In many ways 2018 hasn’t been the strongest year for great films. Sure, there have been some big box office hits, a few great stories to watch, but unlike previous years there haven’t been a lot of films one would call “award worthy”. Perhaps it’s just getting harder to make a unique film that we haven’t seen before. Perhaps Hollywood is relying a little too much on sequels and reboots. Whatever the case may be though, there were still a few films you don’t want to miss.
Superhero films have become a staple of the blockbuster. Every year several new films come out in the genre, and every year some are great and some are not. This year we saw the Avengers lose in Infinity War, saw Deadpool wisecrack his way through trouble once more in the aptly named Deadpool 2, watched a man shrink to microscopic size and grow taller than skyscrapers in Antman and the Wasp and even saw Pixar’s Incredibles return to the battle once more, but it was Black Panther that breathed a new life into the genre. The film is pushing for Oscar’s contention, and might just end up getting it too. While comic books provide an almost endless supply of material and stories, movie going audiences get bored quickly, but Black Panther proved the genre still has plenty of bite.
Every year people flock to theatres to see something that will make them laugh. Whether it’s a raunchy comedy like Blockers, or silly fun like Game Night, there are always plenty of options. This year saw the popular novel Crazy Rich Asian take the spotlight throughout the summer, and if you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s a throwback to when rom-coms were actually fun to watch. The best comedy of the year though was a late comer to the party. The Favourite has three remarkable leading actress, all of whom have been receiving award nominations. The Favourite was one of the most nominated films at the Golden Globes, and was the lead nomination-getter for the Critic’s Choice Awards. It’s also expected to receive a fair bit of Oscar love as well.
One thing 2018 is seriously lacking in when it comes to movies are dramas. First Man was a decent enough film, but there really wasn’t a whole lot of story there to make it interesting. Rami Malek looked like Freddy Mercury, but Bohemian Rhapsody didn’t go as far into the rock star’s life as it should have. Green Book was the best TIFF 2018 had to offer, but did the story really need to be told? Roma was great film, but it’s really not something you need to rush out and watch at the theatre. In fact it’s already on Netflix. Of all the dramas that came out in 2018, A Star Is Born is probably the best of them, but even it was nothing unique. It’s a remake of a remake, and although Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga lit up the screen with incredible acting performances, you really do already know the story.
Let’s face it, Hollywood loves a good franchise. Year after year familiar faces return to the big screen, and 2018 was no different. Even if we ignore the sequel to the superhero films listed above, we have plenty of sequels to choose from. The Jurassic Park dinosaurs returned for Fallen Kingdom, Denzel Washington was back as the Equalizer (who really asked for this sequel in the first place?), Rocky Returned for Creed II, and even horror franchises The Predator and Halloween made a (albeit brief) return. In most cases the sequels were just popcorn movies that took your mind away from every day life, but a few of them were decent. The best of them was the latest Mission Impossible film Fallout, which proved that Tom Cruise still can hang with the best of them.
Jason Momoa Shaves Off Beard For A Good Cause
From Game of Thrones, to Aquaman and Frontier, Jason Momoa is front and centre, along with his iconic beard. The actor posted a video on Wednesday though, stating it was time for a change, and shaved for the camera. It wasn’t without a purpose though as one might initially think. The massive actor is trying to raise awareness for aluminum recycling.
“I just want to bring awareness that plastics are killing our planet, and I think I have a solution,” Momoa said in the video as he shaved. “I don’t wanna bitch about it, but there’s only one thing that can really help our planet and save our planet, as long as we recycle, and that’s aluminum.”
Momoa goes on to say he’s specifically talking about aluminum cans making a return to replace all the plastic bottles that are used these days. He states that aluminum can continue to be recycled, and that “75 percent of aluminum that’s ever been used is still in circulation today.” He backs himself up with stats too, so it’s not just him talking for the sake of talking. He also says that it only takes 60 days for aluminum cans to go from the recycling bin, to back on the shelves with a new beverage.
One of Momoa’s biggest pet peeves too, was not being able to find water available in aluminum cans. A new product seems to be on the way though to change that, but other than the fact that it will be coming from the Ball Corporation, not much else is known about it.
“There’s a change coming, and it’s aluminum,” Momoa said. “You gotta get rid of your plastic water bottles. Aquaman’s trying to do the best he can for my kids, for your kids, for the world. Love you guys.”
In case you were wondering, it’s been seven years since Momoa had shaved his beard off. He also said he won’t be shaving his head though, as his wife wouldn’t like that.
You can watch the entire video below.
Billie Eilish’s Debut Album Set To Become The Second-Biggest Album Release of 2019
If you haven’t heard of Billie Eilish before, it’s pretty much a given you will be hearing a lot of her in the future. In the first full week of release, the teenage sensation’s debut album is expected to reach between 250,000 to 275,000 equivalent album units sold, which would make it the second-biggest release of the year.
Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, appears to be only trailing Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” for the title of the biggest 2019 album debuts to date. The album itself has benefitted from strong streaming figures, but also traditional album purchases as well. That in itself is unusual considering Eilish’s fan base has grown up mainly just streaming music, and not buying physical albums. Even more unusual is the fact that 5 of the albums 14 tracks were also released before the album, which usually cuts back on album purchases, yet in this case it doesn’t seen to have affected the sales at all.
Eilish released her debut single, “Ocean Eyes” in 2016, and it quickly went viral and became a huge success. She released an EP in 2017, which was also a huge success. It September 2017 Apple named her as its newest Up Next artist. In her short career, Eilish already has seven gold and two platinum singles.
Apple Set To Launch Their Own TV Streaming Service
Netflix and Amazon might need to be looking over their shoulder, and not at the upcoming Disney streaming service. Apple announced on Monday that their long-anticipated streaming TV service, Apple TV+ is ready to launch, and they’ve brought a lot of heavy hitters along with them for the ride.
When Apple made the announcement on Monday, they bought along Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jason Momoa, Alfre Woodard, and Kumail Nanjiani with them. The presentation stated that Apple TV was set to launch this fall in more than 100 countries.
While Apple didn’t state how much the service would cost when it was finally launched, it did give a glimpse into the kinds of shows we can expect. Speilberg for instance indicated that his 80s science fiction anthology series Amazing Stories, was set to be revived. While Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell would be starring in a new drama called The Morning Show, that they said would take the viewers behind the scenes of morning TV. Other shows on the way include Sara Bareilles and J.J. Abrams’ new series Little Voice, Momoa and Woodard’s drama Seeing, and Nanjiani’s Little America. Apple also announced a new Sesame Street spin-off, Helpsters. Oprah Winfrey was also on hand, but no word was given as to what her role will be, although last year it was announced that she signed a television deal with Apple.
Other series expected on Apple TV+ include a show starring Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson, the Jennifer Garner series My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, the drama Are You Sleeping starring Octavia Spencer, an adaptation of the book Defending Jacob which will star Chris Evans and a new CIA drama starring Brie Larson.
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