Legion Season 1 Episode 1 First Impressions

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Summary: A troubled young man battling mental illness wonders if the visions he experiences are real following a strange encounter with a fellow patient.

Director: Noah Hawley (for this episode)

Writers: Noah Hawley (creator and writer for this episode), Chris Claremont (based on the Marvel comics by) and Bill Sienkiewicz (based on the Marvel comics by)

Stars: Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, and more.

    Mind-bending, unconventional and absolutely stylish, Legion (2017-) is every X-Men fan’s dream come true. For those of you who didn’t know, Legion is the first X-Men live-action TV series aired on FX. Based on David Haller, also known as Legion, and created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, the show explores the character’s mental struggles as he tries to understand his own mind. While the show isn’t in continuity with the X-Men movies, Legion still shares the same universe, but lives and breaths in a parallel reality. There is but one element that connects these two worlds and it lies in David Haller’s parents, a secret well-kept throughout the show. Finding out who that is is only half the fun. However, the show will brilliantly clue you in to the big revelation, but fans of X-Men will already know the answer and binge this show for its mere masterful story-telling and visual craftiness.
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March Movies Review // Cinedote

Damn what an original title 😀

March feels like the devil’s gift with all the movies coming out in theatres. I can imagine a group of managers and producers just gathering around and decide that the month where all the students need to concentrate and ace their finals will the perfect month for releasing all the exciting movies there is.

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I watched at least one movie per week, so 4 movies in total the whole month. Everyweek, there was a new movie coming out. It’s crazy!

Without further due, here are the movies I wil be reviewing today:

1.LOGAN

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Lashaan did an amazing post at reviewing the movie here, so I won’t be adding anything else. HAH joke joke. So for those who haven’t seen Logan yet, well.. GO AHEAD. Cauz I will be spoiling the hell out of it in this post. LET’S TALK ABOUT LAURA. I think this little girl deserves all the 5 stars in the world. I mean, she succeeds in bringing Wolveriney vibe while being a little puppy. Kick-ass professionnal check! My favourite aspect of the movie was Logan and his relation with Laura. Both have difficult in loving someone else but both have pratically lived the same thing: they were lab rats and ending up loosing everyone around them so they are afraid to get attached. The relationship between them was amazingly portrayed and THAT SCENE made me cry sooo much T_T

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Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 1 Episode 1 First Impressions

Summary: After being presumed dead, Danny Rand returns home to New York after fifteen years, only to find things aren’t as they were.

Director: John Dahl (for this episode)

Writers: Roy Thomas (based on the Marvel comics by), Gil Kane (based on the Marvel comics by), Roy Thomas (creator and writer for this episode)

Stars: Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Tom Pelphrey, Jessica Stroup, and more.

   Netflix and Marvel have been pouring out superhero shows for quite some time now. Every character introduced added a whole new story that hinted to a bigger and unknown enemy that would emerge from its darkness when the time will come. Just like the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Justice League in the DC Extended Universe or the Legends of Tomorrow in the DC TV shows, these Netflix shows have been preparing fans for the arrival of the Defenders, a neighbourhood-level team of superheroes built around the four heroes that have so far gotten their first seasons out on Netflix: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

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The Girl With All The Gifts : Book vs Movie

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MY RATING: ★(4.2)

A beautiful re-imagined zombie apocalypse plot centered around childrens’ behavior and what young minds can do. Melanie is a young girl who waits every day for 2 agents to come get her, strap her to a wheelchair, stabilize her head and push her to class. Her teachers taught her about the Hungries, those who feed on people. The minute they can smell human’s flesh, blood, they are triggered and can’t stop. Melanie can understand that but she also wonders why children keep disappearing from the classroom or why each time she tells the sergeants “Good Morning”, they look at her strangely and turn a blind eye to her.

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Cinedote Review – Logan (2017)

Summary: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Director: James Mangold

Writers: James Mangold (story and screenplay), Scott Frank (screenplay), and Michael Green (screenplay)

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, and more!

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   One last time. If this news hasn’t spread fast enough, let me be the bearer of bad news, my friend. Logan (2017) is Hugh Jackman’s last appearance as Wolverine. Some will see this as a source of pleasure and a reason to throw a party, while others will find sadness and great depression at the thought of losing the only Wolverine they had ever known and loved throughout all of the 20th Century Fox X-Men movies. After 17 years of claw action and shining moments, Logan brings fans the third and final installment in the Wolverine spin-off movies. While Logan (2017) might be the last chapter, it can easily be watched as a stand-alone creation. However, I’d strongly recommend going through all the adventures that Wolverine has been through to be able to truly understand his background, to feel the weight of the history of a character who has had his mind and body ravaged, and to share the heavy emotions that submerges Logan (2017). As disappointing as X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and The Wolverine (2013) were, fans should not stay clear of the third movie as Hugh Jackman brings out one of his best career performances in one of the most astonishing superhero movie released yet.
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Cinedote Review – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition (2016)

Summary: Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.

Director: Zack Snyder

Writers: Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer, Bob Kane (Batman Creator), Bill Finger (Batman Creator), Jerry Siegel (Superman Creator) and Joe Schuster (Superman Creator)

Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot and so many more!

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   This was one of the most controversial movies of 2016. Of all the things that could stir a crowd up, this superhero movie managed to surface to the top and create a splendid furry among the masses. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was the most anticipated movie that was hyped up like nothing before to propel the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) in a beautiful and graceful forward momentum. Taking place after the events of Man of Steel, this movie explores the chaotic aftershock among individuals upon realizing that Gods walk among Men. Integrating the city of Gotham into the equation, another God is also fitted into the puzzle as a nemesis that will do whatever it takes to keep the threats away from his people. While the story dives simultaneously into multiple oceans, it also manages to interweave all the storylines together and deliver a dark and riveting tale filled with dazzling destruction.
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After Westworld : What To Read

Westworld is my biggest crush and favourite show of 2016 ! The show explores a theme park built on androids, where the ”hosts” (androids) can interact and entertain the ”guests” (real lives people). It’s set in the western area, and we discover the darkest secrets of this mysterious world. After finishing the whole first season, I thought it’d be interesting to explore the books that discuss the same matters. So for you fans out there who can’t get enough of Aritficial Intelligence and Androids !

  1. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K.Dick 

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It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill.
Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there, lurked several rogue androids. Deckard’s assignment–find them and then…”retire” them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn’t want to be found

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Top 10 Upcoming Books to Screen Adaptation (Christmas Gifts Ideas Part II)

Having seen the popularity of my last christmas gifts posts I’ve decided to come back and make another one 🙂 Why not give the books that will be hitting the screen ? Read it before it hits the theatres and television 😀

Stay tuned for a little surprise in the end !

-Here’s the list in no particular order-

1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Artwood

Set in a dystopian world, where the Religious Right came into power and force all the women to follow a strict set of rules. They are stripped of their freedom and rights. They get sorted as a wife, a womb , a servant, a prostitute, or a propagandists. The TV show is to be released early 2017 on Hulu. Continue reading

Cinedote Review – The Jungle Book (2016)

Summary: After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther, Bagheera, and free spirited bear, Baloo.

Director: Jon Favreau

Writers: Justin Marks (screenplay), Rudyard Kipling (book)

Stars: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, and plenty freaking more.

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   A round of applause for one of the most beautiful movies of 2016 everybody! Jon Favreau nails the adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s novel The Jungle Book with one of the most beautiful and emotional cinematic masterpiece out there. If you thought CGI effects would never be able to reproduce life-life creations for another decade, then think again. While there are plenty of movies that are extremely heavy and massively reliant on CGI effects to remain relevant and strong in the box office, this movie doesn’t just get it right for the eyes. Bringing the animals to life and having Neel Sethi (Mowgli) interact with them as if they were actually real made this adventure undoubtedly memorable. I swear. I had to wonder if some of these animals were real, cause I would definitely love to have young wolves that cute yapping at me with so much joy. Although, it would be a serious competition if you’d put Baloo up against the grizzly in The Revenant. But hey, we all know who we’d be cheering for though!
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Cinedote Review – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Spoiler-free)

MY RATING: ★★★★★

THIS MOVIE WAS A-MAAA-ZINGG. Okay, maybe that was the Pottterhead in me who is biased BUT. BUT. I’m telling you, it’s worth it. All the critics had made it clear how Fantastic Beasts is .. BEEAAST ❤

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The movie wins for sure, it’s such a great medium to introduce the beasts although the book is more like an Encyclopedia of Beasts ahah. I did a review of the book as my first post of the blog here. They just released the Screen Play version of the movie as a book too so  you can purchase the pwetty version here.

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Cinedote Review – Doctor Strange (2016)

Summary: A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

Director: Scott Derrickson

Writers: John Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill and Steve Ditko (creator of the character of Doctor Strange)

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelson and Tilda Swinton.

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   Marvel brings fans a brand new superhero with Doctor Strange hitting theaters on November 4th.  While the cast of good guys that have shown their colours over the past few years have yet to fully immerse themselves in the realm of magic, Doctor Strange gladly levitates his way in to expand the universe to these realms that have yet to be discovered. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, minus his fantastic British accent, as the great Doctor Strange, this latest installment delivers a psychedelic and mind-bending spectacle of a man who is on a journey to rediscover himself. Assisted with a brilliant array of actors, the movie continues to bring glory to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Brilliantly delivering a unique magic system without stepping on its own shoes, Doctor Strange shows us the many wonders of the mind and spirit through magic.
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Cinedote Review – Legend (2015)

Summary: Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1960s.

Director: Brian Helgeland

Writers: Brian Helgeland (screenplay), John Pearson (book)

Stars: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton

   Who would want to miss the chance to watch one of the greatest actors in today’s cinema put on a talent showcasing performance? I know I wouldn’t skip on such an opportunity. Tom Hardy has such a talent in his repertoire that every movie he’s in needs a different character portrayal. He knows it and anyone who casts him knows it too. Need him to play a gangster? Maybe two? No problem. Legend is the story of twin gangsters who wanted to rule London by taking over a piece at a time. While twins, there personalities and manners were absolutely different. Completing each other in various ways, Legend shows us the rise and fall of these notorious criminals. This story of Ronald and Reginald Kray, the infamous Kray twins, is adapted from book to movie under the direction of Brian Helgeland. Who? The guy who wrote the screenplay for the iconic classic in Hollywood known as L.A. Confidential. Now, if that isn’t enough of a tease to check out Legend, then let’s repeat that Tom Hardy undertakes the roles of playing both twins thanks to some cinematic magic. Those are definitely succulent ingredients to the one of the best meals  one could savor. Right? Continue reading

Cinedote Review – Trumbo (2015)

Summary: In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Director: Jay Roach

Writers: John McNamara (screenplay), Bruce Cook (book)

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Michael Struhlbarg

   Cinema has known a lot of drama throughout time. From actors, screenwriters, directors to Hollywood itself, the things that happen behind the big screen is mind-boggling and a lot of it remains in the closet to this day. Politics has played a huge role in marking the cinematographic landscape. Trumbo is a movie that not only shows you what a screenwriter’s political belief can do to his career, but what an artist will do for his passion. No matter his inclinations in the political world, his silence found ways to reach theaters and propel Dalton Trumbo onto a career like none other. Set around the late 40s and early 50s, Trumbo is known as an elite in what he does. However, several individuals still denounce his allegiance to the Communist Party of the USA and his constant use of cinema for communist propaganda purposes. The relentless assault from anti-communists will take a big tole on Dalton Trumbo’s career as he discovers the infamous blacklist. But, will it be enough to stop Trumbo from making history? Continue reading

Cinedote – The Big Short (2015)

 

Summary: Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

Director: Adam McKay

Writers: Charles Randolph (screenplay), Adam McKay (screenplay), Michael Lewis (book)

Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, John Magaro, Finn Wittrock

    This easily portrays one of the most tragic financial crisis since the Great Depression. The stunning part of it all is the angle it took to portray the tragedy. Who would’ve guessed that comedy, Adam McKay’s weapon of choice, was going to help the crew pull off one of the best retellings to hit the box office? An unbelievable cast of actors also served as a great foundation to build this magnificent movie. From Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell to the best performance by a supporting actor Oscar nominee, Christian Bale, this movie was filled with an elite arsenal of talents and there was nothing to reproach from each and every one of them. Let’s not even forget that Brad Pitt joins into the fun with a cameo role that carries a relatively big part in the whole financial disaster that they will all know, inside and out. Continue reading

Captain America: Civil War- Comics VS Movie

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Captain America: Civil War the Movie – 5 stars 

I FREAKING LOVE THIS MOVIE. I may also be biased since I’m a Marvel Fan, but Lashaan (DC biggest fan) also gave it a 90% so that’s something right? 😉

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Top Upcoming Books to TV Shows/Movie Adaptations

What’s cooking everybody! ❤

If the Oscars didn’t show this in neon colors, then I will! A lot of books are now becoming more and more the first source of inspiration for directors. Not only are books the perfect place to find a plot that can be translated to the cinematographic world, books deserve to be given a GOOD new vision to an author’s creation. I know, I know. A LOT of TV shows/Movie adaptations really fail miserably and miss by a long mile. But, as an avid cinema fan, I believe cinema can bring a completely immersive experience that books can’t do and wish they could. Although, it does go the other way around to! Movies can’t reach the amount of depth and detail as books can. In fact, there are messages and point of views that sometimes can’t be translated on the big screen. But let’s stop there. This is a topic for another day! Continue reading