Episode 62 – Something Is Awakening… Can You Feel It?

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Warner Bros. have now confirmed who will be playing who in the new Suicide Squad movie with Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Will Smith confirmed. Click on the images below to read our posts.

Ryan Reynolds confirmed to play Deadpool in 2016

IMG_2833.JPG20th Century Fox have confirmed that Ryan Reynolds will play the Deadpool in a standalone movie in 2016.

This is hardly news as Reynolds has voiced his interest in playing the role ever since word of the film got out in its early pitching phase, following his first appearance as Merc with a Mouth in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine which was very limited for obvious reasons given the R-rated nature of the character’s sense of humour in the comics.

Just before the announcement was made yesterday, Reynolds teased this confirmation with a tweet, ‘Uh… It’s Chimichanga Time,’ as a caption to a Deadpool collage created by Seattle-based artist Mike Oncley (pictured right)

As for the character’s backstory in Marvel comics, Deadpool aka Wade Wilson was a cancer stricken man who becomes invincible with the ability to regenerate at high speeds as the result of experimental treatments albeit at the price of being disfigured from the experiments, hence the full body suit. He is also well known for speaking to his audience and having multiple inside voices that speak to him as well as each other.

The untitled Deadpool movie will be directed by Tim Miller who’s better known for his work as visual effects supervisor on Scott Pilgrim vs The World. Given the nature of the test footage that was released at this summer’s Comic Con, the film can be expected to be a visual effects extravaganza considering that a majority of the comics is spent on panels showing our anti-hero dismembered.

The film is set for a release date of 12 February 2016

Terminator Genisys Trailer

He’s back! Set in the not so distant future, the Terminator sequel will see Arnie reprise his iconic 1984 lead role. The storyline sees him train a young Sarah Connor, played by Emilia Clarke, while her future son John Connor (Jason Clarke) sends his reliable lieutenant Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back in time to make sure she survives so that he can live.

Bond 24 receives new title Spectre and new poster

IMG_2832.JPGThe new Bond film has been titled “Spectre”, short and spooky, so expect ghouls and creatures of the night.

All jokes aside, the full cast has also been released. Andrew Scott, Lea Sedoux, Dave Bautista and Monica Bellucci are on board for the film.

Double Oscar winner Christoph Waltz is of course the villain of this piece. Also returning cast-members are Naomi Harris as Moneypenny and Ralph Fiennes as the new M.

Hoyte van Hoytema will be taking the place of Roger Deakins as cinematographer. Deakin was responsible for the impeccable cinematography of Skyfall. Hoytema is known for his work on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

SPECTRE is set for a October 23, 2015 release in the UK

Warner Bros confirm ‘Suicide Squad’ cast

Warner Bros. have now confirmed who will be playing who in the new Suicide Squad movie, written and directed by David Ayer, the man who brought you Fury and Training Day. Much of the castings had been previously reported, but the studio have now confirmed the initial cast.

The line-up looks like this:

Jared Leto – The Joker
Will Smith – Deadshot
Tom Hardy – Rick Flag
Margot Robbie – Harley Quinn
Jai Courtney – Boomerang
Cara Delevingne – Enchantress


Described as the Ocean’s Eleven of comic book movies, the movie certainly packs an impressive cast for the job.

For those of you that are new to the premise, Suicide squad is a rag tag band of villains brought together by the government and forced to take on high risk suicide missions. In return, their sentences are reduced.

Jesse Eisenberg is expected to make a cameo as Lex Luthor and word has it that another main casting for Amanda Waller is yet to be done. It is speculated that Oprah Winfrey is being sought after, although a more likely scenario is that Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer are being courted for the role.

With this superb casting, it’s hard not to get all excited and one can only hope for more good things to come.

Shooting is due to start in April 2015 for a 5th August 2016 release date.

American Sniper Trailer

U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.

Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

Pitch Perfect 2 Trailer

Hailee Steinfeld joins Anna Kendrick in the sequel to the 2012 sleeper smash hit Pitch Perfect.

‘The Barden Bellas are back in “Pitch Perfect 2,” the follow-up to summer 2012’s smash hit. The comedy will be helmed by Elizabeth Banks, co-star and producer of “Pitch Perfect,” and produced by Paul Brooks, Max Handelman and Banks. Writer Kay Cannon returns to the team to pen the next chapter.’

Oscar Isaac to play Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse

The rumour mill was churning as to who director Bryan Singer would cast as younger versions of the X-Men for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, but it seems that they have gone ahead and cast their titular villain as Oscar Isaac comes on board to play the one of the X-Men’s deadliest foes.

Isaac landed a career boosting role earlier this year in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and now has landed another major role in the biggest X-Men film to date. The post-credits scene of X-Men: Days Of Future Past gave us a glimpse at a young Apocalypse manipulating objects with telekinesis as the Four Horseman appeared in the background. The new film is set in the 80s and will show us an older version of the villain portrayed by Isaac. Apocalypse is a massive, towering figure in the comics, so it is very likely that Isaac will play a humanoid character who will change in size later with special effects. And as the name indicates, we will see our mutant heroes go up against a literal apocalyptic-sized event.

Variety are reporting that Isaac has been a favourite since the start. Director Bryan Singer and producer/writer Simon Kinberg have emphasised that Apocalypse will deliver a ‘massive spectacle’ which will be ‘even bigger’ than X-Men: Days Of Future Past, serving as the conclusion to the First Class trilogy.

Business As Usual – Nightcrawler Review

After walking out of a screening of Nightcrawler, I am pretty certain that I have seen one of the best films of 2014. Exploring the psychopathic nature of modern capitalism and business enterprising in a manner to films such as American Psycho dressed in a similar tone to Drive. Jake Gylenhaal takes centre stage in this character driven story with a supporting cast that includes Rene Russo and Bill Paxton in limited supporting roles who serve to draw attention to the main selling points of the film, like pieces of meat hanging on display at the butchers shop. A testament of how our main character – Lou Bloom – views the rest of the world.

Lou Bloom is an eccentric character, ruthless, manipulative and ambitious. He literally and figuratively drives the story through a highway of prospects that he’s always so keenly aware off. This leads him towards various encounters that he cunningly takes advantage of unashamedly and without a shred of remorse. His unapologetic conduct ensures that he fully exploits every moment that you rarely see him in trouble for. He is a living breathing personification of a business enterprise with every word from his mouth sounding like a rehearsed sales pitch or marketing slogan, the most memorable of which is his view that “To win the lottery, you’ve got to make the money to buy a ticket”. Superficially harmless at first glance, it is a chilling insight into ruthless nature of the character.

Largely anti-social, his isolation is only a means to an end which he uses to exploit every encounter he makes, like a machine process playing out accordingly. The effect of which is that in spite of the random nature of his interactions, he is always in control. Like the way he builds leverage to acquire more power over Rene Russo’s character, professionally and sexually. He eventually surpasses and obliterates his competition in Bill Paxton and eliminates a threat presented by his hapless employee played by Riz Ahmed. Each and every one of these relationships, though superficial at best, helps to express the character’s world view.

The movie’s dark tone registers the dark side of ambition, power and consumerism. People are dehumanized to the point of being nothing but meat. This film shares a scary insight into human nature told from the point of a character who as audience we are meant to connect to and in whom we see ourselves, no matter how much we choose to judge him.

At the end of the day it’s just business as usual.