Blade Runner 2049: Film Review

With sequels, there is always that concern about whether the second instalment with tarnish the reputation of the first, especially one so well-loved as Blade Runner. It was certainly a risk with Blade Runner 2049, which comes 35 years after the original, but luckily they have waited that long to make sure they have created something that is loyal to its predecessor and builds upon its success. No easy feat.

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Suicide Squad: Film Review

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I wasn’t keen on Suicide Squad when it was announced because it sounded awful but I was won over by the trailers and I eventually became excited for it. That was until the reviews came out and, although I tried to ignore them, it was impossible not to take note of the negativity and lower your expectations. But I just want to assure the fans that the film is not the travesty it has been made out to be – it is messy and extremely flawed, yes, but I enjoyed most of it.

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Justice League cast make surprise appearance at Suicide Squad premiere

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I haven’t been to a London premiere this exciting and spectacular in ages and it couldn’t have come at a better time – Suicide Squad really needed a big event like this to lift fans’ spirits following the critical mauling the film has received and the cast made sure it was a lot of fun – and things got even crazier when the Justice League showed up announced! AMAZING!

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Top Films for August

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August is here which means more movies for your cinema-going selves! There are plenty to choose from this month but I’ve whittled it down to the ones I’m most excited about.

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Top Films for 2016

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2016 has well and truly kicked off so what better time to look at the movies coming up in the year ahead and get excited about some the releases to come?

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Don’t judge Suicide Squad by its trailer

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The official trailer for Suicide Squad was released yesterday after it was leaked from Comic Con over the weekend. The trailer had been put together to give fans who had queued for hours to get into the panel a taster of what was to come, but Warner Bros/DC Comics never wanted it available for the public, yet they were forced to do so as there were so many poor quality, leaked versions everywhere. This is why I urge you to not judge the trailer – it simply isn’t ready.

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Comic-Con highlights: Suicide Squad, Batman V Superman, Deadpool & Star Wars

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This weekend in film news is ALL about the San Diego Comic Con because so many panels have been held to promote TV shows and movies, and it is pretty hard to keep up with all the news. Basically, for me, the biggest news is the latest trailers for the upcoming superhero films Suicide Squad, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Deadpool. And while it has no new trailer, I was so psyched about the Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens panel that I simply need to talk about it.

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Best Oscars Pictures: After parties

Here’s my selection of the best after-ceremony pictures from the Oscars 2014:

 

Lupita photobombs Jared Leto 

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Then he does the same to Anne Hathaway…

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Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne patch up their differences

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Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Jamie King get in the photo booth 

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Best buds Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez cuddle up

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NOW FOR BURGERS…

Anna Kendrick

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Olivia Munn and Emma Roberts

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Hope you all enjoyed!

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Dallas Buyers Club: Review

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This has had a lot of Oscar nominations and the leads, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, have picked up Golden Globes for their performances already and it’s not hard to see why.

This film is probably most known for McConaughey’s weight loss and although it is shocking at times (he looks so unhealthy!), you get used to it and realise how much it adds to the story. He stars as Ron Woodroof, a real-life electrician who is diagnosed with HIV which, at the time, is called the ‘gay disease’. In the 80s, the only drug available in America is called AZT but it makes him worse, so he seeks out other options. He travels to Mexico where he finds other drugs which haven’t been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and smuggles them into the States.

He soon realised he can sell them onto other HIV/AIDs sufferers, including transgender Rayon (Jared Leto), who go into business together. Selling the drugs are illegal, so they set up a ‘buyers club’ where the drugs are for free once membership has been paid for. That is until the FDA hears about the ring and tries to close them down.

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You would expect a film like this to be rather depressing and it is at the start when he is diagnosed and only given 39 days left to live. He looks shocking. You realise how bleak the outlook was for HIV sufferers at that time and how the stigma can almost be as bad as the illness. But then he gets new-found determination, reads up on the literature and figures out to deal with this thing. In doing so, he helps a lot of people and I actually left this feeling positive.

Obviously, you know things don’t end well during these types of stories but I was left feeling so amazed at the lengths Woodroof went through to help other sufferers when he could have been selfish and kept the medication to himself. The FDA kept trying to shut him down but he would just find another loophole or a different supplier. If anything, I was frustrated at the injustice of it all- the FDA are supposed to helping sick people yet they were encouraging sufferers to stay on AZT, which made them sicker and made effective treatments illegal. It provided a great deal of insight into the corruption within the agencies.

The performances are very, very good but if you remove the transformation factor (especially in Leto’s case, dressed as a woman) then I wouldn’t say their performances were any better than the other Oscar nominees. They are on par.

The dialogue and performances are brilliant in this and I don’t want people being put off thinking it is going to be depressing because it is a motivational movie about how far a man will go to survive and to help others. It has such a good message and it is so interesting. A must-see.

Top Films For February

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Dallas Buyers Club

Judging by the Golden Globe awards the lead actors got for this, I expect it to be amazing. Matthew McConaughey portrays the real-life Ron Woodroof, who is diagnosed with HIV at a time when the medication available in the US is not effective. He smuggles non-FDA approved drugs into the US and sets up a members club for other AIDS sufferers.

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Cuban Fury

I’m sort of scrapping the barrel here but I’m really not bothered about most of the movies out this month. As the ones on offer go, I think this will be pretty funny because I love Nick Frost but would never have placed him in a salsa dancing competition movie. I imagine it will follow the same formula as other dance flicks but the British humour will make it enjoyable nonetheless. It also stars Olivia Colman, Rashida Jones and Chris O’Dowd.

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Her

This looks so different and interesting. Joaquin Phoenix stars as a man who falls in love with his interactive operating system, named Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Also starring Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde and Rooney Mara.

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Non-Stop

This is another Liam Neeson action vehicle, this time aboard a plane. He plays an air marshal who ends up in a sticky situation when he gets blackmailed – if doesn’t get the feds to transfer a ton of money, a person will be killed every 20 minutes. There are a few twists and turns and it is a major whodunnit- which I love! Also starring Julianne Moore and Lupita Nyong’o.

There are many other movies out this month but they don’t grab me at all: Here’s a list of the big ones- Robocop, The Lego Movie,  The Invisible Woman, Mr Peabody & Sherman, Endless Love, The Monument’s Men, A Winter’s Tale,  The Book Thief and Ride Along.