29th March 2017 | Films
2017 has been a very good year for films thus far. With Logan and Get Out sweeping the cinemas in March, many have been eagerly anticipating the release of Rupert Saunders’ Ghost In The Shell starring Hollywood’s very own Scarlett Johansson.
It was interesting to say the least.
Saunders’ adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s critically acclaimed 1989 anime of the same name, was always going to be risky. Film’s such as DragonBall: Evolution (2009) for example, have not fared well with making the anime to real life conversion. With that in mind Ghost in The Shell was a good attempt to replicate the anime’s original essence.
Scarlett Johansson plays the robotic heroine “The Major” who defeats criminals with her human mind and robotic body, granted by Hanka Robotics, on the streets of 21st Century Japan. Despite her success, she still feels incomplete. She wants to know about her life as a human prior to her transformation. She has questions that require answers. Thus the film focuses on The Major’s “Ghost In The Shell” (pun intended) through an array of trials and tribulations until the answers she sought after are revealed. Is it good or bad? Well you will have to watch the film to find out that question!
With a budget of over $120 Million, the production was stunning. Watching it in 3D, even the small features of the film, things out of focus or on the side of the screen etc., were crystal clear and allowed you to feel like you were part of the film itself. I hope this will translate in the 2D Screenings too, but that is not certain.
The storyline was a little predictable. Without giving away any spoilers, the film’s narrative is very linear.…
24th March 2017 | Films
Star Wars is the phenomenon that gripped the world in 1977 and doesn’t seem like it will let us go anytime soon.
It began with the release of the first film: Star Wars (titled Episode IV: A New Hope, in 1981). The next film is to be released this year and it is the 10th instalment in the franchise and the 2nd film in the sequel trilogy; which started off with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.
The Star Wars: Identities exhibition is being hosted at The O2, London until September, allowing a unique glimpse into the characters of the Star Wars universe.
The exhibition allows you build your very own Star Wars character from scratch. Walking into the exhibition, you are given a wristband to wear along with an ear piece. The wristband allows you to, throughout the experience, go up to 10 checkpoints and build your character. Checkpoints vary: from encouraging you to choose your species; (the choices range from an Ewok, a Zabrak, a Twi’lek to a Gungan to name a few) to choosing what abilities you wish to develop. All checkpoints culminate in personalised character that you can them email to yourself; allowing you to save it forever.
While creating your hero and enjoying that interactive experience is amazing, the real gem of the exhibition is the insane collection of around 200 costumes, props and artwork from the Star Wars films. Nothing is a replica! The production sketches, the originals of course, were beautifully rendered drawings. You get to see Han Solo in carbonite; the real one. There are Stormtrooper outfits on display, alongside Darth Vader and Yoda. The best part is the absolutely amazing Star Destroyer model – the level of detail was…
17th March 2017 | Films
It’s a story as old as… well, since the 90s really.
Five ordinary teens must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat.
Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.
James Gilmore interviewed all five Power Rangers (and their actors: Becky G, Naomi Scott, Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler and Ludi Lin) about the new film.
Broadcasted worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.
James Gilmore interviews the new Power Rangers - Becky G, Naomi Scott, Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler and Ludi Lin about the new film. (17 minutes)