When you thought they may have been done with the world of Harry Potter, here comes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This movie is based on another book of the same name by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. There is magic and wizardry here but that is the only thing I can see that connects it to the Harry Potter universe. This film takes place in New York where Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives with a briefcase full of magical beasts and monsters (it is in the Harry Potter universe after all). Soon after, a few of the beast within manage to escape and it is now up to him, possible other wizards, and a council of some sort to save the day. Can you tell that I haven’t read the book? I have not read all of the Harry Potter books or seen all of the movies but I still like the series enough. Other stars in this film include Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, and Jon Voight. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them releases November 18th, 2016.
Just ignore the Japanese subtitles. I’ve talked about another Captain America: Civil War trailer before, but now they have released another one but again, it has Japanese subtitles (because it’s for Japan). I would say to just refer to my previous post for some context but this one seems to take a step back from the previous one (from my other post). It doesn’t quite explain anything just yet but just approaches the story hinted at in the previous trailer from another direction. This trailer offers us more General ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross (William Hurt) including all of the familiar characters (albeit less characters than the previous trailer). There seems to be more of a difference of opinion between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) but there is still more to it we have yet to see (only if you haven’t yet read the comic books). Either way, my excitement for this film has not yet waned. Captain America: Civil War releases May 6th, 2016.
Cool song. It appears the crew from the Starship Enterprise (maybe) are back for more. Now the series has to take another direction with the absence of J.J. Abrams in the director’s chair (but he is still a producer). The crew appears to be doing the exploration they were always meant to do and they now appear to be in a strange place full of danger and excitement (because it is a movie and stuff must happen). All of the cast from the previous two films return for this one including Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and Scotty (Simon Pegg). Idris Elba also appears in this film in what appears to be a villain role. I admit to not knowing much of the story at this time but I am curious to learn more. It is comforting to know that the series has kept the action and the good sense of humour it has had so far. Star Trek Beyond releases July 22nd, 2016.
Another awards show is on the horizon, The 2016 Critics Choice Awards, with that comes more predictions. If you would like to read my previous predictions, click here. I have including the applicable nominations for each below. I’ve also added links to my reviews. Unfortunately I have not seen all the films that have been nominated so if I see any of those films before each award show, I will update my predictions if I find something more worthy.I will also highlight the winners after each as well.
With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Friday, December 18th, I thought I would take a look back at all of the previous movies from the beginning starting with the prequels and then the original trilogy. If you would like to read any of my previous reviews, click here. Try to ignore this, or not while watching the prequels. I’ll probably be treading through familiar territory with most people as well.
This is a continuation of what I started here. If you need a good nap, just listen to this: