All posts by Annlyel James

Hello everyone. My name is Annlyel James. I'm a young woman who loves movies of all genres (specifically 'Star Wars' and Marvel movies.) I am also a staff writer for Future of the Force.

The Cast of ‘The Mandalorian’ Has Been Released

As you may already know Disney is making a streaming service complete with exclusive content and one of its earliest gifts to all us Star Wars fans is a live-action Star Wars series called The Mandalorian. Since the news of the show was released a few months ago I have been so excited about this series and now the official cast for the show has been announced. So, here are the actors that will help bring The Mandalorian to life.

Pedro Pascal

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As you may have seen about a month ago I wrote a post highlighting my excitement that Narcos actor Pedro Pascal was set to play the lead in The Mandalorian. Of course, it was all but confirmed but now that LucasFilm has announced the cast it’s official. He will be the man beneath the Mandalorian mask.

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The Future of the ‘Mission: Impossible’ Franchise

22 years, six movies, and 3.6 billion! dollars. Yeah, the Mission: Impossible franchise is very successful. And at the helm of it all has been Tom Cruise. He has delighted us for over two decades with his breathtaking stunts and action-packed Mission: Impossible movies and the franchise’s latest installment, Mission: Impossible-Fallout, was its best entry to date with even more jaw-dropping action scenes and stunts performed by yours truly; Tom Cruise. At 56-years-old he has already defied expectations but, as the years go by, the day is imminent when Mr. Cruise’s years as the coolest secret agent ever will have to come to an end.

If the trend continues and we get yet another Mission: Impossible movie in 2021 he’ll be 59! One year away from 60! As we have seen from action movie actors such as Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sylvester Stallone, Tom Cruise’s years as an action movie star are not at all close to an end. But Mission: Impossible is a tasking franchise with practical action scenes that require arduous endurance and skill. As the movies continue the action scenes get grander and it’s not going to be long before Tom Cruise won’t be able to do what he has done for so many years. And so we must look to the future of this awesome franchise and the directions that it can go so we can continue to enjoy these movies for years to come. Here are a couple of ideas of mine that I think would be a great fit for the franchise moving forward.

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Is the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer Too Lackadaisical For Comfort?

I’ve watched a lot of trailers in my time. Some have been unforgettably awesome. Some have been downright forgettable. One of the best trailers I have ever laid my eyes on, however, was the Avengers: Infinity War teaser. It was on another level of epic. I have watched that trailer at least twenty times and every time I have ever seen I am covered in chills and utterly blown away by the trailer’s amazing tone. It presented the clear idea that Infinity War would be the climactic movie that we had been waiting six years for and I had no doubt that it was going to be the franchise’s most enjoyable installment. And it was.

Last Friday when the Avengers: Endgame dropped I screamed. I was that excited. For months I had waited and waited, hoping that at least the title would be dropped, and yet Marvel didn’t give us anything. Rumors kept appearing that the trailer was coming but as the weeks went by and the rumors continued turning up false I started not to care anymore.

When the trailer arrived I watched it with a wide-eyed carefulness, clinging to every word, every shot with the passion of someone desperate to get information from the new movie. To get a glimpse of what to expect. At the end of the two minutes, however, I found myself flabbergasted by how underwhelming the trailer turned out to be. I began to think that it was a teaser for the real trailer but then when I discovered that it was the official trailer I was at a loss of words. Continue reading Is the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer Too Lackadaisical For Comfort?

My Fun Weekly Twitter Poll Has Gone Live!

Another seven days have gone by and that means it’s time for another weekly Twitter poll. Today I’m straying from the topic of Star Wars and focusing on another, more pressing subject; the Avengers: Endgame trailer. The highly-anticipated teaser has already broken records, becoming the first film to ever get 289 million! views in a single day. And so, because it was such a hit last Friday I couldn’t help but make it the subject of my weekly Twitter poll. Here’s the tweet.

Feel free to help contribute to the conversation if you’d like. Of course, I can’t vote (because I made the poll) but if I could I would vote Kind of Excited. The trailer had its exciting moments but overall it was a lot less impressive than I’d imagine it to be.

And if you need to be reminded about the trailer here it is.

I thank you for reading (and potentially contributing) and I hope you have a beautiful day.

‘Mission: Impossible-Fallout’: A Blu-Ray Review

I love good movies. Good movies can turn a dreary day into a wonderful day. Good movies expand the mind and make you think. Good movies can change the way you perceive things or send an impactful message that you can retain for your own personal life. And good movies are just plain fun to watch. Mission: Impossible-Fallout is more than a good movie. It’s a GREAT movie. One of the best I’ve ever seen. And so imagine my excitement when I finally got to own it last Tuesday on Blu-Ray. I couldn’t wait to revisit all of my favorite scenes and be reminded why I love the movie so much. Since obtaining it a week ago I have watched it every evening because I just can’t seem to get enough of it. But most of the times when you get a movie the behind-the-scenes features are subpar and even, at times, highly underwhelming. Mission: Impossible-Fallout is the exact opposite!

This film is not only a blast to watch but the behind-the-scenes features are utterly phenomenal as well. In fact, I haven’t even tipped the iceberg of the featurettes yet, that’s how incredible.

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The Blu-Ray I got was the Steelbook version which you can only find at Best Buy. It comes with three disks; one regular disc, a Blu-Ray disc which contains not only the film but three! different commentaries (have you ever heard of three commentaries for one movie?!) and there is, of course, a disc which consists of all of the behind-the-scenes featurettes. And, don’t forget, it comes with a Digital code as well so you can take this movie anywhere with you, whether you’re on a long flight or having a cross-country road trip.

I’ve gotten a lot of DVDs in my time and up to this point my favorite behind-the-scenes featurettes has belonged to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (those featurettes were AMAZING) and The Force Awakens (which is also incredible.) I never thought there would be another movie that could join these two films’ ranks in the Blu-Ray department but I’m very glad to say Mission: Impossible-Fallout did not disappoint in the slightest.

How would I rank this Blu-Ray? 100 out of a 100 and 5 out of 5 stars. It’s fantastic just like the movie and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed this film. It’s a definite must-have.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.

The Cast of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Gets A Little Interesting

With the trailer dropping for Avengers: Endgame last week the film’s imminent arrival truly feels concrete and while there wasn’t much to get excited about from the surprisingly underwhelming teaser it looks like teases for the film’s storyline can be found elsewhere; in the casting list.

SPOILER ALERT AHEAD! These new entries in the cast are heavy spoilers for the movie so if you’d rather stay in the dark I suggest you stop reading now. Thank you for heeding this warning. 🙂

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The Monsters Are Here in the New Trailer for ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’

It’s a busy month for next year’s biggest blockbusters as the studios start preparing us for 2019. And now after Marvel excited us with trailers for Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame it seems that Warner Bros. wants to get into the game by releasing a new trailer for its monstrous second installment in the Godzilla series. Here it is.

I watched Godzilla four years ago in the movie theaters. I didn’t enjoy it, which was a bummer considering that I was excited to see it. I was hoping that maybe this sequel would make me feel differently.

This trailer was compelling at first and for the most part, it’s a decent trailer with plenty of potentials but the trailer lost me after I saw actor Thomas Middleditch in the film. There’s nothing particularly wrong with him as an actor but I just can’t unsee him as the VERIZON guy. And because of that I probably will not go and watch this movie. It may turn out to be one of the greatest blockbusters of the year but because the VERIZON guy is in it…I just can’t do it.

How did you feel about this trailer? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.