent on a scientific expedition, sponsored by the Weyland Corporation, to follow the map to find the origins of mankind. Exploring the advanced civilization of an extraterrestrial race, they soon face a threat to humanity’s existence”. This is backed up in the trailer as a group of people find an Invitation to the Stars and then a Big Spaceship (which looks kind of familiar) is found which is heading to Earth.

The film’s main stars are Noomi Rapace who is better known as the original Girl With The Dragon Tatoo and Simza Heron in Sherlock Holmes: AGOS. Then we have Michael Fassbender who recently appeared in X-Men First Class as Magneto. Then we have Charlize Theron who was in Æon Flux as the lead character (I really enjoyed that film). There is also Guy Pearce who seems to be almost appearing in everything, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Road and The Time Machine. But the Big Star for me is the Fantastic Idris Elba (or Big-Dris as I like to call him) who of course won an award at the Sam’s Rant Film Awards, has appeared in The Wire and is the lead character in the Fantastic BBC Crime Drama Luther (one of the best Dramas in recent years) Prometheus is shaping up to be one of the cinema highlights of the year. While it is based on a previous film series it is going to delve into its own mythology and who knows maybe this film will be the start of a legend in it’s own right (and not because it is connected to another film series, which more than likely is how it will be remembered instead of being remembered as its own film, however there is a similarity between the trailers for Prometheus and the original Alien). One thing I need to mention before you watch the trailer is that everytime a new trailer for Prometheus come out it gets even more terrifying, this is the most terrifying to date.

GENEPOOL





Top 10 Most Exciting Films in 2012

5 01 2012

2012

As it is now the beginning of the New Year I thought I would share with you Which Films I am most looking forward too.

10. Prometheus: Prometheus is the Prequel to the original Alien. Ridley Scott is directing it with Noomi Rapace in the lead role alongside actors like Guy Pearce and the Fantastic Idris Elba. While I am a kind of Fan of the Alien franchise I am a very sensitive person in the horror genre and find it hard to sit through most Horror Films including most of the Alien Films, so it could be hard for me to watch this (if I watch it at all).

9. Wrath of the Titans: Sequel to the 2010 Clash of the Titans this film is quite Interesting especially seeing as the original Clash of the Titans did not have a Sequel so it is going to be interesting to see how this turns out.

8. Men in Black III: Prepare yourself for more funny Alien Fun in the third film in the series as both Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return to make us laugh.

7. The Muppets: The Muppets have had a long film career with amazing films like Muppets From Space, Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island. This sees the return of the Muppets as they try to make us all laugh once again. You are never too old to enjoy The Muppets.

6. Battleship: This one is probably the strangest of films in 2012. With the success of Transformers Hasbro decided to make a film based on the popular strategy Game. The idea of the film is that you will see the 2 points of view between the Humans Fleet and the Aliens Fleet. Sounds Bizzare but it also looks very Good and it also looks like one of the years strongest Action Films.

5. Iron Sky: In 1945 the Nazi’s fly to the moon in the hope that one day they will return to Conquer the Earth. in 2018 They Return. Basically you can sum this film up as Nazi’s in Space. It looks like a fantastic Idea and it is kind of surprising that an idea like this has not happened yet.

4. Star Wars – The Phantom Menace 3D: Yes Star Wars is being re-released but this time it is in 3D (A format that does not really work). Star Wars is still Fantastic to this day and as a result of that I would really like to see them all again. OK if they are being shown in 2D format I will probably watch them like that. However because this is George Lucas it can be assured that the Film will not get released until he is happy with it. So if the effect is not achievable the film will not be released.

3. The Dark Knight Rises: The Third and Final Nolan Batman Film. This film has both Bane and Selina Kyle as the villains. It is a good thing that this is the last one because then it stops the series from expanding rapidly and ruining it. The Last film is also exciting because you are excited to see how it is going to finish just like the last episode of a TV series.  This is by far the best of the Batman Film series and with Nolan doing it it should be an Amazing Film.

2. The Host Sequel/Prequel: One of the Best Monster Films in Recent Years. Released at a time when there were no Godzilla Films being released The Host stepped into the spot light to become one of the best Monster Movies in Cinema History. Now after six years The Host returns with a sequel. This time it is a prequel and is apparently going to have lots of Monsters. It has also been announced that the film will be in 3D.

Godzilla 2014 (Legendary Pictures - 2014)

1. Godzilla: What else do you think was going to top my favourite films list for 2012. Now this is very optimistic because there has been several changes to who is writing the script and so there has not been much updates about when the film is being Shot. It may not come out this year like it is planned but if it does come out it should be an Incredible film and also should show people what Godzilla is all about so they can forget that 1998 (NOT TECHNICALLY A GODZILLA FILM) Godzilla.

Well that is my Top 10 Films I am most excited about. What films are you looking forward to, are any of mine on your list?

GENEPOOL

Statistics:

First 12 for 12: 2 – 10 to go

Last Book I Read: The Bible

Last TV show I watched: Hairy Bikers (I listened to it because the TV was behind me)

Latest Piece of Music I have heard: Saxon – Wheels of Steel

Last piece of Food I ate: Microwaveable Chocolate Pudding with After Eight Ice Cream

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Am I Winning this Challenge: Second Place at the moment.








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