Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits cinema screens on 16/12/15, followed by Sisters, Snoopy and In the Heart of the Sea. That’s your lot for 2015- but 2016 looks to be a great year for fans of the silver screen. Travel forward in time with us and pick up some recommendations for books and films to catch up on over the Christmas break:
A cuddly lifesize Po performs Kung Fu moves outside a movie theatre
If you’ve been to Norwich’s Odeon cinema you’ve probably seen the giant statue of Po, star of Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda series. In the third instalment Po, who has completed his Kung Fu training, reunites with his father. To earn the title of Master, he has to take on pupils, and starts with the lazy, greedy inhabitants of panda village. Can he get them up to scratch before the village comes under attack? The original Kung Fu Panda, as well as Dreamworks stars like Shrek and Toothless, are in the DVD LOBBY 791.433
January 8th sees the timely release of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, followed by The Revenant on January 15th. Both films take place in the snowy American wilderness, where you’re likely to run into cowboys, outlaws and BEARS! The Western genre has regained some popularity in recent years- the 2010 remake of True Grit by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen was nominated for 10 Oscars. Find it in the DVD LOBBY 791.43
The Coen Brothers based their Oscar-winning film on Cormac McCarthy’s violent novel
The Coen Brothers’ 15th film, Hail, Caesar! comes out in February. It looks to be a comedy, but the writer-director team are famous for subverting and combining genres into something truly unique. Hail, Caesar! is set amongst the lavish sets and costumes of 1950s Hollywood and stars the brothers’ favourites Josh Brolin and George Clooney along with Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Channing Tatum (who appears to have a dance number…) The Coen Brothers proved they could handle an ensemble cast in 2005 with Romance and Cigarettes (DVD LOBBY 791.43) a musical with some highly unusual performances. By comparison No Country for Old Men (DVD LOBBY 791.43) focusses on just three characters, with Javier Barden’s hitman rightfully claiming the limelight. If you’re captivated by Hollywood glamour, you can’t go wrong with Singin’ in the Rain, which takes place in the ‘20’s when silent movies were edged out by musical ‘talkies’. Read our summary here.
The PP&Z novels have a cult following made up of cosplayers, fanfic writers and very hungry readers…
The trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is one of the most talked-about of the year- many people assumed the movie was a fake, though it’s actually based on a novel by satirist Seth Graeme-Smith (along with Android Karenina and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters…) The adaptation has faced some setbacks, with many stars signing on for the lead role and then withdrawing. The filmmakers finally settled on Lily James, last seen in Disney’s live-action Cinderella. We are more excited to see Lena Hedy, who plays Queen Regent Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones, take on the role of Darcy’s aunt Lady Catherine de Bourgh (an expert in the Japanese art of ninjitsu) If you prefer a classic comedy of manners, find Pride and Prejudice in the BOOK ZONE 823.7 AUS. The 2005 film adaption and the 1995 BBC series can be found alongside other works by Jane Austen.
A Deadpool fan spreads a little Christmas cheer at San Diego Comic-Con…which takes place in summer
Deadpool is the first superhero movie of 2016, though you’d be unwise to compare this guy to the likes of Captain America. Wade Wilson can recover from any injury, which makes him an excellent mercenary, but his fast-growing brain cells make him a little unstable. Deadpool is famously aware that he is a fictional character, which gives him an advantage over his enemies: if he doesn’t know their weaknesses, he checks out their book from the library! It’s hard to imagine how this will translate on film, but the trailer (starring Green Lantern actor Ryan Reynolds) is outrageously funny. We think this film will make a great Valentine’s date! There are plenty of comedy comics in our GRAPHIC NOVELS section along with some traditional DC heroes.
Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke stars alongside Hunger Games star Sam Claflin in Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You
Mother of Dragons Emilia Clarke and District 4 Tribute Sam Claflin star in the adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ novel Me Before You. Me Before You is possibly the most popular book in our Express Fiction section- the author has also written the screenplay, so fans of the novel should not be disappointed! You won’t find a better love story to read this Christmas, but keep some tissues nearby- it’s a heartbreaker. Find it in EXPRESS FICTION 823.92 MOY- the sequel, After You, Now is also due for release in 2016.
A fan-made poster for the upcoming Zak Snyder movie, also the first DC movie to feature Wonder Woman
DC’s first ensemble movie Batman v Superman has been teased since Comic-Con 2013, with posters and mini-trailers released on a semi-regular basis. Director Zack Snyder proved his nerd credential with films like Watchmen and 300, which are both a little on the darker side. In this film, America turns against Superman, who saved the world, but only at great cost to human life. Batman is reliant on technology, not superhuman powers, but he pits himself against Superman, believing that he (a billionaire!) knows what America needs. A new threat emerges while the “heroes” are battling….we bet it’ll be up to Wonder Woman to save them all! Read our review of Alan Moore’s graphic novel Watchmen here, then find Zack Snyder’s movie in the DVD LOBBY 791.43. We have shelves of illustrated DC tales in the QUICK READS section, useful if you struggle with comics with tiny text bubbles and panel formats.
Disney added a jazz soundtrack to The Jungle Book in 1967- in the trailer for the new film, Baloo can be heard whistling “The Bare Necessities”
After the success of Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent and Cinderella comes The Jungle Book, Disney’s most ambitious live-action adaptation yet. The film uses motion-capture to bring Baloo the bear, Shere Khan the tiger and Kaa the snake to life on screen, aided by the voice talents of Bill Murray, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson. The trailer features a few bars of The Bare Necessities, but we suspect that Disney are planning to pack an emotional punch, rather than remake the musical comedy. Raksha “the demon wolf” features in Rudyard’s Kipling novel but was cut from the 1967 animation- here, she will be voiced by Lupita Nyong’o (who also appears via motion-capture in Star Wars) Both the novel and the original Disney feature are in the BOOK ZONE 823.8 KIP.
Alice travels by mirror in Lewis Carroll’s second novel- easier than plummeting down a rabbit hole!
Just one month later, you can watch the sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Alice must return to Wonderland (this time via a mirror instead of a rabbit hole) to save her friend the Hatter from the clutches of the evil Lord of Time. Helena Bonham Carter’s Red Queen is also attempting to reclaim the throne from her sister- we hope that Alice will don her armour for another battle scene! Both movies are only loosely based on Lewis Carroll’s novels, which you can download from the Info Store catalogue. Sometimes, style triumphs over substance- and Tim Burton is a master of the Gothic style! Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands and more can all be found alongside Alice in the DVD LOBBY.
Here Dory is brought to life by a puppeteer in Walt Disney Studios
June sees the release of the third (but not final!) Disney film of the year. Finding Dory, from Pixar subsidiary Studio 7, follows Finding Nemo’s co-star as she tries to reclaim her childhood memories. The voice of Dory, Ellen DeGeneres, is highly enthusiastic about her return, and will share the screen with an octopus, a whale shark and a beluga whale. The script by Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton has been revised in the wake of documentary Blackfish, which exposed the cruelty whales are subject to in marine parks like Seaworld Orlando. We hope that freedom lies in store for Marlin, Nemo, Dory and company! Read our review of Pixar’s heartfelt story Wall:E here and find many of their films, including Finding Nemo, in the DVD LOBBY.
Part two of our Film 2016 blog will be online soon!
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