Ten years as a filmmaker 

April 16th in 2006 was the first day I began filmmaking.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Movie Review

Before I start this review, I just want to confirm that there will be no spoilers in review. If you end up enjoying this review, then please let me know in the comments section and I will do a spoiler heavy review in the next blog. But, if you have not seen this film yet, do not worry, because I am not a heartless douche and I will NOT spoil.

Now, where to begin? I have been a huge, huge HUGE Star Wars fan ever since I was four years old. I remember watching the Battle Of Hoth in Empire Strikes Back and thinking this was cinema epicness. Also, Star Wars was the first film, that introduced me to film escapism as it literally transported into another world, or in this another galaxy far, far away.

So, when it was announced that there was going to an Episode 7, 8 and 9 back in September 2012, of course, I was beyond excited. And when it was announced that Episode 7 was going to be released in December 2015, I was just literally counting down the days towards the release date. In fact, I was even more excited to this film than my actual graduation which was in Summer 2015. YES, that’s how much I love Star Wars.

Now, I have finally seen it and it is a pinch me moment that I have actually seen it, because there was no way I ever thought that I would see another Star Wars movie again on the big screen. I did sadly see Attack Of The Clones And Revenge Of The Sith on the big screen back in 2002 and 2005. That was over ten years ago and yet felt like it was just yesterday. Anyway, they weren’t that good and needed major improvement. So, the expectations for The Force Awakens were painfully high.

Is Star Wars: The Force Awakens good? No.

It’s perfect. (Got you, haha)

Yes, this film is beyond perfect. Being a huge Star Wars fan, I was literally smiling from start to finish. I could not believe that I was watching another Star Wars film and that it was a sequel and not a prequel (Thank goodness). It was literally everything I wanted and even more. I never say a film is perfect often, in fact the last time I called a film perfect was The Dark Knight back in 2008.

I am not going to go in depth within the plot, because JJ Abrams has tried his best not to reveal literally anything in the trailers. All I will say is that it revolves around Finn (John Boyega), who was a Storm Trooper for The New Order and doesn’t want to be one anymore, teams with Rey (Daisey Ridley) to things. That is all I will say as I want to respect the filmmakers and the fans for the love of secrecy and surprise.

Yes, I hate it when people speculate and theorise and then tell the public about it. Why not be surprised and enjoy the film rather than guess? It defeats the purpose of the enjoyment of the cinema experience.

So, let me start by saying that JJ Abrams was perfect as the director. He reinvented the Star Trek films by making it fast paced and exciting. And he was not a fan of the Star Trek TV shows or films and yet delivered. He has revealed that he has been a huge Star Wars fan since it first came out since 1977 and you can just tell it from this film. He is a fan directing a Star Wars film and he shows his love for the franchise by going back to the original routes.

By that, I mean, great characters, no exposition boring dialogue, terrific long wide shots, long takes and the film is really funny. There is a lot of humour involved especially from the new droid BB-8, who I thought was awesome. You’ll understand when you see the film.

As for the all of the actors, they were all fantastic. It was just great to see Han Solo and Chewbacca teaming up with Finn and Rey. When Han Solo said “Chewie, we’re home” in the second trailer, I literally cried because I was that happy.

John Boyega was awesome as Finn and has such terrific chemistry with Daisey Ridley and even Oscar Isaac who portrays as Poe Dameron. They meet and instantly have great chemistry, something that the prequels could not do in three movies.

And as for the villain Kylo Ren portrayed by Adam Driver. Erm..yeah…hands down one of the best villains ever. And I truly mean ever on screen or just in general. He was menacing, he was evil and he was terrifying. You get why he was evil which makes it even more brilliant.

I can’t rave this film enough, Star Wars is part of our culture, that is how important these films are.

Overall, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a film for which I waited for over three years was worth the wait. A film, that I cannot wait to see explore even more in the next sequels. Go see it.

5/5

 

Robopocalypse (Book Review)

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Robopocalypse is a science fiction novel written by Daniel H Wilson. Published in 2011 and became an instant bestseller.
Roboapocalypse is set in a distant future where artificial intelligence has taken over worldwide and causes nothing but termination towards humanity. The book is written in present tense and in first person. But it’s unlike any other book, as it follows variety of characters all around the world.
One story is set in Los Angeles, one is set in London, one in China and many more.
I purchased the ebook back in 2014 but never got around to seeing it until now. Mainly due to me being at the time an extremely busy university student, I never got round to reading it. And I wanted to read as much science fiction as I possibly could, as I will be writing science fiction books and screenplays.

This novel grasped my interest back in 2013 when Steven Spielberg was attached to direct from a script by Drew Godard.  And had a cast with Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway. Until the project was put on hold indefinitely.

That news was sad to hear but they said it will be back eventually, but I could not wait any longer and decided to read it.

When I purchased this novel, I noticed a lot of mixed reviews from the audiences and a lot of positive by a lot of famous authors such as Stephen King who praised it. I can safely say that this novel was terrific.

The novel follows the same formulae as World War Z when it follows different characters in different point of views. I was a huge fan of that and it made it more of a page-turner as there was a lot to follow.

I was a fan of how it was written in terms of terminology. There were a lot of scientific words that made this novel incredibly realistic and at a point it was actually scary.

The author Daniel H. Wilson has a PhD in robotics and he knows what he is talking about. It was interesting to see a well-educated man with robotics to write a novel about the end of the world.

The novel has some similar themes to films like The Terminator as the extermination is the robot’s main target and it was just great to read a novel that had just perfect entertainment values.

If you love science fiction, then this is a must read.

5/5

NaNoWriMo tomorrow

Today is Halloween, which means that’s it November tomorrow. Which also means it is the start of NaNoWriMo.

I have been working on few ideas for my novel that I am willing to start writing tomorrow. It is  a science fiction and it’s a space opera in a sense. Like novels like Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy which is more comedic than science fiction. My story is more drama than science fiction but has enormous elements of science fiction.

I have explained why I am doing this. Well, it’s mainly about expressing my love for creative writing and science fiction. I want to try aim for fifty thousand words minimum, despite being the limit for NaNoWriMo. I feel like that science fiction has a wide range of imagination and requires a lot of detailed information.

I want to have the novel to have an immersing experience with the reader. Hence why I want to write science fiction. The novel will contain characters with real life human emotional elements which will make it relatable. But it’ll also have a immersing idea that’ll help escape from the real world and be sucked in the world of the novel.

I start tomorrow and I hope to blog my journey as NaNoWriMo continues on.

Thank you and wish me luck.

Participating in NaNoWriMo 2015

I have decided to take part in NaNoWriMo of this year. Well in November which is just days away from now. The reason I wanted to take part in NaNoWriMo is that I have always had a passion for creative writing ever since I was seven years old.

I remember writing my first short story when I was seven and it was about a bear trying to kill people who lived in the woods. Safe to say that it was a combination of Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and The Three Bears, but I loved doing it.

I never fully stopped writing stories when I was growing up. I had close to no friends and a wild imagination, so I figured what the hell. I did try to publish a novel but it didn’t go as planned. So, I decided to take another shot. The reason why the first time it didn’t go well is because I felt that it wasn’t too imaginative enough. It was a comedy which was based around social reality and therefore people weren’t fans. So I decided to take it a big step.

Now, ever since I was a kid, I was a huge fan of Star Wars, and YES I AM FREAKING PUMPED FOR THE FORCE AWAKENS in December.

The reason I bring up Star Wars, because it was the first film I had ever watched where I had experienced escapism from the real world. I loved the film because it transported me into a different world and I never forget my first time watching this incredible film. So, I had decided to write stories which help escape the world around you and help you immerse within the world that is created whether it is on screen with films or with text with novels.  So here comes the novel that I hope to start writing with NaNoWriMo 2015.

VOYAGE 2

This is the official cover for my upcoming novel which I will start writing in November. It is called VOYAGE and I think you can tell that it is a space novel and a science fiction as well.

I grew up with science fiction (Star Wars, Back To The Future, Terminator 1 and 2, The Matrix, Inception etc). and this seems perfect for me to start crafting my skills as a writer. So, far, I can’t reveal too much yet, as I want to have many surprises for you. Well, if you read it. (I hope so).

I will give a very brief synopsis of the book.

SYNOPSIS – A group of astronauts travel to the cosmos to discover more beyond their reach.

That is all I will say for now, but please follow my blog and my journey and you will experience more on the way.

Thank you and wish me luck.