Thanks For The Liebster Award Nomination

We’d like to say a big thank you to the lovely Alicja Johnson AKA Reel Red Reviews for nominating JumpCut UK for a Liebster Award. The Liebster Award is an online award passed on from blogger to blogger. By being a part of the Liebster Award process, bloggers can gain recognition for their own work, whilst discovering new and interesting bloggers. 

The rules are simple – answer the 11 questions set by the blogger who nominates you, and then nominate the bloggers you think deserve the award and pose them 11 questions of your own. 


Our editor-in-chief, Jakob, answers Alicja’s questions here:

1.What is your favorite movie from 2015? 
2015 actually turned out to be an amazing year for film releases, with ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Sicario’ really impressing me. The best release of 2015 though, was ‘Whiplash’.
2. What are your most anticipated movies for this year?
I’m incredibly excited for all the comic book movies set to be released in 2016, but ‘Batman v Superman’ is a momentous occasion for cinema. Later in the year, Star Wars spin-off ‘Rogue One’ should be amazing too.
3. Biggest Disappointment (movie or TV show) from 2015?
Simply because of my own huge expectations, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ was kinda disappointing. It was still a decent film, but nowhere near what I had hoped for, and the titular villain was a real letdown.
4. What celebrity do you think you’d get along really well with – who could be your best friend?
There’s lots of people I would love to hang out with. It would be great to spend some time with Margot Robbie, for obvious reasons, but in terms of a best friend, Oscar Isaac seems like a cool guy.
5. Do you have a celebrity lookalike? If not, is there a celebrity you’ve always imagined yourself being like?
I don’t think I look like anyone in particular, but if I could be like anyone, it would have to be Batman. You should always aspire to be Batman.
6. Do you have a travel bucket list? What are the top three places you’d like to visit?
I’m desperate to go and see the Northern Lights, probably in Norway – that’s number one on the list. I would love to relax on a beach in Hawaii too, of course, and maybe somewhere in South America like Brazil.
7. Name your ideal comfort meal.

Pizza. There’s nothing that can’t be fixed with pizza.
8. If you could choose any epic movie death, which way would you go?
I reckon it would be cool to go out in a massive shootout, à la any Quentin Tarantino film.
9. Which fictional town (or school, like Hogwarts) would you choose to live in?
I would love to live in Gotham City and give Batman a helping hand. Plus, it would be cool to meet The Joker.
10. What’s the first movie you remember seeing?
The first movie I remember seeing, at the cinemas at least, was ‘Babe’. You know, the George Miller film about the talking pig. I loved that film when I was little.
11. How long have you been blogging for, and why did you start?
I’ve been blogging for just over a year now. I started writing in January 2015, simply as a way to express my thoughts after watching films, kinda like an online journal. The plan quickly changed though, and I decided to push JumpCut UK to become a much broader venture and put together a team of writers (who are all excellent by the way).

So, we nominate: 

The Movie Guy 14
HC Movie Reviews
The Craggus
Movieblort
Caz AKA Let’s Go To The Movies
Grog’s Movie Blog
The Watcher Blog
A Tale Of Two Dans
Film Carnage
Movierob
and Jay AKA Assholes Watching Movies

Now, please answer these questions for us guys:

1. Which actor would you pick to play the lead in a biopic of your life?
2. What’s your favourite film of all time?
3. What’s the first ever film you remember watching?
4. Do you prefer watching films at home or at the cinema?
5. What is your favourite quote from a film?
6. Who is the coolest film character of all time?
7. Generally speaking, what is your favourite genre of film?
8. If you could interview any actor/actress/filmmaker, who would you pick?
9. Do you want to work in the film industry, and if so, in what capacity?
10. It seems that every film gets a sequel/remake these days, but which one film should never be messed around with?
11. Which 2016 film are you most excited about?

Thanks again to Alicja, and thanks in advance to all of our nominees for joining in and answering our questions. Peace y’all!

Mad Max: Fury Road

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes and Nick Deal

News of the plans for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ absolutely evaded my radar until about a year ago. I knew nothing of the franchise and nothing of the complications in getting this fourth film to the big screen. The project was put on hold for a lengthy 25 years, with financial difficulties, security concerns and the short attention span of Mel Gibson bringing the fourth installment to a standstill. That is, until 2006 when director George Miller declared his intention to make the film, even if Mel Gibson wasn’t willing to reprise his role as Max Rockatansky. Several years later, and my attention was peaked with news that Tom Hardy would be leading the cast for the all-action reboot; I was sold almost instantly.

Back in 1979, a fresh-faced Mel Gibson donned head to toe leather and put his Australian ancestry to good use as the titular character in ‘Mad Max’. The lure of fast cars, big explosions and dangerous biker gangs was enough to elevate the film to cult status; the fans wanted more. And George Miller duly obliged, with the hard-hitting 1981 sequel ‘The Road Warrior’. This follow up excelled where its predecessor failed, with more violence, more explosions and a Max with a darker, more dangerous edge. Literally, everything an action movie should be – success all round. Sadly, a trilogy dictates that there must be a third film, and everybody knows “three’s a crowd”. Roping in the help of a pop diva was always going to be problematic, and as the main antagonist in ‘Beyond Thunderdome’, Tina Turner is nothing more than half-decent. Gone are the psychopathic bikers, replaced by a musical matriarch. Nonetheless, the legacy of ‘Mad Max’ lived on, just about surviving on the grounds of two out of three ain’t bad.

George Miller, the mastermind behind it all – as he is so regularly described – enjoyed an unusual career in the years following the famous trilogy. Perhaps it was the stress of the escaping dream of a ‘Mad Max’ quadrilogy which led Miller to settle down in the director’s chair for the farmyard fun of ‘Babe’. Fair play to the man – the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and smashed the Australian box-office – but surely this was an anomaly, a nice, relaxing family film to break from all the violence. Wrong. Three years later and Miller stepped in to make a sequel. Even more odd, in 2006, the man with a penchant for action and explosions took on the all singing, all dancing ‘Happy Feet’ series. From post-nuclear warfare to theatrical penguins, quite the transformation.

Luckily, George Miller finally managed to give his fourth film life, and we have been treated to multiple teasers and trailers over the past year. From the footage we’ve seen so far, we can make certain predictions about what we can expect from this franchise reboot. Aesthetically and visually, this film looks absolutely stunning. Long tracking shots over vast open desert spaces, filled with intense and vivid colour. As far as setting and environment goes, I can’t think of any trailer off the top of my head which has instilled me with such a feeling of awe as ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ has. As we mentioned previously, this is a franchise which has been built on its reputation for all things violent and downright crazy. This fourth installment looks set to not only continue that trend, but take it to a whole new level with gravity-defying collisions, monumental explosions and incredible slow-motion action sequences all look set to feature prominently. And as far as those crazy antagonists, we need look no further than Nicholas Hoult’s stunning one-liner, “Oh what a lovely day”, to reassure us that this film will be just as mad as its characters allow it to be, and from the evidence we have, I would prepare for full-on insanity.

The trailers, particularly the latest offering, conjure up plenty of memories from the original trilogy. We see the famous gasoline truck which has served Max Rockatansky so well in the past, and there’s the haunting tune of the clockwork musical box which Max gifted to a feral child in ‘The Road Warrior’. Will this child return? Will Max’s HGV save the day again? Thankfully, the leading man himself appears to have adopted a delightfully dark and dangerous demeanour to put Mel Gibson’s portrayal to shame. Tom Hardy is a firm favourite with us, and he looks set to revel in his most action-packed role to date. Alongside him, Charlize Theron has the strong, leading lady role down to a tee. No surprise there. Here’s hoping her character, Imperator Furiosa, may finally be the one to match Mad Max and give him a real run for his gasoline.

It appears that this latest installment will have everything that thrill-seeking moviegoers could possibly hope for. Having seen the trailer in the cinema, there is no doubt that this is a film which needs to be enjoyed on the big screen. Truly, a stunning visual spectacle. ‘Fury Road’ promises to be the highlight of the series; bigger and better than ever before. The years have been kind to Max Rockatansky, clearly benefitting from the advancements in special effects. The action sequences look beautifully crafted and the backdrop that all of the action takes place against is absolutely breathtaking . Let’s just hope the curse of the trailer doesn’t strike again and fill us with false hope.

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is released in UK cinemas on May 15th 2015