Some On-Screen Heroes (That Don’t Wear Tights)

When I talk about heroes on-screen I’m usually talking about people like Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman but as great as they all are – and I think that they’re pretty awesome – they are just a small category of what constitutes a hero.

To me a hero is somebody that inspires greatness. They’re the sort of person that’s brave, not just because they are willing to complete death-defying feats, but because they will stand up for somebody that nobody else will defend. They’ll have the scary conversations and even if they make mistakes, their ultimate goal is to do the right thing. With that said, I have chosen a few characters that are heroes to me.

Rocky Balboa

Image result for rocky balboa posterThe Rocky movies have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’m a sucker for an underdog story but whilst I supported Rocky in the first six movies, I never saw him as a hero until he was taken out of the ring in Creed and you see the man, not just the fighter.

Rocky’s kind and generous enough to train a near stranger and move him into his house. His heart is so big that he loves this kid after only a few weeks knowing him. People provoke him but he only ever responds with kindness. Rocky chooses to be nice the same way that he chooses to always fight. Rocky’s choices are what make him one of my heroes.

Judy Hopps

Image result for judy hoppsIs it possible to watch Zootopia and not fall in love with Judy Hopps? Usually, the relentless optimist gets on my nerves very quickly but there was something so pure and real about Judy’s morality. Judy stood up for people despite not being able to protect herself and when people said she couldn’t do something, she didn’t become angry or bitter, she tried harder. Most of all, I love that Judy was a flawed character: she had deeply rooted prejudice but when she realised that, she apologised and made an effort to address it. It’s such a simple thing but not a lot of people can so readily admit when they’re wrong.

The Breakfast Club

Image result for the breakfast clubA brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal.

This movie made me realise something that I should have already known: everybody is the centre of their own story and everybody has a story. The Breakfast Club didn’t do anything particularly heroic except to be honest with each other about their lives. They were each able to open up to a group of strangers and that never fails to inspire me.

Also, random 80s dance numbers are the best thing in cinema and I wish that they still existed today.

Olivia Pope

Image result for olivia popeI fell in love with Olivia Pope before I ever watched Scandal. I was watching TV when an advert for the show came on and a clip played where I saw this fierce woman standing in the Oval Office and shouting “If you want me, earn me!” at POTUS.

Olivia Pope is fearless – she knows her value in the world and she is not willing to compromise it for anybody (not even the President). Clearly, I respect her power and her drive but I also admire her compassion and her constant willingness to stand up for people that it would be easier to throw under the bus.

Tadashi Hamada

Image result for tadashi hamadaHiro is probably the obvious hero in Big Hero 6 but to me, Tadashi is the clear hero of the story. He may only feature for the first twenty minutes but he is the catalyst behind all of the good things that happen going forwards.

With his huge intellect, he chooses to create something whose only purpose is to help other people. He does everything that he can to help his little brother and even after his death, he manages to help society.

Who are your on-screen heroes? What inspires you in characters? Let me know in the comments.

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What’s New? || Geek News

Happy Tuesday, ZootopiaJustice LeaguePacific Rim… there’s just too much to talk about today so let’s get right into it.

Zootopia Passes $1 Billion

Zootopia has officially passed the $1 billion mark at the box office and is the fourth animated movie to ever do so. The film was a gorgeous imagination of an all-animal metropolis and I loved it (you can read our review here). As much as we seem to be having a problem with sequels that nobody wants at the moment, this is one world that I would like to re-visit in the future.

Justice League Re-Titled

The upcoming Justice League film has now been re-titled. What is that new title? Wait for it… Justice League. Yeah, it’s called Justice League. It was previously called Justice League Part 1 which raises the question of what has changed? Will it no longer be a two-parter and is this evidence that Warner Bros. are finally noticing that their DCEU is crumbling all around them?

Hayley Atwell Is Not A Fan Of Cap’s New Romance

Captain America: Civil War was easily Marvel’s best film to date but there was one moment that felt very off. Captain America kisses Sharon Carter, niece of Peggy Carter, mere hours after Peggy’s funeral. A lot of fans did not like it and apparently neither did Peggy Carter herself, Hayley Atwell. During an interview with IGN she had this to say on the subject:

“Well, first of all she’d be turning over in her grave. She’d be like ‘no.’ And she’d inject herself with the blue serum and become a super villain. She’d break out of her coffin and ground [Sharon]. She’d ground her. Then she’d kick Steve’s ass as well.”

John Boyega Cast In Pacific Rim 2

John Boyega has landed the role of the protagonist of the sequel to the popular blockbuster, Pacific Rim. The film will begin production later this year and Boyega will play the son of Idris Elba’s character from the first film.

Superman Will Appear In Supergirl

If you watched the first season of Supergirl on CBS then you would have noticed that the Man of Steel appeared but never showed his face. Going into season 2, it has been confirmed that Superman will reveal himself. He will appear in the first two episodes of the season and casting has already begun. A lot of people are hoping that Smallville‘s Tom Welling will reprise the role but there is currently no news.

That’s it today but come back on Thursday for even more news. Until then:

Do you want a Zootopia sequel? Are you excited to see more of John Boyega? Who do you want to be cast as Superman? Let me know in the comments.

Zootropolis: A Review

When it was released in the US, Zootropolis set the record for the highest earning opening weekend for any Disney animated film – it dethroned Frozen. Obviously the film was released at an ideal time but is there more to its success than that? After watching it, the answer is a resounding yes.

It always amazes me how Disney can continue to produce such heart-felt, original, and well-executed content after so many years but they do. The animation studio is perhaps best remembered for their princess movies but Lilo & Stitch, Meet The Robinsons and Big Hero 6 are some of the fantastic titles that Zootropolis can now join the ranks of and perhaps sit on top of.

The film is set in a society in which there are no humans but rather animals that have evolved to co-exist peacefully and form a society as we know it (schools, public transport systems, jobs, a healthy dose of racism – but we’ll get to that later). A bunny named Judy (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes a cop despite prejudice and has 48hrs to solve a missing persons case. She enlists the help of a conman fox named Nick (voiced by Jason Bateman) and the two solve the case together.

Whilst I’ve stripped the story down to its bare bones, if you watch it you can appreciate how allegorical it is and also how relevant it is to the struggles that we’re currently facing. There is an unspoken divide between predators and prey in much the same way as there are divisions between certain groups in our own society. Some of the dialogue used was particularly striking and whilst this movie is fun there is this constant underlying message about racism.

How exactly is the kids’movie about racism fun? Well, the characters certainly help. The protagonist, Judy, is the most relentlessly optimistic and idealistic character you’re likely to see on screen. The jaded, bitter part of myself feels like I ought to hate her but much like Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation it’s just not possible. Still, she’s not just sugar and spice: she has an iron will and is far more intelligent than people expect but she’s not infallible either. We see that she has some deep, ingrained prejudices of her own but she deals with that and owns up to it.

She’s paired with Nick, the wise-cracking misanthrope who I absolutely adore. The dynamic between these character types has been tried and tested many times in other shows and movies but even though it’s not exactly mind-blowing, it works. These characters aren’t one-dimensional and we see them grow and change together.

The animation is spectacular which is to be expected from Disney but not disregarded. The city of Zootropolis with its five different ecosystems is a work of art but the rainforest was the location that caught my eye the most. The detail is breath-taking and when I think about how long it took to draw and animate my brain shuts down a little bit.

Overall, this latest outing from Disney is beautiful – but if this hasn’t convinced you to watch it then I have one word for you: Shakira – yup, gazelle-Shakira.

The Beginner’s Guide To Zootropolis

Everything you need to know before Zootropolis comes out tomorrow.

Did you mean Zootopia?
No, I did not but I am talking about the same film. What’s called Zootopia in the US has been given the title Zootropolis for its UK release. I’m not entirely sure why but things like this happen all the time, for example, The Avengers was released in the UK as Avengers Assemble (a title that I never heard used – even by the cinema staff).

Alrighty, so what is Zootopia/Zootropolis?
Zootropolis is the latest Walt Disney Animation Studios film. If you thought it was weird how specific I just was, that’s because I was trying to subtly remind you that this isn’t a Pixar film.

What’s it about?
Well the film isn’t out yet in the UK and I’ve been avoiding spoilers to a level that you could describe as religious but here’s the official synopsis:

“In the animal city of [Zootropolis], a fast-talking fox who’s trying to make it big goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. [Zootropolis’] top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they’re forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.”

Talking animals…?
Hey, if you’re reading this then you’re seriously considering watching a film aimed at eight year olds so maybe don’t be so judgmental. Besides, I don’t think you can really ever be too old for a Disney film – as you get older you just recognise jokes that you didn’t get as a kid. If you liked Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph, this film is co-directed by the directors of those films.

Fair enough, who’s voicing the animals?
The cast for this film is great, I’m just going to list some names and you can get all excited about it: Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Idris Elba, J. K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, SHAKIRA.

Is it worth sitting in a cinema of chatty children to watch?
Well, that’s always a dilemma but I’m going to say yes. The film came out earlier this month in the US and all I have heard are good things. Besides that’s where I’ll be tomorrow morning so: moral support! (Or you could wait until tomorrow night when a review will go up and decide then)

What’s New? || Geek News

It’s Sunday, and in this final Geek News of the week we’ve got everything from Ghostbusters to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Let’s just jump into it:

Every Character To Return For Once Upon A Time Episode 100

Once Upon A Time returns from its mid-season hiatus tonight with its hundredth episode which is said to be full of some great surprises. I’m not sure how they’re going to do it considering the scope of the show but apparently we can expect to see every character this episode. Among other surprises we’ve also been promised a unique perspective of Storybrooke.

Ghostbusters Trailer Released

This week the trailer for Ghostbusters was released to mixed reception: some people loved it, others hated it. At the time of posting this, the Youtube video has more dislikes than likes but what do you think? I confess that I’ve never seen the original Ghostbusters films but from the trailer, this looks like a decent film:

Zootopia Sets Disney Box Office Record

It looks as though Zootopia (or Zootropolis in the UK) is going to take the record for Disney Animation’s biggest opening away from Frozen. The current projections for Zooptopia are $70-75 million, beating Frozen’s $67.4 million. I can’t wait for this film to hit the UK later this month, if you haven’t seen anything about it yet then look it up – it stars Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin and Idris Elba amongst others.

Spiderman Spin-Off, Venom, In The Works

With Sony’s revival of Spiderman, they’re also bringing back a project that they had put aside. Venom will be getting his own spin-off movie: as far as the movies go, we first saw Venom as one of the numerous villains in Spiderman 3 (played by Topher Grace) but they may go in a different direction for the movie. More recently in the comics, Venom has become more of an anti-hero than a villain but it’s unclear what direction they’re going in.

 Flash & Cyborg In Batman v Superman

Where it had been previously said that The Flash and Cyborg would only appear in the Justice League films, it has been confirmed that they will now have cameos in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This is amazing and I don’t know why but I’m still not excited about this film!

That’s it today and this week but there will be more news on Tuesday morning so check that out. Until then:

Will you be tuning into Once Upon A Time Tonight? Any strong feelings about Ghostbusters? Do you want to see an anti-hero Venom? Let me know in the comments.

 

2016 Movie Release Dates

January was basically a dead month in terms of awesome movies but the rest of this year is amazing. I’m excited. Are you excited? If not, maybe you don’t know exactly how many (hopefully) brilliant films come out this year. In which case, take a look below (all dates are UK release dates).

February 10 – Deadpool

March 10 – Allegiant

March 25 – Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice

March 25 – Zootropolis

April 15 – The Jungle Book

April 29 – Captain America: Civil War

May 19 – X-Men: Apocalypse

June 29 – Finding Dory

July 15 – Ghostbusters

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July 22 – The BFG

 

July 22 – Star Trek: Beyond

August 5 – Suicide Squad

August 12 – Pete’s Dragon

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October 28 – Doctor Strange

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November 18 – Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

December 2 – Moana

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Also, with uncertain release dates we have: Sinister Six, Gambit and Luke Cage (Netflix series). They probably won’t come out this year but I can still dream.

In the world of television there is so much already going on and lots of new seasons and series to look forward to but keep your eye out for Game of Thrones Season 6 (April 25) and Daredevil (March 18).

Dreamworks isn’t really inspiring me this year: they’re rolling out another Kung Fu Panda movie in March and Trolls in October. Teasers for the Trolls movie have been… well, it doesn’t look great but maybe it will surprise (I don’t think it will surprise).

I will keep this post updated if any dates change but for now:

Which movies are you looking forward to this year? Any movies that you’re dreading? Is there something that you’re looking forward to that I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments.