"Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange." -Inception

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Around the World in Posters: Jurassic World, The Walk, Dil Dhadakne Do

It's been quite a while since we've gone around the world with posters, but with all the summer films gearing up for release, I found some posters that have caught my fancy. Let's have a look.

Jurassic World wants to scare the crap out of us with these enormous, and I mean, enormous dinosaurs inhabiting the park in the latest sequel.  

 This view from The Walk featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes us over the edge.

Channing Tatum is back to the grind in this poster from Magic Mike XXL.

Melissa McCarthy channels Goldfinger in this new Spy poster.

The Bella Bardens get up close and personal in the Russian poster for Pitch Perfect 2.

The Japanese poster of Tomorrowland shows the past and present coming together in the futuristic city.

And finally, on the heels of its first trailer, Dil Dhadakne Do revealed two new posters featuring the ensemble cast.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

New trailer: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

"Tell me, do you bleed? You will... " A very grim Batman informs Superman as the first trailer of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ends. Director Zack Synder's follow up to 2013's Man of Steel brings together two frenemies, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) going up against each other for the first time. This film has huge expectations for Warner Bros., not just because they are pitting two iconic characters in a battle on the big screen, but also since the film will lay the groundwork for upcoming DC Universe films featuring Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and more.

Going up against rival studios Marvel and Disney who have already shown immense success with their superhero and franchise films, Warner Bros. needs this film to work badly. It's already been delayed from this year's summer release schedule. But one hopes this will be for the betterment of the film. This current trailer released early by a few days since the trailer leaked online. Competing with the other big trailer release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the studio had no choice but to make it official.

There aren't too much shots in the trailer of the friendly foes fighting each other but instead a lot of discontent piling up against the outsider Superman in the form of voice overs of cast members Holly Hunter and Jeremy Iron . A statue of Superman has the words 'False God' graffitied onto the famous logo. We finally get a glimpse of the very beefed up Batman (Affleck) who I'm assuming is coming out of retirement to face Superman. He does not look happy. There's a lot of anger and resentment under the surface here. We have to assume this is not the same Batman from Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. Whatever happened to Bruce Wayne? I guess we'll find out more when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice releases on March 25, 2016. The cast also features Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Jesse Einsenberg and Laurence Fishburne.

Friday, April 17, 2015

New Trailer: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This Christmas... just seeing those words onscreen made it actually real that by the end of this year, we'll have a brand new Star Wars film featuring some beloved characters and some which we have privately and publicly speculated quite a bit.

The newest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released with much fanfare. The event was hyped online at the Star Wars Celebration panel where producer Kathleen Kennedy, director JJ Abrams and most of the cast (Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels and minus ailing cast member Harrison Ford) assembled to introduce to the world, the next chapter in the Star Wars saga.

The new trailer really feels like the next generation is taking over and as Abrams himself clarified at the trailer launch, this latest film will be the story of the three leads, Poe Dameron, Rey and Finn having new adventures.  Then Luke Skywalker himself talks about the Force being strong in his family and possibly referring to his offspring having it too! And the last shot where old buds Chewbacca and Han Solo make an appearance, declaring that 'they're home'. I think I would have pretty much lost it if I had been at that panel. Talk about having all the feels! The countdown to Christmas starts now. May the Force be with you!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

First Cast Photo: Suicide Squad

While Marvel's got its Phase 2 lineup ready for the screen with three films out this year (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man and The Fantastic Four), the DC Universe will make us wait another year for the eventual showdown between Batman and Superman. Also arriving in 2016 is Suicide Squad, the third instalment of the DC shared universe.

(Photo: David Ayer)
Director David Ayer (Fury) posted a photo from the first cast read through.  Suicide Squad's cast includes Will Smith as Deadshot (very excited about this!), his Focus co-star Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Karen Fukuhara as Plastique, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, and Viola Davis as Agent Amanda Waller. Ike Barinholtz, Jim Parrack and Adam Beach also join the cast as Hugo Strange, Deathstroke and Ravan respectively.

So, who's missing from the above photo? Noticeably, it's Jared Leto's Joker.  The Oscar winner shed his beautiful long locks for this role and we got a brief glimpse at him taking on the iconic role inhabited memorably by the late Heath Ledger. Ayer also teased the image on Twitter. While Suicide Squad is due to release on August 5, 2016, the anticipation for the film (with its large star cast) has already begun.

(Photo: David Ayer)

First Cast Photo: Beauty and the Beast

A photo posted by Josh Gad (@joshgad) on

Now here's an unlikely group getting together for some fun. Disney's next live action remake, Beauty and the Beast, features actors from different fandoms coming together.  Harry Potter's Emma Watson is Belle, Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens is the Beast, Fast & Furious' Luke Evans is Gaston while Frozen's Josh Gad is Le Fou, Gaston's sidekick.  Kevin Kline, who's also in the picture, plays Belle's father Maurice. The picture was taken by Josh Gad and is featured on his Instagram. Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) and co-written by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Beauty and the Beast will release March 2017.  

New Trailer: Dil Dhadakne Do

Writer-director Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara made you want to pack up your bags and take a looooong Spanish holiday.  Will her upcoming film Dil Dhadakne Do make you want to do the same on a cruise ship? I'm certainly game to know more.

Featuring an all-star cast with Anil Kapoor, brother Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh and Shefali Shah, the film's first trailer takes us behind the public facade of a family, the Mehras.

The Mehras, along with a few close family friends, take off on a cruise to Turkey and Greece.  With the parents are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary, their children Ayesha (Chopra) and Kabir (Singh) are venturing off on adventures of their own.  Will Kabir settle down and marry the girl of his parents' choice? Or is the new girl Farah he meets on the trip the one? Will Ayesha divorce her husband and reconnect with an old friend Sunny (Akhtar)? We'll find out this and much more when the film releases on June 5th, 2015.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Movie Review: Song of the Sea

By the time the Oscars were announced, I had only seen three of the five nominated films for best animated feature. I wanted to see the remaining two, Song of the Sea and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. I’m glad that I could cross off Song of the Sea from my list.

From the Irish studio Cartoon Saloon (whose first film The Secret of the Kells was also nominated for best animated feature in 2009), the film puts forth the ancient Celtic lore of the selkie to bring a broken family together. Young Ben (voice of David Rawle) resents his little sister Saoirse as his mother was taken away from him at her birth. As her sixth birthday comes around, the little girl has yet to say her first word. Saoirse finds a shell flute belonging to her mother, along with a white coat, just her size. 

Wearing the coat, she is drawn to the seals in the sea and once in the water, transforms into the mythical selkie turns into a seal with them. Her grandmother (voice of Fionnula Flanagan) finds her washed up ashore and threatens to take the children to the city with her. Their grieving father Conor (voice of Brendan Gleeson) doesn’t know how to engage with his kids and lets her take them away. However, with Saoirse finding the flute and the coat, a buzz of awareness has awakened in the remaining fairy creatures and those trapped by the timeworn prophecy, seeking their saviour.

Ben, angry at being separated from his father, his home and his beloved dog Lug, decides to head back to their lighthouse on the island. When Saoirse tags alongside him, the siblings discover hidden memories that surface and lead to break the ancient prophecy. Saoirse learns the song of the sea. And most importantly, Ben saves his sister when it counts the most and learns a valuable lesson on how to keep a promise.

The animation is wonderful, lyrical and fluid. Each character is detailed well; the characters don’t communicate well with each other initially so it’s important that their feelings are shown in their movements. The backgrounds are lovely watercolours, incredibly soothing to the eye. I loved that the old myth of the selkie along with the songs and stories Ben’s mother tells him as a young child were woven into the narrative to show the past and present melding together to show the importance of moving on and living your life.

With Studio Ghibli and its picturesque features of wonder and awe closing shutters for now, I look forward to see what director Tomm Moore and the studio has up its sleeve. I hope you too discover Song of the Sea and see this strikingly graceful animated feature. This is a fantastic film for the whole family.

Directed by Tomm Moore; Screenplay by Will Collins; Original Story by Tomm Moore; Editing by Dranagh Bryne; Music by Bruno Coulais


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