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Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

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Fig.1 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Movie Poster
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) is Luc Besson's latest film, of which shares some similarities in tone and style to another film of his in The Fifth Element (1997). This is very much a passion project of Besson's due to his love for the Valerian and Laureline comics, which were published from 1967 to 2010. Although The Fifth Element certainly isn't a masterclass in story-telling, the World and it's design has made it somewhat of a cult classic - Will Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets gain the same level of recognition? 
Fig.2 City of Alpha
Without doubt, the film's biggest strength lies within it's level of ambition. These unimaginable cities and environments are simply breath-taking to behold. There are set pieces that are so mind-blowing, that you must appreciate the film's craft. We are taken to several different environments, each feeling as different as the …

Review: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

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Fig. 1 War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Movie Poster
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) is the third and final part of a trilogy that has gained a lot of fans due to how successful and surprising the previous two films were. Matt Reeves returns as Director, who was able to take this franchise into a different direction after taking over from Rupert Wyatt to direct the second film -  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). So, is War for the Planet of the Apes a worthy conclusion to this story, and does it do what so few third instalments have done and be the best of the three?
Fig.2 Caeser (Played Andy Serkis)
It is fair to say that the film's protagonist, Caeser, who is played by Andy Serkis, has gone through quite a journey and is at a point in his existence where he is in full control of the Apes, who is both respected and feared by members of both the Apes and the Humans. Andy Serkis once again provides an incredible and, at times, emotional performance. He demonstrates h…

University Project: A Beginner's Guide to Failure - Infographic & Art Of

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A Beginner's Guide to Failure - Info-Graphic
This is an Info-Graphic that I made while I was a student of Computer Animation Arts at University for the Creative Arts (Rochester). Out of everything that I did/created during my time on the course, this is the project that I am most proud of. I managed to create something that is exactly like how I imagined it to be and I was able to complete it fairly easily and quickly. A Beginner's Guide to Failure - Art Of

Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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Fig.1 Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Movie Poster
Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) is the next instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and is the third adaptation of the title character, in a standalone film, that we have seen in the past 15 years. The previous 5 films have all varied in quality, so it is fair to say that the Spider-Man character has had it's share of both the good and the bad. Which camp does this fall into?
Fig.2 Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Played by Tom Holland)
Although this is a Superhero film, the clear influences for the film are from teenage high-school films, particularly the films by John Hughes - the director of The Breakfast Club (1985), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) and Sixteen Candles (1984) to name a few. This means that even in the "quieter" scenes when it's just Peter at School, it is still fairly entertaining and does not falter with the tone and pacing of the film. They intersect with the big action set pieces, so t…

Review: Baby Driver (2017)

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Fig. 1 Baby Driver (2017) Movie Poster
Baby Driver is the fifth feature film by Edgar Wright, who has quickly become one of the most popular Directors working today, due to how well-adored his previous films are, by both critics and fans alike - Those films being Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), The World's End (2013) and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). So, does Baby Driver prove to be another success for Wright?
Fig. 2 Baby (Played by Ansel Egort)
In many ways, Baby Driver is very similar to Nicolas Winding Refn's 2011 film, Drive. Both films include a mysterious, and often silent, protagonist, who is an extremely skilled driver. It is due to those skills that make him the right choice for when someone is needed to get others out of a certain situation. Unlike Drive, however, which was very serious and quite dark at times, Baby Driver is an incredibly fun film that features some of the best car chases in recent years. Like his previous films, Edgar Wright's st…

Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

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Fig.1 Wonder Woman (2017) Movie Poster
To many, the DC Extended Universe is yet to reach the levels of success that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has hit. Whereas the high majority of the films that are part of the Marvel Universe have been mega blockbuster hits and are adored by both critics and fans alike, the three DC Universe films that have been released thus far: Man of Steel (2013), Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Suicide Squad (2016), have been incredibly divisive, to say the least. So, can Patty Jenkins help DC by bringing us a Wonder Woman film that will fill us with optimism for this franchise and it's upcoming releases - in particular Justice League, which will release later this year?
Fig.2 Diana Prince (Played by Gal Gadot -left) and Hippolyta (Played by Connie Nielsen - right)
As we continue to push for equality in our society, we want to see more diversity within our films, as well, because of this there was a lot of excitement and anticipation for th…

Review: Alien: Covenant (2017)

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Fig.1 Alien: Covenant (2017) Movie Poster
Alien: Covenant (2017) was directed by Ridley Scott, and is both a sequel to Prometheus (2012) and a prequel to Alien (1979) - both of which were also directed by Ridley Scott. Prometheus was met with relatively mixed reactions, among both critics and fans alike. A lot of people, who were not too pleased with that film, believed that it left too many questions unanswered and, therefore, didn't live up to the promise of giving us more knowledge about the 1979 Sci-fi/Horror classic. So, how does it's sequel fair?
Fig.2 The Covenant crew exploring the Planet
Unlike it's 2012 predecessor, Alien: Covonant is based much more heavily in the Horror genre and because of this there are many occassions that will leave you overwhelmed by it's incredible use of gore and tension. The film does share some plot elements to the 1979 film, so the journey does seem a little similar, but Ridley Scott has still managed to make it feel fresh and new…