Short Film – This film was just published in June of 2017 and was produced at Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios. I rate this as ‘R’ as this is a very graphic story due to the violence depicted. The story takes place in 1970 Vietnam. The US military is actively fighting the North Vietnamese. Into this violence and chaos a new force emerges, a force that cannot be killed and who has amazing powers.
I’m not sure whether to classify this as Science Fiction or Fantasy, but in any case it has an element of Horror to it. This is only the first chapter of their story “If you like Volume 1, and want to see Volume 2, then support us by purchasing the FIREBASE DLC through steam http://store.steampowered.com/app/652150/agecheck“
Trailers – This is a film adaptation of a popular Japanese manga and anime of the same name. The synopsis is:
Based on Hiromu Arakawa’s beloved action-fantasy manga of the same name, Fullmetal Alchemist is set in an Edwardian-style world where alchemy is a science, and State Alchemists work for the government. The story centers on brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, who as children turn to the forbidden human transmutation to try to resurrect their death mother. That effort goes horribly wrong, destroying Alphonse’s body and severely injuring Edward, who then sacrifices his arm to rescue his brother’s soul and bind it to a suit of armor. Becoming State Alchemists, the brothers set off in search of the legendary Philosopher’s Stone to restore their bodies.
The film is in Japanese with English subtitles. The film opens in Japan in December 2017, no word yet of a US showing. It is hard to say from this trailer what the full movie would be like. Personally I am not a fan of subtitles – you can’t read AND watch the movie.
Trailers – The second trailer for the big screen version of Stephen King’s novel series is out. It is a little on the dark side. The movie opens August 4.
Trailers – Not sure how this remake is going to turn out. It has possibilities. This time, instead of a board game, four High School students trying to play Jumangi get sucked into a video game as their chosen avatars. The synopsis of the movie is:
In a brand new Jumanji adventure, four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.
It may well be successful just based upon the actors involved. The film is scheduled to premier in December 2017.
GoT – I was pleased to come across this short (16:05) fan film, “The Wild Wolf”, set in the Game of Thrones universe. The story takes place several years prior to what we have seen in the HBO series. The synopsis:
The short takes place around 15 years before the first episode of Game of Thrones and is based around the events prior to Robert’s Rebellion.
“Brandon Stark, Ned Stark’s older brother and heir to Winterfell, has been betrothed to Catelyn Tully in an effort to unify the houses Stark and Tully. A young Petyr Baelish, living as a ward at Riverrun under the care of House Tully, has challenged Brandon to a duel for the Lady Catelyn’s hand in marriage. Brandon is answering the challenge to put young Littlefinger in his place…”
I thought that this was a well done effort by Wild Wolf Films. The acting was pretty good as was the sets used. This video was published on YouTube in May 2017.
Trailers , GoT – This new fan made 3:17 trailer compiles all that has been released thus far from season 7.
It looks to be a good, though regrettably short, season! Fortunately we don’t have long to wait now until season 7 premiers on July 17.
Book Reviews – “Journey to the Flame” eBook was published in 2016 (original paper edition published in 1985) and was written by Richard Monaco. Mr. Monaco has published 9 books.
I received an free copy of this novel through Amazon while it was being promoted by the publisher. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story takes place at the beginning of World War I. The primary character is American pilot Woody Shea.
Shea, his uncle and a few others get involved with an adventure to Africa in search of the lost city of Kor and King Soloman’s mines. It is a race between the British with Shea, and German agents.
As they get closer to the fabled Kor, most of the party begins to be affected. They are possessed from time to time by personalities from an early age.
So I suffered through 7.5 hours to finish this 261 page Fantasy Adventure. I say suffered because I thought the story was chaotic and difficult to read. I liked the overall plot, but the constant switching of personalities, and philosophizing made enjoying the novel difficult. The cover art is OK, but I think it could have been more closely tied to the story. I give this novel a 2.5 (rounded up to a 3) out of 5.
My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).
Trailer – Only about a month to go before season 7 starts. Trailer only gives a hint, but I am ready for this season to begin.
Trailers , Got – Game of Thrones will be coming back to HBO on July 16. I am really looking forward to seeing it, yet it just brings me that much closer to the end. Seven episodes for this season and probably only six for season 8. That does not seem like enough time to wrap up this saga. Nor do I want it to end so soon.
Not much is really revealed in this trailer other than there will be battle scenes. It is impressive how this Fantasy story has become such a huge hit. Perhaps when the TV series is finally over, George R. R. Martin will finally finish the book series. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed the first five novels in the series. He has a sixth underway and a planned seventh.
He has proven to be such an incredibly slow writer that I have no plans to read any further books in the series until he has finished it. Book five was published in 2011 and there are no publication dates yet for the next two volumes.
Trailer – This shows a little more of what will finally get to see when Wonder Woman opens on June 2. I have to say that this looks like one of the best films for this summer. The official synopsis is:
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers … and her true destiny.
Wonder Woman first made her appearance in DC Comics in 1942 and has continued since that time. She is a trained Amazon warrior and has supernatural power inherited from the Greek Gods.