The Fast and the Furious: A Cinematic Zeitgeist 

The Fate of the Furious also known as Fast 8 is the eighth installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise which began in 2001. The story still follows Dominic Torretto(Vin Diesel) and his motley crew of skilled associates. The synopsis reads as thus,  Dom has finally settled down with his wife Letty(Michelle Rodriguez) until a new threat arises in the form of a cyber terrorist named Cipher(Charlize Theron) forces Dom into working for her and turning him against his team, who must now rally and collaborate with reluctant allies to take down Dom and Cipher. This will be the first film not to feature Paul Walker since his tragic fatal car accident in 2013. The film is directed by F. Gary. Gray most popularly known for his astounding work on Straight Outta Compton. This movie also happens to be the highest grossing opening of all time with an opening weekend of $532 million. 

The Fast and the Furious films have become popular due to their high octane action set pieces and exotic locations. The franchise started way back in 2001 with The Fast and the Furious which was about an undercover agent Brain O’Connor(Paul Walker), infiltrating an elite street racing crew led by Dom Torretto, in order to expose them for their frequent hijacking of expensive electronic equipments from truck drivers. The movie was a hit and thus began the the little bud which would eventually bloom into this current worldwide phenomenon. 

Next came 2 Fast 2 Furious in 2003 which introduced the character of Roman Pearce(Tyrese Gibson) and Tej(Ludacris). This was followed up with The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in 2006 which occurs chronologically after the events of Fast 6 and concurrently with Fast 7. This was also the first movie in the franchise to take place in an exotic and foreign location. 

This was superseded with Fast and Furious in 2009, the fourth film. It featured the return of Brian, Dom and Letty. Fast Five in 2011 succeeds the prior film and is also shot in an exotic location which was Brazil. This is also the first movie to implement heist themes into the franchise. This movie also introduced Agent Hobbs(Dwayne Johnson) into the foray. Fast and Furious 6 in 2013 supervenes and takes place primarily in London with Owen Shaw(Luke Evans) as the main antagonist 

Furious 7 came next in 2015 and fully fleshes out the character of Deckard Shaw(Jason Statham) who was briefly showed in the previous movie. The movie takes place majorly in Abu Dhabi this time. This comes full circle to the incumbent release of the Fate of the Furious and with more installments in the works, this is one franchise with a long runway and ample fuel to keep going for as long as its gears keep turning and the cash keeps rolling and until we the audience can no longer stomach the outrageous stunts and epic cinematics. Till then we will ride on. 

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Cinephyte Corner: Trailer Park

You know your day is a good day when you wake up, saunter to the bathroom in order to relieve yourself off the large coke you greedily consumed  the night before, open your laptop to see what news the cyber world as to offer and then stumble across a plethora of new trailers that just bring a smile and beads of joyful tears to your eyes. That’s exactly how I felt this morning, like a kid that had sleepwalked into a candy store the night before and woken up in a vat of assorted sweets. A couple of trailers dropped over the weekend and I thought I would talk a bit about them. First we have a second trailer for our favorite Marvel oddball crew of space faring anti heroes, a reboot of a classic film in a planned cinematic franchise featuring everyone’s favorite linear running, couch hopping action star and new trailers for two of my favorite video games, one a cinematic masterpiece, the other a nostalgic gem that was the reason I started playing video games. Let’s get into it.

  • GUARDIANS OF THE BOX OFFICE

I would begin today’s post by delving into Marvel’s latest trailer release, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 whose full length trailer just dropped(the first been a teaser) just dropped and its as quirky, funny and action packed as we expected. The trailer opens with the guardians battling a cream coloured Lovecraftian looking monstrosity, with voice over by Rocket, impeccably voiced by Bradley Cooper. Once again we are shown jump cuts of the various heroes, Star-Lord(Chris Pratt),Gamora(Zoe Saldana), Drax(Dave Bautista) and Baby Groot(Vin Diesel) who is probably going to steal the whole show, we also get the expected but hilarious banter between Rocket and Baby Groot. The trailer ends with the introduction of Mantis, a new character and a hilarious scene involving Star-Lord, Gamora and Drax and his infectious laughter. This trailer was brilliantly executed, providing the scope and humor without giving away anything. I shall remain hooked on a feeling of euphoria while I await its release.

  • THE MUMMY RE-RUNS

Universal had previously stated its interest in crafting a cinematic monster universe that would feature most of their movie monsters in their own standalone movies. The first to be this new The Mummy reboot which is led by none other than movie superstar-Tom Cruise. The trailer itself had the typical elements from the sudden stillness, accompanied by the impending danger and then the numerous shots of chaos. This particular shows a certain twist which I won’t spoil here as I will post the video below. Overall it was a decent trailer with the expected tropes. The cast involves the aforementioned Tom Cruise, Courtney B.Vance(American Crime: The People Vs O.J. Simpson) and Sofia Boutella(Kingsman, Star Trek:Beyond) as the titular mummy, in yet another role that requires her to wear makeup or prosthetics. She is definitely contending with Zoe Saldana for the role of the sci-fi queen. Alex Kurtzman known for his works on Transformers, Star Trek and Mission Impossible directed this movie which bolsters a weight of faith in this project.

  • ITS A SONY DAY!

It was the year 2001, I had just gotten a brand new game console known as the PlayStation and had no idea what games to play on it until my father came with some games he said the vendor had recommended. I held out this game discs, intrigued with their contents before sliding them in to play. I still remember the first time I saw the fuzzy and clumsy marsupial known as Crash Bandicoot manifest on my tv screen and ever since then I had become a video gamer, and today as the trailer of the remastered version for the PlayStation 4 was released, I shed tears of joy as I watched this trailer, which showed throw back scenes from the original game. Never has there been a better time to be alive. Another Sony surprise was the showcase of The Last of Us Part 2. I was an immense fan of the first game, a truly cinematic masterpiece that blended action and emotion unheard of in most other games splendidly with a heart tugging soundtrack and an immersive multiplayer. The new trailer was somber, cinematic and intense as we see a more mature Ellie strumming a guitar as Joel walks over some corpses, probably caused by them. This simple trailer was well directed and shot and definable whetted my appetite for more.

Comic Con Aftermath

So the largest nerd farm just came to a close, and with it came some really juicy details and announcements, every year Comic Con sees the gathering of tons of comic book fans and different comic book movie representatives like directors and actors. It takes place in San Diego annually. Unfortunately I wasn’t at the convection, but various sources that were there have commented on different materials that were revealed, I am going to list out the ones that stood out the most to me, and please feel free to comment on it and talk about some other reveals that I may have skipped. I’m gonna start from my least excited to my most excited material to come from the convection. unfortunately most of the footages that were captured and released from Comic Con have been pulled off the internet.

KING OF THE KONG
To kick off my list, I would like to start with the announcement of an original story to the famous simian giant, King Kong. A prequel has been announced tilted Skull Island, and it is set to explain the origins of King Kong as well as the other giant creatures of the island and the native tribe as well. The reason why I’m not so pumped for this yet is because first of all, prequels are very tricky to carry out, nonetheless a popular character like King Kong, what could be the origin of King Kong, radiation poisoning? We would have to wait for more news to find out. This has also triggered some news about a potential King Kong vs Godzilla crossover, but there is no evidence to support it. What do you think of a King Kong origins story?

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"Bring on the origins, Hollywood"

GOJIRA STRIKES BACK
While on the topic of giant monsters, a sequel to Godzilla, which was released earlier this year has been announced and Gareth Edwards is set to return as the director of the movie. The movie is also said to feature classic Godzilla monsters like Rodan and Mothra, I am not really familiar with this other monsters cause I didn’t watch a lot of Godzilla movies as a kid, but nevertheless count me in, the 2014 remake was amazing and breathtaking, with Gareth Edwards still directing I’m pretty confident about it.

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"Aint no MUTO gonna stop me"

GUARDIANS OF THE WHO?
Set to hit major theatres worldwide this week, it was announced that a sequel to the hugely anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy as already being confirmed, this states two things to me, first the studio is confident enough in the first movie that they would announce a sequel even before the release of the first movie and secondly, Marvel and Disney are impressed with James Gunn’s work and would employ him again for the sequel. I look forward to the movie this week and future revelations pertaining to it.
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MAD MAX IS BACK
Earlier this week, a trailer to the long awaited Mad Max: Fury Road was released and it showcased Tom Hardy has the titular character in all his glory and pain. The trailer also revealed Charlize Theron in the trailer as a gritty and bald character, the movie had been shot as early as 2012, but since then, there had been reshoots, this trailer at least proves that the movie is on the right track once more. The writer and director of the original Mad Max movies George Miller is also heavily involved with this current iteration which stands out as a positive for me. The trailer looked beautiful and didn’t fail in encapsulating the gritty and sandy looks of the original movies.

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"Damn, haven't showered in weeks"

AVENGED TWOFOLD
The reason why the Avengers news is not on the top of my anticipation, is simply because we had already known of the development of the sequel for quite some time now. But the clip that was shown at Comic Con was more than a surprise. The scene begins with the Avengers at a party all trying to lift Thor’s hammer all to no avail except Captain America who manages to make it bulge a bit, as Thor simply states that they are not worthy, then Ultron bursts in and declares all of them unworthy, Scarlet Witch is also shown using her powers and the screening ends with a cracked Captain America shield and all the Avengers but Tony Stark on the ground apparently defeated. This had my heart racing, as this was all the tease I needed to get me invested in the upcoming sequel.
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THE WONDER COSTUME
Another surprising reveal was the showcase of the new Wonder Woman costume, Zach Snyder seems to have ditched the spandex pants for a more battle ready look. Gal Gadot looks stunning in the outfit without being over sexualized and she seems to have beefed up a bit for the role, which is no surprise. There have been mixed feelings, many complain about her costume resembling Xena’s costume from Xena: The Warrior Princess. The color scheme is also toned down which I think makes sense in correlation with the darker look of the Batman v Superman movie. Her comic appearance usually consisted of flamboyant bright colors. She can also be seen wielding a sword and possessing the Lasso of Truth in a holster by her side. She is also wearing her famous tiara and equipped with her Amazonian arm bands. Overall I’m quite pleased with the new look, I’m still worried about her act, and still awaiting a scene featuring her. You be the judge of the costume.

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"Seriously, who took my invisible jet"

THE DARK KNIGHT BATTLES
Warner Bros most anticipated movie so far is undoubtedly Batman v Superman. The actors were present at the panel, and an exclusive clip was exhibited that shows Batman atop a rooftop presumably Gotham with the bat signal illuminated and Superman quietly hovering in the light of the bat signal’s fluorescence with red glowing eyes, looking down on an equally menacing looking Batman in a mechanical suit. They both look like they are about to throw down. This was an epic scene, and it’s great to see that Warner Bros is really going forward with the movie. I hope to see more progressive news.

THE MOUTHY MERC
My most ecstatic reveal was the Deadpool footage that was shown. I don’t really how old the footage is, the test footage was directed by Tim Miller who was also set to direct the movie, but it has been in development hell for a while, despite the presence of a script for some time now, and many people who have read the script have commented on how good it is. Ryan Reynolds who voiced Deadpool in the test footage, has expressed interest in reprising his role as the fourth wall breaking mercenary, the test footage can be viewed below, it’s brilliant and R-rated as expected, the tone is just as expected. I really hope the studio goes ahead with this movie. I own no rights to the video, thanks to Collider.com for the footage.


These were my favorite moments from the Comic Con exhibition, there were a couple of news that I wanted to hear like the confirmation of the DC character that Dwayne Johnson was gonna play and some concept art or news about Dr Strange, what are yours? Don’t forget to like and subscribe. Till next time. Szia.

10 Earth shattering facts about Hercules

Ever since I was a kid, I had been fascinated with the Greek mythology, I watched the animated cartoons, read Greek mythology inspired novels like Percy Jackson, watched various movie iterations of Greek mythology, but there is one particular character that even the most oblivious person knows of, and that is Hercules, the character has appeared in various forms of media over the years, in animation, movies, TV shows and books. In honor of the upcoming Hercules movie starring Dwayne Johnson and directed by Brett Ratner, I would be listing some incredible facts about the Roman/Greek mythological epitome of masculinity, some of which you might be familiar with. Let’s get it on.

NAME’S GAME
People might know him more as Hercules, but his actual name is Heracles from the original Greek mythology, after the Roman empire invaded ancient Greece and took over they changed some of their mythology as well, therefore Heracles was renamed Hercules which is the name he is more famously known by now. Other Greek gods and goddesses renamed are Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Aphrodite, Hermes etc which were renamed Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto, Venus, Mercury respectively.

MOVIE MYTHOS
The upcoming movie is set in the later years of Hercules after he had completed the 12 labours, actor Dwayne Johnson was reported to have trained excessively for the role over a period of 8 months, he lived in isolation in Budapest in order to prepare for the role. Dwayne Johnson is a huge man but in comparison to his character that he portrays, that’s nothing, Hercules once cut off the limbs of men who demanded that his hometown pay tribute of 100 oxen, he then proceeded to singlehandedly destroy the incoming reinforcement.

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"I AM HERCULES"

THE LABOURS
Perhaps the most famous of Hercules’ mythology are the 12 labours that he had to undertake, which included tasks like slaying the Nemean Lion, Stealing the apples of Hesperides, cleaning out the Augean stables, capturing Cerberus the three headed dog and many more. Although Eurystheus the king that ordered him to complete the labours revoked two of the labours, like the cleaning of the Augean stables cause Hercules collected payment and slaying of the Hydra because he had help from his charioteer Iolaus. They were replaced with the stealing of the apples of Hesperides and the capture of Cerberus.

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"I eat three headed dogs for breakfast"

INFANT POWER
8 months after his conception, Hera the goddess of marriage, envious of Hercules because Zeus had slept with another woman to give birth to him, sent two huge snakes to kill him, but Hercules grabbed both snakes in both hands and strangled them while laughing, if that isn’t the manliest thing ever, I don’t know what is. Hera would still attempt on many occasions to kill the Greek demi god on multiple encounters.

STRANGE BROTHERHOOD
Unbeknownst to many, Hercules actually had a twin brother, and their conception is pretty weird, Zeus the god of the sky had seduced a woman called Alcmene by shapeshifting into her husband Amphitryon and having sex with her, conceiving Hercules, but later that same night Amphitryon himself came home, not knowing that Zeus had come earlier on, slept with his wife Alcmene which resulted in the ovulation of two eggs in her womb and would become Iphicles, Hercules’ twin brother.

HITTING THE MUSIC
Hercules was also known for killing his music tutor Linus with a musical instrument after he reprimanded him for his poor musical skills. Hercules was then sent to the mountains bro tend cattle due to his impedance. If there is a lesson to be learnt here, it is that one should never correct a demi god for any reason. At the mountains he was visited by two nymphs(spirits) Pleasure and Virtue, who offered him a choice between a pleasant and easy life or a severe but glorious life. Hercules chose the latter.

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"I make use of anything to make my own music"

POST MORTEM ANNULMENT
During Hercules’ growing years, Hera still tried on multiple counts to ruin or destroy his life, while at Thebes, Hercules married Megara, and had six sons with her. However in a fit of rage and madness induced by Hera, Hercules slayed his wife and kids. When he came to his senses, he was distraught and he fled to the Oracle of Delphi to amend his ways. He was then thrust under the command of King Eurystheus, who was put into position by the manipulating Hera, who was the one that assigned Hercules to the twelve labours.

THE GREEK DRAG QUEEN
Hercules was once enslaved by Queen Omphale for murder, she made him assume the role of a woman by indulging him in doing chores, spinning loom and dressing in women clothes, while Omphale herself wore Hercules’ lion coat and famous club. Hercules performed this role for so long that Pan, the god of the wild was attracted to him. Even gods get turned on by Hercules as a drag queen.

THE GRAND PRIZE
As a reward for killing a monster that was terrorizing a place, the king of the land offered Hercules his 50 daughters to sleep with, and in one night he slept with 49 of the women, cause one of them refused to sleep with him. He then condemned her to a life of celibacy for her refusal. Hercules was also known as the deity of childbirth and sexuality because of his eventful childhood and his promiscuous adventures.
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COAT OF MANY POISONS
Hercules married another woman named Deianira, they both had to cross a river once but where obstructed by a centaur names Nessus, who attempted to rape Deianira, but Hercules killed him by impaling with a spear that was laden with poison from the Hydra, in Nessus’ dying breath he tricked Deianira into making a coat which Nessus spiked with his own now poisoned blood and told Deianira that if she wanted Hercules to remain faithful, she should present the robe to him to wear, unknowingly to her, when Hercules wore the poisoned robe, it burnt his flesh and Hercules built a pyre and set himself on fire in order to escape the agony, ultimately killing himself, he then ascended to Olympus as a god. Which fact was your favorite? Which ones could I have missed? Feel free to comment below and don’t forget to like and subscribe for more news. Till next time. Szia.

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"Aint no one got anything on me"

Top Five Underrated Actors part 2

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my top 5 underrated actors, today I would be posting the second part of my top underrated actors, just to clarify once more these are my own choices and you may not agree with some of them. Please feel free to list your own underrated actors. These are actors that might appear in tons of movies over the years but have had little lead roles or have not gained mainstream popularity among audiences. Some of them may be familiar and some may not, either way these are actors that I feel deserve more than they have offered in terms of acting. I would be using their Hollywood careers as reference points. In light of the transportation of the bodies to the families of the deceased of the MH17 flight, let’s get it on.

PETER STORMARE
This Swedish actor is most probably known more for his role as the crime boss John Abruzzi in the Prison Break series. He has been acting for a long time and usually appears in antagonistic roles. His breakout role was noted in Fargo where he played the dude that was churning Steve Buscemi’s corpse in a wood chipper(that scene still gives me the jitters). He also played the eye doctor in the sci-fi hit Minority Report. I consider him underrated cause of his apparent typecast of playing villainous roles like the Devil in Constantine, he still showcases different villains without being cliche. Whenever he takes on a bad guy role, he always changes his approach, he never appears black and white and monotonous in his roles, take his roles as John Abruzzi in Prison Break and the gangster Uli Kunkel in The Big Lebowski, similar characters but handled differently. He has appeared in other TV shows and movies, but is yet to star in a lead role, I believe an antihero’s role would be perfect for him to play a lead in.

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"Maybe I should play the role of Ben Hur next"

PAUL BETTANY
This British actor is more probably known for giving the voice for J.A.R.V.I.S. in the Iron Man movies, but his bodily performances are notable as well. His breakout role was in A Knight’s Tale were he played the role of Geoffrey Chaucer, he also appeared as John Nash’s hallucinatory friend in A Beautiful Mind. Bettany translates his Broadway acting to the big screens, he is often known for his calm demeanor on screen, although he put this benign style on hold in his portrayal of the Opus Dei monk Silas in the Da Vinci Code. He acted alongside Russell Crowe again in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World assuming the role of Dr Stephen Maturin. Bettany has actually gotten a shot at lead roles, albeit in lackluster movies like Legion and Priest, where his performance outshines the movie itself, I did like the mythos of Legion but poor execution prevented the movie from achieving a better outcome. I still believe Paul Bettany could get a lead role in another movie where he could really showcase his acting prowess.

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"If I wear any other cream clothes, I would become a waffle"

KARL URBAN
This New Zealand actor is best known for his role as Eomer in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, although he had appeared in Xena: Warrior Princess earlier on playing the role of Julius Caesar and Cupid. He was also featured in the Chronicles of Riddick assuming the role of Vaako, a necromonger. But the most recent franchise that brought him to the attention of the audience would be his role as Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the Star Trek movies, his performance was highly praised for infusing the character of the old Bones previously played by DeForester Kelly from the previous Star Trek films with his own acting skills. Urban also appeared in the sleeper hit Red, where he played the role of William Cooper, a hot headed young CIA operative alongside Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. Urban has appeared in loads of other Hollywood movies and has managed to portray different characters with his stern eyebrows. Another performance of his that received critical acclaim was his stint as Judge Dredd in the greatly underrated and underappreciated movie Dredd which was an adaptation of the comics and a reboot of the old abysmal Judge Dredd movie, Urban was able to convey emotions to the viewers as a no nonsense cop without ever taking his helmet off. Karl Urban also had a role as John Kennex in the short lived TV sci-fi police procedural Almost Human. This is an actor whose appearance has never been a dull moment for me. I hope to see him helm a lead movie role soon.

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"Does my eyebrows make me look serious?"

RON PERLMAN
Perhaps more universally known for portraying the red demon slaying cop from the underworld Hellboy, Ron Perlman has been acting for a considerable amount of time, this is an actor who vanishes into his character completely, although his huge roster of movie appearances has placed him in some really awful movies, his performance was often the silver lining. He is also popular for his role as Vincent in the 1987 Beauty and the Beast TV show. He might not seem underrated because of the numerous guises that he has embodied over the years but despite his huge filmography, I still consider him underrated cause of his insufficient lead roles, irregardless Perlman still shines in supporting roles. His portrayal of stalwart characters like Dieter Reinhardt from Blade 2 and Hannibal Chau in Pacific Rim are tough acts to follow. He recently appeared on the hit TV series Sons of Anarchy where he depicted Clarence Morrow. I am still patiently hoping that he comes back as Hellboy in the third installment(if the movie ever gets made).

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"I wonder if I look like a shaved Chewbacca"

PAUL DANO
This docile looking American actor bears more than just a sheepish look when it comes to exhibiting his on screen persona. He had his break out role in L.I.E. in which he played the role of Howie Blitzer, he appeared in a couple of other movies before his other appearance in the dramedy Little Miss Sunshine as Dwayne Hoover. Paul eventually wowed audiences and critics alike in his candid performance as the ecclesiastical Eli Sunday and his twin brother Paul Sunday in the critical acclaimed epic drama There Will Be Blood. He transformed his act entirely for his role as Calvin Weir-Fields in Ruby Sparks about a novelist whose fictional character comes to life. Paul Dano may have had some major roles and great supporting roles but this has not made him known to the average movie viewer, he also got some recognition for his role as John Tibeats in the true life drama 12 Years a Slave. His latest cinematic outing would be his portrayal of Alex Jones in the wickedly underrated movie Prisoners where he plays a man being tortured on the suspicion of kidnapping some kids. Dano still keeps on dishing out his incredible performances and I hope he gets more recognition than he has. This concludes my top underrated actors list, let me know of other actors that I may have missed. Here are some honorable mentions that didn’t make my top 10. Cillian Murphy, Mads Mikkelson, Peter Skaarsgard and Stanley Tucci. For access to the first part of the underrated actors list, check this link https://hybridbooks.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/top-five-most-underrated-actors/ Please don’t forget to like and subscribe for more entertaining news. Till next time. Szia.

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"Dont let my looks deceive you, I drown puppies"

Weekend Matter: Most Anticipated movies of 2014 part 1

Hello out there my fellow readers, a Merry Christmas in advance, and I wish you all a festive season, as this year wraps up we should not forget the amazing movies that various studios presented us with. I will be uploading a list of my favorite movies of 2013 next week, but for today I would like to highlight my top ten movies that I would be looking forward to next year. Let’s get it on.

  • EDGE OF TOMORROW

Let us begin with the unfamiliar titles first, this is a movie that I have been looking forward to ever since I heard of its synopsis. The story follows Lt. Col. William Cage(Tom Cruise) who is dropped into a horrific battlefield with a war going on between the humans and an alien race known as the Mimics, but he seems to be caught in a time loop, as every time he dies he comes back from the beginning of his deployment, this causes him to hone his skills and prepare harder after every death. To my fellow avid videogamers, this definitely sounds familiar and appeals to us, but with the release of its recent trailer, I can see this been a very promising sci-fi with various twists for everyone. Tom Cruise is also aided by Emily Blunt who plays Rita Vrataski, a Special Forces soldier. The movies releases on the 6th of June next year.

“Hmm, Emily are you free later today”
  • NEED FOR SPEED

Okay I know movie adaptations of videogames have not worked out so well in the past, but I have some faith in this movie, because to begin with, unlike most other videogames, Need for Speed does not have a close narrative unlike other games like Halo or Prince of Persia, so all that this movie as to deliver are high octane car chases and a compelling story-line. It is also nice to see Aaron Paul in his first lead role in a movie after escaping the grip of meth-lord Walter White from his role as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad. The movie also features actors like Dominic Cooper(The Devil’s Double),Imogen Poots(28 Weeks Later) and Micheal Keaton(Beetlejuice). Need for Speed releases on the 13th of March next year.

“Yo, Driving is like science, bitch”
  • 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

Now we are getting to familiar territory, this is one movie that I was initially hesitant about, as I felt that the original film which came out in 2007 had a satisfying conclusion, but due to the recent trailers that I have seen, I must say that my interest has been peaked a bit. The film continues the story from the prequel, as Queen Gorgo(Lena Headey) is preparing to avenge her fallen 300 soldiers, but new characters are introduced namely Themistocles(Sullivan Stapleton) and Artemisia(Eva Green) who are locked in a naval battle, the film will also reveal Xerxes’ backstory to reveal how he became known as the god king. The movie comes out on the 7th of March 2014

“I could probably go surfing or continue fighting”
  • 22 JUMP STREET

The original movie was a surprise hit and success, and a sequel was definitely a no brainer. With the release of its recent trailer, it seems to follow a similar plot from the first movie but this time it takes place in a college which they must infiltrate. Schmidt(Jonah Hill) and Jenko(Channing Tatum) return as the undercover cops who are trying to bust a drug ring. With returning acts from Ice Cube, Nick Offerman and Rob Riggle. The sequel looks really promising and I can’t wait for its release. 22 Jump Street is set to be released on the 13th of June 2014.

“We are back for more finger popping action”
  • DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

This is actually one of my most anticipated movies of 2014 because the prequel blew me away, I remember being initially worried for the first movie, as it was a reboot and we all know how most reboots turn out, but the movie surprised me, especially with the role of Andy Serkis as Caeser, the sequel is set to take place 8 years after the events of the first film in which a virus has spread around that is killing off the human population and now the apes are battling against the humans for dominance. A trailer was released recently and it showed Caeser leading a charge of simian warriors. The movie looks amazing and captivating so far. The movie introduces new characters that would be played by Gary Oldman(Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Jason Clarke(Lawless), Keri Russell(Waitress) and many more. The movie comes out on the 11th of July 2014.

“King Kong ain’t got shit on me”

These are the first five movies that I am personally anticipating for next year, stay tuned for the continuation, please do not forget to comment and subscribe for more movie related news. Till next time. Szia.