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Top Ten December New Releases

December New Releases BannerDecember is just about here, and without a doubt, it’s the biggest month of the year when it comes to exciting new releases! In fact, as much as we love our jobs, we’re kind of looking forward to taking a little bit of time off over the Christmas break to binge on as many of these films and television shows as we possibly can!

With soldiers, zombies, spies, queens, superheroes and emjois, December’s new release schedule has something for everyone. In no particular order, here are just ten titles that we’re eager to see on our screens this month…

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Fast Five Review: Blade Runner 2049

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Science Fiction | 2017 | Reviewed by Michelle | Released January 24, 2018

Thirty years after the events of the first Blade Runner film, K is a new Blade Runner; a replicant tasked with tracking down and eliminating older model replicants. When he makes a shocking discovery that could cause widespread chaos between humans and replicants, K is determined to find out the truth – not only about replicants, but about his own life as well.

1) Did you like the film?

Yes, but with reservations. I’m a huge sci-fi buff, and obviously, a fan of the first movie. But the thing with Blade Runner is that it’s 35 years old, and feels awkwardly dated to rewatch. And while the new Blade Runner film is utterly lovely to look at, it’s still bogged down with the same problems as Ridley Scott’s film – issues that a film released in 2017 really should have tried harder to avoid.

2) Why?

Let’s start with the positive stuff first. Blade Runner 2049 is dazzling in so many ways. The world-building at work here is on an epic scale. The opening shots, combined with the nostalgia-heavy score is enough to make a fan of the first film weak at the knees. The word “iconic” is used for pretty much everything these days, but there are so many scenes in Blade Runner 2049 to which the word comes to mind easily. Overall, this is a fascinating, atmospheric film that’s almost-as-good-as-the-original good. Well, almost.

bladerunnerThe problems? What’s with the way this film treats women? No spoilers, but the number of female characters who wind up dead in Blade Runner 2049 is staggering. Women are revered in Blade Runner 2019 – they’re angels, miracles, supersized goddesses. But at the same time, they’re disposed of with an alarming, brutal efficiency.

And then, there’s that nearly three hour runtime. Spare a thought for those of us who saw this at the cinema. At least on DVD, there’s always the pause button…

3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…

You’re a big, big fan of the first movie.

4) This film made me think about…

How can a film be so brilliant and so flawed at the same time? Like I said, this is a great film, but it’s 2017 – why can’t films about the future be…I don’t know, a little more futuristic in their outlook towards race and gender?

5) Overall rating?

4-stars

Fast Five Review: The Expanse – Season One

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The Expanse: Season One
Science Fiction | 2015 | Reviewed by Michelle

Hundreds of years in the future, humans have colonised the solar system. In the asteroid belt beyond Mars, a washed-up detective is tasked with tracking down the missing daughter of a powerful Earth businessman. In space, the first officer of an interstellar ice freighter witnesses a Martian attack on his ship. And on Earth, a ruthless UN undersecretary is desperate to prevent war. These three strangers are about to uncover a conspiracy that will bring them together – and change the galaxy…

1) Did you like it?

Confession time: I’m a bit of a sci-fi buff, and I really enjoyed The Expanse.

2) Why?

This is great big futuristic sci-fi at its great big futuristic best – and the kind that we haven’t seen on TV for a while now. If you’ve got fond memories of Battlestar Galactica, or maybe even (nerd alert!) Babylon 5, clear your calendar and microwave some popcorn, because I reckon you’re going to love The Expanse.

theexpanse23) You’ll enjoy this series if…

The Expanse isn’t just great sci-fi, it’s great television. In the same way that many Game of Thrones fans wouldn’t necessarily call themselves epic fantasy buffs, The Expanse has the potential to appeal to anyone who likes compelling characters and a fast-paced plot. That’s pretty much everyone, right?

4) This series made me think about…

Also like Game of Thrones, The Expanse is based on a series of books. I’m impatient for more, and wondering if I should just read the books (and know what’s going to happen in advance) or just be patient and let it be a surprise…?

5) Overall rating?

4.5-stars

 

Fast Five Review: Baby Driver

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Baby Driver
Action | 2017 | Reviewed by Michelle

Baby is a semi-charmed young getaway driver who uses music to drown out the constant ringing in his ears, a condition he’s suffered nearly all his life. Just when things are starting to look up for Baby – he’s met the love of his life and he’s finally earned enough money to walk away from crime for good – he’s dragged back behind the wheel for one final, doomed heist. There’s no song that can help Baby out of this one…

1) Did you like the film?

I was expecting this to be a big, dumb action movie along the lines of the Fast and the Furious franchise. What I got was something completely different…and to my surprise, I really enjoyed it!

2) Why?

For starters, Baby Driver probably has more personality in its first ten minutes than all the Fast and the Furious movies combined. From the dialogue to the characters to the soundtrack, this movie has so much going for it. It’s loaded with originality, and it doesn’t get too wrapped up in its own conceit (looking directly at you, Guardians of the Galaxy franchise) to be enjoyable. Twee? Maybe a little. But that’s okay. Baby Driver is proof that movies can be fun without having to switch your brain off for a couple of hours.

babydriver3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…

If you’ve ever wished you could live in a video clip (I know I have!) you’ll love Baby Driver.

4) This film made me think about…

What would the soundtrack to my life sound like? Probably much dorkier…

5) Overall rating?

4.5-stars

Fast Five Review: Churchill

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Biography, Drama | 2017 | Reviewed by Michelle

It’s June, 1944, and with only a couple of days to go until the invasion of Normandy – a military operation that, one way or another, promises to turn the war in Europe around – Winston Churchill tries desperately to cancel the mission, fearing it will be a disaster.

1) Did you like the film?

I didn’t hate it. I was a bit meh about this film, to be brutally honest…

2) Why?

I’m sure the acting is good. The attention to detail is good too – expect a lot of shiny black cars and wide shots to show off lavish interiors. But really, Churchill is all a little dull. The Winston Churchill of this film is a complicated figure, bogged down in his own guilt over his role in the Gallipoli campaign back in the First World War (every Australian knows how that one played out…). He spends most of the film as a blustering, dundering old windbag, frail with age and completely shocked that no one will take him seriously. He’s petty, arrogant…need I go on? Yeah, I get that the film is trying to set him up as a flawed figure, and that this is a story of redemption. And it’s not that I’m averse to flawed characters – in fact, quite the opposite. But there’s just very little about this story that feels new or interesting or necessary in any way.

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3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…

You’d probably get more out of this if you were into biopics or history.

4) This film made me think about…

Okay, it did make me more interested in the actual history of World War II. So that’s something.

5) Overall rating?

2.5-stars