Flight of the Navigator

Posted: October 20, 2017 in Movies
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Flight of the Navigator is a great family movie, released in 1987, directed by Randal Kleiser. That name may sound familiar to you and it should because he directed the classic Grease and Honey I Blew Up The Kid to name a few. The film is a sci-fi flick about a kid, named David Freeman (Joey Cramer), who goes missing in the summer of ’78. Eight years pass but for David it’s only hours. He finds himself in 1986, with no memory as to what has happened to him, why it is he has not aged (like his family) and who the strange voice in his head belongs to! Meanwhile the NASA have found a UFO and begun to investigate it. It doesn’t take long for all concerned to realise David, his dissapearance and the UFO are all connected.

After I watched Flight of the Navigator I went on Twitter to read a remake of this film is moving ahead. That is a shame because this movie is timeless, the effects still work, the pace of the picture is boss and the plot is extremley well written. A sequel would make more sense than a remake!

Flight of the Navigator, as I’m sure it was for many, was one of the films I’d watch over and over again when I was a kid. The sense of adventure is key to the film’s appeal. This is a fun film because, as a kid (or adult), who wouldn’t want to be in control of a UFO and hang out with it’s awesome A.I.? On the ship David encounters Max (voiced by Paul Reubens), who is the A.I. in control of the ship and the caretaker of various lifeforms from tons of different planets and David gets to discover this wonder. It’s pure fun but what gives this film an edge is the way director Kleiser doesn’t shy away from focusing on the darker themes. David went missing. His family feel that pain for eight years and it’s shown on screen. The NASA want answers, they take David away from his family and plan to hold him until they get what they want. The kid had only just returned and these guys are snatching him up again? That would be a scary situation and Cramer is a great actor and shows the pain his character feels faced with such.

The film has a good cast. Many of the names are recognizable, such as Paul Reubens, sci-fi queen Veronica Cartwright, future Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker and Cliff De Yong. Another aspect of the film I LOVED is the musical score. It has shades of creepy sci-fi and a full on ’80s awesome rock/pop, used to great effect in a montage(!) sequence near the middle of the film. The special effects are dated but not in a way that makes them stand out in a bad way. The look of the UFO is amazing, inside and out, and the sense of speed it has is shown in great ways. Oh and the practical effects work on Max and the various alien life forms are very cool. I shudder with fear at the thought of how Max, the UFO and the various alien creatures would be “re-imagined” today with CGI.

Everyone has seen Flight of the Navigator so there is no need for me to say “If you haven’t check this out…” BUT if by some freak of nature (or maybe you were born earlier today) you have not seen this film, see it! Rent it, stream it or buy it now. You won’t be sorry. If you have seen it then watch it again because it’s boss.

 

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This is a great trailer. We get our first real look at Wakanda. This nation is the home of Black Panther and it is beyond cool. Wakanda is basically an advanced civilization hidden within Africa. Think Atlantis or El Dorado, had either been real and continued to blossom through the centuries.

There is a ton of new footage here that shows off the characters and gives a clear look at the plot of the film. Oh and those action scenes look boss. Black Panther running down cars on highways is always a welcome sight. You also get to see more variations of his suit and what it can do, how it works and all that. Very cool.

This movie is shaping up to be, what I hope, is a unique and fantastic addition to the MCU. It has an ace director in the form of Creed’s Ryan Coogler and one knock out cast led by Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.

Black Panther stars Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Andy Serkis amongst many other super talented people. This cast is stacked.

It hits cinemas February 16th 2018. That’s sooner than you think. Get excited.

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Earlier this year I was gutted. Not literally. Obvs. The reason was that the latest entry into the Friday The 13th series had fallen apart weeks before it was due to film. The goal was to have it out in cinemas for last Friday. It wasn’t to be.

Turns out I got to see a new entry into the Friday The 13th series after all. Never Hike Alone, from indipenent studio Womp Stomp Films, is a Friday The 13th tribute film. Having watched it I consider it a legit entry into the series because it’s bloody awesome. This is what a movie looks like when it is made with care and a respect for the source.

After I finished the movie (it’s almost an hour long) I couldn’t wait to put my thoughts down on what I had just seen. The set up is brilliant in it’s purity. Kyle McLeod (an excellent Andrew Leighty) is a extreme hiker who just so happens to stumble upon the remains of Camp Crystal Lake. He’s heard the tales of ‘Camp Blood’, of the massacre that took place there, so his next move is to check the place out! Why not? What’s the worse that could happen? Mass murderer Jason Voorhees isn’t real right? Wrong. Sorry Kyle. Jason is real.

What follows is a expertly shot, paced and really well acted series of chase scenes, close calls, showdowns and carnage. Plot wise this can easily slip into the official canon of the series without any major contradictions. It is that good, as far as this fan is concerned, I rate it as canon.

Vincente Disanti, the director, uses a variety of different filmmaking styles. These help to keep the look of things fresh and never dull. Cutting from found footage to a more tradtional feature style when the narrative calls for it. The stalk and slash scenes are done real good and overall it’s great. The special effects work is fantastic, seriously guys for a fan film this stuff is excellent and I felt like I was watching a legit Friday The 13th flick. Jason looks awesome in this. From his movements to his presence. The actor does a wonderul job. The whole team at Womp Stomp Films should be incredably proud of the work they did on Never Hike Alone.

I hope Paramount are paying attention to the buzz Never Hike Alone is getting. Next year the rights to Friday The 13th go back to New Line Cinema. Before that happens (or hey, New Line, you too!) , if I was them I would be calling up Disanti and asking for a meeting. One of the reasons why the new movie fell apart was the dissapointing box office of Rings. Paramount didn’t want to risk money on another franchise relaunch. Slash that budget in half, give Disanti and his team creative control and let them work their magic I say. Get these guys to produce the next official entry into the series. That’s what I would do.

Never Hike Alone is excellent. Don’t be put off by the fact it is a fan film. This is a great entry into the series and it’s better than some of the true sequels. I watched the remake on Friday and felt it had no life to it. It was missing that spark several of the older films have. Never Hike Alone reminded me why I love this series as much as I do and it’s required viewing for Friday The 13th fans. The film is available now on YouTube on Womp Stomp Films official channel.

 

 

Today should have been the release date of the latest entry in the Friday The 13th series. Sadly it was not to be the case as production on the sequel was shut down earlier this year. Due to messy rights issues it is still uncertain when fans can expect a brand new instalment in the much loved franchise.

Yet, hope is not lost, here is the trailer for Friday The 13th: Never Hike Alone! This fan film (don’t walk away, come back!) has built up quite a lot of buzz over the past several months. After taking a look at this trailer you will see why. Womp Stomp Films are behind the short and it looks like a lot of care and attention has gone into Never Hike Alone, more so than most fan films. Early buzz and reactions are positive.

So here is the bad news. We didn’t get a brand new studio Friday The 13th movie this year. The good news is we have this short and it will be available today on Womp Stomp Films YouTube page! So tonight, sit back, turn off the lights and get ready to head back to Camp Crystal Lake!

New Mutants teaser trailer!

Posted: October 13, 2017 in Comics, Movies
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I have to give credit to FOX. They now seem to understand what it is they have access to in regards to the X-Men. Last year we got Deadpool and Logan. Two spin-off’s set inside the X-Men movie universe and each of them was gloriously it’s own beast. Rated R and violent as hell. Next out of the gate is The New Mutants and, like Deadpool and Logan, this looks to be another unique take on mutation.

The film is directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in our Stars) and is a horror/sci-fi movie. Comic fans will know the title because it is one of a long list of comic books set in the same universe as the X-Men.

Boone has said he wants the film to feel like a horror movie and not a traditional superhero flick. Well sir, I say, mission accomplished! This looks boldly brilliant. I don’t know if the film is rated R or not but going off that teaser trailer this looks like a straight up slasher movie with a science fiction edge.

The New Mutants follows several young mutants who find themselves trapped inside an experimental facility. Chances are they are not at that place voluntarily. Will they get out alive? We’ll find out April 13th 2018!

 

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Nope. Not on here anyway. On Monday night the brand new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuted worldwide. Like millions around the globe I watched it. Of course I did. Chances are you did too. However what some people might not know is that the director of the film, Rian Johnson, issued a plea on social media asking fans to avoid the trailer.

He felt it showed off more of the film than he was comfortable with. Does it? We won’t know until we see the film. Trailers can be tricky and misleading. Maybe this is a case of spoiler culture going over the top? Later in the week Johnson revealed he sat down with Lucasfilm and agreed upon trailer terms regarding plot elements that CAN NOT be even hinted at in the marketing.

My feeling is the trailer won’t spoil the film if you watch it. Not even a bit. Just in case it does (hang your head in shame Alien: Covenant trailer, that showed WAY too much!”) I’m not posting it here. I hate spoilers in general and today you just never know how much the marketing will give away.

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Captain America: The First Avenger is a cracking cineamtic debut for one of Marvel comics most beloved and enduring characters. Who better to usher him in than Joe Johnston! Johnston has directed some great movies over the course of his career with family friendly fun in the form of Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, summer blockbusters with Jumanji and Jurassic Park 3 to smaller, more character focused dramas like October Sky. As a director he has a wide pallet and he brings a bit of everything to Captain America and makes it work.

The movie follows Steve Rogers, a young Brooklyn guy who wants to enlist in the second world war and stand up for those who can not stand up for themselves. From the moment we meet Steve you see his heart is in the right place but the reality of his stature means he has to stay home while his buddy and others are cleared to join the fight. That is until a chance encounter at the World’s Fair ends with Steve given the oppertunity to take part in a experimental procedure that transforms his body and Captain America is born. Meanwhile the evil Hydra, led by the deadly Red Skull, have begun to lay waste to Europe via the power of a mysterious stone that grants them technological advantages that could see the whole world in ruin. It is up to Captain America and his allies to take down the Red Skull and Hydra!

Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers is brilliant. As an actor this guy has a wide range and he gets to show it here. With a less talented actor in the role the film could have failed and come off as nothing more than a cheese fest but thanks to Evans that isn’t the case. Hugo Weaving as Red Skull is very good. Tommy Lee Jones puts in great support as super dry Colonel Chester Phillips. Sebastian Stan begins to cement his role in the MCU, his character Bucky had to hit home due to the role he would go on to play and Stan achives that. Last but not least Hayley Atwell almost steals the damn movie in what is a winning role as Agent Peggy Carter. Carter aids Steve throughout the film and her no nonsense and kick ass attitude is backed up by a ton of charisma. Johnston and co. put together one great cast here and it’s a pleasure to see them all do great work together.

The special effects work on display – practical and CGI – is some of the greatest work I’ve seen but not in the obvious areas. Somehow the CGI used to blend actor Chris Evan’s head onto a smaller actors body (if that is what they did!) looks seamless! It’s mindblowing stuff. Major credit needs to go to the film’s set and art dirction which makes the movie feel and look as if it could have come out of Hollywood during the golden age of movies, evoking the look and feel of America circa 1940/50’s. All of the little and at times not so little historical touches really hit home for me because I love that era of cinema and history.

When it comes to the action Johnston and his team are top notch. Each action sequence in the film is well shot and easy to follow. There is no frantic cutting or manic editing that leaves you feeling confused as to what the hell is going on. Likewise the set pieces range from one on one showdowns to all out assaults on land and in the air with each sequence looking as if it was effortless to capture. That’s the sign of a talented director and great action. It should look effortless but the reality is that capturing that feel is anything but!

Here’s the thing with Captain America: The First Avenger, I feel like it’s criminally underrated. In 2017 the MCU is big and filled with good to great movies. As time goes on it’s going to get bigger but I hope this one doesn’t fall off the radar because, for me at least, I think this is one of the purest comic book movies ever made. Much in the same way as Donner did with Superman I feel like Johnston has directed from the heart, respected the source and delivered a boss comic book movie that now arguably seems small in comparison to say Winter Soldier or Civil War yet in other ways stands above both.