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Review: It (2017)

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Fig.1 It (2017) Movie Poster
In 1986, Stephen King's It was first published and was told through two narratives, which alternated between each other - one being focused on a group of kids from the 1950s, who refer to themselves as The Losers Club, and the other showing those same characters when they're 30 years older in the 1980s, and how each of them have "moved on" from what happened when they were young. In 1990, there was an American/Canadian adaptation that was in the form of a mini-series. That is an adaptation that has gained a cult following primarily due to Tim Curry's brilliantly haunting portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Unlike that mini-series, this latest retelling focuses purely on the children, but excludes the adult storyline and has the children set in the 1980s, as opposed to the 1950s.
Fig.2 Sewer Scene
Without doubt, it is the chemistry within the Losers Club that make this an enjoyable watch. Each character has their own personality a…

Review: The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)

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Fig.1 The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Movie Poster
Imagine having to protect the person that has brought so much pain to your life - this is the job that Michael Bryce (Played by Ryan Reynolds) is forced into when he needs to act as the bodyguard for the infamous hitman, Darius Kincaid (Played by Samuel L. Jackson). Patrick Hughes directs The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) which seems very much like a throwback to action movies of the 1980s and 90s through its characters and dialogue, but does it bring anything new to the table?
Fig.2 Darius Kincaid (Played by Samuel L. Jackson) and Michael Bryce (Played by Ryan Reynolds)
It is the relationship between Darius Kincaid and Michael Bryce where the real intrigue into this story lies. It has a very run-of-the-mill plot and it becomes clear very early on that the film-makers are aware of this. Essentially, both Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds are playing slightly exaggerrated versions of their respective real-life personas. If you are a…

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…