12 Films of Christmas 2018 (Final Part)

It’s time, ladies and gentlemen. The final part in this year’s 12 Days of Christmas series. It’s been fun, but it’s time for it to come to an end. So let’s go out on a note.

I was considering going with “Jingle All the Way” for this last one, as it was on tv earlier. But then I decided against it because I’d prefer to not get annoyed by a movie on christmas fucking eve. So instead I went with a different thing that was on tv, something that airs every year, same Bat-time, same Bat-channe- damn it, wrong old thing. This is “From All of Us, to All of You”. In this interesting piece of Disney animation, Mickey Mouse and Jiminy Cricket host a sort of christmas show in which they give us some “christmas cards” from various characters. These “cards” are short films, some actually christmas related, and some just clips from movies like “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book”. And for some unknown reason, it has aired on Swedish television every year since 1960. So yeah, living here in Sweden all my life, I’m kind of familiar with this. I feel nostalgic about seeing it, but at the same time it almost gets a bit same-y, since nothing new is added. Okay, I lied, at the end they show clips from new/upcoming Disney movies, but other than that, it’s the same thing as always, with only minor edits throughout the years. That said, there’s something a bit nice and warm about it, and it brings a nice sense of joy every time I see it. “From All of Us, To All of You” is a charming little compilation with a fascinating legacy.

On the last of christmas’ days, Markus wishes your ass, happy holidays, and a merry fucking christmas.

Movie Review: The Jungle Book (2016)

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I apologize for the lack of reviews lately, I’ve had a bad case of the lazies. But enough of that, uhm… oo-bidooo, I wanna reviiieeew.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Jungle Book”.

Welcome to the jungle! In this jungle, among all of the animals and plants we have a young human boy named Mowgli (Neel Sethi), who has lived with a pack of wolves for most of his life. However his life changes quite a bit when a tiger named Shere Khan (Idris Elba) threatens to kill him. So Mowgli together with a panther named Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) and a bear named Baloo (Bill Murray) have to go on the run and kind of discover who he really is. Pretty simple premise for a movie, but it’s effective. I was truly captivated by the plot of this movie. It was interesting, it was engaging, it was entertaining, and it was even a bit emotional at times. A little bit predictable at times, but not in an annoying way. It was a pretty damn solid plot.

The characters in this movie were all interesting and entertaining. I have been pretty verbal about my skepticism about having kids act in movies, but even I have to admit that Neel Sethi who played Mowgli was really good here. Especially considering that this was his first movie and that he acted against… nothing. There were no humans to act against in scenes, only tennis balls on sticks (or whatever they did here), and given those two factors… he was really good, he carried the movie very well. Bill Murray did the voice of Baloo and I think he did a great job with it. Baloo was funny, charming, and just overall awesome. Ben Kingsley was great as Bagheera, nothing much to say there. Idris Elba as Shere Khan was intimidating and badass and almost a bit scary. Yeah, he was fantastic. Lupita Nyong’o played Mowgli’s adoptive mother, Raksha, and she was great. But by far, my favorite, one that I advocated for so long that it was perfect casting… Christopher Walken as King Louie. Yeah, he was so much fun and just… god, I loved it! The rest of the cast, including people like Giancarlo Esposito, Scarlett Johansson, and Garry Shandling (R.I.P) all did a great job. It was a really solid cast.

The score for the movie was composed by John Debney and it was pretty damn good. It was fun and really big and epic. There are also some newer versions of the songs from the classic Disney animation spread throughout, and they all sound really good. Not all the classic songs, but several of them are here. And they are implemented pretty well into the movie.

This movie was directed by Jon Favreau and I honestly think he did a pretty great job. The way he directed it is fun and exciting and makes for a very good pace throughout. The scenes flow very well and some of them are even really tense. Which brings me to the CGI, and Jesus fucking Christ the CGI in this movie is absolutely astonishing. I looked at it all and my mind was kind of blown. What’s also interesting is that nothing was shot on location in an actual jungle, this was all a green screen set… and I could never really tell. What they did with the visual effects here was nothing short of fan-fucking-tastic. And based on certain things you see in this movie I find it hard to believe that this movie is rated PG. I’m not kidding, I expected at least a PG-13 rating, but no… this shit was PG. Disney sure gets away with some harrowing stuff.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 94% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 77/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,6/10.

“The Jungle Book” is one of the few reamkes/reboots that actually turned out to be great. Not saying that it surpasses the 1967 original, that is still my favorite Disney movie… but I am still saying that this is a great movie in it’s own right. It has a really good plot, really good characters, great performances, great music, great directing, and fantastic visual effects. Time for my final score. *Roar!*. My final score for “The Jungle Book” is a 9,83/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “The Jungle Book” is now completed.

Welcome to the jungle, We’ve got fun ‘n’ games…

 

My 12 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

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Ladies and gentlemen, 2015 has come to a close and 2016 is upon us… in fact it has been upon us for about 11 days now. Look, I know I am a little bit late with this list, but that is mainly because I wanted to try to figure out which movies this year I looked forward to. It also takes some time to work it into a decent length. But now we are here, and I think it’s time to begin… after we’ve gone over some ground rules first.

Rule #1: This is my list of MY most anticipated movies of the year, so if you aren’t looking forward to the same ones as me then that’s fine, just don’t be a jerk about it.

Rule #2: I will not include any movies that originally got released in 2015 in the states/UK to then in 2016 get a release in Sweden where I live. So you will not see any movies like “The Hateful Eight”, “The Revenant” or “Spotlight” on this list even though I really want to see them.

Rule #3: I’m not really gonna rank these movies based on how much I want to see them, I will just sort of list them and explain why I am looking forward to them. Sure, you will see them get ranks from 12 to 1, but that is only for simplicty’s sake.

Those were the rules, so let us now have a look at my most anticipated movies of 2016!
But first some honorable mentions because I am stupid like that:
Assassin’s Creed
Ratchet & Clank
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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
Those were the honrable mentions, let’s move on.

Number 12: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
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For those of you who don’t really know, “Fantastic Beasts” is basically a prequel to “Harry Potter”. In the “Harry Potter” franchise “Fantastic Beasts” is one of the books that Harry and the others use while at Hogwarts. And this movie will follow the author of the book, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he most likely will go around and capture beasts. Okay, what warrants this to be on the list? Well first off, we get to spend more time in this established universe that we love. The movie also has some serious acting talent behind it with the previously mentioned Eddie Redmayne and also people like Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell and Ron motherfucking Perlman. But what might be most promising, for me at least, is that the movie is directed by David Yates who did the last four “Harry Potter” movies which in my opinion are all great movies. So yeah, this this got some good shit behind it.

Number 11: Warcraft.
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One would assume that a video game movie wouldn’t appear on this list, but behold… it is here. I agree that the majority of video game movies have been pretty bad and/or awful unless they would be Japanese and animated. But I still have a little faith in this one for a few reasons. One thing is that the “Warcraft” universe isn’t 100% set in stone and they can expand on the universe a bit. The movie also has some good talent behind it with actors such as Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Robert Kazinsky, Toby Kebbell and Ben Foster. But what intirgues me most about this movie is the fact that it’s directed by Duncan Jones, a man who I am a big fan of. Sure, he has only made two movies previous to directing “Warcraft”, but those movies were pretty damn good. Also, he is apparently a gamer himself, so I think he will be a little more careful when making this movie. Plus, that trailer that came out didn’t look too bad.

Number 10: Finding Dory.

The long awaited sequel to Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” will finally come to us in 2016. I do have my reservations about this movie since it’s been almost 13 years since the first movie came out and if you remember, not all Pixar sequels are that good (*Cough* “Cars 2” *Cough cough*). But I do still have some hope about this one because of my love for the first one. I also have a bit of hope for it since it seems that the original directors and actors are returning for this one. And with such a lineup I feel like my hope for it is justified. And if the movie turns out to be bad… Just keep swimming. 

Number 9: Hail, Caesar!
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I’m not gonna go too in depth with my explanantion for this one since it can be done in just a few words. It’s a new comedy from the Coen brothers and it has a huge cast of awesome actors. I don’t need to explain it any further.

Number 8: Deadpool.
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The merc with a mouth is finally coming to the big screen. And before you say anything, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” does not count. And while I am looking forward to seeing what they do with this character, I still have my doubts. The man who’s making this movie is a first time director. Yes, he has been a visual effects guy and may have picked up a trick or two when working on different things, but I still always hold back a little when it’s a first time director. Secondly, the movie is being released in February, and any movie fan knows that January and February are bad months for movies. But who knows, it might turn out to be one of the best movies of the year if we’re lucky.

Number 7: Suicide Squad.
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Out of the two DC movies being released this year, this is the one I got the higher hoper for. Mainly because the trailer for this didn’t show everything that the plot would have unveiled (*Cough* “Batman V Superman” *Cough*). Also, we haven’t really seen Task Force X one the big screen yet. Sure, we do have the animated movie “Batman: Assault on Arkham”, but that wasn’t theatrically released. And “Arrow” doesn’t count either because that was on TV and it was never the entire squad at once. And with that ranting over, let’s talk about what I like so far about the movie. The cast is great, containing some great actors in roles I think they will pull off brilliantly… except for Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, because he’s not a good actor and Boomerang is one of the stupidest characters ever. Sorry, going overboard with this. *Deep breath*. What I can say as well is that I am a fan of David Ayer who’s directing the movie. Ah fuck it, it’s probably gonna be an entertaining movie.

Number 6: Doctor Strange.
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It’s a Marvel movie… starring Benedict Cumberbatch… it’s gonna be good.

Number 5: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
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I find it to be an amazing feeling to know that there would only be one year between “The Force Awakens” and a new “Star Wars” movie. So the fact that there will be a new “Star Wars” movie is awesome on it’s own, but to then see the list of cast members and also who will be directing is an amazing thing on it’s own. The list of cast members is too long to mention here, so I recommend that you go to imdb and have a look yourself. But I can mention the name of the director however. The director is none other than Gareth Edwards, the man who gave us 2014’s “Godzilla” which I personally am a big fan of. So I have a good amount of (new) hope for this movie.

Number 4: X-Men: Apocalypse.
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It’s a new Bryan Singer “X-Men” movie which is always something to look forward to. Yes, they have a very high standard to live up to after the masterful “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, but I do still think that this movie got a big chance of being good, if not great. I don’t think it’s gonna be as good as “Days of Future Past”, but I don’t need it to be, I just need it to be good… which it will be. Like I said, Bryan Singer is back as director. The movie also featured a fantastic cast with both returning cast members and newcomers to the franchise. It’s gonna be good guys… trust me.

Number 3: John Wick 2.
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Yes, this movie has no release date. Yes, there hasn’t been any trailer yet. But I feel that it will still be great. Mainly because the director of the first movie is coming back together with Keanu Reeves to give us another kickass action movie. Sure, my love of the first movie might cloud my judgment here, but I still feel hyped for the sequel.

Number 2: Bourne 5.
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I am a big fan of the “Bourne” franchise. I agree that “Bourne Legacy” wasn’t that great, but I didn’t completely hate it. And I did promise you in a post from a week or so ago that I would review all of the “Bourne” movies leading up to this untitled sequel which will be released in July. And for the movie we will see the return of both Matt Damon and Julia Stiles in the roles they played throughout the series’ previous installments. We will also see the return of Paul Greengrass as director. I really do feel like this will be a great movie… at least as a fan of the franchise.

Number 1: Captain America: Civil War.
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You shouldn’t be surprised that this movie is on the list… it’s a new Marvel movie brough to us by the guys who directed “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, one of the absolutely best superhero movies out there. It’s probably the biggest movies of the year and I really wanna see it… simple as that.

So those were my most anticipated movies of the year. Were there any you are looking forward to that I didn’t talk about? Please feel free to comment about it.
Have a good one.

My Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

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Hello there my friends! You see this here post? No? Oh, you’re blind? Well I’m sorry, but how could I possibly have known that? Okay, okay… jeez. Hehe, sorry guys, got a little distracted. But today we are looking at yet another countdown from me. And what is it this time exactly? Well, didn’t you read the title? Okay sorry, not going there again! But we are looking at what movies from the upcoming year I am at least curious about. So now we are diving into it… Markus’ Top 10 most anticipated movies of 2015!

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Number 10: Chappie.

The new movie by director Neill Blomkamp (“District 9”, “Elysium”) is apparently about a robot who gets adopted by a family (as far as I get it). Like every other Neill Blomkamp movie it stars Sharlto Copley as the titular character (Fine, in “Elysium” he wasn’t the main dude, but you get it!). This is a relative newcomer to my mind and definitely seems very interesting. I think Neill Blomkamp is a great director and this might be a really good movie. I am curious to see where this movie goes.

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Number 9: Mad Max: Fury Road.

I am going to be completely honest, I have never seen a “Mad Max” movie before. I don’t want to miss out on them, but I have never gotten the chance to see them though. But this movie seem like it might be pretty cool. There are two factors in this movie that make it seem like it could work out; 1. It stars Tom Hardy who happens to be a great actor. 2. It is directed by the guy who did all the originals, so at least that might give the fanboys some comfort. Boom!

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Number 8: The Jungle Book.

I am a huge fan of the original 1967 “Jungle Book” movie by Disney. I first saw it when I was a young lad and it has never lost steam. I love that movie so much, so the news of not one but TWO remakes should worry me. But it doesn’t. I feel like both versions are in pretty good hands. Given one of them actually comes out in 2016 and the other one next year. And the one next year is directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”, “Iron Man 2”, “Chef”) who I think is a pretty good director. But if I can be completely honest I am looking forward to the other one a bit more because it is directed by Andy Serkis… ya know, Gollum, Caesar, the guy knows performance capture! But anyway, this one in 2015 might be a good movie, we’ll see.

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Number 7: Mission Impossible 5.

Tom Crusie the crazy bastard! Just look at the picture! Oh shit, I should talk about my thought on the movie and not Tom Cruise and his crazy stunts! Uhm… I liked “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and this might be an entertaining movie. It is apparently directed by Christopher McQuarrie who directed the really good action-thriller “Jack Reacher” and also did the writing for “The Usual Suspects”. So the new “M.I.” movie might be pretty good I guess. Tom Cruise you crazy son of a bitch, what the hell are you doing!?

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Number 6: Mortdecai.

Johnny Deep playing a weirdo again? Yes, but now it is a different type of weirdo than Captain Jack Sparrow. Apparently he is chasing nazi gold in this movie… that’s interesting. It looks like it can a fun action-comedy. It is nice to see Johnny Depp in something other than weird weirdo in a movie for once.

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Number 5: Ant-Man.

One of the most under-appreciated superheroes. He can shrink to the size of an Ant and can make himself as big as a fucking building… why is he so unpopular? The guy is rocking some great powers! And this movie with Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas seem like it could be pretty cool… I hope. Everything can go to shit but can at the same time go to some awesome stuff. I don’t know, let’s just see what happens.

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Number 4: Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The only reason this movie is one this list is because of that fucking awesome trailer, okay? I didn’t think the first “Avengers” was a masterpiece like everyone else, but I did enjoy it a little bit. Then the trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” got released and holy crap was it awesome! It was dark, haunting and I just loved James Spader’s voice, I think it fits perfectly! So yeah, this might be one of the coolest and hopefully best movie of 2015… who knows?

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Number 3: Blackhat.

It is a movie about hacking which is a fascinating subject… and it is directed by Michael Mann who made “Heat” and “Collateral”, two of my favorite movies of all time. It also stars Chris Hemsworth who has proven himself as an actor quite a bit these days. It seems like the “Thunder from Down Under” has attracted the attention of some high-end directors lately. Anyway, this movie seems like it will be really good and I am very optimistic about it.

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Number 2: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

I love “Star Wars. There is no reason to deny it, and the lot of you agree with me, I know it! It will feature the original cast and is directed by none other than J.J. Abrams who did the “Star Trek” remake and “Star Trek Into Darkness”, two movies I thought were very good. At first I was a skeptic but now you could say I have… “A New Hope”… eh, eh? Okay, I’ll stop. But this will probably still be good.

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Number 1: Jurassic World.

I am not going to lie, this movie (based on the newly released trailer” looks pretty fucking awesome. Not only do the effects look great, but it seems like it has some genuine thrills… and it has CHRIS PRATT AND THE RAPTOR SQUAD! If you don’t know what I am talking about then just go check out the trailer for it… because it is amazing. “Jurassic World” is my most anticipated movie of 2015 and I hope it will be great.

Those were my Ten most Anticipated Movies of 2015. What are some of yours? Please leave a comment, I would love to hear your thoughts!

See ya!