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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Review

WHEN QUEEN WAS KING


 

Queen. The name speaks volumes to many and many know of what it means in the world of music entertainment. Whatever you may call them…. icons, legends, or celebrity rock stars, the British rock band known as Queen have become famous across the world, dating all the way back in the 1970s. For almost two decades, the band, which consisted of Freddie Mercury (vocal), Brian May (lead guitar), Roger Taylor (drums), and John Deacon (bass guitar), dominated radio waves, producing hit after hit and skyrocketing into universal acclaim in the world of music; winning awards, topping charts, and becoming one of the world’s best-selling musical artist. In the realm of filmmaking, Hollywood has also taken a particular shine towards Queen and their music, with many theatrical motion pictures that feature the band’s iconic songs, including 1982’s Wayne’s World (Bohemian Rhapsody), 1986’s Highlander (Who Wants to Live Forever), 1992’s Peter’s Friend (You’re My Best Friend), 1994’s D2: The Might Ducks (We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions), 2001’s Moulin Rouge! (The Show Must Go On), 2003’s Ella Enchanted (Somebody to Love), and many, many others. Now, 20th Century Fox (along with New Regency and GK Films) and director Bryan Singer (and Dexter Fletcher) presents Queen’s story underneath a cinematic guise with the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Does this latest biopic drama rise to its musical occasion or is it all sound and no theatrical storytelling to the infamous band’s tale? Read more

X-Men: Apocalypse Review

THE END IS NIGH


 

Back in 2011, X-Men movie franchise and interesting turn towards the past, with the movie X-Men: First Class, being the starting point of a newly planned trilogy (dubbed “The First Class” trilogy). Directed by Matthew Vaughn, this installment told the story of the fragile relationship between Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr (Magneto), the turmoil of the shapeshifting mutant Raven (Mystique), and the formation of Xavier’s X-Men team. Using the backdrop of the historical events (US’s escalating tension with Russia and the Cuban Missile Crisis), the movie was met with mostly positive reviews and big dollars at the box office. Three years later, a sequel arrived to First Class in the form of X-Men: Days of Future Past. This time-traveling movie, directed by Bryan Singer, saw the return of the most of the principle cast from First Class as well as veterans from the original X-Men trilogy. Similar to its predecessor, Days of Future Past focuses on Xavier, Magneto, and Mystique and again used a historical event (the Vietnam War) as it’s backdrop as mutants fight to save the past and the future as well. Now, two years after Days of Future Past was released (with box office success and critical praise), 20th Century Fox and Bryan Singer close out this “First Class” trilogy with the film X-Men: Apocalypse? Does this superhero movie bring a proper ending to this cinematic story or is it just a visual blockbuster flop?
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