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.

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.

What’s New? || Geek News

Merry Tuesday everybody, as a UK resident who watched the Oscars ceremony live I’m still exhausted but the ceremony was amazing. By now I’m sure you already know who won and who lost so I won’t bore you by repeating all of that. Instead, let’s take a look at some of the other things that happened in the last few days.

Fox Announces Two More Marvel Films

After the success of Deadpool it makes sense that Fox would want to get as many Marvel films out as possible. Whilst they haven’t released the names of the projects, Fox have confirmed that they will be releasing two Marvel properties on October 6th 2017 and January 12th 2018. I’m assuming that one of them is the perpetually-delayed Gambit film and the other one may be that Deadpool sequel we’ve been hearing so much about.

New Orange Is The New Black Teaser

Season 4 of Orange Is The New Black will be available on Netflix from June 17 which feels like forever but they’ve released another teaser to keep us excited. I have to say that this one didn’t really hit me like they usually do but that could be the sleep deprivation talking. Check it out yourself:

Pixar Have Won Their 16th Academy Award

I know, I know, I said no Oscar talk but you have to let me congratulate Pixar who, with Inside Out winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, have now received a total of 16 Academy Awards – 8 for Best Animated Feature. I love Pixar and I loved Inside Out: with the exception of Leonardo DiCaprio finally winning Best Actor, this is the award that I was most happy about.

New Batman v Superman Clip

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives at our cinema screens this month and on the Jimmy Kimmel show they premiered a new clip. I have to say, when I first heard the title of this film I was like, “well, that’ll be a short movie”. Superman is clearly going to beat Batman in a fight, or is he? This clip is the first footage we’ve seen of the two actually going head to head against one another and the Dark Knight seems to have some tricks up his sleeve.

That’s all for today, but of course you can come back tomorrow for a feature piece or maybe just wait until Thursday for another Geek News. Until whenever:

Did you have a favourite Oscar moment? Are you still interested in a Gambit movie? Is OITNB losing quality in these later seasons? Let me know in the comments.

#OscarsSoPredictable

The Oscars are coming again this weekend and since the nominations came out in January there has been general uproar (again) about the lack of diversity. As somebody who enjoys cinema I can’t help but agree but I also believe that it goes so much further than that. We’ve reached a point where the Oscar nominees and winners are getting predictable. You could argue that it’s formulaic.

Last week I spoke about Pixar and they, together with Disney, have won nine of the fourteen Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature.Today, I want to focus on the superhero genre which anybody could tell you is leading the film industry at the moment but is yet to be recognised by the Academy.

There’s no denying that comic-book films are a huge section of the film industry at the moment. Particularly with the MCU, the box office has been dominated by Marvel and DC titles in the last few years, with The Dark Knight The Avengers actually having the highest worldwide gross of 2008 and 2012 respectively.

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Top grossing films: 2006 - 2016 (so far)

 

As a kid who loved the cinema, I thought of the Oscars with a level of reverence that I reserved for them and them alone. If you (as an actor, director, writer etc.) or your movie won an Oscar then that meant more than any review or anybody’s opinion – clearly your work was the best. Now I’m not too sure about that.

You’re familiar with the term “oscar bait” – a film that is produced with the intention, and likelihood, of winning at the Oscars – and right now that seems largely to be biopics and epic period dramas. I don’t want to disparage the recent Best Picture winners or nominees, I’m actually a fan of the majority of them, but I believe that they’re missing something key.

Empire is the biggest selling film magazine in the UK and if you look at their last three covers, they’re all superheroes.

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Empire UK Magazine Covers Feb 2016 - April 2016

Empire hold their own awards every year – the Jameson Empire Awards – in which the winners are voted for by the readers of the magazine (people that love cinema). The difference in nominations is astounding. Moving past superhero movies for a second, films like Star Wars, Harry Potter and The Hobbit all receive critical acclaim. Regardless, they’re snubbed by the Oscars when it comes to the coveted Best Picture award but are recognised in the Empire Awards. Voting in the Empire awards is open to everybody; the Oscars are based on exclusion.

The problem with the Oscars at the moment is that the same people are voting for the same types of films over and over again. A 2012 study by the Los Angeles Times showed the following to be true of Academy Award voters:

  • 94% Caucasian
  • 77% male
  • 54% over the age of 6o.

Clearly this is not representative of all people who watch films throughout the year.

You may think that if these films are the highest-grossing in the cinema and they receive so many other accolades, then should some gold statue really matter? The Academy Awards are recognised as the most prestigious awards in the film industry – perhaps these superhero films don’t need to win Best Picture but if the vast majority of people agree that something was the best feature film of the year, then shouldn’t it win the award?

What do you think about the Oscars? Should the superhero genre be allowed a space in the Best Picture category? What was the best film of the past year for you? Let me know in the comments.