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Disney has been hyping this for three fucking years.

Was it worth it? For Disney, yes I’m sure it is. Hardcore Lion King fans are already losing their shit with excitement.

I have to admit this trailer got everything!

90s nostalgia: check! Childhood nostalgia: check! Lion King nostalgia: check! The only things missing are charm and originality.

Regardless, Lion King remake > Aladdin remake. 

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I haven’t go the cinema in a while, and currently are playing two superhero movies from my childhood’s memories I want to watch.

The two captain marvels: Captain Marvel and Shazam.

Although Captain Marvel was only on comics, Shazam was made a TV series in the 70’s and I used to watch it when I was a kid.

The new DC superhero movie Shazam! opened last weekend, starring Zachary Levi as young Billy Batson who transforms into a red-and-gold costumed superhero when he says the magic word.

The hero’s failure to find an appropriately catchy name is one of the movie’s running jokes (the IMDB just lists him as Shazam). But earlier Shazam! fans of the Whiz comic, the 1940s serial, and the 1970s TV show know that that hero had a different (and familiar) name.

That guy was known as Captain Marvel, and in the 1970s, at least, his counterpart Billy Batson (played by Michael Gray) had a whole crew of Olympian advisors.

When times got tough, Billy would either say the magic word (“Shazam!”) to turn into the Superman-like Captain Marvel, or call out the gods/demigods he got his name from: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury.

The elders in the series were animated with some trippy colored lighting effects as they offered Billy their combined age-old wisdom. Other Shazams leaned mainly on the Wizard Shazam, but 1970s Billy got a whole crew that made him more mystical.

The special effects, of course, are shit compared of what we have today.

Regardless, Shazam was never my favourite hero.

But still want to watch it.

Jack Nicholson did it (okay). As have Heath Ledger (great) and Jared Leto (meh).

Now it’s Joaquin Phoenix’s turn to play the iconic villain in an upcoming origin Joker movie directed by Todd Phillips.

Joker is intended to be the first film in a series of DC-based films separate from the shared DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Joaquin’s character begins as a failed stand-up comedian who eventually morphs into a murdering psychopath…

 
A movie without CGI and pure acting makes it very realistic.

In my humble opinion, Joaquin Phoenix  was a great choice for portraying a truly damaged individual such as the joker.

Just when I thought that Guy Ritchie could never do a movie worse than Swept Away, I found out he can. That film will be the live-action version of Aladdin because Will Smith’s genie looking like the beefy baby of one of those aliens from the Eiffel 65’s Blue video is just a NO!

Instead of going to see this movie, we should watch the cartoon version and remember Robin William as the Genie.

The difference between Robin Williams and Will is that Robin could do many different characters (same as Jim Carrey) and Will can only do Will.

That is why we adored the Genie so much.

Last night after work all wanted to do was nothing.

Instead I watches few films and slept late.

ANNIHILATION

Although I don’t like to read science fiction, I love science fiction movies. So, my curiosity chose Annihilation.

This movie is visually stunning and extremely creative, and although the ending was a bit predictable, the scientific concept behind the events causing the chaos in the film and some of the distortions of reality are truly ingenious, yet horrific.

Science fiction is about examining the human condition in nonhuman situations; and Annihilation is one of those movies that makes you wonder.

The cast was great, except Benedict Wong (he keeps playing similar roles over and over, so I wasn’t sure if I was watching The Martian or Prometheus) and Gina Rodriguez (which I can’t stand because, annoying!)

Unless you’re looking for mainstream stuff, this movie is not for you.

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COME NON DETTO

I love movies and even more foreign movies. This is one is a 2012 LGBT Italian comedy, “Come non detto” which they translate as “Tell No One”

Tell No One is a delightful light comedy about a guy’s coming out to his family because of the pressure of love. But actually is more of pressure of his lies since he’s living a life in the closet. So he is forced to make a life-changing decision.

I can say I felt very related to the character, specially since I came out to my family the same way. I was in love (with “Hubby”) and love makes you feel powerful, love makes you do things you never thought you could. However, coming out when you are raised in a conservative/religious family is not an easy thing to do.

Italians are not much different than South Americans (or Latinos in general) so I really related culturally with the story.

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INCREDIBLES 2

15 years ago I watched the first movie at the cinema. It was awesome.

Incredibles 2 absolutely lives up to the standard set by its predecessor (and by Pixar) with a riveting, emotional, joyful tale of the greatest superhero family gracing the big screen this era.

Oh, baby Jack Jack is everything!! 

Watching Incredibles again was a bit nostalgic, but hella fun!

Ever since the infamous #OscarsSoWhite hashtag was born back in 2016, Hollywood has been trying to diversify more. The Vanity Fair covers of late have also been partaking in that trend by spotlighting a variety of Hollywood stars.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Hollywood issue and it features a mixture of newbies and not so new, and everyone is staring into the camera like they’re equal parts confused, hungry and ready for a power nap.

And just in case you don’t recognise any of these beautifully bored and talented specimens, here they are in order:

Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther,) Saorsie Ronan (Mary, Queen of Scots,) Timothee Chalamet (Beautiful Boy,) Yalitza Aparicio (Best Actress nominee for Roma,) Nicholas Hoult (The Favourite,) Rami Malek (Best Actor nominee for Bohemian Rhapsody,) Regina King (Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk,) John David Washington (BlacKkKlansmen,) Elizabeth Debicki(Widows,) Tessa Thompson (Creed 2,) and Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians).

Now, I think this is the first time Nicholas Hoult is on the cover of Vanity Fair, despite his many years in the business… And hell yes, it was about time! I used to have a crush on him (and few others) during the Skins years, because I love the opposite of me. What I’m saying is since I’m a tan Latino, I’ve always been attracted by pale skin (but not white trash).

Regardless, #HotIsHot

Skins was one of the most iconic modern British shows. 

Same as Queer As Folk.

That been said, good cover for once! 

Yesterday between free time I watched two films. And since I’m getting sick (thanks to the super cold weather) chances are I’ll spend time in bed watching some more.

If you’re the lazy type who thinks English is the only language in the world, don’t even bother! One film is in Korean, and the other one in Norwegian/German so you need to read subtitles.

Unless you’re an awesome polyglot. 

THE MAN FROM NOWHERE

The 2010 Korean blockbuster and award winning Ajusshi (international title: The Man From Nowhere) is a dark, violent and thrilling film that, maybe unexpectedly, contains a big amount of heart and sincerity.

The film is definitely not for the faint of heart. It has a dark, grimy, seedy backdrop of the drug and human organs trade in Asia.

The rage and vengeance that grows in the main character, adds even more to that foreboding and often bloody atmosphere.

But that’s what makes the unexpected heart and sincerity all the more, well, unexpected.

This is probably the only movie I’ve seen in Rotten Tomatoes with a 100% score.

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THE 12TH MAN

Norway, 1943: after a failed anti-Nazi sabotage mission leaves his eleven comrades dead, Norwegian resistance fighter Jan Baalsrud (Thomas Gullestad) finds himself on the run from the Gestapo through the snowbound Arctic reaches of Scandinavia.

It’s a harrowing journey across unforgiving, frozen wilderness that will stretch on for months, and force Jan to take extreme action in order to survive.

This was a GREAT movie about actual WWII events, but even better was watching a no Hollywood cast playing the roles. 

This was a great reminder of the bravery of the citizens on those occupied countries, against the Nazis.

Well acted, and the location filming was outstanding.