Jumanji: Welcome to the movie of the video game of the board game of the jungle of the sequel to a 22 year old movie

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What a hilarious parody photo someone edited

If there is a way to make big bucks in Hollywood, its to make a sequel to a film franchise so old that most kids in the targeted demographic range have never heard of it. Around August 2012 rumours were circulating of a Jumanji remake in the works which soon faded out as people thought it was too terrible an idea to be real. Unfortunately in August 2015, the remake was confirmed when Sony Pictures Entertainment announced it just a year after the tragic death of beloved Robin Williams. Now I’m not saying that this was done on purpose to piggy back off the tragic news of Robin Williams however, this is Sony pictures we are talking about. The same people that made the comedic masterpiece that was 2016 Ghost busters starring cringe worthy comedy, and a shoved in political agenda so forced and trivial Dick Wolf (Law and Order writer) would even turn away from it.

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This sequel (or soft reboot or some other crap) however is looking to change the format a little which is a welcoming change to the tidal wave of remakes drowning us from previous years. Changing the infamous board game into a video game fits the current time period more appropriately and can also let kids relate to the subject more. But the way in which they have approached this method leaves me to believe the writer for this movie wishes to commit commercial suicide. They don’t just get sucked into the video game world they get morphed into the bodies of copy and pasted celebrities such as Kevin Hart and Dwayne the rock Johnson. Now doesn’t that sound like a great idea?

So far only a couple trailers have been released and, you may be thinking that it is harsh of me,to judge the movie so poorly before it even hits theatres. But come on now. Sony pictures are the same guys who thought Pixels would do well. The trailers themselves had no funny bits in to laugh at and only contained a poor Guns N Roses song being tainted by evil corporate entity s.

I may be wrong and the movie could turn out to be somewhat decent. I am sure some payed for reviewers will be enjoy the movie with their big checks from Sony sitting in their pockets in return for high Rotten Tomato scores.

At least the film crew are (probably)going to get paid. That is one good thing I suppose.

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Gallery & Report: BBL Final

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At a packed 02 arena, Leicester Riders triumphed over Newcastle Eagles in a high quality game. British Basketball has been steadily growing over the last few years and this spectacular event proved how far basketball in this country has come.

In the women’s play off final the Sevenoaks Suns defeated the Nottingham Wildcats. Hoops Aid, a celebrity match, followed the women’s game. Among the celebrities taking part were Adebayo Akinfenwa and David James. Once the 02 had been filled, the days main event took part – the men’s playoff final between the two fierce rivals Newcastle Eagles (The BBL’s most successful franchise) and Leicester Riders (This year’s league and trophy winners).

Leicester Riders took an early lead and went up 29-11 in the first quarter. Newcastle Eagles found it hard to recover, Leicester’s advantage rose to 20 points and the score at half time was 47-27 to the Riders. Leicester’s work ethic and intensity continued throughout the second half and the final score was 84-63 to Leicester Riders. It was a huge team effort from the Riders which allowed them to thrash a skilfull Newcastle Eagles team.

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Watch the top 5 baskets of the match here:    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/basketball/39917506

 

Photos in Gallery and feature picture By Greg Kennedy

Rejjie Snow @ 02 Forum Kentish Town

Last Year we wrote about Rejjie Snow, a promising young hip hop artist from Dublin in our article 10 Hip-Hop artists about to blow up. Now, as evident from his headline London gig on Friday, he has acquired a huge fanbase and has certainly become one of rap’s most promising and popular artists.

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5 Horror Movies for Halloween

The day of poorly made costumes and increased chance of diabetes is approaching and if the thought of going outside on a normal day already terrifies you then, what better way to spend your day than to watch some spooky films in spirit of the (not considered in the UK) Halloween holiday. In no particular order here are a couple of half -decent movies to give you them spine chills you so desperately seek. Keep in mind that all films on this list are available (presently) on Netflix. So without further or do here is a list of…

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6 Superhero Films You Should Watch That Aren’t DC or Marvel

This Friday 5th August sees the release of yet another DC movie, Suicide Squad as the franchise attempts to play catch up with Marvel who are currently dominating the superhero movie genre with their “shared cinematic universe.” Whether you like these films or not, it is clear that since Christopher Nolan’s excellent reboot of the Batman series in 2005, both DC and Marvel have held the monopoly on the genre.

With the planned release of more films from both camps including an ambitious eight more titles from DC by 2020, it’s safe to say that neither they nor Marvel are planning on sharing the scene.

 

But what if you like superhero films but can’t stand Captain America or Superman? Or like the idea of people with superpowers but want something a little more grounded? Well, then this list should assure you that there’s more to this genre than spandex, capes and masks.

 

Here are six non DC and Marvel superhero movies worth checking out.

 

  1.  Hancock

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If you had superpowers, then you’d probably spend time getting famous and saving people’s lives. But for Hancock (Will Smith), a man with the power of flight, superhuman strength and immortality, getting drunk at bus stops is apparently the better alternative. Unconventional and uncaring, Hancock is an accurate depiction of what would probably happen if Allan from the pub woke up with superpowers.

  1.  The Crow

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Based on James O’Barr’s comic book of the same name, The Crow is a dark thriller, with a design that has become iconic in its own right. Not your typical superhero movie, The Crow is an extremely stylistic revenge story with a fantasy twist, as the film sees Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) brought back to life after being brutally murdered to seek vengeance on those who killed him and his girlfriend.

 

  1. Unbreakable

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One of M. Night Shyamalan’s better movies, Unbreakable tells the story of a Philadelphia security guard, David Dunn (Bruce Willis) who, after a horrific train accident in which he is the sole survivor, begins to discover he has superhuman powers. While the film embraces every trope from the comic-book genre, it goes through the meticulous efforts of grounding the film in complete reality. What would happen if an everyday man discovered he had superhuman abilities? Would he use them for good? How long would it take for him to start believing in himself? If you’ve ever thought about these questions, then Unbreakable comes as close as it gets to showing you what it could actually be like.

 

  1. The Incredibles

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After a ban on super-powered activities, this animated film sees former superheroes Mr. Incredible a.k.a Bob Parr and Elastagirl a.k.a Helen Parr, forced into a life of mundane normality. Years later, it isn’t long before Bob’s desire to help people draws his whole family into a battle with a villain and his killer robot. The fact that the film focused heavily on the ramifications of superheroes on Earth, a subject tackled twelve years later in the brilliant Captain America: Civil War and equally so in Batman V Superman, just shows how ahead of its time the filmmakers were. A movie filled with thrill a minute action sequences, if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly suggest you do so.

 

  1. Super

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Undeservedly flying under the radar upon its release, Super tells the story of average Joe Frank Darbo (Rainn Wilson), who decides to turn himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero who sets out to fight crime but lacks the knowledge and skills on how to do so. Armed with a pipe wrench, Crimson Bolt fights the baddies by delivering savage beatings to various folk on the wrong side of the law. Also starring Ellen Page as his sidekick, Super is one of the more irreverent films on this list, but one that is deserving of your time nonetheless.

 

  1. Chronicle

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This Josh Trank directed movie sees three high schoolers Andrew (Dane DeHaan), his cousin Matt (Alex Russell) and Steve (Michael B. Jordan) form a close bond after the discovery of an unknown object gives them telekinetic powers. Starting off by using their new found powers for mischief and personal gain, it isn’t long before their friendship is tested as bullied Andrew turns to darker purposes as he continues to struggle with everyday life. Shot in the “found footage” style, Chronicle was met with critical acclaim, as it’s blend of superhero origin story, sci-fi fantasy, and teenage drama was well received among critics and fans alike.

 

So there it is. A collection of superhero films for those of you looking for something a little different from the genre.  

 

By James Pitcher
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