The Silence of the Lambs: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #47

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One of the most notorious movies of all time is the Silence of the Lambs. It’s got brilliant acting, iconic quotes and brought something new to cinema screens. It even won the Big Five at the 1992 Oscars (Best Picture, Best Male Actor, Best Female Actor, Best Director and Best Screenplay). I’d heard so much about it and finally got the chance to watch it (and check it off my watchlist). This week’s review is the Silence of the Lambs.

Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, the Silence of the Lambs is based on the book of the same title. It follows Clarice Starling, a young student at the FBI’s training academy. As she is a top student, Jack Crawford enlists her help to interview Dr Hannibal Lecter, one of the craftiest and violent psychopaths. Lecter is currently serving lifetime behind bars for his acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford needs Clarice to interrogate Lecter as he may hold information about a new psychopathic murderer on the rise, Buffalo Bill. Clarice holds the key to extracting the information out of Lecter and stopping the graphic murders.

Anthony Hopkins played the criminally insane and psychopathic Dr Hannibal Lecter, who is admittedly one of the best movie characters ever. Hopkins portrayal of a creepy, cannibalistic psychopath was so brilliantly and perfectly executed that Anthony Hopkins rightfully earnt his Oscar award for Best Male Actor. The role of Clarice Starling was played by Jodie Foster. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fantastic performance, and it was definitely award-worthy, but maybe not Oscar-worthy. She was well suited to play Clarice, and there aren’t many people who could have delivered a better performance than Foster, but I couldn’t help but feel that her delivery was lacking ever so slightly in a couple of areas. One was her vocal delivery, as I found it quite monotone at parts. I can’t quite put my finger on the other area. Having said that, the way Foster and Hopkins portrayed their characters when Clarice and Lecter were interacting with each other was so amazingly done. Buffalo Bill was the main antagonist and was played by Ted Levine. I thought the way Levine played Buffalo Bill was very well done on his part but would have liked to have seen more of his character.

The way the film came to life from the book was well done on Demme’s part. It created mystery and suspense in a way that left me intrigued by the film. The storyline is quite straightforward and, with the help of good music and acting, is produced into a film that kept me interested throughout and on the edge of my seat. The film also tended not to suffer from giving too much away via exposition but it did happen in a few places.

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Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter have a dramatic encounter.

Now for my favourite parts. I loved the opening of the film. It had dramatic music that left us in suspense and immediately got me thinking ‘who is the girl, why is she running through the woods?’. It used no exposition to give this away and was done smoothly in a way that I enjoyed. Then the joint best scene was up next, and it was the first meeting between Clarice and Lecter. It was such a perfect introduction to Lecter’s creepily psychopathic cannibalistic character and the interaction between the two was something brilliant to watch. The film dies down for a while but is still interesting. The next scene I enjoyed most when Lecter was being held at the cage prison cell in Tennessee and he attacks the guards and escapes his cell. This entire scene (including the reveal of Lecter wearing one of the guards faces as a mask) was so crazy and exciting to watch and was perfectly delivered in terms of its visual depiction on screen. I liked the whole system of figuring out which order the victims were in, but what really got me was the plot twist of Clarice knocking on Buffalo Bill’s door when it was set up to be the FBI at Buffalo Bill’s house. The entire scene of Clarice fighting against Bill was fantastic and was made even better by the night vision fight. Lastly, the film’s end was the perfect ending to the Silence of the Lambs. It saw Hannibal Lecter having escaped prison phoning Clarice from Bimini. The camera cuts over to Frederick Chilton (Dr Lecter’s nemesis) walking through Bimini before Dr Lecter ominously tells Clarice that he’s ‘having an old friend for dinner’ before hanging up the phone and stalking Chilton through a crowd of people.

Overall, I’m giving the Silence of the Lambs an 8.4/10. Jonathan Demme’s great directorial skills were combined with some of the best acting I’ve seen from Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster (whose admittedly was not as good as Hopkins, but was brilliant nonetheless) and an interesting story from Thomas Harris made for a fantastically enjoyable and awesome movie.

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Whiplash: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #46

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Admittedly, there are loads of movies I haven’t seen. With this in mind, I made my way through IMDb’s Top 250 films of all time and added some to my watchlist and have begun to start watching them. The list includes some films such as Fight Club, The Usual Suspects and The Princess Bride. I aim to watch all 52 movies by this time next year. And the game was afoot. One which was on the list was 2014’s Whiplash, so I watched that first, as it was readily available on Netflix. I actually loved the film so much that it is now this week’s review.

From director Damien Chazelle (La La Land, First Man) and starring Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons is Whiplash. It tells the story of Andrew Neiman, a talented young drummer and a first-year jazz student at the Shaffer Conservatory. While practising, Terence Fletcher spots his talent and invites him to play in a more prestigious Studio Band. However, there is more to Fletcher than meets the eye. He is abusive and insulting towards his students. As Neiman tries to cope with the stress caused by trying to achieve perfection and living up to Fletcher’s high and harsh expectations, he is pushed to the brink of his ability and his sanity.

Miles Teller played Andrew Neiman and was well suited for the character. I found he was a little rigid in terms of his acting in a few scenes, but overall Teller played Neiman incredibly well. What’s more impressive is that there was no hand or body double to play the drums; it was all Miles Teller, who is a self-taught drummer. That epic drumming solo at the end? That was Miles Teller! The other lead in Whiplash was the ruthless teacher, Terence Fletcher, who was brilliantly played by J. K. Simmons. Simmons fully immersed himself in the role and delivered an award-winning performance. He rightfully won the tens of awards for his performance in Whiplash, including the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. There were other characters that weren’t main, such as Nicole (played by Melissa Benoist) and Andrew’s dad, Jim. Personally, Nicole could’ve been cut from the movie and it wouldn’t have changed anything. All it demonstrated was Andrew found love but had to break up with her because his drumming came first. There could have been some other way to show this, such as Andrew not going to the movies with his dad anymore as he had to focus on his drumming. On the subject of Andrew’s dad, Jim was a great character well played by Paul Reiser. I’m torn in two about his role, however, as he was crucial to the film in supporting Andrew, but could have had some more character development to him.

The music in Whiplash was absolutely brilliant! I loved it! I’ve had ‘Whiplash’ stuck in my head for days on end. The scene and song Fletcher played on the piano in the club was brilliantly done too, but the best scene and song for me had to go to the finale. Neiman plays an epic drum solo to Caravan where he completely proves his talent to Fletcher and the two exchange a cheeky proud smile before the film ends. It wasn’t the best ending (I’ll come to that later), but for what it was, it was a brilliant and neat ending for the film.

The storyline and plot were interesting. It was something that everyone could feel and relate to but still be shocked at the craziness of Fletcher. I liked the way that Chazelle brought the story to life on screen with the use of creative and interesting camera shots and the fantastic acting abilities of Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons.

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Fletcher disciplines Neiman about how to play in his tempo.

There were a lot of moments that were so awesome to watch. I loved the opening with the first awkward encounter with Neiman and Fletcher, as it set the tone of the film immediately yet also left room for development and mystery. The next scene that was great to watch was when Neiman moved up to the Studio Band and was playing Whiplash when Fletcher threw the chair at Neiman, then slaps him and rebukes him for not playing at his tempo. The scene where Neiman loses the lead drummer’s music at a music competition then goes on to play ‘Whiplash’ perfectly from memory was awesome. Following this, Andrew is promoted from alternative drummer in the Studio Band to the core (main) drummer, but then we see a power struggle for the role core drummer between Neiman, Connelly (Neiman’s rival from his old band) and Carl (the old core in Studio Band). The three are subjected to a gruelling drum-off late at night with Fletcher hurling insults and getting violent towards the teens. Neiman eventually earns the part and is to play at another competition as the lead drummer. However, en route to the competition, Neiman’s bus breaks down, so he rents a car and arrives late to the event, but convinces Fletcher that he will play, despite the fact he has to rush back to the car rental dealership as he left his drumsticks there. While rushing back, Neiman is involved in an accident and is injured, but continues to make his way to the competition. With blood running down his face, Neiman plays but screws up and embarrasses himself and the Shaffer Conservatory. Fletcher tells Neiman that he’s out and turns to the audience to apologise, before Neiman tackles and attacks Fletcher. That entire piece of the film just left me at the edge of my seat. Both Neiman and Fletcher lose their respective places at the Shaffer Conservatory. Later on in the film, Neiman sees Fletcher playing at a jazz club, and after the performance, Fletcher invites Neiman to chat. Fletcher explains that he never produced a prodigy, like how Jo Jones did when he threw a cymbal at Charlie Parker’s head, which explains Fletcher’s harsh teaching methods. Fletcher then invites Neiman to play at an upcoming jazz festival with him. This leads to one of the best moments in the film. At the festival, Neiman is playing the drums but doesn’t have the sheet music to play, and this was intentionally done by Fletcher. Just when Neiman storms off the stage, he returns and begins to perform an epic rendition of Caravan. Fletcher is furious yet surprised.  Neiman continues to play with the rest of the band and ignores Fletcher’s whispered threats to him. Neiman then goes on to perform an epic drum solo and Neiman and Fletcher share a smile before the finale. Admittedly, the ending could’ve been better, as it was a bit flat. That being said, I liked how it allowed the viewer to wonder after the film what would’ve happened after the film and how the film ended on a high note.

Overall, Whiplash gets an 8.6/10 from me. It was such an amazing film that I am looking forward to rewatching at some point. It was well directed,  had interesting camera shots and awesome music as well as brilliant performances from J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller. Whiplash is definitely on my list of favourite movies, and for those looking to watch Whiplash, it’s currently on Netflix. I highly recommend watching it.

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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #45

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I love Black Mirror and how it tackles how creepy and weird technology can be. Recently, Netflix released a new special Black Mirror episode, Bandersnatch. It had the typical Black Mirror signature, something crazy and creepy about technology. Except Bandersnatch carried a twist; it was a choose own your adventure episode. After playing the episode and exploring more of what you could do, I decided to review it.

Set in 1980’s London, you play as Stefan, a 19-year-old game developer who has an idea for the emerging gaming industry. Based on the choose your own adventure book, Bandersnatch, by Jerome F Davies, Stefan creates a game for Tuckersoft, a game company. However, Stefan doesn’t feel in control, and he is sent down a path of insanity that he cannot return from.

Fionn Whitehead played Stefan Butler, and it was clear to see that Whitehead fully immersed himself in the role of Stefan. I found his performance convincing and the transition between scenes and decisions chose in the episode from his character were smooth and very well done. Craig Parkinson played Peter Butler, Stefan’s dad. The on-screen relationship between this father and son was brilliantly acted out by the pair, especially as more of the backstory is revealed throughout the episode. He could have had some more development as I quite liked his character, but other than that he was a good character. Another character I loved was Mohan Thakur, the head of Tuckersoft Games, played brilliantly by Asim Chaudhry (also known as Chabuddy G). He brought a bit of humour to the episode as well as making Mohan a fun and interesting character. Bandersnatch also starred Will Poulter as Colin Ritman, a famous game developer who helps Stefan develop his game. Depending on which storyline you chose, you’d either see a lot of Colin or little of him. As a character, I liked him, but I found his tone rather flat and drone-like.

As a lover of 80’s music, Bandersnatch’s music was something that I loved. There was ‘Relax’ by Frankie goes to Hollywood, ‘Here Comes The Rain Again’ by Eurythmics and ‘Too Shy’ by Kajagoogoo. The songs were well chosen and I felt the songs made the experience of the episode better.

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What should Stefan have for breakfast?

In true Black Mirror fashion, the episode looked at something creepy with technology. In Bandersnatch, it showed Stefan being controlled by a hidden force (you, the viewer/player). The storyline and its corresponding endings were smart, scary and shocking. Watching Bandersnatch felt a bit like the Truman Show, where there was a bigger force controlling your life. This could be said for real life. What if someone else chose for you to read this review, or to do certain actions? What if they controlled your life, where you were not in the driver’s seat of your own life? Crazy, right?

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Because there are so many various endings to Bandersnatch, they result in different spoilers. The most shocking for me was when Stefan killed his father and Bandersnatch being rated 5 stars, but there were other endings like the death of Colin (or Stefan depending on who you chose), Stefan dying in the therapist’s chair and Stefan ending up in prison. This flow chart on Reddit perfectly allows us to follow all decisions. Netflix and Black Mirror make a bold and powerful episode about the control of technology and the slip into insanity in Bandersnatch, and I look forward to more interactive TV episodes in the future.

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Overall, I really enjoyed the choose your own episode of Bandersnatch, it was great fun to play and see the events unravel. It gets an 8.2/10 from me. There were other Black Mirror episodes which I found were better but nonetheless, I had a good time experiencing the thrill of the episode. I also hope that Netflix and other streaming services will begin to produce their own choose your own movies and TV shows.

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American Animals: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #44

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One of my favourite types of movies are those based on true stories. These feature Goodfellas, Selma, BlackKklansman, Hidden Figures and, most recently, American Animals. I saw the trailer and it looked somewhat interesting. I was lucky enough to attend a screening in London followed by a Q&A with director Bart Layton. It was a fantastic experience and I had an amazing time. Here is my review of American Animals.

Directed by Bart Layton and starring Barry Keoghan and Evan Peters is a cinematic depiction of a true crime caper. When Spencer Reinhard begins studying at the University of Transylvania, he discovers a book in the library that is worth $12 million. He tells his best friend, Warren Lipka, who decides the pair, accompanied by Lipka’s other friends, will steal the book and make their millions. However, unforeseen circumstances play their part and the heist goes horribly wrong.

Evan Peters took on the role of Warren Lipka, the brains behind the heist. Evan Peters was very well suited to play Warren Lipka and he was great in this film. Peters acting ability is so brilliant and his talent shone throughout this film, particularly when he was expressing his feelings, like the desire to steal the book or the anger when it all falls apart. Warren’s primary partner in crime was Spencer Reinhard, played by Barry Keoghan. I preferred Keoghan in The Killing of a Sacred Deer (review here), but Keoghan doesn’t have much range. His voice is quite monotonous and depressing and, while that suited the latter part of the film, the half of Spencer being happy and actually kind of enjoying life was just mismatched to Keoghan’s acting ability.  Jared Abrahamson played Eric Borsuk, a quiet and reluctant member of the heist. He was well played, especially for being a quiet and shy crew member, but I felt there could have been more of his character. The final heist member was Chas Allen, played brilliantly by Blake Jenner. Allen’s character was reluctant to join and was the most vocal member of the group when it came to not doing the heist. I loved the way that Jenner played Chas as he immersed himself in the role and delivered a good performance.

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Warren Lipka (Evan Peters) plans out the heist and getaway.

The music was brilliant throughout the movie. Though it was a little cliché in places (Using ‘A Little Less Conversation’ for the dream heist scene), it overall used good music that was suited to the movie and made it more enjoyable to watch. The best use was ‘Who By Fire’ by Leonard Cohen, for when the police come to arrest the guys for their crimes. It beautifully juxtaposed what was happening in the movie and made for a great scene.

Since the story is something that happened in real life, you can’t really critique it, but you can discuss how it was portrayed on the screen. Honestly, Bart Layton did such a brilliant job with the direction of the film. The opening was so stylish and created a tone of mystery that had me hooked for what would be shown throughout the film. The use of cutting between the men in real life in the present after the crime (with the real Warren Lipka, Spencer Reinhard, Eric Borsuk and Chas Allen in the film) and them describing what happened with Evan Peters and Barry Keoghan playing the younger versions of the men who carried out the heist. The scene transitions were sleek and carried the film nicely, leaving me more invested into what the film was showing. The film showed how the boy’s memory was unreliable and it had the same scene but with different little details in places that made the film more interesting to watch. One of the best parts of the film was seeing how the heist was planned out and how it took place. It was also great to see a Reservoir Dogs reference by code names like Mr Pink (and Chas getting mad about it like Steve Buscemi did). When asked yesterday, Layton explained that one of his biggest influences for the style of his direction in American Animals came from ‘Dog Day Afternoon’, a 1975 movie starring Al Pacino. In Dog Day Afternoon, a bank robbery goes horribly wrong from the start. You can see how Layton draws inspiration from Dog Day Afternoon to bring the story of American Animals to life.

Overall, American Animals gets an 8.2/10 from me. I actually cannot wait to watch this film again. It may have been a little dull in places and could have had more development but makes for a brilliant movie that I thoroughly enjoyed watching.

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What to watch in 2019

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Happy New Year! I hope you have a great 2019. It’s gearing up to a fantastic year, cinematically speaking. In this post, I’ll be looking at what movies and TV shows are coming out this year and what you can expect from them. I’ll be speculating some plots so you have been warned if any are actually true. Links to trailers for the films and their release date will be attached if it is available.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD – 26th July 2019

For those who didn’t know, my all-time favourite movie is Pulp Fiction. So when news of Quentin Tarantino directing his ninth film came out, I was hyped. Of all the great movies coming out this year, nothing has me more excited than Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. The cast includes Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Damien Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino and so many more amazing actors and the plot itself seems quite interesting. Rick Dalton, a faded TV actor, and Cliff Booth, his stunt double, try to make a name for themselves in the film industry in 1969 Hollywood, during the Helter Skelter period. I’m looking forward to seeing Tarantino direct again, especially with a storyline and cast as awesome as what’s lined up for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Tarantino describes it as the closest thing he’s done to Pulp Fiction. Furthermore, Tarantino has said that he’d only make 10 movies, so I’m hoping that his films get better with time. As to whether Once Upon A Time In Hollywood will be a better film than Pulp Fiction and take the top spot as my favourite movie, well, only time will tell.

CAPTAIN MARVEL – 8th March 2019

In the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War, a mid-dusting Nick Fury sent out a pager to Captain Marvel in a last minute attempt to save the world. We now get her backstory and uncover why she is the key to the future. Brie Larson plays the titular character, with Samuel L Jackson playing a younger, two-eyed Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn playing villainous Talos, leader of the Skrulls. Captain Marvel serves as a set-up prequel to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and hopefully will a good film.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME – 26th April 2019

It’s fair to say that the biggest movie of this year is Avengers: Endgame, the follow-up to the biggest film of 2018, Avengers: Infinity War. To try to undo the decimation and devastation caused by Thor not going for the head (and the consequent snap), the remaining, non-dusted Avengers must band together to somehow magically rewind time and stop the massacre from ever happening. Starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner and more, and the film being the last one in Marvel’s Phase Three (and the end of some of it’s biggest heroes), Avengers: Endgame is shaping up to be an awesome film.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME – July 2019

As if Avengers: Endgame isn’t enough, Marvel are releasing another film next year, Spider-Man: Far From Home. Following the events of Endgame, Peter Parker goes on a summer vacation around Europe with his friends, but he struggles to keep his identity of Spider-Man hidden as the threat of the Elementals rises. Tom Holland is back playing Spider-Man, with Jake Gyllenhaal playing Mysterio, Jon Favreau playing Happy Hogan and Zendaya back as Michelle. Seeing as Far From Home will be the first film released after Endgame, it’ll be interesting to see what the impact on the MCU will be.

TOY STORY 4 – 21st June 2019

Despite all the tears shed after Toy Story 3, Disney are back with Toy Story 4. Though there is no storyline put out there, the trailer shows that it’s something about new toys being played with, in this case, it’s Forky. There’s also something about a carnival, as seen with the soft toys voiced by Key and Peele. I think that part of the storyline will be that Bonnie has grown bored of Buzz and Woody and instead created her own toys (Forky), but I’m not too sure how the carnival will fit in. Tim Allen has said that the film’s story is “so emotional” and he “couldn’t even get through the last scene” while Tom Hanks has also said that the ending scene was a “moment in history.” Only time will tell, but Toy Story 4 is definitely going to be a big film for next year.

GLASS – 18th January 2019

The Unbreakable Universe is expanding. Glass follows David Dunn trying to bring The Beast out of Kevin Crumb, the man with 23 personalities living inside of him from 2016’s Split. In the background, Elijah Price, also known as Mr Glass, emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets that are critical to the pair. The cast includes James McAvoy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson and is from director M. Night Shyamalan. The thriller seems promising and seeing as it will combine the universes of Unbreakable and Split, it is likely that Glass will one of most successful horror/thriller movies of 2019.

MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL – 14th June 2019

Though it’s not the best franchise of all time, I really love the Men in Black series. It’s funny, smart and together the films are a great piece of sci-fi movies. Directed by F. Gary Gray (The Negotiator,  Straight Outta Compton), the Men in Black reboot sees Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reunite to protect Earth from alien scum, except this time, it’s a mole in the Men in Black organisation. The spin-off could go either way, but I have faith in it. It has a good director attached, stars brilliant actors (Hemsworth, Thompson, and even Liam Neeson is in the film too!) and from the look of the first trailer, it looks to be a great movie.

THE LION KING – 19th July 2019

Disney’s 1994 classic is getting a live-action remake with a phenomenal cast, including Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) voicing Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and even James Earl Jones back to voice Mufasa. Just having Childish Gambino and Beyoncé duet to a classic Lion King song is enough to get me excited for this film. The Lion King is shaping up to be a huge success, though I’m not prepared to see Mufasa die again.

JOKER – 4th October 2019

It’s difficult to do a reboot, especially of a character who has been played so well (Heath Ledger) and quite badly (sorry Jared Leto), but I have faith in Joaquin Phoenix in playing the Joker. With Todd Phillips (The Hangover) directing, Joker is an origin story looking at how Arthur Fleck turns from being a failed comedian to a life of crime in Gotham City. It also has a great cast, including Robert De Niro and Zazie Beetz. Having seen Phoenix’s performance in last years ‘You Were Never Really Here’, Joker is a film that I am looking forward to seeing how it does.

ZOMBIELAND 2 – 11th October 2019

Ten years after the first film, Zombieland finally gets a sequel. The 2009 hit was loved for its great comedy, gory action and it just an all-round great film. Zombieland 2 sees the original cast (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin) back to play Colombus, Tallahassee, Wichita and Little Rock, where they must face off against evolving zombies, meet other survivors and adapt to the joys and pains of their makeshift family life. Joining them are Avan Jogia and Zoey Deutch, and there are reports that Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray (who died in the first film) are in the film too. If Zombieland 2 is anything like the first, then it definitely going to be a brilliant movie.

US – 15th March 2019

Though I’m not the biggest horror movie fan, I thoroughly enjoyed Jordan Peele’s 2017 success, Get Out. This year, Peele directs and writes Us, the story of Adelaide and Gabe Wilson, a couple who take their children to their beach house. Their fun with friends is disturbed when some unexpected and uninvited guests turn up. Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elizabeth Moss, the film looks to be pretty awesome. Knowing that it’s directed by Peele and has the acting abilities of Nyong’o and Duke, it’s safe to say Us is going to be good anyways.

STAR WARS: EPISODE IX – 19th December 2019

The intergalactic adventures of Rey, Finn, Poe, Kylo Ren and BB8 continue this year, with Star Wars: Episode IX. Not much is known about the film’s plot, but it should be awesome. Mark Hamill is to play Luke’s ghost, Billy Dee Williams is back as Lando Calrissian and archive footage of Carrie Fisher is being used for Princess Leia’s character. What’s more, JJ Abrams (The Force Awakens) is back to direct, so it’s going to be a great conclusion to this trilogy.

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