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Joaquin Phoenix Wins Best Actor Oscar for Joker

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Joaquin Phoenix Wins Best Actor Oscar for Joker.

Was it deserved?

Was his speech wacky and too woke?

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Birds of Prey Movie Review

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Fresh from splitting from the Joker, Harley Quinn joins forces with some other badass chicks to take on the latest bad guy in town ‘Black Mask.”

Watch the video above for my full review!

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Uncut Gems Movie Review

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A career defining role played by Adam Sandler of all people, Uncut Gems is fantastic.

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Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution Trailer Reaction

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It has been 20 years since the original release of Pokémon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back, and it already feels just LIKE yesterday.

However as of 21st January 2020, Netflix had just decided to release a Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution Trailer onto YouTube.

Whilst I had a vague idea this was happening, it honestly slipped my mind that it was to be released in 2020!

I guess it makes sense, with all the remakes Disney are doing hell, why can’t other famous and popular franchises too right?

So this Pokémon movie has obviously been retouched and remade with 3D animation over the usual 2D anime style were used to.

If you haven’t seen the trailer here it is:

I am sure it will divide fans but let us all take a trip back to the year 2000.

I can remember being 12-13 like it was yesterday and Pokémon like for most other people was a huge part of my life.

I was such a big fan that I did everything, from collecting the cards, playing the Gameboy game obsessively, and binging on the anime show.

What I would have given to be a kid now and just had Netflix to watch the show on repeat!

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I had to wait for a certain time on the Cartoon Network for the show to be on, and I made sure I NEVER missed an episode.

On top of that, I remember going to the movies with my friends and I honestly cannot remember what we were going to see, but when the original trailer for the movie hit the screens:

God it hit me right in the feels! – I had NO IDEA a Pokémon movie was going to be made!

Not just that, the way I eventually saw the movie was even more epic!

I was at school, and we were just doing some work but the teacher announced for the following day we would be going to a school trip to watch a classic history film.

I thought “ok guess it’s better than doing any work,” so the next day we got onto a school bus to be taken to a local independent cinema.

Then whilst we were getting into our seats the teacher got up in front of 100 odd students to announce;

“I have tricked you all, we are not here to watch a history film, and we are watching the new Pokémon movie!”

All the boys shouted and screamed as did I of course, I couldn’t believe my luck!

As for the girls, well let’s say they were not too pleased.

Pokémon from my childhood to this day as a grown man will forever hold a special place in my heart.

So hearing they are doing a 3D animated remake of the original first movie, made me very happy.

Yes critics panned it, but Pokémon is NOT just for kids.

I have seen generations of fans of all ages love and adore this franchise – a little too much and I will do the same for the rest of my life.

The trailer looked good in my opinion, it had the same elements and storyline by the looks of it.

And whilst the original movie definitely has its flaws it will always be the first, and a classic.

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I am looking forward to seeing Mewtwo in full swing again and eventually battling Mew.

As for the other special moments such as Ash sacrificing himself, to even just watching them battle got me super excited.

Is this a necessary and important movie? – No of course not.

But will I be watching it? – Absolutely.

The fact it is on Netflix makes it so much easier, and I think a theatrical release wouldn’t have made financial sense.

What is good about this is this could be the first of plenty more 3D animated Pokémon movies, shows and more.

The Pokémon Company know their audience well, regardless of the critics disliking the recent Sword and Shield games.

They have always delivered in my opinion, so I am fully trusting them on this and don’t expect to get disappointed.

Even if it is a shot by shot remake of a 20 year old film (like the Lion King), I can watch it in the comfort of my own home and go back to living as a kid again at no real expense.

I look forward to reviewing it too.

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution arrives, Pokémon Day, February 27, 2020, only on Netflix.

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Oscars 2020 Full Nominations List

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Here is the full list of the 2020 Oscar nominations:

Best Picture

Ford V Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Actor in a Leading Role

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver, Marriage Story

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

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Actress in a Leading Role

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Charlize Theron, Bombshell

Renée Zellweger, Judy

Actor in a Supporting Role

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes

Al Pacino, The Irishman

Joe Pesci, The Irishman

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Actress in a Supporting Role

Kathy Bathes, Richard Jewell

Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Scarlett Johnasson, Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh, Little Women

Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Directing

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Todd Phillips, Joker

Sam Mendes, 1917

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Bong Joon-Ho, Parasite

Costume Design

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Film Editing

Ford V Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Parasite

Music (Original Score)

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Short Film (Animated)

Dcera (Daughter)

Hair Love

Kitbull

Memorable

Sister

Short Film (Live Action)

Brotherhood

Nefta Football Club

The Neighbors’ Window

Saria

A Sister

Sound Editing

Ford V Ferrari

Joker

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Sound Mixing

Ad Astra

Ford V Ferrari

Joker

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Klaus

Missing Link

Toy Story 4

Cinematography

The Irishman

Joker

The Lighthouse

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Documentary Feature

American Factory

The Cave

The Edge of Democracy

For Sama

Honeyland

Documentary Short Subject

In the Absence

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha

International Feature Film

Corpus Christi, Poland

Honeyland, North Macedonia

Les Misérables, France

Pain and Glory, Spain

Parasite, South Korea

Makeup and Hairstyling

Bombshell

Joker

Judy

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

1917

Music (Original Song)

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” — Toy Story 4

“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” — Rocketman

“I’m Standing With You” — Breakthrough

“Into the Unknown” — Frozen II

“Stand Up” — Harriet

Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King

1917

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Production Design

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

The Two Popes

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Knives Out

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

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Will Disney's Live Action Mulan Actually Be Any Good?

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With the the Disney Live Action remakes in full swing over the last decade, from The Lion King to Cinderella, Mulan is getting the same treatment in 2020.

But the question on everybody’s mind in anticipation for the films release is:

Will it be good?

Or is it going to suck?

The live action Disney remakes have been nothing short of controversial to so many different people, for so many different reasons.

Here are some of the usual complaints by movie goers of the recent Disney Live Action movies (to name a few) such as:

Cinderella – “no music like the original!”

The Lion King – “just a shot for shot remake!”

Aladdin – “it’s not the same without Robin Williams!”

Beauty and The Beast – “they used auto tune to make Emma Watson sing!”

I get it, and you know what in the digital age and with the power of social media our eyes and ears are often more attracted to criticism than praise.

It really doesn’t matter or nor is it important whether who is right or wrong, but these movies all have one thing in common:

THEY ALL HOLD SPECIAL PLACES IN PEOPLE’S HEARTS!

Yes, I grew up on Disney, and am a huge fan!

In fact I love everything Disney, from the theme parks, to the merchandise, the music and so on.

As an adult, I want the next generation to love it as much as I did!

And Disney is doing a good job of that by appealing to both the young and older audiences with these live action remakes.

However, whenever I would step into the theatres to watch these live action movies, the following thoughts would always cross my mind:

“Oh I cannot wait how they are going to make (insert beloved moment/character from the animated version) that in this live action.”

“Oh I cannot wait to sing that song again.”

“Oh I cannot wait to hear that joke or monologue again.”

And so on, and so on.

Now I am not in any stretch of the imagination HATING these movies, I mean look at the box office, they average a billion per movie they remake!

So as a business just from that alone (ignoring merchandise), they are absolutely killing it, and probably they always will.

But are these movies actually any good?

For me, as much as the nostalgia gets me through the door and obviously being a fan of the company so much will make me biased, but I am more intrigued for this upcoming Mulan.

I can sit here and list all the reasons I love the original Mulan animated movie from the 90’s.

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The story is amazing:

“Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) takes his spot — though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve.

She cleverly impersonates a man and goes off to train with fellow recruits.

Accompanied by her dragon, Mushu, she uses her smarts to help ward off a Hun invasion, falling in love with a dashing captain along the way.”

The voice is acting incredible:

From the singers to Eddie Murphy himself, it just is a masterpiece of acting. I cannot fault anybody in this movie at all.

The songs are so catchy and timeless

The songs “Reflection,” and “Make a Man out of You,” are songs I occasionally will catch up with again on Spotify as they are just so damn perfect!

Visually stunning movie

The colours capturing the look and feel of ancient China (particularly also the fact it is hand drawn), literally blows my mind.

But to compare it to the new movie (without seeing it), is what I have done for all these live remakes.

I knew what I was going to see, and expected it.

Don’t forget what you are doing is seeing pretty much the same movie, just rehashed in shiny 4K and with up to date CGI.

However, this brand new Mulan is taking a different approach;

It’s a new-ish story compared to the animation.

Completely new cast.

Also a completely Asian cast from the looks of things, which makes me even more excited about this film!

There will be no music or singing (this is not a bad idea trust me).

Mulan is traditionally a war story, so making it grittier and focusing on realism (despite there being allegedly being a witch in this), is fine by me!

Visually stunning judging by the trailers.

Bringing ancient China to live, and the landscape, wardrobes, all if makes it look beautiful.

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Mushu is no longer a dragon but a Phoenix

Why do we want to see an older Eddie Murphy reprise his iconic role for live action? I am happy to see something new! Keep the original as it was.

Disney are taking a huge gamble on Mulan by making it one thing they haven’t with their predecessors: DIFFERENT.

I myself am all for that, I like there is no songs, I like that the story is slightly different (she has a sister in this movie now), and I trust the house of mouse to get this one right!

Why?

Because Disney are master storytellers, and let’s be honest did many people know the story of Mulan back when it was released?

Well maybe you did, I certainly didn’t.

And this time as I step into the movies, I will be more excited because whilst there will be call-backs and some familiar things to the original I am sure I will be seeing a brand new story.

That is why potentially (I could be wrong), Mulan may be the best live action to date when it gets released this year.

But who knows, I’m no psychic but yet I just have a really good feeling about it.

Also strangely Disney throughout recent history have struggled with Box Office success in the Chinese market.

However surprisingly the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is so popular over there! – Who would have thought?!

So they will be desperately hoping to have their first real success over in China (in terms of Disney ‘princess’ movies), with this adaptation of Mulan.

Disney’s Mulan will release in theaters worldwide 27th March 2020.

The film stars Liu Yifei as the eponymous character, alongside Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, and Jet Li in supporting roles.

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SCG SHOW Reviews: Star Wars Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker

In this video fresh from the cinema SCG explains several reasons why Star Wars Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker is AWESOME!

WARNING THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS!

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The Rise of Skywalker from a very biased and one sided Star Wars fans view in my opinion was bloody awesome!

It surprises me how poorly it has done on Rotten Tomatoes, but then again these same “critics” raved about The Last Jedi, which I didn’t like at all!

Never the less here is a summary of the plot in case you didn’t know:

“When it’s discovered that the evil Emperor Palpatine did not die at the hands of Darth Vader, the rebels must race against the clock to find out his whereabouts. Finn and Poe lead the Resistance to put a stop to the First Order’s plans to form a new Empire, while Rey anticipates her inevitable confrontation with Kylo Ren.”

From here on out I will be giving away MASSIVE spoilers, so do not read anymore if you wish to avoid this.

Ok last chance….

Here we go!

These are the reasons I personally believe The Rise of Skywalker was nothing short of awesome!

John Williams score is stunning – It really couldn’t be Star Wars without this man now could it? John Williams IS Star Wars! And he bring his magic to the film with call-backs to Empire, and the other films in moments that just hit you right in the feels. Not to mention the legendary composer also makes a cameo! I love John, and seeing as this is the last ever Star Wars movie he will be composing for, it is really quite emotional to be bidding him farewell.

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Palpatine is still alive – Emperor Palpatine is a badass with the force. He does force lightning, he can create life, he turned Anakin to the dark side, almost defeated Yoda, and he is extremely powerful. As menacing as Vader was to me as a child, Palpatine was purely terrifying. Bringing him back sure has its plot holes, however it’s great to see the character alive and as frightening as ever. God I love me some Palpy I do!

Rey using force lightning – As we discover Rey is the granddaughter of Palpatine which is a great story arc in itself because it explains just how and why she is so powerful. So when she loses her cool as she tries to prevent a transporter from taking Chewbacca away with her force powers, she screams with rage and lightning shoots out of her fingertips blowing the cruiser to smithereens! She also believes she has killed Chewbacca in the process too. A great and powerful scene, and I loved it!

General Leia – With the passing of Carrie Fisher I found it absolutely amazing how they managed to have unused footage to place into the movie as if she was still there. It was incredibly emotional watching her as Leia again knowing she is sadly no longer with us. Rest in peace princess, you were excellent in this movie.

Lando returns – Whether you found it cheesy or not, it was sure as heck fun seeing Lando back in a Star Wars movie, and nonetheless even piloting the Millennium Falcon again in the final battle. Yes he was very old, and not in the plot much but its fan service, and I’m a sucker for it!

Kylo Ren – Adam Driver who I had never heard of before this movie you could argue was the best character and actor throughout the entire sequel trilogy. His demeanor in the film and his eventual switch to the light was terrific. I recently saw Adam in “Marriage Story” on Netflix and he blew me away. The guy is an amazing actor and I have a real love for Kylo Ren as a character. He is up there with Vader for me, so iconic and if I was to ever do cosplay, I know who I will want to be!

Po Dameron – Po was treated dreadfully in The Last Jedi as a whiny, arrogant annoying character, yet in this movie we see exactly what he was originally meant to be, a hero. Po Dameron leads the resistance fleet after Leia’s death, and I got to say Oscar Isaacs is a great actor, and I really warmed to the character more. It was also his idea to send messages out across the galaxy for help against the final order, which I thought was really cool.

Babu Frik – Move over baby Yoda, there is a new character in town, Babu Frik. Not much to say about this adorable little chap other than the fact he was hilarious, so cute and I just need more of him in my life. In fact I and my friends have been obsessed with him since the movie!

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Fleet of Star Destroyers – The Final Order and the fleet of Star Destroyers was nothing short of epic to see on the big screen! Not to mention they all now had the potential to take down a planet if need be with the same power and technology of the Death Star built into their armory. Amazing!

Dark Rey – It was a nice call back to Empire when Rey confronts Dark Rey in the Death Star ruins. She looked really cool, and it was a nice touch by JJ Abrams. I like seeing Jedi either turn to the dark-side or see what could be if they were to turn, so this was a good idea to include it in the movie, especially her fighting herself too.

Han Solo’s Return – Now obviously Han couldn’t be a force ghost, but his return to ultimately allow Ben Solo to return and Kylo Ren to die was really touching. I love their relationship and you can see that Han Solo was probably not the best parent, yet he loved his son. And of course it was the same dialogue that Ben used in the Force Awakens when he stabbed his father with his lightsabre instead he chucks it into the ocean. A really touching scene.

Luke Skywalker – Redemption for Luke for how dreadfully he was portrayed in The Last Jedi. Luke is also for the first time in all the movies a force ghost too. He is happier, wiser, and more at peace in this movie. And again it’s a call back to Empire when he lifts his X-Wing out of the water, something he previously called impossible to his Master Yoda.

The Final Battle – From Rey and Ben Solo taking on Palpatine, to the resistance fleet taking on the Final Order, it was visually stunning, epic and just a great conclusion! It’s not a Star Wars movie for me without a huge battle of course, and Abrams is a master at special effects for sure.

Final Verdict – All in all, due to being so disappointed by The Last Jedi, this movie was so much better in so many ways. Whilst it does of course have its plot holes and question marks, I still thought it was terrific.

I give it an 8 out of 10 and a solid conclusion to the sequel trilogy.