The Odysseys 2017: 2017 Retrospective

As we begin to get things underway for our annual awards event, The Odysseys, we’ve created a little something to remind you of just some of the films to grace our cinema screens this year, and also a possible look at films you’ll likely see mentioned in this year’s awards show.

Please feel free to share, leave feedback, and enjoy our 2017 retrospective!

More details about The Odysseys, including public nominations and upload date, will be available soon… 

Swimwear At The Ready! There’s A Brand New Baywatch Trailer

When asked by my editor to write a short piece on the latest ‘Baywatch’ teaser I shuddered at the thought of having to watch the trailer, I did, and I would have forgotten it if it hadn’t instantly been burnt into my subconscious.

Directed by Seth Gordon (the very same that delighted audiences with ‘Identity Thief’, ‘Horrible Bosses’ and the classic Christmas smash ‘Four Christmases’), ‘Baywatch’ has a fantastic cast which boasts chiselled six-packs, pecs, toned bottoms, bigger pecs and one hell of a strong jawline.

In the interest of being informative ‘Baywatch’ is a classic crimefighting beach comedy romp (sort of like ‘Point Break’) featuring Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario and Priyanka Chopra.

You can tell it’s a comedy because the trailer is funny and the official poster is rude (see below)Producers, writers, and director alike have been careful to ensure that this feature length ‘Baywatch’ is a respectful homage to the hallowed Hasselhoff/Anderson golden years. Judging from the trailer, it’s obvious that they have learnt a masterful lesson on successful reboots from 2004’s ‘Starsky & Hutch’. I am confident that upon it’s release on 26th May everyone involved will be high-fiving, patting themselves on the back and congratulating one another on a job well done.

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Written by Mark Putley

Super Bowl 51: Film Trailer Roundup

The Super Bowl is one of my favourite events of the year, and I don’t know the first thing about the NFL. What gets me so excited for this huge sporting event every year is the adverts in between the game. Studios fork out millions of dollars each year to grab a 30 second – 1 minute slot and deliver us a TV Spot, or in some cases a brand spanking new trailer, to get us excited for the year ahead.

Last night’s adverts did not leave film fans disappointed as we were treated to extended TV spots for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’,  ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. Two’, ‘Fate of the Furious’, and ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ along with a handful of other fantastic looking films that we’re looking forward to this year. 

Keep your eyes on JumpCut later this week as writers from our news team take a closer look at these trailers and share their thoughts! 

Here’s a handy roundup of TV spots and trailers that were aired before, during, and after the Super Bowl: 

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Top 10 Most Anticipated Films Of 2017

Written by Patrick Alexander
2017 is truly shaping up to be the year of the sequel, with dozens of franchises developing, or rebooting, in an attempt to captivate audiences in a blossoming international film scope. As a movie-going audience, we’ve got a lot to look forward to. From another attempt to make Spidey amazing (greetings, Tom Holland), to a potential final act in the man-versus-monkey conflict, 2017 is bringing many familiar faces back to the silver screen. 
As with any year, there will be flops, there will be extravaganzas, there will be booming successes, and most importantly there will be plenty of debates and discussion for all us movie geeks. Here’s our rundown of the 10 most anticipated films to watch out for this year.

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First Baywatch Trailer Lands!

 

The first trailer for ‘Baywatch’ has been released and it most definitely looks like the “R-Rated ‘Avengers’ of the beach” that Dwayne Johnson has been promising us. 

Johnson is playing Mitch Buchannon, famously played by David Hasselhoff in the TV Show that ran from 1989 to 2001. Joining Johnson on the beach is Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Copra, Jon Bass, and Kelly Rohrbach. Zac Efron plays Matt Brody, a new recruit on the team who Buchannon doesn’t like from day one because he’s young and reckless . The official synopsis says that Brody and Buchannon “uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay”, so we should expect them to put their differences aside and be the best of pals by the end of the film, but not without some conflict and fallings out inbetween I can’t imagine. 

We’ll more than likely be treated to one or two red band trailers soon enough and expect the cast, namely Johnson, to share further details about the film as we get closer to its release. This reboot has been one of Johnson’s most talked about projects, purely because he’s been that excited to to do it and he always put 200% effort into everything he does and pours so much heart into it, and it’s not going unnoticed! 

Some of the original cast from the TV show are set to have cameos in the film, including David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, so be sure to keep your eyes out when the film is released next year. 

‘Baywatch’ starts it’s (slow-motion) run in UK theatres 12th May 2017

Written by Tom Sheffield

Athlete To Actor

Written by Dalton Brown
Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes

Let me start off by saying this, I’m not a fan of sports. Shocking, I know. It’s just that I could never get too excited about them, no matter how hard I tried. That’s not to say I’m completely oblivious when it comes to sports. I know of a few athletes, but the few I do know of are not because I’ve seen them play, but because I have seen them act. Pretty poorly, I might add. Whilst most athletes would probably be better off sticking to their day job, there are a select few that are actually decent actors too.

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One actor that immediately pops into my mind – who is arguably a better actor than he was an athlete – is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. For those of you that don’t know, he was once a professional wrestler. Yeah, wrestling is a sport. Now he’s an actor. I’m pretty ambivalent when it comes to this guy, but when he’s given the right role he’s golden! For example: I thought his character in the movie ‘Doom’ was awful, while his character in the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise is actually quite enjoyable. Last year, Johnson starred in the surprisingly entertaining disaster movie ‘San Andreas’, and with plenty of projects coming up, including work on a ‘Baywatch’ reboot, The Rock is cooking up quite the acting career these days. 

Following in Dwayne Johnson’s footsteps is former wrestler Dave Bautista. After playing the role of Drax the Destroyer in the hugely popular ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, Bautista nabbed a role in the latest Bond movie, ‘Spectre’, as brutish henchman Mr. Hinx. Whilst this was a role with very little dialogue, the big guy did what he does best; look tough and smash shit up. We look forward to seeing Bautista stepping in front of the cameras again for the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ sequel in 2017, and hopefully plenty more projects in the future.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is another athlete turned movie star. He was once a professional bodybuilder, before he turned into a Terminator. Recently, the Austrian muscle man has joined the ‘Expendables’ franchise. He’s also been in some pretty shoddy productions like ‘Escape Plan’ and ‘Sabotage’. Although he’s been in a lot of movies, he is – and probably always will be – most famous for the ‘Terminator’ franchise. My point being, he’s sort of a one-hit wonder. He was in one great movie, ‘Terminator’, and then it just sort of stumbled downhill from there. Even the latest sequel in that franchise, ‘Terminator Genisys’, was damn awful. 

Then there’s Michael Jordan, one of the greatest basketball players to ever grace the court, who decided to play himself in a movie called ‘Space Jam’. Luckily for Jordan, he had the likes of Bugs Bunny and Bill Murray to save his ass, as his acting skills are far from world class. Michael Jordan then, is a perfect example of what not to be; a man who managed to roll his Hollywood debut and farewell into one film, thanks to cheesy, uncomfortable acting. The latest basketball king however, LeBron James, has recently found success in front of the camera in last year’s comedy hit ‘Trainwreck’. The Amy Schumer production gave LeBron the chance to allow his theatrical side to flourish, and boy did he deliver, surprising us all with his comedic talents.

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We are seeing more and more athletes taking on these cameo roles, mainly in comedies where they play themselves. Last summer, Ronda Rousey popped up in the ‘Entourage’ movie, and to be honest she was terrible. But at the time, she was one of the biggest sports stars in the world so we forgave her. Hell, the world even let her dream of playing Captain Marvel. That is, until she got her head kicked in by Holly Holm and now we don’t really trust her to be a superhero. Maybe Holly could suit up and save the world instead?

In conclusion, there are plenty of athletes who have tried acting, but only a handful have managed to reinvent themselves successfully. Dwayne Johnson has cemented himself as one of Hollywood’s top action heroes at present, and he certainly earns enough money to suggest he’s doing a good job. Everybody loves Schwarzenegger too, despite the long line of shit movies he’s performed in on the back of the success of ‘The Terminator’ in 1984 (yes it’s been that long since he actually did anything credible). More often than not, this transition from athlete to actor is probably going to be an epic fail, but we hope they keep trying. Team talk time for all you sports stars with dreams of the red carpet: just be yourself and don’t be afraid to fail, you will get that knockout eventually. Or that three-pointer. Or whatever sports metaphor is appropriate here.

Can you think of a sports star who would make a great actor? Or maybe one who wouldn’t be so great, but who would be fun to watch trying? Let us know!