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December 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…
Blade Runner 2049
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.
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.
The 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?
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.
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.
3) 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?