Reasons To Be Excited In 2017

By all accounts, 2016 was a rough year. Fortunately, 2017 promises to be a lot better – or at the very least that’s what people are saying and blind faith is currently preferable to painful realism.

At the very least, in our geeky, little bubble, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the forthcoming year – so many, in fact, that narrowing it down to 17 was a challenge but that is what has happened. Here are 17 things to get excited about this year.

Wonder Woman (2 June)

This is the first time that I’ve truly been excited for a project by the DCEU and I’m really hoping that they don’t screw it up. Just give us a female hero and let her be as bad-ass as she was originally written to be.

Beauty & The Beast (17 March)

Disney classic, music from my childhood, Emma Watson: what isn’t there to love about this movie? Even Gaston looks good (in a he-seems-to-be-a-more-well-rounded-character kind of way, don’t worry – it looks like he’s still a total bastard).

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Sense8 (5 May)

After the Christmas special at the end of December, I’m absolutely buzzing for this new season. Sense8 is hope and light but it’s also painful and terribly, terribly sad at times. Essentially, it’s the best thing being broadcast at the moment.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (7 July)

Sure, it’s the third reboot of this hero’s franchise but he’s still my favourite and I still can’t wait to see him again.

Cars 3 (14 July)

Never in a million years would I have thought that any member of the Cars franchise would be making it onto a list like this but… never say never. The first teaser trailer got me hooked and now I absolutely have to see it.

Coco (8 December)

I can’t talk about Cars 3 and miss out the other Pixar release for this year. Not a lot of people are talking about Coco at the moment but it’s about the Mexican Day of the Dead and that alone has me very interested. Plus, it’s Pixar – it’s going to be fantastic.

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Orange Is The New Black, Season 5 (June)

The last two episodes of the most recent season of Orange Is The New Black were viewed behind a curtain of tears which is basically the highest praise from me. They ended on a cliffhanger that I couldn’t stop thinking about for days. Dammit, now I’m thinking about it again.

Star Trek: Discovery (May)

I am a part of a new generation of Star Trek fans that jumped onboard after the Pine movies. That huge market is probably one of the main reasons that they decided to launch a new series and I am very grateful for that.

The Oscars (26/2)

Th glitz, the glamour, the terrible jokes: I live for this award ceremony. It’s the one night of the year that I can successfully pull an all-nighter so that I can watch the entire show all the way from England.

Stranger Things (TBC)

I don’t know where they’re going to go from the first season but I am more than happy to find out.

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Justice League (17 November)

My hopes for this movie are slightly lower than those for Wonder Woman but I’m trying to stay optimistic. Most of the characters seem great (with the exception of Batfleck) and if Warner Bros. can get their act together, this could be something amazing.

Hamilton, London (21/11)

I’ve adored this musical for the last year and it is finally coming to London! I won’t be able to afford tickets but at least I’ll be able to walk past the theatre…

Iron Fist (17 March)

Judging by Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, this show is going to be amazing. What’s more, it’s the final piece of the puzzle before we get to…

The Defenders (TBC)

I love what Marvel are doing with their Netflix series and this seems like it’s going to be beyond amazing.

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Star Wars VIII (15 December)

My appreciation for the Star Wars franchise is an even more recent development than my enjoyment of Star Trek. For the first time, I will be waiting with anticipation alongside the other fanboys and fangirls.

Fast & Furious 8 (14 April)

I’m not going to pretend that these movies mean anything more to me than 2 hours of ridiculous stunts and cheesy one-liners but sometimes the world needs crazy stunts and cheesy one-liners.

Logan (2 March)

Is it weird that I feel a little bit scared of this movie? Like I know it’s going to be brilliant but I think that if Logan dies, a little part of my heart may also die.

So those are the 17 things that I am most looking forward to in 2017.

What are you looking forward to? Is there anything on my list that has you pointedly unenthused? Let me know in the comments.

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The Top 3 Disney Princesses

Moana is officially in UK cinemas and to celebrate that we’re going to honour Disney’s wonderful, feminist approach to princesses by ranking these ladies against one another.

Not including Moana, there are currently eleven Disney princesses: Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, and Merida. Everybody has their favourites (although if your favourite is Aurora, you should probably take a step back and think about the choices that you’re making in life) and for me, that favourite changes every time I re-watch on of their films.

Instead of selecting just one, which would be almost impossible, I have chosen my three favourite of the princesses, and with no particular order to it, here they are:

POCAHONTAS

pocahontasI actually only first watched Pocahontas a year ago and it was amazing. Pocahontas has one of the most real-life tragic stories and it has to be said: the Disney version is much nicer. Like way nicer. Still, they spoke about an actual historical figure who cares about the environment and nature. She speaks out against blind prejudice and she genuinely cares about the wider world where most people are motivated by self-interest.

BELLE

Image result for disney belleAs a book-loving nerd, Belle was always going to be one of my favourite princesses. Nothing quite resonates with me as strongly in a Disney movie than Belle’s reaction to that library. Also, when it comes to sexuality she’s definitely the most interesting – stick with me here. Most Disney stories are pretty vanilla when it comes to that aspect but Belle falls for the Beast when he’s the Beast. Try to convince me that that is not bestiality.

TIANA

Image result for disney tianaThe first black Disney princess was always going to be one of my favourites. With it’s New Orleans jazz; amazing voodoo plots; and uncharacteristically dark undertones, The Princess & The Frog is in my top 5 Disney movies but I’m focusing on Tiana. The title of ‘princess’ suggests some sort of birth-right or entitlement but Tiana is nothing like that. She works for everything that she has and she never gives up on it. Most people aren’t born princesses but Tiana shows that you can be extraordinary just by trying and that’s inspiring.

Who are your favourite Disney princesses? Are you an Aurora fan? Let me know in the comments.

Wait, What Happened? || Geek News

Tired of hearing about the dystopian nightmare that is a Donald Trump presidency? You’ve come to the right place. Amazingly, there is other news out there and some of it’s pretty awesome.

Beauty and the Beast Trailer

We finally got the trailer for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast and it’s everything that I could have ever wished for. It took Fifty Shades Darker’s title as the most viewed trailer in 24 hours so clearly the rest of the world is loving it as much as myself. The film stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the eponymous Beauty and Beast with Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, and Stanley Tucci in starring roles. You can look forward to seeing the film from March 17th but if you haven’t seen the trailer yet or you just need another dose to tide you over, you can watch it below:

Jackie Chan Receives An Oscar

Image result for jackie chanThe Academy Awards ceremony takes place in February but that didn’t stop Jackie Chan from finally getting his Oscar this weekend. At the Governor’s awards on Saturday night, four honorary Oscars were distributed by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences. Chan is a film icon and I can think of few who deserve it more. He had this to say:

“Standing here is a dream…After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, breaking so many bones, finally this is mine.”

Matt Damon Will Cameo In New Ocean’s Film

Image result for linus ocean's 11The more that I hear about Ocean’s Eight the more I can’t wait for its arrival. I love the heist movie genre but the quality of the movie is really down to the cast and this cast is unbelievable: Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway… the list goes on (and just gets more impressive). Now it has been revealed that Matt Damon will be making a cameo in the film, most likely as his Ocean’s Eleven character, Linus Caldwell.

How many times have you watched the Beauty and the Beast trailer? Who do you think deserves an honorary Oscar? What’s your dream heist movie line-up? Let me know in the comments.

Weekly Round-Up || Geek News

Happy Sunday everybody, I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend – if you live in a country that currently has a long weekend… If not, I hope you’re enjoying your regular, old two-day weekend. So what happened this week?

Best Piece Of News

This week Disney showed us the first teaser for Beauty and the Beast and invited us to be their guest. If you’re anything like me then you instantly jumped on this invitation. The teaser was absolutely stunning and although we only caught a glimpse of Emma Watson it was just enough to entirely pull you in. Disney’s first two live-action remakes (Maleficent and Cinderella) were decent but after the success of this year’s The Jungle Book Disney have set a higher standard for themselves and it looks like Beauty and the Beast is going to meet that. If you want to watch the teaser again, you can do that below:

Worst Piece Of News

Michael Bay is making yet another Transformers movie: I would say that nobody wanted to watch them but they’re clearly making enough money to justify a fifth film in the franchise. They began filming in Cuba this week and whilst not much is yet known about the plot Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel will be returning to reprise their previous roles.

Most Bizarre Piece Of News

Lionsgate demonstrated that they have a great deal more faith in their upcoming Power Rangers movie than the general public when their CEO, Jon Feltheimer, announced that they could make as many as seven films. Based on what I’ve seen so far I can’t even imagine the first one having significant box office success but we can be optimistic. The CEO of the company knows a lot more about the direction and production of the film so maybe it will be a sneaky hit – God knows Lionsgate need a win after this year’s Gods of Egypt and The Divergent Series: Allegiant.

And Everything Else…

  • X-Men Deleted Scene
  • Independence Day Trailer
  • Finding Dory Trailer
  • #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend
  • Netflix Gets Disney
  • New Mr. Robot Video
  • The Little Prince Release Date

If those headlines weren’t quite the informative nuggets that you were looking for then you can find out more about all of those stories right here but until next time:

Did you love the Beauty and the Beast teaser? Are you a fan of the Transformers films? Are you looking forward to the Power Rangers movie? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New? || Geek News

Happy Tuesday everybody, still reeling over Game of Thrones? Well, I might just have some things that will take your mind off of it.

Beauty and the Beast Teaser

Yesterday, Disney released their first teaser for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson. It looks brilliant and magical and had me beyond disappointed when it said that the film wasn’t coming out until March of next year. If you haven’t seen it already, you can do so right here:

X-Men: Apocalypse Deleted Scene

The film hasn’t yet been released in the US but Fox have already shown us a deleted scene in one of their (many) TV spots. At the beginning of this particular spot we see Nightcrawler and some of the other young X-Men in the mall in a scene that does not appear in the film. As somebody who has watched the movie, I would have liked the see the full scene in it but it wouldn’t have rescued the movie.

Independence Day: Resurgence Drops Monster Trailer

At nearly five minutes long, Independence Day: Resurgence has dropped its longest trailer yet. It dedicates the majority of its beginning explaining why exactly aliens are trying to destroy the planet again and you find out a little bit more about the characters. I’m not going to rush out to the cinema to see this movie but it seems like a solid summer blockbuster.

That’s it today but as usual there will be even more news (and probably fewer trailers) on Thursday. Until then:

Are you excited for Beauty and the Beast? Have you seen X-Men: Apocalypse yet? Did you watch the Independence Day: Resurgence trailer? Let me know in the comments.