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Film: Deadpool

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Deadpool-Poster-Dec1st.jpgThis Valentine’s weekend, I saw Deadpool at cinemas. ‘Crashing’ a friends Valentine’s date, I sat with five of my friends in the packed screening, feeling like I was the least excited out of all of them. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to see Deadpool, but since I love X-men and Marvel as they are, I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy Deadpool quite as much. It was going to be a little different and I didn’t know what to expect.

Fortunately, I truly loved the film. Its fourth-wall breaking humour was spectacular and made it such a unique film. Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool was on point – no better way to say it. He really made the character.

For the few of you reading who are not familiar with Marvel’s Deadpool character here is a little summary from IMDB about the film: ‘This is the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.’

However, this film is a love story. Of course, that is part of the joke of Deadpool being released Valentine’s weekend, but I found this a really lovely part of the film too.

The cast were great; I’ve already mentioned Ryan Reynolds, but here are some of the other brilliant actors who made the film what it is: Morena Baccarin, Karan Soni, Ed Skrein, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand and T.J.Miller.

Here’s the trailer:

Check out the film!

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Disclaimer 1 – this film is definitely not for children. Disclaimer 2 – I do not own the above poster, it is from: http://screenrant.com/deadpool-movie-poster-kinberg-radical/
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Film: Antman

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antman-posterI recently went to see Antman at the cinema with a couple of friends. First and foremost, it was a film I wanted to see purely because it’s Marvel and secondly because I absolutely love superhero movies.

I didn’t really know what to expect from the film since many of the newer marvel films, and those to come, are more and more intense and are starting to lead into bigger plotlines; therefore leaving origin stories behind. Antman takes a different course in all of this and we are allowed to see a brand new origin story of a lesser known comic-book character.

Antman is a character that can be easily mocked; named after an Ant, of all creatures, and with the super power of being able to shrink really small is cause for laughter, but I think this very interesting and highly scientific concept is innovative and a nice change of pace while in the middle of all the other larger Marvel films.

Like all films, it seems, Antman has all the regular properties, such as, action, comedy, heartache, crazy cinematics, drama and a romantic interest. While the romance was probably expected, it was a nice addition to an eventual happy ending.

The cast was excellent, Paul Rudd, playing the lead Scott Lang, was fantastic and played the role perfectly. Other members of the cast include; Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross, Judy Greer as Maggie Lang, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson and many more.

With the innovation of a new character comes a great example of today’s cinematic age; film quality is rising to new heights. There are fantastic scenes with a shrunken Antman in a world of large furniture and an incredible fight scene which takes place between Antman and a villain of a similar size showing a hefty battle around a children’s train set, and yet, the film doesn’t disguise the hilarity of this with anti-climatic cutaways showing nothing more than a toy train falling off of its tracks. Additionally, the CGI Ants create amazing scenes too, especially when Scott Lang’s right-hand ‘man’ is a flying Ant called Antony.

To give you more info on the film, here is the IMDB synopsis: ‘Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world’.

Finally, as with all Marvel films, there was an after-credits scene. While I said that Antman was taking a different course to the main action within The Avengers, the after-credits scene reveals that this is only short-lived as Antman is tied back into the main plotline with a hint to his role in Civil War.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.superherohype.com/news/342923-its-all-connected-in-the-latest-ant-man-tv-spot

TV and Film: Gotham

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545ddf9572315e8ee4634a61409644d5Today I’m recommending the TV series Gotham. It’s never too late to pick up a TV show especially this one as it’s only recently finished its first season rather successfully.

I began watching Gotham because I enjoy the whole Batman universe and I have done since watching the Tim Burton movies and the modern trilogy by Chris Nolan. Suffice to say I’m excited for 2016’s Batman Vs Superman.

The series has a really interesting context, acting as a prequel to the Batman story that pretty much everyone already knows. Since everyone already knows about Bruce Wayne’s upbringing and – SPOILER – his parents’ murders the show takes the interesting viewpoint of a Mr Jim Gordon. For those of you who don’t know, or have forgotten, Jim Gordon is a police acquaintance of Batman who always works on Batman/Bruce Wayne’s side.

So the series starts with Jim Gordon in his new role as Gotham Police Detective alongside his new partner Harvey. He sets out to rid Gotham of its corruption and its dishonesty but struggles against a city which is basically run by two sets of rich mobsters who have very serious and very violent rivalries.

Gotham shows the beginnings of other well-known Batman characters such as; Bruce Wayne, Scarecrow, The Joker, Cat Woman, Poison Ivy, Harvey Dent (Two Face), Ed Nigma (Riddler) and especially Penguin. However, even if you don’t know a thing about Batman you can still watch this show, seriously, you don’t need prior knowledge at all to understand the story lines or anything else.

The show has the format, which a lot of new US shows at the moment have, in that: a new case is brought about, say a murder, and is solved in each episode. This is very similar to Elementary, a relatively new show itself. These shows seem to be quite popular at the moment, so if you like that kind of show, Gotham has that element too.

It has come to my attention that the makers are going to be making a second series, which I’m really excited for  so that I can see how these characters develop more, despite the fact I know what they’ll ‘grow up’ to be from following Batman already.

If you like the sound of it, go check it out… and enjoy!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: https://www.behance.net/gallery/19007077/Gotham-Poster-Contest.

Films: Guardians of the Galaxy

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GuardiansI have just got home from watching Guardians of the Galaxy, one film I’m not completely late in seeing, hooray! I enjoyed this film immensely, I can’t even put it into words, I just want to scream.

At the beginning, I was very much confused. I had no idea how this unusual beginning was relevant, but as soon as the film got going I was stuck to the cinema screen. Everything was tied together perfectly, nothing was left out and even the seemingly random jokes were part of a bigger picture.

I absolutely loved the characters. I loved them so much. They were all so different and yet they worked so well together. The character arc of the main protagonist, Peter Quill, was extraordinary. I honestly thought that we learnt so much about him through the simplest things and it was amazing that everything tied into him accepting his past, while it was wonderful that he was also able to laugh at himself in the most serious of situations.

I’m sure everyone has heard about Groot by now. His character conveyed so much despite the fact he only used five different words in the entirety of the film. This isn’t me ‘dissing’ the film either; Groot’s lack of vocabulary was entirely intentional and was very cleverly done to provide comic relief.

Guardians of the Galaxy had everything; action, adventure, fantasy, sci-fi, comedy and a little bit of romance.

And finally, the actors! I know I seem to say it a lot, but there were so many stars and great actors unexpectantly around every corner. Chris Pratt, who plays Peter Quill, is a relatively unknown actor, or was before this film, and while watching Guardians of the Galaxy, this was my thought process; someone who I don’t know, he’s cool, I think I recognise him and when I came home I looked him up only to find he was in Bride Wars, another favourite of mine, where he worked alongside Anne Hathaway. He did a fantastic job as Peter Quill and I honestly cannot wait to see him in more films. Other amazing actors in Guardians of the Galaxy are; Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Lee Pace, John C. Reilly, Peter Serafinowicz and Glenn Close, although also as normal, that’s only to name a few.

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P.S. If you see this in the cinema, ensure to watch past the credits.

Disclaimer – I do not own this poster, it is from: http://mashable.com/2014/05/16/marvel-guardians-of-the-galaxy-poster-trailer/

Magazines: Superhero Movie Collection

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Today I’m reading SciFiNow’s Superhero Movie Collection Magazine, and I think you should be too! Personally, I’m such a massive fan of superheroes that I bought this very chunky magazine filled with all the superhero movie information you could wish for; from old to new to what’s coming up, it’s all mentioned. I’m going to open the magazine at four random intervals to show you some of what’s inside: 1) Articles on Avengers: Age of Ultron and interviews with the cast, 2) Article on Batman: The Movie, 3) Article on The Crow, and 4) Article on the movie Watchmen. I picked up my copy from W.H.Smiths (a UK news agents) for £9.99, a price which is well worth it for the amount you get.Upcoming Films

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