Ever since George Lucas’ decision to hand over the creative reigns of his massively popular space adventure, we’ve had three Star Wars films. Force Awakens introduced us to a new generation of characters, Finn, Rey and Kylo Ren, while Last Jedi saw the return of Luke Skywalker. In the first stand-alone movie the pre-Episode IV Rogue One, we saw Jyn Erso and Diego Luna fight against Orson Krennic and the Empire. We’ve also seen a host of threaded storylines appear in the animated series, Star Wars Rebels, while Star Wars Battlefront II introduced us to a post-ROJ tale starring the imperial commander, Iden Versio. Yet it’s Han Solo’s storied rise of a smuggler that gives us the best adventure since the rebellion days of the original trilogy.
For the full review, head over to Cream magazine @ Solo: A Star Wars Story
The Pervading Myths and Truths About Our Non-Terrestrial Encounters
Ancient medieval woodcuts recorded a war in the heavens. Armenian scholar, Zecharia Sitchin, explored evidence of an alien progenitor race that created mankind. Controversial researcher and speaker, David Icke, plays with the notion that the moon might be an artificial construct. And finally, Dr Steven Greer uncovers a shroud of secrecy surrounding our visitation by extraterrestrial civilizations.
But is it true? Have we been seeded by and monitored by our 'interplanetary cousins'? What would the unveiling of this truth mean for us? The Vatican itself issued a statement on what could be the greatest disclosure in human history:
“Extraterrestrial life is going to be discovered much sooner than anybody previously expected. And for this reason, the time has now arrived for the beginning of a very serious discussion about the philosophical and theological questions that are posed to our human family by the discovery of extraterrestrial life.”
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The lasting power of science fiction is in its futurespeak. It’s laden with ‘what if’ prophecies. We’ve seen countless versions of this in productions like The Discovery, Ex Machina, Selfless, and Altered Carbon. But I’m not just talking about cool action movies filled with the spectacle and tech of later humans. I’m concerned with the social ramifications. We live in a time where the hypothetical is no longer ridiculed because we’ve witnessed so many incredible innovations come to life. Maybe this is why the British sci-fi thriller-drama anthology series, Black Mirror, resonates so strongly with us.
Read the full feature here: The Disturbing Resonance of Black Mirror.
Hardcore survival in rain-lashed jungles and death-defying leaps: these are some of the elements of the high-action, thrilling adventures of the next gen Lara Croft. Alicia Vikander does an excellent job toughing it out as the famous archaeologist’s daughter in Tomb Raider, the third film to be made based on the popular video game series. Although it does not measure up to the lavish scale we've come to expect, Tomb Raider is an okay film. Audiences will enjoy it more if they see it as enjoyable escapism, not as a true-to-heart homage to the video games.
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MCU Delivers A Movie Rich In Cultural Lore
From the moment Prince I’Challa’s airship flies into the cloaked metropolis of Wakanda, the adventure of the Black Panther begins. Not since Marvel’s MCU Phase One movie releases have we been given a world filled with such incredible characters and spellbinding action. It took over a decade for audiences to get a superhero film with real fire and soul and there's enough colour, action, well-paced plot conflicts and spectacle to keep everyone entertained.
Check out the full review at: 'Black Panther' killing it at the box office.
Every so often, an artist appears that is a consummate creative in every sense of the word. They exhibit the kind of suaveness and Swiss Army Knife array of skills that men secretly admire and women find alluring. I’m talking about the endless list of talents that we find in great icons of the past like Leonardo da Vinci.
We can see this in Trevor Noah. This is a guy that continuously surprises fans and the world alike with his accomplishments – he’s a writer, a TV presenter, a stand up comedian, an impressionist, a polyglot, an intrepid voyageur, and a man straddling many cultures. He has undoubtedly made his mark owing to three things: delivering on point stand up specials, publishing a bestselling memoir, and taking over hosting duties on the iconic Comedy Central news satire program, The Daily Show.
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Director Guillermo del Toro creates a fantastical, character-driven period film that lives and breathes its own wondrous monster lore. Set in 1960s America, it centres around a mysterious water-dwelling creature that is captured in South America and brought back to Baltimore for scientific study.
The Shape of Water has an ensnaring charm that speaks with great humanity and thrilling suspense and delivers scenes that will move audiences to tears. A bond is quickly formed between the humble, mute Elisa and the creature which develops into an intimate connection.
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Going back in time, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace was received with mixed reception. The film gave us many iconic additions to Star Wars canon, including Jedi councils, desert battles with cloaked figures wielding double-edged light sabers, pod races, and full-scale invasions into the peaceful planet of Naboo. Yet haters detested at the time and now people have grown a little more accepting of it. The same may not be said for the latest Star Wars film: The Last Jedi.
While it was exhilirating to see Mark Hamil reprise his role as the legendary Master Skywalker, and witness Carrie Fischer's best performance as General Organa, there was also a lot that was wrong with the film that stopped it from becoming great.
Read more at Cream magazine here: The Force Weakens in 'The Last Jedi.'